USA Hockey

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USA Hockey
USA Hockey.svg
Association nameUSA Hockey
FoundedOctober 29, 1937; 85 years ago (1937-10-29)
IIHF membershipMarch 22, 1947 (1947-03-22)
PresidentMike Trimboli
IIHF men's ranking4
IIHF women's ranking1

USA Hockey is the national ice hockey organization in the United States. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic & Paralympic 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] Before June 1991, the organization was known as the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (AHAUS).

The organization is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Its mission is to promote the growth of ice hockey in the U.S.[2] USA Hockey programs support and develop players, coaches, officials, and facilities. USA Hockey also has junior ice hockey and senior ice hockey programs, and supports a disabled ice hockey program. USA Hockey provides certification programs for coaches and officials.[4] Members of the organization receive a subscription to USA Hockey Magazine.[5]


The Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (AHAUS) was founded on October 29, 1937, in New York City by Tommy Lockhart.[2] When he first started operating AHAUS, the paperwork fit into a shoebox in his apartment.[6][7][8] The need for a national governing body for hockey came from the desire to efficiently manage the growing game of ice hockey, rather than having several different groups which included the Amateur Athletic Union.[9]

In September 1938, Lockhart reached signed an agreement with W. G. Hardy of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) which regulated international games in North America, set out provisions for transfer of players between the organizations, and recognized of each other's authority.[10] In 1940, he led AHAUS into a union with the CAHA by establishing the International Ice Hockey Association, and served as its vice-president.[11] AHAUS was admitted as a member of the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace in 1947, being recognized as the international governing body of hockey in the United States instead of the Amateur Athletic Union which was previously recognized by the IIHF.[12]

Lockhart established the first national ice hockey tournaments for pre-high school boys in 1949.[9] He announced the establishment of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on May 19, 1968, to be located in the town of Eveleth, Minnesota.[13] Lockhart was succeeded as president by William Thayer Tutt in 1972.[14]

Executive personnel[edit]


Executive directors

  • Hal Trumble (1972–1987)
  • Bob Johnson (1987–1990)
  • Baaron Pittenger (1990–1993)
  • Dave Ogrean (1993–1999)
  • Doug Palazzari (1999–2005)
  • Dave Ogrean (2005–2017)
  • Pat Kelleher (2017–present)

Director of hockey operations

Coaching directors

Chief medical officers

Hall of fame[edit]


Playing levels[edit]

Until 2016, USA Hockey used division names such as Mite, Squirt, and Pewee in their youth levels and to indicate the age level of the players.[22] Starting with the 2016–17 season, USA Hockey started using divisions labeled with the oldest age in the group.[citation needed]


Map of USA Hockey districts

USA Hockey has divided its control into geographical youth districts as follows:[23]

  • Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
  • Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska
  • Ohio, Indiana, Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky
New England
  • Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire
New York
Northern Plains
  • Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming
  • California, Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska, Oregon, Washington
Rocky Mountain
  • Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, New Mexico
  • Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland

National teams[edit]

National Team Development Program[edit]

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.[24] The NTDP consists of two teams; the U.S. National Under-18 Team, and the U.S. National Under-17 Team.[25] 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.

International participation by year[edit]

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
Event Division Host nation Date Result
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)
Event Division Host nation Date Result
Men Top  Switzerland May 8–24, 2020
Men U20 Top  Czech Republic December 26, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Lost quarterfinals
(6th overall)
Men U18 Top United States April 16–26, 2020
Women Top  Canada March 31–April 10, 2020
Women U18 Top  Slovakia December 26, 2019 – January 2, 2020 Champion
(1st overall)

Chipotle-USA Hockey Nationals[edit]

USA Hockey has conducted the country’s ice hockey national championship tournaments since 1938, with teams from all across the United States crowned champions across various classifications.[26] The 2022 Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships crowned champions at 25 different classifications, across nine different host sites across the country. Champions represented 17 different states.[27]


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