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2015 Open Tryout Date for 1998 - 2002 Birth Years:

The Atlantic District Player Development Program will be holding our OPEN TRYOUT  on Sunday, April 26 at the Ice Vault Arena, 10 Nevins Road, Wayne, NJ  07470

The OPEN TRYOUT is for all male players born in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2002 who have not previously participated in our program.  Registration is on site (there is no pre-registration.  The cost is $40 per session and includes a USA Hockey jersey.  Tryout times, by birth year are listed below.   For the 2003 birth year for all male players, please see below for that age group and when their open tryout will be held.

PLEASE NOTE:  ALL GOALIES attend their specific birth-year session AND the goalie session (unless otherwise told following their first session!)

        Tryout Times For Our Open Tryouts For Each Birth Year On Sunday, April 26:       

Sunday, April 26 Age Birth Year
9:00 - 10:15 AM 13's 2002
10:30 - 11:45 PM 14's 2001
In addition to the individual birth slots, all goalies need to attend 12:00 - 12:45 PM All Goalies All Ages
1:15 - 2:45 PM 16's 1999
1:15 - 2:45 PM 17's 1998
3:00 - 4:30 PM 15's 2000
If invited back from 10:30 session:  4:45 - 5:45 PM 14's 2001
If invited back from 9:00 session:  4:45 - 5:45 PM 13's 2002

     

Some Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

  • What is this open tryout for on the 1998, 1999 and 2000 birth year levels?          The OPEN TRYOUT is the first step in being selected to attend the USA Hockey National Player Development Camps which are held in Buffalo, NY during June/July.  Each year, the Atlantic District sends our most qualified players to the National Player Development Camps where they have the opportunity to train and compete with the top 200+ players from across the country at their specific birth year.  The Atlantic District will send 10-18 players at each birth year to the National Camp(s).

  • How many players are chosen from the OPEN TRYOUT?      It varies by birth year.  Our goal is to have a maximum of 68 players -- or 4 teams of 17 -- at the Tryout Festival for the 1998, 1999 and 2000 birth years.  The number of players chosen from the open tryout will be determined by the number of returning/invited players (players who participated in 2014 in our program) who register for the 2015 event.  With that said, we typically select 10-15 players from the open tryout at the 15, 16, and 17 levels as well as 25-30 at the 13 & 14 levels.

  • What happens if I am selected from the OPEN TRYOUT?        It varies by birth year.  If you are born in 1998, 1999 and 2000, you would then need to register for the District Tryout Festival which will be held May 15-17 at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ.  If chosen, you will receive an email from us giving you the registration link to go online and register for our Tryout Festival.  More information on our tryout festival is listed below.  If you are born in 2001 and 2002, you will then need to register for the District camps during the months of July and August at the Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, NJ.   The 2001 and 2002 players do not attend the District Tryout Festival.  If chosen, you will go directly to our District camps.  Since USA Hockey does not host National Development camps at these ages (2001 and 2002), we host our own District Development Camp, run by NHL, College and Junior Coaches in July and August.  For a list of our camp dates, please look below on this page for your particular age group.

  • What is the District Tryout Festival?         The Tryout Festival for our 1998, 1999 and 2000 players is our annual event where we select our MOST QUALIFIED players to attend the USA Hockey National Player Development camps and our regional camp at the 2000 birth year.  At the tryout festival, players compete in a round robin tournament with returning/invited players to earn the right to attend the National 15/16/17 Camps.  The Atlantic District invites 40 top NHL Scouts and College, Junior, Prep School Coaches to serve as coaches/evaluators for this event.  Players will participate in one practice (run by a college coach) and three games over the course of the weekend.

  • How many players are chosen from the Tryout Festival to attend the National 15/16/17 Camps?        The District allotment has not been provided to us yet by USA Hockey.  However in  2014 we sent: 6F, 4D and 1G to the 1998 National 17 Camp; 7F, 5D and 1G to the 1999 National 16 Camp and 11F, 6D and 2G to the 2000 National 15 camp.  At the 2000 level (15's), we keep an additional 20 players (12F, 6D and 2G) who comprise our "District Team" and attend a regional event at Kent State University August 7-10th.  At this tournament, our team competes against the Southeast, Michigan and Mid-Am Districts of USA Hockey in a round robin tournament.

