NCDC, USPHL Giving Back With Free Combine Set For July 26-28 in Chicago

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 06/17/2019, 12:00pm EDT

The USPHL and NCDC are giving back to the players and parents who give so much to the game.

With the conclusion of the inaugural NCDC Combine in Michigan - held June 7-9 - the United States Premier Hockey League is pleased to announce the addition of a second USPHL-NCDC Combine, to take place in Chicago, Ill., July 26-28.

Coaches from NCDC and other USPHL teams set to play in the 2019-20 season will be on hand at the event in Chicago, which will take place at Fifth Third Arena, practice facility of the Chicago Blackhawks, located at 1801 W. Jackson Boulevard in downtown Chicago.

 

Registration is FREE, but limited to the first 150 to sign up. Registration link will be available on June 21. This event is open to players born between the years 1999 and 2004.

 

NOTE: Players born in 2004 will be working towards opportunities in 2020-21 and beyond in the USPHL Junior Divisions, though many USPHL teams also field full-and split-season Midget teams for which the 2004 players will be eligible in 2019-20. Spots for 2004-born players are limited. 

“This is a unique opportunity to be coached and evaluated by USPHL and NCDC coaches,” said USPHL Deputy Commissioner Dave Peters. “Seminars with question and answer sessions will provide information about the USPHL and the Junior Hockey Experience.”

USPHL coaches will be behind the benches for select games to evaluate players as they continue to build their teams for the 2019-20 season and beyond. Each player will leave the combine with a full evaluation and be able to talk to all USPHL teams that attend.

Invitations to final, invite-only NCDC and other USPHL team training camps for the 2019-20 season will be offered to select players from the USPHL Combine.

The USPHL produced 281 NCAA commitments by 2018-19 players across all of its divisions through early June. The League is America’s Largest Amateur Hockey Organization, and players and their parents will learn about league opportunities throughout the Midwest and along the Eastern Seaboard from New England to Florida.

Chicago is a major air travel hub serviced by two international airports for players traveling from afar or overseas.

Fifth Third Arena was built in 2017 and is a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art ice facility. The League will offer players the chance to tour the locker room and facilities used by the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have allowed the league to do off-ice testing in their training facility in the Fifth Third Arena.

There will be three games per player and a Friday night practice session. There will also be a USPHL informational symposium/Q&A session with NCDC and USPHL coaches. A full daily schedule for the Combine will be published at a later date.

Hospitality at the rink will be available to visiting College and USPHL scouts, as well as Social Hours for networking.

The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, is providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players in Chicagoland and from throughout the Midwest.

Sign up for your chance to benefit from the Best Coaching, Best Competition, and Best League.

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) congratulates former Islanders Hockey Club standout Zach Sanford for winning his – and the St. Louis Blues' – first-ever Stanley Cup Championship on Wednesday, June 12. 

The Blues dominated the Boston Bruins, 4-1, in Game 7 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final for their first title in the franchise's 52-year history.

For the fourth time this series, Sanford found himself on the stat sheet with one point, this time finding the back of the net late in the third period extend St. Louis' lead, 4-0, and seal their storybook ending.

Getting the call: USPHL sees nearly 400 in-league advancements in 2018-19

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com 05/22/2019, 2:15pm EDT

When you join a United States Premier Hockey League junior team, you are joining a community of teams that are working together for the benefit of every player that pulls on a jersey with the league crest. 

The USPHL has the nation’s highest rate of vertical player movement of any U.S. junior league, with nearly 400 cases of players moving between divisions in 2018-19. 

The vast majority of USPHL member organizations have multiple teams to put each player in the setting where they will best develop with ice time, on-ice skills training and an intense off-ice workout program. This also allows for unmatched promotional opportunities. 

This allows USPHL players to aim for their chance to play in the very top division, the tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference. There were nearly 130 players who got the chance to move up within the USPHL to the Tier-2 NCDC, with the vast majority coming from the USPHL Premier Division, the USPHL’s top Tier-3 Division. 

