The United States Premier Hockey League is excited to announce its USPHL Premier and USPHL Elite National Championships will be held March 18-22 at Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex in Chesapeake, Va.
There will be a total of 16 USPHL Premier teams and eight USPHL Elite teams competing for the championships in each of the USPHL’s two Tier-3 junior leagues. Those championship games will be held on Monday, March 22.
All nine USPHL Premier Divisions and all four USPHL Elite divisions will have representation at the National Championships. Different divisions have different methods of sending representatives to the National Championships, including the Premier and Elite Florida and Southeast Divisions, which hold single-site playoffs for each. Each of those divisions will have two representatives at the National Championships coming out of their playoffs, which will be held March 5-7 in locations to be announced.
Other divisions will have more “traditional” playoff series - best-of-three series at the home rink of the higher seeds - to determine their representatives for Nationals.
Follow on USPHL.com as we cover the USPHL Playoffs and National Championships every step of the way once March begins!
All games at XTreme Ice, Charlotte
Richmond Generals vs. Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
March 5, 2 p.m.
March 6, 4 p.m.
*March 7, 9 a.m.
Charlotte Rush vs. Hampton Roads Whalers
March 5, 2:30 p.m.
March 6, 3:30 p.m.
*March 7, 9:30 a.m.
Rockets Hockey Club vs. New York Aviators
March 5, 8:30 p.m. (Bridgewater Sports Arena)
March 6, 5 p.m. (Bridgewater Sports Arena)
*March 7, 10 a.m. (Bridgewater Sports Arena)
Jersey Hitmen vs. Jersey Shore Whalers
March 6, 8:30 p.m. (Ice Vault Arena)
March 7, 7 p.m. (Ice Vault Arena)
*March 14, 12:30 p.m. (Ice Vault Arena)
All games at Fort Myers Skatium
Florida Eels vs. Charleston Colonials
March 6, 9 a.m.
March 7, 12 p.m.
*March 8, 9 a.m.
Tampa Bay Juniors vs. Atlanta Mad Hatters
March 6, 12 p.m.
March 7, 9 a.m.
*March 8, 12 p.m.
Junior Bruins vs. Springfield Pics
March 5-6 and 7*, Times to be determined
All games at New England Sports Center
Islanders Hockey Club receive first round bye
* = If Necessary
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The USPHL is proud to announce the USPHL Elite North Division All-Stars for 2020-21, as voted on by the coaches. Best of luck to all of these players in their future endeavors on and off the ice!
Listed in alphabetical order:
Dominick Balboni, Springfield Pics (Defense ‘03 West Springfield, Mass.)
Balboni led the Pics on the scoresheet with 30 goals and 54 points in 38 games and five of his goals were game-winners. He picked up eight goals and 21 points on power plays with five shorthanded goals and Balboni was 1-for-3 in shootouts. Balboni’s 54 points were seventh all-time for a season for the Pics at this level.
Layne Brubaker-Egner, Islanders Hockey Club (Forward ‘02 Shorewood, Ill.)
Brubaker-Egner led the Isles on the score sheet, picking up 29 goals and 56 points in 41 games with two game-winners, one of them on the shootout goal he scored on four attempts. Six goals and 11 points came on power plays with a couple assists while shorthanded. His 56 points were the fourth-best in Islanders’ Elite history.
Michael Boschetto, Boston Junior Bruins (Forward ‘03 Framingham, Mass.)
Boschetto was the Juniors Bruins’ leading scorer with 21 goals and 34 points in 36 games, one of the goals a game-winner. He picked up a goal and six points on power plays and fired a pair of shorthanded markers as well.
Conner Dalton, Islanders Hockey Club (Forward ‘02 Raleigh, N.C.)
Dalton appeared in 30 games, picking up a dozen goals and 30 points with a game-winner. He picked up five assists on power plays and added a shorthanded goal.
Ryan Elleraas, Northern Cyclones (Defense ‘01 San Diego, Calif.)
Elleraas led the Cyclones defenders on the scoresheet with three goals and 25 points. All three goals came on Cyclones’ power plays along with eight assists and he also set up a shorthanded tally, sitting just 15 minutes in penalties on the season. He helped the Cyclones to the top overall winning percentage in the league (.857).
