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This is the 2017-18 United States Premier Hockey League Premier League season.  This will be the league's fifth season.

The USPHL's highest level league had this name from the 2013-14 to 2016-17 season and was re-organized as the National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) for the 2017-18 season.  The team's in this league previous completed as the USPHL's Elite Division during the same period.

This is the league's first season NOT being sanctioned by USA Hockey.  The USPHL withdrew from USA Hockey over a dispute regarding the sanctioning of the NCDC as a Tier-II (Free to play) Junior league.

Membership ChangesEdit

TeamsEdit

North Division
Team Location Arena
Boston Bandits Bridgewater, Massachusetts Bridgewater Ice Arena
Boston Jr. Bruins Marlborough, Massachusetts New England Sports Center
Islanders Hockey Club Tyngsborough, Massachusetts Skate 3
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs Hooksett, New Hampshire Tri-Town Ice Arena
Northern Cyclones Hudson, New Hampshire Cyclones Arena
Rochester Monarchs Rochester, New York Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
South Shore Kings Foxboro, Massachusetts Foxboro Sports Center
Springfield Pics West Springfield, Massachusetts Olympia Ice Center
Syracuse Stars Cicero, New York Cicero Twin Ice Arena
Mid-Atlantic Division
Connecticut Jr Rangers Stamford, Connecticut Chelsea Piers
Connecticut Nighthawks Simsbury, Connecticut International Skating Center of Connecticut
Hartford Jr. Wolfpack Cromwell, Connecticut Champions Skating Center
Jersey Hitmen Wayne, New Jersey Capital One Bank Ice Vault Arena
Jersey Shore Whalers Brick Township, New Jersey Ocean Ice Palace
New Jersey Rockets Berkeley Heights, New Jersey Prudential Center
New York Jr. Aviators Brooklyn, New York Aviator Sports and Events Center
P.A.L. Jr. Islanders Hauppauge, New York The Rinx-Hidden Pond Park
Skipjacks Hockey Club York, Pennsylvania York Ice Arena
Southeast Division
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
Hampton Roads Whalers Chesapeake, Virginia Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex
Potomac Patriots Woodbridge, Virginia Prince William Ice Center
Richmond Generals Richmond, Virginia SkateNation Plus & Richmond Ice Zone
Florida Division
Daytona Racers Daytona Beach, Florida Daytona International Skateway
Florida Eels Fort Myers, Florida Fort Myers Skatium
Florida Jr. Blades Estero, Florida Germain Arena
Palm Beach Hawks Lake Worth, Florida Palm Beach Skate Zone
Tampa Bay Juniors Ellenton, Florida Ellenton Ice
Midwest East Division
Chicago Cougars West Dundee, Illinois Leafs Ice Centre and Sears Centre
Decatur Blaze Decatur, Illinois Decatur Civic Center
Detroit Fighting Irish Brownstown Township, Michigan Ice Box Sports Center
Kalkaska Rhinos Kalkaska, Michigan The Kaliseum
Motor City Hawks Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Fraser Hockeyland
Tri-City Ice Hawks Bay City, Michigan Bay County Civic Arena
Midwest West Division
Dells Ducks Lake Delton, Wisconsin Poppy Waterman Ice Arena
Hudson Havoc Hudson, Wisconsin Hudson Sports & Civic Center
Ironwood Fighting Yoopers Ironwood, Michigan Pat O'Donnell Center
Minnesota Blue Ox Coon Rapids, Minnesota Coon Rapids Ice Center
Minnesota Moose Blaine, Minnesota Fogerty Arena
Minnesota Mullets Forest Lake, Minnesota Forest Lake Sports Center (Lichtscheidl Arena)
Steele County Blades Owatonna, MN Four Seasons Arena
Wisconsin Muskies Spooner, Wisconsin Spooner Civic Center
Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin South Wood County Rec Center

StandingsEdit

North DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs 44 35 8 1 218 100 71
Islanders Hockey Club 44 29 9 6 179 113 64
Syracuse Stars 44 30 12 2 198 135 62
South Shore Kings 44 27 11 6 177 109 60
Boston Bandits 44 26 15 3 151 124 55
Northern Cyclones 44 25 16 3 156 125 53
Springfield Pics 44 25 18 1 149 144 51
Rochester Monarchs 44 22 20 2 169 145 46
Boston Jr. Bruins 44 16 23 5 123 193 37

