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2019 - 2020 Elite Playoffs

2020 USPHL Elite Playoff Pairings and Times

North Division

Junior Bruins at Northern Cyclones

All games played at Cyclones Arena

Thurs., Feb. 27: 2 p.m. 

Fri., Feb. 28: 4 p.m. (Time Change)

(if necessary), Sat., Feb. 29: 12 p.m. 


Boston Bandits at Springfield Pics

All games at Olympia Ice Center

Thurs., Feb. 27: 8 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 28: 8:30 p.m. 

(if necessary) Mon., March 2: 1:30 p.m. 


Mid-Atlantic Division

New York Aviators at Rockets Hockey Club

All games played at Bridgewater (N.J.) Sports Arena

Fri., Feb. 28: 7 p.m. 

Sat., Feb. 29: 1 p.m.

(if necessary): Sun., March 1: 1 p.m.


Southeast Division

All games played at SkateNation Plus

Hampton Roads Whalers vs. Richmond Generals

Sat., Feb. 29: 12 p.m.

Sun., March 1: 12 p.m.

(if necessary) Mon., March 2: 9 a.m. 


Carolina Jr. Hurricanes vs. Charlotte Rush

Sat., Feb. 29: 9 a.m. 

Sun., March 1: 9 a.m.

(if necessary) Mon., March 2: 12 p.m. 


Florida Division

All games played at Fort Myers Skatium

Charleston Colonials vs. Florida Eels

Sat., Feb. 29: 9 a.m. 

Sun., March 1: 12 p.m.

(if necessary) Mon., March 2: 9 a.m. 


Atlanta MadHatters vs. Tampa Bay Juniors

Sat., Feb. 29: 12 p.m. 

Sun., March 1: 9 a.m. 

(if necessary) Mon., March 2: 12 p.m. 

Daily Available Ice Slots for Premier and Elite Nationals

March 12th - 14th, 2020 (12 ice slots daily)

Time Rink Time Rink
8:00 a.m. Lawler 8:00 a.m. Gallant
10:30 a.m. Lawler 10:30 a.m. Gallant
1:00 p.m. Lawler 1:00 p.m. Gallant
3:30 p.m. Lawler 3:30 p.m. Gallant
6:00 p.m. Lawler 6:00 p.m. Gallant
8:30 p.m. Lawler 8:30 p.m. Gallant

March 15th - March 16th, 2020

March 15, 2020 - Elite Semi-Finals:

Time:    9:30 a.m.           Gallant Rink

Time:  12:00 p.m.           Gallant Rink


March 16, 2020 - Elite Finals:

Time:    10:00 a.m.


National Championships Hotels

Marriott Hotels:

The Andover Spring Hill Suites Rate $114 per night (includes breakfast)

Marriott Courtyard is $110  (no breakfast)

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USPHL Playoffs at Merrimack College

2019 - 2020 USPHL Elite Playoff Format And Eligibility

Each team’s playoff roster must be declared on January 22, 2020

North Conference

All 4 teams make the playoffs:
Higher seed maintains home ice.

Semifinals: Best-of-3 Series
Week ending March 1, 2020

  • No. 1 hosts No. 4
  • No. 2 hosts No. 3
  • Winners advance to the Finals (Merrimack). March 12-16, 2020

Mid-Atlantic Conference:
All 3 teams make the playoffs:
Higher seed maintains home ice.
Semifinals: Best-of-3 Series
Week ending March 1, 2020

  • No. 1 receives a bye to the Finals (Merrimack)
  • No. 2 hosts No. 3, Winner advance to the Finals (Merrimack). March 12-16, 2020

Florida and Southeast Conferences

Top 4 teams make the playoffs:
Higher seed receives home ice advantage
Semifinals: Best-of-3 Series
Week ending March 1, 2020

  • No. 1 hosts No. 4
  • No. 2 hosts No. 3
  • Winners advance to the Finals (Merrimack). March 12-16, 2020

In the Florida Conference all games will be played at Fort Myers Skatium

In the Southeast Conference, all games will be played at Skate Nation Plus (Glen Allen, VA)

Elite Finals (March 12-16, 2020)
Merrimack Athletics Complex, North Andover, Mass.

Round Robin (March 12-14)
8-Team Format

2 Round Robin Brackets of 4 teams each. Brackets are:
Elite A…South East #1, Florida #2, Mid Atlantic #1, North #2
Elite B…South East #2, Florida #1, Mid Atlantic #2, North #1
Teams to be seeded 1 through 4 based on League Tiebreakers.

