The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) announced today that the Rochester Monarchs have joined the USPHL Junior Elite Division and the full season U16 and U18 Midget Divisions and will play in the 2016-2017 season.  The Rochester Monarchs will be run by a number of seasoned hockey professionals – Francois Methot, Ryan Gage, Rory Fitzpatrick, Scott Nichol and Chris Palmer – who combined have over 80 years of NHL, NCAA, Junior and youth hockey experience.

“We would like to provide an opportunity for youth players in the area to continue to play high level hockey and pursue their goals” General Manager Rory Fitzpatick said.   The USPHL will provide the best competitive training opportunity both at the Junior and Midget Levels for the Rochester Monarchs and provide unmatched exposure to NCAA programs.   The inclusion of the Rochester Monarchs allows the USPHL to maintain its presence in the storied Rochester hockey market.

The USPHL members have each developed a complete player development model where at present over 7,000 boys and girls train, compete and enjoy the sport of ice hockey.  Upon completion of this process, the USPHL membership will consist of approximately 60 members fielding over 110 teams with a geographic reach that spans the complete Eastern Seaboard through to the Mid-West United States.    

Tryouts for USPHL teams will occur throughout the months of April, May, June and July.  Please visit the USPHL website at or the member organizations for specific information regarding the registration and tryout process.

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The United States Premier Hockey League (, which operates in 18 of the 50 United States, is the nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league.  The league is comprised of 167 teams representing 57 organizations.  Players in the USPHL are 8 to 21 years of age.   Over the past two years, the USPHL has seen over 500 of its players advance to the collegiate level.