Fandom

Ice Hockey Wiki

United States Premier Hockey League

54,189pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk0 Share

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.

United States Premier Hockey League
USPHL logo
Sport Ice Hockey
Founded 2012
CEO Richard Gallant
No. of teams 61 organizations
Country(ies) Flag of the United States United States
Most recent champion(s) Jersey Hitmen (Premier)
Hampton Roads Whalers (Elite)
Dells Ducks (USP3/Midwest)
Official website USPHL.com


The United States Premier Hockey League was founded in November of 2012 with several organizations that had split away from the Eastern Junior Hockey League..  The league was originally formed with three divisions (Premier, U18 and U16).  On June 6, 2013 the league announced it had merged with from teams in the following leagues:  Empire Junior Hockey League and the newly formed Eastern Elite Hockey League, which was a merger of the remained of the teams from the Eastern Junior Hockey League and the EJHL South ,   The expanded league would operate five leagues including "Premier" (Tier-III). "Elite"(Tier-III), "Empire" (Tier-III), "18U", "16U". All leagues are sanctioned by USA Hockey.  The five leagues started play in the fall of 2013.  The league is based in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Each of the three Tier III level leagues had their champion qualified for the 2014 USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Championship

For the organizations second season (2014-15) the league added a U-16D (Under-16 development) league The Premier League did not participate in the 2015 USA Hockey Tier III Junior National Championship

The league announced the formation of a Mid-West Division on December 18, 2014 scheduled to commence play for the 2015-16 season.  The original membership of the division was the entire Central Division of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League and all but five of the Minnesota Division teams.  On March 10, 2014 the whole membership of the Midwest Junior Hockey League was added to the newly formed division and at by late April the whole membership of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (including two of three dormant franchises) except for the Rochester Ice Hawks and the dormant Twin Cities Northern Lights had joined the new division.  The league had also added the Kalkaska Rhinos formerly of the Canadian International Hockey League as well.  The Minnesota Junior Hockey League would  announce that it was disbanding for the 2015-16 season on April 29th.

Apparently, the league is looking to elevate some of the organizations to the Tier-II level under the USA Hockey pyramid.  The change in status would change the league from pay to play to a league where the players only have to pay for billeting.  The creation of a Tier-II league was apparently on the agenda for USA Hockey's January 2016 meetings.  There was a proposed rule change involving rink standards which was put forward by the USPHL. Based on logistics this process would probably stop or diminish the North American Hockey League presence in the northeastern United States.  Not all members of the Premier Division would be involved in the jump to Tier-II as there are other factors other than rink standards that would come into play with the elevation in level. No word on when a decision would be announced. 

On January 14, 2016 the USPHL announced the formation of youth divisions at the major and minor levels to begin for the 2016-17 season. The new divisions would involve 14 and under (Bantam), 12 and under (Peewees), and 10 and under (Squirts).

The league announced on April 28, 2016 that the USPHL Midwest Division was being broken up and being reorganized as part of the USPHL Elite Division and USP3HL with 9 teams going to the forming the Midwest Division of the USPHL Elite  and 9 teams going to the forming the Midwest Division of the USP3HL.  Included in these 18 teams will be the return of the Ironwood Fighting Yoopers who went dormant prior to the 2015-16 season due to a lack of players.

The league announced on May 6, 2016 that players 18 and over would be able to play wearing the half-shield visor starting with the 2016-17 season.

On May 20, 2016; the league announced that the four remaining members of the Northern Pacific Hockey League would form the USPHL's new USP3 Pacific Division. As part of the release a statement from the now former NPHL commissioner Garry Swain indicated that the four teams unanimously decided to join the USPHL citing the league's track record of player development since its founding.

On October 6, 2016 the league announced its' intention to offer a tuition free-division (Tier-II) of junior hockey in 2017-18. The league stated that it had submitted a formal application to USA Hockey to be a certified Tier 2 league pending the approval of USA Hockey. The release mentioned eleven members to be in the new league (Boston Bandits, Boston Jr. Bruins, Connecticut Jr Rangers, Islanders Hockey Club, Jersey Hitmen, New Jersey Rockets, Northern Cyclones, P.A.L. Jr. Islanders, Rochester Monarchs, South Shore Kings, and the Syracuse Stars.

