USPHL Announces 2022-23 Midwest-East Division All-Stars
By USPHL - April 24, 2023
Congratulations to our 2022-23 Chicago Cougar Midwest-East Division All-Stars, who were selected from votes made by the coaches with support from the League Media Director.
CHICAGO COUGARS: T.J. Haas
The ‘03 from Hartland, Wis., hit the 50-point mark for the first time in his three seasons with the Cougars, after two 29-point seasons in a row. Haas put up 21 goals and 29 assists this year, and in mid-February he crossed over the 100-point mark and currently stands with 108 in his 116 regular season games, putting him at No. 3 all-time in Cougars history. He has nine more points in 16 playoff games after reaching Nationals in 2021 and 2022.
CHICAGO COUGARS: Johan Karjalainen
The ‘03 from Helsinki, Finland, made his North American debut last fall with the expansion Chicago Crush, putting up 26 points in 12 games for the first-year team before a trade to the Crush’s built-in cross-town rivals the Cougars. Karjalainen put up 16 more points in 19 games, and added three points in five playoff games. All told, he put up a line of 20-22-42 in just 31 games played this year, good for an impressive 1.35 points per game to start his career on this side of the pond. CHICAGO COUGARS: Kevin Maisells
Maisells (‘02/Westminster, Colo.) improved from 10 points in 27 games last year to 41 points through 34 regular season contests in his second and final year with the Cougars, good for a 1.21 points per game average, second best behind Haas for a full-season Cougars player. Maisells kicked off his 2022-23 season with a five-point effort against Motor City and closed that first weekend with seven points, and continued to be a consistent force from there, including closing the year with 11 points in his final seven games.
About The USPHL
The United States Premier Hockey League of 2022-23 is the nation’s largest junior amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States, from Maine to California, and from Florida to Washington State.
The USPHL includes over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20, including Youth and Midget Division teams in the Tier 1 Hockey Federation.
Overall, across all its divisions, the USPHL see more than 3,100 alumni playing college hockey each year and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL.
The league’s top level, the Tuition Free Tier II National Collegiate Development Conference, led all North American Tier II leagues with three players selected in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and has seen more than 200 NCAA Division I commitments since its 2017 inception. The NCDC will also expand to include the NCDC West, with teams in Colorado, Utah and Idaho for 2023-24.
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