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USHL Lands in Rochester for Inaugural American Cup Powered by Wegmans

12/02/2021, 12:30pm CST

Event Will Feature Pair of USHL Regular Season Games Between Green Bay Gamblers and Youngstown Phantoms

Rochester, N.Y. - As Eastern Conference rivals descend upon Rochester, N.Y., it marks the beginning of the inaugural USHL American Cup Powered by Wegmans. The event, which features a pair of regular season USHL games as well as a youth tournament with 17 teams, offers hockey fans in the area an exclusive look at two of the USHL’s Clubs as well as a bevy of young hockey talent. 

Friday,  December 3 at 7:30 p.m. EST - Green Bay Gamblers @ Youngstown Phantoms

Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. EST - Youngstown Phantoms @ Green Bay Gamblers


“The Rochester and great New York state area has been an outstanding source of talent in the USHL and continues to grow each year,” said USHL President and Commissioner Bill Robertson. “Many USHL players that have come through the New York area have gone on to have superb collegiate and professional hockey careers. The inaugural American Cup will be a great opportunity to showcase the USHL talent level in this unique event. We are proud to partner with Rochester’s own Wegman’s Food Market to put this event in place. The USHL is excited for the games to be played in Rochester and for fans to see first-hand the wonderful talent level this league has to offer.”

The USHL, which is the lone Tier I junior hockey league in the United States, is comprised of the best 16- to 20-year old hockey players from across the globe. The event in Rochester will be a bit of a homecoming for a pair of Youngstown Phantoms defensemen, and New York natives, Michael Rubin (Blauvelt) and Carter Rose (Brasher Falls). The Phantoms roster also features an NHL prospect who will be of special interest to local fans as Stiven Sardarian, who was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres last summer (Round 3, #88 Overall), enters the event with six points (1-5-6) in 11 games this season. Youngstown also has Edmonton Oilers prospect Shane Lachance (2021, Round 6, #186 Overall). Green Bay heads to the American Cup with a pair of NHL prospects in Jackson Hallum (Vegas Golden Knights, 2020, Round 3, #91 Overall) and Brody Lamb (New York Rangers, 2020, Round 4, #104 Overall). 

“We’re very excited to partner with the USHL to bring the American Cup to our hometown,” said Nicole Wegman, President of Wegmans Brand. “Through youth sports sponsorships like this, we’re able to encourage healthy activity and enrich neighborhoods across all our communities.”

What to Know Before the American Cup

  • The Gamblers and Phantoms had a combined six players named to the NHL Central Scouting Preliminary List including Kent Anderson (Green Bay, B-rated), Rastislav Elias (Green Bay, C-rated), Ryan Greene (Green Bay, B-rated), Adam Ingram (Youngstown, C-rated), Cameron Lund (Green Bay, B-rated) and Ethan Straky (Green Bay, B-rated)

  • The rosters also feature 12 additional players from the Tri-State area including Damien Carfagna (Wood Ridge, N.J.), Kyle Chauvette (Goffstown, N.H.), Jarod Crespo (Eastampton Township, N.J.), Matt Deboer (Madison, N.J.), Tim Delay (Hingham, Mass.), Bayard Hall (Oldwick, N.J.), Shane Lachance (Andover, Mass.), Cameron Lund (Bridgewater, Mass.), Grant Porter (Weston, Mass.), Alex Servagno (Gibson, Penn.), Gregory Spitznagel (Summit, N.J.) and Nicholas VanTassell (Basking Ridge, N.J.)

  • The Phantoms roster features a trio of players who are committed to New York-based Division I schools including Tyler Catalano (Cornell University), Carter Rose (Clarkson University) and Trey Taylor (Clarkson University)

About the USHL

The 2021-22 season will be the USHL's 20th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 50 players selected at the 2021 NHL Draft, marking the fourth-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

About Wegmans

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 106-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, and North Carolina. The family company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 24 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2021. The company also ranked #1 on PEOPLE’s 2021 ‘Companies That Care’ list.

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