The four new teams, which previously represented the Northern Pacific Hockey League (NPHL), decided to join the USPHL after evaluating numerous other options. “The decision was unanimous amongst our organizations, and ultimately centered upon player development and advancement.” stated former NPHL Commissioner Garry Swain. “The USPHL was our first choice. We are now very excited to be a part of the USPHL and feel very fortunate to grow what is already a world-renowned league.”
“The USPHL is the top college development platform in the country,” added Swain. “Its player advancement numbers are unparalleled, and its alumni are tearing up the higher levels of hockey. For any player growing up on the West Coast who wants to be a part of that success, they now have four excellent options in the Northwest to choose between.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the Hobey Baker Award ceremony, in which Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey became the second USPHL alumni to win the award in as many years. In 2015, the honor went to Junior Bruins alumnus Jack Eichel.
Two other major college hockey awards were also presented to USPHL alumni. Matt Vidal (Bay State Breakers) was named the winner of the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, and Chris Dylewski (Tampa Bay Juniors) was presented with the Hockey Humanitarian Award, honoring college hockey’s finest citizen.
In joining the USPHL, players and teams from the USP3’s Pacific Division will gain access to numerous exposure and scouting opportunities throughout the year. During the regular season, each USP3 team will take part in a 44 game schedule. Of which, between eight and 12 will be played in a showcase format. Pacific Division teams will participate at showcases located in Chicago, IL (December) and Boston, MA (January), which will allow for scouts to directly compare players and teams from the North, South, Midwest, and Pacific divisions. At the same time, traditional matchups within each division will continue to focus on building healthy rivalries and league parity.
For more information about the USPHL and the USP3’s Pacific Division, visit USPHL.com.
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The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL.com), which operates in 20 of the 50 United States, is the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league. The league is comprised of 171 teams representing 61 organizations. Players in the USPHL are 8 to 21 years of age. Over the past two years, the USPHL has seen over 500 of its players advance to the collegiate level.