The United States Hockey League recently received a $5,000 Local Tourism Grant from the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote the USHL Combines at Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park, IL.
The $5,000 grant will be used to help the league promote the USHL Combines. The USHL Phase I Combine annually draws over 1,300 visitors to Orland Park and the Chicago Southland region.
"The USHL is thrilled to have earned this grant from the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau," said Denny Scanlon, USHL Deputy Commissioner. "We believe it will help us attract some of the top hockey talent from all over the world to the Arctic Ice Arena for the USHL Combines, and we are confident it will help those players enjoy their time in the Chicago Southland area."
The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau distributes up to $51,000 annually to Southland municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to promote events designed to draw visitors into the Chicago Southland region for overnight stays. These visitors contribute substantially to the Southland economy through stays in regional hotels, dining at local restaurants, shopping, recreational activities, and needed services travelers require, such as gas, oil, and sundry items.
“The Local Tourism Grant program is a way for the Bureau to extend its marketing reach,” said Jim Garrett, CDME, President/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB. “The marketing efforts by our communities – in addition to marketing efforts by the Bureau – help us better promote the many meeting facilities, group tour attractions, festivals, sports events and area attractions throughout the Southland to potential visitors.”
Participating players will have the opportunity to showcase their skills while playing in a minimum of four (4) games in front of USHL coaches and scouts, as well as NCAA coaches. Invitees will also be subjected to off-ice physical and cognitive testing. There will also be classroom presentations to help players better understand what it takes to play in the USHL. All USHL Combines will take place at the Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park, IL. For more information, please visit ushl.com/combine.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, 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.