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Week One - Seven Things to Know

By Mike Klein, 09/02/15, 3:00PM EDT


Stay in the loop with “Kleiner’s Seven Things to Know”!  Join Mike Klein each week this season as he explores what you need to know and watch for in upcoming USPHL play. The weekly column will appear on and feature highlights from each of the USPHL’s seven divisions along with upcoming events.

Season Kicks Off

The USPHL season will officially kick off with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers hosting defending Atlantic District Champion Team Comcast at Chelsea Piers CT in Stamford, CT on September 5 in 16-and-under action. The puck drops at 4:45 PM.

Premier Division

The USPHL Premier Division expands to 12 teams this season with the addition of the Okanagan Hockey Academy Europe Eagles. The Eagles are made up of an all-European team and will play their home games at the Foxboro Sports Center, also the home of the South Shore Kings. The addition of the OHA Europe Eagles means that the USPHL will be the only league in the USA to have a European team as a member.

Elite Division

The USPHL Elite Division will feature 20 teams, welcoming the Rochester Jr. Americans and Charlotte Rush into the league. Last season, the Junior Bruins won the league in a thrilling overtime game against the Syracuse Stars and skated away with the USA Hockey Tier III Division 2 national title.

USPHL Midwest / USP3HL

New for this year is the USPHL Midwest Division, featuring eighteen teams in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana. Aside from the league schedule, the Midwest Division will also take part in showcases on the East Coast and play for the USP3HL championship in March.


The USPHL’s 18-and-under and 16-and-under divisions will look to build on last season’s success, which included multiple bids in the USA Hockey National Tournament. Selects Academy’s 18-and-under team earned an at-large bid to the Tier I tournament while the Portland Jr. Pirates won the Tier II national title.


Not to be outdone by the 18U division, the 16U division boasts three district champions, all of which competed in the Tier I tournament: Selects Academy (New England), Team Comcast (Atlantic), and the Syracuse Stars (New York). 

Futures Division

The 16U Futures division enters its second season with ten teams in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The Futures teams will play a full schedule with divisional games and showcases.