USPHL Elite Players Of The Week: South Region

Dec. 1-5

(Summaries by Joshua Boyd /


Southeast Division 

Forwards: Brayden Strong, Carolina Jr. Hurricanes

Strong (‘04/Wake Forest, N.C.) lived up to his name this past weekend in a sweep of the Columbia Infantry. He posted two goals and four assists for six points, helping him bypass his 21 points scored in 42 games last season. He has 24 points now in 18 contests – and he has also seen action in four Premier games for the Jr. Canes. 


Defense: Cole Bisson, Charlotte Rush

Bisson (‘03/Colchester, Vt.) put together his first Elite goal and an assist as the Rush split with the rival Richmond Generals over the weekend. Bisson led the team in ice time with an average of 29:28 per game. Bisson has had an interesting career trajectory, including formerly playing for the (current USPHL Premier member) Utah Outliers’ 14U youth team. 


Goaltender: Ethan Carlone, Richmond Generals

Carlone (‘04/Tecumseh, Ont.) stopped 41 of the 43 shots he faced from the Gens’ longtime rivals the Charlotte Rush on Sunday, leading to his fourth win in six appearances this year. He is 4-2 with a .926 save percentage. 


Florida Division

Forward: Cooper Lundberg, Atlanta MadHatters 

Lundberg (‘05/Atlanta, Ga.) was all over the Florida Jr. Blades on Dec. 2 and 3, as they won two of their three games this past weekend. Lundberg registered his first hat trick of the years, going 3-2-5 on Friday, and adding 1-1-2 on Saturday. Lundberg now has 36 points in 22 games. 


Defense: Sean Burke, Florida Eels

Burke (‘03/Wellesley, Mass.) joined the Eels this year out of his hometown high school team, and continues to develop into a very strong junior blueliner. He had a pair of assists as the Eels came out with a split against the Tampa Bay Juniors last weekend. He played a total of 45:50 over the weekend to lead the Eels in ice time and was a +2 with two blocked shots. 


Goaltender: Taveon Dees, Atlanta MadHatters

A third-year Hatter out of Anchorage, Alaska, the ‘03 pulled to even on the season with his 25-save victory against the Florida Jr. Blades, in which he gave up just one goal on Dec. 3. He is 3-3-2-1 on the year.