Congratulations to all of our USPHL Elite South Region All-Stars from the 2019-20 season. The All-Stars were selected by coaches from the region.
Nick Bernstein, Richmond Generals
2001/Valley View, Ohio - 24-17-3-1-1-1.49-.949
Three (straight) times the Goaltender Of The Month for the USPHL Elite’s South region, Bernstein was the wire to wire leader in both goals against average and save percentage. And just to put the exclamation point on it, he also led in shutouts (5)!
Ty Morton, Hampton Roads Whalers
2001/Germantown, Md. - 20-10-4-1-0-2.04-.931
Keeping the Whalers always in the conversation as one of the top teams anywhere in the USPHL, Morton helped to hold down the fort. He came out not only in the top five for goals against average (fourth), save percentage (third) and shutouts (four, tied for second).
Griffin Knarr, Potomac Patriots
2002/Fairfax, Va. - 7-21-2-0-4.12-.898
The year wasn’t easy for the Patriots, who were forced to watch the playoffs from the outside looking in. Knarr was a saving grace, literally, on many nights, seeing upwards of 37 shots per game. Twice, he faced down north of 60, both coming in the final month. He was able to come away from the season having beaten Nationals qualifiers Springfield, Atlanta, Charleston and - on three occasions - the New York Aviators.
Lane Snell, Richmond Generals
2002/Topeka, Kan. - 27-9-11-20-0.74
Snell was magical all year for the regular season champion Generals, but never moreso than during the USPHL Florida Showcase, when he scored six goals and three assists for nine points in just four games. That was almost half of his output for the season. The rest of the way, he mostly helped the Generals to a sub-2.00 team goals against (79 in 44 games).
Brady Burke, Richmond Generals
2003/Denver, Pa. - 44-5-26-31-0.70
Perhaps no other player in the USPHL Elite displayed as much upside for their individual future than one of the league’s youngest regulars. A few months past his 16th birthday when he started, Burke attacked the game like a seasoned veteran and one who has a bright future in the USPHL Premier and/or possibly beyond. Burke finished fourth in league scoring among defensemen.
Kyle Ball, Hampton Roads Whalers
2000/Chesapeake, Va. - 42-2-19-21-0.51
“Homegrown’s all right with me.” So sang Neil Young, and that could never apply more than to Kyle Ball. A Whaler since 2015 with the organization’s former 16U Futures (now USPHL 15U) team, Ball continues to grow and develop under the “W.” He tied for the team lead in assists this season with fellow All-Star Nate McNamara.
Kieran St-Onge, Charlotte Rush
2001/Pointe-Claire, Que. - 43-5-19-24-0.56
St-Onge saw time this season as both a forward and defenseman, but mostly patrolled the Rush blue line. The second-year Rush defenseman was a more than capable and productive power play quarterback as well, placing second on his team in power play assists (11). ;
Lleyton Poole, Atlanta Mad Hatters
2002/Atlanta, Ga. - 42-5-19-24-0.57
The Mad Hatters found their way to a Game 3 win and playoffs defeat of the 2019 Elite finalist Tampa Bay thanks to a roster constructed largely of Georgia-born players. The youngest Atlanta bllueliner at the age of 17 for the whole season, Poole ended up ranking second on the team in points and led the way in assists.
Nolan Tabraham, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
2002/Fayetteville, N.C. - 41-8-20-28-0.68
Tabraham not only led the Jr. Hurricanes in scoring by a defenseman, but also was fifth in the entire USPHL Elite Division. Tabraham is another homegrown product like many on this list, coming up through the Jr. Hurricanes’ youth program to become a leader in his first year at the junior level.
Mikhail Melikov, Florida Eels
2002/Moscow, Russia - 34-21-15-35-1.03
The third-leading scorer in the USPHL Elite among defensemen, Melikov was also the most productive offensively in the South Region.
Additionally, no other Elite defenseman came within eight of his league-leading 21 goals. That sum was even good enough for top 10 overall in the league among all skaters.
Carson Schuldt, Tampa Bay Juniors
2001/Watertown, N.Y. - 36-8-11-19-0.53
The Juniors were nipping at the heels of the eventual Division champion Florida Eels down the stretch, especially thanks to a 4-1-1-0 run in the month of February ahead of the playoffs. Schuldt was always at the forefront of the Juniors’ wins, helping to keep the Juniors defensively responsible alongside their offense, which ranked sixth in the league.