  • Who are some of the Evaluators that will particpate at our Tryout Festival and Development Camps?

Bill Riga - Associate Head Coach, Quinnipiac University Reid Cashman - Assistant Coach Quinnipiac University
Curtis Carr - Assistant Coach, Merrimack College Jim Ward - Head Coach, Connecticut College
Andrew Will - Head Coach, Salisbury School Mike Levine - Assistant Coach, Brown University
John Rosso - Scout, Tampa Bay Lightning Steve Greely - Associate Coach, Boston University
Chris Baudo - Head Coach, Gunnery School Jared Waimon - Goaltending Coach, Quinnipiac Univerity
John Rose - Assistant Coach, Dartmouth College Matt Lindsay - Assistant Coach, Penn State
Keith Fisher - Assistant Coach, Penn State Graham Johnson - Assistant Coach, AIC
John Micheletto - Head Coach, University of Massachusetts Joe Gasparini - Assistant Coach, University of Massachusetts
Albie O'Connell - Assistant Coach, Boston University Matt Herr - USA Hockey ADM Director, Atlantic District
Dale Reinhardt - Head Coach, Kent School Dan Muse - Assistant Coach, Yale University
Rich McKenna - Assistant Coach, Muskegeon - USHL Josh Hand - Assistant Coach, Manhattanville College
Scott McDougall - Assistant Coach, Sacred Heart University Peter Roundy - Associate Head Coach, Trinity College
Chris Bala - Head Coach, Hill School Steve Mandes - Assistant Coach, Brunswick School
Matt Greason - Head Coach, Trinity College Ryan Hardy - USA Hockey National Team Development Program
Ryan Rezmierski - Scout, Nashville Predators Matt Curly - Assistant Coach, Bentley University
Peter Ward - USA Hockey National Team Development Program

2015 Tryout Festival Date for 1998, 1999 and 2000 Birth Years:

The tryout festival will be held the weekend May 15-17at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ  This tryout festival will be for all players who have been with our program last summer as well as those invited back from the open tryout on April 26.  The fee for the festival will be $220 which will include the ice time for the weekend as well as a jersey for you to keep.   Mark your calendars and more info will follow as soon as it is available on the particular ice time assignments for each of the three age groups:  1998, 1999 and 2000.  All registrations must be done online in advance.  No walk on's are permitted.  Registration deadline for the returning players for the tryout festival is March 15.  After registrations are complete, that will determine the number of players we will choose from the open tryouts.

Players born in 2001 and 2002 do not attend the tryout festival.  All returning players register directly for the District camps and need to do so by March 15.

2015 Atlantic District Camp Dates for 2000, 2001 and 2002 Birth Years:

All of our camps will again be held at the Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, NJ.  This location has worked very well over the last two summers and has provided exactly what we are looking for - plentiful and quality ice, along with safe, clean accommodations and healthy meal options.  We will again be lodging at the Wingate and Marriott Spring Hill Suites. 

The main Atlantic District Player Development Camp will be held July 18-25 at the Flyers Skate Zone.  The camp will be divided relatively equally over the eight days between our four active birth years, plus additional time dedicated to all of our goaltenders.  For your camp dates, please go to each of our age groups with their specific time assignments.

