The United States Premier Hockey League announced on Wednesday that the League has canceled the 2020 Spring Showcase, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The USPHL had earlier rescheduled the Spring Showcase and was planning to hold the event at a variety of facilities in New England. Concern for the health of players, coaches and staff, as well as adherence to Federal, State and Local regulations and guidelines, made the execution of the event to the satisfaction of the League and its Member Organizations impossible to achieve.
Despite the cancellation of the Spring Showcase, the 2020 NCDC Entry Draft will proceed as scheduled on June 10. National Collegiate Development Conference teams will hold the draft by closed conference call and full results will be announced that afternoon on USPHL.com.
The NCDC Combines scheduled for June 13-14 in the Chicago area (Dyer, Ind.) and June 25-26 in the Detroit area (Fraser, Mich.) will occur on those rescheduled dates as planned. Those events will follow Federal, State and Local guidelines and regulations, and the main priority at each will be keeping players, coaches and staff safe and healthy. Details including schedules and health protocols for the Combines will be released soon.
The USPHL Summer Showcase (July 17-19) is still on as scheduled for a location or locations to be determined in the New England/Northeastern U.S. region.
With more than 1,200 former players in college hockey in 2019-20 alone, the United States Premier Hockey League continues to be a leader in advancement to the next level beyond Junior and Midget hockey.
Not only do our players move on to the best educational institutions to continue their hockey careers, they also excel once they reach that level.
Nearly 400 NCAA players from USPHL organizations past and present earned honors from their home conference and beyond during the 2019-20 season.
The USPHL and its Member Organizations congratulate, and are proud of, all of their alumni who are #CommittedLeaders!
Pictured Players: Top Left - Drew O'Connor (Dartmouth College/Boston Junior Bruins), Ivy League Co-Player Of The Year; Top Right - Tom Aubrun (Norwich University/Rochester Jr. Americans), Sid Watson National Division III Player Of The Year; Bottom Left: Conlan Keenan (SUNY-Geneseo/Jersey Hitmen), REPEAT SUNYAC Hockey Player Of The Year; Bottom right - David Farrance (Boston University/Syracuse Stars), Hobey Baker Award Top 10 Finalist.
This article was previously published on April 13, 2020. It has been updated to reflect the new dates for the NCDC Combines.
The United States Premier Hockey League has announced that its 2020 Spring Showcase will be rescheduled for June 5-8 and will be held in the Boston area.
The USPHL’s extensive rink network will allow the event to be structured in a manner to be in compliance with Federal, State and Local directives regarding COVID-19 while providing the players an opportunity to compete for placement within the league in front of many NCAA coaches.
The NCDC Entry Draft will be held two days following the Spring Showcase, on June 10, and the results will be posted that evening on USPHL.com.
Players interested in being considered for a spot in the 2020 USPHL Spring Showcase can contact USPHL organizations directly to inquire about openings on their teams. A full directory of USPHL organizations can be found at USPHL.com/TeamMembers.
The NCDC Combines in Detroit and Chicago were also rescheduled. The NCDC Combine in Chicago was moved to June 13-14 in Dyer, Ind., and the NCDC Combine in Detroit was moved to June 25-26. Visit USPHL.com/Combines for more information and updates.
The United States Premier Hockey League, and its Tier-II, Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC), has announced reschedule dates for the 2020 NCDC Combine Series.
The Chicago Combine will take place June 13-14, and the Detroit Combine will take place June 25-26. The Chicago Combine will be held at a newly announced location: the Midwest Training and Ice Center at 10600 White Oak Ave. in Dyer, Indiana, located 45 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The Detroit Combine will remain at Fraser Hockeyland (34400 Utica Rd.) in Fraser, Mich., located 40 minutes from Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport. Those already registered for an NCDC Combine do not need to re-register. There are still limited openings for each Combine, but register today as these spots will fill up fast. Goaltender spots for both Combines are filled, but goalies can request to be on a wait list.
Register for the 2020 Combine Series. Registration cost is $79:
The NCDC Combine Series will feature on-ice game play, as well as opportunities for players to meet coaches from NCDC and USPHL Premier teams and inquire about openings for the 2020-21 season.
The USPHL is committed to holding its events with the health and safety of all players as its top priority, while following all Local, State and Federal guidelines in place. The format of each Combine is to be determined, based upon these health considerations amid the fluid health situation due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
About The USPHL
The United States Premier Hockey League of 2020-21 will be the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States and parts of Canada. The USPHL will field approximately 550 teams representing over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20. Overall, across all of its divisions, the USPHL had more than 1,200 alumni playing college hockey in 2019-20 and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL. Learn more at USPHL.com and BestPlayHere.com.
The United States Premier Hockey League has announced the formation of the USPHL Player Safety Task Force as the Nation’s Largest Amateur Hockey Organization prepares for the 2020-21 season. The Task Force will consist of Rink Owners, Team Owners, General Managers, Coaches and Medical Professionals.
