The United States Hockey League announced the full schedule for the Fall Classic West at Ralston Arena in Omaha, NE, and USHL Fall Classic East at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, PA. Team USA will play in both locations with their U18 team one year after 12 players and nine alumni were selected from USA Hockey’s NTDP at the 2016 NHL Draft, including first overall pick Auston Matthews. The Red Bull Salzburg hockey club will travel to both locations as well, one season after alumni Sampo Ranta (Sioux City Musketeers), Ryan Savage (Fargo Force) and prospect Wouter Peeters (Waterloo Black Hawks) were added to USHL 30-man rosters and affiliate lists. Details for the inaugural USHL Fall Classic Youth Tournament, including team announcements and seeding, will be released at a later date.
This year marks a return to the Fall Classic for the USHL and its member clubs, a pre-season exhibition series that attracts more scouts from the NHL and NCAA than any other United States junior hockey league pre-season tournament.
“The USHL Fall Classic provides a unique opportunity for the management and scouts of the 30 NHL teams to view the top USHL talent available for the 2017 NHL Draft,” said Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr. “Having all 17 USHL teams in two central locations allows players to showcase their talents while providing the scouts with an evaluation benchmark for players early in the year.”
The USHL Fall Classic will also allow USHL teams to evaluate their rosters prior to the September 19th 23-man roster submission deadline. Earlier this summer, NHL Central Scouting identified 66 players on USHL 30-man rosters on their Future List prior to the 2017 NHL Draft.
In conjunction with the USHL Fall Classic will be the inaugural USHL Fall Classic Youth Tournament. 16 of the top bantam and midget programs, as determined by USHL Central Scouting, will be featured in a youth tournament and will have access to attend USHL games throughout the USHL Fall Classic in both Omaha and Cranberry.
Additional USHL pre-season games will be announced at a later date.
|9/8/2016||2:00 PM||Lincoln||Des Moines||Ralston Arena Auxilary|
|9/8/2016||4:00 PM||Waterloo||Sioux City||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/8/2016||6:00 PM||Sioux Falls||Fargo||Ralston Arena Auxilary|
|9/8/2016||8:00 PM||Omaha||Tri-City||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/9/2016||10:00 AM||Des Moines||Waterloo||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/9/2016||1:00 PM||Red Bull||Fargo||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/9/2016||4:00 PM||Team USA||Tri-City||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/9/2016||7:15 PM||Omaha||Lincoln||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/9/2016||8:00 PM||Sioux City||Sioux Falls||Ralston Arena Auxilary|
|9/10/2016||10:00 AM||Red Bull||Des Moines||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/10/2016||1:00 PM||Sioux City||Fargo||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/10/2016||4:00 PM||Omaha||Team USA||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/10/2016||7:15 PM||Lincoln||Sioux Falls||Ralston Arena Main|
|9/10/2016||8:00 PM||Tri-City||Waterloo||Ralston Arena Auxilary|
|9/15/2016||2:00 PM||Muskegon||Bloomington||UPMC: Community Rink|
|9/15/2016||4:00 PM||Madison||Chicago||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
|9/15/2016||6:00 PM||Dubuque||Green Bay||UPMC: Community Rink|
|9/15/2016||8:00 PM||Youngstown||Cedar Rapids||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
|9/16/2016||10:00 AM||Bloomington||Madison||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
|9/16/2016||1:00 PM||Chicago||Muskegon||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
|9/16/2016||4:00 PM||Team USA||Dubuque||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
|9/16/2016||5:30 PM||Green Bay||Cedar Rapids||UPMC: Community Rink|
|9/16/2016||7:30 PM||Youngstown||Red Bull||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
|9/17/2016||10:00 AM||Dubuque||Bloomington||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
|9/17/2016||1:00 PM||Green Bay||Madison||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
|9/17/2016||4:00 PM||Red Bull||Muskegon||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
|9/17/2016||5:30 PM||Chicago||Cedar Rapids||UPMC: Community Rink|
|9/17/2016||7:00 PM||Youngstown||Team USA||UPMC: Dick's Sporting Goods Rink|
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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