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This is the 2015-16 United States Premier 3 Hockey League  season.  This was the league's third season under the USPHL umbrella and its first season under this name.  The league was previously known as the USPHL Empire Division.  Prior to this the league was known as the Empire Junior Hockey League.

Franchise changesEdit

Member TeamsEdit

The USP3 consists of 17 organizations located along the East Coast spanning from Massachusetts to Florida.

North Division
Team Centre Arena
Boston Jr. Bruins Marlborough, Massachusetts New England Sports Center
Frederick Freeze Frederick, Maryland Skate Frederick
Islanders Hockey Club Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3
Jersey Hitmen Wayne, New Jersey Capital One Bank Ice Vault Arena
Jersey Shore Whalers Brick Township, New Jersey Ocean Ice Palace
Springfield Pics West Springfield, Massachusetts Olympia Ice Center
South Division
Team Centre Arena
Atlanta Jr. Knights Marietta, Georgia Marietta Ice Center
Carolina Eagles Wake Forest, North Carolina Polar Ice House
Charlotte Rush Indian Trail, North Carolina Extreme Ice Center
Daytona Racers Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona International Skateway
Florida Eels Fort Myers, Florida Fort Myers Skatium
Florida Jr. Blades Estero, Florida Germain Arena
Hampton Roads Whalers Chesapeake, Virginia Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex
Palm Beach Hawks Lake Worth, Florida Palm Beach Skate Zone
Potomac Patriots Woodbridge, Virginia Prince William Ice Center
Richmond Generals Richmond, Virginia SkateNation Plus
Tampa Bay Juniors Ellenton, Florida Ellenton Ice

StandingsEdit

North Division
Team GP W L T OL SL GF GA PIM P
Jersey Hitmen 44 34 8 - 2 - 205 97 - 70
Boston Jr. Bruins 44 33 10 - 1 - 206 123 - 67
Frederick Freeze 41 17 23 - 1 - 140 179 - 66
Jersey Shore Whalers 43 32 9 - 2 - 215 110 - 66
Islanders Hockey Club 44 9 30 - 5 - 111 221 - 23
Springfield Pics 44 6 36 - 2 - 95 259 - 14
South Division
Team GP W L T OL SL GF GA PIM P
Hampton Roads Whalers 44 32 9 - 3 - 178 113 - 67
Atlanta Jr. Knights 40 27 10 - 3 - 189 117 - 57
Carolina Eagles 44 27 15 - 2 - 153 127 - 56
Richmond Generals 42 26 14 - 2 - 169 135 - 54
Florida Eels 40 22 14 - 4 - 152 129 - 48
Palm Beach Hawks 40 20 19 - 1 - 162 156 - 41
Florida Jr. Blades 40 19 20 - 1 - 158 142 - 39
Tampa Bay Juniors 40 17 22 - 1 - 138 175 - 35
Charlotte Rush 44 10 32 - 2 - 107 189 - 22
Daytona Racers 40 9 29 - 2 - 104 213 - 20
Potomac Patriots 44 8 33 - 3 - 101 215 - 19

PlayoffsEdit

FormatEdit

South DivisionEdit

The top 8 teams in the South Division qualify for the playoffs, which were seeded by winning percentage not points due to an uneven number of games played by the teams.  The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds are best-of-three. The remaining two teams advancing to the 8 team championship tournament also involving the 4 remaining teams from the USPHL Midwest and the remaining 2 teams from the USP3HL's North Division.

North DivisionEdit

The top four teams in the North Divsion qualify for the playoffs. The teams will play a round robin with the top two teams advancing to the 8 team championship tournament also involving the 4 remaining teams from the USPHL Midwest and the remaining 2 teams from the USP3HL's South Division.

South Division QuarterfinalsEdit

North Division Round RobinEdit

ResultsEdit

  • Jersey Hitmen defeated Frederick Freeze 7-2
  • Jersey Shore Whalers defeated Boston Jr Bruins 4-1
  • Boston Jr. Bruins defeated Jersey Hitmen 7-4
  • Jersey Shore Whalers defeated Frederick Freeze 4-1
  • Jersey Hitmen defeated Jersey Shore Whalers 4 to 2
  • Frederick Freeze defeated Boston Jr Bruins 5-4

StandingsEdit

Team GP W L T OL SL GF GA PIM P
Jersey Hitmen 3 2 1 - - - 15 14 - 4
Jersey Shore Whalers 3 2 1 - - - 10 6 - 4
Boston Jr. Bruins 3 1 2 - - - 12 13 - 2
Frederick Freeze 3 1 2 - - 11 15 - 2

Jersey Hitmen and Jersey Shore Whalers advance to USP3HL championship.

South Division SemifinalsEdit

  • Hampton Roads Whalers defeated Atlanta Knights 2 games to none (4-2, 6-2)
  • Florida Eels defeated Florida Jr. Blades 2 games to 1 (10-1, 2-5, 3-2)

The semifinal winners in both divisions advance to the USP3HL Championship tournament held March 9-11, 2016 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

USP3HL ChampionshipEdit

FormatEdit

The four remaining teams from the USP3HL playoffs and the four remaining teams from the USPHL Midwest playoffs were put into a tournament held March 9-11, 2016 at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  The teams were placed in two pools of four teams (2 from each league per pool).  The teams played a single round robin over two days with the top two teams moving the semifinal round with the top team from one pool playing the second place team in the other pool in the single game semifinal round, the semifinal winners met for the championship later that day.

Round Robin GamesEdit

  • Dells defeated Hampton Roads 3-0
  • Jersey Shore defeated Tri-City 5-2
  • Jersey tied Traverse City 2-2
  • Florida defeated Forest Lake 3-1
  • Hampton Roads defeated Jersey Shore 3-1
  • Dells defeated Jersey Shore 6 to 1
  • Hampton Roads defeated Tri-City 5-3
  • Jersey defeated Florida 5-4
  • Jersey tied Forest Lake 2-2
  • Florida defeated Traverse City 3-0

The game between the two Midwest teams in each pool were not played.

Round Robin StandingsEdit

Team GP W L T GF GA P
Dells Ducks 2 2 0 0 9 1 4
Hampton Roads Whalers 3 2 1 0 8 7 4
Jersey Shore Whalers 3 1 2 0 7 11 2
Tri-City Ice Hawks 2 0 2 0 5 10 0
Team GP W L T GF GA P
Florida Eels 3 2 0 1 10 6 5
Jersey Hitmen 3 1 0 2 9 8 4
Forest Lake Lakers 2 1 0 1 3 5 3
Traverse City Hounds 2 0 1 1 2 5 1

SemifinalsEdit

  • Dells defeated Florida 5-2
  • Hampton Roads defeated Jersey 4-3 (ot)

FinalEdit

  • Dells defeated Hampton Roads 5-0
Dells Ducks USP3HL champs 2016

Dells Ducks 2016 USP3HL champions

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