The USPHL Player Safety Task Force will research and review all aspects of player safety, including Local, State and Federal guidelines for all League Members, pertaining to the coronavirus/Covid-19 pandemic. Game day protocols, on-ice play, and rules and regulations of the game will all be under review to ensure the health and safety of every USPHL player at all Youth through Junior levels. The USPHL Player Safety Task Force will present its findings on June 1.
Elite Junior Profiles and the United States Premier Hockey League have jointly announced a working partnership to further assist USPHL hockey players in achieving their dreams of playing college hockey
Recognizing the fact that only about 15 percent of all eligible student-athletes are actively recruited to play their sport in college, Elite Junior Profiles founders realized that student-athletes needed a better way to introduce and differentiate themselves to coaches and provide them the critical information that coaches need in the recruiting process.
To that end, Elite Junior Profiles developed a new platform to bring coaches and student-athletes together in a simple, online environment.
Together, the USPHL and Elite Junior Profiles are committed to working together to provide student-athletes the platform, resources and tools needed to realize their college goals and dreams in all phases of the development and recruiting processes.
About Elite Junior Profiles
Elite Junior Profiles (EliteJrProfiles.com) created and developed their platform from four very unique perspectives:
“We have all four of these very distinct perspectives ‘baked into’ the strategy, the platform and the services we provide to all three types of people we work with and serve. This unique approach we took results in the world’s most powerful platform for student-athletes to seriously differentiate themselves using our proprietary DISC Enhanced Profile™ and use this cutting-edge resume to introduce themselves to coaches, recruiters, scouts, selection committees and even in early job interviews post-college,” said Paul Pechmann, Co-Founder of Elite Junior Profiles.
“We have input from dozens of college and high-level junior coaches on exactly the information they want and need to evaluate a student-athlete away from the court/ice/field/course/pool, etc. Using our profile-building platform, a student-athlete can provide coaches a rich set of information to prospective teams and coaches they want to play for.”
For coaches and scouts, the Elite Junior Profile platform is custom-tailored to give them all the information they asked for, and then some. With the DISC Enhanced Profile™, they provide coaches deep insight into the character, personality, and communication profile of the student-athlete along with a rich dataset of information that no other profile service on the web provides today.
Learn more about Elite Junior Profiles Recruiting Tools:
About the USPHL
Founded in 2012, the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is comprised of more than 550 teams. USPHL teams are geographically diverse, ranging from North and South to the Midwest and West Coast. The USPHL fields teams in a variety of divisions from Junior to the all-youth Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League. Their Junior Divisions consist of - The National Collegiate Development Conference, (NCDC) which is a unique, tuition-free, Junior hockey division geared toward Division I collegiate development placement and their Premier and Elite Divisions.
The USPHL Midget Divisions consist of Full-Season 18U, 16U, and 15U. Their High Performance Youth League includes teams operating at the Squirt Minor through Bantam Major Divisions. The 2020-21 season will see these High Performance Youth teams merged into the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League.
To learn more about the USPHL, visit online at USPHL.com
To learn more about Elite Junior Profiles and to start your player profile today, visit them online at EliteJrProfiles.com
The United States Premier Hockey League has announced its starting dates for the 2020-21 season for all Midget and Junior divisions.
The USPHL 18U, 16U and 15U Full-Season Midget seasons will open with league games at the Tier 1 Labor Day Faceoff at Foxboro Sports Center in Foxboro, Mass., Sept. 4-6, 2020.
The Tier-2 Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC), as well as the Tier-3 USPHL Premier and USPHL Elite Divisions, will open play on the weekend of Sept. 25-27, 2020.
The United States Premier Hockey League of 2020-21 will be the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States and parts of Canada. The USPHL will field approximately 550 teams representing over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20. Overall, across all of its divisions, the USPHL had more than 1,200 alumni playing college hockey in 2019-20 and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL. Learn more at USPHL.com.
The United States Premier Hockey League will approach its eighth season of operations with the same mission as when it opened play in 2013: Provide the best hockey development model within a framework that maximizes exposure to college hockey coaches. The USPHL will continue its player development success long after the present-day coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic passes, as the league’s finances are not by and large tied to ticket sales and corporate sponsorships. Most of the USPHL’s ownership groups not only own their teams, but also own the rinks in which these teams operate, creating the perfect hybrid of top-flight facilities and high-intensity hockey.
The USPHL’s “Players First” approach has proven among the greatest hockey success stories of the last decade, as the league has sent more than 2,500 players to college hockey and over 250 on to pro hockey, including the NHL. This will continue as the USPHL nears the 10-year mark, and as the Tier-2 Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference opens its fourth year of operations.
“The Rink Ownership model of the USPHL organizations eliminates the need for a fan-based economic model and the uncertainty that comes along with the potential revenue deficiencies of a decreasing fan base,” said Commissioner and Islanders Hockey Club owner Richard Gallant. “The USPHL business model includes large scale team programs, a host of other on-ice rink programing revenues and other ancillary offerings like concessions, which allows the USPHL programs to invest with surety in the league’s player development model,” Gallant added. “When the rinks reopen this summer under new social distancing guidelines, the USPHL owners can guarantee their teams will be back in business.”
