skip navigation

USPHL Is The Future of College Hockey: The Numbers Don't Lie

10/18/2016, 4:45pm EDT
By Dan Kmiechick
The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) has carved a path all its own.
With more than 300 total collegiate commitments across all its divisions last year, the USPHL ranked second in the nation only to the USHL.
 
While this number is an outstanding achievement on its own, the league’s most glaring success comes in the NCAA Division 3 realm.

 

Parents, players, coaches and junior hockey fans are all too familiar with the limited amount of collegiate playing opportunities that exist for young hockey players. With just 60 schools participating in NCAA Division 1 hockey, the opportunities for players are more limited than most major Division 1 sports.

 

With this reality in mind, some leagues focus on NHL Draft picks and Division 1 scholarships. The USPHL ensures all its athletes, even those not destined for the Division 1 ranks, that they will find a place to succeed at the next level.

 

The USPHL has found major success placing athletes into the Division 3 ranks, which allows players to continue their playing careers, and more importantly their educations. With more than 150 Division 3 commitments, the USPHL’s success in finding its players homes at the Division 3 level is a testament to the league’s commitment to its mantra.

 

“Cradle to College,” a phrase championed by Jim Hunt, president of the perennially successful Jersey Hitmen organization, is a motto that has brought Division 3 coaches into league events in droves.

 

This mentality of grooming players from the Youth level to the Premier ranks has created refined athletes ready to immediately succeed at the collegiate level.

 

This developmental success and preparedness for college was most prevalent in the USPHL’s two most successful alumni: the NCAA’s last two Hobey Baker Award winners Jack Eichel (Buffalo Sabres / Junior Bruins) and Jimmy Vesey (New York Rangers / South Shore Kings).

 

One of the major factors working in favor of the USPHL is its large geographical footprint. Spanning as far west as Washington state, as far south as Palm Beach, Fla., and as far north as Boston, the USPHL now has member organizations in 20 of 50 US states.

 

This, of course, leads to more visibility and scouting opportunities.
Accessibility is not all the USPHL holds as a major strength among its competitors, as it is also the go-to choice for international hockey players.

 

With the addition of Team Beijing to the Elite ranks this season and the Okanagan Eagles, a European-based junior hockey organization, the USPHL is building a name for itself in the international realm.
Its seven participants in the World Junior Championships is yet another enticing piece to the puzzle drawing scouts from throughout college hockey.

 

As parents and players go through the difficult recruiting process they are posed with a lot of questions.

 

Where would I like to play? What would I like to accomplish in junior hockey? Where would I like to end up after my junior hockey career has concluded?

 

Why not look in the direction of the league that checks all the boxes. The league with the second-most overall collegiate commitments, the most Division 3 commitments, the most college-prepared athletes, the likes of Jimmy Vesey and Jack Eichel as alumni, a well-renowned league internationally, a league with a coast-to-coast geographical footprint visible to college scouts of all divisions.

 

When boiling it down to the simple statistics, it’s easy to see why college hockey scouts are choosing the USPHL.
 

Tag(s): News  16U Futures  Midwest  High Performance Youth  Futures  Connecticut Junior Rangers  Jersey Hitmen  Hampton Roads Whalers  New York Aviators  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  Potomac Patriots  Premier  Connecticut Junior Rangers  Islanders Hockey Club  Jersey Hitmen  Junior Bruins  Okanagan Eagles  P.A.L Junior Islanders  Philadelphia Flyers  South Shore Kings  Springfield Pics  Syracuse Stars  Elite  North  Bay State Breakers  Islanders Hockey Club  Jersey Hitmen  Junior Bruins  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  South Shore Kings  Syracuse Stars  South  Carolina Eagles  Atlanta Junior Knights  Charlotte Rush  Florida Eels  Palm Beach Hawks  Hampton Roads Whalers  Potomac Patriots  Richmond Generals  Tampa Bay Juniors  Rochester Monarchs  New York Aviators  USP3  North  South  16U  North  Islanders Hockey Club  Junior Bruins  South Shore Kings  Syracuse Stars  South  Connecticut Junior Rangers  Jersey Hitmen  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  Selects Academy  Skipjacks Hockey Club  Springfield Pics  18U  North  Islanders Hockey Club  Junior Bruins  South Shore Kings  Syracuse Stars  South  Connecticut Junior Rangers  Jersey Hitmen  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  Selects Academy  Skipjacks Hockey Club  Springfield Pics  Forest Lake Lakers  Midwest  Blaine Energy  Dells Ducks  Steele Co Blades  Chicago Cougars  Detroit Fighting Irish  River Falls Renegades  Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings  CP Dynamo  Rochester Monarchs  Jersey Shore Whalers  New Jersey Rockets  Rochester Monarchs  CP Dynamo  Hartford Wolfpack  Jersey Shore Whalers  Midwest  New Jersey Rockets  Potomac Patriots  Pacific  Eugene Generals  Seattle Ravens  West Sound Warriors  Tri-City Outlaws  Team Beijing  HP Youth  14U Major Premier  14U Minor Premier  12U Major Premier  12U Minor Premier  10U Major Premier  10U Minor Premier  14U Elite  12U Elite  10U Elite  Westchester Express  Westchester Express  CP Dynamo  CP Dynamo  Jersey Hitmen  New Jersey Rockets  New York Aviators  CP Dynamo  CP Dynamo  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  New Jersey Rockets  New Jersey Rockets  Jersey Hitmen  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  New Jersey Rockets  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  New York Aviators  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  P.A.L. Blue Knights  P.A.L. Blue Knights  Hartford Wolfpack  Potomac Patriots  New Jersey Rockets  P.A.L. Junior Islanders  New Jersey Rockets  New Jersey Rockets  New York Aviators  Potomac Patriots  P.A.L. Blue Knights  Westchester Express  Westchester Express  New Jersey Rockets  Jersey Hitmen  New Jersey Rockets  Westchester Express  Westchester Express  Westchester Express  Hartford Wolfpack  Jersey Hitmen  New Jersey Rockets  Jersey Shore Whalers  Springfield Pics  Rockets Black