Mid-Atlantic DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
New Jersey Rockets 44 35 5 4 221 114 74
Skipjacks Hockey Club 44 27 10 7 176 137 61
Jersey Hitmen 44 25 16 3 160 142 53
New York Jr. Aviators 44 21 16 7 202 189 49
Jersey Shore Whalers 44 22 20 2 158 186 46
Connecticut Nighthawks 44 14 22 8 128 164 36
Connecticut Jr Rangers 44 15 25 4 155 203 34
Hartford Jr. Wolfpack 44 10 33 1 117 221 21
P.A.L. Jr. Islanders 44 6 38 0 96 270 12

Southeast DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Charlotte Rush 44 40 2 2 280 76 82
Hampton Roads Whalers 44 30 13 1 166 102 61
Carolina Eagles 44 26 17 1 131 132 53
Richmond Generals 44 23 19 2 145 149 48
Atlanta Jr. Knights 44 20 19 5 155 159 45
Potomac Patriots 44 11 31 2 105 226 24

Florida DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Tampa Bay Juniors 44 30 13 1 231 168 61
Florida Eels 44 27 15 2 199 152 56
Palm Beach Hawks 44 20 20 4 182 191 44
Florida Jr. Blades 44 18 22 4 154 177 40
Daytona Racers 44 8 36 0 155 262 16

Midwest East DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Chicago Cougars 43 30 11 2 176 104 62
Motor City Hawks 44 20 22 2 166 208 42
Detroit Fighting Irish 43 18 22 3 156 162 39
Kalkaska Rhinos 44 15 28 1 123 135 31
Decatur Blaze 44 13 29 2 114 176 28
Tri-City Ice Hawks 44 5 37 2 82 324 12

Kalkaska Rhinos fold after forfeiting a January 28th game and forfeit last 8 games

Midwest West DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Minnesota Moose 44 37 5 2 236 94 76
Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings 44 33 10 1 193 86 67
Minnesota Blue Ox 44 31 10 3 182 136 65
Minnesota Mullets 44 26 15 3 165 122 55
Wisconsin Muskies 44 22 18 4 148 136 48
Ironwood Fighting Yoopers 43 16 25 2 164 208 34
Steele County Blades 44 15 25 4 129 174 34
Dells Ducks 44 15 26 3 109 173 33
Hudson Havoc 44 8 34 2 87 219 18

PlayoffsEdit

North DivisionEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

Mid-Atlantic DivisionEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

Southeast DivisionEdit

SemifinalsEdit

Florida DivisionEdit

SemifinalsEdit

Midwest-East DivisionEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

Midwest-West DivisionEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

National Play DownsEdit

The event was scheduled to be held at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts.  However, a storm caused havoc with the schedule for the tournament and players.  The NESC was without power for over 2 hours in the middle of the tournament and the players were staying in hotels that were without power.  Several of the games had to be moved to other rinks.

FormatEdit

The twelve division semifinal winners advance to the national play downs.  The teams are paired off in black and gold pools.  The pools are further divided into 2 groups of three within each pool.  The teams play a modified round robin where the teams in one group play two teams in the other group in their pool and one in their own.  The round robin portion of the tournament will be held March 7th and 8th.  The top team in each bracket advance to the semifinals on March 9th.  The semifinal winners meet in the championship game March 10th.

Black PoolEdit

Bracket AEdit

Charlotte Rush, Jersey Hitmen, and Motor City Hawks

Bracket BEdit

Florida Eels, Islanders Hockey Club, and Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings

Black Pool ResultsEdit

Black Pool A StandingsEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Charlotte Rush 3 3 0 0 28 2 6
Jersey Hitmen 3 2 1 0 8 7 4
Motor City Hawks 3 0 3 0 4 24 0

Black Pool B StandingsEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Islanders Hockey Club 3 3 0 0 11 4 6
Wisconsin Rapids RiverKings 2 0 2 0 1 4 0
Florida Eels 2 0 2 0 2 13 0

Gold PoolEdit

Bracket AEdit

Chicago Cougars, Hampton Roads Whalers, and New Jersey Rockets

Bracket BEdit

Minnesota Moose, Northern Cyclones, and Tampa Bay Juniors

Gold Pool ResultsEdit

Gold Pool A StandingsEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Hampton Roads Whalers 2 2 0 0 16 3 4
New Jersey Rockets 2 2 0 0 13 3 4
Chicago Cougars 2 0 2 0 4 16 0

Gold Pool B StandingsEdit

Team GP W L OL GF GA Pts
Minnesota Moose 3 2 1 0 12 13 4
Tampa Bay Juniors 3 1 2 0 5 12 2
Northern Cyclones 2 0 2 0 7 10 0

SemifinalsEdit

FinalEdit

2018 USPHL Premier champions Hampton Roads Whalers

2018 USPHL Premier Champions Hampton Roads Whalers

ReferencesEdit

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