The USPHL Premier North Region, consisting of the North and Mid-Atlantic Divisions, is pleased to announce its 2018-19 season All-Star Selections, voted on by the coaches of the two divisions.
Coaches could not vote for their own players on the ballots.
The North Region named one Elite All-Star team of 12 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies. We start with the defensemen and goalies selected, and will release the forwards at a later time this afternoon, followed by the USPHL Premier North Region All-Stars early this Friday evening.
Wednesday, March 20, saw the release of the Midwest Premier All-Stars, followed by the USPHL Premier and Elite South Region All-Stars on Thursday, March 21.
Daniel Chwab (‘00/New York, N.Y.) - New York Aviators
Chwab topped all North Region defenders this season, collecting 14 goals and 25 assists for 39 points in 40 games, the third best total in the entire league among defensemen. Chwab was at his best on the power play, scoring four times and adding 11 assists with the extra attacker. He added a shorthanded goal and one of his goals stood up as a game-winner.
Sam Martin (‘00/Batavia, Ill.) - Northern Cyclones
Martin was valuable and consistent, appearing in all 44 regular season games for the Cyclones, scoring 11 goals and adding 28 assists. Martin scored two goals and added three assists with the Cyclones on a power play. In the postseason, Martin played a part in the team’s march to the National Championship semis, collecting a goal and four assists in six postseason matches.
Bryce Endres (‘99/Greeley, Colo.) - Northern Cyclones
Endres was another great weapon for the Cyclones on the blue line, setting up 32 goals and scoring five as well. While serving just four minutes in penalties himself, he made sure other teams paid for theirs with a power play goal and seven power play helpers. He and Martin also helped the Cyclones to the second best goal differential in the league (+139).
Bowen Zhu (‘98/Harbin, China) - Team Beijing
Zhu played just 29 regular season games for Team Beijing this season, but that was enough for him to score 20 goals and add 12 assists, all while patrolling the blue line. Zhu collected four power play goals, adding a power play assist, one shorthanded goal and a game-winning goal.
Matt Powers (‘02/Peabody, Mass.) - Junior Bruins
Powers played a big part in the Junior Bruins’ offense this year, despite his position on the back row. He scored 16 goals and added 15 assists in 42 games. Two of his goals, along with six assists, came on the Bruins’ power play opportunities.
Justin Araiza (‘00/Belleville, Ill.) - Boston Bandits
Araiza appeared in 41 regular season games with the Bandits, scoring six times and adding 24 assists. Four of his assists came on Bandits power play goals and Araiza scored a shootout game-winner in one of his two chances. Araiza added three more goals in four postseason matches for the Bandits.
Logan Beattie (‘00/Wall Township, N.J.) Jersey Hitmen
Beattie played in 22 games for the Hitmen this season and picked up the win in 19 of them. His 2.00 Goals Against Average topped the league and he posted a .921 Save Percentage, which was third best overall and tied him with New Hampshire’s Peter Barry as best in the North Region. Beattie picked up a couple shutouts and he stopped two of three shootout attempts against him.
Peter Barry (‘00/Stoneham, Mass.) New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Barry was close to Beattie in every category, also appearing in 22 games and winning 17 of them, earning three shutouts and posting a 2.11 Goals Against Average and .921 Save Percentage. Barry, together with the Monarchs’ defensive corps, gave up the least amount of goals for any USPHL Elite team this year at 82.
He won three out of his five playoff contests, posting a 1.42 Goals Against Average in those games.