2002 13U

  • Open Tryout; April 26 (Wayne, NJ)
  • Development Camp; July 20-22 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • Goalie Camp July 24-25 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • Development/Evaluation Camp; August 7-9 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • 46-68 Players
  • Fee for both development camps (including goalie camp) is $700

2001 14U

  • Open Tryout; April 26; (Wayne, NJ)
  • Development Camp; July 22-24 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • Goalie Camp July 24-25 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • Development Camp; Gavle, Sweden; August 14-21
  • 46-68 Players
  • Fee for development camp (including goalie camp) is $300; Fee for Gavle, Sweden is $3,000

2000 15U

  • Open Tryout; April 26 (Wayne, NJ)
  • Tryout Festival; May 15-17 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • Evaluation Camp; June 13-14 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • Development Camp; July 23-24 (Voorhees, NJ) (only for those players who are designated for the regional festival team that will be going to Kent State in August.  Players who attend the National Camp will not attend this District Development Camp)
  • National Festival; July 15-21 (Buffalo, NY) (Allocations not yet received from USA Hockey)
  • Goalie Camp July 24-25 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • Regional Festival; August 6-9 (Kent State University) (12F, 6D, 2G)
  • Fee for Development Camp is $900 (includes Kent State); players chosen for National Festival will receive refund of $300 for not attending Kent State

2015 Atlantic District Program for 1998 and 1999 Birth Years

1999 16U

  • Open Tryout; April 26 (Wayne, NJ)
  • Tryout Festival; May 15-17 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • National Festival; July 7-13 (Buffalo, NY)
  • USA Hockey Fee for attending Festival $175

1998 17U

 

Open Tryout; April 26 (Voorhees, NJ)

  • Tryout Festival; May 15-17 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • National Festival; June 26- July 2 (Buffalo, NY)
  • USA Hockey Fee for attending Festival $175

This is the season recap on what you can expect for 2015 for 1998 - 2002!

  • 13U - 2002s

ALL RETURNING PLAYERS who participated last summer at Voorhees and/or who went to Quebec will be invited to the Development Camps!  There is NO TRYOUT FESTIVAL!  New 2002s (who did not participate at Voorhees or go to Quebec) will need to attend the OPEN TRYOUT on April 26.  Returners, and those selected from the open, will participate in two development camps at Voorhees (July & August).  Development camps will include, seminars, off ice training, position specific training, cross-ice small games, and competition.  The second camp will include a round robin tournament where we will divide the group into 4 equal teams that coached by top NHL/College/Junior and Prep School coaches.  We believe that this restructuring is a more practical and efficient way to help develop our young players.   Essentially, rather than "tryout out" for our camp, we are switching the paradigm and inviting all returning players to the development camp --- AND THEN evaluating and ranking in a competitive environment.

  • 14U - 2001s

ALL RETURNING PLAYERS who participated last summer at Voorhees will be invited to the Development Camps!  There is NO TRYOUT FESTIVAL!  New 2001 players will need to attend the Open Tryout.  In July we will host a development camp, which, like last summer, will be coached by top prep, college & junior and NHL coaches.   Then, we will then depart for Gavle, Sweden - with those players who want to go - in August for seven days of training, development and competition.  Details for Sweden are being finalized and will be emailed to 2001 families soon. We can tell you, we will invite 40 players for the trip which will be August 14-21.

  • 15U - 2000s

At the 15U level things will remain the same as they were in 2014.  We have the OPEN TRYOUT in April followed by the TRYOUT FESTIVAL in May (returning players are invited to Tryout Festival).  We will host our EVALUATON CAMP on June 13 &14 where we will create "Festival Team" who attend National Camp and our "District Team" (12F, 6D, 2G) who will go to Kent State for a regional tournament versus SE, Mid-Am, Michigan Districts.  Alternates will also be named for the Festival.  (The National Camp is July 7-13 --- Kent State Tournament is August 6-9). Players are to plan accordingly and be available for both events upon acceptance to the program. 

  • 16U - 1999s

At 16U things will remain the same as 2014.  OPEN TRYOUT in April followed by the TRYOUT FESTIVAL in May.  We will, per our NATIONAL ALLOTMENT select Forwards,  Defenseman and  Goaltender to attend the National Festival at Buffalo. There are no development camps - players go directly from the Tryout Festival to the National venue.

