The Minnesota Moose of the USPHL Premier are excited to announce the college advancement of 2001-born forward and Assistant Captain Isaiah "Ike" Frankel to Nichols College.
Nichols College is an NCAA Division III program playing in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. The Moose are excited to see Ike compete at the collegiate level with Nichols College for the next four years.
Frankel (a native of San Diego, Calif.) was a three-year veteran for the Minnesota Moose. He finished his career with the Moose netting 56 goals and 80 assists for 136 points. He currently sits as the second highest scoring player to wear a Moose jersey and first all-time in goals. I
Ike also had 220 PIM which is the most in the history of the Moose. Ike served as an assistant captain for his last campaign for the Minnesota Moose in this past season. He contributed to much of the success of the Minnesota Moose where he helped get the team to two USPHL National Tournaments.
“It was a pleasure coaching Ike Frankel for the last three seasons and having him wear a Moose jersey. For three years, I had an opportunity to see Ike grow as a player and a great leader during his tenure in Blaine, Minn.," said Moose GM/Head Coach Jon Jonasson. "Ike became a fan favorite and contributed over 100 hours of community service to the Blaine Community while playing for the us. This was a great testament to his passion to the game of hockey and giving back. While in the Midwest West Division, Ike was one of the most feared forwards in the division for three years and it will be very hard to replace him. I am thrilled to see players like Mr. Frankel get the opportunity to continue from our program to the collegiate level and continue to live their dream of playing at the highest level possible. Coach Mike Parnell is getting a top-notch player and even better person at Nichols College.”
“Coming to the Minnesota Moose from San Diego three years ago, I was excited, but nervous. As soon as I arrived, I was welcomed by the entire Moose family and Blaine community. My billet became my second home along with the city of Blaine, Minn.," said Frankel. "Going into my third year as an assistant captain, I was able to further my leadership skills and develop even more as an athlete and a person. The Minnesota Moose taught me the importance of community and developed my skills to have me ready to play at a higher level. Being a part of the Moose organization also showed me how important hard work and dedication is. You have to put the work in, in order to produce the results you want. That is why nobody outworks the Moose. I cannot wait to continue my career playing NCAA hockey for Coach Parnell at Nichols College. Once a Moose always a Moose. ”
When the Minnesota Moose Junior Hockey Club started in 2017, the goal was to see players move on to the next level of hockey and begin the next chapter of their lives as young men and student athletes. Since the inception of the Minnesota Moose, there have been over 80 players that have gotten the opportunity to play at the next level from NCAA Division I to Tier 2 Junior Hockey.
The goal has always been to move players to the most reputable programs at whatever level suits their needs most. That depends on academics, coaches, campuses, the hockey, the balance of lifestyle etc.. Once a player dawns that Minnesota Moose jersey on Day 1 of training camp, they know that they will be taken care of, have an opportunity to chase a championship and have every door opened as possible to move on to Collegiate hockey (NCAA/ACHA D1) or Tier 2 Junior.
The Minnesota Moose have been one of the top teams in the USPHL Premier and Midwest West for the last five seasons since their inception in 2017, with 80+ advancements, a 186-59-10 overall record since 2017, four trips to the National Tournament and two Division Championships.
Players interested in playing for the Minnesota Moose next season or beyond can visit the website at www.minnesotamoosehockey.com or reach out to Head Coach and General Manager Jon Jonasson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parker Chadwell certainly believed in the fantastic program run by brothers Brett and Garrett Strot out of the AdventHealth Center Ice facility in Wesley Chapel, Fla.
A local player who cut his teeth at Bloomingdale High School a little further south in the Tampa Bay area, Chadwell first joined the Tampa Bay Juniors in 2018 at the USPHL Elite level. After one season of development there, he was ready for the USPHL Premier and stood tall on the Juniors’ Premier blue line for three years. Now, he’s extended his hockey career for at least four more years with an NCAA commitment to Manhattanville College in New York.
“I loved everything about playing for Tampa Bay these past four years. Playing in my hometown, in a great facility and for a great program, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Chadwell, who stands second in the Juniors Premier franchise in games played by a defenseman with 124 (second all-time only to his regular D partner Jon Heller, who played in 150 games).
