This is the 2017-18 United States Premier Hockey League Elite Division season. This is the league's fifth season. The league was known as the USPHL's Empire Division for 2013-14 and 2014-15. The league was renamed the United States Premier 3 Hockey League for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. The USP3HL was folded after the 2016-17 season with the remanining teams moving to the Elite Division, which was previously the USPHL's 2nd level league name (and renamed the Premier Division for 2017-18). The division was originally formed from the Empire Junior Hockey League when it was absorbed by the USPHL when it was formed in 2013.
With the elimination of the USP3HL for the 2017-18 season, as of April 16, 2017 all of the members of the league except the Alpena Flyers appear to have members in the USPHL Elite League for the 2017-18 season.
The North and Mid-Atlantic Division held single elimination play-in games between the fourth and fifth place teams for the fourth spot in the division semifinals. The division semifinal winners advance to the Round Robin portion of the playoffs where teams are paired off in two pools of four. The top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals and the semifinal winners advance to the championship game.