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The Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) is the governing body for the Atlantic Affiliate of USA Hockey

Latest News

  • Application for 2016-17 Tier I Independent Teams
  • AAHA Tournament Merchandise Bids
  • AAHA Player Development Tryout/Camp Location Bids
  • AAHA Girls Player Development Director Application
  • SAFESPORT Coordinators Mandated by USA Hockey
  • Atlantic District Change In Presidency
  • Congratulations to Our Award Winners
  • Approved Tier I Teams for 2015-16 Season
  • Approved Tier II Teams for 2015-16 Season
  • Atlantic District Outstanding Financial List
  • Ebo Strong Foundation
  • Tryout Dates for 2016-17 Season

Home page updated 11/17/15

Application for 2016-17 Tier I Independent Teams

The Atlantic Affiliate of USA Hockey (AAHA) wants all registered teams in our geographical area to have the opportunity to play for a Tier I or Tier II USA Hockey National Championship.

To facilitate the AAHA Tier selection process, we are allowing teams who meet the attached criteria, to apply. You need to follow the calendar benchmarks as noted on the attached.

Interested teams are required to complete this application. Please review the criteria which each team is required to meet. A committee will review all applications and shall provide me with their recommendations.

The granting of a Tier I designation by the AAHA does not allow that team admission into a league.  Any new team granted Tier I designation would become an independent team for the 2016-2017 season.  All applications are due by November 30, 2015.  All applicants will receive notification of acceptance or denial by January 15, 2016.  If teams are approved, they may begin tryouts on the appropriate Tier I  in April 2016. If they are not approved they may not start tryouts for the 2016-2017 season until the dates shown for the "Independent Teams".

AAHA Tournament Merchandise Bids

The Atlantic Affiliate of USA Hockey (AAHA) is now accepting bids for merchandise to be sold at our tournaments.  All bids must be sent to Glenn Hefferan, President, by December 1, 2015 in order to be considered.  All will be notified by December 15 on who has been awarded the bid.  For a complete explanation of what is required, please click here!

AAHA Player Development Tryout/Camp Location Bids  

The Atlantic Affiliate of USA Hockey (AAHA) is now accepting bids from rinks who wish to host our Girls Select Tryouts and/or Camp and/or host our Boys Select Tryouts or Camps.  All bids must be sent to Glenn Hefferan, President, by December 1, 2015 in order to be considered.  All will be notified by December 15 on who has been awarded the bid.  You do not need to bid for both unless you would like too.  Applications for the girls and boys will be handled individually. 

For a complete explanation of what is required for the girls tryouts/camps, please click here!

For a complete explanation of what is required for the boys tryouts/camps, please click here!


AAHA Girls Player Development Director Application

We are now accepting applications for a new Atlantic District Girls Player Development Director!  The primary role and goal of the Director of Female Player Development is to assist the volunteer female hockey department of the District in designing and managing a nationally recognized development program for girls and creating opportunity through hockey in the Atlantic District under the umbrella of Hockey for Life.

All applications must be sent to Glenn Hefferan, President, by December 1, 2015 in order to be considered.  All will be notified by December 15 on who has been awarded the position.  For a complete explanation of what is required, please click here!

USA Hockey Mandates Clubs To Have SafeSport Coordinators!

The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Hockey.  This includes not only on-ice safety, but also off-ice safety in any part of USA Hockey's programs.

USA Hockey has long had systems in place to protect its participants from physical abuse, sexual abuse and other types of abuse and misconduct that can be harmful to youth hockey players.  These include without limitation: physical abuse, sexual abuse, screening, locker room supervision and hazing policies in addition to codes of conduct applicable to administrators, coaches, officials, parents, players and spectators.

USA Hockey has now mandated that each organization have a SafeSport coordinator.  A handbook is now available for all coordinators to download along with a copy of the different policies and required training of USA Hockey's and its member programs'.  Please go to the website link:  http://www.usahockey.com/SafeSport.aspx to review this new policy and to download all of the required paperwork for your coordinator!

Each club coordinator must take the course and download/complete their SafeSport certificate.  All completed certificates are to be emailed to Pete Rothman, Atlantic District SafeSport Coordinator, at pete@rbcpa.net.  All certificates must be completed by September 30 and sent to Pete for confirmation.  Pete can also be reached at 844-safe-ice

The training website link to USA Hockey is: http://www.usahockey.com/safesportFor a copy of a coordinators checklist, click here! 

Atlantic District Change In Presidency

Tom Koester, President of the Atlantic District from 1995 to 2015, has decided to retire.  We would like to thank Tom and his family for all of the time and dedication that they have given to the district over the past 20 years. Without him, this District would not be one of the greatest in USA Hockey!

We would like to welcome Glenn Hefferan as our new President for the District.  Glenn was elected at the annual meeting in June for a two year term and we thank him for volunteering for the job!  Glenn comes with a lot of knowledge in all aspects of hockey and we look forward to his expertise in continuing to take our district forward.

Congratulations To Our Award Winners

Awards were presented to our recipients for the 2014-15 season!  We are proud to announce the following:


Bob Fryer - Official of the Year         Paul Valentine, Coach of the Year


Don Gould, Volunteer of the Year        Ben Umstead, New Leader Award

Approved Tier I Teams for 2015-16 Season

Team approved for Girls level 16U only:  Montclair

Teams approved for Girls levels 12U, 14U, 16U:  Princeton Tiger Lilies

Teams approved for Girls level 16U: Chester County

Teams approved for Girls level 14U, 16U, 19U:  Quakers

Teams approved for Girls level 12U, 14U, 16U, 19U:  NJ Colonials and the NJ Rockets

Team approved for youth level 14U level only:  Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Teams approved for youth levels 14U, 16U, 18U:  Hitmen

Teams approved for the youth age levels of 12U, 14U, 16U and 18U are members of:

NJ Devils Youth Phila. Jr. Flyers
NJ Avalanche Phila. Little Flyers
NJ Colonials Team Comcast
NJ Rockets Jr. Knights
Valley Forge Minutemen Mercer Chiefs
Red Bank Generals NJ Titans
NJ Freeze NY Saints

Approved Tier II Teams for the 2015-16 Season:

All members of the NJYHL, MAWHA and the DVHL were approved for Tier II status for the upcoming season. 