Grady Fagan, Northern Cyclones (Forward ‘01 Denver, Colo.)
Fagan scored 15 goals and collected 34 points in 23 games with the Cyclones. He scored three goal and added seven assists while giving the opposition few chances to retaliate with just eight minutes for infractions. With 72 career points, he is fifth all-time in Cyclones Elite history.
Marc Giordano, Northern Cyclones (Forward ‘01 Malden, Mass.)
In 28 games for the Cyclones, Giordano potted 15 goals and collected 32 points, two of his goals standing up as game-winners. Seven goals and 10 points came on power plays and Giordano added a shorthanded marker while also scoring on one of three shootout attempts.
Aiden Grabowski, Springfield Pics (Defense ‘04 Suffield, Conn.)
Grabowski played 27 games with the Pics, scoring four goals, and collecting 14 points with a game-winner. One of his assists came on a Pics’ powerplay. His play helped the Pics earn four wins against the Islanders and push the Cyclones to a shootout in their only matchup of 2020-21.
Terrell Hedley, Islanders Hockey Club (Defense ‘01 Raleigh, N.C.)
Hedley fired five goals and picked up 23 points in 37 games to lead all Islanders defensemen. One of his goals was a game-winner and Hedley fired a goal with three assists on power plays adding another helper while shorthanded.
Shu Inamura, Islanders Hockey Club (Forward ‘01 Castro Valley, Calif.)
Inamura scored nine goals and collected 37 points in 34 games with a game-winner for the Islanders. He set up three powerplay goals and was assessed just eight minutes in the sin bin himself. His 28 assists led the Islanders, who were fourth overall in winning percentage in the league.
Corey McNally, Islanders Hockey Club (Forward ‘01 Prior Lake, Minn.)
In 34 games, McNally put up 22 goals and 46 points with six game-winners. Three goals and five assists came on Islanders’ power plays and he added a shorthanded goal. He advanced from the Islanders’ 18U team of 2019-20, and it is likely he is not done moving up.
Matt Kennedy, Springfield Pics (Defense ‘01 Sewell, N.J.)
Kennedy scored a goal and collected 20 points in 39 games patrolling the blue line for the Pics. He picked a good time to score, his goal standing out as a game-winner and Kennedy also set up eight on Pics’ power plays.
Oliver King, Boston Junior Bruins (Forward/Defense ‘03 Worcester, Mass.)
King collected 11 goals and 27 points in 39 games for the Bruins. One of his goals and a couple assists came on power play chances and King also scored a shorthanded goal. He was the ultimate “I’ll play anywhere” skater for his team, playing regularly at both forward and defense throughout the season.
Marc L’Heureux, Northern Cyclones (Forward ‘02 Manchester, N.H.)
L’Heureux had 15 goals and 29 points in 27 games played with the Cyclones with four game-winning markers. He notched two goals and an assist on power plays and scored another while shorthanded while sitting just 14 minutes for penalties.
Gage Lonergan, Bridgewater Bandits (Defense ‘03 East Bridgewater, Mass.)
Lonergan scored seven times and picked up 20 points and one of his goals was a game-winner. Two goals and seven points came on power plays and Lonergan set up a shorthanded goal while sitting just 16 minutes in penalties himself.
Jake Romney, Boston Junior Bruins (Goalie ‘01 Winter Garden, Fla.)
The Bruins sent Romney to the crease 28 times in the regular season and his record was 14-8-1-3 with three shutouts. He stopped all but 70 of 953 shots for a Goals Against Average of 2.79 and a .927 Save Percentage. He was called upon to make at least 40 saves in a game six times, winning three (twice against the Islanders) and losing one in OT, also to the Islanders.
Samuel Romney, Junior Bruins (Defense ‘03 Winter Garden, Fla.)
With King pulled up often at forward, Romney was the stable scorer from the blue line, scoring eight goals and picking up 19 points for the Bruins. Two of his goals were game-winners. He fired a goal and added five assists on power plays and sat just 20 minutes for infractions himself.
Jack St. Pierre, Bridgewater Bandits (Forward ‘01 Brunswick, Maine)
St. Pierre scored 13 goals and collected 23 points in 27 games with the Bandits. He contributed three goals and five points on Bandits’ power plays and added another goal while shorthanded.
