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This is the 2015-16 USPHL Midwest Division season. This is the league's only season of operation. The USPHL announced on December 18, 2014 the formation of a Midwest Division to begin in the 2015-16 season by adding several teams from the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. By the end of the season, the Midwest Division would add all but one active MnJHL team causing the MnJHL to disband for the following season. On March 10, 2014, the USPHL also added the entire Midwest Junior Hockey League to its new Midwest Division for the 2015-16 season.USPHL Midwest will mark the fourth Tier III division under the USPHL umbrella.  After the completion of the season the member teams were divided up into the USPHL Elite Division and the United States Premier 3 Hockey League.

The Wooster Oilers later withdrew from the league before playing after the organization also obtained a North American 3 Hockey League franchise when the organization purchased and relocated the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks organization during the 2015 off-season.

The month of August was not kind to the membership of the league as the Ironwood Fighting Yoopers suspended operations on August 17th. On August 20, the Soo Firehawks announced they were suspending operations. The St. Louis Storm folded the next day and the Minnesota Owls suspended operations on August 25th. And then the Indiana Attack suspended operations on September 10th forcing the league to re-write the schedule.

On February 21, 2016, 20 year old Chicago Cougars captain Matt Olson caught an edge while reacing for a puck behind the net during a game and was seriously injured.  The fall resulted in very serious spinal injury and pemanant damage.  The team and family have a gofundme.com page set up to help with the expenses.

USPHL Heritage ClassicEdit

On December 23rd the league announced plans for the first ever outdoor game involving the USPHL.  The game is scheduled to be held January 29, 2016 at Clark Park Arena in Detroit.  The game will be between the Motor City Hawks and the Detroit Fighting Irish.

Member TeamsEdit

The USPHL-Midwest had 17 teams located in the Midwestern US spanning from Michigan to Minnesota. Due to losing several teams the league went with 2 conferences after originally planning on two divisions in each conference

Western Conference
Team Location Arena(s) Comments
Blaine Energy Blaine, MN Fogerty Arena former Maple Grove Energy Franchise; join USPHL Elite Division
Chicago Cougars West Dundee, Illinois Leafs Centre and Sears Centre originally known as Crystal Lake Rampage in MJHL

; join USPHL Elite Division

Decatur Blaze Decatur, Illinois Decatur Civic Center formerly Bloomington Blaze; join USP3HL
Dells Ducks Lake Delton, Wisconsin Poppy Waterman Ice Arena  join USPHL Elite Division
Forest Lake Lakers Forest Lake, Minnesota Forest Lake Sports Center  join USPHL Elite Division
Illiana Blackbirds Dyer, Indiana Mid-West Training and Ice Center join USPHL Elite Division
SCV Magicians Hudson, Wisconsin Hudson Civic Center formerly Hudson Crusaders and briefly [[Hudson Magicians|Hudson Magicians; join USPHL Elite Division]]
Steele County Blades Owatonna, MN Four Seasons Arena  join USPHL Elite Division
Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin South Wood County Rec Center  join USPHL Elite Division
Eastern Conference
Alpena Flyers Alpena, Michigan Northern Lights Arena  join USP3HL
Detroit Fighting Irish Brownstown Township, Michigan Ice Box Sports Center formerly Tennyson Chevrolet; join USPHL Elite Division
Kalkaska Rhinos Kalkaska, Michigan The Kaliseum join after withdrew from Canadian International Hockey League; join USP3HL
Marquette Royales Marquette, Michigan Lakeview Arena  join USP3HL
Michigan Wild Farmington Hills, Michigan Farmington Hills Ice Arena known as Michigan Ice Dogs prior to 2015; join USP3HL
Motor City Hawks Fraser, Michigan Fraser Hockeyland formerly known as MC Monarchs in MWJHL; join USP3HL
Traverse City Hounds Traverse City, Michigan Centre Ice Arena join USP3HL
Tri-City Ice Hawks Bay City, Michigan Bay County Civic Arena  join USP3HL
Announced teams that later withdrew
Indiana Attack Fort Wayne, IN Lutheran Health Sports Center suspended operations September 10, 2015
Ironwood Fighting Yoopers Ironwood, Michigan Pat O'Donnell Center announced team was going inactive for 2015-16 season on August 17, 2015; return and join USP3HL for 2016-17 season
Minnesota Owls Isanti, Minnesota David Johnson Civic Arena suspend opereratons August 25, 2015 intend to return for 2016-17
St. Louis Storm St. Louis, MO FSI Shark Tank Arena formerly St. Louis Frontenacs; suspended operations August 21, 2015
Soo Firehawks Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Big Bear Arena Suspended operations August 20, 2015
Wooster Oilers Wooster, Ohio Alice Noble Ice Arena later withdrew as organization already had a team in NA3HL

