Inside The USPHL
Founded in 2012, the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) is comprised of 52 organizations fielding teams in the Premier, Elite, USP3, 18U, 16U, 16U Futures and High Performance Youth Divisions. The Premier, Elite and USP3 Divisions are each USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier III Junior leagues.
Each division provides a step in the progression towards fulfilling a player's ultimate goal of becoming a collegiate or professional hockey player. Teams have been selected to participate in specific USPHL divisions based upon geography, strong player pools, rink ownership, financial strength, and history of success and integrity at the highest level. The USPHL aims to prepare and develop players for college hockey and beyond with a tiered development structure in accordance with USA Hockey's American Development Model.
The United States Premier Hockey League, which operates in 19 of the 50 United States, is one of the nation's largest amateur ice hockey leagues. Over the past two seasons, the USPHL has seen over 350 of its players advance to the collegiate level and numerous others advance to the professional ranks. As a result, the USPHL has been recognized as one of the top developmental leagues in the nation for midget and junior hockey.
USPHL Showcase Series
Lawler Rink, home to the NCAA's Merrimack Warriors and the host site of the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase
All USPHL member teams are required to participate in a minimum of two USPHL Showcase Series events each season thereby providing players with a unique opportunity to display their skills in front of collegiate and professional scouts. By inviting USPHL member teams from all across the country to compete at one central location, players are able to showcase their skills in a highly competitive atmosphere while scouts in attendance are able to see firsthand players that they otherwise they may not have the ability to do so.
In addition to providing ample player exposure, the USPHL Showcase Series also presents players with a new, unique experience both on and off of the ice. Each Showcase Series event is an opportunity for teams to travel to a new, exciting location to play teams that they otherwise would not have a chance to play and see cities that they otherwise might not have a chance to see. The idea behind the USPHL Showcase Series is to broaden the horizons of players in attendance by immersing them in a new, challenging atmosphere.
During the 2016-17 season, a total of ten USPHL Showcase Series across the USPHL's Tier III divisions events were held in a number of locations that includes Boston, Chicago, Chesapeake,