The United States Hockey League (USHL) and its participating Member Clubs announced Friday the 2021-22 regular season schedule.
The season will consist of 62 games for each team in a regionally-based schedule, similar to the 2020-21 season. Preseason matchups for the upcoming season will be released at a later date.
The 29-week regular season is scheduled to begin September 23 at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Fall Classic, and concludes with a full slate of games on Saturday, April 23.
“We’re excited to return to a 62-game schedule this season and return to having all 16 of our USHL Member Clubs active,” said USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity. “We battled through what was a tough 2020-21 season for everyone and are really looking forward to what our Clubs, players and fans have in store for the upcoming season.”
This season will mark the return of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Fall Classic in Cranberry Township, Pa. For the fifth season, all USHL Member Clubs will descend on the Pittsburgh area to open the 2021-22 regular season with a pair of games each over a five-day event hosted with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. In conjunction with the USHL games, roughly 80 youth hockey programs from across the country will participate in one of the premier youth hockey events of the season.
Also returning for the 2021-22 season is the Frosty Cup, hosted by the Dallas Stars. This season’s event will feature the Tri-City Storm and Lincoln Stars playing a pair of games on January 28 and 29, 2022 in Dallas. The Storm and Stars will be the second pair of USHL teams to meet in Texas after the Chicago Steel and Green Bay Gamblers played a pair of games in Texas during the 2019-20 season.
This season will also feature the inaugural USHL American Cup from December 3-5, 2021 in Rochester, N.Y. The American Cup, hosted with Wegmans, will feature a pair of regular season USHL games between the Green Bay Gamblers and Youngstown Phantoms as well as a youth hockey component with teams from the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U levels participating.
More information regarding the Frosty Cup and American Cup will be released at a later date.
“These events give scouts and fans alike a chance to not only see some of the best youth hockey programs in the country, but be able to see USHL action in three cities that host our great Clubs,” said Garrity. “The Fall Classic is attended by all 32 NHL franchises and a plethora of scouts from the NCAA Division I level and gives players on all 16 of our Member Clubs the opportunity to shine in front of these scouts. We are also very happy to be sending a pair of teams to both the Frosty Cup and American Cup as well, which we know will also both be great events for our players, scouts and fans.”
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