Atlantic District Outstanding Financial List

As per our Atlantic District Rules and Regulations, Article II - Players, Paragraph B, (see below) all clubs must submit any players name to us by February 15 to be placed onto the Outstanding Financial list for the upcoming 2015-16 season.  This list prevents players from playing hockey with any club until the outstanding financial responsibility is taken care of.

All clubs must follow the rules below in order to place a players name onto the list.  Please send your list of players names and date of birth to Colleen Marinari at hocky@erols.com who is accumulating the list for distribution by the end of February.

(3)        Financial Responsibility. No player from any USA Hockey Affiliate or may register or participate on a team within the Atlantic Affiliate if such player owes any financial obligation, including, unreturned equipment, to any previous team or organization registered within any USA Hockey Affiliate or District.

(a)        Each organization should put in their contract that the person signing the contract agrees to be bound by this Article regarding Player Eligibility and releases and appeals.  All payment plans are to have a final date.  Suggest that all payment plans have a end date of January 1.  If not paid in full by February 1, the player’s name is placed on the Financial Outstanding list and player cannot play for the rest of the season for that team.  No name may be placed on the Financial Outstanding list after February 15.

(b)        After February 15, the Atlantic Affiliate will compile a list of all registered Affiliate players who are claimed to owe an outstanding financial obligation by their previous Atlantic Affiliate team or organization.  No player whose name appears on the outstanding financial list shall be rostered with another Atlantic Affiliate team (regardless of youth or adult) until the outstanding financial obligation has been discharged or satisfied to the satisfaction of the club or permission is given by the Affiliate, respective league or club.

(c)        Any player who is denied a release after having been notified has the right to the review and appeal of such denial in accordance with the provisions of this rule and Article Affiliate’s Rules and Regulations.

Ebo Strong Foundation

The Ebo Strong Foundation has been established to honor the legacy of Steven Eric "Ebo" Eberling.  On Friday, January 23rd, the Team Comcast Youth Hockey Club, along with the Ebo Strong Foundation, Inc. conducted a ceremony to permanently retire the jersey number, 24.  A banner was raised in the rink to honor this amazing young man.  This event also served as the kickoff event for the Ebo Strong Foundation, Inc., a new established 501(c)3 charitable organization.

At the age of 15, this bright, young all-star hockey player and former baseball player at Lenape High School was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in his femur.  During the next three years, Ebo would undergo an amazingly challenging ordeal, as he endured many rounds of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries at CHOP, and travel to Nidda, Germany for alternative treatment.  Throughout Ebo's ordeal, he showed his true character.

Ebo got his driver's license and even got back on the ice as a coach with the Team Comcast AAA 2000 team.  Throughout Ebo's illness, he inspired thousands of friends and neighbors, which led to the Stay Strong Ebo movement, which then became the Ebo Strong Foundation.

To continue to help raise funds for this great cause, a Thanksgiving Hockey tournament will be held Nov. 27-29, 2015.  For a print out of the flyer and additional information, please click here!

Ebo's unwavering positive attitude, courageous spirit and relentless determination are the cornerstones of the Ebo Strong Foundation.  The objectives of the Foundation are: helping support families dealing with pediatric cancer, providing assistance to student-athletes in the community and providing college tuition assistance to Lenape High School seniors that possess Ebo's characteristics.  For further information, please contact gini@ebostrong.org and go to the website, www.ebostrong.org

Tryout Dates For Upcoming 2016-17 Season


Tryout dates amended as follows for Tier I and Tier II for the 2016- 17 season are:

18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U            Designated Tier I             April 6, 2016 after 5:00 PM

18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U, 8U*     Designated Tier II            April 11, 2016 after 5:00 PM

Girls All Levels                            Designated Tier I & II      April 6, 2016 after 5:00 PM

All other non-tournament bound clubs/teams                     April 18, 2016 after 5:00 PM

All tryouts must be concluded for the above by                   October 15, 2016

*All 8U teams are to tryout no earlier than 5:00 PM April 13, 2016

Tier I and Tier II Designations

In June, 2013, at the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) Affiliate annual meeting, new rules and regulations were passed by the AAHA Board of Directors regarding Tier I and Tier II designations.  These rules and regulations require all teams who wish to play towards an Affiliate (12U) or USA Hockey National Championship (Youth and Girls14U & 16U, Youth 18U and Girls 19U) to apply annually for a team designation, either Tier I or Tier II.

For a better understanding of these rules and regulations, along with an application form, we have attached a copy of the legislation that was approved and updated for clarity with housekeeping policies.

All teams, no matter if they play in an existing league or are an independent team, need to apply annually if they want to use a Tier I or Tier II designation.  Only teams that have been approved by the AAHA can use either the Tier I or Tier II designation on any advertisement, promotional literature or in social media.  Also only teams approved by AAHA for Tier I or Tier II status can hold tryouts on the designated dates mentioned below.  All other teams are to tryout on independent team tryout dates. 

In the attachments, you will find a separate "Document A" which is to be completed and returned as noted as follows for the 2016-17 season:

            Application for Tier I status - due Nov. 30, 2015

            Application for Tier II status - due July 1, 2016

Attachments also include a separate time line and "Document B" for those teams making application.