RICHMOND, VA -- With the end of the Richmond Generals’ USPHL seasons in the Premier and Elite Divisions, it was time to pay tribute to the players who stood out on both squads.
“We had seven USPHL All-Stars, making this seven years in a row that the Generals program has had six or more All-Stars selected from our program,” said general manager R.C. Lyke.
Connor Close, a ’99 goalie, was a Premier All-Star, and the Premier Generals’ Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player and Goaltender of the Year. He went 7-5-1 with a .934 save percentage, and he got two games up in the National Collegiate Development Conference with the New Jersey Rockets. He won both his games and had a .961 save percentage.
Finland import and ’98 defenseman Miro Sistonen scored 11 goals and 24 points in 38 Premier Games. Like his teammate, he played two NCDC games, earning one assist. Sistonen earned Defensive MVP honors for the Premier team.
Adam Czarnecki, a ’97 center, scored 26 goals and 54 points in 42 games. That also brought Czarnecki Offensive MVP honors from the Premier team, and he split the Premier team’s Hustle Hard Award with Cameron Sangster.
Two forwards and two defensemen from the Elite team also were named as All-Stars.
This includes the 6-foot-2-inch, 245-pound winger Dylan Brink (’99), who scored 51 points in 42 Elite games. Add to that one assist in one game with the Premier team. Brink won the USPHL Elite team’s Rookie of the Year award, as well.
The 2000-born forward Stefan Owens scored 48 points in 41 games, and went up to the Premier, where he had two points in three games.
On the defensive end, Elite All-Stars included Austin Mourar and Ian Hofmann, both ’99’s. Hofmann scored 38 points in 43 games, and Mourar had 35 points in 30 games. At the Premier level, Mourar had four points in 12 games.
Lucas Solanik, a ’00 forward with 26 points in 37 Elite games, earned the Hardest Hitter and Hustle Hard awards. He scored one goal in his two games with the Premier team.
Hard-nosed Swedish defenseman Edvin Wilhelmsson had nine points in 33 games, and he won the Hardest Hitter award for the Premier team.
Will Grupp, a ’00 Elite defenseman, earned the Most Improved Player award for that team. The Elite team’s goalie Luc Fox (with 32 games played) was the Goaltender of the Year for that team, and Elite defenseman Brennan Luckanish (’00) was that squad’s Defensive MVP award-winner.
Tryouts: The Richmond Generals Tryout Camp will be held April 13-14 at Skatenation Plus Arena. Interested players can register at www.richmondgenerals.com or contact R.C. Lyke directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Premier Team Award Winners --- From left to right, top row - Adam Czarnecki, Connor Close, Miro Sistonen --- From left to right, bottom row - Edvin Wilhelmsson and Cameron Sangster
Elite Team Award Winners --- From left to right, top row - Stefan Owens, Luc Fox, Dylan Brink --- From left to right, bottom row - Brennan Luckanish, Will Grupp, Lucas Solanik