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Arizona youth hockey products Forsberg, Toenjes collect monthly USPHL accolades


The USPHL has announced that a pair of Arizona natives have earned monthly honors.

Metro Jets Development Program forward Oka Forsberg is the Midwest East Division Forward of the Month and Carolina Jr. Hurricanes defenseman Keaton Toenjes is the Southeast Division Defenseman of the Month.

Forsberg, a Flagstaff product, is one of just four MJDP players who call somewhere outside the state of Michigan home, but it’s safe to say he’s making his presence known in the Mitten State. The 2003 birth year has totaled 11 points on six goals and five assists, good for an average of 1.38 points per game over the MJDP’s 8-0-0-0 record.

He’s also tallied three multi-point games already this season, including a hat trick against Battle Creek on Oct. 22.



Above all, Forsberg has been consistent in his first USPHL season. He’s recorded at least one point in seven of eight games played, all of which have been MJDP victories. The Jets hold a Midwest East-best plus-40 goal differential, and Forsberg’s steady scoring has helped that number grow each night.

In Arizona, Forsberg skated for the Jr. Coyotes and Flagstaff Northstars.

The Jr. Canes reached almost all the way across the country to Gilbert and the highly-esteemed Arizona Bobcats program to pick up Toenjes, a rookie blueliner who’s averaging a point per game.

With a goal and 14 assists for 15 points in 15 games, his 1.00 points per game average is the best in the Southeast Division.

Toenjes entered November with a 1-6-7 line in his final four games of October, including three straight with multiple helpers.

Back home, Toenjes also played for Corona del Sol High School.

Forsberg photo/Hadlee Meier

— Joshua Boyd & Miles Regan/

(November 7, 2022)

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