The Chicago Steel have qualified for the Clark Cup Playoffs for the first time in nine seasons!
Here’s what you need to know about the Clark Cup Playoff Format, the teams in the playoffs, playoff dates and more!
Game 1 – Friday, April 14 AT CHICAGO (W 4-1)
Game 2 – Saturday, April 15 AT CHICAGO (W 6-0)
Game 3 – Friday, April 21 at Youngstown (L 1-4)
Game 4 – Saturday, April 22 at Youngstown (L 2-3)
Game 5 – Tuesday, April 25 AT CHICAGO, 7:05 p.m. CDT
(1) Sioux City Musketeers vs. (4) Des Moines Buccaneers (Sioux City wins series 3-0)
(2) Waterloo Black Hawks vs. (3) Fargo Force (Waterloo wins series 3-0)
(1) Chicago Steel vs. (4) Youngstown Phantoms (Series tied 2-2)
(2) Dubuque Fighting Saints vs. (3) Muskegon Lumberjacks (Dubuque wins series 3-1)
1. How many teams qualify for the Clark Cup Playoffs?
The top four teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs.
2. What is the playoff format?
The 2017 Clark Cup Playoffs consist of three rounds - each best-of-five series. The higher seed in each series has home ice advantage. There is no shootout in playoff games; if tied after regulation, the game will advance to sudden-death overtime periods of 20 minutes each until a winner is determined. Here is the format:
Conference Semifinals (best-of-five) – within each conference, #1 vs. #4, #2 vs. #3
Conference Finals (best-of-five) – within each conference, the winners of the Conference Semifinals meet
Clark Cup Final – winners of each Conference Finals series
3. When will the playoff games be played?
Playoff dates are announced prior to the start of each series, once the matchup is officially determined. Most games are played on Friday and Saturday nights. Here are probable dates for each series:
Conference Semifinals – Friday, April 14 through Wednesday, April 26
Conference Finals – starting Friday, April 28 through Wednesday, May 10
Clark Cup Final – starting Friday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 24
In most cases, Games 1 and 2 will be played at the higher seed on Friday and Saturday night. Games 3 and 4 will be played at the lower seed the following Friday and Saturday night.
If necessary, a Game 5 will be played at the higher seed the next Tuesday or Wednesday nights. Please note that this is subject to change due to building availability and travel, so make sure to check ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com for the schedule for each playoff series which will be announced when the matchup is officially determined.
4. When will playoff tickets go on sale?
Playoff ticket packages are on sale now through the Steel Pay As We Play program. This ensures the same seat to every Clark Cup Playoff Home Game. The Steel also offer a March Madness package that guarantees FREE playoff games with the purchase of a new season ticket plan (starting at just 5 games) for next season.
Single-game playoff tickets will be on sale prior to each series. Please continue to check ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com for announcements on playoff ticket on-sale dates for each round.
5. What is the Clark Cup?
The Clark Cup is symbolic of supremacy in American junior hockey, presented annually to the playoff champions of the nation’s only Tier 1 circuit, the USHL. It is named in honor of Don Clark, the long-time registrar of the Minnesota Amateur Hockey Association. The Steel have never won the Clark Cup.
|2014-15||Sioux Falls Stampede|
|2012-13||Dubuque Fighting Saints|
|2011-12||Green Bay Gamblers|
|2010-11||Dubuque Fighting Saints|
|2009-10||Green Bay Gamblers|
|2006-07||Sioux Falls Stampede|
|2005-06||Des Moines Buccaneers|
|2004-05||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders|
|2003-04||Waterloo Black Hawks|
|2001-02||Sioux City Musketeers|
|1999-00||Green Bay Gamblers|
|1998-99||Des Moines Buccaneers|
|1997-98||Sioux City Musketeers|
|1995-96||Green Bay Gamblers|
|1994-95||Des Moines Buccaneers|
|1991-92||Des Moines Buccaneers|
|1988-89||Thunder Bay Flyers|
|1987-88||Thunder Bay Flyers|
|1985-86||Sioux City Musketeers|
|1984-85||Dubuque Fighting Saints|
|1983-84||St. Paul Vulcans|
|1982-83||Dubuque Fighting Saints|
|1981-82||Sioux City Musketeers|
|1980-81||Dubuque Fighting Saints|