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The League

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is an American ice hockey league. Founded in 2012, the USPHL has 55 organizations from across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States fielding teams in Premier, Elite, USP3HL, 18U, 16U and 16U Development Divisions. The Premier Division is the top Tier of the USPHL League structure. The Elite and USP3HL Divisions are both USA Hockey Tier III Junior Leagues. The 18U, 16U, and 16U Development Divisions are Tier I youth hockey divisions. All five divisions are sanctioned by USA Hockey.

The Structure

The USPHL is uniquely positioned in the East to facilitate a clear path way for players graduating from Bantam looking to progress through Midget and Junior Hockey on to college and pro hockey. The USPHL will operate with 5 divisions – Premier, Elite and USP3HL at the Junior Level and 16U and 18U at the Midget level. Each division provides a step in the progression to fulfilling a player’s ultimate goal of becoming a collegiate or professional hockey player. Teams have been selected to participate in specific USPHL divisions based upon geography, strong player pools, rink ownership, financial strength and history of success and integrity at the highest level. Presently, the USPHL membership consists of 30 members fielding over 70 teams with a geographic reach that spans the entire Eastern Seaboard.

The Mission

The USPHL aims to prepare and develop players for college hockey and beyond with a tiered development structure in accordance with USA Hockey’s American Development model. Unlike any other league in North America, it is possible for a player to advance through an organization starting at mites and ending in junior hockey. Given that eleven USPHL clubs sponsor midget and junior teams, a player can begin working with junior coaches once he enters the 16-and-under age group, furthering his development as he prepares for college hockey.

The Results

The United States Premier Hockey League (, which operates in 19 of the 50 United States, is one of the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey leagues.  The league is comprised of 110 teams representing 55 organizations.  Over the past two years, the USPHL has seen over 350 of its players advance to the collegiate level and numerous others advance to the professional levels.  As a result, The USPHL has been recognized as one of the top developmental leagues in the nation for midget and junior hockey.

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