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

Latest News

  • Robert Sullo House League Championships Schedule
  • Girl's Player Development Sets Tryout Dates!
  • Woodbridge Sled Hockey Player Stars in "Speechless"
  • Atlantic Affiliate To Host US Hockey Hall of Fame Celebration!
  • Lester Patrick Award To Also Be Given At Celebration!
  • Atlantic Affiliate Screening Requirements
  • SAFESPORT Clubs and League Coordinators Mandated by USA Hockey!
  • Tier I and Tier II Application for 2017-18 season
  • Tryout Dates for 2017-18 Season
  • Atlantic Affiliate Free Mite Jamborees
  • High Level Coaching Symposium Held
  • Our 14U Player Development Players Have Returned From Sweden!
  • Congratulations to Our 2016 AAHA Award Winners!
  • Congratulations to Our Lou Manzione Scholarship Winners!
  • Approved Tier I Teams for 2016-17 Season
  • Approved Tier II Teams for 2016-17 Season
  • Coaching Seminars - Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4

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Home page updated 1/3/17

Robert Sullo House League Championships

This year the Atlantic Affiliate will again be sponsoring the Robert Sullo HOUSE League Championships.  The tournament will be held at the Flyer Skate Zone - Voorhees, NJ the weekend of January 14-16, 2017 (Saturday through Monday)!

There will be two (2) divisions (American-National) at both the Squirt and Pee Wee levels.  The participating teams will be made up from RINK SPONSORED HOUSE LEAGUES (American Division) or LIMITED TRAVEL HOUSE LEAGUES (National Division).

Attached please find our schedule for these championships!


Girl's Player Development Sets Tryout Dates

The Atlantic District's Girl's Player Development Program will be holding their open tryouts the weekend of March 25 & 26, 2017 at the Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia.  For further information on this program, please go to our Women's/Girls page on the left hand side!


One Of Our Sled Players Is A Regular On TV!

  We are proud to announce that one of our Woodbridge players has made it big and is helping to advertise our sled hockey sport!  Micah Fowler, who played for the Woodbridge Warriors Sled Hockey team, plays the part as J.J. - a high schooler with cerebral palsy who has a biting wit and sense of humor.  The episode is a direct result of Micah playing sled hockey.

Micah's family told the producers and writing team about Micah's experience and they wrote an episode just from that.  For the sled hockey scenes they spent an entire 12 hour day filming with the sled hockey companions of the LA Kings NHL team.  The episode was shown on December 7. 


Atlantic Affiliate Site of US Hockey Hall of Fame Celebration!

For the first time ever, Philadelphia was the site of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. In cooperation with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association, an affiliate of USA Hockey, the 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration was held Nov. 30 in the City of Brotherly Love.

The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016, which included Bill Belisle, Craig Janney and the 1996 U.S. World Cup of Hockey Team, was formally enshrined at the event.

"We're excited to bring the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Philadelphia," said Dave Ogrean, Executive Director of USA Hockey. "It's one of our nation's very top hockey cities, thanks in large part to the decades-long efforts of the late Ed Snider, and fans in the area will enjoy being part of enshrining the Class of 2016. This is always one of the most anticipated events on the calendar each year and we're grateful for the advance support we've received from the Flyers and our Atlantic Affiliate."


Lester Patrick Award Also To Be Given At US Hockey Hall of Fame Celebration!

Hockey Hall of Famer Mark Howe and ECHL co-founder Pat Kelly were named recipients of the 2016 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport's development.

"As the Lester Patrick Award observes its 50th anniversary and the National Hockey League prepares to celebrate its Centennial, we are extremely pleased that Mark Howe and Pat Kelly are receiving this recognition for their decades of devotion to hockey in the United States," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "Mark Howe, the youngest hockey player ever to win an Olympic medal prior to his Hall of Fame professional career, joins his legendary father, Gordie, as a Lester Patrick honoree. Pat Kelly attained success at all levels of the sport and pioneered the growth of hockey's popularity in the South. The NHL family sends congratulations and thanks to both for their contributions to our game."    


