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This is the 2019-20 United States Premier Hockey League Elite Division season. This is the league's seventh 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 remaining 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.

Cancellation of PlayoffsEdit

On March 12, 2020 the league released the following statement. "The USPHL announced Thursday its decision to suspend Premier and Elite National Championships effective immediately. The decision was unanimously made by the USPHL Board of Directors with the best interest of USPHL players and staff in mind."[1]

Membership ChangesEdit

TeamsEdit

North Division
Team Centre Arena
Boston Bandits Bridgewater, Massachusetts Bridgewater Ice Arena
Boston Jr. Bruins Marlborough, Massachusetts New England Sports Center
Northern Cyclones Hudson, New Hampshire Cyclones Arena
Springfield Pics West Springfield, Massachusetts Olympia Ice Center
Mid-Atlantic Division
Team Centre Arena
Jersey Hitmen Wayne, New Jersey Capital One Bank Ice Vault Arena
New Jersey Rockets Bridgewater, New Jersey Bridgewater Sports Arena
New York Jr. Aviators Brooklyn, New York Aviator Sports and Events Center
Southeast Division
Team Centre Arena
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
Florida Division
Team Centre Arena
Atlanta Kings Marietta, Georgia Marietta Ice Center
Charleston Colonials North Charleston, South Carolina Carolina Ice Palace
Florida Eels Fort Myers, Florida Fort Myers Skatium
Florida Jr. Blades Estero, Florida Germain Arena
Tampa Bay Juniors Wesley Chapel, Florida Florida Hospital Centre Ice

StandingsEdit

North DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Northern Cyclones 44 35 7 1 1 201 90 72
Springfield Pics 44 30 11 2 1 171 113 63
Boston Bandits 44 27 14 1 2 148 111 57
Boston Jr. Bruins 44 16 27 1 0 117 155 33

Mid-Atlantic DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Jersey Hitmen 44 17 22 4 1 117 141 39
New Jersey Rockets 44 11 25 6 2 91 165 30
New York Jr. Aviators 44 12 29 1 2 128 228 27

Southeast DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Richmond Generals 44 35 7 1 1 176 79 72
Charlotte Rush 44 34 9 0 1 189 89 69
Carolina Jr. Hurricanes 44 31 10 1 2 187 103 65
Hampton Roads Whalers 44 25 15 3 1 143 109 54
Potomac Patriots 44 10 32 2 0 85 189 22

Florida DivisionEdit

Team GP W L OL SL GF GA Pts
Florida Eels 44 26 14 2 2 159 141 56
Tampa Bay Juniors 44 25 16 3 0 164 147 53
Atlanta Mad Hatters 44 17 24 2 1 115 152 37
Charleston Colonials 44 14 27 3 0 93 182 31
Florida Jr. Blades 44 9 29 4 2 100 190 24

PlayoffsEdit

Each division plays down to two teams using best-of-three series. The remaining two teams advance to the National tournament which is held at Gallant Arena and the J. Thom Lawler Arena on the campus of Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts March 12-16, 2020. Nationals consist of the teams being divided up into two pools of four with the teams playing a round robin within the group. The top two teams advance to a semifinal game. The semifinal winners meet for the championship.

The Jersey Hitmen earned a bye to the National Tournament.


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