The National Collegiate Development Conference will drop its first puck in September 2017 with 11 organizations committed to offering junior hockey players from around the world a platform to develop their skills and become the college hockey stars of tomorrow. Players who desire to stay closer to home in the East, or who have a desire to frequently showcase their skills in front of the dozens of NCAA Division I schools in the East, will now have a tuition-free option and the ability to compete in what will become a pipeline for training, development and NCAA Division I advancement.
With 56 percent of NCAA Division I schools in the NCDC’s footprint, the scouting and development opportunities will increase significantly. Last year the USPHL had more than 300 college commitments in its pay-to-play model, and the league plans on that number steadily growing as its ability to move players to the NCDC arrives. The inaugural season will feature eleven teams including the Boston Bandits, Connecticut Jr. Rangers, Islanders Hockey Club, Jersey Hitmen, Junior Bruins, New Jersey Rockets, Northern Cyclones, PAL Junior Islanders, Rochester Monarchs, South Shore Kings, and Syracuse Stars.
The Premier Division, one of the nation’s leaders in NCAA Division III advancements, will feature six subdivisions this season: Florida, Mid Atlantic, Midwest East, Midwest West, North, and Southeast. Last season the Islanders Hockey Club defeated the Junior Bruins in a thrilling series to win the division crown. This season, teams will consist of the Atlanta Knights, Boston Bandits, Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Chicago Cougars, Connecticut Jr. Rangers, Connecticut Nighthawks, Daytona Racers, Decatur Blaze, Delaware Lightning, Dells Ducks, Detroit Fighting Irish, Florida Eels, Florida Jr. Blades, Minnesota Mullets, Hampton Roads Whalers, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, Hudson Havoc, Ironwood Yoopers, Minnesota Moose, Islanders Hockey Club, Jersey Hitmen, Jersey Shore Whalers, Junior Bruins, Kalkaska Rhinos, Minnesota Blue Ox, Motor City Hawks, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, New Jersey Rockets, New York Aviators, Northern Cyclones, PAL Junior Islanders, Palm Beach Hawks, Potomac Patriots, Richmond Generals, Rochester Monarchs, Skipjacks Hockey Club, South Shore Kings, Springfield Pics, Steele County Blades, Syracuse Stars, Tampa Bay Juniors, Tri City Icehawks, Wisconsin Muskies, and Wisconsin Rapids Riverkings.
The Elite, among the nation’s leaders in advancement to NCAA Division III and ACHA college, returns with the Florida, Mid Atlantic, North, Pacific, and Southeast divisions. The Elite division will feature 26 teams including the Atlanta Knights, Boston Bandits, Carolina Eagles, Charlotte Rush, Connecticut Nighthawks, Daytona Racers, Eugene Generals, Florida Eels, Florida Jr. Blades, Hampton Roads Whalers, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Islanders Hockey Club, Jersey Hitmen, Jersey Shore Whalers, Junior Bruins, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, New Jersey Rockets, New York Aviators, Northern Cyclones, Palm Beach Hawks, Potomac Patriots, Richmond Generals, Springfield Pics, Syracuse Stars, Tampa Bay Juniors, and Team Beijing.
The USPHL brings back its 18-and-under, 16-and-under, and 16U Futures this season. Last year, the PAL Junior Islanders took home 18U championship, Selects Academy at South Kent School won the 16U title and the Jersey Hitmen won the 16U Futures crown. Once again, the midget divisions will features the youngest and brightest stars from around the country. Last season’s midget crop included ten players with NCAA Division I commitments in the 18U Division along with fourteen more in among the 16U players. Two players from the 16U division were tabbed to join the US National Development Program.
Entering its second season, the High Performance Youth Divisions will extend the USPHL’s renowned brand of player development to younger aged players seeking unrivaled player training and competition. The divisions are comprised of teams competing with players born within a respective birth year. This season, the High Performance Youth Division will be divided into birth year levels from 2003 to 2008. The youth platform of the USPHL will also provide players an assortment of developmental opportunities unrivaled by any traditional youth hockey league on the east coast. Teams competing at the youth level consist of the Connecticut Jr. Rangers, CP Dynamo, Hartford Junior Wolfpack, Islanders Hockey Club, Jersey Hitmen, New Jersey Rockets, New York Aviators, and PAL Junior Islanders.
* Regular Season Opens: Saturday, Sept. 2
* Premier, Elite All-Star Games: Jan. 5-7
* NCDC, 18U, 16U All-Star Games: Monday, Jan. 15
* Last Day of Regular Season: Sunday, Mar. 11
Reminder: Division Game Schedule Breakdown
* NCDC Division -275 total games: 11 teams x 50 games
* Premier Division - 990 total games: 45 teams x 44 games
* Elite Division – 550 total games: 25 teams x 44 games
* 18U Division –total 201 games: 19 teams
* 16U Division –total 271 games: 21 teams
* 16U Futures –total 110 games: 12 teams
* HP Youth – total 402 games: 42 teams
To view the full season schedule, visit usphl.com
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The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL.com), which operates in 20 of the 50 United States, is the Nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league. The league is comprised of 171 teams representing 61 organizations. Players in the USPHL are 8 to 21 years of age. During the previous season, the USPHL had over 300 players advance to the collegiate level; even more advanced to other levels of the game, establishing the USPHL as the foremost producer of player advancement in the United States.