USA Hockey

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United States of America
USA Hockey.svg
Association name USA Hockey
Founded October 29, 1937 (1937-10-29)
IIHF membership April 26, 1920 (1920-04-26)
President Jim Smith
IIHF men's ranking 4
IIHF women's ranking 1

USA Hockey (prior to June 1991, Amateur Hockey Association of the United States or AHAUS) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for organized ice hockey in the United States and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation.[1][2][3] Founded on 29 October 1937, in New York City, New York, the organization is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has a total membership exceeding one million. Its mission is to promote the growth of ice hockey in the U.S. and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport.[2]

USA Hockey programs support and develop players, coaches, officials, and facilities. In January 2009, the organization launched the American Development Model, which - for the first time ever - provided associations nationwide with a blueprint for optimal athlete development. USA Hockey also has junior and adult ice hockey programs that provide opportunities for players of all ability levels. In addition, the organization supports a disabled ice hockey program.

USA Hockey provides certification programs for coaches and officials to ensure education standards are met that coincide with the level of play. A large focus is put on parent education with equipment needs, rules of the game and parental roles in youth sports among common topics.

Members of the organization receive a subscription to USA Hockey Magazine. At 412,892 subscribers,[4] it is the most widely circulated ice hockey publication in the world. Members also receive insurance coverage and access to participate in national championships and player development camps.

Hall of fame

Playing levels

USA Hockey formerly used different division names (Mite, Squirt, etc.) in their youth levels and to indicate the age level of the players.[5] Prior to the 2016–17 season, they removed the traditional names in favor of simply referring to the age group. (18U, 16U, etc.) apparently due to former use of the term "midget".[6] Many youth ice hockey organizations still use the traditional names when advertising their programs.

Youth levels:

  • 8 and under (Mite)
  • 10 and under (Squirt)
  • 12 and under (Peewee)
  • 14 and under (Bantam)
  • 16 and under (Midget Minor)
  • 18 and under (Midget Major)
  • Girls: 19U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U, and 8U

Other classifications:

  • High School: Enrolled in high school
  • Junior: 20 and under
  • Adult (Senior): 18 and above


Executive directors

  • Hal Trumble (1972–1987)
  • Bob Johnson (1987–1990)
  • Baaron Pittenger (1990–1993)
  • Dave Ogrean (1993–1999)
  • Doug Palazzari (1999–2005)
  • Dave Ogrean (2005–2018)
  • Patrick Kelleher (2018–present)

National Team Development Program

City Michigan Plymouth, Michigan
League USHL
Division East
Founded 1996
Home arena USA Hockey Arena
Colors Red, White, and Blue               
Franchise history
1996-Present Team USA

USA Hockey also operates the National Team Development Program, based in Plymouth, Michigan. The program's goal is to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. national teams and continued success throughout their future hockey careers.[8] The NTDP consists of two teams; the U.S. National Under-18 Team, and the U.S. National Under-17 Team.[9] The teams compete in the United States Hockey League in addition to playing NCAA colleges and in International competition. Until 2009, the NTDP competed in the North American Hockey League. Numerous NTDP alumni have gone on to play in the NHL. In the 2012-13 season, 60 former NTDP players suited up for NHL teams. In the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, six first-round selections (including no. 1 pick Erik Johnson) were former members of the NTDP. In 2007, four NTDP members were selected in the first round, with Patrick Kane and James van Riemsdyk going 1st and 2nd overall respectively. Through 2013, some 228 NTDP players had been selected in the NHL Entry Draft. The NTDP plays home games at USA Hockey Arena.

Notable alumni:


USA Hockey has divided its control into geographical youth districts as follows: Usahockeydistrictmap.png

National teams

Participation by year

Event Division Host nation Date Result
Men Top  Germany /  France May 5–21, 2017 Lost quarterfinals
(5th overall)
Men U20 Top  Canada December 26, 2016 – January 5, 2017 Champion
(1st overall)
Men U18 Top  Slovakia April 13–23, 2017 Champion
(1st overall)
Women Top United States March 31–April 7, 2017 Champion
(1st overall)
Women U18 Top  Czech Republic January 7–14, 2017 Champion
(1st overall)
Inline Top  Slovakia June 24–July 2, 2017 Champion
(1st overall)
Event Division Host nation Date Result
Men Top  Denmark May 4–20, 2018 Bronze medal
(3rd overall)
Men U20 Top United States December 26, 2017 – January 5, 2018 Bronze medal
(3rd overall)
Men U18 Top  Russia April 19–29, 2018 Runner-up
(2nd overall)
Women U18 Top  Russia January 6–13, 2018 Champion
(1st overall)
Winter Olympics and Paralympics
Men  South Korea February 14–25, 2018 7th place
Women February 10–22, 2018 Gold medal
Sled hockey March 10–18, 2018 Gold medal

Note: The Top Division of the IIHF Women's World Championship is not played during Winter Olympic seasons. The 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship will be played in Finland, with locations and dates to be announced.[10]


  1. ^ Kirsch, George B.; Harris, Othello; Nolte, Claire Elaine (1 January 2000). "Encyclopedia of Ethnicity and Sports in the United States". Greenwood Publishing Group. Retrieved 14 December 2016 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b "American hockey has come a long way since 1980's miraculous gold". CBS. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  3. ^ "USA Hockey encourages kids with NHL dreams to play other sports - ESPN The Magazine". 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  4. ^ "Alliance for Audited Media Snapshot Report - 6/30/2013". Retrieved 2 February 2014.
  5. ^ "2016 - 17 SEASON AGE CLASSIFICATIONS" (PDF). USA Hockey. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  6. ^ "USA Hockey removes usage of traditional age classification names (pee wee, bantam, etc.)". June 22, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Morreale, Mike (2015-12-13). "'Tireless worker' DeGregorio lifted USA Hockey". Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  8. ^ Kennedy, Ryan. "How USA Hockey went from failure to hockey factory - The Hockey News". Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  9. ^ "USA Hockey's National Team Development Program". 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  10. ^ "IIHF Calendar of Events" (PDF). Retrieved April 28, 2018.

External links

  • USA Hockey website
  • U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
  • United States Hockey Hall of Fame Museum
  • Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award
  • USA Hockey official publication
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