Cainan Stevenson, Northern Cyclones (Forward ‘01 Denver, Colo.)
Stevenson led the Cyclones on the scoresheet with 21 goals and 35 points in just 28 games, including three game-winning goals, one of them when he scored on his only shootout attempt of the season. Stevenson scored three times and added five assists on Cyclones’ power plays with another goal scored while shorthanded.
Mike Varveris, Islanders Hockey Club (Goalie ‘00 Denver, Colo.)
Varveris went to the blue paint 18 times in the regular season and posted a record of 14-3-1 with a pair of shutouts. Beaten just 48 times on 668 shots, Varveris held a Goals Against Average of 2.75 and his Save Percentage was .928, one year after finishing with a .927 in 17 games, so talk about consistency! He went 7-0 out of the gate and won 10 of his first 11 appearances.
Matthew Warrington, Islanders Hockey Club (Defense ‘02 Merrimack, N.H.)
Warrington scored three goals and picked up 21 points in 39 games for the Islanders. He picked up four assists on Islander power plays and another assist with his team shorthanded. Warrington scored a game winner with a shootout goal on one of his two attempts.
RVA Generals Defenseman Easton Evans ( 6'3 215 RD RS 00 ) commits to Eastern Michigan University. The Eagles play at the ACHA Division 1 level of College hockey in the Great Lakes Collegiate Hockey League (GLCHL).
Easton has played for the Richmond Generals USPHL Elite team for the last two seasons appearing in 77 regular season games scoring 1 goal and adding 17 assists for 18 points with 164 PIM. Evans has also appeared in 8 playoff games scoring 1 goal and adding 1 assist for 2 points with 10 PIM.
Evans on playing for the Generals," As I take my next step in my hockey career I would like to thank the Richmond Generals for playing such a pivotal role in my development as a hockey player and young man. Playing for the Generals has taught me many life lessons that I believe will help me add value to Eastern Michigan's roster both on the ice and off the ice in the classroom. I plan to do everything I can to play physical,consistent,lockdown defense for the Eagles next season. I am very excited for the opportunity to attend Eastern Michigan University and play for the Eagles next season. "
Coach Berry on Evans, " Eastern Michigan is thrilled to welcome Easton Evans this fall 2021. Easton will solidify our defense with a strong physical presence while also providing a strong first pass on the breakout. Easton brings size,toughness,grit,and physicality to the GLCHC league and will be a part of the rebirth of EMU hockey. I am looking forward to helping and watching him develop in our program both on and off the ice for the next 4 years. I would like to thank Coach Lyke for helping us get the process done with Easton this season. The Richmond Generals continue to develop top quality players and young men year in and year out consistently. The last Richmond General to join EMU hockey Adam Olson is our Team Captain for next season."
Easton becomes the 16th current or former Generals Player to commit to a College hockey program for next year. Easton joins Matt Wood ( Utica College NCAA Division 3 ) , Brennan Luckanish ( Arcadia NCAA Division 3 ), Nathan Solis ( St. Mary's University NCAA Division 3 ), Mike Krupinski ( UMass Boston NCAA Division 3 ), Anthony Morin ( Buffalo State NCAA Division 3 ), Hayden Clark ( UW- Stout NCAA Division 3 ), Carter Jordan ( Wilkes University NCAA Division 3 ),Charles Massey ( UW-Stout University NCAA Division 3 ), Alex Cannon ( St. Mary's University NCAA Division 3 ), Adam Krofchalk ( Johnson and Wales University NCAA Division 3 ),Luke Houk ( University of Delaware ACHA Division 1 ), Jake Burke ( Ohio University ACHA Division 1 ), Ryan Murphy ( William Paterson University ACHA Division 1 ), Will Grupp ( George Mason University ACHA Division 1 ), Carter McCormack ( West Chester University ACHA Division 1 ).
The USPHL is proud to announce its 2020-21 USPHL Elite Mid-Atlantic Division All-Stars as voted by the division’s coaches. Congratulations to all of these players in their future endeavors!
Listed below in alphabetical order:
Austin Bailey, Jersey Hitmen (Defense ‘04 Towaco, N.J.)
