In its annual ranking of U.S. Junior Hockey Leagues, The Junior Hockey News (thejuniorhockeynews.com) placed the USPHL Premier in the top overall spot for North America, and its developmental league the USPHL Elite placed at No. 3.
One week earlier, the NCDC Ranked No. 2 among the North American Tier II junior leagues.
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The criteria that was used in rating these six leagues, was how do teams within the leagues compare when developing players who move on to the NHL, NCAA, USHL, NAHL, NCDC, and Canada Junior A hockey programs. The size of the league as in number of teams was also taken into account for depth of player talent throughout the league. The level of promotion of commitments was also taken into account for this particular rating.
1. USPHL – Premier
The USPHL is the United States and North America’s largest amateur hockey organization. From coast to coast, no other organization does as much for player development and promotion at every level. The NCDC is showing by its use of the USPHL Premier as its development pool that it is a proven recipe for successful promotion and growth of players. The number of Tier II players coming out of the USPHL Premier increases every year and is a testament to great coaching. These players are moving on to the USHL and NAHL as well as NCDC. The USPHL Premier by volume leads the way in NCAA and ACHA College commitments.
3. USPHL – Elite
The USPHL Elite is a very nice development platform for the USPHL Premier, and is now being used for some NCDC development. Purposefully younger than the Premier division, this is definitely a league designed for younger players or those who want junior hockey but are not satisfied with their AAA options. Many players on Elite teams are getting called up to USPHL Premier teams, and many are getting opportunity with NCDC clubs, while some are still going directly to College hockey.
The USPHL Elite outranked the Tier III developmental league of TJHN's top-ranked Tier II league, making the USPHL's junior divisions cumulatively the best overall multi-league development model in the nation at 1 (USPHL Premier), 2 (NCDC) and 3 (USPHL Elite) in their respective tiers.