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When you talk about the USPHL on the ladder of development, you often hear stories of players like Blake Bennett. The AIC star forward first began to show his skills with the Charlotte Rush, earned a chance at the NAHL with Corpus Christi, and then got seen by AIC. For kids like Bennett, the USPHL is often a stop on the way to Division One or Three Hockey and beyond and that is superb. Some go on to play or start in the NCDC, like Chase Clark, before getting drafted into the NHL. Some go to other paths that work for them.
Why is all of this important?
Because this sport will expand at the division one level. In order for that to happen, having many options and paths that the USPHL provides makes it easier to happen. Having more top players play around the country in new and diverse markets exposes more kids to the game in an accessible way. The league has a lot of good people in it that dont get the recognition that they deserve when players move up the ladder to college hockey. Players that go on to do great things in and out of the classroom often get a chance to play college hockey at any level because of the USPHL. Hundreds of teams lace their skates up every weekend to yes try and win, but also to help thousands of student athletes progress. As the sport continues to grow, it makes sense that leagues like the USPHL continue to grow. As the league is full of responsible owners and is developing a marketing strategy to reach even more hockey players, they will continue to grow.
The league is advertising on ESPN plus during college hockey games, something that neither league above them in the ladder of development is doing. Pay attention to the USPHL, it’s a league where you could find the next star on the ice, and the next star to solve some of this world’s biggest problems off the ice playing together in front of a devoted audience in a city that supports them.
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