His longevity and steady play, all of which helped earn him Florida Division All-Star honors this year, also helped attract the attention of Manhattanville College.
“Towards the end of the season was when I came into contact with the school after reaching out via e-mail. The coaches said I was a big defenseman who could skate well and believed the way I played would be a good fit for the program,” said Chadwell. “As far as the academic side, I knew they had degrees and classes that I am interested in taking. On the hockey side, I took a look at a few videos that captured the program and the culture and it was definitely something I liked. When I got the offer to join the program, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t waste.”
Chadwell made a career out of taking advantage of opportunities, especially when the Juniors brought in former NHL and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Filip Kuba to its coaching staff.
“While playing with the Premier team, I have gotten the opportunity to work with Coach Kuba, who has excelled at the highest level, and he pays very close attention to detail while going through film,” said Chadwell. “He works with the defensemen during practice and works on the little things that can really improve your game. I have broken some bad habits and have gained good ones through attention to detail while with Coach Kuba.”
Along with working with Coach Kuba, he also attributes his success over the years to getting that first season in the USPHL Elite under his belt to make the transition from youth and high school hockey to higher-level Tier-3 hockey in the Premier.
“My Elite season is always going to be special to me. It was a great way for me to adapt to junior hockey coming out of youth hockey. The development I got through the speed and mental training with TBJ - along with off-season training - made the transition from Elite to Premier easy,” said Chadwell. “Of course over the three seasons of Premier under the training, TBJ has made it easy each season and I feel come August, I will be prepared for NCAA Division III.”
Chadwell has every intention of making the roster each night with Manhattanville - no one wants to watch from the sidelines when healthy, of course. It’s a hard-traveled road to get there, but he’s fueled up and ready to roll.
“Every aspect of my game has to be taken to the next level in order to make an impact,” said Chadwell. “The speed of the game changes at every level and I need to be prepared to play at and exceed the speed of NCAA Division III hockey to make an impact.”
He also wants to show just how good a Florida-born-and-trained player can be in the wider world of college hockey. He’s got a state to rep.
“Hockey is still early in development in Florida, but you can see the growth,” he added. “With the Tampa Bay Lightning being as successful as they are now, they have drawn major attention to the sport in Florida. The Tampa Bay Lightning organization is also taking a more hands-on role in developing the sport, as they run the high school hockey league in the Tampa area.”
The USPHL congratulates Parker Chadwell, his family, the Tampa Bay Juniors and Manhattanville College for his commitment.
The Pueblo Bulls are excited to announce 2001-born Bulls defenseman Connor Williams has committed to play for NCAA Division III Arcadia University. The South Lyon, Mich., native spent two seasons with the Bulls after winning an 18U league championship with Meijer AAA Hockey.
Williams was named an Assistant Captain this season and was a staple on the blue line. Williams compiled 10 goals and 34 assists in his two seasons, while exemplifying leadership and community excellence in Pueblo.
“Connor is a prepared leader who is capable of nearly anything he sets his mind to,” said Bulls General Manager Tyler Tuneberg. “He continually grew each day and always pushed himself to be a better hockey player and person. Connor was tremendous for us in his two seasons as a Bull, he came in and did everything we asked of him and more!”
“A lot of kids get caught up that they have to play Tier-2 hockey to move on to college. That isn’t the case here in Pueblo. It doesn’t matter what league or what level it is. It only matters about your development as a person and player. And here in Pueblo that is exactly what they strive for,” said Williams. “None of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the amazing community and billets who make it all happen.”
“The Bulls organization is very proud of Connor, and we are excited to see him make the jump to the Division III level. We can’t thank Connor enough for his time as a Pueblo Bull and his commitment on the ice and in the community. The Knights got a Grade 'A' player and even better person!” added Tuneberg.
The Pueblo Bulls are a Junior A U20 hockey team that plays out of Pueblo, Colo. The Bulls have been in existence since 2019 and are members of the USPHL Premier.
In just their second season, the Bulls were able to hit the 30-win mark and made it to the Mountain Conference Championship. The Bulls are a professionally-run organization that is focused on winning a National Championship developing young men into good citizens, and moving players on to Junior A Tier-2, NCAA college hockey, ACHA Division I, as well as professional hockey.
