Boston, MA (January 13, 2016) – The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) announced today the formation of a High Performance Youth Division comprised of both major and minor levels of 14 and under (Bantams), 12 and under (Peewees), and 10 and under (Squirts) for the 2016-17 season. The High Performance Youth Divisions will extend the USPHL’s renowned brand of player development to younger aged players seeking unrivaled player training and competition.
“The USPHL is more than just a platform for NCAA placements,” stated Jersey Hitmen President Jim Hunt., “Hockey-first decisions based on what’s best for the game and for the players, has always been a fundamental principal driving the league. By applying that same process to the High Performance Youth Division, a pathway to a legitimate ladder of development is established.”
The USPHL’s High Performance Youth Division will focus on a unique and innovative player development model that is centered on skill acquisition, pragmatic game scheduling and player retention and advancement. The youth platform of the USPHL will also provide players an assortment of developmental opportunities unrivaled by any traditional youth hockey league on the east coast.
Youth organizations that have already committed to joining the USPHL for the 2016-17 season include the New Jersey Rockets, Jersey Hitmen, Hartford Junior Wolfpack, and P.A.L. Junior Islanders who are affiliated with the NHL’s New York Islanders.
“The New York Islanders have always made it an important initiative to advance youth and amateur hockey in the region” New York Islanders President and General Manager Garth Snow said. “The USPHL has built an impressive track record. We are very proud to be a part of the league and look forward to continued development.”
Bob Crawford, (Hartford Wolf Pack President) former USA Hockey Tier 3 Junior Council Caucus Chairman and New England district director, and Jim Hunt, (Jersey Hitmen President) former NCAA Division 1 head coach and national team coach, will serve as Deputy Commissioners.
The USPHL is currently accepting youth organization applications for the 2016-17 season. Organizations interested in joining the USPHL’s High Performance Youth Division can apply by emailing Leigh Dean at Leigh@usphl.com.
For more information about the USPHL’s High Powered Youth Division, visit usphl.com/HighPerformanceYouth.