The National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) was founded in 2017 as the Tuition-Free Tier II conference of the United States Premier Hockey League, itself founded in 2012. The NCDC consists of 21 teams in three divisions - two on the Eastern Seaboard and one in the Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Utah and Idaho.

The NCDC has sent more than 260 alumni to the NCAA Division I ranks, and more than 1,000 overall into NCAA college hockey. There were also more than 250 alumni in pro hockey around the world during the 2023-24 season.

Former NCDC player Drew O'Connor has become a regular with the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, and there have been seven players selected in the NHL Entry Draft from the NCDC.


The USPHL is uniquely positioned to facilitate a clear path way for players graduating from Bantam who are looking to progress through Midget and Junior Hockey on to college and professional hockey.  Each division provides a critical step in the progression to fulfilling a player’s ultimate goal of becoming a collegiate or professional hockey player.

Teams have been selected to participate in specific USPHL divisions based upon geography, strong player pools, rink ownership, financial strength and history of success and integrity at the highest level.


The ultimate goal of the USPHL is to prepare and develop players for college hockey (and beyond) through a tiered development program.

Unlike any other league in North America, within the USPHL it is possible for a player to advance through an organization starting at mites and ending in junior hockey.


The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL), which operates in 24 of the 50 United States, is the Nation’s largest amateur ice hockey league.  The league is comprised of more than 600 teams.  Players in the USPHL are 6 to 21 years of age.

The USPHL saw more than 2,900 USPHL Alumni compete in college hockey at all levels of the NCAA, ACHA, and AAU during the 2023-24 season. This brings the league's all-time alumni to have skated in college hockey to more than 8,000 all time! 

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