Bracket winners and 1st runners-up advance to the Semifinal round on March 15
 Bracket A winner hosts Bracket B runner up
 Bracket B winner hosts Bracket A runner up

Two Winners advance to the Championship Game on March 16


ALL ROUND ROBIN GAMES WILL BE PLAYED 5-on-5 (Single 5-minute Sudden Death Overtime format). GAMES CAN END IN A TIE. No Shootout.

BREAKING TIES: In all Divisions, when standings are required to determine eligibility or placement, the following shall be the order considered:
               i.     Most Points
               ii.    Most points achieved Head to Head
               iii.   Most wins
               iv.   Goals for minus goals against
               v.    Lowest penalty minutes
               vi.   Coin Toss

Richmond Generals win 2019 USPHL Elite Championship

Read the full story by clicking on the photo! 

2019 Elite Championship Game Recap Video

2019 Elite Playoffs Matchups

The Elite National playoff pools will be as follows

GROUP A: Richmond Generals and Northern Cyclones Advance

Florida Eels, New Jersey Hitmen, Richmond Generals, Northern Cyclones 

GROUP B: Hampton Roads Whalers and Tampa Bay Juniors Advance.

New York Aviators, Tampa Bay Juniors, Hampton Roads Whalers, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs


Second round

Islanders Hockey Club @ New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs

Thursday, Feb. 28: 4-2 Monarchs (1-0 series lead)

Saturday, March 2: 4-1 Monarchs (2-0 series win)


Boston Bandits @ Northern Cyclones

Thursday, Feb. 28: 7-1 Cyclones (1-0 series lead)

Friday, March 1: 5-4 OT Cyclones (2-0 series win)


First round

Springfield Pics @ Boston Bandits 

Wednesday, Feb. 20: 8-4 Bandits (1-0 series lead) 

Thursday, Feb. 21: 8-3 Bandits (2-0, Bandits win series)


Junior Bruins @ Islanders Hockey Club

Friday, Feb. 22: 8-7 Bruins (1-0 Bruins series lead) 

Saturday, Feb. 23: 9-5 Islanders (1-1 series tie)

Sunday, Feb. 24: 3-1 Islanders (2-1 Islanders series win)


Florida Division

Florida Jr. Blades @ Florida Eels 

Friday, Feb. 22: 7-2 Eels (1-0 series lead)

Sunday, Feb. 24: 5-1 Eels (2-0 series win)


Mid-Atlantic Division

New York Aviators @ New Jersey Rockets

Friday, Feb. 22: 2-1 Rockets (1-0 series lead)

Saturday, Feb. 23: 7-2 Aviators (1-1 series tie)

Sunday, Feb. 24: 3-2 Aviators (2-1 Aviators series win) 


Southeast Division

Atlanta Jr. Kings @ Richmond Generals 

Saturday, Feb. 23: 3-0 Generals (1-0 series lead)

Sunday, Feb. 24: 4-0 Generals (2-0 series win) 


Charlotte Rush @ Hampton Roads Whalers 

Saturday, Feb. 23: 2-1 Whalers (1-0 series lead)

Sunday, Feb. 24: 3-2 Whalers (2-0 series lead)

2018: Hampton Roads Whalers Win Championship Game In OT

Latest Elite News

Job Opening: United States Premier Hockey League Seeks Commissioner

By Joshua Boyd / 07/08/2020, 2:45pm EDT

The Commissioner agrees to use their best efforts to promote the interests of the United States Premier Hockey League (“USPHL”) and to devote substantially all their time, energies and skill to the business and affairs of the USPHL. The Commissioner is responsible for the general supervision and direction of all business and related affairs of the USPHL and will report to the Executive Committee on a weekly basis and periodically to the league’s Board of Directors.

This person must possess the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects, anticipate event needs, discern work priorities, and meet deadlines with minimal supervision. Experience within the sports industry is preferred to understand the way leagues/tournaments work. This position will require travel within the United States, including weekends.

By way of illustration and not in limitation of authority, the Commissioner shall be authorized to undertake the following:  

  • Oversee all league staff and the day ­to ­day business of the league
  • Provide strategic planning and vision to help advance and promote the USPHL and its Board of Directors’ business
  • Develop and maintain key league relationships including USA Hockey
  • Maintain the USPHL’s website
  • Develop and oversee the USPHL’s budget
  • Enforce league rules and by­laws as outlined in the USPHL Constitution
  • Develop a schedule for exhibition, regular season, championship, and playoff games
  • Develop and enforce the playing rules for the conduct and administration of all games, including prosecution of disciplinary offenses
  • Develop and execute on an advertising and marketing strategy, including a website, for the USPHL
  • Make special rules for any category or age division or for exhibition, regular season, championship and playoff games, and tournaments


Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s experience. If interested, please send your cover letter and resume to

The Charlotte Rush are extremely happy to announce the first NCAA commitment of the 2020-2021 season. Longtime Rush player and 2019-20 Elite Captain Lunden Strickler has committed to Arcadia University for the fall of 2021. 

