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United States Premier Hockey League- Midwest Division
United States Premier Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 2014
CEO Richard Gallant
No. of teams 22
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Most recent champion(s) Dells Ducks
Most championship(s) Dells Ducks (1)
Official website USPHL.com

The United States Premier Hockey League Midwest Division (USPHL-Midwest) was an American junior ice hockey league. Founded in 2014, the USPHL-Midwest has grown to 22 organizations from across the mid-western section of the United States. The league was disbanded on April 28, 2016 when the teams were moved to the USPHL Elite Division and the United States Premier 3 Hockey League (USP3HL). The 17 active teams from the 2016-17 season plus the returning Ironwood Yoopers who sat out the 2015-16 season due to a lack of players.

HistoryEdit

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.[1] 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 MidWest Division for the 2015-16 season.[2] USPHL Mid-West will mark the fourth Tier III division under the USPHL umbrella.

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.

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

ChampionsEdit

Year Mid-West Division
2015–16 Dells Ducks

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