This is the 2016-17 USPHL Elite Division season. This is the league's fourth season
- The league added a team from China called Team Beijing. The team is based out of East Meadow, New York
- The league added the Stamford, Connecticut based Connecticut Jr Rangers and the Brooklyn based New York Jr. Aviators who had previous teams at other levels of the USPHL
- The East Coast Eagles were renamed the Carolina Eagles
- The Rochester Jr. Americans were replaced by the Rochester Monarchs
- After withdrawing after one game for 2015-16; the Roswell Bulldogs do not return
- The Portland Jr. Pirates and the Providence Capitals both withdraw from the junior level to focus on the youth level
- The Illiana Blackbirds announced that they would withdraw for the 2016-17 season when owner and head coach Reid Simpson was named an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL and there was insuffient time to get a new head coach in place in time to properly prepare for the season. Simpson announced the intention for the team to return for the 2017-18 season.
- The SCV Magicians announced they were relocating on July 28, 2016 to River Falls, Wisconsin and would be renamed the River Falls Renegades.
- The Connecticut Jr Rangers withdrew on September 1, 2016 apparently due to a lack of players
To be added upon completion of the regular season
To be determined