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USPHL Premier All-Stars: North Region Defensemen and Goalies

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com, 03/22/19, 6:00PM EDT

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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.

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.

 

Defensemen

Egan Wolford (‘98/San Jose, Calif.) - New York Aviators

Wolford has been all around North America - from his home in California to Saskatchewan and this year, to Brooklyn, N.Y. Everywhere he’s gone he’s made an impact, but perhaps not more than this year, when he led the USPHL Premier Division in scoring by a defenseman, with 13 goals and 43 assists for 56 points in 43 games. He led the league’s blueliners in assists, points per game (1.30) and power play assists (20).

 

Danylo Sukhonos (‘99/Odessa, Ukraine) - New York Aviators

As if the opposition didn’t have enough to worry about on the blue line already with Wolford, they also had to try to get past Sukhonos, which was never easy. They did get a bit of a break when Ukrainian got called up for four NCDC games with Rochester, and for five games at the World Junior Championships Division 1 Group B tournament for his home country. He was third in league assists with 36, and sixth overall in points with 46.

 

Tim Hazelton (‘98/Commack, N.Y.) - Connecticut Nighthawks

Hazelton’s 33 assists this year were more than his total points output from his first season with the Nighthawks in 2017-18. Overall, he scored 11 goals and 44 points. Defensively, he helped the Nighthawks to a very impressive +52 goal differential, and a trip to the Premier Championship Tournament.

 

David Cicak (‘99/Roselle Park, N.J.) - New Jersey Rockets

Cicak was second in the USPHL Premier for goals by a defenseman with 20 lamplighters, just one behind Chicago’s John Vandervalk III. He also put up 21 assists for 41 points in 42 games. He was also tied for first among USPHL defensemen with four first goals for his team. The Rockets played five postseason games, and Cicak was all over the scene there, with two goals and nine points.

 

Etienne Crousle (‘99/Laval, Que.) - Twin City Thunder

Crousle made just one foray this year into the USPHL junior hockey world and it paid huge dividends for him, as he was able to earn a commitment to Montreal’s McGill University, known as the “Harvard of Canada.” Crousle was top 10 in assists by a defenseman with 32, and overall, he posted seven goals and 39 points in 44 games.

 

Josh Miller (‘98/Jacksonville, Fla.) - Springfield Pics

Miller has stuck with the Pics organization since his first Midget season with them in 2015-16. He finished with 12 goals and 23 assists for 25 points in 41 games. Out of his 12 goals, four were game-winners to push the Pics to eventually hosting a playoff round.


 

Goalies

Nick Howard (‘98/Burlington, Mass.) - Northern Cyclones

Howard was absolutely dominant throughout this final junior season of his, placing second in save percentage (.947) and improving all of his numbers from an already impressive first 2017-18 season with the Cyclones. He tied for the league lead in shutouts (five) with the Metro Jets’ Fredrik Meurling.

He finished second in wins at 21, with a 21-2-1-2 overall record. His goals against average of 1.78 was fourth best in the league, and he played the fifth most minutes (1,515) of any USPHL Premier goaltender.

 

Raphael Provencher (‘99/Drummondville, Que.) - Boston Bandits

From the start of the season to late November, Provencher was unbeatable in regulation, going 15-0-1-0 from his first game on Sept. 16 to Nov. 19.

Provencher’s time in the USPHL Premier was done by the end of January, as he was called up to the Bandits’ NCDC team at the start of February, with the exception of the Premier semifinals, for which he suited up and fell to the eventual champion Hampton Roads Whalers. With the NCDC, he went 3-3-1-1 with a shutout win and a .903 save percentage.