USPHL Premier (Tier III Junior A)Edit

The membership for the 2013-14 season would be composed of the Boston Junior Bruins (Marlboro MA) (from EJHL), Islanders Hockey Club (North Andover MA) (from EJHL), Jersey Hitmen (Wayne NJ) (from EJHL), South Shore Kings (Foxboro MA) (from EJHL), Philadelphia Flyers Elite (new team from Philadelphia Flyers junior program), Bay State Breakers (Kingston MA) (from EJHL), Portland Junior Pirates (Saco ME) (from EJHL), CT Yankees (Stamford CT) (new franchise), PAL Junior Islanders (Suffolk NY) (from EJHL)

The CT Yankees announced on April 1, 2014 that the organization will be renamed the Connectcut Junior Rangers as part of a new relationship with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League.

The Premier division will add the Rochester Jr. Americans and the Springfield Jr. Pics for the 2014-15 season.

In early March 2015 the Syracuse Stars organization acquired the rights to a Premier Division team from the Bay State Breakers.

The league announced May 7, 2015 that Okanagan Hockey Stars from Austria would join the league for the 2015-16 season playing a full schedule and particpating in all league events.

The Portland Jr. Pirates and Rochester Jr. Americans leave the league for the 2016-17 season.

USPHL Elite (Tier III Junior A)

The elite division was originally made up of the Atlanta Junior Knights (Marietta) (from EJHL South), Bay State Breakers (Kingston MA) (from ESHL), Boston Junior Bruins (Marlboro) (from ESHL), East Coast Eagles (Wake Forest NC) (from EJHL South), Florida Eels (Fort Myers) (from EJHL South), Hampton Roads Whalers (Chesapeake) (from EJHL South), Islanders Hockey Club (North Andover MA) (from ESHL), Jersey Hitmen (Wayne NJ) (from ESHL), Space Coast Jr. Hurricanes (Rockledge FL) (from EJHL South), New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (Hooksett) (from ESHL), Palm Beach Hawks (Lake Worth FL) (from EJHL South), Portland Pirates (Saco ME) (from EJHL), Potomac Patriots (Dale City VA) (from EJHL South), Rochester Stars (from EJHL) renamed Rochester Jr. Americans, South Shore Kings (Foxboro MA) (from EJHL), Springfield Pics (West Springfield) (from ESHL), Syracuse Stars (Cicero NY) (from EJHL), Tampa Bay Juniors (Ellenton) (from EJHL South)

The Richmond Generals and the Providence Capitals were added for the 2014-15 season.

The PAL Islanders and Rochester American will add teams to the league for the 2015-16 season and the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs franchise rights were relocated to Indian Head, NC and the franchise would be renamed the Charlotte Rush.

The Illiana Blackbirds were forced to withdraw for the 2016-17 season when the team's owner and coach was named a coach with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL and new management could not be put in place in time to prepare for the season. The organization has announced it is intending to return for the 2017-18 season

USP3HL (known as USPHL Empire 2013-2015) (Tier III Junior A)

Adirondack Wings (Troy, NY) (from EJHL), Atlanta Junior Knights (Marietta) (from EJHL South),  Bay State Breakers (Kingston MA) (from ESHL), Boston Junior Bruins (Marlboro) (from ESHL), Brewster Bulldogs (from ESHL), East Coast Eagles (Wake Forest, North Carolina), (from EJHL South), Florida Blades (Estero) (from EJHL), Florida Eels (Fort Myers) (from EJHL South), Frederick Freeze (from ESHL), Hampton Roads Whalers (Chesapeake) (from EJHL South), Islanders Hockey Club (North Andover MA) (from EJHL), Jersey Hitmen (Wayne NJ) (from EJHL), Jersey Wildcats (Wharton) (from ESHL), New York Apple Core (Brewster) (from ESHL), New York Aviators (Brooklyn) (from ESHL), PAL Junior Islanders (Suffolk NY) (from EJHL), Palm Beach Hawks (Lake Worth, Florida) (from EJHL South), Philadelphia Revolution (Warwick) (from ESHL), Potomac Patriots (Dale City VA) (from EJHL South), Rochester Stars (from EJHL) renamed Rochester Jr. Americans, South Shore Kings (Foxboro MA) (from EJHL), Springfield Pics (West Springfield) (from ESHL), Syracuse Stars (Cicero NY) (from EJHL), Tampa Bay Juniors (Ellenton) (from EJHL South).

