The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Friday the dates for the invitation-only 2020 USHL combines. The USHL combines feature competitive and educational events for elite young talent across the United States and internationally. The USHL combines are now in their 10th year and showcase young players to USHL General Managers, Coaches and scouts annually. One-hundred and sixteen players who participated in USHL combines were selected in the 2019 USHL Draft.
“Our combines are a great opportunity for all the top talent from each eligible age group to gather at one location and test their skills against each other in front of scouts from all 16 USHL teams,” said USHL Deputy Commissioner Denny Scanlon. “All of our teams are well represented at the combines as each of our teams are looking for the next USHL Draft selection who might develop into a Hobey Baker Award winner and NHL star. Some of the top players in our league in the past have had their USHL experience start at our combines.”
Notable alumni of the USHL combines include former USA Hockey National Team Development (NTDP) forward Cole Caufield (Montreal Canadiens, 2019, #15 overall), as well as current Youngstown Phantoms forward Trevor Kuntar, Des Moines Buccaneers forward Alex Laferriere, Chicago Steel forward Brendan Brisson, and NTDP forward Daniyal Dzhaniyev.
All four current USHL players showcased their skills at the 2020 BioSteel All-American Game, with Dzhaniyev and Team Knuble winning the contest 6-1. Laferriere registered a goal in the contest for Team Gomez. Brisson (31), Laferriere (68) and Kuntar (135) were all recognized by NHL Central Scouting in their latest midterm rankings ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft.
The combines are attended by a Coach, General Manager or scout from all 16 USHL teams. The dates for the 2020 USHL combines are organized by a player’s birth year:
2002 & 2003 Birth Years: April 16-19
2004 & 2005 Birth Years: April 23-26
All USHL combines are held at the Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park, Ill.
In order to be considered for invitation, players should complete the online questionnaire HERE.
The USHL combines are a great opportunity for a player to make a final impression on coaches and scouts prior to the USHL Phase I and Phase II Drafts – the key points of entry for players into USA Hockey’s only Tier I junior hockey league. Players born in 2004 are eligible for the USHL Phase I Draft on May 4th, while all players born between 2000-2004 are eligible for the USHL Phase II Draft on May 5th.
The 2005 combine is a great opportunity for players who are just starting their draft process in preparation for the 2021 USHL Draft. Players can learn from, and talk with, USHL Coaches and General Managers as they look ahead to their first year of USHL Draft eligibility in the following season.
Participating players will have the opportunity to showcase their skills while playing in five games in front of USHL coaches and scouts, as well as NCAA coaches. Invitees will also have the opportunity to participate in both on-ice and off-ice testing.
More information regarding the 2006 & 2007 birth year eligible Player Development Camp will be released at a later date.
For more information on the 2020 USHL combines, click HERE.
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 800 alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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