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2021 USPHL NCDC Combines announced for Detroit, Chicago


The United States Premier Hockey League in 2020-21:
● 12 NCDC players on NHL Central Scouting “Players To Watch” List – Led All North American Tier II junior leagues.
● 50+ NCAA Division I commitments
● 400+ players advanced to college hockey from 2019-20 season
● Nearly 400 players earned awards in NCAA hockey

The USPHL, and its tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC), have announced the 2021 USPHL NCDC Combines, set to take place in Detroit, Mich. (April 23-24) and Chicago, Ill. (May 14-15).

These Combines will feature guaranteed scouting opportunities by coaches from the USPHL’s Tier II tuition-free NCDC, along with additional scouting opportunities with USPHL Premier and Elite teams. No league at the Tier II and Tier III level sends more players to college than the USPHL.

Players born between Jan. 1, 2001, and Dec. 31, 2005, will be eligible. Limited openings are available for all positions.

Non-refundable* registration is $250 for each Combine. The USPHL is dedicated to providing a great value to prospective players to show their skills in front of NCDC coaches and begin new relationships.

Players will be guaranteed a minimum of three scrimmage games, and there will be goaltender-specific training sessions at each event. There will also be an informational seminar about the United States Premier Hockey League and its unparalleled USPHL Development Model.

The USPHL NCDC Detroit Combine (April 23-24) will be held at a rink in the suburban Detroit area, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Register for the 2021 USPHL NCDC Detroit Combine:


The USPHL NCDC Chicago Combine (May 14-15) will be held at the Fifth Third Arena at 1801 West Jackson Blvd., in Chicago, Ill. Fifth Third Arena is the practice facility for the Chicago Blackhawks. Located in downtown Chicago, it is just over a 30-minute drive from O’Hare International Airport, and under 30 minutes from Chicago Midway International Airport.

Register for the 2021 USPHL NCDC Chicago Combine:


Invitations to NCDC and other USPHL team tryout camps for the 2021-22 season will be offered to select players from each Combine.

Combine Offerings

The cost for each two-day combine is $250, with a three-game guarantee as well as off-ice activities, and player evaluations. Also included: accredited on-ice officials, and medical staff on site.

There will also be a Q&A/information seminar during each combine, where players and their parents, if in attendance, can ask questions directly of NCDC coaches and USPHL league officials.

The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, are providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players from throughout the United States. Sign up today, as registration will be limited.

About the NCDC

The NCDC is the only tuition-free junior hockey league that is fully located in the Northeastern United States, limiting travel to New York, New Jersey and the New England states. This allows players to spend more time on development, both on-and off-ice, than traveling on a bus.

With the unmatched USPHL Showcase Series, NCDC players have several opportunities each season to play in front of several scouts at well-attended multi-day, multi-tiered events. Even in the most uncertain of times, the NCDC continued to play a full season thanks to the USPHL’s unique and proactive creation of the Hub City Tampa event.

There were more than 700 former players from the USPHL’s top division skating with NCAA hockey teams during the 2019-20 season, the last full NCAA campaign. This included individual season-ending award-winners from multiple NCAA Division I conferences.

More than 150 players committed to college hockey out of the 2019-20 NCDC season alone, and there are currently over 50 Division I-committed players skating in the NCDC.

The NHL has also taken notice as the League set a record with 13 players on the NHL Central Scouting List – 12 of those players competing in the NCDC – which was more than any North American Junior A hockey league outside of the USHL. Alumni of USPHL organizations currently skating in the NHL include players such as Jack EichelCharlie CoyleJohn MarinoJimmy Vesey, and Stanley Cup champions Zach SanfordTrevor Van Riemsdyk and Brian Dumoulin.

About the USPHL

The United States Premier Hockey League of 2020-2021 is the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league and the only league to span the continental United States and parts of Canada.

The USPHL fields approximately 550 teams representing over 100 organizations comprised of 11,000 players spanning the ages of 6 through 20. Overall, across all its divisions, the USPHL had more than 1,200 alumni playing college hockey in 2019-20 and more than 250 playing pro hockey, including in the NHL.

* = Refunds will be available for those who medically cannot attend the Combines, with a doctor’s note.

(Feb. 18, 2021)

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