USPHL Elite 2023-24 Florida Division Players Of The Month: February 2024

Limited March regular season games were also taken into statistical account.  


Selection Process: The league media office sends top candidates to divisional coaches for review and coaches either approve or challenge the nominations.


Summaries By Joshua Boyd / 


Forward: Vincent Faggioli-Delong, Florida Jr. Blades 

A homegrown player out of the Jr. Blades youth program, Faggioli-Delong (‘06/Fort Myers, Fla.) was absolutely on fire towards the end of the season. He scored nine goals and five assists for 14 points in seven games, averaging 2.0 points per game. That was nearly half of his season output, as he came across the regular season finish line with 32 points in 39 Elite games. He also saw two Premier games during the month of February, so it would appear he’s definitely in the Premier Jr. Blades plans for the future. He co-led the Jr. Blades in plus-minus in February with a +9, and he outright led the Jr. Blades last month with 74 wins in the faceoff circle, which gave him a 69 percent success rate. 


Forward: Mookie Killen, Tampa Bay Juniors

Continuing the local theme, the ‘06 from Tampa and Steinbrenner High Killen was absolutely killing it offensively during the month, posting six goals and seven assists for 13 points in just six games. He helped the Juniors close out the season as the Florida Division champions and the top seed in the division heading into this weekend’s playoffs in Fort Myers. They’ll be facing Faggioli-Delong’s Jr. Blades. Killen, a former Tampa Crunch 16U player, closed the regular season with 40 points in 37 games to rank him fourth in team scoring. 


Forward: Dylan Hineman, Tampa Bay Juniors 

And then we have Killen’s Steinbrenner High and former Tampa Crunch teammate Hineman, another ‘06 from Tampa, who led the Juniors in scoring for 2023-24 with 54 points in 41 games. His February output was five goals and nine assists for 14 points in seven games. Also during February, he finished as the co-leader in plus-minus (+13) and hits (eight). He was also aces in the faceoff circle, claiming 74 victories for a 61 percent success rate on the month. 


Defense: Jacob Munkwitz, Tampa Bay Juniors 

Munkwitz (‘04/Smithtown, N.Y.) finished fourth in defenseman scoring in the USPHL Elite this year, coming across the regular season finish line with 41 points in 40 games, and was a huge find for the Juniors after several Midget and two USPHL Premier seasons with the P.A.L. Jr. Islanders prior to this year. During February, Munkwitz put up a 3-8-11 line in eight games. He was the TBJ leader in blocked shots last month with nine, he was a co-leader in hits (eight) – tied with Hineman, and he led the Juniors in average ice time in February with 21:22 per game. 


Defense: Reid Wilson, Florida Eels

In his second Elite season, Wilson (‘04/Lacombe, Alb.) put up 17 points in 41 games after registering eight points as a rookie in 2022-23. He hopes to be able to return to the USPHL Nationals, after playing there last year. The Eels are moving on to play the Atlanta MadHatters this weekend. Wilson put up six assists in seven games, and was second on the Eels in hits in February with six. 


Goaltender: Ethan Carlone, Tampa Bay Juniors 

Carlone (‘04/Tecumseh, Ont.) finished his second USPHL Elite season with a record of 11-3-0-1, with a 2.30 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. He stopped 144 of 152 shots in February, playing 302 minutes and going 3-2-0-0 during the month with a .929 save percentage. Carlone was a Southeast Division Elite All-Star last year and is hoping to make his Nationals debut if he can help the Juniors past the Jr. Blades this coming weekend.