Hockey North America

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Hockey North America (HNA) is a non-checking, non-fighting organized adult ice hockey organization separate from USA Hockey. HNA is operated by Adult Ice Hockey Federation, Ltd.


Established in 1980 as the National Novice Hockey League, or NNHL, the group started the very first school for the adult beginner.

In addition to leagues in several areas of the United States, Canada and Europe HNA also offers Adult Beginner Hockey School, vacation tournaments, and "National Team" trips to Europe. Teams compete at Level A through D, with the Beginner Schools not actively competing until they finish their training.

One of the highlights of HNA is the National Championships held in either Toronto, Ontario, Canada or Las Vegas, Nevada. Teams qualify by either winning their local tier championships, play in the local playoff finals or receive a special invitation from the league.


HNA offers adult recreational hockey almost year round, at all levels. The main season is the Fall/Winter Season (regular season). This season usually begins between October and November, and consists of 20 regular season games plus double elimination playoffs for those team which qualify. The playoff champion of each division automatically qualifies for the HNA National Championships.

The Spring Season is a newer product HNA offers and consists of 12 regular season games plus on playoff game for every team. This season usually starts in March or April (depending on location), and often overlaps both Fall/Winter and Summer Seasons. Champions from this season do not qualify for the HNA National Championship.

The Summer Season is a 12-15 game season with one playoff game guaranteed to every team. Summer seasons typically begin in June or July and runs until October or November. Champions from this season do not qualify for the HNA National Championship. Season format and scheduling varies from city to city.

HNA Cities[edit]

  • Boston
  • Calgary
  • Chicago
  • Cleveland
  • Detroit
  • New Jersey
  • New York/Westchester
  • St. Louis
  • Stavanger, Norway
  • Vancouver
  • Washington, DC

See also[edit]

List of ice hockey leagues


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