The USHL is proud to recognize standouts from the NHL, AHL, ECHL and NCAA who were developed in the USHL as the October Alumni of the Month: Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (NHL), Lehigh Valley Phantoms goaltender Alex Lyon (AHL), Greenville Swamp Rabbits forward Liam Pecararo (ECHL) and Providence College forward Jack Dugan (NCAA).
Carlson, 29, had a record-setting month of October to start his 11th season in the National Hockey League. The Natick, Mass. native notched 23 points (7-16-23) in 14 games in October. The offensive defenseman’s 23 points is the second-most by a defender in the month of October in NHL history, trailing only Al MacInnis (25 points, 1990). Washington’s Alternate Captain has 426 points (97-329-426) in 702 NHL games, all with Washington. The 2008 first round pick was taken 27th overall after putting up 43 points (12-31-43) in 59 games with the Indiana Ice during the 2007-08 season. Carlson was an All-Star last season, lead the NHL in defensive scoring with 68 points (15-53-68) the prior year en route to a Stanley Cup.
Lyon, 26, is off to a hot start this season going 2-0-2 with a 1.30 goals-against-average (GAA) and a 0.951 save percentage. The Baudette, Minn. native is in his fifth season as a professional in the Philadelphia Flyers organization. The undrafted goaltender has appeared in 13 games for the Flyers with a 4-3-1 record between 2017-2019. Lyon played one game for the Cedar Rapids RoughRIders in 2010-11 before playing two full campaigns with the Omaha Lancers. Lyon finished his USHL career with a 52-37-1-3 record, .912 save percentage and 2.73 goals against average in 99 appearances. Lyon went on to play collegiate hockey at Yale University before turning pro in 2016.
Pecararo, 23, is in his first full professional season. The reigning ECHL Player of the Week has engineered eight goals and 11 points in just seven games this season with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. The Canton, Mass. native earned one assist in two games for the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds at the end of the 2018-19 season after finishing his career at Northeastern University. The skilled forward played three seasons for the Waterloo Black Hawks in the USHL, accumulating 118 points (42-76-118) in 135 games. Pecararo produced his best junior season in 2013-14 when he scored 61 points (20-41-61) in 54 games.
Dugan, 21, began his sophomore season at Providence College on a torrid pace, amassing 14 points (4-10-14) in just six games. The Pittsburgh, Penn. native leads the Friars in assists and points as the team is off to an impressive 4-2-0 start. The Vegas Golden Knights 2017 5th round selection played one full season in the USHL for the Chicago Steel in 2017-18. Dugan led the Steel in goals (31), assists (35) and points (66) in 54 games while his point total was also good for third overall in the league and earning him a spot on the All-USHL First Team. In his freshman season at Providence, Dugan was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team.
To date, the USHL has 438 NCAA Division I commitments across team’s 23-man roster, injured reserve and affiliate lists, including 73 percent of current players on 23-man rosters committed to a Division I school. At the beginning of the NHL season, the USHL had 327 alumni signed to NHL contracts, including 146 on NHL Opening Night rosters and at least one player on all 31 teams. Currently, the USHL has 867 alumni on NCAA Division I rosters and 74 former USHL players or coaches behind the bench of a Division I program.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 18th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2019-20. The USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, and more than 800 alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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