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Junior Pirates to join USPHL in 2013-2014

01/09/2013, 12:00pm EST
By PJP

Saco, ME- The Portland Junior Pirates are very excited to announce that they will compete in the Junior and U16 Divisions of the US Premier Hockey League in the fall of 2013-14.  The USPHL will include the best programs in the Eastern United States and will field some of the best players in the world at the U16, U18 and Junior Levels.  "The staff and I are extremely excited to bring this opportunity to our players.  To be able to bring this caliber of hockey and this level of talented hockey player to Maine and to MHG Ice Center is a huge boost to the hockey community" said Portland's GM Brad Church.  The Pirates join the likes of the Junior Bruins, Islanders Hockey Club, South Shore Kings, Jersey Hitmen, Bay State Breakers and the CT. Yankees in this new venture.  "Our program and players will have the opportunity to compete against the top proven programs and elite players every time the puck is dropped.  The level of exposure for the players in the program is now even more elevated."  True to its core value to Be the Best the Jr. Pirates have once again made the appropriate move to offer their players the best on and off ice development opportunity available.

The Pirates will field a full season U16 team and a Junior team in the USPHL in 2013-14.  The Jr. Pirates will continue to compete in the EJHL.  Recruiting has already begun and if you are interested or have any questions please feel free to reach out to Head Coach Kent Hulst at khulst@portlandjuniorpirates.com or Asst. Coach Doug Friedman at doug@portlandjuniorpirates.com or call 207-283-1900.

For information on the US Premier Hockey League, please go the league’s website to USPHL.COM and follow us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK.

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UPDATE 1/11- 
P.A.L. JUNIOR ISLANDERS ACCEPTED INTO UNITED STATES PREMIER HOCKEY LEAGUE

NHL’s New York Islanders/PAL Partnership Brings New Level of Hockey to Long Island

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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