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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 28
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 28 organizations from across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and one foreign entry from Beijing, China .

USA Hockey classifies the Elite Division as a Tier III junior hockey league. The division is sanctioned by USA Hockey.[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.

Member TeamsEdit

The USPHL-Elite Division has 30 organizations located along the East Coast spanning from Massachusetts to Florida, the upper Midwestern United States, plus one foreign entry from China

Northern Division
Team Location Arena
Bay State Breakers Kingston, Massachusetts Bog Arena
Boston Jr. Bruins Marlborough, Massachusetts New England Sports Center
Connecticut Jr Rangers Stamford, Connecticut Chelsea Piers CT and Northford Ice Pavillion
Islanders Hockey Club Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3
Jersey Hitmen Wayne, New Jersey Capital One Bank Ice Vault Arena
New York Aviators Brooklyn, New York Aviator Sports and Events Center
P.A.L. Jr. Islanders Hauppauge, New York The Rinx-Hidden Pond Park
Rochester Monarchs Rochester, New York Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
South Shore Kings Foxboro, Massachusetts Foxboro Sports Center
Syracuse Stars Cicero, New York Cicero Twin Ice Arena
Team Beijing East Meadow, New York Northwell Health Ice Center at Eisenhower Park
Southern Division
Team Location Arena
Atlanta Jr. Knights Marietta, Georgia Marrietta Ice Center
Carolina Eagles Wake Forest, North Carolina Polar Ice House
Charlotte Rush Indian Trail, North Carolina Extreme Ice Center
Florida Eels Fort Myers, Florida Fort Myers Skatium
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 & Richmond Ice Zone
Tampa Bay Juniors Ellenton, Florida Ellenton Ice
Midwestern Division
Team Location Arena(s)
Blaine Energy Blaine, MN Fogerty Arena
Chicago Cougars West Dundee, Illinois Leafs Centre and Sears Centre
Dells Ducks Lake Delton, Wisconsin Poppy Waterman Ice Arena
Detroit Fighting Irish Brownstown Township, Michigan Ice Box Sports Center
Forest Lake Lakers Forest Lake, Minnesota Forest Lake Sports Center
River Falls Renegades River Falls, Wisconsin River Falls Youth Hockey Rink
Steele County Blades Owatonna, MN Four Seasons Arena
Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin South Wood County Rec Center

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

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