“Lunden has spent his entire junior career with us. He is the absolute epitome of what the Rush is all about. He developed at the Elite level and has become a leader who brings everything he has every day.”

Strickler is a 2000-born Wernersville, Pa., resident who began playing with the Rush in the 2016-17 season. 

"Lunden has been with us since I started in Charlotte and to see him earn this commitment is a really special moment for us here. He will be a major part of the [Arcadia] program next season and we will look to him for his leadership and work ethic. Arcadia is getting an incredible person on and off the ice and I have no doubt he will help Coach [Vincent] Pietrangelo build the program and culture he is looking for. I couldn’t be happier for Lunden, his family and the Arcadia University community,” said Rush Head Coach Trevor Jewell. 

“I know Lunden will bring some veteran leadership to our group, after being a leader for the Charlotte Rush for the past four years. He always plays hard and is that kind of player you love to have on your team, but hate playing against. His style of play, leadership and work ethic will make him extremely valuable at the NCAA level. I couldn’t be happier to have Lunden join us and help build something special at Arcadia,” added Arcadia Head Coach Vinny Pietrangelo. 

Another Banner Year For USPHL Commitments: 300+ To NCAA

By USPHL Staff 06/23/2020, 11:15am EDT

The United States Premier Hockey League is excited to announce that more than 300 players have committed to NCAA institutions since June of 2019. 

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These players have come from Junior and Midget divisions of the USPHL, with well over 50 players committing to NCAA Division I institutions, the greatest number coming from our top junior division, the Tier-2, Tuition-Free National Collegiate Development Conference. 

To see the full list of NCAA commitments (as well as commitments to ACHA and other institutions), visit

Tschabold 6’2 180 LBS defensemen from Switzerland has been with the Eels since 2013 when he joined the Eels youth program as a bantam. He later played midget for the Eels and subsequently joined the Eels Junior program 2016-17. He played one season on the USP3 team and 3 seasons on the Eels Elite team.


He defined what it is like playing as an Eel. He was one of our most loyal and dedicated players. A consummate Eel.  He was an example of the Eels player development model, having played as a youth player moving up to from bantam to midgets and then advanced to juniors. 


Dylan is a high character young man. He was selected as Assistant Captain last season for the Eels Elite team and no doubt through his leadership he help lead his team to a first-place finish at the end of the season and win their USPHL Florida Division Regular Season Championship. His previous year he helped his team win the Florida Division playoffs and advanced to Nationals.


He was very determined to improve his skills. He came early every day, stayed after practice shooting 100+ pucks a day and all to improve his skill set and reach his ultimate goal to play college hockey – which he now realized. He has committed to Concordia University Wisconsin ACHA Division 2 Hockey. We are very proud of him. It is not easy to come from a foreign country like Dylan did. He came here from Switzerland and attended an American high school – Hibernian Private School and worked really hard to reach his lifelong dream. Last year he attended Hodges University in Fort Myers to prepare him for his next step.


Dylan will join several other Florida Eels alumni who are currently enrolled at CUW and play for the ACHA team. Sean Doyle and Connor Doyle. CUW was also the home of Premier Head Coach Frank Scarpaci who played for their NCAA Division III team along with Eels alumni Jari Sanders (Former Captain for CUW) NCAA Division III and Eels alumni Joel Stevenson who also played for their NCAA Division III team.  CUW is also the home of Eels alumni Vyctoria Smith. Dylan makes number 7 for Eels alumni who attend CUW. We wish Dylan the best in his future.

The United States Premier Hockey League has announced that the 2020 NCDC Detroit Combine has been postponed by just over a month to July 30-31, but still remaining at Fraser Hockeyland in Fraser, Mich. This announcement has been made due to Michigan state restrictions on the opening of ice rink facilities. All those registered for the NCDC Detroit Combine remain registered for the new dates. There will be guaranteed attendance by at least six National Collegiate Development Conference teams. 

A schedule will be posted at least two weeks prior to the event, as well as Health Guidelines and Protocols, with team assignments being sent one week prior to the start of the event.