The United States Hockey League announced the dates and times for Phase I and Phase II Draft for May 1 and May 2, respectively.
The USHL Draft takes place in two stages, beginning with Phase I on Monday, May 1 at 6:00 PM CT. During Phase I of the USHL Draft, member clubs select 2001 birth year players over the course of 10 rounds.
Phase II of the USHL Draft is set to begin on Tuesday, May 2 at 8:00 AM CT. USHL member clubs can select any player born between the years 1997 and 2001 until each team has 45 players on their roster.
USHL member clubs are allowed to sign players to a tender prior to the USHL Draft, guaranteeing the player a roster spot on next year’s roster. A team forfeits their first-round pick with a tender, and a second-round pick should they sign an additional tender. Teams are allowed only two tenders per year. Two players have signed tenders prior to the 2017 USHL Draft: Trevor Kuntar (Youngstown Phantoms) and Robert Mastrosimone (Chicago Steel). The last day for teams to sign a player to a tender is Sunday, April 30.
In addition to the USHL Draft, USA Hockey recently announced the NTDP Under-17 roster for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Live selections for both USHL Phase I and Phase II Draft will be hosted at ushl.com/draft. Live coverage of the USHL Draft will be hosted on social media using #USHLDraft.
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.