Bailey, who moved to the Elite Division after spending the 2019-20 season with the Hitmen 15U squad, helped the team to a +19 goal differential and a 7-0 run to end the regular season en route to a stand at the National Championships. Bailey scored 4-11-15 in 27 games.
Dane Beltramini, Jersey Hitmen (Goalie ‘03 Ramsey, N.J.)
Beltramini built on an already strong 2019-20 season as he returned for his second year for Coach Jim Raymond and helped lead the team back to the Nationals. The Hitmen only played 29 regular season games in this COVID year, making Beltramini’s nine appearances nearly a third of their campaign. He went 7-1-1-0 with a 1.67 and .944 save percentage.
Matthew Bucci, Rockets Hockey Club (Defense ‘01 Piscataway, N.J.)
The third-year blueliner helped the Rockets to their best season since 2017-18, and a trip to the Nationals to boot. Their +59 goal differential led the division by 40. Bucci scored a goal and added 10 assists for 11 points in 24 games, and he also saw five USPHL Premier games and scored a goal at that level as well. He is second all-time for the Rockets in Elite games played with 108.
Trevor Carmen, Jersey Hitmen (Forward ‘03 Selden, N.Y.)
After a one-year absence from the USPHL, the former P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 15U player returned to the league and led the Elite Hitmen in scoring with 15 goals, 21 assists and 36 points. He was one of only three Hitmen to play in all 29 regular season games and he was also in all six playoffs and Nationals games.
Daniel Chwab, New York Aviators (Defense ‘00 New York, N.Y.)
The three-year USPHL veteran was a guiding light and leader for the Aviators, and he was also fourth in team scoring with four goals and 10 assists for 15 points through 35 games.
Angelo DePinto, Jersey Hitmen (Forward ‘03 Florham Park, N.J.)
Certainly a great addition to the Hitmen - and the USPHL overall - DePinto led the Hitmen in goals with 19 in just 27 games, and he finished with 31 points. He also never once made the “skate of shame” to the penalty box, joining teammate Oscar Rosen in that proud distinction of having zero penalty minutes for a full season. In addition, with a 3-4-7 line in five games, he led the Hitmen in postseason scoring.
Matthew Emmer, Rockets Hockey Club (Forward ‘02 Ramsey, N.J.)
A former 16U teammate of fellow All-Star and Ramsey resident Dane Beltramini, the second-year Rocket Emmer was the No. 1 scoring center for the Rockets, posting nine goals and 19 assists, and a team-leading five power play helpers.
Patrick Flaherty, Rockets Hockey Club (Defense ‘02 Towson, Md.)
A fourth-year member of the Rockets organization who started as a 15U player in 2017-18, Flaherty continues to grow within the organization. He posted 17 (7-10-17) points as he has now improved from four to six to 17 points over three seasons.
Gage Grist, Jersey Shore Whalers (Forward ‘00 Linwood, N.J.)
Grist was a massive part of the Whalers offense for the season, posting 17 goals and a team-leading 15 assists for 32 points in 21 of the Whalers’ total 24 regular season games. He also scored three goals and one assist for four points as the Whalers pushed the Hitmen to a third game in the playoffs with the winner (Hitmen) earning a Nationals berth.
Nate Joglekar, Rockets Hockey Club (Goalie ‘03 Warren, N.J.)
Joglekar’s first USPHL season was certainly memorable as he helped his team to the league’s fifth-best winning percentage (.726) in a season where they played just 31 games. Joglekar played in 13 of those, posting two shutouts, a .917 save percentage and a 2.19 goals against average.
Bryan Kovyazin, New York Aviators (Forward ‘01 Brooklyn, N.Y.)
An Aviators hometown Brooklyn product, Kovyazin returned to the team for which he played 16U hockey in 2017-18. Though the team struggled mightily, Kovyazin always did his part, scoring 14 goals and 23 points while playing in 31 of the Aviators’ 32 games.
Jason Lastra, Rockets Hockey Club (Forward ‘00 Rutherford, N.J.)
The USPHL Elite’s leading scorer more than doubled up his points per game, with 32 goals, 32 assists and 64 points in just 30 contests this year. He’s been with the Rockets for four of the last five seasons, and finished his junior career as the Elite team’s second-leading scorer (second to all-time Elite leader Deven Ralph) with 53-55-108, which stands 11th in league history. Lastra will join the William Paterson University ACHA Division I team next year.
