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Fall Classic dates announced

The United States Hockey League today announced the game schedules for the two regional events during “USHL Fall Classic Week”, the first of which is the USHL Fall Classic West hosted in Sioux City, Iowa from September 11-12th, 2013, followed by USHL Fall Classic East hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana from September 13-15th, 2013.

The Sioux City Musketeers, host of the annual preseason event for the last six years, will host all USHL Western Conference teams over two days at USHL Fall Classic West.  All eight games of the event will be played at the Tyson Events Center.

USHL Fall Classic West Game Schedule

Wednesday, September 11th

10:00 AM – Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Omaha Lancers

1:00 PM – Lincoln Stars vs. Des Moines Buccaneers

4:00 PM – Fargo Force vs. Tri-City Storm

7:00 PM – Waterloo Black Hawks vs. Sioux City Musketeers

Thursday, September 12th

10:00 AM – Des Moines Buccaneers vs. Fargo Force

1:00 PM – Tri-City Storm vs. Waterloo Black Hawks

4:00 PM – Omaha Lancers vs. Lincoln Stars

7:00 PM – Sioux Falls Stampede vs. Sioux City

Preseason action continues with the USHL Fall Classic East as all eight Member Clubs from the Eastern Conference will participate over three days, hosted for the first time by the Indiana Ice.  Games will be held at the Pan Am Pavilion and Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

USHL Fall Classic East Game Schedule

Friday, September 13th – Pan Am Pavilion

2:00 PM – Chicago Steel vs. Team USA

5:45 PM – Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. Youngstown Phantoms

Saturday, September 14th – Bankers Life Fieldhouse

10:15 AM – Team USA vs. Youngstown Phantoms

1:30 PM – Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. Chicago Steel

4:45 PM – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders vs. Muskegon Lumberjacks

8:00 PM – Green Bay Gamblers vs. Indiana Ice

Sunday, September 15th – Pan Am Pavilion

12:30 PM – Green Bay Gamblers vs. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

5:45 PM – Muskegon Lumberjacks vs. Indiana Ice

In addition to the eight USHL contests, the USHL Fall Classic East is being played in conjunction with The Bigfoot Hockey Showcase, a youth tournament featuring top teams at the bantam and midget levels which is hosted by the Indiana Ice and the Indiana Jr. Ice program.  A full schedule of teams, times, and locations for the youth tournament will be announced at a later date.

The USHL Fall Classic annually has been the most heavily scouted event in hockey as hundreds of scouts and coaches from both NHL organizations and NCAA programs attend to watch the next wave of USHL talent in preseason action.

All games during “USHL Fall Classic Week” can be viewed live or on-demand via FASTHockey, the League’s broadband broadcast provider, and all live scoring of the games can be found on the USHL Scoreboard powered by Pointstreak.

Ludwig Karlsson signs with the Ottawa Senators

Former Green Bay Gamblers forward Ludwig Karlsson has signed a NHL contract with the Ottawa Senators. Karlsson is slated to play for the Binghamton Senators, Ottawa’s AHL affiliate next season.

In two seasons with Northeastern, Karlsson tallied 15 goals and 19 assists in 49 total games. Prior to his time with the Huskies, The Stockholm, SWE native appeared in 114 games in two seasons with the Gamblers registering 67 points (21 goals, 46 assists) and a plus 23 plus/minus rating.

Karlsson was a part of the 2010 Gamblers team that captured both the Anderson and Clark Cup Championships.

Gamblers release regular season schedule

The Green Bay Gamblers released their 60-game regular season schedule for the 2013-2014 United States Hockey League season.  The Gamblers, who are entering their 20th year of competition in the USHL, will play an exhibition game in Dubuque against the Fighting Saints on September 8th and will kick off the regular season on Friday, September 20th in Chicago, Illinois versus the Steel.

The Gamblers home opener will be Saturday, September 21st, as they welcome the Muskegon Lumberjacks to the Resch Center.  For a complete list of games visit gamblershockey.com/schedule

Order your season tickets or flex packs today by calling at Jessica at 920-405-1265.  Season ticket plans start as low as $240 and flex packs at $80.00.

Stay tuned to gamblershockey.com for the 2013-14 promotional schedule.

Schmaltz and Olofsson to play internationally

Green Bay Gamblers forward Nick Schmaltz has been chosen for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team while fellow teammate and forward Fredrik Olofsson has been selected to Sweden’s Under-18 Select Team. Both players will compete at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Aug. 5-10 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.

Schmaltz has the distinction of being the team’s leading returning scorer. Schmaltz put together an impressive season, tallying 18 goals and 34 assists in 64 games. Prior to the Gamblers, Schmaltz suited up for the Chicago Mission registering 190 points in 115 games since 2007. The North Dakota recruit is touted as one of the top 96 prospects in North America and is expected to be a high NHL draft pick next summer.

Olofsson enters his first season with the Gamblers following in his brother’s footsteps, as Gustav spent last season with the Gamblers prior to being selected this past June in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft to the Minnesota Wild. Olofsson, a native of Helsingborg, SWE, spent the past two seasons in the Colorado Thunderbirds program appearing in 133 games and tallying 188 points.