The United States Hockey League announced the dates and times for the 2019 Phase I and Phase II Draft for Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7, respectively.
The USHL Draft takes place in two stages, beginning with Phase I on Monday, May 6 at 6:00 PM CT. During Phase I of the USHL Draft, member clubs select 2003 birth-year players over the course of 10 rounds.
Phase II of the USHL Draft is set to begin on Tuesday, May 7 at 10:00 AM CT. USHL member clubs can select any player born between the years 1999 and 2003 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 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. So far four players have signed tenders prior to the 2019 USHL Draft:
Matthew Argentina (Waterloo)
Dylan Gratton (Muskegon)
Davis Burnside (Tri-City)
Ryan Ufko (Chicago)
The last day for teams to sign a player to a tender is Saturday, May 4.
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 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.