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

Latest News

  • Atlantic Affiliate Teams Up with the Philadelphia Flyers and USA Hockey
  • Atlantic Affiliate Screening Requirements
  • Atlantic Affiliate Free Mite Jamborees
  • Web and Media Content Manager Position Available!
  • 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
  • ADM Model Club Application
  • Tryout Dates for 2016-17 Season
  • Coaching Seminars - Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • SAFESPORT Clubs and League Coordinators Mandated by USA Hockey!
  • Approved Tier II Teams for 2016-17 Season
  • Tier I and Tier II Designations

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Home page updated 9/11/16

Atlantic Affiliate Teams Up with the Philadelphia Flyers and USA Hockey!



The Atlantic Affiliate is proud to announce that USA Hockey and the Philadelphia Flyers have all teamed up to host the All-American Prospects game on Thursday, September 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA!  With this event taking place, the Atlantic Affiliate is able to take part in various events to be held leading up to the game and hope that you will join us for this wonderful experience.

"This event provides some of the best U.S. players eligible for next year's NHL Draft the opportunity to showcase their talent on a national stage," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations. "With input from NHL Central Scouting, this game will feature future stars of the NHL and we're thrilled to be working with the Philadelphia Flyers to host this game as part of their 50th anniversary."

Attached please find a complete recap of what will be happening.  We will start with a high level USA Hockey/Philadelphia Flyers Coaching Symposium on Wednesday night, Sept. 20, followed by our very own Player Development Futures game on Thursday at 3:00 prior to the All-American Prospects game at 7.  We hope to see you at all of these events!



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.


Atlantic Affiliate Free Mite Jamborees!

We are proud to announce that we will again be hosting two Mite jamborees this season for our Atlantic Affiliate Mite Teams!

We will be holding our first one the weekend of September 24-25 at the Ice Works Ice Arena, Aston, PA.  This location is for all Mite teams who would like to join us who are located in the South of our Affiliate.  Registration must be done in advance by going online to https://www.iceworks.net/register/hockey_tournament_1c.php?tourn=Atlantic District Mite Festival 2016

We will be holding our second one the weekend of September 30-October 2 at the Ice Vault Ice Arena in Wayne, NJ.  This location is for all Mite teams who would like to join us that are located in the North of our Affiliate.  Registration must also be done in advance by clicking here!

There is no registration fee to participate.  Pre-registration is required to attend!


Web and Social Media Content Manager Position Available! 

















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. 


ADM Model Club Application

USA Hockey is soliciting interest from those organizations interested in becoming development partners for the American Development Model.  In order to be considered for this designation, your organization must complete the USA Hockey Model Association Application and Agreement and submit it for AAHA review no later than May 1, 2016.  AAHA will forward all completed applications to USA Hockey's National Office for formal review and approval.

What is an American Development Model Association?  Organizations with this designation have committed to fully implement programming dedicated to age-appropriate skill development in the 8U, 10U and 12U age classifications.  Details/benefits are outlined in the application.

For more information and to download a copy of the Model Association application, please go to www.admkids.com/modelassociations

All completed applications should be submitted to Maureen Thompson-Siegel, AAHA ADM Coordinator, via email at aahaadmcoordinator@gmail.com no later than May 1st.  Any questions may also be directed to Maureen at the email listed above.  Thank you for your interest in the USA Hockey Model Association Program.  We look forward to reviewing your application very soon!


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 11, 2016


USA Hockey Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 Seminars

In a coaches 4th year of coaching, CEP level 4 is required for coaches at Midget age levels, plus all varsity scholastic under USA Hockey.  Tier I U14 coaches must also attain level 4.  Other coaches who have exhausted Level 3 by recertifying twice and will be in their 9th year of coaching must also attain Level 4.  While the level 4 is a two day seminar, we will also be offering a level 1, 2 and 3 on each of the two days.

Please go online to register for the Level 1, 2, 3 or 4 at www.usahockey.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 coordinatos, 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


Approved Tier II Teams for the 2016-17Season:

All applications are due into AAHA by July 1, 2016 to be considered for the upcoming 2016-17 season.


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.