The United States Hockey League (USHL) and its Member Clubs announced Sunday the 30-man protected and affiliate lists for the 2019-20 season. Today also marks the first day that Injured Reserve can be utilized.
Member Clubs must make necessary drops to reach their 23-man protected list by September 23 at 12 p.m. CT to both the USHL and USA Hockey. This list will signify the team’s roster ahead of the 2019-20 USHL regular season, set to begin at the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic on Thursday, Sept. 26. The 23-man protected lists must adhere to regular season roster regulations, which include:
Beginning September 24 at 12 p.m. CT, all roster moves will count towards the annual roster move limit. Players on both the 30-man protected and affiliate lists are eligible to play in USHL preseason games.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 18th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2019-20. The USHL had 55 players selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, 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.