Lorenzo Marchetta, Florida Eels
The division’s second-leading scorer had his moment in the spotlight after a highlight reel goal in the playoffs made the ESPN SportsCenter Top 10. But that was just one of more than 30 goals he scored in the regular season and playoffs. For the regular season, the ‘03 from Montreal, Que., put up a 28-40-68 line in 41 games (1.66 points per game) and added a 7-5-12 line in six games. He’s ready to star at the Premier level now, as well, as indicated by his seven points in a three-game call-up.
Adamo Di Re, Florida Eels
Di Re (‘03/Vaudreuil, Que.) was an extremely effective offensive option for the Eels to provide them the greatest depth, as evidenced by a 4.8 goals per game average (fifth in the league, first in the division). He put up 21 goals and 37 assists for 58 points as a junior rookie out of the Northern Pre-University 18U squad in his home province of Quebec. He tied with Marchetta for the team lead in plus-minus as well with a +40. He added seven points in six regular season games.
Alexander Clingerman, Florida Eels
Clingerman (‘03/Marriottsville, Pa.) was another contributor to the Eels’ offensive charge, posting 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points in 41 games, good for a 1.34 points per game average. He has twice been a 20-goal scorer in the Elite Division, and improved his points total from 36 last year to 55 this season. Clingerman also led Florida Division forwards with 72 hits on the season. In the postseason, he was on fire with 12 points in six games.
Sean Boltin, Palm Beach Typhoon
The USPHL Elite’s leading scorer, an ‘05 from Chicago, not only finished a close second in the USPHL Elite in scoring with 82 points, but was also the league’s goal-scoring leader with 43 in 43 games, which set the new record for goals in a single USPHL Elite season. His 82 points ranked eighth all-time for a single season.
Brayden Curry, Palm Beach Typhoon
Curry’s 37 assists this year contributed to the 53 points he posted this season and the 55 total career assists in the first two years of the Typhoon’s existence. Curry (‘05/Torrance, Calif.) finished with his team’s second best and tied for the league’s third best points per game of the season at 1.89, as he played in just 28 games. He also spent 13 games with the USPHL Premier Typhoon, where he added a goal.
Lucas Nichols, Palm Beach Typhoon
With 33 goals this year, Nichols finished in a three-way tie for third in the Elite goal-scoring race. He also added 27 assists for 60 points, one of just 11 league-wide to hit that high mark. Nichols (‘04/Cape Coral, Fla.) played in all 44 games this season, one of only 30 players league-wide able to do so, and the only member of the Typhoon to skate in all contests.
Cooper Lundberg, Atlanta MadHatters
Lundberg, an ‘05 local product from Atlanta, was very often the hottest hand on the ice. He had some big point runs, like putting five points up twice in a row to bridge November and December, or a run of 13 points in a row in six games, including five games in a row of two points or more. To close the season, Lundberg had 26 goals and 32 assists for 58 points in 38 games. He also had four points in three games.
Ari Blatt, Tampa Bay Juniors
The Tampa Bay Juniors’ offense was one of the Elite’s best this year, as they finished being one of eight teams that averaged at least four goals per game (at 4.06, ranking eighth). Blatt, with a line of 21-21-42 in 42 games, was the leading scorer for this largely by-committee offensive approach. Out of 26 total players on the TBJ Elite roster, only one goaltender didn’t register at least one point.
Carter Trussler, Tampa Bay Juniors
Trussler so impressed the Elite Florida coaches that he earned votes from beyond his own team. A frequent selection for Defenseman of the Week over the course of the season, the ‘06 from Land O’ Lakes, Fla., played in all 44 games for the Juniors and registered six goals and 19 assists for 25 points while also earning 55 defensive takeaways.
Frederick Bonebrake III, Tampa Bay Juniors
Bonebrake (‘05/Lithia, Fla.) is another local talent that signed on for his first year with the Juniors and immediately impressed his coaches and others from around the league. He put up five goals and 16 assists for 21 points in 36 games. He also played with his local high school this past season, Newsome High. He also registered 48 blocked shots and 42 takeaways over the course of the season.
Sean Burke, Florida Eels
Burke (‘03/Wellesley, Mass.) stepped out of Massachusetts public high school hockey in his hometown right into a top spot on the Eels blue line. He was selected as a nominee by the Eels because of his pure attention to keeping shots against the Eels goaltenders down, the job of a defenseman. The Eels placed seventh overall and second in the Florida Division with 31.3 shots against per game. He also blocked 44 shots and had 48 defensive takeaways. In 40 games, he posted a 2-21-23 line to show he could chip in at both ends.
Christopher Maybury, Palm Beach Typhoon
A second-year blueliner for the Typhoon, the ‘04 from Jacksonville, Fla., increased his point production from the blue line five-fold this year, improving from five in the Typhoon’s inaugural season of 2021-22 to 25 points this year, off a 4-21-25 line. He was also a +11 with 56 takeaways this season, showing just how good his two-way game.
Dylan Bruce, Tampa Bay Juniors
An easy pick here, Bruce (‘05/Kitchener, Ont.) was the only Florida Division goaltender to rank in the top 10 of both save percentage and goals against average. The former was a .921 and the latter was a 2.46 mark. His best run in putting together 12 wins on the season was a stretch from Jan. 29 through Feb. 24, when he won five in a row and allowed more than one goal just once – and that was giving up two. He also had a 25-save shutout in that stretch along with stopping 41 of 43 shots.
Daniel VanBrunt, Columbia Infantry
VanBrunt (‘05/Smithtown, N.Y.) earned votes from beyond his own team for putting together a .911 save percentage while facing an average of 38 shots per game. In one contest last fall, he nearly saw double that but was up to the task – he stopped 67 of 69 to defeat the Tampa Bay Juniors on Oct. 9. He had a 4-1-0-1 start to the season, before the first-year Infantry struggled much of the rest of the year. He still put together gems, like stopping 47 of 49 in an OT loss to Nashville on Jan. 21, He also stopped 51 shots against the Florida Eels and 54 against Tampa in the space of six days, albeit both games resulting in losses. With his youth, he certainly has a bright future ahead.