The USPHL Premier North Region, consisting of the New England, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Divisions, is pleased to announce its 2018-19 season All-Star Selections, voted on by the coaches of the three divisions. Coaches could not vote for their own players on the ballots.
The North Region named one Premier All-Star team of 13 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies. We are presenting the forwards first here, followed in one hour by the defensemen and goalies.
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.
Filimon Ledenkov (‘99/Polotsk, Belarus) - New York Aviators
No USPHL Premier team scored more than the Aviators’ 255 goals this season, and at the helm of the offense were the Ledenkov twins, Filimon and Arkhip. Filimon put up 27 goals and 58 assists for 85 points, second only in the league to the leading scorer Brandon Osmundson (Hampton Roads)’ 93 points.
Filimon and teammate Egan Wolford tied for second in the league in power play assists with 20. Filimon had nine points in six postseason games, as well.
Arkhip Ledenkov (‘99/Polotsk, Belarus) - New York Aviators
The other Ledenkov twin’s offense was right down the middle - 33 goals and 36 assists for 69 points in just 35 games. His 1.97 points per game average was second only to Osmundson’s 2.16.
Arkhip was also second in the league in power play goals with 12. Arkhip posted seven points in six playoff games.
Isak Hallmin (‘98/Ange, Sweden) - New York Aviators
Hallmin was tied with Arkhip Ledenkov and Charlotte’s Matthew Jahn for second in the league in power play goals with 12. He also had nine power play assists for 21 total power play points, good for more than one-third of his total offense. He scored 29 goals and 31 assists for 60 points in 44 games.
Gene Bouthiette (‘99/Enfield, Conn.) - Springfield Jr. Pics
No one in the USPHL Premier Division could light the lamp better than Bouthiette, a five-year member of the Pics who scored 45 goals in 44 regular season games. He also assisted on 31 goals for 76 total points, good for third in the league. There were only 13 games in which he did not score a goal, but 12 multi-goal efforts more than made up for that.
Mike Wilson (‘98/Colorado) - Springfield Jr. Pics
Bouthiette was on the receiving end of Wilson passes more often than not, as Wilson’s 42 assists in 44 games would attest. Wilson also scored 19 goals of his own for 61 points. True to form, he added two assists in a pair of playoff games.
Austin Marini (‘99/Hyde Park, Mass.) - Connecticut Nighthawks
Marini, a four-year USPHL veteran, was a point machine throughout the season. Along with 29 goals, he racked up 45 assists in playing every one of the Nighthawks’ 44 regular season games. His 74 points were good for fifth in the league, while he was also one of the most productive power play contributors, putting up six goals and 17 assists with the man advantage.
Guillaume Bose (‘98/San Jose, Calif.) - Northern Cyclones
Bose posted 53 assists to finish third in that category on the regular season. He also had 22 goals for 75 points, one of only seven players in the league to hit the 70-point mark. Bose was well known for opening the Cyclones’ scoring most nights - of his 22 goals, eight were the first goals of the game, tied for third in that category.
Brendan Schulte (‘98/Fullerton, Calif.) - Northern Cyclones
Schulte and Bose were part of the California Connection with the Cyclones, as the Hudson, N.H.-based program had five Golden State natives at one point on their Premier squad.
Schulte was an assist-per-game man, with 44 helpers in 44 games. He also scored 26 goals for a 70-point season, and he had seven more assists in the Cyclones’ three playoff games. He finished with a streak of 14 points in his final five regular season games.
Peter Richetelli (‘99/West Haven, Conn.) - Connecticut Jr. Rangers
Richetelli, a second-year Ranger, nearly doubled his 2017-18 point hotel, moving from 39 points last year to 72 points this season. He posted an assist per game on average, dishing out 44 passes for goals in playing all 44 games. He added 28 goals to give him his 72 points. Richetelli also earned eight assists in the Rangers’ five playoff games.
Nick Cozzi (‘00/Greenlawn, N.Y.) - Connecticut Jr. Rangers
Cozzi’s services were required by three different Rangers teams this year. He played 43 games for the Premier Jr. Rangers, scoring 25 goals and 38 assists for 63 points, but he also played two games for each of the Rangers’ National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) and 18U squads. He was productive for each of those teams as well, scoring five 18U points and one NCDC goal.
Bryan O’Mara (‘00/New York) - Skipjacks Hockey Club
O’Mara was one goal away from goal-per-game territory, scoring 43 through all 44 of the Skipjacks’ regular season games. He was second only to Gene Bouthiette, as those two were the only players to cross the 40-goal mark in 2018-19.
Henry McKinney (‘98/Washington, D.C.) - Skipjacks Hockey Club
McKinney didn’t even need 40 games to clear the 60-point mark, he did it in 38. Along with his 1.75 points per game average, he was also good for one helper per game on average, with 38 assists to go with his 22 goals for 60 points. He also had one goal and one assist in three playoff games.
Zachary Desmarais (‘00/Drummondville, Que.) - Twin City Thunder
The Thunder were new to the USPHL in 2018-19, just as they will be in the NCDC this coming season, but they brought out some massive talent in Year 1 for the organization.
Desmarais was huge when the game was on the line, as judged by his six game-winning goals (out of 27 total). He had 31 assists and 58 points overall on the season, and he went on a tear of 17 points in his final nine regular season games. He also earned a postseason goal.