“Owning the rink means that you can determine your own destiny, and not be beholden to any facility,” added fellow Executive Committee member Bobby Reiss, owner of the Jersey Hitmen and the Ice Vault, of Wayne, N.J. Team-and-rink ownership groups across the league - from its Youth divisions to the Tier-2 Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) - are able to focus solely on development of the player as they improve their game amongst college-worthy amenities, without having to worry about ice times, rink contracts and other business-related distractions.
“From a financial standpoint, the USPHL is in great shape to weather any storm, because our model is not based on ticket sales or advertising,” said Peter Masters, of the USPHL’s Executive Committee, and also co-owner of the Boston Junior Bruins. “We are funded by each organization.”
Cradle To College
A great number of those organizations - including all 12 organizations fielding teams for 2020-21 in the NCDC - operate several teams at different levels ranging from Youth to Junior. It creates a true “Cradle To College” model for players to follow, often under one roof. “The USPHL has created a model where families can start in a particular rink from Learn to Skate to Youth Hockey to Midget and Junior and not have to move anywhere. We are the only junior league in North American that is able to offer something like that, at that scale,” Masters said. “It has created within our league a great sense of continuity. Our parents feel extremely comfortable after being involved for years with one organization from one level to the next.”
With Reiss’ ownership of both the youth-to-junior Hitmen program and the program’s home facility, he has all the tools at his disposal to make it a perfect one-stop shop for a lifetime of hockey development. “The NCDC Hitmen team is the crown jewel of our organization and the building, but we also have a Tier-2 program. Everyone who starts out with our Tier-2 New Jersey Bandits get to see the Hitmen in the building and they can aspire to become part of the Hitmen,” said Reiss. “When those Hitmen players are in the building, there is a certain swagger. The younger kids want to be around them.” When a player makes the Hitmen, they can also look forward to the red-carpet treatment, which is easier to provide when the rink and team owner are one and the same. “We schedule our own facility, so that if we are going to have a big NCDC game, we can staff the bar and restaurant accordingly. The players skate out to center ice with a light show, and you have your National Anthem. You coordinate everything,” Reiss added. “When we built our newest rink, Rink 3, we built it with the Hitmen in mind. Their locker room is excellent, and we also built new office space. If we did not own the Hitmen and the Ice Vault, our investment in the building of that rink would not have been close to what it was.”
In Sewell, N.J., Tom Mackey’s co-ownership of the Hollydell Ice Arena and Philadelphia Hockey Club was also instrumental in creating a top-of-the-line facility with an NCDC hockey team in mind. Hollydell Ice Arena has nearly 5,000 square feet of new locker room space, with more than 1,800 of that dedicated solely to the NCDC team. “I bought the rink in August of 2017 and proceeded to gut most of the facility. I didn’t know if we were going to field an NCDC team, but I had a good idea of where I wanted us to be,” said Mackey, in a recent article on USPHL.com.
The One-Stop Hockey Shop
“Our whole model has been based on creating a one-stop shop to develop hockey players, with all of the on-and off-ice amenities where they could develop from Youth to Midget to NCDC,” Mackey added. Whether it is the NCDC in the Northeastern U.S., or the USPHL Premier which has a 24-state footprint including several college-heavy Midwestern areas, the USPHL is in prime position for success with its proximity to NCAA colleges to attract college hockey coaches and scouts for recruiting. Being in largely hockey-heavy areas, USPHL teams can recruit some of the best talent within their backyard.
Rink ownership plays a key role in this recruiting process, as players often must balance the desire to remain home with family against the desire for the best developmental environment.
“There is a lot of anxiety in sending your child out of area and out of the house for the first time in general,” said Masters. “There’s also a lot of anxiety and concern with placing your son’s season and career in the hands of people whom you’ve never met before and with whom you have no relationship. A lot of the families involved with the Junior Bruins at the junior level have been involved at the youth level as well, so that level of anxiety is minimized.”
The USPHL owners pride themselves on operating an organization and facility that embraces a family-like atmosphere. “When a new family comes in that is joining our team, they don’t just meet our NCDC coaches [Toby Harris and Jim Hunt], but they meet the ownership as well,” said Reiss. “We show them the rink, and how we really make all of our own stuff, from the logos to the apparel. No other rink in America does it quite like that. Sam Walton, the owner of Wal-Mart, once said ‘Exceed your customers’ expectations and you’ll be very successful.’ In hockey, if you exceed your customers’ expectations, they want to be part of your organization. They will enjoy being here.”
“The league is positioned financially to be extremely stable, especially going into our fourth year of Tuition-Free hockey, and our entire group is getting better at the process of recruiting and delivering the services that Elite players are looking for,” added Masters. “I’m extremely excited about the direction of the league.”
About The USPHL
The United States Premier Hockey League of 2020-21 will be the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States and parts of Canada. The USPHL will field approximately 550 teams representing over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20.
Overall, across all of its divisions, the USPHL had more than 1,200 alumni playing college hockey in 2019-20 and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL.