Congratulations to our USPHL Premier New England 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!
Jackson Tillinghast, Northern Cyclones
Since the advent of the current USPHL Premier Division, no other Northern Cyclones player has come close to Tillinghast’s 120 points in 82 regular season games. This, of course, was made possible by his 75-point campaign here in 2021-22. There was no better setup man on the power play in all the Premier Division than Tillinghast, with his 28 assists. The 2001-born native of Louisville, Colo., had 35 points with the man advantage, led the team in plus-minus (+42) and he’ll now take all this skill to Lake Forest College.
Travis Marchant, Northern Cyclones
To attain the third best winning percentage in a league of 64 teams, it takes a massive arsenal of weapons, and the Cyclones were up to that task. The fifth-year Cyclones Marchant (‘01/Londonderry, N.H.) and his 53 points were key to the Cyclones’ 37-3-3-1 record and .886 winning percentage. Wentworth Institute of Technology is getting a good one, as he is the all-time leader in Cyclones games played at 117.
Tyson Springer, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
With the final point of his third full regular season in the USPHL Premier, the ‘02 from East Palestine, Ohio, native hit the magic number 100 in his two-year tenure with the Monarchs. His efforts helped the team improve by eight points from their 2020-21 performance. Springer led the Monarchs in goals (26) and was second in points with 61.
Matt Horan, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
Four seasons with the Monarchs resulted in the growth of this 2001-born native of Methuen, Mass.’ game to the point where he put up 53 points in 43 games this season. An alum of the Monarchs’ NCDC and 18U programs, certainly made a massive impact in his only USPHL Premier season.
Devin Rohrich, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs
The 2002-born Pennsylvanian more than doubled his 2020-21 points output to end up leading the Monarchs this season, posting 65 points - the division’s second best total after Tillinghast. He set single-season records for assists (44) and points in the Monarchs’ five-year history in their USPHL Premier existence. He received his All-Star nomination from a totally different team than his own. He’ll move on to Franklin Pierce University.
Tyler Borys, Boston Junior Bruins
Borys (‘01/Shrewsbury, Mass.) became the only single unanimous selection as an All-Star in the New England Division, putting up 45 points in 42 games to help keep the Junior Bruins as a top four team in a deep, nine-team New England Division. Borys, a Suffolk University recruit, had 103 points in his 83 games over the last two years. He advanced to the Premier Division last year, coming from two years with the Junior Bruins 18U squad.
Tyler Wilson, Springfield Pics
Wilson led the Pics, offensively, this season with a 44-point season in 41 games and they remain consistently a better than .500 team in the tough New England Division lineup due to their overall depth, but every team needs its leaders and this Framingham State University recruit is certainly one such leader. He was an 18U teammate of Tyler Borys.
Emile Trottier, South Shore Kings
What a find for the South Shore Kings, as the 2004-born native of St-Casimir, Que., put up a 49-point season in 44 games as a first-year junior player. Not only was he their offensive leader, but he also proved that he can hang at the Tier II level by scoring three points in his first four NCDC games with the Kings. Trottier helped his team see a huge increase in their standings, from seventh last season to second in the nine-team New England Division this year.
Brett Williams, Bridgewater Bandits
Williams has increased his points total in the USPHL Premier from four to 18 to 48 this season, continuing to grow each of his three Premier seasons, the last two of which were spent with the Bandits. His 48 points in 43 games were a single-season record for the Bandits in the USPHL Premier, going back to 2017-18.
Cameron Martin, Boston Advantage
Martin (‘02/Georgetown, Mass.) was a fantastic find for the Advantage coming out of Massachusetts High School hockey to be their offensive leader this year. He sent home 43 points in 42 games to stand No. 1 on his team by nine points.
Andrew Nieusma, Northern Cyclones
Nieusma and Tillinghast’s hockey partnership has been extremely successful these last several years, whether in Wenatchee, with the Rocky Mountain Roughriders or in their two very strong years with the Cyclones. The two Coloradoans will continue their careers together with Lake Forest College. Nieusma steps off the Premier stage as the second-leading scorer among blueliners, with 54 points. His 85 career points (in 82 games) are the best-ever in Cyclones history by a defenseman. The team captain from Superior, Colo., also led his team with 25:22 of ice time per game.
Hunter Meyer, Northern Cyclones
Meyer tied with Nieusma as the league leaders in assists by defensemen, with 38 apiece. The third-year Cyclones blueliner (and second-year Premier defenseman) finished with a total of 41 points, improving from 23 last year. Meyer also led the way for the Cyclones in blocked shots with 76. He’ll now move on to an NCAA hockey career with New England College. He was impressive to opponents enough to be nominated by a division foe.
Nick Foster, Springfield Pics
A great local product for the Pics, Foster cut his teeth just north in the college-rich town of Amherst, Mass. He joined the Pics last year and performed admirably filling a full 44-game season. This year, he was the true leader for the Pics defense, playing an average of 23:35 per game, blocking 22 shots on the year and producing 23 points in just 30 games on the season.
Owen Johnston, Boston Junior Bruins
Johnston was a fantastic 2004-born blueliner, coming in as a junior rookie from Minesing, Ont., to lead the team’s blue line corps the way Borys was the man up front. He scored 28 points in 33 games, for a 0.85 points per game average, among the best for a non-Cyclones defenseman in the division. He was a +13 for the Junior Bruins as well and earned a three-game call-up to the Junior Bruins NCDC squad.
Alex Hoitt, Bridgewater Bandits
The ‘02 local product from East Bridgewater, Mass., leaves for Saint Anselm College as the Bandits’ all-time Premier leader in points by a defenseman (58) and second in games played at 109. This season, Hoitt skated a team-leading 24:55 per game on average, as well as 40 blocked shots in addition to his 28 points in 39 games, an improvement of 17 points from last year. His USPHL career goes back to USPHL 16U hockey with the Bandits from 2017-19.
Kyle Myer, Northern Cyclones
The law firm of Myer and Meyer will both take their game to New England College from the Cyclones, with the goaltender Kyle Myer finishing off a three-year Premier career with a 17-1-3-0 season between the pipes, posting a .921 save percentage. Like his phonetically linked teammate, Myer also received a nomination from outside his own team. Myer closes out a career in which he posted single-season save percentages of .927, .924 and .921 for an insane level of consistency.
Max Macchioni, South Shore Kings
The Premier leader in both goals against average (1.55) and save percentage (.953) came across the finish line with a 10-2-0-2 record. He was also third in shutouts with four, as the Kings launched from seventh last year to second in the Premier Division this year. He also played in 15 games with the NCDC Kings, building on his work with the Premier team to earn a big promotion.
Dunford DeLoss, Islanders Hockey Club
DeLoss was key to an Islanders team that struggled at times in the regular season but was still able to play their best when it mattered, going through two three-game playoff series (including the Premier’s longest game ever, a triple-OT win over the Bridgewater Bandits) to reach the Premier Nationals for their third year in a row. He finished with a .920 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average.