The United States Hockey League announced the 2019 DICK'S Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic will return to Cranberry Township, Pa. – just outside of Pittsburgh – for the fourth-consecutive season. All USHL games will be hosted at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex from September 26 to 29.
The Fall Classic will also include an invitational youth event featuring teams competing at the 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U levels. USHL teams will have scouts in attendance at the youth event, and coaches from both college hockey and other junior hockey leagues across the globe will also be in attendance. Aligning the Fall Classic and youth tournaments will provide young players an up-close and personal view of the speed, skill and tenacity required to play junior hockey at the Tier 1 level.
The Fall Classic also marks a return to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for a fourth-consecutive season. The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, which opened in the fall of 2015, is the official practice facility of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and also home to the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite youth hockey program. The complex is 185,000 square feet and includes two sheets of ice with a combined 1,333 seats between the two rinks. More than 1,000 youth players participate in games, tournaments, camps and programs at the facility each year.