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USPHL Premier Players Of The Month: South Region

By USPHL Staff, 11/04/21, 7:15PM EDT

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October 2021

Florida Division

Forwards

Taurin Haddon-Harris, Florida Eels

The 2001-born native of Boca Raton, Fla., has remained in the Sunshine State for most of his career save for a season with Gilmour Academy and three games with the NCDC’s Utica Jr. Comets. Taurin Haddon-Harris has kept up his torrid scoring pace, by posting six goals and 11 assists for 17 points in just 11 games so far in 2021-22. Building off an already impressive 45-point regular season last year, he then pushed the Eels into the National Championship game off a four-point Nationals performance. He is also currently tied for the Eels’ team lead in plus-minus with a +7. 

 

Vesse Lampen, Palm Beach Typhoon

Boy, did the first-year Typhoon ever dig up a diamond here? The 2002-born Espoo, Finland native was no stranger to Florida. He played with the South Florida Hockey Academy (including 10 USPHL games) during the 2019-20 season prior to returning home during the COVID year of 2021-22. With the new Typhoon setting up camp in Palm Beach, he came back to the States and has scored in every single game so far in 2021-22. His 13-game point streak in which he has scored all 11 goals and seven assists is tied for longest active streak and one game away from tying the season high of 14 games. 

 

Beau Courneya, Tampa Bay Juniors 

Continuing the Strot brothers’ tradition of bringing highly-skilled Minnesota players to Tampa, Courneya (‘02/St. Louis Park, Minn.) has jumped right into the Premier scoring mix with his nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points in 17 games to lead the Juniors in scoring. Courneya is one of 11 Minnesotans getting the job done for the first place Tampa squad (10-6-0-1). 

 

Defense

Jerome Pegrum, Florida Jr. Blades

The 2004-born Pegrum (of Brighton, Mich.) has already proven himself as a star on the rise in the Premier Division, with tons of upside for higher levels of junior and college hockey. He is leading the Jr. Blades in total ice time and has blocked 10 shots this season. He’s been handling himself well on the defensive end while chipping in offensively better than anyone else in his division, with five goals and four assists for nine points. 

 

Trevor Voyda, Florida Eels

Voyda (‘01/Naples, Fla.) is a local product who has remained loyal to the Eels for now four years. He played one year of Elite hockey for the Eels after a season in the same division for the Jr. Blades. Since then, he has been an indispensable part of the Eels’ defensive corps, not only on the offensive side with a goal and five points in nine games, but also in leading the way in shorthanded time and blocking 13 shots in just nine contests this season. 

 

Goaltender

Alexandre Caron, Florida Eels

Caron is a third-year Eel, but unlike Voyda, he is definitely not a local. Caron joined in 2019-20 from Sorel-Tracy, Que. Now, the second-year Premier No. 1 goalie has started his season with a 6-0 record after joining Voyda and Haddon-Harris in helping the Eels reach last year’s National Championship game. Caron is ranked eighth in save percentage with a .939 mark, and he is one of only eight goalies league-wide to have more than one shutout to his credit (he has two). 

 

Southeast Division 

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Ethyn Hopp, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

The second-year Jr. Cane out of Edmonton, Alb., has been Mr. Production for the Jr. Canes, posting a line of 7-16-23 in 16 games so far for the division-leading Carolina squad. He’s already close to eclipsing the 29 points he posted in the last regular season, prior to leading the Jr. Canes to the National Semifinals, where they lost a close battle with the Florida Eels. 

 

Daniel Nau, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes 

Nau is always the time when it comes to talking about the Jr. Hurricanes. The local product has been a Jr. Cane basically his whole life and is definitely enjoying Year 3 with the junior squad and second year in the Premier. Like Ethyn Hopp, who also had 23 points in 16 games, Nau is close to moving past his 2020-21 point total of 28. He leads the Jr. Canes with  eight goals and has produced 15 assists. 

 

Callen Daily, Hampton Roads Whalers 

The third-year 2001-born Jr. Whaler out of Powell, Ohio, has elevated his game even further than in his prior two already accomplished seasons. He entered November just four games short of 100 in regular season contests for the Whalers - at 96, he’s already in the top 10 for all-time games played for the Whalers Premier squad. Offensively, this season, Daily has put up 11 goals and 19 points in just 14 games. 

 

Defense

Tyler Fittro, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

Another returning piece of last year’s Nationals puzzle, Fittro (‘01/Cedar Falls, Iowa) joined later after a trial at the Tier II level to kick off the season. With four goals and seven assists for 11 points in just eight games, it would be no surprise to see him move back up at some point this year. Right now, though, Fittro is the No. 1 man on ice for the Jr. Canes with an average of 31:33 per outing, and his +13 is impressive - while not leading the Jr. Canes, it is higher than most Premier team leaders’ best. 

 

Connor Carlile, Hampton Roads Whalers

The 2001-born native of Southlake, Texas, has shown his leadership gathered through 29 Tier II games played in his career already. With 10 assists and two goals, he now boasts 12 points in 15 games, but he’s good for so much more than getting on the scoresheet. He leads the team in hits (28, also good for second in the USPHL Premier) and power play ice time, and with a +10, he is third on the Whalers blue line in that category. 

 

Goaltender

Nick Anderson, Charlotte Rush

The 2003-born Rochester, N.Y., has jumped right into the defending National Champions’ No. 1 goaltender spot by putting together a .943 save percentage (fifth in the league) over seven games, in which he has put together a 5-2 record. He won his first five straight, never letting up more than two in a game. In fact, his USPHL Premier career started with a 24-save shutout against the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes. 

 

Top Performers Of The Week (Oct. 25-Nov. 1)

 

Southeast Division

Forward: Callen Daily, Hampton Roads Whalers

 

Defense: Drake Semrad, Richmond Generals

 

Goaltender: Kannon Flageolle, Hampton Roads Whalers

 

Florida Division

Forward: Ryan Parent, Atlanta Mad Hatters

 

Defense: Parker Chadwell, Tampa Bay Juniors

 

Goaltender: Blake Mons, Tampa Bay Juniors