The DICK’S Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic, featuring the best young hockey players in the United States, will return for the fifth straight season to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pa., it was announced today by the USHL and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Scheduled for September 24-28, the Fall Classic is expected to draw more than 400 scouts from the National Hockey League and college and junior teams to the region. Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, has called it a “priority event” for NHL scouts.
All 16 USHL teams will play two regular season games apiece during the four-day event. In addition, there will be an elite invitational youth tournament held simultaneously at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex and other local rinks.
“We’re excited to welcome the USHL back to this great facility in Cranberry Township for the fifth straight year,” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins. “The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex will again become the hub of United States junior and youth hockey for four days, giving hundreds of scouts – as well as our fans here in Pittsburgh – a chance to see some amazingly talented players, including top-ranked prospects for the 2021 NHL Draft. We’re fortunate to have DICK’S Sporting Goods as our corporate partner once again. And, as we’ve seen, the Fall Classic also makes a significant economic impact on Butler County, Allegheny County and the region.”
“The DICK’S Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic is a premier event for the USHL and youth hockey and we are more than happy to return to Cranberry Township, Pa. and partner with the Pittsburgh Penguins for this event,” said USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity. “The event gives our teams an opportunity to start the regular season at one location while NCAA and NHL scouts fill the building to watch our elite athletes take to the ice ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft.”
Specific schedules and ticketing information will be provided at a later date.
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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