The Boch Blazers (Dedham MA) (from ESHL) and the Space Coast Jr. Hurricanes (Rockledge FL) (from EJHL South) joined the league but appear not to have played in the 2013-14 season.

The Jersey Shore Whalers and the Richmond Generals were added for the 2014-15 season.

The USPHL announce on May 7, 2015 that the Empire division would be renamed the USP3HL starting with the 2015-16 season. The division added the Daytona Racers to be based out of the  Daytona International Skateway. The New York Aviators are being renamed the New York Dragons when the organization moved to the NA3EHL and the franchise was sold and moved to a new facility in Rye, New York.

USPHL 18U Division

Bay State Breakers (Kingston, Massachusetts), CT Yankees (Stamford), Islanders Hockey Club (North Andover MA), Jersey Hitmen (Wayne), Junior Bruins (Marlboro MA), New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, PAL Jr. Islanders, Portland Pirates (Saco, ME), Rochester Jr. Americans, Selects Academy (South Kent School, CT), Skipjacks Hockey (York, PA), South Shore Kings (Foxboro MA) Springfield Pics.

The CT Yankees were renamed the Connecticut Jr Rangers as part of an affilation with the New York Rangers in 2014.

The Syracuse Jr. Stars, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and Team Comcast will be added to the league for the 2014-15 season.

The New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and Team Comcast left the league for 2015-16.

The league is scheduled to add the CP Dynamo, Jersey Shore Whalers, and New Jersey Rockets for the 2016-17 season.

16U (Youth)Edit

Bay State Breakers (Kingston, Massachusetts), CT Yankees (Stamford) (renamed Connecticut Jr. Rangers), Islanders Hockey Club (North Andover MA), Jersey Hitmen (Wayne), Junior Bruins (Marlboro MA), New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs, PAL Jr. Islanders, Rochester Jr. Americans, Selects Academy (South Kent School, CT), Skipjacks Hockey (York, PA), South Shore Kings (Foxboro MA) Springfield Pics,

The Syracuse Jr. Stars, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton KnightsProvidence Capitals, and Team Comcast will be added to the league for the 2014-15 season.

For the 2015-16 season the league added the Adirondack Jr. Wings and the league lost the Bay State Breakers, Team Comcast, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

The league is scheduled to add the CP Dynamo, Jersey Shore Whalers, Potomac Patriots, and Rochester Monarchs. The Providence Capitals left the league

U16F (Youth)Edit

added for 2014-15 season

Islander Hockey Club, Jersey Hitmen, Manchester Jr. Monarchs, PAL Junior Islanders, NY Junior Aviators, Adirondack Junior Wings, Potomac Patriots, East Coast Eagles, Florida Junior Blades, Florida Eels, Syracuse Stars.

For 2015-16 the league added the Skipjacks Hoockey Club, Connecticut Rangers, Hampton Roads Whalers, and Palm Beach Hawks while losing the Islanders Hockey Club, Manchester Jr. Monarchs, East Coast Eagles, Florida Blades, and the Syracuse Stars.

Future additions to the leagueEdit

2014-15Edit

In a press release dated October 10, 2013 the league annouced that greater Philadelphia based Team Comcast wiil be added to the 18U an16U divisions for the 2014-15 season.  They will partner up with the Philadelphia Flyers Junior organization of the USPHL.

The league announced on March 31, 2014 that the Richmond Generals have joined the league with teams in the Elite and Empire divisions.  The organization has been in existence for the past three seasons having most recently played in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.

