USA Hockey

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]

United States of America
Association nameUSA Hockey
FoundedOctober 29, 1937 (1937-10-29)
IIHF membershipApril 26, 1920 (1920-04-26)
PresidentJim Smith
IIHF men's ranking4
IIHF women's ranking1

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 Plymouth, Michigan
Home arenaUSA Hockey Arena
ColorsRed, White, and Blue               
Franchise history
1996-PresentTeam 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:

National teams

Participation by year

EventDivisionHost nationDateResult
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)
EventDivisionHost nationDateResult
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
Sledge hockey March 10–18, 2018 Gold medal
EventDivisionHost nationDateResult
Men Top  Slovakia May 10–26, 2019 Lost quarterfinals
(7th overall)
Men U20 Top  Canada December 26, 2018–January 5, 2019 Runner-up
(2nd overall)
Men U18 Top  Sweden April 18–28, 2019 Bronze medal
(3rd overall)
Women Top  Finland April 4–14, 2019 Champion
(1st overall)
Women U18 Top  Japan January 6–13, 2019 Runner-up
(2nd overall)
EventDivisionHost nationDateResult
Men Top   Switzerland May 8–24, 2020 To be determined
Men U20 Top  Czech Republic December 26, 2019–January 5, 2020 To be determined
Men U18 Top United States April 16–26, 2020 To be determined
Women Top  Canada TBA 2020 To be determined
Women U18 Top  Slovakia TBA 2020 To be determined


  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. "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. 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.
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