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USHL OVERVIEW & HISTORICAL TIMELINE
             
The United States Hockey League (USHL) is the top junior ice hockey league in the United States.  As of the 2015-16 season, it has
17 teams, consisting of players who are 20 years old and younger. The teams are located in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan Nebraska, North &
South Dakota, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.


It is strictly classified as an amateur league. Players are not paid for playing and this allows former USHL players to compete in NCAA college
 hockey (which does not allow players who have been paid athletes before college).

The original USHL was first established in 1945 and ran for six seasons. The modern USHL began play in 1961 and remained
 a semi-professional  league before it became an amateur junior league in 1979. Many league players have gone on to compete in college
   and professional  hockey. Every season the league continues to supply significant numbers of players drafted to NHL teams with USHL roots.


   
ANDERSON CUP CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
The Anderson Cup is awarded annually to the United States Hockey League's regular season champion. It is named after
Harold Anderson, one of the founding fathers of the Midwest Junior Hockey League, which would eventually become
 the USHL. It has been awarded to the USHL regular season Champions since 1973. It Stands nearly five feet tall and cost over
$5000 to design and build.

CLARK CUP CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
The Clark Cup is awarded annually to the United States Hockey League Tier 1 Junior Hockey Playoff Champions.
The Clark Cup was  named in honor of Don Clark, the long-time registrar of the Minnesota Armature Hockey Association.
Don also won the NHL's Lester Patrick Award for his contributions to hockey in the United States.

  
Click on the below logos to visit each team's official
United States Hockey League  website.

                 

                


 Check Out the Lamp-Lighter.com collection.  He has a great selection of USHL history and memorabilia, as well as
a  huge puck collection from many other junior, armature and professional leagues.

A Special THANKS to
Michael for all the help he provided and time he put into this initial set-up of my website.
He had many long evenings of scanning, linking & typing and countless requests for support over the phone.
He has indeed proved, that you can teach an old dog new tricks!!!

    
 

     

USHL OVERVIEW & HISTORICAL TIMELINE
             
The United States Hockey League (USHL) is the top junior ice hockey league in the United States.  As of the 2015-16 season, it has
17 teams, consisting of players who are 20 years old and younger. The teams are located in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan Nebraska, North &
South Dakota, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin.


It is strictly classified as an amateur league. Players are not paid for playing and this allows former USHL players to compete in NCAA college
 hockey (which does not allow players who have been paid athletes before college).

The original USHL was first established in 1945 and ran for six seasons. The modern USHL began play in 1961 and remained
 a semi-professional  league before it became an amateur junior league in 1979. Many league players have gone on to compete in college
   and professional  hockey. Every season the league continues to supply significant numbers of players drafted to NHL teams with USHL roots.


   
ANDERSON CUP CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
The Anderson Cup is awarded annually to the United States Hockey League's regular season champion. It is named after
Harold Anderson, one of the founding fathers of the Midwest Junior Hockey League, which would eventually become
 the USHL. It has been awarded to the USHL regular season Champions since 1973. It Stands nearly five feet tall and cost over
$5000 to design and build.

CLARK CUP CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
The Clark Cup is awarded annually to the United States Hockey League Tier 1 Junior Hockey Playoff Champions.
The Clark Cup was  named in honor of Don Clark, the long-time registrar of the Minnesota Armature Hockey Association.
Don also won the NHL's Lester Patrick Award for his contributions to hockey in the United States.

 

                    

2015-16 Tri-City Storm   Wade Allison   Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
2014-15 Sioux Falls Stampede   Troy Loggins Sioux Falls (F)   Youngstown Phantoms
2013-14  Indiana Ice   Jason Pawloski (G)   Waterloo Blackhawks
2012-13  Dubuque Fighting Saints   Mike Szmatula (F)   Dubuque Fighting Saints
2011-12 Green Bay Gamblers   Sam Herr (F)   Green Bay Gamblers
2010-11 Dubuque Fighting Saints   Matt Morris Dubuque (G)   Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
2009-10 Green Bay Gamblers   Anders Lee Green Bay (F)   Green Bay Gamblers
2008-09 Indiana Ice   Mike Cichy Indiana (F)   Green Bay Gamblers
2007-08 Omaha Lancers   Drew Palmisano Omaha (G)   Omaha Lancers
2006-07 Sioux Falls Stampede   Matt Lundin Sioux Falls (G)   Waterloo BlackHawks
2005-06 Des Moines Buccaneers   Kyle Okposo Des Moines (F)   Sioux Falls Stampede
2004-05 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders   Alex Stalock Cedar Rapids (G)   Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
2003-04 Waterloo BlackHawks   Kevin Regan Waterloo (G)   Tri-City Storm
2002-03 Lincoln Stars   Danny Irman Lincoln (F)   Lincoln Stars
2001-02 Sioux City Musketeers   Andy Franck Sioux City (G)   Omaha Lancers
2000-01 Omaha Lancers   Ray Fraser Omaha (G)   Lincoln Stars
1999-00 Green Bay Gamblers   Aaron Smith Green Bay (F)   Lincoln Stars
1998-99 Des Moines Buccaneers   Pete Fregoe Des Moines (F)   Des Moines Buccaneers
1997-98 Omaha Lancers   Nate Mauer Omaha (F)   Des Moines Buccaneers
1996-97 Lincoln Stars       Green Bay Gamblers
1995-96 Green Bay Gamblers       Green Bay Gamblers
1994-95 Des Moines Buccaneers       Des Moines Buccaneers
1993-94 Omaha Lancers       Des Moines Buccaneers
1992-93 Omaha Lancers       Omaha Lancers
1991-92 Des Moines Buccaneers       Thunder Bay Flyers
1990-91 Omaha Lancers       Thunder Bay Flyers
1989-90 Omaha Lancers       Omaha Lancers
1988-89 Thunder Bay Flyers       Thunder Bay Flyers
1987-88 Thunder Bay Flyers       Thunder Bay Flyers
1986-87 Rochester Mustangs       Rochester Mustangs
1985-86 Sioux City Musketeers       Sioux City Musketeers
1984-85 Dubuque Fighting Saints       Austin Mavericks
1983-84 St. Paul Vulcans       St. Paul Vulcans
1982-83 Dubuque Fighting Saints       Dubuque Fighting Saints
1981-82 Sioux City Musketeers       Sioux City Musketeers
1980-81 Dubuque Fighting Saints       Dubuque Fighting Saints
1979-80 Hennepin Nordiques       Hennepin Nordiques


 

Anderson Cup                         Clark Cup   
 Regular Season Champions                     Play-Off Champions      

    



Prior to 1979 the United States Hockey League was classified as a senior/professional league. There were no age restrictions or player eligibility
requirements. The1979-80 season would be considered a transition year from senior pro hockey to a Junior A classification. 1980-81
would become the first official season of junior hockey.  In 2002 it would be elevated to Junior A Tier 1 level of play. 
Today it remains the best junior league in the United States, the level of play rivaling that of most Canadian junior leagues from
Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
 


            Hennepin Nordiques      
                         
          

 Wisconsin Capitals    Fargo-Moorhead Bears  

 

 

  

 

 

                                                      

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