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USPHL Elite North Region 2019-20 All-Stars: Forwards

By USPHL Staff, 03/20/20, 6:45PM EDT

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Congratulations to all of our USPHL Elite North Region All-Stars from the 2019-20 season. The All-Stars were selected by coaches from the region. 

 

Forwards

Brian Clougherty, Northern Cyclones

2000/Lynn, Mass. - 44-35-27-62-1.41

For the second year in a row, a Cyclones player has finished as the leading scorer in the USPHL Elite. Clougherty joined the Cyclones from his hometown Lynn Classical High School team, and made an immediate impact in junior hockey. Along with points, he was also the USPHL Elite leader in goals and game-winning goals (seven). 

 

John DiFilippo, Northern Cyclones

2000/Lynn, Mass. - 43-23-34-57-1.33

There wasn’t much difference between DiFilippo and Clougherty - both were 2000’s born and raised in Lynn who played four years at Lynn Classical. DiFilippo is three months older and had more assists than goals vs. Clougherty’s more goals than assists. Together the two put the Cyclones into a tie for first in points in the league when the dust settled.

 

Jacob Howell, Northern Cyclones 

2001/Derry, N.H. - 41-23-20-43-1.05

Dedication to the Northern Cyclones multi-tiered development system paid off for Howell, a local product living closeby to the Cyclones’ headquarters in Hudson, N.H. Howell was another big contributor to the league-leading offense in the USPHL Elite, which combined for 201 goals. Howell has played beyond Bantams for the Cyclones at the 15U, 16U, 18U and Elite levels. 

 

Kenan Waters, Northern Cyclones

2000/Hyattsville, Md. - 42-16-27-43-1.02

With a goal at 8:51 of the third period in the final regular season game against the Springfield Pics on Feb. 22, Waters passed the 100-point career mark in the USPHL Elite. He finished this two-year stint with 101 points in 84 games, putting him at 17th on the all-time USPHL Elite scoring leaderboard. He is second all-time for the Cyclones at this level, as well. 

 

Connor O’Brien, Springfield Pics

2002/Wilbraham, Mass. - 42-22-34-56-1.33 

The Pics’ Elite squad was the first of two from the organization to qualify for Nationals, and they were led throughout the year by O’Brien, who jumped up from the Pics 16U team to the Elite. In making that jump, he also improved his points output by more than 40. He posted 13 points in his first 10 games of the season. 

 

Aleksis Burkits, Springfield Pics

2002/Riga, Latvia - 38-17-27-44-1.16

Burkits was not only a massive scorer for the incredibly deep Pics, but he was a very dangerous man to face when your team was on the power play. He posted three goals and five assists in shorthanded situations. That’s not to say he wasn’t potent with the man advantage, scoring a 3-7-10 line. He also personally ended two shootouts with winning shots. 

 

John Hurd, Boston Bandits

2001/Boynton Beach, Fla. - 40-20-24-44-1.10

Hurd returned to the USPHL Elite to continue his development after playing in the league two years ago in Palm Beach. Hurd hit the 20-mark in both goals and assists, one of only 10 players league-wide to do so. 

 

Robert Byrne, Boston Bandits

2000/Massapequa, N.Y. - 44-9-29-38-0.86

Byrne just completed his fourth season with the Bandits organization, and his second on the USPHL Elite squad. He more than doubled his points output from 18 to 38. He finished in a tie for 10th in assists in the league. 

 

Connor Juhasz, Boston Junior Bruins

2000/Enfield, Conn. - 42-18-13-31-0.74

Juhasz helped keep the Junior Bruins in many games, and also helped them to wins over eventual Nationals qualifiers the Springfield Pics, New York Aviators, Jersey Hitmen and Atlanta Mad Hatters. Juhasz led the Junior Bruins in scoring and tied in goal-scoring and power play points (six). 

 

Jason Lastra, Rockets Hockey Club

2000/Rutherford, N.J. - 44-17-20-37-0.84

Lastra, who put his toes in the Rockets water last year with 16 Elite games, played the full season of 44 games this year and was the leading scorer for the team by 17 points above his closest teammate. 

 

Daniel Yakushenka, New York Aviators

2000/Polotsk, Belarus - 27-21-12-33-1.33

The Aviators might as well have a satellite office in the little town of Polotsk, Belarus. After all, along with Yakushenka leading the Pilots’ Elite team, fellow Polotsk residents and twins Arkhip and Filimon Ledenkov led the way on the Premier side. Yakushenka joined the Premier team for 23 games, playing a total of 50 USPHL regular season games this year. He finished eighth in points per game (1.33). 

 

Ryan Andrews, Jersey Hitmen

2001/Oakland, N.J. - 36-20-16-36

Goal-scorer, playmaker, Andrews has done it all these last two seasons for the Hitmen. He became the Hitmen Elite’s all-time leading scorer with a dead-even line of 43-43-86 in 76 games. Andrews helped the Hitmen win the Mid-Atlantic Division, which led them to a Nationals berth. He was also 3-for-3 on the shootout this season, with two game-winners!