Darin Michaels, Rockets Hockey Club (Forward ‘03 Flemington, N.J.)
Three years Lastra’s junior, Michaels was an immediate boon to the powerful Rockets offense, posting 16 assists along with nine goals in 25 points through just 21 games. Playing No. 2 right wing just behind Lastra, Michaels made sure there was no letup on opponents during Lastra’s water breaks, an illustration of the fantastic depth put together by Coach Todd Wagenbach.
Jake Quinn, Jersey Hitmen (Forward ‘03 Rockaway, N.J.)
Another great pickup for the Hitmen organization were the twins Jack and Jake Quinn, as together they picked up 46 points. Jake had the larger share, registering nearly a point per game as he posted a 12-15-27 line in 28 contests.
Marco Taffo, Rockets Hockey Club (Forward ‘03 Staten Island, N.Y.)
Taffo stepped up to the junior Elite level after playing the 2019-20 season with the Rockets’ 16U Elite team, and enjoyed some massive offensive outbursts overall, finishing with 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points in 31 games.
Max Toomey, Rockets Hockey Club (Defense ‘04 New Providence, N.J.)
Toomey advanced to the junior Elite team from the 16U Elite squad with Taffo, and was the Rockets’ top offensive weapon from the blue line, posting a 5-24-29 line in 29 games, the only blueliner in the division with (or even close to) a point-per-game average. On the other side, he helped the Rockets to the division-leading +59 goal differential.
Ralph Triboletti, Jersey Shore Whalers (Forward ‘01 Somers Point, N.J.)
Joining fellow All-Star Gage Grist as the Whalers’ representatives, Triboletti provided the other half of the 1-2 offensive punch. He put up 19 goals and 31 points in 22 games in this, his third season in the Whalers organization.
William Walsh, Jersey Hitmen (Defense ‘03 Pompton Lakes, N.J.)
This strong 6-1 blueliner is ready for Premier prime time, having scored two goals and an assist in his two games at that level. With the Elite Hitmen, he scored three goals and 12 assists for 15 points in 27 games.
The USPHL is proud to announce its 2020-21 USPHL Elite Florida Division All-Stars as voted by the division’s coaches. Congratulations to all of these players in their future endeavors!
Listed below in alphabetical order:
Ryan Bahula, Tampa Bay Juniors (Forward ‘03 St. Petersburg, Fla.)
His 31 goals and 64 points tied him at the top of the league’s scorers. Five of his goals along with nine assists came on Juniors power plays and Bahula also fired four game-winners adding another goal on his only shootout attempt of the season. He also had two Premier game call-ups. With 105 points, he is second all-time in Tampa scoring.
Vincent Cartier, Florida Eels (Forward ‘04 St-Germain-de-Graham, Que.)
In 40 games with the Eels, Cartier collected nine goals and 26 points. Three of those goals, along with a half dozen assists came on Eels’ power plays and one of them was a game-winning goal.
Ryan Chambre, Florida Eels (Defense ‘03 Fort Myers, Fla.)
The local product for the Eels, Chambre played 39 games with the Elite Eels this season, scoring seven goals and collecting 27 points. Two of his goals along with five assists came on Eels’ plowerplays and he also notched a pair of game-winners.
Matt Clift, Florida Eels (Forward ‘01 Broomfield, Colo.)
Clift was a great playmaker, scoring a dozen and setting up another 23 for the Eels for 35 points in 40 games this season. Two goals and three assists came on power play opportunities and Clift added a goal and assist while shorthanded as well. Clift scored three game winners and was called on in shootouts twice, scoring both times.
Nash Cobbs, Tampa Bay Juniors (Defense ‘03 Dunellon, Fla.)
One of many local area products for the Juniors, Cobbs collected five goals and 21 assists in 36 games for the Juniors, with a goal and nine assists coming with the team up a skater. He also added a shorthanded assist.
Case Cook, Charleston Colonials (Defense ‘03 Charleston, S.C.)
Cook notched four goals and added 17 assists for 21 points in 38 games played with the Colonials. He notched a goal and set up six others on the power play and one of the goals was a game-winner. Cook also collected two assists with the Colonials shorthanded.
Adam Custable, Tampa Bay Juniors (Forward ‘03 Tampa, Fla.)
