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United States Premier 3 Hockey League
United States Premier Hockey League
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 2012
CEO Richard Gallant
No. of teams 25 teams
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Most recent champion(s) New York Jr. Aviators
Most championship(s) Florida Jr. Blades and New York Jr. Aviators 1 each
Official website USPHL.com

The United States Premier 3 Hockey League (USP3) is an American junior ice hockey league. Founded in 2012, the USP3 has grown to 25 organizations from across the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The USP3 was previously known as the Empire Division and was re-named the USP3 division for the 2015–16 season.

USA Hockey classifies the USP3 Division as Tier III junior hockey league. All USPHL divisions are 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).

During the 2014 off-season the USPHL lost the New York Applecore (Empire), but added the Providence Capitals (Elite & U16), Jersey Shore Whalers (Empire), and the Richmond Generals (Elite, Empire) organizations to increase the total number of organizations to 35 headed into the 2014-15 season.

The changes for the 2015-16 continued into April when the New York Aviators announced their decision to leave the USPHL and join the NA3EHL. The USPHL promptly re-assigned the Aviator franchise to Rye, New York and was renamed to the New York Dragons. In early April 2015, the Empire Division would expand to Daytona Beach, Florida with the Daytona Racers. Also in April, it was announced the Empire Division would be renamed as the USP3 Division. 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 Rush actually took the franchise rights of the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs.  The East Coast Eagles were renamed the Carolina Eagles.  The Bay State Breakers, Islanders Hockey Club, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, Rochester Jr. Americans, and South Shore Kings stopped operating teams in the league.  On August 27, 2015 the Adirondack Jr. Wings announced they were suspending the operations for their junior level team and continuing to operate the organization's team at the midget level.

In late April of 2016 the USPHL announced that the USPHL Midwest Division was being discontinued and that the teams would be moved to the United States Premier 3 Hockey League and the USPHL Elite Division for the 2016-17 season.  Each league was adding 9 teams in what would become each league's Midwestern division.

In May of 2016, the league announce that the remaining four members of the Northern Pacific Hockey League would form the league's new Pacific Division.  The teams will take part in two showcase events held by the league for the 2016-17 season and participate in the league's playoffs.

The Frederick Freeze and Michigan Wild were dropped from the league in September 2016.

The league would be disbanded as part of the United States Premier Hockey League's reorganization for the 2017-18 season with most of the teams jumping to the USPHL Elite Division.

Final Member TeamsEdit

The USP3HL consisted of 30 organizations located along the East Coast spanning from Massachusetts to Florida and in upper Midwestern United States and the Pacific Northwestern United States.

North Division
Team Centre Arena Fate
Boston Jr. Bruins Marlborough, Massachusetts New England Sports Center Join USPHL Elite Division
Islanders Hockey Club Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3 Join USPHL Elite Division
Jersey Hitmen Wayne, New Jersey Capital One Bank Ice Vault Arena Join USPHL Elite Division
Jersey Shore Whalers Brick Township, New Jersey Ocean Ice Palace Join USPHL Elite Division
Springfield Pics West Springfield, Massachusetts Olympia Ice Center Join USPHL Elite Division
South Division
Team Centre Arena Fate
Atlanta Jr. Knights Marietta, Georgia Marietta Ice Center Join USPHL Elite Division
Carolina Eagles Wake Forest, North Carolina Polar Ice House Join USPHL Elite Division
Charlotte Rush Indian Trail, North Carolina Extreme Ice Center Join USPHL Elite Division
Daytona Racers Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona International Skateway Join USPHL Elite Division
Florida Eels Fort Myers, Florida Fort Myers Skatium Join USPHL Elite Division
Florida Jr. Blades Estero, Florida Germain Arena Join USPHL Elite Division
Hampton Roads Whalers Chesapeake, Virginia Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex Join USPHL Elite Division
Palm Beach Hawks Lake Worth, Florida Palm Beach Skate Zone Join USPHL Elite Division
Potomac Patriots Woodbridge, Virginia Prince William Ice Center Join USPHL Elite Division
Richmond Generals Richmond, Virginia SkateNation Plus Join USPHL Elite Division
Tampa Bay Juniors Ellenton, Florida Ellenton Ice Join USPHL Elite Division
Midwestern Division
Team Centre Arena Fate
Alpena Flyers Alpena, Michigan Northern Lights Arena folded shortly after end of season
Decatur Blaze Decatur, Illinois Decatur Civic Center Join USPHL Elite Division
Ironwood Fighting Yoopers Ironwood, Michigan Pat O'Donnell Center Join USPHL Elite Division
Kalkaska Rhinos Kalkaska, Michigan The Kaliseum Join USPHL Elite Division
Marquette Royales Marquette, Michigan Lakeview Arena suspend operations prior to 2016-17 season and do not return for 2017-18
Motor City Hawks Fraser, Michigan Fraser Hockeyland Join USPHL Elite Division
Traverse City North Stars Traverse City, Michigan Centre Ice Arena Folded July 5, 2017
Tri-City Ice Hawks Bay City, Michigan Bay County Civic Arena Join USPHL Elite Division
Pacific Division
Team Centre Arena Fate
Eugene Generals Eugene, OR The Rink Exchange Join USPHL Elite Division and play as an independent team
Seattle Ravens Kent, WA Kent Valley Ice Centre joined Western States Hockey League as Kent Ravens
Tri-City Outlaws Kennewick, WA Toyota Center (Kennewick) Apparently ceased operations
West Sound Warriors Bremerton, WA Bremerton Ice Center cease operations; replaced by former Vancouver Rangers in town and in WSHL

ChampionsEdit

  • Was known as Empire Division prior to the 2015-16 season
Year USP3
2013–14 Florida Jr. Blades
2014–15 New York Aviators
2015–16 Dells Ducks
2016-17 Charlotte Rush

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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