Three Riverkings named to USPHL All-Star List
The USPHL Premier announced their 2022-23 Midwest West Division All-Stars on April 24. Three Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings were named to the list, defenseman, Kyle Cuplo (’03) and forwards Tobias Falkied (’02) and Will Tricarico (’02).
The All-Stars were selected from votes made by the coaches with support from the League Media Director.
William Tricarico, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
Committed to Illinois State University (ACHA Div. 1)
Tricarico (‘02/East Islip, N.Y.) was rare in the USPHL Premier, coming out of college hockey and going into junior hockey. He had played two years for the Canisius College ACHA, but was looking for a change and a potential new college hockey situation. He signed on with the Riverkings and had no problem jumping right into a leadership role under the Riverkings’ new ownership and coaching staff, posting 39 goals and 22 assists for 61 points in 43 games. Tricarico finished tied for second in the Premier in game-winning goals with eight. He is now moving on to the Illinois State University ACHA squad.
Tobias Falkeid, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
The ‘02 from Hanefoss, Norway, aced the test of his first North American hockey season. He’d previously played in his homeland as well as in Denmark and Austria before calling Wisconsin his home. He put up 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 38 games. He was even more potent during the Riverkings’ two hard-fought postseason rounds, posting a 4-4-8 line in five games. The Riverkings did well, powering past the Minnesota Blue Ox in three games where he had a hat trick in game one, before falling to the division champion Hudson in two, including a 3-2 Game 1.
Kyle Cupolo, Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings
Cupolo (‘03/Waterloo, Ont.) was the division’s scoring leader among blueliners, putting up 13 assists and 28 assists for 41 points. Although he was in his first Premier season, he came in with two prior seasons of junior hockey in his home country of Canada. Along with his offensive performance, he also led the division with an almost unthinkable 134 blocked shots this season. Great shin pads are a must!