Custable contributed 24 goals and 60 points playing for his hometown team. A key on the special teams, Custable had 13 assists with the extra attacker and scored another five and adding two other goals with the Juniors killing a penalty. Three of his goals were game-winners for the Juniors.
Landen Engles, Florida Eels (Forward ‘03 Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Engles collected 13 goals and 34 points for the Eels in 41 regular season contests, two goals and a half dozen points coming with an extra attacker. He also notched a game-winner which came on his lone shootout attempt this season. He had previously played for new USPHL Premier team the Pueblo Bulls.
Jack Fleer, Tampa Bay Juniors (Forward ‘02 Lutz, Fla.)
Another member of the potent Juniors’ offense, Fleer collected 20 goals and 46 points in just 38 games this past season. He scored six times and added four assists on the Tampa power play and four of his goals were game-winners. Fleer also added an assist on the penalty kill.
Sebastian Hale, Charleston Colonials (Forward ‘03 Dallas, Texas)
Hale played 29 games with the Colonials, collecting 10 goals and 24 points with a goal and eight helpers coming on the powerplay. Hale impressed enough to be selected four times in shootouts, and he was a big help in the playoffs and Nationals, where the Colonials reached the National Championship game.
Kaleb Harrop, Florida Eels (Forward, ‘01 St. Louis, Mo.)
Harrop was second overall in team scoring and first in goals, potting 27 and collecting 46 points in 40 games for the Eels. Five of those and eight points total came on the powerplay while Harrop triggered two game winners and scored on the only shootout attempt he made. He was one of many players on this list who skated in the first-ever USPHL Elite All-Star Game at Hub City Tampa.
Zachary Humphrey, Florida Jr. Blades (Goalie ‘02 Naples, Fla.)
Humphrey played 24 games for the Blades this past season and faced nearly 1000 shots, stopping all but 98 of 968. He collected a shootout win and stopped six of 11 post-game shootout attempts.
Ronan Keenan, Tampa Bay Juniors (Forward '03 Lawrence, N.J.)
The big man (6-feet-6-inches, 202 pounds) saw plenty of time at both the Elite and Premier levels this year, posting a point-per-game in the Elite and then skating in 26 more up with Premier. He is poised to continue climbing in the USPHL.
Filip Kuba, Tampa Bay Juniors (Defense ‘04 Woodbury, Minn.)
Kuba led all defenders in scoring for the Juniors, firing 10 goals and adding 19 assists for 29 points in 41 games. A key cog on the powerplay, Kuba scored four times and added three assists when the Juniors had the extra attacker, two others coming while shorthanded. His father, also Filip, is a Juniors assistant coach and a former NHL player for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Rory Neish, Florida Jr. Blades (Forward ‘02 Wichita, Kan.)
The team might have struggled, but opposition clubs had a hard time slowing down Neish who collected 16 goals and 47 points. One of his goals and seven points came on power plays and another goal, along with an assist come with the team shorthanded. He fired two game-winners, one coming on a shootout goal.
Marco Pineda, Charleston Colonials (Forward ‘02 Charleston, S.C.)
Pineda played just 26 games for the Elite Colonials this season but that was enough to rack up 13 goals and 26 points. He excelled on special teams, scoring all but five of his goals with the extra attacker and adding a couple assists. He also fired a shorthanded marker and three of his goals were game winners. He also posted seven points in 16 Premier games, as well. Leading the Elite team with 51 career points, he’s set the bar high for the second-year Colonials.
Jeremy Pizzola, Florida Jr. Blades (Defense ’03 Cape Coral, Fla.)
Pizzola connected on three goals and added 18 assists in regulation time with the Junior Blades. One of the goals and five assists came on power play opportunities and he also added a shorthanded assist. Pizzola added a goal on his only Shootout chance of the season. A career Jr. Blade, he goes back to 15U hockey in the USPHL.
Brody Smojice, Charleston Colonials (Forward ‘02 Charleston, S.C.)
The team’s leading scorer this season was a hometowner, Smojice notching 16 goals and collecting 30 points in 37 games with the Elite Colonials this season. He racked up 12 points, including seven goals, on the powerplay and added a goal and assist while playing shorthanded. Two of his goals were game-winners. His 44 career points are close behind Pineda’s for career numbers.