StandingsEdit

Western Conference
Team GP W L T OL SL GF GA PIM P
Forest Lake Lakers 48 39 7 - 2 - 257 91 - 80
Chicago Cougars 48 39 8 - 1 - 269 107 - 79
Dells Ducks 48 38 8 - 2 - 214 80 - 78
SCV Magicians 48 35 11 - 2 - 221 145 - 72
Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings 48 33 10 - 5 - 239 115 - 71
Illiana Blackbirds 47 23 22 - 2 - 166 180 - 48
Steele County Blades 48 20 24 - 4 - 188 202 - 44
Decatur Blaze 47 13 34 - 0 - 145 236 - 26
Blaine Energy 48 8 38 - 2 - 99 303 - 18
Eastern Conference
Team GP W L T OL SL GF GA PIM P
Tri-City Ice Hawks 48 40 5 - 3 - 225 82 - 83
Traverse City Hounds 48 37 9 - 2 - 237 130 - 76
Detroit Fighting Irish 48 24 22 - 2 - 186 189 - 50
Kalkaska Rhinos 48 20 23 - 5 - 180 229 - 45
Marquette Royales 48 16 24 - 8 - 142 201 - 40
Motor City Hawks 48 15 29 - 4 - 157 247 - 34
Alpena Flyers 48 15 32 - 1 - 162 208 - 31
Michigan Wild 48 3 43 - 2 - 94 322 - 8

note: One game between Illiana and Decatur was cancelled late in the season and not made up as it had not affect on the final standings.

PlayoffsEdit

Prior to the season when the league had over twenty teams the league planned on having the top 8 teams in each division qualify for the playoffs.  The league decided to keep the format so the only team that did not qualify for the playoffs was the 9th place team in the Western Conference.

FormatEdit

Top 8 teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.  The conference quarterfinals and semifinals are best-of-three.  The four Division Semifinal round winners advance to the 8 team championship tournament also involving  the remaining 2 teams from both the USP3HL's North and South Divisions.

Western Division QuarterfinalsEdit

  • Forest Lake Lakers defeated Decatur Blaze 2 games to none (7-1, 11-1)
  • Chicago Cougars defeated Steele County Blades 2 games to none (3-1, 8-4)
  • Dells Ducks defeated Illiana Blackbirds 2 games to 1 (3-0, 1-2, 3-2 (ot))
  • Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings defeated SCV Magicians 2 games to 1 (3-5, 4-3, 5-1)

Eastern Division QuarterfinalsEdit

  • Tri-City Ice Hawks defeated Michigan Wild 2 games to none (5-1, 10-2)
  • Traverse City Hounds defeated Alpena Flyers 2 games to none (5-4 (ot), 5-1)
  • Detroit Fighting Irish defeated Motor City Hawks 2 games to none (5-2, 5-4)
  • Marquette Royales defeated Kalkaska Rhinos 2 games to none (1-2, 0-4) the first game was turned into a forfeit loss for the Rhinos as the team dressed an ineligible player

Western Division SemifinalsEdit

  • Forest Lake Lakers defeated Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings 2 games to 1 (3-4 (ot), 5-1, 3-2 (ot))
  • Dells Ducks defeated Chicago Cougars 2 games to 1 (2-1 (ot), 1-2 (ot), 3-2)

Eastern Division SemifinalsEdit

  • Tri-City Hawks defeated Marquette Royales 2 games to none (7-1, 7-1)
  • Traverse City Hounds defeated Detroit Fighting Irish 2 games to none (3-2, 3-2)

The four division semifinal winners advance to the USP3HL Championship tournament held March 9-12, 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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