 

Here are some other great facts to know about intraleague advancement to the NCDC: 

  • NCDC teams fielded players in league games who also saw action with 27 different USPHL Premier teams during the 2018-19 season. 
  • No less than six NCDC teams drew players from three or more different USPHL Premier teams, with two NCDC organizations calling players up from sevendifferent USPHL Premier squads in-season. 
  • More than 35 players who played in the USPHL’s full-season or split-season (EHF Selects) Midget divisions saw time in NCDC games in 2018-19. Some of these individuals also played in the USPHL Premier during the season, as well. 
  • Players who saw time in both the NCDC and other USPHL divisions earned more than 1,000 NCDC man-games in 2018-19. 
  • More than 300 NCDC points were scored by nearly 80 players who had spent time at another USPHL level in 2018-19. 
  • Goalies who spent time in other USPHL divisions earned no less than 14 NCDC wins in 2018-19. 

 

Here are some enlightening facts about movement between the USPHL Elite, USPHL Midget and the USPHL Premier in 2018-19. 

  • More than 240 players who played in either the USPHL Elite or the USPHL Midget Divisions also saw time in the USPHL Premier Division during the 2018-19 season. 
  • The vast majority of this group of 240 players came to the USPHL Premier from the USPHL Elite, totaling higher than 180 players. Almost 90 percent of those 180 players moved from team to team within their own organization. 
  • The vast majority of the nearly 60 players moving up from the USPHL Midget Divisions came from the 18U Division, but there were also 11 who moved from the 16U and two jumped in from the USPHL 15U Division. 
  • Players who appeared in both the USPHL Premier and other USPHL Divisions (except the NCDC) earned more than 2,700 USPHL Premier man-games in 2018-19. 
  • No less than 190 out of more than 240 players moving up to the USPHL Premier scored 640+ USPHL Premier points, as well. 
  • Out of more than 240 players moving up to the USPHL Premier, 28 were goalies. These goalies registered 64 USPHL Premier victories. 

 

As you can see from these numbers, the USPHL’s multi-tiered junior structure is the best environment for a player to flourish, knowing there are so many opportunities at higher levels for the top performers. 

 

Learn more at USPHL.com.  

NCDC Midwest Combine nearing capacity; register today!

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com 05/21/2019, 12:00pm EDT

The United States Premier Hockey League, and its tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, have announced their first-ever NCDC Midwest Combine, set to take place in Lansing, Mich., between June 7-9, 2019. 

The Midwest Combine, to be hosted by the Lansing Wolves, proud members of the USPHL Premier Division, is nearing capacity for skaters, and is at capacity for goaltenders. Goaltenders can still register but will be placed on a wait list. 

NOTE: ALL registrations will close at the end of day May 31. 

 

Register for the Midwest Combine: https://form.jotform.com/lansingwolveshc/ncdc-midwest-combine

 

Coaches from NCDC teams set to play in the 2019-20 season will be on hand at the Midwest Combine, which will take place at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Dimondale, Mich.

The Summit, home to the Lansing Wolves, is a perfectly central location for players all around the state of Michigan. This location is also easily accessible off multiple interstates for players coming from other Midwestern states.

 

About the NCDC

The NCDC is the only tuition-free junior hockey league that is fully located in the Northeastern United States, limiting travel to New York, New Jersey and the New England states. This allows players to spend more time on development, both on-and off-ice, than traveling on a bus. 

With the unmatched USPHL Showcase Series, NCDC players have several opportunities each season to play in front of several scouts at well-attended multi-day, multi-tiered events. 

There were more than 400 former players from the USPHL’s top division skating with NCAA hockey teams during the 2018-19 season. This included individual season-ending award-winners from multiple NCAA Division 1 conferences and two Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalists. 

More than 150 players committed to college hockey out of the 2017-18 season alone, and nearly 50 of those 150 players advanced to NCAA Division 1 institutions from what was then an 11-team league. USPHL alumni currently skating in the NHL include players such as Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, Brian Dumoulin, Jimmy Vesey and Trevor van Riemsdyk. 

 

Combine Essentials

NCDC coaches will be behind the benches for scrimmage games to evaluate players as they continue to build their teams for the 2019-20 season. 

Contracts and/or invitations to final, invite-only NCDC team camps for the 2019-20 season will be offered to select players from the NCDC Midwest Combine. 

