Many hockey players struggle to determine which junior team will provide them the best training environment, winning culture, and competitive advantages to help them achieve their goals. The Utah Outliers offer their athletes a proven development model that transforms each player to stand out, win, and advance their game to higher levels.

The Utah Outliers name was inspired by the book “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell.

An 'outlier' describes someone who is noticeably different in value and stands out from the majority. Research confirms that high achievers are the beneficiaries of specific factors that create 'accumulative advantages' that drive their success and opportunities. This, in turn, creates an 'outlier effect.'

Players-First Philosophy

Each season, the three goals for our players are:

Transform players' abilities and build men of character

Win the league championship

Advance players to higher levels of the sport

Each player's development is at the forefront of the Utah Outliers' program, leading to individual and team success. Each players' success is the result of our unique culture, intensity of training, and commitment to excellence.

Total Player Development

Players are inspired to become champions in every aspect of their lives.

Utah Outliers Training Center

Outliers Hockey Training Center

With the Outliers, you’ll train daily with our staff of strength and conditioning coaches in our own exclusive 8,000 sq. ft. Outliers Hockey Training Center. You’ll have a competitive advantage over other junior hockey players by having complete access to our fully-equipped weight room, grass turf, synthetic ice, cardio conditioning area, boxing space, and film room. Research proves that a better athlete equals a better hockey player.

There are five main features to our training center:

Synthetic Ice (shooting, stickhandling, hockey skills)

Sports Turf (speed, agility, plyometrics, athleticism)

Weight Room (strength and power)

Cardio Area (build energy systems)

Film Room (analysis, hockey IQ)

Arena and Amenities

The Acord Ice Center is the home rink for the Utah Outliers. Our arena features an Olympic size ice sheet, concession area, pro shop and lobby with seating and big screen TV. The ice rink has the capacity to hold 1,000 spectators. The Acord is conveniently located in close proximity to lodging, restaurants, shopping centers and tourist attractions.

Locker room

Players of the Outliers enjoy the convenience and comfort of their own dedicated locker room at the Acord which is equipped with individual player lockers, big screen TV, sound system, washer/dryer, skate sharpener, coaches area and full size showers and bathroom.

Pre-game set up

Players are able to fully mentally and physically prepare for competition with all the amenities they may need before and during each game. This includes but is not limited to skate sharpening, stick and sock tape, first aid, tools for equipment adjustments, in-game film analysis, athletic trainer and equipment manager access, healthy snacks and more.

Traveling for Outliers' players is comfortable, convenient and luxurious with the team's own state-of-the-art bus. Amenities available on the club's luxury Setra bus include spacious seating for up to 55 passengers, large overhead storage areas, multiple TV monitors, fully equipped stereo system, WiFi, and a bathroom. Players have the convenience of being picked up at their home rink, the Acord arena, for all road trips and various team activities.

Advantages Matter

  • Professional hockey staff
  • Team strength and conditioning coach
  • 8,000 sq. ft. private team training center
  • Daily on-ice practices
  • Daily off-ice training sessions
  • Team and individual film analysis
  • Proven player advancement
  • Team dedicated locker room
  • Luxury team bus
  • Equipment manager
  • Medical and orthopedic staff

Player Advancement

Our staff takes a proactive approach and works hard on behalf of our athletes to connect them with higher-level programs. As an Outlier, you can be confident that you will get the necessary personalized support to have the right people see you at the right time so that you can advance in your hockey career.

Our staff has an extensive network of relationships with college and pro coaches in the industry. We have decades of experience working with coaches from the NCAA and professional leagues, including the NHL.

Coaching Staff

Paul Taylor, Head Coach

Coach Paul Taylor is a native of Vancouver, Canada who brings his successful experience as a Junior hockey coach to the Utah Outliers. Taylor was a two time All Star while playing Junior hockey in Canada in the BCHL. While playing Junior A, Taylor received a hockey scholarship to Northern Michigan University where he was honored with receiving the ‘Freshman of the Year’ award. He went on to play hockey professionally for seven years in the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Taylor has coached junior hockey for over two decades. His teams have consistently ranked in the top of league standings, winning multiple division titles and making several national championship appearances. In addition to his team success, Taylor has helped hundreds of players advance to tier 1 junior, college, and professional hockey.

Kevin McCloskey, Hockey Operations

Kevin McCloskey was born and raised in Washington D.C. At the age of 15, Kevin moved to Toronto, Canada to play Junior hockey. During his Junior career, Kevin was selected to play for Team USA in the first World Junior Championships that was hosted in Czechoslovakia. Later that same year, Kevin was selected 61st overall in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. Kevin played four seasons of professional hockey.

Richard Bohan, Assistant Coach

Richard Bohan is from Phoenix, AZ and began playing hockey at the age of three. Richard played for various youth organizations throughout Phoenix before moving away at the age of 16 to pursue higher-end AAA and junior options. He eventually landed with the Dallas Ice Jets, led by head coach Paul Taylor. Richard played three seasons with the Ice Jets where he played one season at U18 AAA and two seasons at juniors. Richard captained the Ice Jets junior team and ended his career as the all-time leader in points and goals before moving on to play NCAA DIII hockey at Worcester State.

The United States Premier Hockey League

The United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) was founded in 2012 and spans the entire continental United States. The USPHL has helped thousands of players advance to college hockey, professional hockey, and the NHL. As a result, the USPHL has been recognized as one of the top hockey development leagues in the nation.

The National Collegiate Development Conference (NCDC) is the highest level of play in the USPHL. The NCDC is the USPHL's Tier II tuition-free junior hockey division that features teams in the Northeastern US and the Rocky Mountain states. Alumni of the USPHL organizations include NHL players such as Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, John Marino, Jimmy Vesey, and Stanley Cup champions Zach Sanford, Trevor Van Riemsdyk, Brian Dumoulin, and more.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Ranked as one of the top 10 cities to live in by US News, Salt Lake City offers residents a vibrant downtown and a wide array of outdoor activities including hiking, kayaking, skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, camping, and more. There are also several world-class ski and golf resorts nearby, perfect for a getaway while parents visit!

Coming Soon: Outliers Event Center!

We're excited to announce our new event center, built for the Outliers' upcoming 2024-25 hockey season! This is a state-of-the-art 2,000 seat arena in beautiful Park City, Utah. This event center will be connected to the newest luxury hotel condo resort in the area called Black Rock Mountain Resort.

This arena will feature an NHL-size ice sheet, a 12,000 sq. ft. training center, VIP seating with full food and beverage service, a hockey shop, multiple concession stands, multiple large format video displays, luxury junior hockey locker room, and many more amenities.

Learn how you can stand out with us:

Paul Taylor, GM / Head Coach

  • +01.214.315.0637
  • paul@outliershockey.com

Kevin McCloskey, Hockey Operations

  • +01.954.232.9078
  • kevin@outliershockey.com

Richard Bohan, Assistant Coach

  • +01.623.337.3464
  • bohan@outliershockey.com

Rogan Butler, Director of Scouting

  • +01.780.709.2411
  • rogan@outliershockey.com