Arizona Rubber Magazine - March 2020

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NCDC Combines coming to Detroit, Chicago in April, May

By Joshua Boyd/


he United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) and its tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) announced in February their 2020 NCDC Combines, set to take place in Detroit, Mich. (April 10-11) and Chicago, Ill. (May 1-2). These combines will feature guaranteed scouting opportunities by coaches from the Tier II NCDC, along with additional scouting opportunities with other USPHL teams. Players born between Jan. 1, 2000 and Dec. 31, 2004 will be eligible. Registration costs only $79 for each combine. The USPHL is dedicated to providing a great value to prospective players to show their skills in front of NCDC coaches and begin new relationships. Players will be guaranteed a minimum of three scrimmage games, and there will be goaltender-specific training sessions at each event. There will also be an informational seminar about the USPHL and its unparalleled USPHL Development Model. Players and their parents will be able to ask questions directly to NCDC coaches as well as other USPHL coaches and league representatives. The NCDC Detroit Combine will be held at Fraser Hockeyland at 34400 Utica Road, Fraser, Mich., in the northern suburbs of Detroit. It is just over a 30-minute drive from Detroit Wayne County Airport. Players can stay at the Hampton Inn Detroit/Roseville (33680 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township, Mich.) with a spe-

cial room rate. The Hampton Inn is an eight-minute drive from Fraser Hockeyland.

Register for the 2020 NCDC Detroit Combine: form/827747933 The NCDC Chicago Combine will be held at the Fifth Third Arena at 1801 West Jackson Blvd., in Chicago, Ill. Fifth Third Arena is the practice facility for the Chicago Blackhawks. Located in downtown Chicago, it is just over a 30-minute drive from O’Hare International Airport and under 30 minutes from Chicago Midway International Airport. There are countless lodging options in the Chicagoland area, all within a short drive of Fifth Third Arena. Register for the 2020 NCDC Chicago Combine: form/784025157 Invitations to NCDC tryout camps for the 2020-21 season will be offered to select players from each combine. The NCDC Draft will be held on May 15, and NCDC teams will be scouting players for potential selections in that event to be held less than two weeks after the Chicago Combine. Combine Offerings The cost for each three-day combine is $79, with a three-game guarantee as well as off-ice activities and player evaluations. Also included: jersey, skate sharpening, laundry, ac-

credited on-ice officials, and medical staff on site. The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, are providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on- and office recruiting opportunity for players from throughout the United States. Sign up today, as registration will be limited. About the NCDC The NCDC is the only tuition-free junior hockey league that is fully located in the Northeastern United States, limiting travel to New York, New Jersey, the Philadelphia region and the New England states. This allows players to spend more time on development, both on- and off-ice, than traveling on a bus. With the unmatched USPHL Showcase Series, NCDC players have several opportunities each season to play in front of several scouts at well-attended multi-day, multi-tiered events. There were more than 400 former players from the USPHL’s top division skating with NCAA hockey teams during the 2019-20 season. This included individual season-ending award-winners from multiple NCAA Division I conferences. More than 100 players committed to college hockey out of the 2018-19 NCDC season alone, and more than 30 of those players advanced to NCAA Division I institutions from what was then a 12-team league. USPHL alumni currently skating in the NHL include players such as Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, Brian Dumoulin, Jimmy Vesey and Trevor van Riemsdyk.