THE HUB CITY CONCEPT
The United States Premier Hockey League is proud to announce its plans to bring teams from across its coast-to-coast footprint - the largest in all of North American Junior Hockey - to Tampa, Florida, for a Hub City concept with the health and wellness of players and staff as a top priority. The USPHL is partnering with Saddlebrook Resort (“Saddlebrook”), a multi-dimensional Tampa Resort and Conference Center, and AdventHealth Center Ice, a state-of-the-art 4-sheet, full-service ice hockey facility, to provide our teams a dedicated environment to execute our high-performance training and competition model and provide our players a tremendous opportunity to showcase their talents to all the professional and collegiate programs in the country.
COMPETITION AND TRAINING
Saddlebrook and AdventHealth Center Ice provide the USPHL Coaches and Staff all the necessary facilities to execute the USPHL Player Development Model in a contained, safe environment. Each week, USPHL Teams will have multiple on-ice practices, continue their off-ice strength and conditioning regimens, and have team and one-on-one video analysis. Dedicated space will be provided for all online/virtual students to ensure uninterrupted learning. Equally important, the Hub City Event will provide players a competitive 20-game schedule not currently available to them due to ever-changing travel restrictions across the country. All games will be carried on the new USPHL/HockeyTV channel set to be launched on January 1st.
SAFETY COMBINED WITH FUN
The Hub City Concept provides a unique opportunity for the USPHL to isolate its players at Saddlebrook while away from the AdventHealth Center Ice, resulting in a safe atmosphere for all the athletes. Saddle- brook has made a name for itself as one of the nation’s preeminent training facilities for athletes and features two adjacent fitness centers that total over 6,000 sq. ft., multiple volleyball and basketball courts, and a FieldTurf training field, along with three swimming pools, two Arnold Palmer signature golf courses and a championship tennis complex. Team building and non-hockey experiences will be situated solely at Saddlebrook.
All USPHL safety protocols addressing the concerns surrounding the dissemination of COVID-19, including, but not limited to, guidelines regarding travel, facility management and any hockey/ sport-related policies will remain in effect. The USPHL will have trained medical staff on site through- out the duration of the Hub City Event.
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 will field 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.