The Bulls have built a winning tradition and play in front of the best fans in junior hockey. Players interested in playing for the Pueblo Bulls next season or beyond can visit their website at www.pueblobullshockey.com or reach out to Head Coach Chris Wilhite at email@example.com.
Florida Jr. Blades Defenseman Matt Walters has committed to West Virginia University for ACHA Division 1 hockey. Walters has played for the Jr. Blades' Premier, Elite and 16U teams going back to 2018-19.
"Matt, is an outstanding young man. With a ton of potential. He will be missed," said Coach Rod Simmons.
“I want to say thank you to the Jr. Blades coaches and staff for helping me these past few years and I’m looking forward to continuing my hockey career at WVU. FJB4L,” said Walters.
Walters scored 15 points in 43 games during the regular season and then he helped the Jr. Blades reach the USPHL Premier Nationals for the first time since 2019.
Dylan Hullaby followed his dream of playing college hockey, and it paid off following his fourth full season in the USPHL Premier - patience and dedication pays off!
It was all about trusting the process for the 2001-born native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who now moves on to the NCAA’s University of Southern Maine. Hullaby originally connected with Coach Ed Harding at the Kings of the East Coast Showcase last summer between seasons with the Havoc.
“He watched and then spoke to me after a game. He liked my size and compete level,” said Hullaby, who stands 6-feet-5-inches and weighs in at 225 pounds. “Academically, Southern Maine’s Exercise Science program is very strong as well as the entire school. With hockey, I felt they had a lot of good players and my style would fit in well with the way that they play.”
Hullaby is a classic power forward - he was able to put up 56 points in 85 games over the two seasons in Hudson. Overall, he completed his career with 91 points in 166 games, including three prior seasons with the Minnesota Mullets.
“I really enjoyed the guys I played with and the [Hudson] community,” said Hullaby about being a staple of Brett Wall’s program for two years, including making a trip to USPHL Nationals this spring. “We had a lot of success on the ice and I was able to make a lot of good friends, especially this last year. The community of Hudson was the best in junior hockey and the support we got from the people who lived there will be something I miss.
“I owe a lot to the Hudson staff for the work they did with me to help me improve as a player. Coach Wall and the rest of the staff really push you to get better. They can be tough but they are also there to support you, and they put a lot of time into helping me improve,” added Hullaby. “I am really thankful for what they did for me.”
From 2017 to the early days of the 2019-20 season, Hullaby suited up for the Minnesota Mullets to start his USPHL journey to a college commitment.
“Without Coach Chris Walby, I don't think I would be where I am today,” said Hullaby. “He saw something in me and gave me my first opportunity to play and learn the game at the next level. The Mullets showed me what I needed to do to be successful and the time with the organization is something I will never forget.”
Hullaby is certainly excited to make the move east. He was certainly taken with the campus and the city of Portland, Maine, home to USM.
“I really enjoyed my visit to the campus and area. The facilities were nice and the Portland area looked like a great place to live,” he added.
In order to be an impact player at the NCAA level, Hullaby knows there is work to be done this off-season.
“I know the game at the college level is faster so the primary area I will be working on is foot speed and quickness. Playing on the bigger rink at Southern Maine, I know it will be an advantage for us over our opponents, so taking my skating to the next level will be important,” Hullaby added. “I will continue to work on all areas so that on Day 1 I can be an impact player and help the team be successful.”
The USPHL congratulates Dylan Hullaby, his family, the Hudson Havoc and the University of Southern Maine for his commitment.
Worcester State University just got richer in talent with the recent commitment from Islanders Hockey Club forward Shane Prifrel.
The 2001-born native of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., split this past season between the NCDC and Premier Islanders teams, and he was a key part of the sixth-seeded Premier team’s push through two higher seeds in the playoffs all the way to the USPHL Nationals. Prifrel is certainly excited for the opportunity to bring his game to the NCAA level.
“I started talking to Worcester State during the first round of playoffs. My coach loved my speed, size and how I was able to incorporate that into my game,” said Prifrel. “He said I have a lot of skill and knowing where to be to score.”