  • 17U - 1998s

At 17U things will remain the same as 2014.  OPEN TRYOUT in April followed by the TRYOUT FESTIVAL in May.  We will, per our NATIONAL ALLOTMENT select  Forwards,  Defenseman   &  Goaltender to attend the National Festival at Buffalo .  There are no development camps - players go directly from the Tryout Festival to the National venue

                                  

2015 Open Tryout Date for 2003 Birth Year:

The Atlantic District will be holding our open tryout session on Saturday, June 13 at the Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, NJ.  These tryouts will be a prerequisite to be able to participate on our  Pee Wee Teams at the Quebec Pee Wee International Tournament held in February of every year in Quebec City, Quebec.   We will host an open tryout with no pre-registration being taken.  Each tryout session will be $40.  From the tryout, we will select 68-80 players to participate in two development camps during July and August.  Following the final camp, we will select 54 players (along with alternates) who will make-up the NJ Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Quebec Teams.  All players who are interested in going to Quebec with our teams must participate in the AAHA Development Camps.

Exact tryout times for June 13 will be announced shortly!

All of our camps will again be held at the Flyers Skate Zone, Voorhees, NJ.  This location has worked very well over the last two summers and has provided exactly what we are looking for - plentiful and quality ice, along with safe, clean accommodations and healthy meal options.  We will again be lodging at the Wingate and Marriott Spring Hill Suites. 

 

2015 Camp Dates for 2003 Birth Year:

2003 12U

  • Open Tryout: Saturday, June 13 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • Development Camp; July 18-20(Voorhees, NJ)
  • Goalie Camp July 24-25 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • Development Camp; August 7-9 (Voorhees, NJ)
  • 68-80 Players
  • Fee for both development camps (including goalie camp) is $700

 

The camp fee does not include the price of participating on the Quebec Teams. 

This is a separate fee altogether and has yet to be determined.  We are in the process of getting sponsorship and the income received will determine the price of participation.  For information on this program please click here! 

One of the highlights of our Quebec program is working with our NHL teams - the NJ Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers as well as our AHL team, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms all of which help to sponsor our teams.  To see some of the support that we received from the NJ Devils, please click here!  For support that we received from the Philadelphia Flyers, please click here!  The introduction of our players on the ice at an NHL game is priceless!

                                      RECAP OF OUR 2014 SEASON:

2000 Team Goes To Sweden!

The camp is taking place at the home of the Brynas Hockey Federation, Lakerol Arena. Brynas is a suburb of Gavle, a town about 2 hours north of Stockholm with a population of app 90,000. Brynas is one of the oldest and most renowned professional clubs in Sweden and they have had tremendous success producing NHL and domestic national team talent. NHL players like Niklas Backstrom, Jakob Silferberg, Andreas Dackell, Anders Markstrom, Anders Lindbaek, Tomas Sandstroem, Andreas Johansson, Mats Naslund, Borje Salming and many more all came from this hockey hot bed. Brynas is at the forefront of developing young Swedish players.  In addition, Brynas youth, Junior and professional coaches will partake in our training. This will be a fantastic cooperative effort.

Please check us out on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UO2JvHJ7iLQ&feature=youtu.be and follow the wonderful opportunity that this trip has given them!

                                                   

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1999 Team Wins At Kent State!

Congratulations to our District players who attended the Kent State Camp and Tournament that took place August 7-10 at Kent State University for bringing home the gold!  Our team participated in the 4 day event along with teams from other affiliates of USA Hockey:  Northern Plains, Michigan and Mid Am.  We are proud of our boys and staff who did a fabulous job! 

                                                 

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2001 Teams Beat Sweden At Home!

 

 

The Atlantic District welcomed a team from Sweden over the weekend to play two games against our 40 players on our District Player Development Teams!  The games took place at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees.  Team A won their game by a score of 6-0 while Team B also won 4-2.  Way to go guys!!!

 

 

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What You Can Expect for 2014 For Each Age Group

2002 (12's)

                               

This program is a prerequisite to being chosen for the Quebec teams.  For the 12's we will host an OPEN TRYOUT at the Flyers Skate Zone (Voorhees), on June 14 & 15.    From the tryout, we will select 68-80 players to participate in two development camps during July and August.  Following the final camp, we will select the thirty six* players who will make-up the NJ Devils & Philadelphia Flyers Quebec Teams.  All players who are interested in going to Quebec must participate in the AAHA Development camps. 

