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

Latest News

  • Free Mite Jamboree!
  • Atlantic District New Referee-In-Chief
  • Player Development Goalie Camp Held
  • USA Hockey Rule Changes
  • Atlantic Affiliate Annual Meeting Award Winners
  • Atlantic District Tier I Clubs & Teams Approval
  • USA Hockey Nationals Winners
  • Outstanding Financial List
  • Atlantic Affiliate Screening Requirements
  • USA Hockey SAFESPORT Program!
  • Tier I and Tier II Application for 2017-18 season
  • Tryout Dates for 2017-18 Season

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Home page updated 7/21/17

Mite Jamboree

The Atlantic District is hosting an ADM Cross Ice/Half Ice Festival for 8U and 6U teams on September 23-24, 2017.  This is a fun event to kick off the hockey season and get the little legs moving!

The festival is free of charge to the teams in the District registered with USA Hockey.  Each team will play multiple mini-games.  The events are being held at both the Ice Works Ice Rink in Aston, PA and the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, NJ.  Register today as registration deadline is September 1st.  Don't miss out!  Please contact Maureen Thompson-Siegel, ADM Coordinator at aahaadmcoordinator@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Teams attending the PA event, can register at http://iceworks.net/hockey_tournaments.shtml

Teams attending the NJ event, can register at https://goo.gl/forms/16Kw3pUMVDXsE5Nj1


Atlantic District New Referee-In-Chief

The AAHA is proud to announce that Jim Doyle (Medford, NJ) has been appointed by USA Hockey to serve as the Atlantic District’s Referee-in-Chief effectively immediately. Jim brings tremendous experience to the position including a previous 4-year stint as District RIC ending in 1999. 

Jim has been serving as a Supervisor of Officials for the ECHL and the AHL for the last ten seasons. He has officiated in over 1300 professional (ECHL and AHL) games, was NHL trainee for four seasons and worked the 1980’s Olympics as well.  Jim is very familiar with many of the challenges that we face at the grassroots level, as he has been involved with various functions within the AAHA’s officiating community over the last 40 years.

We extend our gratitude to Leo Boylan for his exemplary service to the Atlantic District. Leo has committed to provided whatever transitional support that is needed and we are confident that Leo will continue to contribute to the Officiating program in meaningful ways. Many thanks to Leo. 

“I am excited to return in order to contribute to the growth and development of today’s officials for USA Hockey in the Atlantic District. I look forward to working with the District, League Administrators, League RIC’s and the Coaching & Officiating community in order to enhance the experience for all of our participants”, stated Doyle. 

We would also like to thank our Selection Committee for their work in this process as well all the applicants, as their contributions to amateur hockey in the Atlantic District are immeasurable. We also extend our thanks to USA Hockey for their support in this process. 

Here is Jim’s contact information: EMAIL: atlref57@aol.com  

Once again…CONGRATULATIONS to Jim Doyle.  


Player Development Goalie Camp

The Atlantic District held its annual Goaltending Development Camp at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ.  A total of 26 goalies, ages 12 through 14, participated in the camp that modeled the Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp that is held each year for the nation's top prospects between the pipes.  Similar stations for skill work and battle drills were implemented on the ice as well as dryland, classroom sessions and video seminars. 

In attendance was the head of USA Hockey's youth goaltending program, Phil Osaer.  Other staff included the "A" District's Goaltending Development Coordinators Zane Kalemba and Terry Jarkowsky, current Princeton University goalie coach Kevin Moore, former Arizona State University goalie coach George Bozak and current junior and your coaches Ryan DeCeuster, Marco Escalona and Kevin Giron.

Quoted by Phil Osaer: "It was great to be part of the Atlantic District Goaltending Development camp.  I was impressed with the goaltenders on-ice ability and engagement in their development.  The staff, led by Zane Kalemba, Atlantic District Goaltending Development Coordinator (GDC) and Terry Jarkowsky, Associate GDC, was organized and efficient in delivering a well-rounded development environment."


USA Hockey Rule Changes

Every four years, USA Hockey evaluates its playing rules and has the opportunity to make changes to said rules during its four-day Annual Congress gathering.  With 2017 being a rules-change year, the Board of Directors voted on and approved a notable proposal drastically affecting the game at the youth level.