There will also be off-ice activities, as well as an NCAA college symposium featuring coaches from surrounding area universities. There will also be an NCDC Q&A session during the Combine, where players and their parents (if also in attendance) can ask questions directly of NCDC coaches and league officials.  

The cost for the three-day combine is $325, with a four-game guarantee and includes off-ice activities, the NCAA coaches symposium, the NCDC coaches Q&A session and an exit interview. Also included: jersey, skate sharpening, laundry, accredited on-ice officials, and medical staff on site. 

There are a number of hotels in the area, with special rates to be announced for players and their families as needed. Perani’s Hockey Store is a 12-to-15-minute drive from the rink, for any equipment needs.

Players traveling alone will be offered transportation services to and from the airport, and from hotels to the rink.

The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, is providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players in Michigan and from throughout the Midwest. Sign up today, as registration is filling up fast! 


Registration link: 

form.jotform.com/lansingwolveshc/ncdc-midwest-combine

NCDC Midwest Combine coming to Lansing, Michigan from June 7-9

By Joshua Boyd/USPHL.com 05/17/2019, 9:30am EDT

The United States Premier Hockey League, and its tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, have announced their first-ever NCDC Midwest Combine, set to take place in Lansing, Mich., between June 7-9, 2019. 

The Midwest Combine will be hosted by the Lansing Wolves, proud members of the USPHL Premier Division. 

Coaches from NCDC teams set to play in the 2019-20 season will be on hand at the Midwest Combine, which will take place at The Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Dimondale, Mich.

The Summit, home to the Lansing Wolves, is a perfectly central location for players all around the state of Michigan. This location is also easily accessible off multiple interstates for players coming from other Midwestern states.

 

Register for the Midwest Combine: https://form.jotform.com/lansingwolveshc/ncdc-midwest-combine

 

The NCDC is the only tuition-free junior hockey league that is fully located in the Northeastern United States, limiting travel to New York, New Jersey and the New England states. This allows players to spend more time on development, both on-and off-ice, than traveling on a bus. 

With the unmatched USPHL Showcase Series, NCDC players have several opportunities each season to play in front of several scouts at well-attended multi-day, multi-tiered events. 

There were more than 400 former players from the USPHL’s top division skating with NCAA hockey teams during the 2018-19 season. This included individual season-ending award-winners from multiple NCAA Division 1 conferences and two Hobey Baker Top 10 Finalists. 

More than 150 players committed to college hockey out of the 2017-18 season alone, and nearly 50 of those 150 players advanced to NCAA Division 1 institutions from what was then an 11-team league. USPHL alumni currently skating in the NHL include players such as Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, Brian Dumoulin, Jimmy Vesey and Trevor van Riemsdyk. 

NCDC coaches will be behind the benches for scrimmage games to evaluate players as they continue to build their teams for the 2019-20 season. 

Contracts and/or invitations to final, invite-only NCDC team camps for the 2019-20 season will be offered to select players from the NCDC Midwest Combine. 

There will also be off-ice activities, as well as an NCAA college symposium featuring coaches from surrounding area universities. There will also be an NCDC Q&A session during the Combine, where players and their parents (if also in attendance) can ask questions directly of NCDC coaches and league officials.  

The cost for the three-day combine is $325, with a four-game guarantee and includes off-ice activities, the NCAA coaches symposium, the NCDC coaches Q&A session and an exit interview. Also included: jersey, skate sharpening, laundry, accredited on-ice officials, and medical staff on site. 

There are a number of hotels in the area, with special rates to be announced for players and their families as needed. Perani’s Hockey Store is a 12-to-15-minute drive from the rink, for any equipment needs.

Players traveling alone will be offered transportation services to and from the airport, and from hotels to the rink.

The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, is providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players in Michigan and from throughout the Midwest. Sign up today, as registration will be limited to the first 120 participants. 


Registration link: 

https://form.jotform.com/lansingwolveshc/ncdc-midwest-combine

 

2019 Spring Showcase Championship Games Roundup

By By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 05/12/2019, 1:00pm EDT

Congratulations to all of the Champions at the 2019 USPHL Spring Showcase.

Best of luck to those who were working to be selected in Wednesday (May 15)'s NCDC Draft. Check back to USPHL.com that early evening for full results. 

