Congratulations to all of our USPHL Premier North Region All-Stars, representing the New England, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Divisions, and looking strictly at regular season performances. These selections were voted in by Premier Division coaches from across the region.
Best of luck to all of these players as they move forward in their hockey careers, either to collegiate hockey, to higher levels of junior hockey or returning to their teams for further development in 2020-21.
Filimon Ledenkov, New York Aviators
1999/Polotsk, Belarus - 39-21-74-95-2.44
Ledenkov leaves the USPHL Premier as not only the second highest scorer in the league this year, but second all-time. His 180 points in 83 games stand second to the Decatur Blaze’s T.J. Dougan, a three-year Premier standout. He is first in career points per game (2.169) among players with at least 80 games played.
Ledenkov had a league-leading 74 assists for the 2019-20 season, and he scored 57 points in each of his final 19 games, coinciding with the Aviators’ 18-0-1 streak.
Arkhip Ledenkov, New York Aviators
1999/Polotsk, Belarus - 42-48-37-85-2.02
Filimon’s twin brother is also second all-time in the USPHL Premier, but in goals rather than points. In his 77 career games - all with the Aviators - he’s scored 81 goals, one short of Dougan’s league-leading 81. He finished first this season in power play goals with 16.
He scored in each of his final 17 games, tallying 52 points in that stretch.
Noah Gold, New York Aviators
1999/Brooklyn, N.Y. - 43-52-35-87-2.02
Gold finished as the second-leading goal-scorer in the USPHL Premier, with his 52 being second only to Jared Fisher’s record of 54. Gold’s 52 goals are second all-time for a USPHL Premier season, as well.
Gold is 11th all-time on the USPHL Premier points leaderboard with 136 after posting 49 points with the former Hartford Jr. Wolfpack last season, and he is fifth all-time among two-year Premier players.
Michael Mania, New York Aviators
1999/Bayville, N.Y. - 43-29-52-81-1.88
Michael Mania was in full swing across New York, as the longtime junior veteran brought his vast skill set to the USPHL for the first time in 2019-20. Mania finished tied as the fifth-leading assist-getter with 52, which also put him in a tie for 11th most in a single season all-time in the Premier Division. The Aviators’ 263 goals gave them the best offense in the East for the USPHL Premier, and the reason for that is they had the puck a lot. Mania led in faceoffs, winning an impressive 52.8 of his 897 total draws.
Riley Johnson, Rockets Hockey Club
2000/Mechanicsburg, Pa. - 42-37-36-73-1.73
Johnson played in three USPHL leagues this year and registered points in each. He played most of his season in the USPHL Premier, however, and he came in tied for seventh in goals at 37, and 14th overall in Premier League scoring. He played one USPHL Elite game (registering an assist) and also five NCDC games, all for the Rockets, in which he registered a goal.
He helped the Rockets not only to first overall in the regular season, but also fourth in goals for (249).
Harris Blackwood, Rockets Hockey Club
2001/Hagerstown, Md. - 41-37-29-66-1.61
The Rockets’ takeover of the 2019-20 regular season featured about as many reasons as players that pulled on the black, grey and white sweaters this season. However, Blackwood used his many strong seasons of development in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects Hockey League to tie for the goal-scoring lead on his team with 37.
Blackwood also led the USPHL Premier in game-winning goals with 12.
David Cicak, Rockets Hockey Club
1999/Roselle Park, N.J. - 42-23-36-59-1.40
This Salem State University recruit was already good last year, when he posted 41 points in 42 games in 2018-19. Then, he just became even better in 2019-20, rising to become the Rockets Premier team’s all-time leading scorer with 100 points in his 84 career games.
He created more scoring chances (170) than any of his teammates, and he had no problem bulldozing his way to the crease - after all, he also led the Rockets in hits (50).
Liam Lyons, Islanders Hockey Club
1999/Gloucester, Mass. - 43-23-37-60-1.40
Lyons was another key cog in the Islanders’ immensely successful 20-0 start and runner-up position in the USPHL Premier.