Evan Spinella, Tampa Bay Juniors (Goalie ‘03 Tampa, Fla.)
Spinella split the work in goal and put up a 13-4-2-0 record in 22 games this past season. Spinella faced 570 shots and collected a 2/69 Goals Against Average with a Shooting Percentage of .909 and a shutout. He is a former 15U Jr. Blades teammate of Jeremy Pizzola from 2018-19.
Korey Walker, Atlanta Mad Hatters (Defense ‘04 Loganville, Ga.)
A local product for Atlanta, Walker scored five goals and picked up 13 points for the Mad Hatters in 32 games. A goal and a couple of the assists came on Mad Hatter power plays and he also set up a goal while shorthanded. One of his goals was a game-winner. The ‘04 also got his first couple games in with the Premier team.
Sebastian Zamborsky, Atlanta Mad Hatters (Forward ‘03 Atlanta, Ga.)
The team’s leading scorer, Zamborsky collected 19 goals and 31 points for the Mad Hatters in 40 games. Two of his goals were game-winners and Zamborsky contributed four goals and nine points on the power play. He got a three-game look with the Premier squad.
Anthony Zebley, Florida Eels (Forward ‘04 Philadelphia, Pa.)
He played just 34 games but that was enough for Zebley to lead the Eels in scoring this season, firing 22 goals, and collecting 49 points. He contributed five goals and 10 points on the Eels’ powerplay and another goal and assist while shorthanded. Zebley played for the Jr. Blades 16U team last season. His brother T.J. was a Premier All-Star.
The USPHL is proud to announce the Midwest East Division All-Stars for 2020-21. Best of luck to all of these players in their future endeavors on and off the ice!
Kyle Ball, Hampton Roads Whalers (D ‘00 Chesapeake, Va.)
The picture of dedication to his team, the local product has just completed his fifth year for the Whalers’ junior program. Always a hard-nosed standup defenseman, he also can produce offense (10 points in 34 games). At 158 games, he is fifth all-time in that category for the Whalers Elite team.
Ethan Chapman, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (F ‘02 Wake Forest, N.C.)
A hometowner, Chapman finished just a point behind Williams in the points race with 17 goals and 41 points in just 36 games. Four goals and 13 points came on Hurricanes’ power plays and Chapman racked up four game winning goals as well.
Arley Cutler, Charlotte Rush (G ‘02 Chicago, Ill.)
Cutler split the work in goal, making 18 appearances for the Rush and winning 16. Beaten just 37 times on 454 shots, Cutler posted a Goals Against Average of 2.06 and a Save Percentage of .919 with a pair of shutouts.
James Dunham, Charlotte Rush (D ‘01 Frisco, Texas)
Dunham shared the team defensemen scoring lead with Perez, connecting on seven goals and totaling 22 points. One of his seven goals was a game-winner and three, along with eight assists, came on power plays. Duham also picked up a shorthanded assist.
Luke Havener, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (F ‘02/Garner, N.C.)
One of Havener’s greatest attributes might have been his resilience. He led the team in games played, missing just one of the 44 regular season contests. He racked up 15 goals and 36 points with four of the goals and eight points coming on Hurricane power plays. Havener also recorded a shorthanded goal and scored on his only shootout attempt on the season.
Cooper Hunt, Hampton Roads Whalers (F ‘03 The Colony, Texas)
Hunt excelled as a playmaker, collecting 25 assists and 30 points on the season for the Whalers. He was especially involved in the powerplay, where he made 11 of his set ups and collected 13 points. One of his five goals was a game winner and Hunt also notched a shorthanded assist.
Austin Gipson, Hampton Roads Whalers (D ‘02 Colorado Springs, Colo.)
The team’s leading scorer among defenders, Gipson appeared in just 34 games, collecting six goals and racking up 19 points. He picked up a majority of those points – three goals and 11 points, on Hurricanes powerplays and he added an assist while the Whalers were shorthanded as well. One of Gipson’s goals stood up as a game-winner.
Ivan Korcak, Charlotte Rush (F ‘00 Zilina, Slovakia)
The team’s leading scorer missed the league’s top spot overall by a point, collecting 37 goals and 63 points in 39 games. He excelled on the team’s powerplay collecting nine goals and 16 points with the extra attacker in the regular season. Six of his goals were game winners.
