UHU Nationals

The United Hockey Union National Championships are returning to Las Vegas, Nevada, April 16-20, 2014, at the Las Vegas Ice Center.

The second annual event will feature the top two teams from the three leagues that make-up the United Hockey Union; the Midwest Junior Hockey League, Northern States Hockey League and Western States Hockey League. The six teams will do battle in the championship bracket for the chance to be crowned National Champion, while four all-star teams made up of players who’s team didn’t make the championship bracket (one each from the MWJHL and NSHL and two from the WSHL), will compete for the “Best of the Rest” championship.

The championship bracket will consist of two, three-team divisions, with each team playing a three-game round robin against the opposite division, before the top four teams advance to Saturday’s semi-final games and the winners playing in Sunday’s championship game.

The competing teams are as follows:

  • Jersey Shore Wildcats (NSHL playoff champion)
  • AHI Fighting Spirit (NSHL regular season champion)
  • El Paso Rhinos (WSHL playoff and regular season champion)
  • Idaho Jr. Steelheads (WSHL runners-up)
  • Traverse City Hounds (MWJHL playoff and regular season champion)
  • Soo Firehawks (MWJHL runners-up)

The “Best of the Rest” bracket will consist of a three-game round-robin, followed by the top two teams competing in Saturday’s title game.

Once again, the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is the official host hotel of the UHU National Championships and are offering an unbeatable room rate of just $32 per night from Tuesday through Thursday (April 15-17) and $75 on Friday and Saturday (April 18 and 19), plus an $11 per day resort fee. When booking your room at the Stratosphere, please call (800) 998-6937 and use the code C-AAUH4 to receive the special rate that has been set up. The code is only good by phone and cannot be used online.

With the distance between the Stratosphere and Las Vegas Ice Center being over 15 miles, those that travel by air into McCarron International Airport usually choose to rent a car, instead of paying the expensive taxi cab fares each day. For that reason, the United Hockey Union has set-up a great deal with Budget Rent-a-Car that will save families and fans plenty of money. Just use the code R318400 when reserving your car online through www.budgetlasvegas.com or via phone at (800) 922-2899. The code will provide you with the best rate at the time of booking or the UHU standard rate if the rates at the time are higher (which happens as we move closer to the event.) For your convenience, Budget also operates a rental location within the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, making pick-up and drop-off even easier.

Game tickets will be sold at the door of the Las Vegas Ice Center and a UHU Premiere Pass, which is good for admittance to all five days of the event costs just $50 for adults and $25 for children under the age of 17.

Best of the Rest Bracket (All games on South Rink, unless noted)

Wednesday April 16

9:15 am: NSHL vs. WSHL (1)

12:15 pm: WSHL (2) vs. MWJHL

Thursday April 17

9:15 am: NSHL vs. MWJHL

12:15 pm: WSHL (1) vs. WSHL (2)

Friday April 18

9:15 am: WSHL (2) vs. NSHL

12:15 pm: MWJHL vs. WSHL (1)

Saturday April 19

10:15 am: BOR Leader 1 vs. BOR Leader 2 (North Rink)


Championship Bracket (all games on North Rink)

Wednesday April 16

10:15 am: AHI Fighting Spirit vs. Soo Firehawks

1:15 pm: El Paso Rhinos vs. Jersey Shore Wildcats

4:15 pm: Traverse City Hounds vs. Idaho Jr. Steelheads

Thursday April 17

10:15 am: Soo Firehawks vs. Traverse City Hounds

1:15 pm: Idaho Jr. Steelheads vs. El Paso Rhinos

4:15 pm: Jersey Shore Wildcats vs. AHI Fighting Spirit

Friday April 18

10:15 am: AHI Fighting Spirit vs. Idaho Jr. Steelheads

1:15 pm: Traverse City Hounds vs. Jersey Shore Wildcats

4:15 pm: El Paso Rhinos vs. Soo Firehawks

Saturday April 19

1:15 pm: #1 seed vs. #4 seed

4:15 pm: #2 seed vs. #3 seed

Sunday April 20

11:15 am: National Championship Game (Winner 1 vs. Winner 2)