Lyons tied for the scoring lead for the Islanders, and he led the way in assists as well as time on ice for Islanders forwards (16:12). Lyons also led the way in plus/minus (+43). Lyons also very recently committed to Saint Anselm College.
Brett Tibbs, Islanders Hockey Club
1999/Mount Airy, Md. - 44-22-34-56
The Islanders would not have led the USPHL Premier in wins (39) without their multi-pronged forward attack and this SUNY-Morrisville commit was the chief playmaker for the squads, leading them in assists by five over his closest teammate and he had five game-winning goals, second best on the team. Tibbs was also second among Islanders forwards in ice time, and it should come as no surprise that he rode the left wing on a line with Lyons and teammate Ryan Barrett.
Eric Lester, Islanders Hockey Club
Methuen, Mass. - 43-25-35-60-1.40
In Lester’s first season after a successful USPHL 18U stint in 2018-19, he proved he had college prospect written all over him. That paid off, as he is now headed to New England College for 2020-21. Lester shared the scoring lead for the Islanders, and he also was their top guy in terms of getting the puck to the slot, with 43 passes to that prime real estate this year. He had the best shots on goal percentage of 74.8 percent.
John Gutt, Utica Jr. Comets
2001/Middletown, N.J. - 39-29-33-62-1.59
The scoring leader for a Utica Jr. Comets team that kept itself at the top of the Northeast Division wire to wire, and also spent plenty of time at the top of the overall Premier standings, Gutt was at the forefront of a deep offense.
He was also a strong two-way player, tying for the lead in plus-minus (+33) with defenseman Kurt Reger.
Tyler Knicley, Utica Jr. Comets
1999/Rochester, N.Y. - 32-31-28-59-1.84
Knicley helped Utica reach the USPHL Premier Nationals a second straight season, and he was instrumental in ensuring both trips. In fact, he became the Jr. Comet franchise’s all-time leading scorer at this level with 105 points in 88 Premier games.
He was first among Jr. Comets forwards in ice time and generated the most scoring chances at 136 this season.
Lukas Radina, Springfield Pics
1999/Strakonice, Czech Republic - 38-32-28-60-1.58
Radina’s history with the Pics goes back to the 2014-15 season when he joined their 16U squad. Although he left the organization in 2017, his heartstrings were pulling him back there and he signed on for what turned out to be his best season ever. It also helped open the door to an NCAA career as he recently committed to Framingham State University. Radina was strong both even strength and on the power play, where he had a 10-13-23 line.
Cooper Board, Connecticut Jr. Rangers
2001/Glen Ellyn, Ill. - 39-29-28-57-1.46
The Jr. Rangers may have finished .500 on the regular season, but they sure were a tough draw for many opponents, including division leaders like the Florida Eels and Utica Jr. Comets and playing in tight one-goal games with other Premier ironmongers like the Hampton Roads Whalers and the regular season champion Rockets Hockey Club. Board was always “on,” especially in their Feb. 15 game against the Rockets in which he scored both goals in a 3-2 loss.
Guillaume Coulombe, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
1999/St-Julie, Que. - 43-30-19-49-1.14
Coulombe was the Monarchs’ goal machine, and you can tell when looking at his game-by-game output. He only had two stretches of three games in a row where he didn’t find the back of the net (and in one of those stretches, he had four assists instead). He collected six game-winning goals - including two in overtime - and he was the first goal-scorer for the Monarchs three times.
Thomas Odermatt, Philadelphia Hockey Club
2001/Okinawa, Japan - 42-26-23-49-1.17
This dual resident of Switzerland and Japan came to Philadelphia via Canada, and he was just what Philadelphia Hockey Club was looking for as they prepare their organization for their first NCDC season in 2020-21. Thomas tied with his older brother Markus for the team lead in scoring, with Markus doing most of the passing (33) assists and Thomas being on the goal-scoring end with 26.
Max Moriarty, Springfield Pics
2000/East Longmeadow, Mass. - 41-16-33-49-1.20
Matthew Tartaglio, Islanders Hockey Club
2000/Sugarland, Texas - 44-29-17-46-1.05