The United States Premier Hockey League wishes the best of luck to all six of its alumni playing in the IIHF World Junior Championships’ top-level tournament. The WJC got underway on Christmas Day and will wrap up with the Gold Medal Game on Jan. 5. Defending Gold Medalist Canada is the host country, with all games taking place in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alberta.
The USPHL is excited for all of its alumni, hailing from the National Collegiate Development Conference, the USPHL 18U and USPHL 16U Divisions.
Sam Colangelo (Boston Junior Bruins)
Colangelo (‘01/Stoneham, Mass.) just turned 19 on Dec. 26. The former Boston Junior Bruin played 31 combined regular season and playoff games in 2015-16 with the USPHL 16U Junior Bruins. Three seasons later, he played NCDC games with the Junior Bruins as well as games with their split-season Midget program known as the Little Bruins. Colangelo is on the roster for Northeastern University, but has not yet played his first NCAA game.
The 2021 World Junior Championship tournament marks Colangelo’s debut with Team USA.
Luis Lindner (Boston Junior Bruins)
Lindner, a 2001-born native of Spittel an der Drau, Austria, joined the Junior Bruins in 2019-20 at the NCDC level for what was so far his only North American season. Lindner was selected to the 2020 USPHL All-Star Game, immediately recognized after joining the Junior Bruins in the middle of the fall of their first season after winning the 2019 Dineen Cup. Lindner scored 42 points in 39 NCDC games last season. Lindner helped Austria capture the WJC Division 1A Gold Medal last year, earning promotion to the top 10 championship group for this winter. Lindner was also twice a World Under-18 Division 1 Group B Silver Medalist with Austria in 2018 and 2019.
Senna Peeters (South Kent Selects Academy)
Peeters (‘02/Deurne, Belgium) joined South Kent Selects Academy for the 2018-19 season, which included their involvement in the USPHL 16U and 18U playoffs that year. Peters played in all four USPHL playoff games with the 16U South Kent squad, posting a goal and two assists for three points in four games. Peeters was with Lindner on the Gold Medal-winning Team Austria at last year’s World Junior Championships Division 1A tournament. Prior to the WJC, he was playing in Sweden’s Top Under-20 League with Rogle BK.
Ruben Rafkin (South Kent Selects Academy)
Rafkin (‘02/Turku, Finland) helped SKSA win back-to-back USPHL 16U Championships in 2017 and 2018. Overall, in 19 combined USPHL regular season and playoff games, Rafkin scored 11 points. He has represented Finland at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (in 2018-19) and was with Finland’s U18 team in 2020. The WJC marks his debut in an IIHF championship tournament for Finland. During the regular season, he plays for Turku in Finland’s top pro league, the Liiga.
Artur Turansky (South Kent Selects Academy)
Turansky (‘01/Bratislava, Slovakia) joined Rafkin on the 2018 USPHL 16U championship team out of South Kent School. He was also a key member of the SKSA team that won the USPHL 18U title in 2019. Turansky scored 17 points in 10 combined regular season and playoff games in 2018-19, and he had three points in six games with the USPHL 16U team one year earlier. In 2019, Turansky was also a member of Team Slovakia at the World Under-18 Championships, marking this year’s WJC his second time representing his country.
Ray Fust (Northwood School)
Fust (‘01/Reverolle, Switzerland) was a member of the Northwood School’s entry in the USPHL 18U Division in 2019-20, where he posted 12 goals and 18 points in 12 regular season games. He also added four points in three USPHL 18U playoff games last February. Committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for 2021-22, Fust is in his fifth appearance representing his home country and first IIHF championship tournament appearance.
Four former South Shore Kings youth players on Team USA
The South Shore Kings, a founding member of the USPHL, are also represented with four former youth hockey players on Team USA - this includes Sam Colangelo, Brett Berard, Matty Beniers and Matthew Boldy. Best of luck to all of these four as they chase down a Gold Medal for the United States!
Six former Junior Bruins Youth tournament players on Team USA
Six alumni of the Boston Junior Bruins' Brick youth tournament teams are on team USA - Sam Colangelo, Brett Berard, Matty Beniers, Matthew Body, Patrick Moynihan and Henry Thrun.