By Joshua Boyd / USPHLPremier.com
The United States Premier Hockey League has released its 2023-24 regular season schedule for the Premier and Elite Conferences, and these can be found online at USPHLPremier.com and USPHLElite.com.
The USPHL Premier continues to operate from coast-to-coast – Seattle to San Diego, and from Maine to Florida – and in 25 of the 50 United States of America – and with 61 teams remains the World’s Largest Junior Hockey League.
The USPHL Elite has seen expansion to the Midwest for this season, and will field 28 squads, its largest size in its current incarnation since 2017-18. That count of 28 are only the full-time teams, as there will be nine additional teams from Canada’s North American Prep Hockey League that will play between three and 12 games apiece at USPHL Showcase Series events.
2023-24 USPHL Premier Schedule Link:
2023-24 USPHL Elite Schedule Link:
Points of Interest about the 2023-24 Season
- There will be 1,349 games played at the USPHL Premier level during the 2023-24 regular season, and 649 regular season games in the USPHL Elite.
- The 61 USPHL Premier teams will be divided into nine divisions – Atlantic, Florida, New England, Southeast, Great Lakes, Midwest West, Midwest East, Pacific, Northwest.
- The 28 USPHL Elite teams will be divided into five divisions – Atlantic, Florida, New England, Southeast, Midwest.
- Two new USPHL Premier teams will make their debut in 2023-24: Bold City Battalion (in Jacksonville, Fla.) and Casper Roughnecks (in Casper, Wyo.)
- New USPHL Elite teams include the Bold City Battalion, as well as the entire six-team USPHL Elite Midwest Division: Chicago Cougars, Chicago Crush, Decatur Blaze, Fort Wayne Spacemen, Metro Jets Elite, Motor City Gamblers.
- The USPHL Elite’s nine North American Prep Hockey League (NAPHL) Division teams will compete in select regular season games during Showcase Series events and earn standings points along with their opponents, but will not compete in the USPHL Elite playoffs.
- The first USPHL Elite and USPHL Premier games take place on Friday, Sept. 8, featuring the Columbia Infantry playing host to the Carolina Jr. Hurricanes, with their Elite teams playing at 5 p.m. EST and their Premier teams playing at 7:45 p.m.
- The last USPHL Elite and USPHL Premier games take place on Thursday, Feb. 29 (Leap Day 2024), with the Florida Jr. Blades hosting the Palm Beach Typhoon. Their Elite teams play at 12 p.m. EST, followed by their Premier teams at 3 p.m.
- A full 202 of 649 USPHL Elite games (for 31 percent) will take place during USPHL Showcase Series events.
- A total of 292 out of 1,349 USPHL Premier games (for 22 percent) take place during USPHL Showcase Series events.
There will be 11 USPHL Showcase Series events during the 2023-24 regular season for the Premier and Elite Conferences.
Exact Dates Subject To Change
- Boston Junior Bruins Shootout (Premier, Elite): Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2023, New England Sports Center, Marlboro, Mass.
- Jersey Hitmen Classic (Premier, Elite): Oct. 5-9, 2023, Ice Vault, Wayne, N.J.
- USPHL Southeast Showcase (Premier, Elite): Oct. 6-9, 2023, Wake Competition Center, Morrisville, N.C.
- USPHL Midwest Showcase (Premier): Oct. 26-30, 2023, Fogerty Ice House, Blaine, Minn.
- Fort Wayne Showcase (Elite): Nov. 9-11, 2023, SportONE Parkview Ice House, Fort Wayne, Ind.
- Islanders Hockey Club Showcase (Premier, Elite): Nov. 16-20, 2023, Skate 3, Tyngsboro, Mass./Merrimack College, North Andover, Mass.
- USPHL Detroit Showcase (Premier, Elite): Nov. 16-20, 2023, Mount Clemens Ice Arena, Mount Clemens, Mich.
- USPHL Florida College Showcase (Premier, Elite): Dec. 15-18, 2023, Hertz Arena, Estero, Fla.
- USPHL Las Vegas Showcase (Premier): Dec. 18-20, 203, City National Arena, Las Vegas, Nev.
- USPHL Tampa Showcase (Premier, Elite): Jan. 3-6, 2024, AdventHealth Center Ice, Wesley Chapel, Fla.
- Northern Cyclones Showcase (Premier, Elite): Feb. 9-12, 2024. Cyclones Arena, Hudson, N.H.
Playoffs for the USPHL Premier and USPHL Elite will begin in March, and the USPHL National Championships will be held in late March. Watch this space for details on the 2024 Playoffs and Nationals Coming Soon!
Once again, every USPHL Premier and Elite regular season game will be broadcast on FloHockeyTV, beginning in September and continuing straight through to the National Championship Game for each conference.