The schedule for the annual United States Hockey League Fall Classic has been out for a few weeks. This year it will be in Sioux City, Iowa (Home of the Sioux City Musketeers) at the IBP Ice Arena and the Tyson Events Center Which is the home arena of the Musketeers.
Even though they are no Southwest Based Teams in the league, a number of players are either returning or will be looking to make the team this upcoming season as the Fall Classic is from September 22-25 with each team playing 3 games in 4 days and get a chance to be scouted and looked at by Professional & NCAA Scouting Staffs, some for the first time as they make Junior Debut. Also making their return is Houston Area Native Ian Young will be entering his final year with the Chicago Steel before beginning his college career with Colorado College
While others will be looking to make an impression as the players and teams are looking to make decisions regarding their next steps in their career as they look to make it to the NHL.
The most prominent returning player is Ryan Daugherty who already has committed to Northern Michigan but will return for his third season. Among new players in the USHL include Seth Jones who's joining the USNTDP, Michael Hill who was the Waterloo Blackhawks first Round Pick and 2010 Dallas Stars 3rd Round Draft Pick Alex Guptill who came from the OJHL's Orangeville Crushers.
One player who's expected to make a big impact and could be the first Southwest Player to sign with a NCAA Team of the new season is Greg Johnson who was one of the top defensemen for the Dallas Stars AAA last year. He will be looking to make a big impact for the Sioux City Musketeers as one of the top defensemen and some think he could have an outside shot of possibly making Team USA for the World Jr. A Challenge which will be in Pentiction, BC coming up in November.
The USA has won this event the last 2 years and has medaled every year it's entered since making their tournament debut back in 2007. In addition to the USA, they will be 2 teams from Canada plus Russia, Sweden & Switzerland as well.
A few others that could be fighting for a spot include Teemu Tiitinen of the Youngstown Phantoms and Tyler Hope of the Tri-City Storm.
After the Fall Classic wraps up on September 25, the regular season gets underway on October 1.
2010 USHL Fall Classic Schedule
TEC=Tyson Events Center
IBP=IBP Ice Arena
Sioux Falls Stampede VS. Des Moines Buccaneers 1:00 PM @ TEC
Omaha Lancers VS. Dubuque Fighting Saints 2:00 PM @ IBP
Cedar Rapids Roughriders VS. Lincoln Stars 4:00 PM @ TEC
Chicago Steel VS. Fargo Force 6:00 PM @ IBP
Tri-City Storm VS. Sioux City Musketeers 7:00 PM @ TEC
Fargo Force VS. Muskegon Lumberjacks 10:00 AM @ TEC
Youngstown Phantoms VS. Cedar Rapids Roughriders 10:00 AM @ IBP
Waterloo Blackhawks VS. Chicago Steel 1:00 PM @ TEC
Des Moines Buccaneers VS. Indiana Ice 2:00 PM @ IBP
Tri-City Storm VS. Dubuque Fighting Saints 4:00 PM @ TEC
Lincoln Stars VS. Green Bay Gamblers 6:00 PM @ IBP
USNTDP VS. Omaha Lancers 7:00 PM @ TEC
Waterloo Blackhawks VS. Indiana Ice 10:00 AM @ TEC
Tri-City Storm VS. Des Moines Buccaneers 10:00 AM @ IBP
Chicago Steel VS. Green Bay Gamblers 1:00 PM @ TEC
Fargo Force VS. Cedar Rapids Roughriders 2:00 PM @ IBP
Youngstown Phantoms VS. Sioux Falls Stampede 4:00 PM @ TEC
Muskegon Lumberjacks VS. Dubuque Fighting Saints 6:00 PM @ IBP
USNTDP VS. Sioux City Musketeers 7:00 PM @ TEC
Sioux Falls Stampede VS. Indiana Ice 10:00 AM @ TEC
USNTDP VS. Waterloo Blackhawks 11:00 AM @ IBP
Youngstown Phantoms VS. Green Bay Gamblers 1:00 PM @ TEC
Muskegon Lumberjacks VS. Lincoln Stars 4:00 PM @ TEC
Omaha Lancers VS. Sioux City Musketeers 7:00 PM @ TEC
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