Collin Patterson, Florida Eels
Going back nearly 20 years of Florida Eels history, there hasn’t been a sniper with the execution of this 2002-born native of Melbourne, Fla. Collin Patterson’s 67th career goal would have been enough to set the team’s all-time goals record, but he wanted to add seven more just to be safe at 74. Patterson scored 32 goals this season (after posting 33 last year), and he also posted 38 helpers for a 70-point season. The repeat All-Star is also second all-time in Eels points at 137.
Easton Moore, Florida Eels
Committed to Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)
“Thank you” would be a phrase Moore (‘02/Bentley, Alb.) should get used to, but setting up teammates never gets old. Moore moves on from the junior game with officially 100 regular season assists for his career, second best in the Eels’ illustrious history. This year, Moore improved, in his four-year Premier career, from 11 to 17 to 43 to this year’s 71 points. His +41 was also the best for a Florida Division forward.
Jonah Mortenson, Tampa Bay Juniors
Another repeat All-Star, Mortenson (‘02/Champlin, Minn.) continued his better than point-per-game pace in the Premier Division after an additional stint in the NCDC with the Twin City Thunder. With Tampa Bay, he put up 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points, averaging 1.29 points per game. He was equally effective in the postseason, posting eight points in five games, including in the Juniors’ three Nationals games. For his career, he posted 82 points in 56 games. His 1.42 points per game is second best in the Juniors’ USPHL Premier history (going back to 2017-18) among Juniors with more than one season of service.
Connor Nelson, Tampa Bay Juniors
Nelson put up 26 goals and 23 assists for 49 points in 43 games, and he comes away with 103 points. He crossed the century mark with a four-point performance on Feb. 16, matching a career-best he’d accomplished twice before over these past two seasons. Nelson (‘02/Woodbury, Minn.) pulled just one point ahead of former TBJ player Aaron Frenkel into second place on their all-time USPHL Premier scoring leaderboard.
Vesse-Wincent Lampen, Palm Beach Typhoon
It wouldn’t be an understatement to refer to the first two seasons of the Typhoon as the “Lampen Era.” The repeat All-Star improved from an already impressive 54 points last year to 72 off a scoring line of 40-32-72. He joined a small club of 40-goal scorers (14 of them) in the Premier, while leading the division by one single point over the Eels’ Easton Moore. The ‘02 out of Espoo, Finland, was just behind Moore at second in the plus-minus race among Florida forwards at +37.
John Brace, Palm Beach Typhoon
The second-year ‘03 from Toronto, a Florida resident since 2019, improved his point total by 22 to 59 points from 37, and his 1.37 points per game average was in line with other All-Stars here, giving the Typhoon a second weapon, burning teams that focused too much on marking Lampen. He walks away with a career points total of 96 over 87 games.
Ben Baker, Atlanta MadHatters
Another repeat Florida All-Star, the sixth-year USPHL veteran led the MadHatters with 32 goals and 24 assists for 56 points, good for 1.47 points per game. The ‘02 from Powder Springs, Ga., had begun his career in 2017-18 with the Northern Cyclones Academy 15U and played two more years there at the 16U and 18U levels before joining Atlanta in 2020-21. He progressively improved, with his goal count this year matching the previous two years combined, and pushing his points each year from 23 to 46 to 56. With 125 career points, he is second in all-time MadHatters scoring to fellow repeat All-Star Owen Larson. He is the MadHatters’ all-time goals leader with 64.
Matt Mongeau, Florida Jr. Blades
Mongeau (‘04/Windsor, Ont.) was a fantastic find for the first-year coaching staff led by Rod Simmons, as he put up 27 goals and 25 assists to lead the Jr. Blades with 52 points as a rookie junior player. He also posted three shorthanded goals and three game-winning goals, and on Jan. 7 at the USPHL Tampa Showcase, one of those was a shorthanded game-winner in a shutout victory against Cincinnati. He is already fifth on the Jr. Blades’ all-time scoring leaderboard, thanks to the best rookie season in Jr. Blades history.
Thomas Filoramo, Columbia Infantry
Filoramo (‘02/Estero, Fla.) is the only member of this year’s Premier Florida All-Stars list who was an Elite All-Star just last year. Moving from one level to the next was no problem for the greatly talented power forward who stands 6-feet-3-inches and weighs 215 pounds. He was a more than logical signing for the first-year Infantry and boy did it pay off, to the tune of 25 goals and 31 assists for 56 points, holding the team lead in points by 17.
Kyle Ziemba, Florida Eels
Committed to Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ziemba (‘02/Harrisburg, Pa.) joined the Eels for his first year in Fort Myers and second in the USPHL Premier. He improved his points total from 12 to 37, and also came out of the 2022-23 season as the division’s plus-minus leader with an outstanding +61. He also helped the Eels stand as the only team in the division to rank in the Top 10 league-wide in both team goals against (2.32) and shots against (29.7) per game).
Artjoms Kadnikovs, Tampa Bay Juniors
Kadnikovs (‘03/Riga, Latvia) was a leader in so many ways for the Juniors this year, including being on the ice more than any other Tampa Bay Premier player. He skated an average of 20:53 per game and posted 25 points in 38 games as the Juniors were able to break through the Florida Division playoffs and into Nationals. Kadnikovs was also a +4 with 35 blocked shots and 42 takeaways in his second season with the Juniors, also his second North American season. Kadnikovs has represented Latvia in the World Under-18 Championships in the past (2021).
Owen Larson, Atlanta MadHatters
Larson (‘02/Snellville, Ga.) is one of very few Premier players to hold the all-time lead in points for their team. He has put up 129 points in his four years with the Premier MadHatters. He didn’t just cross the 100-point mark in his career, he also registered 109 assists over his 164 games. This season, his contribution to his all-time totals was a season of 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points to lead all Florida Division defensemen in points, also good for Top 15 league-wide.
Martins Leps, Palm Beach Typhoon
Leps, playing in his third North American season, put together a fantastic two-way blueliner season of 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points (.90 points per game) while also standing as a +6 and putting up 41 blocked shots and 35 hits.
Duncan Rolleman, Florida Eels
Rolleman (‘02/New Hamburg, Ont.) continued the tradition of Eels ace goalies, putting up a .925 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average. The second-year Premier goalie improved from a .912 to a .925, but one category he did not have to improve upon was wins. He put up 15 W’s for a second straight season, and closed out the regular season at 15-2-1-1, with two of his wins being shutouts. In the postseason, he went 3-0 with a .944 save percentage and a 1.91 goals against average, part of a 1-2 punch with later Eels arrival Adam Rouleau.