The United States Hockey League announced today the 2015-16 schedule for its 17 member teams. In addition, the USHL announced the creation of five regional pre-season events in place of the 2015 Fall Classic. Lastly, the USHL announced that the Indiana Ice has been granted a year of dormancy to address facility issues in the Indianapolis area.
“With the Fall Classic format there were some advantages from a logistics and scouting standpoint,” said USHL President and Commissioner Bob Fallen. “We are working with our corporate and league partners, as well as member clubs to explore options for 2016.”
The pre-season regional events will take place in Green Bay, Waterloo, Lincoln, Pittsburgh and Madison. A complete pre-season regional event schedule with times and matchups will be released at a later date.
“We are extremely excited to bring an event like this to Lincoln for the first time,” said Lincoln Stars General Manager and President of Hockey Operations Jon Hull. “We believe this is an excellent opportunity to showcase our growing brand to the people of Nebraska. The exposure that an event like this can generate, with representation from NHL and NCAA scouts to the fan support, is what makes our league second to none.”
Defending Clark Cup Champions Sioux Falls Stampede will raise their championship banner against rival Sioux City Musketeers on September 26th; Youngstown Phantoms will raise the Anderson Cup banner on September 26th against Team USA; Sioux City Musketeers will raise their 2015 Western Conference Championship banner as they host the Sioux Falls Stampede on October 3rd; Team USA will play their first game in USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI on October 9th against the Chicago Steel; Madison Capitols open their second USHL season against in-state rival Green Bay Gamblers on October 9th; Waterloo Black Hawks look to avenge their first loss in seven years in the annual Thanksgiving grudge match against rival Cedar Rapids RoughRiders on November 26th; Dubuque Fighting Saints will host an annual Thanksgiving weekend game with a special 6:05 p.m. holiday start time against the Chicago Steel; Fargo Force will host their 3rd annual Hometown Heroes game, sponsored by Cross Insulation, on January 23rd against the Waterloo Black Hawks to help support the Wounded Warrior Project; Green Bay Gamblers will host their famous Teddy Bear Toss on February 27th as they face off against the Chicago Steel; Sioux Falls Stampede will be hosting their 9th annual Sioux Nation Pet Clinic Wiener Dog races on February 27th with 40 dogs competing.
Pre-Season Regional Events:
Green Bay (September 11-September 13): Bloomington Thunder, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Green Bay Gamblers, Madison Capitols, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Team USA U17 and Team USA U18.
Waterloo (September 17-September 19): Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Des Moines Buccaneers, Dubuque Fighting Saints, Sioux City Musketeers and Waterloo Black Hawks.
Lincoln (September 17-September 19): Fargo Force, Lincoln Stars, Sioux Falls Stampede, Tri-City Storm and Omaha Lancers (one game).
Pittsburgh (September 18-September 19): Muskegon Lumberjacks, Team USA U17, Team USA U18 and Youngstown Phantoms.
Madison (September 19-September 20): Bloomington Thunder, Chicago Steel, Green Bay Gamblers and Madison Capitols.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 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.
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