Mullets Captain Ben Borreson Commits to Marian University

By USPHL Staff 09/03/2021, 4:00pm EDT

Ben Borreson, a four-year veteran with the Minnesota Mullets recently announced Marian committment

Ben Borreson, 21, from Tomah, WI and a four-year veteran with the Minnesota Mullets recently announced his intention to take the next step in both his education and hockey career at Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI.

Borreson said in an email interview landing in the Twin Cities with the Mullets four years ago was a bit of a last chance effort, but it turned out to be an amazing fit for both the player and team. 

“Going into my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to play juniors,” said Borreson. “I tried out for some other teams, but the opportunities weren’t there for me. Late summer, I got an email about the Mullet’s camp from Mike Frank.” 

Frank was the father of Sebastian Frank, a player Borreson had as a teammate on the Blue Devils AAA summer hockey squad.

“I went to the camp and Walbs (Mullets Head Coach Chris Walby) was willing to take me on as a project as something to develop over the years. I’m very grateful he gave me an opportunity and I repaid him by becoming the best player I could for him.”

Coach Walby is thankful for the chance meeting that turned into four seasons of mutual respect and admiration.

“It has been an incredible run for Ben and I over the past four years,” said the coach. “Marian University is getting a great player and an even better person. I’m forever appreciative of his contributions on the ice and the work he’s put into building this organization into something we can all be proud of.  I’m incredibly grateful for our time together, the relationship we’ve built and the memories we’ve created.

“For a coach, it’s a special thing to be able to watch a young player and person develop and mature over the course of four years. Ben comes from an amazing family. His parent’s and I couldn’t be prouder of the player and young man he has turned into. It’s already strange for me not to have him here in camp, but I look forward to watching him continue at Marian University and I know I’ll see him at a few Mullie games this season.”

For a player from small town Wisconsin, the move to a higher level of hockey playing in the heart of the Twin Cities was certainly a culture shock.

“The difference from small town Tomah to living in Minneapolis was enough to make my head spin,” recalled Borreson. “I love the way Minnesota embraces hockey like it’s a religion and it fueled my passion even more. It’s two very separate worlds and it has been amazing to be part of both.”

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The EHF Merges With The USPHL

By Media 06/14/2018, 12:30pm EDT

The United States Premier Hockey League (“USPHL”) and the Eastern Hockey Federation (“EHF”) have agreed to merge operations (the “Merger”) into the USPHL to form the nation’s largest amateur hockey league.  The EHF will maintain its name and current 11 team Elite structure along with its multi-level, multi member Tier 1 divisions under the USPHL umbrella.   The new combination will also allow the EHF Selects Midget Division to create a one of a kind competitive schedule with the USPHL’s most competitive full season Midget teams to provide unmatched exposure to NCAA hockey programs for young aspiring hockey players.    

The USPHL and EHF organizations have each developed a complete player development model where, for the 2018/2019 season, boys will train, compete and enjoy the sport of ice hockey within their respective age group at the right competitive level.   These programs go beyond the on-ice experience to include education, leadership and community service components to help foster a complete student-athlete.  Upon completion of this process, the USPHL membership will consist of over 100-member organizations with 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20 and having a geographic reach that spans the complete Eastern Seaboard and expands west as far as Wisconsin.

The Merger of the EHF into the USPHL will be completed over the summer and will commence competition in September of 2018.  Please visit the USPHL website at or the EHF website at for more information regarding member teams and further announcements.  


The NCDC On The Clock

By Staff 05/16/2018, 12:45pm EDT

Boston, MA - The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to announce the 2018-19 National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) Entry Draft to be held on Wednesday, May 16; three days after the conclusion of the USPHL Spring Showcase in Marlborough.  The NCDC Entry Draft will be a twelve-round draft which will allow NCDC organizations an equal opportunity to build their teams with star players competing in North America and Europe. 

Tampa Bay Juniors Defenseman Louria Commits to RIT

By TBJ Staff 05/09/2018, 10:15am EDT

By TBJ Staff
Wesley Chapel, FL - The Tampa Bay Juniors Hockey Club is proud to announce that Premier Defenseman Christian Louria has committed to ACHA Division I Rochester Institute of Technology.

Louria, from Wexford, PA, was a USPHL Southern Division All Star this past season with Tampa.  In 48 games Christian had 9 goals with 21 assist and a +23.

“Christian came to us just after the season started and right away you saw his skill and that he would be a difference maker," said Head Coach Garrett Strot.  "He was so good in the defensive zone with his awareness and calmness with the puck.  R.I.T picked up an elite defenseman.”

“Playing for the Tampa Bay Juniors was great for my development as a player and a person."  said Christian, "The experienced coaching staff and exceptional facilities made it a memorable year for me and helped me get to the next level.”

“Christian had multiple NCAA schools talking too him,"  said Strot, "but in the end he felt R.I.T was the best fit for him academically and to continue playing hockey.”

