The United States Hockey League Board of Governors concluded its 2017 Annual Winter Meeting, held in Sioux Falls, SD last week in conjunction with the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Later in the week, USHL representatives participated in the USA Hockey Winter Meetings in Orlando, FL.
At both events, junior hockey leaders gathered to discuss and advance rules, policies and procedures for the 2017-18 season. The most significant changes for 2017-18 impact the following areas:
In addition, rule changes were approved for USHL play beginning in the 2018-19 season that impact the goaltender position:
“The American development path that involves playing NCAA-eligible junior hockey continues to increase in awareness and popularity,” said Bob Fallen, USHL President and Commissioner. “This path is attracting top players from all over the world who come to the USHL hoping to test their abilities before advancing to college and professional hockey. We constantly strive to expand opportunities for our players, coaches and officials and many of the rules changes help us to achieve our developmental objectives.”
As the only sanctioned Tier 1 junior hockey league in America, the USHL works closely with USA Hockey, the National Governing Body (NGB) of amateur hockey in America, on creating the highest possible competitive platform for US players. “We work together to find solutions that allow our league to continue to attract high caliber players from all over the world while maintaining a primary focus on the American player,” said Fallen.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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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