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USHL Receives $5,000 Local Tourism Grant to Promote Phase I Combine

02/01/2017, 2:15pm CST

Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau


The United States Hockey League recently received a $5,000 Local Tourism Grant from the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau to promote the USHL Phase I Combine, which runs April 20-23, 2017 at Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park, IL.


The $5,000 grant will be used to help the league promote the USHL Phase I Combine. The USHL Phase I Combine annually draws over 1,300 visitors to Orland Park and the Chicago Southland region.


"The USHL is thrilled to have earned this grant from the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau," said Doug Christiansen, USHL Director of Player Development and Recruitment. "We believe it will help us attract some of the best players from all over the world to the Arctic Ice Rink this April, and we are confident it will help our participants enjoy their time in the Chicago Southland."


The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau distributes up to $51,000 annually to Southland municipalities and not-for-profit organizations to promote events designed to draw visitors into the Chicago Southland region for overnight stays. These visitors contribute substantially to the Southland economy through stays in regional hotels, dining at local restaurants, shopping, recreational activities, and needed services travelers require, such as gas, oil, and sundry items.


“The Local Tourism Grant program is a way for the Bureau to extend its marketing reach,” said Jim Garrett, CDME, President/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB. “The marketing efforts by our communities – in addition to marketing efforts by the Bureau – help us better promote the many meeting facilities, group tour attractions, festivals, sports events and area attractions throughout the Southland to potential visitors.”


Players at the USHL Phase I Combine will have the opportunity to showcase their skills while playing in a minimum of five (5) games in front of USHL coaches and scouts, as well as NCAA coaches. Invitees will also be subjected to off-ice physical and cognitive testing. There will also be classroom presentations to help players better understand what it takes to play in the USHL. The event will take place April 20-23, 2017 with a banquet at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL and the hockey activities at the Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park Illinois. For more information, please contact Doug Christiansen, USHL Director of Player Development and Recruitment, at



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.

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