 

NCDC Championship: Jersey Hitmen Navy 3, Jersey Hitmen White 0

The Hitmen coaching staff got to see an intrasquad title match as they prepare for the Wednesday draft. Quinnipiac recruit Liam McLinskey ('01) scored two goals for the victorious Navy squad. Robbie Nucherenko ('01) earned the shutout victory in net. 

 

Premier: Hockey Students Montreal 4, Somang 18U 0 

Four different goal-scorers put the HSM squad above their fellow Quebec-based team, Somang. Hockey Students Montreal, coached by Boston Bandits general manager and Premier head coach Jay Punsky, got a goal and an assist from Julien Blouin ('01). 

 

Elite: Florida Eels 4, Somang 16U 3

The Eels scored with 48 seconds remaining in the 30-minute mini-game to come away with a victory, after being down 3-2 with just over 14 minutes left. Four different goal-scorers put in markers for the Eels. 

 

18U: New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 1, Islanders Hockey Club 0

It took just one goal, with 52 seconds left, for the Monarchs to come away victorious from a knock-down drag-out battle with their Route 3 Rivals from just over the Massachusetts-New Hampshire border. 

 

16U: New Jersey Rockets 4, Jersey Hitmen 1

In a Garden State Rivalry battle, the Rockets scored four in a row before the Hitmen got on the board. Four different goal-scorers registered goals for the Rockets. 

 

Mark your calendars! The USPHL Summer Showcase will take place between July 12-14, back at New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass.! 

2019 Spring Showcase: Semifinal Rounds

By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 05/12/2019, 10:00am EDT

Here is a roundup of the Semifinal Round games in the 2019 Spring Showcase:  

 

18U: New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 2, Jersey Hitmen 0

The Monarchs scored two goals in the last 2:20 of the 30-minute mini-game for the victory and a spot in the championship game. 

 

18U: Islanders Hockey Club 5, CP Dynamo 4 (SO) 

The Islanders overcame a 4-2 deficit to score two goals in the final 29 seconds of the 30-minute game. They won the shootout to advance. They will face the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs in the final. 

 

16U: New Jersey Rockets 4, Philadelphia Hockey Club 1

Western Michigan University recruit Gleb Veremyev ('03) scored a hat trick to send the Rockets to the 16U final. 

 

16U: Jersey Hitmen 2, Palmyra Black Knights 1 (OT)

The Hitmen scored 42 seconds into the semifinal game, courtesy of Tommy Gilligan ('03), and then at the 1:14 mark of overtime for the semifinal victory. Matthew Imbriano ('03) scored the GWG. 

 

NCDC: Jersey Hitmen Navy 1, New Jersey Rockets White 0

Casey Rhodes ('99) scored the only goal needed by the Hitmen Navy team to set up what would eventually be an all-Jersey Hitmen NCDC final. 

 

NCDC: Jersey Hitmen White 2, South Shore Kings 0 

 

Premier: Hockey Students Montreal 2, Jersey Hitmen 1

 

Premier: Somang 18U 3, South Shore Kings 2

Somang Hockey will face the Hockey Students Montreal in an all-Canadian team final for the Premier championship. 

2019 USPHL Spring Showcase Playoff Pairings Set for Sunday morning

By By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com 05/11/2019, 10:45pm EDT

The Sunday playoffs are set for the 2019 USPHL Spring Showcase in Marlborough, Mass. 

NCDC 

Jersey Hitmen Navy vs. New Jersey Rockets White, 9 a.m. 

South Shore Kings vs. Jersey Hitmen White, 9:40 a.m. 

 

Premier

Somang Hockey 18U vs. South Shore Kings, 9:40 a.m. 

Jersey Hitmen Elite vs. Hockey Students Montreal, 10 a.m. 

 

Elite

There is only one playoff game, the championship, for the Elite Division: 

Somang Hockey 16U vs. Florida Eels, 10 a.m. 

 

18U Division

New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs vs. Jersey Hitmen, 8:30 a.m.   

Islanders Hockey Club White vs. CP Dynamo, 8:30 a.m.

 

16U Division

New Jersey Rockets vs. Philadelphia Hockey Club, 8:50 a.m. 

Jersey Hitmen vs. Palmyra Black Knights, 8:50 a.m.