The New York Islanders, together with Pride in Athletics for Life (P.A.L.) and the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), jointly announced today that the newly formed P.A.L. Junior Islanders have been accepted into the USPHL for the inaugural 2013-14 season.
“The USPHL is truly the premier 16U/18U and junior league in the northeast,”.P.A.L. Executive Director Tom Palmarra said. “Joining this league will certainly help compel the pyramid of younger hockey players on Long Island to aspire and drive themselves to play at the highest level. We’re thankful to the league for the commitment they’ve already shown us and we can’t wait to drop the puck this fall.”
“We believe the USPHL will provide the next step in high performance training and competition for our midget and junior players,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “The league also offers unmatched exposure to NCAA hockey programs for our young, aspiring hockey players.”
The Founding members of the League which includes the Junior Bruins, Islander Hockey Club, Jersey Hitmen and South Shore Kings formed the United States Premier Hockey League (“USPHL”) to provide a new national opportunity for hockey at the Junior and 16U/18U Midget Levels. The USPHL programs will go beyond the on ice experience to include education, leadership and community service components to help foster a complete student athlete. The member organizations believe the USPHL will provide the next step in high performance training and competition and will provide unmatched exposure to NCAA hockey programs for young aspiring hockey players.
Applications for franchises are still being accepted. For more information about the League, go to USPHL.com.
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