Atlantic Affiliate Screening Requirements

A reminder that all of our PA clubs, coaches, managers, locker room monitors, employees, officers, board of directors and others need to follow the updated rules in Article X! 

All PA Act clearances go thru www.keepkidssafe.pa.gov.   All PA clubs must report to the AAHA a list of the cleared certificates received by November 30.  Attached is a copy of the report that needs to be filed out and sent in.    Our Screening database on this website has been updated.  Once the clubs send in their required report showing all of the coaches, managers, etc. that have been accepted by them as Act compliant, we will update the screening database showing that they are currently screened.  Otherwise, they will continue to be shown as "screening required" on the website.

In addition to PA clubs following the Act requirement, all PA/NJ/DE clubs, coaches, etc. must also be screened thru the Atlantic Affiliate.  Please go to our tab at the top of the page titled "Screening" for the rules/instructions on how to complete this requirement!  This is explained in detail to all of those who live in the state of NJ/DE and those who live in PA.  If you have any questions with regard to this, please contact our Affiliate SafeSport Coordinator, Pete Rothman, at aaha.act15@gmail.com.


USA Hockey Mandates Clubs and Leagues 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 and league 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/page/show/908023-usa-hockey-safesport-program to review this new policy and to download all of the required paperwork for your coordinator!  A manual on how to conduct an investigation will be available in late summer.

Each club and league coordinator must take the course, or refresher, and download/complete their SafeSport certificate.  All completed certificates, along with the name, address, email and cell number for club and league coordinators, are to be emailed to Pete Rothman, Atlantic District SafeSport Coordinator, at pete@rbcpa.net. 

The training website link to USA Hockey is: http://www.usahockey.com/page/show/908023-usa-hockey-safesport-program


Tier I and Tier II Designations For 2017-18 Season

In accordance with the AAHA Rules and Regulations, Article VI - Teams, Clubs and Organizations, Sections A, B and C (Attached), the application for the 2017-18 Tier I and Tier II Designations are now available for submission.  Both the Tier I and Tier II applications, which must be filed separately, are due by November 30, 3016 and are to be sent via email to ghefferan.aaha@icloud.com or by fax to 201-510-0365.  A copy of the application can be obtained by clicking here!


Tryout Dates For Upcoming 2017-18 Season


Tryout dates amended as follows for Tier I and Tier II for the 2017- 18 season are:

18U, 16U, 15P, 14U  Tier I                                                April 12, 2017 after 4:00 PM

12U, 10U  (*under Tier I Programs)                                   March 27, 2017 after 4:00 PM     

18U, 16U, 14U Tier II                                                        April 17, 2017 after 4:00 PM

12U, 10U and 8U. (*under Tier II Programs (AA, A & B)       April 3, 2017 after 4:00 PM

Girls Tier I and Tier II - All Levels                                     April 12, 2017 after 4:00 PM

All USA Hockey Independent clubs/teams                           April 24, 2017 after 4:00 PM

All Spring/Summer Teams                                                April 24, 2017 after 4:00 PM

All tryouts must be concluded for the above by                   October 15, 2017

(*Note: 12U and below operating under Tier I Clubs which do not compete for nationals shall have a tryout period that follows 1 day after the last District Tournament and for 12U and below under Tier II clubs, shall have a tryout period beginning 7 days after the last District Tournament.  This keeps tryouts for non-National bound teams to similar dates of surrounding Affiliates.)


Atlantic Affiliate Free Mite Jamborees!

Our Affiliate held two 8U jamborees, events that spread joy for boys and girls throughout New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern PA.  This season, nearly 200 8U and 6U teams participated at the Ice Works Ice Rink in Aston, PA and the Ice Vault in Wayne, NJ. 

Each team played four games, with boys, girls and combined skill facing off for fun, skill development and stratification within the Atlantic Hockey ranks.

With meaningful games being another core tenet of USA Hockey's American Development Model, the annual jamboree delivers in more ways than one, providing fun with age-specific competition and efficient skill development.  "USA Hockey's ADM and the cross-ice games have really helped kids focus on skill development and most importantly, having fun" said Colin White of the NHL Devils, whose son participated in the jamboree.  "As a parent of former NHL player, it's refreshing to see and I know my child is loving it!"