The Tampa Bay Juniors wish Christian and his family the best of luck as he continues on to the next chapter of his life.

Christian is the 8th TBJ player to commit to a college this year.

Mason Snyder Signs With Cherokee

By Toledo Cherokee Staff 05/08/2018, 6:00pm EDT







Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) are excited to announce the signing of goaltender Mason Snyder for next season. 


The Sylvania OH, native spent last season playing with the Northview Wildcats High School team.  The 6’2’’ 180lb goalkeeper had a 2.60 goals against average last year as well as a .907 save percentage and four shutouts. The 18 year old was named Sportsman of the Year as well as second team all conference in the Red Division.


“Mason is a guy that works really hard, he is a big goalie that moves really well for his size. We know he is the type of player that will come in here and compete hard every day in practice and games.” Said head coach Kenny Miller


Snyder also played pre-post with the Sylvania North Stars U-18 team where he helped lead the club to the USA Hockey National tournament where they earned a Bronze medal.


Mason joins Spencer SandbergMatt MintunAnthony WeinrichBryce Davis and Jake Rhoades as players committed to the Cherokee for next season. “As we have said during this whole offseason we are looking for high character kids for this year’s team and we feel Mason brings that to our group we are putting together.” Added Miller


The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee regarding tryouts and news please visit our website at

Jake Rhoades Joins Cherokee Next Season

By Toledo Cherokee Staff 05/07/2018, 9:15pm EDT







Toledo Ohio:      The Toledo Cherokee proud members of the USPHL Premier (Great Lakes Conference) is excited to announce the signing of forward Jake Rhoades for next season. 


The Rockwood MI, native spent last season playing high school hockey for Gibraltar Carlson.  The 5’5’’ 150# winger scored twenty six goals and added fifteen assists for forty one points in only twenty four games.


“Jake is a very skilled guy, his speed and vision on the ice will be a great addition to our program as we join the USPHL for our first season.” Said head coach Kenny Miller


Rhoades joins Spencer SandbergMatt MintunAnthony Weinrich and Bryce Davis as players committed to the Cherokee for next season. “Jake is a guy we liked since our first spring skate and as a coaching staff we are excited he choose Toledo to start his junior career.” Added Miller


The Cherokee begin play in September. For more information on the Cherokee regarding tryouts and news please visit our website at

Minnesota Moose Forward Ryan Kelly Commits to Illinois State

By Minnesota Moose Staff 05/07/2018, 9:15pm EDT

The Minnesota Moose, proud members of the USPHL are excited to announce another player committing to an ACHA D1 program. Moose 1998 forward Ryan Kelly from Lombard, IL has committed to play the next 4 years of hockey at Illinois State in Normal, IL a suburb of Bloomington.


The 2017-2018 season was Ryan’s first year of junior hockey and was a memorable one at that. Kelly tallied 6 goals and 9 assists in 49 total games played and had a total of 34 penalty minutes. Only 4 other players played more games than Ryan last season.


From Head Coach Jon Jonasson, “We are extremely proud to see Ryan find a home at the collegiate level for next season, our goal for this hockey program is to see players move on to the next level when they are ready and Kelly is ready. Ryan brings a lot to the table to as a hockey player with his speed, work ethic and aggressive play. He brings just as much off the ice, while in a Moose uniform he was very well liked in the locker room and a fan favorite around the rink. I wish the most success for Ryan in his next 4 years as a Redbird, they are getting a fantastic person to represent their hockey program and institution.”


From Ryan Kelly, “I would like to thank my family and the coaches along the way for all the support they have given to make me the player and person I am today. I am very excited about my next 4 years at Illinois State.”


Ryan Kelly is the fourth Moose player to commit to college this season, with more to come. The Minnesota Moose take pride in being one of the most premier programs in advancing players to the next level whether it be NCAA, ACHA, NAIA or Tier 2 juniors.

Players interested in playing for the Minnesota Moose in the 2018-2019 season should contact Head Coach Jon Jonasson at or Assistant Coach Blake Mendenhall (907)317-5568 or Players can also visit our website at

Riverkings Defenseman Brett DeLaat Commits to NCAA Aurora University

By Wisconsin Rapid Riverkings Staff 05/04/2018, 9:45pm EDT

Riverkings Defenseman Brett DeLaat has committed to play next year and attend school at Aurora University NCAA D3. DeLaat is coming off a breakout season for the Riverkings having produced 42 points in 44 games and playing important minutes. The 6’3” 205lbs Kenosha WI native is not only a top player Brett is also an outstanding student with 4.3 GPA and was a team captain and was awarded Top Defenseman and most improved. Brett is a player with lots of upside because of his size, skating ability, and work ethic. He will joining an up and coming program led by former USPHL coach, Jason Bloomingburg.
The Riverkings are proud of Brett and excited to watch his progress at the NCAA level.