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December 2019

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20 // DECEMBER 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM t's the goal of each of the member teams that make up the United States Hockey League to help advance play- ers to the next step of their hockey careers. And judging from the numbers, they do a great job of that. Look no further than the number of play- ers who move on to play colleg e hockey, many of whom will one day suit up for a National Hockey League team. What better way to continue that legacy than to open the regular season with a four- day smorgasbord of hockey in front of more than 400 pro, college and amateur scouts? T h a t 's w h a t h a p p e n e d f o r t h e f o u r t h straight season at the 2019 Dick's Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic. In front of many watchful eyes, the USHL brought together its 16 teams in Cranberry Township, just north of Pittsburgh, to play a pair of reg- ular-season games at the UPMC Lemieux S p o r t s C o m p l e x , w h i c h s e r v e s a s t h e Pittsburgh Penguins' training facility. "It's really turned into a marquee event," said USHL President and Commissioner Tom Garrity. "Back when I got involved in the league with Sioux Falls in 2012, we had regional showcase events. Half the teams PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAN HICKLING / HICKLING IMAGES By Joe Sager USHL Kicks Off The Season In Style Under The Watchful Eye Of NHL And College Scouts FIRST IMPRESSIONS Face-Off I

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