Ryan Kotz, Richmond Generals (F ‘01 Glenwood, Colo.)
Kotz led the Gens in scoring with 17 goals and 41 points in 41 games. He excelled on special teams firing five goals and collecting 16 points with the extra attacker while also potting a shorthanded goal and a shorty assist and he collected two game winners as well.
Jadon Lee, Richmond Generals (G ‘02 Fulton, N.Y.)
The go-to guy between the pipes for the Gens, Lee appeared in 19 games and compiled a solid 13-4-2-0 record. Lee compiled a 2.14 goals against average with a Save Percentage of .916. Lee collected three shutouts on the season.
Ty Morton, Hampton Roads Whalers (G ‘01 Germantown, Md.)
Morton was a busy goaltender, going to the crease 29 times and posting a 13-11-4 overall record. He posted a 2.86 Goals Against Average and a Save Percentage of .906 with four shutouts.
Gabriel Page, Richmond Generals (F ‘02 Palmyra, Penn.)
Page hit the 30-point mark with 14 goals in 37 games with the Generals this past season. Overall his role appeared to be a dual scorer/set up guy, but on the powerplay Page was all playmaker, collecting 10 assists and a pair of goals. He also scored a shorthanded goal and set up two others and two of Page’s goals lifted the Gens to victory.
Cade Pawluk, Richmond Generals (D ‘02 Midlothian, Va.)
Pawluk was one of just a pair of Generals to appear in all 44 games – scoring four goals and adding 23 assists. Pawluk scored once and added 10 assists on powerplay opportunities and he also set up a pair while playing shorthanded.
Cam Perez, Charlotte Rush (D ‘02 West Hartford, Conn.)
Perez shared the role of team leading scorer among defense, potting four goals and collecting 22 points in 38 games this past season. Perez chipped in nine assists on Rush powerplays and was selected to take part in one of the team’s shootouts.
Michael Steggall, Richmond Generals (F ‘01 Wichita, Kan.)
His 16 goals and 36 points left Steggall as the team’s second ranked in both statistics. Steggall not only killed penalties but was a threat to take the puck 200 feet. He scored three shorthanded goals and set up another while also adding three goals and eight points on powerplay and two of his 16 goals were game winners.
Nolan Tabraham, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (D ‘02 Fayetteville, N.C.)
Tabraham played in just 32 games but topped the team’s defensemen with three goals and 15 points through the regular season. He set up four Canes’ powerplay goals and picked up another assist while shorthanded. The 6’3 defender kept his cool for the most part as well, sitting just 14 minutes in penalties.
James Tilley, Charlotte Rush (F ‘01 Victor, N.Y.)
The center played the role perfectly, setting up 36 goals and scoring 17 in 41 games with the Rush. Tilley picked up 15 of his 53 points on the powerplay and scored four game-winners for the Rush.
Chase Williams, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (F ‘03 Holly Springs, N.C.) – Williams led the Junior Canes on the points chart over the season, collecting 18 goals and 42 points. He racked up six goals and 17 of those points on the power play and he also collected a goal and assist while his team was shorthanded.
Kameron Williams, Richmond Generals (D ‘02 Clarks Summit, Penn.) – Not just the top scoring defenseman, Williams was third overall in team scoring with the Gens, scoring 14 goals and collecting 35 points. Eight of his goals and 20 points came on Generals’ powerplays and Williams also added a shorthanded assist and a game winning goal – that goal coming off of his lone shootout attempt of the season.
Tai York, Charlotte Rush (F ‘04 Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.)
The young Canadian could be the future face of this franchise – most likely with the Premier squad as he enjoyed a standout rookie season, contributing 19 goals and 40 points in just 23 games with the Elite Rush. York contributed 15 points on the powerplay and he was clutch, six of his 19 goals winding up as game winners.
Shane Ziegler, Hampton Roads Whalers (F ‘00 Virginia Beach, Va.) – The Whalers’ leading scorer, Ziegler put up an evenly matched 17 goals and 17 assists and 13 of those points came in the way of six goals and seven assists on powerplays. He added a goal and assist while shorthanded, notched three game winners and was 2-for-3 in shootouts.