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UPDATE: 2023 USPHL NCDC Combines Sold Out

Detroit To Run April 28-29, And Chicago To Run May 13-14


By USPHL Staff - April 20, 2023

The United States Premier Hockey League, and its tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, are proud to announce their 2023 USPHL NCDC Combines, set to take place in Detroit, Mich. (April 28-29) and in Chicago, Ill. (May 13-14).


Players born between January 1, 2003, and December 31, 2007, will be eligible for the Combines.


Between the NCDC, the USPHL Premier and the USPHL Elite, the USPHL as a League has more than 3,100 alumni playing in college hockey per year. That number is sure to increase with the creation of the Tier II NCDC West, set to open in Colorado, Utah and Idaho in 2023-24.


The NCDC West will feature high-level hockey in front of packed houses in some of the most naturally beautiful locales in the United States. All teams have extensive staffs dedicated to each player’s on-and off-ice development as the NCDC expand from 14 to 20 teams nationwide.


Along the East Coast, the current NCDC organizations will continue to promote players to NCAA Division I schools out of deep and highly-tiered youth and junior organizations that put a priority on promotion from within up to the NCDC and on to college hockey.


No other league at both the Tier II and Tier III level sends more players to college hockey than the USPHL.


Registering for these Combines will put you as a player in front of coaches at all levels of USPHL Junior Hockey, allowing you to set Your Path To College Hockey!


Non-refundable* registration is $295 for each Combine. The USPHL provides a great value to prospective players to show their skills in front of NCDC and USPHL Premier coaches and begin new relationships that will lead you on your own individual path.


Players will be guaranteed a minimum of three scrimmage games, and there will be goaltender-specific training sessions at each event. There will also be an informational seminar at each Combine about the United States Premier Hockey League and its unparalleled USPHL Development Model.


The USPHL NCDC Detroit Combine (April 28-29) will be held at the Mount Clemens Ice Arena at 200 North Groesbeck Highway, Mount Clemens, Mich., which is a 50-minute drive from the Detroit Wayne County Airport.


Register for the 2023 USPHL NCDC Detroit Combine


The USPHL NCDC Chicago Combine (May 13-14) will be held at the Fifth Third Arena at 1801 West Jackson Blvd., in Chicago, Ill. Fifth Third Arena is the practice facility for the Chicago Blackhawks. Located in downtown Chicago, it is just over 30 minutes drive from O’Hare International Airport, and under 30 minutes from Chicago Midway International Airport.


Register for the 2023 USPHL NCDC Chicago Combine:


Invitations to NCDC and other USPHL team tryout camps for the 2023-2024 season will be offered to select players from each Combine.


Combine Offerings


The cost for each two-day combine is $295, with a three-game guarantee as well as off-ice activities, and player evaluations. Also included: accredited on-ice officials, and medical staff on site.


There will also be a Q&A/information seminar during each combine, where players and their parents, if in attendance, can ask questions directly of NCDC coaches and USPHL League officials.


The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, are providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players from throughout the world. Sign up today, as registration will be limited.


WHY USPHL NCDC COMBINES?


USPHL is uniquely positioned to facilitate a clear pathway for players graduating from Bantam who are looking to progress through Midget and Junior Hockey on to college and professional hockey. Each division provides a critical step in the progression to fulfilling a player’s ultimate goal of becoming a collegiate and/or professional hockey player.


The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), which operates in 26 of the 50 United States, is the Nation’s largest junior amateur ice hockey league. The league is comprised of more than 150 junior and midget teams selected to participate in specific USPHL divisions based on geography, strong player pools, rink ownership and history of success and integrity at the highest level.


About the NCDC


The NCDC is the USPHL’s Tier II Tuition-Free Level that will feature more than 20 teams in the northeastern U.S. as well as the Rocky Mountain States, with the debut in 2023-24 of the NCDC West. The world’s top players now have both Eastern and Western U.S. options for development towards an NCAA Division I career, as well as potential pro hockey beyond college.


With the unmatched USPHL Showcase Series, NCDC players have several opportunities each season to play in front of several scouts at well-attended multi-day, multi-tiered events.


There were more than 700 former players from the USPHL’s top division skating with NCAA hockey teams during the 2022-23 season. More than 150 players committed to college hockey out of the 2021-22 NCDC season alone.


The NHL has also taken notice as the League saw three players selected directly out of the NCDC in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, the best for any North American Tier II league.


Alumni of USPHL organizations currently skating in the NHL include players such as Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, John Marino, Jimmy Vesey, and Stanley Cup Champions Zach Sanford, Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Ross Colton and Brian Dumoulin.

About The USPHL

The United States Premier Hockey League of 2022-23 is the nation’s largest junior amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States, from Maine to California, and from Florida to Washington State.

The USPHL includes over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20, including Youth and Midget Division teams in the Tier 1 Hockey Federation.

Overall, across all its divisions, the USPHL see more than 3,100 alumni playing college hockey each year and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL.

The league’s top level, the Tuition Free Tier II National Collegiate Development Conference, led all North American Tier II leagues with three players selected in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and has seen more than 200 NCAA Division I commitments since its 2017 inception. The NCDC will also expand to include the NCDC West, with teams in Colorado, Utah and Idaho for 2023-24.

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