A sample of some of the rule changes that will take affect immediately are: 

  • Teams at the 14U-and-below age classifications will no longer be permitted to ice the puck when shorthanded. If a team ices the puck while killing a penalty, there will be an icing call made, and the ensuing face-off will take place in the defensive zone - just like even-strength play.
  • Also, stronger verbiage surrounding the game misconduct penalty in Rule 601 has been added to prohibit use of abusive language: "a game misconduct penalty shall be issued to any player or team official who uses language that is offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature anywhere in the rink before, during or after the game."

USA Hockey provided a full review of all adopted rule modifications to provide clarity.  Click here for a complete recap!


Atlantic Affiliate Annual Meeting Award Winners

We held our annual Affiliate meeting on May 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM.  The meeting was held at the former Crowne Plaza Hotel, now called the Ramada  Plaza and Conference Center, Exit 8A of the NJ Turnpike in Jamesburg, NJ.  Our Bylaw, Rules and Regulation changes/proposals, as well as our officer and USA Hockey Directors were voted on at this meeting.  This meeting was open to all of our Atlantic District members.

In addition to the above, we gave our yearly awards to those deserving.  We are proud to announce that Donna Guariglia was inducted into our Atlantic District Hall of Fame!  We thank Donna for the years of service that she gave to our District and wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor - Treasurer of USA Hockey! 

Awards were also presented to our Volunteer of the Year to Dave Jackson, our Official of the Year was presented to Monty Ferguson; and our Coach of the Year to Nick Russo!  Without volunteers like these three, the Atlantic District wouldn't be as great as it is today!  Congratulations to all three!  You should all be proud of your accomplishments and we thank you for all that you do!



Special recognition was given to Jim Britt, who is retiring from being on our Atlantic District Coaching staff.  Jim was presented the Bob O'Connor Achievement Award presented by USA Hockey for our District.  We wish Jim the best in his retirement years! 

Our Lou Manzione Scholarship Awards were presented to Michael Klein, Schwenksville, PA who will be attending Rider University as well as to Daniel Herrington of Point Pleasant, NJ who will be attending George Washington University.  We wish both recipients the best of luck! 

Trevor Larson was the recipient of the Daniel Triano Scholarship presented by the Atlantic District Officiating Program.  Trevor not only plays hockey, but he is also a registered official with USA Hockey.  Trevor plans on attending Purdue University.


Congratulations also goes out to Christy Gardner and the Northeast Wounded Warrior Program who was the recipient of the Tom Koester Disabled Scholarship Award.  Christy has been instrumental in starting the Program and the scholarship award will go a long way to help buy sleds and equipment for our wounded warriors to play the great game of hockey!


Atlantic District 2017-18 Tier I Approved Clubs & Teams
















Congratulations to Our Teams Who Went to USA Hockey Nationals!

The Atlantic District would like to congratulate our teams that advanced to the USA Hockey National Championships that were held March 30 to April 10, 2017!  We are proud to announce that the clubs noted in red came home a medal winner!  Congratulations to all of them.  Job well done!


Youth Tier I Youth Tier II:  Delaware Youth Tier II:  New Jersey Youth Tier II:  Eastern PA
     14U: NJ Colonials - Silver medal      14U: Delaware Ducks      14U: NJ Freeze      14U: Hershey Jr. Bears
     15P: NJ Avalanche      16U: Delaware Ducks - Silver Medal      16U: Jersey Penguins      16U: Quakers
     16U: NJ Avalanche      18U: Delaware Ducks - Silver Medal      18U: Brick Hockey Club      18U: Quakers - Bronze Medal
     18U: NJ Avalanche      
Girls Tier I Girls Tier II: High School:
     14U: NJ Colonials      14U: Princeton Tiger Lilies      Downingtown East
     16U: NJ Colonials      16U: Princeton Tiger Lilies      Rustin - Gold Medal
     19U: NJ Colonials      19U: Quakers - Bronze Medal  


Atlantic District Outstanding Financial List

Now is the time of year for all clubs to submit to the Atlantic District any players who have an outstanding debt for the 2016-17 season.

