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USPHL Announces Premier Division Expansion For the 2018-2019 Season With Six New Teams - Great Lakes Conference

By USPHL Executive Office, 04/19/18, 5:30PM EDT



Boston, MA - The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is pleased to announce the addition of six teams to its Premier Division for the 2018-19 season Great Lakes Conference.

The Premier Division additions include the Lansing Wolves, Metro Jets, Pittsburg Vengeance, Southern Tier Xpress, Toledo Cherokee and the Wooster Oilers.  The teams will be integrated into the USPHL by playing inter conference games at USPHL showcases to be located in the East and the Mid-West.

“These strategic additions will continue to develop and expand the USPHL and its goal of providing a national opportunity for hockey from our high performance youth division to our junior divisions allowing every player to achieve their personal goals” said Richard Gallant, Commissioner of the USPHL.

Quotes from the new partners:

“The Lansing Wolves are very excited to start their new journey being a part of the USPHL.” – Lansing Wolves coach-GM Mark Lawrence.

“The Metro Jets are entering their 30th season of junior hockey. The fact that we get to play in more showcases, dress more players, expand our exposure platform, advance players multiple ways and maintain the strength and history of our division makes this even more exciting ” –  Metro Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville.

“We are very pleased to join the USPHL and feel this will provide our players even more advancement opportunities in hockey. The fact that the Pittsburgh Vengeance organization can field a team at the U16, U18 and junior levels just ties everything together for us as a program.” – Pittsburgh Vengeance coach-GM David Dorsey

“We are excited for our program to join the USPHL this upcoming season. The showcases presented by the USPHL will allow us to expand our exposure footprint beyond the Great Lakes Region, allowing our players to be more accessible throughout the higher junior levels and college programs. This is a move for the players in providing as many opportunities as possible.” – Southern Tier Xpress GM Travis Sanders

“We are real excited about our move to the USPHL Premier division, and along with our other five partners, we feel this a great move for our organization. I know in Toledo, we are looking forward to playing in more showcases, and the USPHL offers that. The showcases offer our players even more exposure, which is what every junior hockey player is looking for.” – Toledo Cherokee coach-GM Kenny Miller

“The Wooster Oilers have always been first and foremost committed to providing our players with the essential elements necessary for their development for advancement. Playing in a competitive division over the last three years has been an integral part of that development and we look forward to the continued divisional competition now, as a member of the USPHL. We continue to diligently work for our players to find opportunities to heighten their exposure to scouts at higher levels and colleges. This move into the USPHL maps out a path that will allow for continued divisional competition.” – Wooster Oilers assistant GM Valentino Hernandez

Upon completion of this process, the USPHL membership will consist of approximately 60 members fielding over 160 teams with a geographic reach that spans the complete Eastern Seaboard through to the Mid-West United States. 

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