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United States Premier Hockey League-Elite
United States Premier Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 2012
CEO Richard Gallant
No. of teams 32
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Most recent champion(s) Boston Jr. Bruins
Most championship(s) Springfield Pics, Boston Jr. Bruins 1 each
Official website USPHL.com

The United States Premier Hockey League Elite Division (USPHL-Elite) is an American junior ice hockey league. Founded in 2012, the USPHL-Elite has grown to 32 organizations from across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and one foreign entry from Beijing, China .

USA Hockey had classified the Elite Division as a Tier III junior hockey league. The division was sanctioned by USA Hockey until the end of the 2016-17 season.[1]

HistoryEdit

The league was originally founded on June 6, 2013, when it was announced that the USPHL would absorb the Empire Jr. Hockey League (becoming the Empire Division) and the newly formed Eastern Elite Hockey League (becoming the Elite Division). With the additions, the USPHL added 16 organizations to the original 15.

During the 2014 off-season the USPHL lost the New York Applecore, but added the Providence Capitals, Jersey Shore Whalers, and the Richmond Generals and a whole organizations to increase the total number of organizations to 18 headed into the 2014-15 season.

The USPHL announced on December 18, 2014 the formation of a Mid-West Division to begin in the 2015-16 season by adding several teams from the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.[2] By the end of the season, the Mid-West 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 Mid-West Division for the 2015-16 season.[3] USPHL Mid-West will mark the fourth Tier III division under the USPHL umbrella.

In late April 2015, the Charlotte Rush was announced as an expansion franchise by adding two teams, one in the Elite Division and one in the USP3.

The league and the USPHL as a whole was reorganized for the 2017-18 season as the USPHL launched the National Collegiate Development Conference which would have been a Tier-II league if it had been approved by USA Hockey. That league was rejected for Tier-II status late in 2016. The USPHL as a whole withdrew from USA Hockey and is playing as unsanctioned leagues. Many of the clubs in the leagues jumped up one level from 2016-17 to 2017-18 as the United States Premier 3 Hockey League was disbanded. Many of the teams from that league joined the Elite Division for 2017-18 while most of the teams from the 2016-17 version of the Elite Division were moved to the Premier Division for 2017-18 and the 2016-17 version of the Premier Division mostly moved to the newly formed NCDC.

TeamsEdit

(Tentative line up for 2017-18; especially for Midwest Division as league has not posted a listing for 2017-18 season for that division)

North Division
Team Centre Arena
Boston Bandits Bridgewater, Massachusetts Bridgewater Ice Arena
Boston Jr. Bruins Marlborough, Massachusetts New England Sports Center
Connecticut Nighthawks Simsbury, Connecticut International Skating Center of Connecticut
Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Cromwell, Connecticut Champions Skating Center
Islanders Hockey Club Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Hooksett, New Hampshire Tri-Town Ice Arena
Northern Cyclones Hudson, New Hampshire Cyclones Arena
Springfield Pics West Springfield, Massachusetts Olympia Ice Center
Mid-Atlantic Division
Team Centre Arena
Jersey Hitmen Wayne, New Jersey Capital One Bank Ice Vault Arena
Jersey Shore Whalers Brick Township, New Jersey Ocean Ice Palace
New Jersey Rockets Newark, New Jersey Prudential Center
New York Jr. Aviators Brooklyn, New York Aviator Sports and Events Center
P.A.L. Jr. Islanders Hauppauge, New York The Rinx-Hidden Pond Park
Syracuse Stars Cicero, New York Cicero Twin Ice Arena
Team Beijing East Meadow, New York Northwell Health Ice Center
Southeast 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
Hampton Roads Whalers Chesapeake, Virginia Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex
Potomac Patriots Woodbridge, Virginia Prince William Ice Center
Richmond Generals Richmond, Virginia SkateNation Plus
Florida Division
Team Centre Arena
Daytona Racers Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona International Skateway
Florida Eels Fort Myers, Florida Fort Myers Skatium
Florida Jr. Blades Estero, Florida Germain Arena
Palm Beach Hawks Lake Worth, Florida Palm Beach Skate Zone
Tampa Bay Juniors Ellenton, Florida Ellenton Ice
Midwest Division
Team Centre Arena
Decatur Blaze Decatur, Illinois Decatur Civic Center
Ironwood Fighting Yoopers Ironwood, Michigan Pat O'Donnell Center
Kalkaska Rhinos Kalkaska, Michigan The Kaliseum
Motor City Hawks Fraser, Michigan Fraser Hockeyland
Tri-City Ice Hawks Bay City, Michigan Bay County Civic Arena
Pacific Division
Team Centre Arena
Eugene Generals Eugene, OR The Rink Exchange

Former MembersEdit

Team Location years
Illiana Blackbirds Dyer, Indiana (2016) withdrew before start of play
Portland Jr. Pirates Saco, Maine (2013-16) appears to have dropped junior hockey portion of its program
Providence Capitals Lincoln, Rhode Island (2014-16) organization reverts to youth hockey only
Rochester Stars Rochester, New York (2013-14) drop team at this level when join USPHL Premier Division
Roswell Bulldogs Kissimmee, Florida (2014-15) withdrew after one game of 2015-16 season due to lack of players
Springfield Pics West Springfield, Massachusetts (2013-14) drop team at this level when join USPHL Premier Division
Space Coast Hurricanes Rockledge, Florida (2013-14) merged with and renamed Roswell Bulldogs

ChampionsEdit

Year Champion
2013–14 Springfield Jr. Pics
2014–15 Boston Jr. Bruins
2015–16 Hampton Roads Whalers

SeasonsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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