The Sports Destination Management 2017 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism announced their annual award winners earlier this week. In total, more than $400 million was contributed to the national economy between the champions listed, including the USHL Phase I, Phase II and Phase III Combine.
“This year’s nominations were incredible,” said Publisher Fonda Johnson. “We were amazed not just by the sheer volume of events, but by the scope. We saw an amazing array of entries – from team to individual, from youth to seniors, and across all disciplines and all levels of play.”
Other notable champions included the 2017 NFL Draft & Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2017 Icy Hot IRONMAN World Championships & Kissimmee Sports Commission, USA Gymnastics Championships & VISIT Milwaukee, among others. The USHL and Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau were recognized as a champion of “Sports Events as a Series.”
“We would like to thank the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitor Bureau for the support and hard work to make the USHL Combines such a successful event,” said Doug Christiansen, Director of Player Development and Recruitment. “It was great to see families from New York to California, and Texas to Alaska competing and interacting with the local Southland community. In just three years, we have seen our USHL events grow to have a significant impact throughout local markets as well as throughout the youth hockey community.”
The USHL will be featured in the November/December 2017 issue of Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners can found online along with a special feature on economic impact.
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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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