The USPHL is a Tier 1 league such as Shattuck, Little Caeser's, Honeybaked, Compuware, Omaha etc. and they will have certain kids tendered to play in the USHL. It is the top league in the country for kids in High School to play against other programs all across the country with the USA National Championships occurring in April. (and other age groups such as U14, U16 and U18). Obviously, a state like Minnesota and High School hockey is a very big deal and great hockey but the Tier 1 league provides many more games and provides exposure to kids on a national level that they otherwise would have not received unless you are an exceptional hockey player at the High School level in a state that garners a lot of attention. The NAHL also has a NAPHL league in which kids are tendered to NAHL teams as well.