Butler County to Host USHL Fall Classic

16 Aug, 2017

USHL will be hosting the USHL Fall Classic at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township September 27 through October 1. This will be the first time since the 2012-2013 season that all 17 USHL teams will compete on the same ice.

USHL players from across the country and Canada will travel to Butler County to compete, as scouts from the NHL and NCAA evaluate the players for recruitment. UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex will also host two invitational youth tournaments in conjunction with the USHL Fall Classic.

There will be 16 16U teams and 16 14U teams competing. Aligning these two tournaments gives the younger players an opportunity to see the speed and skill set required to play at the Tier 1 level.

“We have a state of the art hockey facility here in Butler County, so now we have a great opportunity to host some amazing athletes, officials and scouts. The USHL Fall Classic had a powerful impact on our economy in 2016 so we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to host again,” said Jack Cohen, President of the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau.

The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex , which opened in the fall of 2015, is the official practice facility of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and also home to the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite youth hockey program. The complex is 185,000 square feet and includes two sheets of ice with a combined 1,333 seats between the two rinks. Over 1,000 youth players participate in games, tournaments, camps and programs at the facility each year.

“Pittsburgh is a thriving hockey market on many levels and the Penguins and community leaders aggressively pursued the return of the nation’s only Tier 1 junior league,” said Bob Fallen , USHL President and Commissioner. “The Penguins have won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships with more NCAA players on their roster than any other NHL team. The USHL produces more NCAA Division 1 talent than any league in the world, and this will be a great opportunity for fans and scouts to see future NCAA and NHL talent, all under one roof.”

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