Please click here for a brochure with all of the information for you for the Quebec program if you make the teams after the final camp

 

2001 (13's)

All returning players who participated last summer at Voorhees and/or who went to Quebec will be invited to the Tryout Festival.  New 2001's (who did not participate at Voorhees or go to Quebec) will need to attend the open tryout in April.  Returners and those selected from the open tryout will participate in the tryout festival in May.  We will have 4 teams (12F, 6D and 2G) at the tryout festival.  In July and August, we will host two development camps in Voorhees.  Development camps will include: seminars, off ice training, position specific training, cross-ice small games and competition.  Camps are coached by top NHL/College/Junior and Prep School coaches.

 

2000 (14's)

All of our returning players will be invited to the tryout festival in May, while new players will need to attend the open tryout before being invited to the tryout festival.  In  June, we will host a development camp, which, like last summer, will be coached by top prep, college, Junior and NHL coaches.  We will then depart for Sweden - with those players who are asked and who want to go - on August 13th for seven days of training, development and competition. 

2000 born Atlantic District Players, who are selected, will be given the OPTION to travel to Gavle, Sweden (2 hours north of Stockholm) to TRAIN and COMPETE with Swedish players and coaches for seven days.  This is a voluntary trip and we will bring a maximum of 40 and a minimum of 20 players with us from August 13-20, 2014.

The camp will take place at the home of the Brynas Hockey Federation, Lakerol Arena. Brynas is a suburb of Gavle, a town about 2 hours north of Stockholm with a population of app 90,000. Brynas is one of the oldest and most renowned professional clubs in Sweden and they have had tremendous success producing NHL and domestic national team talent. NHL players like Niklas Backstrom, Jakob Silferberg, Andreas Dackell, Anders Markstrom, Anders Lindbaek, Tomas Sandstroem, Andreas Johansson, Mats Naslund, Borje Salming and many more all came from this hockey hot bed. Brynas is at the forefront of developing young Swedish players.  In addition, Brynas youth, Junior and professional coaches will partake in our training. This will be a fantastic cooperative effort.

For more information on the Swedish club, arena and hotel: feel free to go to the websites below:

Brynas Hockey; http://www.brynas.se/

Lakerol Arena;  http://old.brynas.se/LakerolArena/

Scandic Hotel in Gavle:  http://www.scandichotels.com/Hotels/Sweden/Gavle/Scandic-Gavle-Vast/#.Us1wl2RDvi4

Further information regarding Sweden is available by clicking here!

 

1999 (15's)

At the 15U level things will remain the same as they were in 2013.  We have the OPEN TRYOUT in April followed by the TRYOUT FESTIVAL in May (returning players are invited to Tryout Festival).  If you are chosen from the tryout festival, you will be invited to our EVALUATION CAMP on June 14 & 15  where we will create a Festival Team (9F, 6D, 2G that will go to the  National Festival) and a District Team (12F, 6D, 2G) who will go to Kent State.  Alternates will also be named for the Festival.   Players are expected to be available for both events once being named to the program from the Tryout Festival.

                          

 

1998 (16's)

At 16U things will remain the same as 2013.  OPEN TRYOUT in April followed by the TRYOUT FESTIVAL in May.    We will, per our NATIONAL ALLOTMENT select 7 Forwards, 5 Defenseman and 1 Goaltender to attend the National Festival at Amherst.  There are no development camps - players go directly from the Tryout Festival to the National venue. 

 

1997 (17's)

At 17 U things will remain the same as 2013.  OPEN TRYOUT in April followed by the TRYOUT FESTIVAL in May.  We will, per our NATIONAL ALLOTMENT select 6 Forwards,4 Defenseman and 1 Goaltender to attend the National Festival at Amherst.  There are no development camps - players go directly from the Tryout Festival to the National venue.

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For further information or any questions, please contact: Colleen Marinari, at hocky@erols.com

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