Prifrel obviously liked his one year in Massachusetts, as he’ll remain in the state and move just about 40 miles from the Islanders’ base in North Andover to Worcester, the second largest city in both Massachusetts and the New England region overall.
“I liked that the school is bigger than many of the schools I was looking at with the degree I wanted to pursue. The hockey family was the main reason for my commitment. Every player buys into the greater good of winning and plays for one another,” said Prifrel.
He’s excited to play for Head Coach Bob Deraney, who has several decades of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and III levels for both men’s and women’s hockey. An unstoppable teacher of the game, Deraney also runs coaching courses for USA Hockey certification. Prifrel knows he’s going from one dedicated mentor in Islanders Coach Jay Punsky to another in Deraney.
“I love Coach Deraney and Coach [Jay] Punsky. Every player that I talked to on the team has told me they’ve never had a better coach than Deraney. He’s so dedicated to the game and believes in the team,” said Prifrel. “I went to the Worcester State campus and loved it right away. People were everywhere and very nice.”
Prifrel was able to consider himself part of both the Premier and NCDC teams, playing games with both over the entire season as he moved back and forth depending on team needs.
“I loved the new opportunities that it brought along with new teammates and friendships that I have made on both teams,” said Prifrel. “I feel that my decision-making on the ice improved throughout the year playing on NCDC. I also feel that my confidence as a player and goal scorer has increased. The differences between NCDC and Premier are mainly in the pace of play. The NCDC is faster off the transitions and breakouts where Premier might take another second.”
In the postseason, the Islanders played two overtime games, including a three-overtime game (and win) against the Bridgewater Bandits that broke the record for the USPHL Premier’s longest game at 109 minutes and 35 seconds. They went from Bridgewater Ice Arena to the Junior Bruins’ New England Sports Center home ice to win two road series and qualify for Nationals as the New England Division’s sixth seed.
“My postseason experience was one of my favorite moments so far in my hockey career,” said Prifrel. “We had a great group of guys who truly believed we could go all the way and I had the best time competing side by side with them along the way.”
He’s looking forward to the same chemistry with his Worcester State teammates, and knows that he’ll have to continue to up his game to make an impact there.
“I will get a step or two quicker and faster during this off-season,” he said. “I will work to be the best skater I can be, and master new and better ways to find the back of the net.”
The USPHL congratulates Shane Prifrel, his family, the Islanders Hockey Club and Worcester State University for his commitment.
Will Augustine came to the Metro Jets prior to the 2018-19 season looking for playing time and the chance to improve his game to potentially have a shot at college hockey if the opportunity presented itself.
That opportunity started with playing for the MJDP, then the Metro Jets, and now has evolved into the NCAA.
Augustine, a 2001-born Livonia, Mich., native who turned 21 on May 8, leaves the Jets as the USPHL’s all-time shutouts leader and has recently committed to play NCAA Division III hockey next season at Rivier University, a newer program with its campus located in Nashua, N.H.
"The thing I found most appealing about Rivier was being a part of a young team and having the opportunity to make an immediate impact going into my freshman year,” said Augustine. “The coaching staff is very knowledgeable, bringing competitive expectations, and also has a goalie coach present daily that can continue to help me make adjustments in my game. Also, it’s a smaller school that will help me get back into the swing of things academically for the smoothest transition possible.
“It’s very exciting to make this commitment and getting the opportunity to play at the NCAA level and getting a great education at the same time. I hope to come in my freshman year and really bond with all the guys and get as much chemistry going as early as possible. I know they have quite a few new guys for next year as well, so I won’t be the only one coming to a new team.”
Academically, Augustine is looking at a business/marketing major, saying, “It will definitely be a different step for me at the beginning, but I’m confident I’ll be able to adjust to the college life fast.”
Over the course of his time with the Jets, Augustine and the Jets made the USPHL National Championships each year, going to the title game in 2019 and 2022. Overall, Augustine went 55-14-0 with a 1.91 GAA and a .934 save percentage, notching 12 shutouts in a Jets uniform.
