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Flying Aces to start regular season at 2018 USHL Fall Classic

By Flying Aces Staff, 07/27/18, 10:00AM CDT


Central Illinois to face pair of Western Conference foes at annual league showcase in Pittsburgh

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Central Illinois Flying Aces will begin their fifth season in the United States Hockey League with a pair of games at the 2018 USHL Fall Classic at the Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

The Flying Aces will face two Western Conference foes at the Fall Classic, squaring off against the Sioux Falls Stampede on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. CT and the Waterloo Black Hawks on Friday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. CT.

For the first time, the Fall Classic will be part of the regular season schedule, stretching the league slate to 62 games for the 2018-19 season. All 17 USHL teams will play a pair of games at the Fall Classic, which will run from Sept. 27-30 at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ primary practice and training facility.

Following the Fall Classic, the Flying Aces open the home slate of the regular season with a pair of games at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington during the first weekend of October. Central Illinois will drop the puck on the home season on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:07 p.m.

Season tickets and Mini Plans for the 2018-19 season are on sale now. For tickets or more information, call the Flying Aces at 309-434-2980 or visit

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Known as the Bloomington Thunder from 2014-17, the newly-rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces are a member of the top junior hockey league in the United States, the United States Hockey League (USHL). The only Tier I junior hockey league in the country, the USHL has become renowned for developing the next stars of both Division I college hockey and the NHL. At the start of the 2017-18 season, there were 128 active USHL alumni on NHL rosters, with at least one USHL alumnus playing for each of the 31 teams. In total, there have been 253 USHL players who have gone onto NHL careers, including Patrick Sharp, David Backes, Johnny Gaudreau, and Joe Pavelski, among others. The players in the USHL range in age from 16-20 years old, 95 percent of whom will go on to play college hockey at the Division I level. For more information, visit or or download the USHL Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.