High Performance Coaching Symposium Held In Philadelphia

Philadelphia was a confluence of player development  with USA Hockey's All-American Prospects Game, Flyers training camp and an impressive high-performance coaching symposium held at the Wells Fargo Center. 

More than 300 coaches from USA Hockey's Atlantic District attended the symposium, which provided Level 1, 2 or 3 Coaching Education Program certification. Symposium presenters included Flyers assistant coaches Ian Laperriere and Joe Mullen, along with Penn State men's hockey head coach Guy Gadowsky, and Atlantic District Coach-in-Chief Mike Lichtenberger.

"It was great to see so many coaches and to see how invested they are in learning," said USA Hockey's Joe Bonnett, who along with Roger Grillo and Phil Osaer, added presentations and conversations about USA Hockey's American Development Model. Bonnett also helped lead a high-performance practice for Atlantic District 16- and 17-year-olds on the Flyers' home ice, narrated for the observing coaches by Grillo.

For more information on this fantastic event - please click here!  For a copy of the coaching drills that were used at this event, please click here!


Our Player Development Players Have Returned From Sweden!


We are proud to announce that 38 of our 2002 players have gone to Gavle, Sweden to work with the Brynas Ice Hockey Federation for training and competition for 5 days!  There was off-ice training, on ice training and class room time as well as time to visit Stockholm.  This is a wonderful ancillary part of our 14U program!  For more information on this program and what it encompasses,  please check out our Player Development page!



Congratulations To Our 2016 AAHA Award Winners




Congratulations to Tom Koester, Past President of our Affiliate for 20+ years, for being inducted into our Hall of Fame!


Congratulations to Linda Ryan for receiving the 2016 Presidents Award    



Congratulations to Maureen Thompson Siegel, 2016 New Leader Award          



                                                            At the Atlantic Affiliate's annual meeting, held on June 25, 2016, awards were given on various categories to those members who have made an outstanding contribution to our Affiliate during many years of service as a volunteer.  We would like to again congratulate them all and look forward to their continued involvement in youth hockey!  




Congratulations to Brian McCullough,

        2016 Official of the Year     





      Charlie Heger

2016 Volunteer of the Year



        Sam Gallen

2016 Coach of the Year






Congratulations To Our Lou Manzione Scholarship Winners!

Every year the Atlantic Affiliate awards two recipients (NJ and PA/DE) our Lou Manzione High School Scholarship Awards.  The Award is given in honor of outstanding performance and dedication and high standards of excellence.  We are pleased to announce that for the state of PA/DE our winner is Katrina Homovich of Camp Hill, PA.  Our winner for the state of NJ is given to Dmitri Cirillo of Marlton, NJ. 



AAHA Approved Tier I Girl's Teams for 2016-17 Season

TEAM 12U 14U 16U 19U
Junior Titans X      
New Jersey Colonials X X X X
New Jersey Rockets X X X X
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers X X X X

AAHA Approved Tier I Boy's Teams for 2016-17 Season

TEAM 10U 12U 14U 15 PURE  (SEE NOTE) 16U 18U
Junior Titans X X X X X X
Lehigh Valley Phantoms X          
Mercer Chiefs X   X   X X
New Jersey Colonials X X X   X X
New Jersey Devils Youth X X X X X X
New Jersey Hitmen   X X X X X
New Jersey Rockets X X X   X X
North Jersey Avalanche X X X X X X
Philadelphia Jr. Flyers X X X X X X
Philadelphia Little Flyers X X X   X X
Ramapo Saints X X X   X X
Redbank Generals   X X      
Team Comcast X X X X X X
Valley Forge Minuteman X X X   X X
WBS Jr. Knights  X X X   X X
15PURE is a USA Hockey Pilot Program for Tier I Boys level at the single birth year for 15 Year old players. (2001 Birth year for the 2016-17 Season). This comes at the recommendation of various NCAA College Hockey Coaches and other hockey professionals. The AAHA encourages its 2001 Birth year players to give strong consideration to this level if offered the opportunity to play at the 15 Pure Level.