The United States Premier Hockey League, in conjunction with HIA Management, LLC and the Philadelphia Hockey Club, are pleased to announce that the Philadelphia Hockey Club will join the Tier-2 Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) for the 2020-21 season.
HIA Management, LLC and the Philadelphia Hockey Club purchased the NCDC franchise from the Boston Bandits.
“We are pleased to welcome to the NCDC an organization that has established itself with strong Midget and Junior teams in the USPHL,” said Dave Peters, Deputy Commissioner of the NCDC. “They will be a valued addition to the NCDC.”
Philadelphia Hockey Club’s NCDC team will be the only tuition-free team in the greater Philadelphia region. The 13-team league is located entirely in the Northeastern United States, and all of its teams are fully united and dedicated to the mission of player development and advancement to college hockey.
The Philadelphia Hockey Club will skate out of Hollydell Ice Arena, located in Sewell, N.J. Now entering its 27th year, Hollydell Ice Arena operates three hockey clubs that field a total of 30 teams with players ranging from 6 to 20 years old.
“We couldn’t be more excited to expand our partnership with the USPHL next season,” said Dr. Jim Mackey, owner of HIA Management, LLC and the Hollydell Ice Arena, in a team statement. “With our NCDC team, we will offer Hollydell athletes from the age of 6 to 20 the opportunity to compete at the highest levels of the game.”
“With the addition of tuition-free hockey at Hollydell, we will provide opportunities for players in the Philadelphia region and around the country to advance to college hockey. We expect the Philadelphia Hockey Club Midget program to be a primary source of players for our NCDC team, and look forward to growing and improving the 16U and 18U levels,” said Tom Bunting, Hockey Director at Hollydell Ice Arena.
"We also look forward to welcoming eligible members of the Bandits franchise to Philadelphia. They will be valued members of our club," said Adam Bartholomay, General Manager of the Philadelphia Hockey Club Junior Program.
The NCDC, established in 2017, has sent more than 140 players to NCAA Division 1 and 3 rosters in its first two seasons. Overall, the top level of the USPHL fields more than 220 current NCAA hockey players.
The USPHL, The Nation’s Largest Amateur Hockey Organization, was founded in 2012. The USPHL has more than 1,200 players currently skating for college hockey teams, and more than 280 who have moved on to professional hockey.
There are several members of USPHL Member Organizations currently playing in the NHL, including Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, Connor Clifton, and 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Zach Sanford.