The United States Hockey League today announced the Member Clubs that will participate in the USHL Atlantic Challenge from September 6-8th, 2013 in New York and New Jersey. The preseason event, featuring three teams from the USHL Western Conference and three from the Eastern Conference, will be largest exhibition of USHL talent outside of the League's Midwest base in its eleven-year history as USA Hockey's only Tier 1 junior league.
First announced in February, the USHL Atlantic Challenge is being hosted by a trio of youth and junior hockey organizations on the East Coast - the Long Island Gulls, New York Bobcats, and North Jersey Avalanche. In addition to the preseason games played by USHL teams, the event will feature an invitational tournament for some of the region's top under-14, under-16, under-18, and junior teams.
The exhibition series will also provide NCAA and NHL scouts to ability to get an early look at the 2013-14 class of USHL players, many of whom will play for NCAA Division I schools located in the region at the conclusion of their USHL careers.
Three teams from each of the USHL's two conferences are set to participate. The Eastern Conference will be represented by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Muskegon Lumberjacks, and Youngstown Phantoms, while Western Conference representatives will be the Sioux City Musketeers, Sioux Falls Stampede, and Waterloo Black Hawks.