“Will has come a long way in his time with the Jets,” said Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “He is a perfect example of development and commitment. He started with the MJDP, which provided him the same platform and opportunities. He was able to get ample playing time and attention. Will took advantage of it and continued to progress.
"Fast forward a few years later, and he is between the pipes for the national championship game just over a month ago and now an NCAA commitment. He has done a great job focusing on his game and maturing every year. We are fortunate to have a full-time experienced goalie coach in Randy Wilson to guide our guys and it’s a big reason for our continued success in net. Our goalies get the development, the exposure and, ultimately, the advancement because of our platform and relationships.
“Rivier has a strong program with exceptional coaching. He will fit in great. We wish Will the best of luck."
Wilson mirrored Quenneville’s sentiments.
“I'm extremely happy to see that Will has committed to NCAA Rivier University to continue his hockey career,” said Wilson. “To witness his development and growth as a competitive goaltender over the past four years has been very rewarding for me as his coach. From the first day he joined our Metro Jets program, he has always displayed a very mature attitude and a solid work ethic to become an elite junior goaltender. No doubt he will bring the same qualities to Rivier.
“I know that Coach [Matthew] Keating's Raiders hockey team is getting a quality goalie that will prove to be a valuable asset, both on the ice and in the classroom.”
All the accolades aside, Augustine said the Jets program helped him take strides in his game and gave him the confidence that he would not have had elsewhere.
“Coming from a struggling high school hockey team my sophomore and junior year, the Metro Jets gave me a great opportunity to keep playing hockey and at a great level,” Augustine said. “Four years later, I’m leaving the Jets with an NCAA scholarship and a ton more experience than when I first came in. I matured volumes as a person and am leaving with a lot more confidence in my game. I can’t thank my family and close friends, especially the Jets coaching staff, and previous coaches enough for being a great support system through everything I’ve faced and helping me better myself every day.
“I give a special thanks to my mom and dad (Marsha and John) for all the long car rides to tournaments over the years and countless cold rinks early in the morning any day of the week, whether it meant missing work or traveling while being sick or tired. Randy also had a huge part in me playing for the Jets as I was recruited out of high school by him from the reference of Dan Phelps. Working with Randy every day for the past four years really helped get me ready to play and compete at the college level and is someone I’ll never forget. He made a huge impact on me as a hockey player through confidence and faith in me but made an even bigger impact in my life as a person teaching me many life lessons along the way.”
And in reflecting on how fast the past four seasons have gone by, Augustine said he will never forget the countless memories made with the Jets organization.
“I will always remember our 2019 China trip as a whole,” said Augustine. “Between us winning bronze in the tournament and (Jets associate head coach) Jamie (Lovell) singing ‘I Want It That Way’ at karaoke is something I will remember for a lifetime. Our trip to nationals this year stands out, making it all the way to the final game. Even though we didn’t win it all, it was a great journey with some great people, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
“I would do it all over again every single time and can’t thank the staff members and all the teammates I had over the last four years enough for the memories and friendships that were made along the way.”
The Minnesota Moose of the USPHL Premier are excited to announce the commitment of 2001 Forward and Assistant Captain Hunter Barto to Iowa State University. Iowa State is a Top 5 ACHA D1 program and Hunter will be bringing his talents to ISU for the next four years.
Hunter Barto (a native of Las Vegas, Nev.) was a three-year veteran for the Minnesota Moose. He appeared in 124 games in a Moose jersey while scoring 44 goals and 69 assists for 113 points. Barto also served as an assistant captain for his last campaign for the Minnesota Moose in this past season. He contributed to much of the success of the Minnesota Moose where he helped get to two USPHL National Tournaments.
“Looking back at Hunter’s time with the Moose I recall a player that came to the Moose not fully ready to play at the Junior Level," said Moose GM/Head Coach Jon Jonasson. "Because of his work ethic and his drive to try and be one of the best players on the ice, it only took him three months into his first season to find his spot.
"He kept growing into a bigger role over his time here and eventually became one of the top players in the USPHL Premier. Hunter was a solid lead by example player, natural playmaker and was very reliable for us in clutch situations. I expect him to have a similar path at the collegiate level and turn into a top player at the ACHA level for Iowa State.”
