USHL Announces 2013-14 Regular Season Schedule
The United States Hockey League today announced the game schedule for the 2013-14 season. Each of the 16 USHL Member Clubs will play a 60-game schedule that commences on Friday, September 20th, 2013 and concludes on Saturday, April 5th, 2014.
The 16 teams are broken up evenly into two conferences – Eastern and Western – and the schedule features matchups that promote both geographic rivalries and inter-conference competition while effectively managing team travel demands.
2012-13 USHL Conference Alignment
Des Moines Buccaneers
Sioux City Musketeers
Sioux Falls Stampede
Waterloo Black Hawks
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
Dubuque Fighting Saints
Green Bay Gamblers
A total of eight games will be played during the opening weekend of the 2013-14 season with 11 teams hitting the ice. The Fargo Force begin the campaign hosting the Sioux City Musketeers in a Western Conference matchup on September 20th, which also marks the USHL coaching debut for Jay Varady with the Musketeers. A pair of Eastern Conference matchups take place that same evening – the Chicago Steel hosting the Green Bay Gamblers and Team USA welcoming the Youngstown Phantoms.
The following evening will see another coach step behind the bench for the first time in the USHL regular season as newly-appointed head coach Todd Krygier takes the Muskegon Lumberjacks on the road to face the Green Bay Gamblers.
The 2013 Clark Cup champion Dubuque Fighting Saints begin their title defense on Friday, September 27th as they visit the rival Waterloo Black Hawks. It will also be the regular season debut for new Saints head coach Matt Shaw as his first game is against Waterloo’s P.K. O’Handley, the all-time leader in games coached in the USHL (1,012). The Omaha Lancers have a new man in charge for their opener on September 27th as they begin their second season in the brand new Ralston Arena. Brian Kaufman, who spent last season as assistant coach, takes over as head coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
In keeping with its commitment to education for USHL student-athletes and minimizing missed time in the classroom, 93% of the 480 games on the 2013-14 schedule are being played on a weekend or holiday date, including traditional matchups the night before Thanksgiving and on New Year’s Eve. This scheduling effort helps players balance the on and off-ice demands of the USHL season while also providing fan-friendly opportunities to watch USA Hockey’s only Tier 1 junior league.
The 60-game schedule for each team returns to the format used by the League since being designated as Tier 1 in 2002. Last season, each team played 64 regular season contests, but the reduction back to 60 games eliminated some difficult travel issues associated with scheduling and limited the number of weekday matchups.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the top four teams in each conference based on points in the standings will qualify for the Clark Cup Playoffs. All three rounds in the postseason will follow a best-of-five games format, similar to last season’s playoff format.
Last edited by chilly666; 07-22-2013 at 01:27 PM.
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