The United States Hockey League and its member clubs announced today the dates and times for the 2017 Clark Cup Final. The Sioux City Musketeers and Chicago Steel will square off in a best-of-five series to determine the 2017 Clark Cup Champion.
Both teams finished atop their conference in the regular season and broke their respective team record for most points in a season. The Musketeers won the Anderson Cup and led the Western Conference with 87 points, while the Steel finished first in the Eastern Conference with 81 points. The last time the top team in the Western Conference and the top team in the Eastern Conference faced off in the Clark Cup Final was 2014, when the Indiana Ice defeated the Waterloo Black Hawks in five games.
Sioux City swept Des Moines in their Western Conference Semifinal series before knocking off Waterloo 8-3 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Tuesday night to reach the Clark Cup Final for the first time since 2005. Chicago defeated Youngstown in five games to advance to the Eastern Conference Final, where they took down the defending Eastern Conference champion Dubuque Fighting Saints in four games to advance to the first Clark Cup Final in team history. The Musketeers are looking to capture their first Clark Cup since 2002, while the Steel are trying to win their first title in team history. Sioux City is also looking to become the first team to win both the Anderson Cup and Clark Cup since the Dubuque Fighting Saints accomplished the feat in 2013.
All games will be broadcast on ushl.hockeytv.com. All times listed below are CST.
Clark Cup Final
(1) Sioux City Musketeers vs. (1) Chicago Steel
Game 1: Friday, 5/12/17 at 7:05 pm at Tyson Events Center
Game 2: Saturday, 5/13/17 at 7:05 pm at Tyson Events Center
Game 3: Friday, 5/19/17 at 7:05 pm at Fox Valley Ice Arena (HD)
Game 4 (if necessary): Saturday, 5/20/17 at 7:05 pm at Fox Valley Ice Arena (HD)
Game 5 (if necessary): Tuesday, 5/23/17 at 7:05 pm at Tyson Events Center
UPDATED: USA Hockey and the USHL announce that the following officials were named to work the USHL’s Clark Cup Final: Rhodes Dolan, Sean MacFarlane, Kyle Richetelle, Jonathan Sladek, Liam Sewell, John Tallieu, James White & Michael Zalcman.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 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.