The league announced on April 9, 2014 that the Jersey Shore Whalers based in Brick, New Jersey will be added to the Empire Division for the 2014-15 season The Whalers organization has been in operation for several seasons and are trying to elevate their program

The league announced on May 2, 2014 the addition of the Providence Capitals organization to the Junior Elite and Midget 16U divisions.  The Capitals organization have participated in the Eastern Hockey Federation since its founding in 2004, which is an elite level youth program and previously participated in the Metropolitan Boston Hockey League, which dates back to 1977.  Both of the USPHL teams will be new teams within the organization.The league also announced the formation of an Under 16 Futures league (U16F) which will take to the ice for the 2014-15 season The league was annouced to involve 11 organizations (Islander Hockey Club, Jersey Hitmen, Manchester Monarchs, PAL Junior Islanders, NY Junior Aviators, Adirondack Junior Wings, Potomac Patriots, East Coast Eagles, Florida Junior Blades, Florida Eels, Syracuse Stars).

2015-16Edit

The league annouced a formation of a division to be based in the midwestern United States on December 14, 2014.  The teams are being added from the Minnesota Junior Hockey League. The teams included in the announcement of the new division are the Crystal Lake Rampage (who will be renamed the Chicago Cougars for 2015-16) Dells DucksFort Wayne Federals (renamed Indiana Attack before play), Hudson CrusadersIlliana BlackbirdsIronwood Yoopers, Marquette Royales, Minnesota Owls, St Louis Frontenacs (being renamed the Storm),  Tri City Ice Hawks, Wisconsin Rapids River Kings, and the Wooster Oilers. The Forest Lake Lakers were added to the league in another annoucement on February 28, 2015.  The second annoucement stated that the division was still looking at potential members and that the division could have as many as 20 members.

The league announced the addition of the whole membership of the Midwest Junior Hockey League to the Mid-West division on March 8, 2015.  The teams included in this expansion include the Alpena Flyers, Decatur Blaze, Detroit Fighting Irish, Michigan Ice Dogs (renamed Michigan Wild prior to 2015-16 season), Motor City Hawks (who were renamed from the Monarchs) ,  Soo Firehawks, and the Traverse City Hounds.  The league also annouced the addition of the Kalkaska, Rhinos formerly of the Canadian International Hockey League as well.  The release also stated that the league had added 14 members of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League up from the previous 13 included teams (the former Maple Grove Energy, who were renamed the Blaine Energy.

The Midwest division was stated as having 2-12 team divisions but the league is only listing 23 teams on the website at this point.  The league also listed the Steel County Blades as a league member as of when the Minnesota Junior Hockey League annouced it was suspending operations for 2015-16 on April 29, 2015.  The Minnesota Junior Hockey League was down to two teams; the Rochester Ice Hawks (who have been rumored to be trying to join the NAHL for 2016-17 and end up joining the North American 3 Hockey League for the 2015-16 season) and the inactive (for the 2014-15 season) Twin Cities Northern Lights.

On February 12th, the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks of the North American 3 Hockey League announced they were relocating the franchise to Wooster, Ohio as the Oilers.  The website team's website says they had played in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League previously are will begin playing in the NA3HL for 2015-16 and the USPHL website still lists them as a member of the Midwest division (with the same head coach as the contact). Not sure if they will be operating two teams or not.  On June 8th a report indicated that the USPHL franchise was going to be folded and that the organization was going to play in the NA3HL.

By the start of the season the Midwest division was down to 17 teams.

2016-17Edit

The Midwest Division would be broken up into the Elite and USP3HL leagues for 2016-17.  Each would form a Midwest division in the respective leagues..

The USP3HL would also absorb what was left of the membership of the Northern Pacific Hockey League as they are scheduled to be their own division and will participate in the league's showcase events during the season.

ChampionsEdit

Year Premier Division Elite Division USP3 18U Division 16U Division 16U Futures Division
2013–14 Boston Jr. Bruins Springfield Jr. Pics Florida Jr. Blades Selects Academy Selects Academy
2014–15 Jersey Hitmen Boston Jr. Bruins New York Aviators Jersey Hitmen Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Team Carolina
2015–16 Jersey Hitmen Hampton Roads Whalers Dells Ducks* Selects Academy Selects Academy Potomac Patriots
*2016 Championship series was held between the new Midwest Division and the re-branded USP3 Division (formerly named Empire Division) for a single champion won by the Midwest's Dells Ducks

Former teamsEdit

League SeasonsEdit

This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at United States Premier Hockey League. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with Ice Hockey Wiki, the text of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0 (Unported) (CC-BY-SA).


Also on Fandom

Random Wiki