Please read the rules and regulations that stipulate what you, as a club, need to do in order to place a player onto the outstanding debt list.  This list is for this season only.  You cannot place players who owe you money from the past.  You cannot submit players who owe you money that you made financial arrangements with and still allow them to be on the ice after February 1.  Please send the players name, date of birth and club name to Colleen Marinari, Executive Director, at hocky@erols.com by February 15 at the latest! 

Atlantic Affiliate, Rules and Regulations, Article II - Players, Section B - Player Eligibility, Paragraph 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.


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 SafeSport Program!


As a member of USA Hockey, we are pleased to let you know of another enhancement to our overall efforts related to safety and that is the opening of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. The Center is an effort of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movement’s 47 national governing bodies, including USA Hockey. More information on the Center can be found at safesport.org, and more information about USA Hockey’s SafeSport Program can be found at usahockey.com/safesport.

The focus of the Center is to provide services in two areas – the administration of SafeSport Training that has previously been completed by over 145,656 USA Hockey coaches, officials, employees and volunteers, and to act as an independent party to investigate and resolve allegations of sexual misconduct against any person within the jurisdiction of the national governing bodies, including USA Hockey.

As a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Hockey has agreed, effective with the beginning of the 2017-18 membership season on April 1, 2017, to adhere to the Center’s policies and procedures, which includes the Center’s SafeSport Code that identifies prohibited conduct and the procedures for investigating and resolving allegations. The Center will have exclusive authority and jurisdiction to investigate and resolve allegations involving sexual misconduct against the following classes of persons (“Covered Individuals”):

  1. Those persons registered with USA Hockey as Registered Participant Members (players and coaches), referees, and in the “Ice Manager/ Volunteer” category,
  2. All persons serving as a member of USA Hockey’s Board of Directors, on a national level council, committee or section, or in any other similar positions appointed by USA Hockey,
  3. All coaches, officials or staff (e.g., trainers, physicians, equipment managers) for any USA Hockey team, camp or national level program,
  4. All USA Hockey national staff, and
  5. Any person that is elected or appointed by a USA Hockey Affiliate or Member Program to a position of authority over athletes or that have frequent contact with athletes.

USA Hockey will retain the authority to investigate and resolve allegations of SafeSport policies that are non-sexual in nature.

In USA Hockey, all Covered Individuals over the age of 18 are required to report suspected SafeSport violations related to or accompanying sexual misconduct to the Center for SafeSport.

The Center will have the jurisdiction and authority to impose sanctions against Covered Individuals within USA Hockey (as well as other national governing bodies), and USA Hockey will enforce any suspension, measures or other sanction throughout USA Hockey programs.

USA Hockey applauds the Olympic and Paralympic movement’s efforts to establish the Center for SafeSport.  We will provide more information in the future.

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 Application 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

In accordance with the AAHA Bylaws, the President and the Board of Directors approved changes to the tryout dates as previously published in the AAHA Rules and Regulations 2016-17 - Article VI - Teams, Clubs and Organizations - Section H Tryouts.

The information below reflects the REVISED information (changes are in BOLD) and only impact GIRLS tryout dates.  All others remain the same.  This change is to align girls non-national bound tryout start dates with youth start dates for the same age and tier classification.


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

12U, 10U Tier I- Youth and Girls March 27, 2017 after 4:00 PM
12U, 10U Tier II- Youth and Girls April 3, 2017 after 4:00 PM
8U All Levels Youth and Girls April 3, 2017 after 4:00 PM
12U, 10U Independent teams - Youth and Girls April 10, 2017 after 4:00 PM
18U, 16U, 15P, 14U Tier I - Youth April 12, 2017 after 4:00 PM
19U, 16U, 14U Tier I and Tier II - Girls April 12, 2017 after 4:00 PM
18U, 16U,14U Tier II - Youth April 17, 2017 after 4:00 PM
19U, 18U, 16U, 14U Independent Clubs/Teams - Youth and Girls April 24, 2017 after 4:00 PM
All Age Levels Spring and Summer Teams - Youth and Girls April 24, 2017 after 4:00 PM
Tier I tryouts Must be concluded by August 1, 2017
Tier II and all other tryouts Must be concluded by October 31, 2017