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USPHL Premier 2023-24 Great Lakes Division Players Of The Month: November 2023

Summaries by By Joshua Boyd / USPHLPremier.com 

Forward: Tyler Bautko, Metro Jets

Bautko (‘04/Macomb, Mich.) was fantastic for his first junior team during the month of November, putting up seven goals and five assists for 12 points in his eight November games. This included a great 4-3-7 run at the USPHL Detroit Showcase Nov. 16-20. His nine hits also led the Jets, who went 7-1 during the month. His 32 shots were also first among Jets forwards, giving him a 21.8 shooting percentage. In early December, Bautko stands with 27 points in 17 games. 

Forward: Ronan Keenan, Nashville Spartans

A hearty veteran of the USPHL going back to 2019, Keenan (‘03/Lawrence, N.J.) keeps up the beat every day in Music City. Recently, he put up four goals and added two assists for six points in Nashville’s light four-game schedule on the month. Coach Liam Tully is always quick to tap the 6-foot-6-inch, 205-pounder, who led the team’s forwards in average ice time (22:02 per game) and total shorthanded time, while also standing first among all Spartans in total power play time. He was also the Spartans’ plus-minus leader last month at +8. Keenan has 41 points in 22 games this year, and is at 93 points in 87 career Premier games. Between 18U, Elite and Premier, he has skated in 159 USPHL regular season games. 

Forward: Jacob Ammar, Toledo Cherokee

Ammar (‘03/Scarborough, Ont.) is a second-year Cherokee forward who picked up three goals and eight assists for 11 points in eight November games, good for 1.38 points per game. Ammar is another player who is called upon for every situation, leading his team in total power play time (32:31) and shorthanded time (25:40) last month. The Captain’s +6 was second for the team as he remains a great veteran presence for an organization that has been a Nationals staple the last few years. He is at 48 points in 37 games for the season and 86 points in 58 games for his Toledo career.  

Defense: Carson Redd, Metro Jets 

Redd (‘04/Macomb, Mich.) tied with teammate Brock Hart as the division’s two leading point-getters at 1.25 points per game apiece, off matching 3-7-10 lines. Redd, a newcomer to the Jets out of the Little Caesars program, put up a team-leading 23:06 in average ice time, a team-best +18, and total power play and shorthanded time. He has racked up 32 points in just 18 games, and his 1.78 points per game is third best in the league.  

Defense: Brock Hart, Metro Jets

A four-year USPHL Premier veteran, Hart (‘03/Rockford, Ill.) had one of his best months in a great eight out of 140 career games. In posting 3-7-10, he was right behind Redd in almost every analytic, including plus-minus (+17), average ice time (21:04), and shots on goal (38). He also has 26 points in 18 games for the season and 85 points in total. 

Goaltender: Taylor White, Metro Jets 

White’s .938 career save percentage after 22 games is currently fourth best all-time among Premier goaltenders with more than one season played. He keeps driving that average up, thanks to stopping 72 of 75 shots faced in 240 minutes of action last month, giving him a .960 save percentage, along with a 0.75 GAA, for November. While going 4-0 in November, he helped add to what is now a seven-game winning streak. 

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

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