By Joshua Boyd / USPHL.com
The USPHL and NCDC are giving back to the players and parents who give so much to the game.
With the conclusion of the inaugural NCDC Combine in Michigan – held June 7-9 – the United States Premier Hockey League is pleased to announce the addition of a second USPHL-NCDC Combine, to take place in Chicago, Ill., July 26-28.
Coaches from NCDC and other USPHL teams set to play in the 2019-20 season will be on hand at the event in Chicago, which will take place at Fifth Third Arena, practice facility of the Chicago Blackhawks, located at 1801 W. Jackson Boulevard in downtown Chicago.
Registration is FREE, but limited to the first 150 to sign up. Registration link will be available on June 21. This event is open to players born between the years 1999 and 2004.
NOTE: Players born in 2004 will be working towards opportunities in 2020-21 and beyond in the USPHL Junior Divisions, though many USPHL teams also field full-and split-season Midget teams for which the 2004 players will be eligible in 2019-20.
“This is a unique opportunity to be coached and evaluated by USPHL and NCDC coaches,” said USPHL Deputy Commissioner Dave Peters. “Seminars with question and answer sessions will provide information about the USPHL and the Junior Hockey Experience.”
USPHL coaches will be behind the benches for select games to evaluate players as they continue to build their teams for the 2019-20 season and beyond. Each player will leave the combine with a full evaluation and be able to talk to all USPHL teams that attend.
Invitations to final, invite-only NCDC and other USPHL team training camps for the 2019-20 season will be offered to select players from the USPHL Combine.
The USPHL produced 281 NCAA commitments by 2018-19 players across all of its divisions through early June. The League is America’s Largest Amateur Hockey Organization, and players and their parents will learn about league opportunities throughout the Midwest and along the Eastern Seaboard from New England to Florida.
Chicago is a major air travel hub serviced by two international airports for players traveling from afar or overseas.
Fifth Third Arena was built in 2017 and is a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art ice facility. The League will offer players the chance to tour the locker room and facilities used by the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks have allowed the league to do off-ice testing in their training facility in the Fifth Third Arena.
There will be three games per player and a Friday night practice session. There will also be a USPHL informational symposium/Q&A session with NCDC and USPHL coaches. A full daily schedule for the Combine will be published at a later date.
Full hospitality will be available to visiting College and USPHL scouts, as well as Social Hours for networking.
The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, is providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players in Chicagoland and from throughout the Midwest.
Sign up for your chance to benefit from the Best Coaching, Best Competition, and Best League.
For early registration, please e-mail your player resume to firstname.lastname@example.org