Congratulations to our USPHL Elite Southeast 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!
Austin Sawyer, Richmond Generals
There were just too many weapons at the Generals’ disposal for anyone to seriously keep the USPHL Elite National Championship away from them. No team had more of an offense than their 211 goals scored. Their top three scorers totaled 181 points between them, but the remainder of their teammates registered another 399 points, an amazing figure. Sawyer, a 2002-born native of Colorado Springs, Colo., put up 60 points in 42 games to rank ninth overall in league scoring. He was sixth in assists with 38, as well, and put up a team-leading +33 rating.
Jackson Good, Richmond Generals
The 2002-born Denton, Md., has lived up to and beyond his surname the last two seasons for the Generals. He showed great promise during the 2020-21 season by posting 28 points, and then doubled that and added a few for a 59-point season to rank 10th in Elite scoring. The University of Kentucky recruit put up 16 points in seven postseason games en route to the National title.
Joe Petite, Richmond Generals
The league’s sixth-leading scorer was always on fire for the Generals, which included a 13-game, 30-point scoring streak from November through January. This also included a 12-game helper streak of 17 assists, a league-best assist streak for the 2021-22 season. The ‘02 Bloomfield, Conn., native came in sixth in league scoring with 62 points in 38 games, which also saw him lead the way in power play goals (11, tied for first) and power play points (26).
Aiden Ryan, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
The top scorer on a team other than the Islanders Hockey Club, Ryan posted 30 goals and 35 assists for 65 points in 39 games (an amazing 1.67 points per game). The ‘04 lifelong Carolina Jr. Hurricanes product from Raleigh more than proved himself at the junior level, not only putting so many points on the board - including 30 goals - in the Elite, but registering three assists in the four USPHL Premier games in which he appeared.
Ryan Grant, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
As if a guy with the last name Ryan wasn’t hard enough for opponents to handle, the Jr. Canes’ foes also had to deal with Ryan Grant. He was third in power play goals at 10 and fourth in power play points at 23 points. Overall, he scored 58 points to rank in a tie for 11th in league scoring.
Owen Norman, Potomac Patriots
The 2004-born native of Oro-Medonte, Ont., was massive in his limited time with the Patriots, helping them to their best overall season since 2014-15. He played in 24 games and registered a 17-16-33 line. He also got called up to the Premier Patriots (after he had started the season with the Buffalo Stampede) and four points in 15 Premier games this year.
Liam Hanna, Potomac Patriots
A fourth-year USPHL veteran and second-year Elite Patriot, Hanna improved from 16 points as a junior rookie last year to 44 points in 44 games this season. The Patriots certainly seem to be building in the right direction, and chemistry was certainly a factor this year. Hanna played with six former Patriots USPHL 16U teammates on the Elite squad this year.
David Hoftiezer, Charlotte Rush
The 2002-born native of Medford, N.J., came back from the 2020-21 Elite National Champion Rush and he ended up being the leading scorer for the 2021-22 team. Overall, Hoftiezer put home 20 goals and 55 points in 44 games.
Nathan Fisher, Hampton Roads Whalers
The Bel Air, Md., native returned to the Whalers organization, with whom he played 18U hockey last year and was certainly one of the Elite Whalers’ most promising players. This year, he certainly cashed in on that promise in his second Elite season, putting up 43 points in just 38 games, and earning his first four USPHL Premier games up with the top Whalers squad.
Jonathan Beiber, Richmond Generals
A second-year General, the 2002-born Beiber was yet another of the many keys to Nationals victory the Generals possessed this year. He played in just 12 games last year, but posted 12 points in those games. This year, Beiber put up 33 points in 42 contests, was a +32 to lead the defense and his 55 blocked shots led the Gens.
Case Cook, Richmond Generals
Cook got a chance to play in two USPHL Elite National Championship games in a row, but this year, he got a chance to stand on top of the hill. The former Charleston Colonials defenseman jumped to the Generals this year and ended up their leading scorer among blueliners with 37 points in 38 games, good for sixth overall in the league. He was third in assists with 30, and led the league in power play assists with 18 and first in power play points with 21.
Cam Perez, Charlotte Rush
Perez (‘02/West Hartford, Conn.) drew on his experience from helping the Rush win the 2020-21 National Championship to stand tall as the third-leading scorer among defensemen in the Elite with 39 points in 27 games this year. He would have certainly had more, but had good reason to miss some Elite games as he played nine up with the Premier squad. Perez led the Rush in average ice time (22:13) and in plus-minus (+24).
Chase Wainman, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
Wainman earned multiple teams’ votes by simply being the strong defenseman the Jr. Canes need to stay competitive in historically the toughest division in the Elite. In every situation, Wainman was the No. 1 guy tapped for duty, as he averaged 25:53 per game in ice time, helping him post 33 points in his 34 games played. Like many others on this list, the reason he didn’t play more is because he was up with the Premier team, for six games in his case.
Shawn Eliav, Potomac Patriots
Boca Raton Community High School was the source for one of the top defensemen in the Elite Division, as the 2004-born junior rookie Eliav put up a season of 39 points in 37 games (and he also saw six USPHL Premier games). He also put up a +2 for the Patriots during this season, and certainly has a very bright future ahead.
Sam Edmands, Charlotte Rush
Edmands was one of the four goaltenders to tie for second in wins, coming in across the line with 16 W’s to help the Rush nab the top overall seed in the postseason, as he finished 16-1-0-0 for the year. Edmands was fourth in save percentage in the Elite with a .933 mark, and he also took home top five in goals against average at 2.15.
Jadon Lee, Richmond Generals
Lee (‘02/Fulton, N.Y.) returned to the Generals for another season after already putting together a fantastic 2020-21 campaign with a .916 save percentage. His .910 save percentage that helped the Generals in 13 regular season games led him to being one of just two Southeast goaltenders nominated, including a vote from an opposing team. He played in six of the postseason games with a .939 save percentage and a 6-0-0-0 record to help drive his team back to National glory for the first time since 2019.