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Clark Cup Playoff Hub

2021 CLARK CUP PLAYOFFS HUB

 

 

Here's what you need to know about the Clark Cup Playoff Format, the teams in the playoffs, game dates, and more!

Eastern Conference Final - Game 1

Eastern Conference Final - Game 2

Eastern Conference Semifinals - Game 1

Eastern Conference Semifinals - Game 2

2021 clark cup playoffs

CLARK CUP PLAYOFF FAQ

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 2021 Clark Cup Playoffs consist of three rounds. The first round is a best-of-three series played at the higher seed. The second round is a best-of-three series with the higher seed having home ice advantage. The remaining round is a best-of-five series with the higher seed having 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 Semifinials (best-of-three series, all games at higher seed)

  • #1 seed vs. #4 seed | #2 seed vs. #3 seed

Conference Finals (best-of-three series, 1-1-1 or 1-2 format, as chosen by higher seed)

  • Winners of the Conference Semifinals meet

Clark Cup Final (best-of-five series, 2-2-1 format)

  • Winners of each Conference Finals series 

3. When will the playoff games be played?

Conference Semifinals (best-of-three series, all three games at higher seed): April 30 - May 2

Conference Finals (best-of-three series, 1-1-1 or 1-2 format, as chosen by higher seed): May 6 - May 10

Clark Cup Final (best-of-five series, 2-2-1 format): May 14 - May 25

Please note this is subject to change due to building availability and travel. Please check ChicagoSteelHockeyTeam.com for the schedule for each playoff series which will be announced when the matchup is officially determined. 

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 longtime registrar of the Minnesota Amateur Hockey Association. 

The Steel won the Clark Cup for the first time in 2017, defeating the Sioux City Musketeers in Game 5, 2-1 in overtime, May 23 at Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Tyler Gratton scored the Cup-clinching goal 11:30 into overtime. 

6. What is the Anderson Cup?

The Anderson Cup is presented each year to the United States Hockey League's regular season champion. It is named after Harold Anderson, who was extremely influential in the formation of the Midwest Junior Hockey League, the predecessor to the USHL, and has been awarded each year since 1973. 

The Steel were awarded the first Anderson Cup in team history following the cancellation of the 2019-2020 season.

7. Will fans be permitted to attend playoff games?

Yes, under State of Illinois guidelines, the Steel are permitted to host limited capacity at Fox Valley Ice Arena for playoff games.

CLARK CUP CHAMPIONS

2019-20 Clark Cup not awarded
2018-19 Sioux Falls Stampede
2017-18 Fargo Force
2016-17 CHICAGO STEEL
2015-16 Tri-City Storm
2014-15 Sioux Falls Stampede
2013-14 Indiana Ice
2012-13 Dubuque Fighting Saints
2011-12 Green Bay Gamblers
2010-11 Dubuque Fighting Saints
2009-10 Green Bay Gamblers
2008-09 Indiana Ice
2007-08 Omaha Lancers
2006-07 Sioux Falls Stampede
2005-06 Des Moines Buccaneers
2004-05 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
2003-04 Waterloo Black Hawks
2002-03 Lincoln Stars
2001-02 Sioux City Musketeers
2000-01 Omaha Lancers
1999-00 Green Bay Gamblers
1998-99 Des Moines Buccaneers
1997-98 Sioux City Musketeers
1996-97 Omaha Lancers
1995-96 Green Bay Gamblers
1994-95 Des Moines Buccaneers
1993-94 Omaha Lancers
1992-93 Omaha Lancers
1991-92 Des Moines Buccaneers
1990-91 Omaha Lancers
1989-90 Omaha Lancers
1988-89 Thunder Bay Flyers
1987-88 Thunder Bay Flyers
1986-87 Rochester Mustangs
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
1979-80 Hennepin Nordiques

ANDERSON CUP CHAMPIONS

2020-21 CHICAGO STEEL
2019-20 CHICAGO STEEL
2018-19 Tri-City Storm
2017-18 Waterloo Black Hawks
2016-17 Sioux City Musketeers
2015-16 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
2014-15 Youngstown Phantoms
2013-14 Waterloo Black Hawks
2012-13 Dubuque Fighting Saints
2011-12 Green Bay Gamblers
2010-11 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
2009-10 Green Bay Gamblers
2008-09 Green Bay Gamblers
2007-08 Omaha Lancers
2006-07 Waterloo Black Hawks
2005-06 Sioux Falls Stampede
2004-05 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders/Omaha Lancers
2003-04 Tri-City Storm
2002-03 Lincoln Stars
2001-02 Omaha Lancers
2000-01 Lincoln Stars
1999-00 Lincoln Stars
1998-99 Des Moines Buccaneers
1997-98 Des Moines Buccaneers
1996-97 Green Bay Gamblers
1995-96 Green Bay Gamblers
1994-95 Des Moines Buccaneers
1993-94 Des Moines Buccaneers
1992-93 Omaha Lancers
1991-92 Thunder Bay Flyers
1990-91 Thunder Bay Flyers
1989-90 Omaha Lancers
1988-89 Thunder Bay Flyers
1987-88 Thunder Bay Flyers
1986-87 Rochester Mustangs
1985-86 Sioux City Musketeers
1984-85 Austin Mavericks
1983-84 St. Paul Vulcans
1982-83 Dubuque Fighting Saints
1981-82 Sioux City Musketeers
1980-81 Dubuque Fighting Saints
1979-80 Hennepin Nordiques