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USHL to play preseason games in New Jersey…

As we have been watching closely in previous story’s the USHL announced a schedule of preseason games that will highlight the 2013 USHL Atlantic Challenge, to be held Sept. 6-8 at the Ice House in Hackensack and Codey Arena in West Orange.


Friday, Sept. 6
– Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Waterloo Black Hawks (Codey Arena), 5 p.m.
– Youngstown Phantoms vs. Sioux City Musketeers (Ice House), 7 p.m.
– Cedar Rapids RoughRiders vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (Codey Arena), 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 7
– Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Youngstown Phantoms (Codey Arena), 12:30 p.m.
– Waterloo Black Hawks vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (Ice House), 2 p.m.
– Sioux City Musketeers vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks (Codey Arena), 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 8
– Sioux City Musketeers vs. Waterloo Black Hawks (Codey Arena), 9:45 a.m.
– Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Sioux Falls Stampede (Codey Arena), 11 a.m.
– Cedar Rapids RoughRiders vs. Youngstown Phantoms (Codey Arena), 12:45 p.m.

The Metro New York-New Jersey area might just be the right spot for a USHL team(s) because there is just one D1 program at Princeton to compete for gate. The area is next to New England the key developer of talent in the east producing players for most of Hockey East, ECAC and Atlantic leagues. Also likely to hold some top talent from going north to Canada keeping them in the US to play college hockey.

The USHL and local organizers are planning an open meeting for players, parents, coaches and the East Coast hockey community on Sept. 7.

“We want those thousands of players, and their parents, in this region to better understand not only the USHL, and why it is the United States’ only Tier I junior hockey league, but the USA Hockey pyramid of development on which we are perched,” USHL commissioner Skip Prince said in a statement. “The education-based American development model is changing the face of the game, from the NHL right down to the quality of coaching at the mite level, and we need to bring the results of that model to this great region for everyone to appreciate.”

The folks from Hockey Family Advisor Inc. will be in attendance at these events, as it will be a great chance to meet with some of our clients who will be competing, as well as to meet with the coaches and scouts of these teams while they are on the East Coast, as well as the many college and professional teams who will be in attendance so we can talk about players who are part of our Program.


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