“Three years ago, I decided to take the leap and leave my senior year of high school and travel 1,300 miles to play for the Minnesota Moose," said Barto. "Over the three years with the Moose, I became a complete player and saw my skills and knowledge of the game improve drastically. Playing with the Moose also developed me into a young adult and gave me life long best friends that all played for the same goal, to win a national championship. Thank you to the whole coaching staff for taking me in and allowing me to be a Moose for three years. Once a Moose, always a Moose!”
When the Minnesota Moose Junior Hockey Club, out of Blaine, Minn., started in 2017, the goal was to see players move on to the next level of hockey and begin the next chapter of their lives as young men and student athletes. Since the inception of the Minnesota Moose there has been over 80 players that have gotten the opportunity to play at the next level from NCAA D1 to Tier 2 Junior Hockey. The goal has always been to move players to the most reputable programs at whatever level suits their needs most. That depends on academics, coaches, campuses, the hockey, the balance of lifestyle etc.
Once a player dons that Minnesota Moose jersey on day 1 one of training camp, they know that they will be taken care of, have an opportunity to chase a championship and have every door opened as possible to move on to Collegiate hockey (NCAA/ACHA D1) or Tier 2 Junior.
The Minnesota Moose, playing out of Blaine, Minn., have been one of the top teams in the USPHL Premier and Midwest-West for the last Five seasons since their inception in 2017, with 80+ advancements, a 186-59-10 overall record since 2017, four trips to the National Tournament and two Division Championships.
Players interested in playing for the Minnesota Moose next season or beyond can visit their website at www.minnesotamoosehockey.com or reach out to Head Coach and General Manager Jon Jonasson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Toledo Cherokee of the Great Lakes Division in the USPHL Premier is proud to announce that Gavin Uckele will attend and play hockey at Grand Canyon University. Uckele will suit up for the ACHA D1 team.
The Blissfield, Mich., native joined the Cherokee after the new year and played in 12 regular season games scoring two goals and adding seven assists for nine points. In six postseason games, Uckele scored two goals and one assist for three points.
“Gavin is a kid I’ve known since he was a little guy playing at the Ice House, so for us to have been able to add him late was great, not only for him and his family but for our team as well. He came in and added to an already deep D-core and helped us get back to the National Tournament for a second year in a row," said head coach Kenny Miller.
Uckele joins Vincent Servizzi (Alvernia University), David Crandall (University of Toledo), Caleb Kneiding (Grand Valley State) and Nick Bernstein (Chatham) as members from the 2021-2022 Cherokee roster to commit to college.
“Gavin is a great kid that will do very well in school and in life after college, I am very happy for him and his family,” added Miller.
Grand Canyon University is located in Phoenix Arizona. In 2018, the University was the largest private Christian school in the world with 25,000 students on campus and 90,000 online.
For more information on the Cherokee and future college announcements please visit our website at www.cherokeehockey.com.
Utica Jr. Comet Anthony Messuri is committed to play Division I hockey at Northeastern University. Messuri played 18 games with the NCDC team this past season and posted four goals and two assists.
"My time with the Utica Junior Comets I feel has well prepared me for the culture and habits of college hockey in a staggering way," Messuri said. "Coach Educate’s deep understanding of the game and what it takes to play at an elite level has driven me in practice and in games to push myself to become better at one thing every day. With help from Coach Shawn Lynch, the staff does an unbelievable job at developing Junior players into future college hockey players."
"Getting Anthony mid-season was a great addition to our team," said Head Coach Louis Educate. "Anthony provided great Junior Hockey experience and immediately became a leader for our team on and off the ice. It was a seamless transition getting Anthony in here which always isn't easy with a new veteran player. Anthony was able to step right in and help us win games right away. He scored the game-winning goal in his first game with us, and added that veteran locker room presence.
Messuri said he could not be more excited about this opportunity with Northeastern University.
"I cannot speak highly enough about the culture and character that the program holds. As I took my official visit in February, every player and coach made me feel as though I was part of a family. Growing up in Boston, Northeastern was always the place I wanted to play as a child and through high school," Messuri added.
"Anthony's dedication to the game along with his never say die attitude will serve him well at Northeastern," said Educate.