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USPHL Premier 2021-22 All-Stars: Great Lakes Division

By USPHL Staff, 04/07/22, 5:15PM EDT

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Congratulations to our USPHL Premier Great Lakes Division All-Stars for the 2021-22 season!

Players were voted upon by coaches and league media staff. We wish the very best of luck to all of these players in their respective bright futures! This is the first in a series of All-Star releases that will run the next 10-12 days. 

 

Forwards

Bailey Byrd, Toledo Cherokee 

No surprise here. But to be clear, the USPHL Premier’s All-Time Leading Scorer isn’t an All-Star just because of that honor, but how he got there. Byrd racked up a career best 40-43-83 line to make it happen, and had to swerve in and out throughout the year towards the leading scorer title with Cincinnati’s Drake Barnish, who came in just one point back at 220. Byrd improved from 27 points in 2018-19 to 51 to 60 and to the 83 of this year. He finished 10th in league scoring, and tied for seventh in goals. 

 

Zeth Stelmaszak, Toledo Cherokee

Stelmaszak is second to Byrd in Cherokee points since they joined the USPHL in 2018-19, posting 139 (40-99-139). And again, it’s not just the career legacy that makes him a 2021-22 All-Star, but rather his game-breaking abilities. Like Byrd, he improved over each season with the Cherokee, from 40 to 45 to 54 points over the years. Stelmaszak was one of the top playmakers in the league, registering 40 assists in just 36 games this year. He is committed to Trine University. 

 

Alex Schaumburger, Metro Jets

We’ve already seen a couple stories of season-by-season improvement. Schaumburger took that to the nth degree, doubling his 2020-21 point total - and then adding half of that. In the end, Schaumburger ended up with 75 points off an almost dead even 37-38 goals-assists count, a huge improvement on the 29 points he posted in his first year last year, coming out of a star career with Salem HIgh School in his hometown of Canton, Mich. Schaumburger also set the season high for longest points streak, posting 43 in the space of 21 games between Sept. 24 and Dec. 5. 

 

Andreas Fleutot, Metro Jets

Fleutot, from Sallanches, France, tied with teammate Schaumburger for the team lead with 75 points, the second best single-season point total for a Metro player, led by Anthony Cinato’s 83 in 2019-20. He was bigger on the assist side than goals, with 48 helpers in 41 games this year, but you can’t overlook his 27 goals. Fleutot’s OT game-winner to complete a hat trick against Toledo on Dec. 11 gave him the No. 2 play on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10!

 

Nick Tessier, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Another success story of a returning USPHL Premier veteran who vastly improved his year-over-year numbers, improving from 38 points last year to 60 this season. A native of Burnsville, Minn., he’s played most of his career in Pittsburgh. Tessier’s 32 goals was good for 22nd in the USPHL Premier this year, as he helped the Vengeance to a fourth place finish in a division where the Jets and Cherokee were among the best in the league overall. 

 

Nick Sweet, Pittsburgh Vengeance

Sweet is another product of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, like Tessier (though they were not teammates in that organization). However, like Tessier, Sweet nearly doubled his points total from Year 1 with the Vengeance to Year 2, improving from 25 points last year to 43 in just 35 games this year. He also had a strong playoffs with six points in the Vengeance’s four contests. 


Jason Kavulic, Pittsburgh Vengeance

A three-year USPHL veteran and second-year forward for the Vengeance, Kavulic outdid most of these All-Stars above by more than quadrupling his year-over-year improvement, from nine points in 2020-21 to 47 this past season in 2021-22. He hit right down the middle with 22 goals and 25 assists. He tied former Vengeance Santeri Rajakallio for the fifth best USPHL Premier season by a Vengeance player with his 47 points. 

 

Drake Barnish, Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones

Already one of the most accomplished players in the Premier Division before this season, Barnish took the gamble of moving to a brand new team, and continued to rack up the offense even with the expansion Jr. Cyclones. He finished his four-year career with 220 points, one behind Byrd on the all-time Premier leaderboard as well. His 41 goals and 49 assists for 90 points gave him the league’s fifth-best points total this year, and 13th best in the current history of the USPHL Premier going back to 2017-18. 

 

Brendan Walk, Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones

Walk was almost always in lockstep with Barnish, as most of Walk’s 42 assists led to Barnish’s goals (he scored 41 in total). Both were previously Hudson Havoc players who went east to test the waters of the new Jr. Cyclones and help them to a strong start in their inaugural season. Walk improved from 35 points last year with Hudson to 60 this year. 

 

Dominic Conte, Columbus Mavericks

Conte’s 29 points scored with the Lake Erie Bighorns before a late season trade still stood up as the second best point total from any Bighorns player. With the Mavericks, he added another nine goals and 16 points in his final 13 regular season contests to wind up with 45 points on the season between the two teams. His 60 points in two seasons with the Bighorns is second-best in their USPHL Premier history. 

 

Defensemen

Braydin Lewis, Metro Jets

The second-year Jet seems like he’s been there a lot longer, since he’s been involved in so much of what the Jets have been able to build these past couple seasons, which have seen two Nationals berths as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively. Lewis’ 45 points was sixth best among Premier defensemen this year and his 65 career points give him a 0.87 points per game average. That is best among Jets defensemen with multiple seasons since their inaugural Premier campaign in 2018-19. 

 

Joey Mattevi, Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones

Mattevi was a three-year USPHL Premier veteran and looked the part every time he was out on the ice. He skated in 31 games this year and registered 33 points, one more point than in his prior two seasons combined. He had a team-high 33 blocked shots on the season as well. 

 

Jack Williams, Columbus Mavericks

You know you’re doing something right when a totally different team nominates you as an All-Star. Williams joined the Mavericks after 15 games with the Charlotte Rush and was a big (6-foot-3-inch, 194-pound) standout two-way blueliner who posted 13 points in a combined 37 games, 21 of which were spent with the Mavs. He was a +11 on the season for Columbus as well. 

 

David Crandall, Toledo Cherokee

The third-year Cherokee Crandall was another great example of the two-way defensive leader, this time for a Cherokee team that had the second best defensive corps in the league, giving up just 25.86 shots against per game, second only to Metro’s 21.45. Crandall also posted 34 points in 36 games.  

 

Goaltenders

Joey Cormier, Toledo Cherokee 

The USPHL Premier’s wins leader, with 26 victories, Cormier was the solid backbone of a Cherokee team with the league’s second best goals against average, giving up just 1.73 per game through the season. Cormier was in net for 35 of their 44 games, and he registered a 1.79 goals against average individually, along with a .934 save percentage. He was also first in minutes played and was the only goalie to hit over 2,000 minutes in net (2,013). 

 

Daniel Miscavish, Metro Jets

One of three goaltenders who could easily all be considered the No. 1 goalie, Miscavish had the most wins without taking a single loss during the season, going 14-0-0-0 (the WBS Knights’ Kelson Hooper was the only other goalie with more than 10 games to go undefeated, at 12-0-0-0). He finished with a goals against average of 1.63 and a save percentage of .933.  

 

Frank Murphy, Columbus Mavericks

Murphy came across the season finish line ranked second in the league in save percentage (among goalies with at least 840 minutes played), with a .940 mark. His goals against average of 1.80 tied for third best in the league. He finished with a 13-3-0-0 with three shutouts on the season.