TO: AAHA Youth & Girls Member Families, Leagues, Member Clubs and Coaches
FROM: Glenn Hefferan, AAHA President
DATE: March 30, 2020
RE: Indefinite Postponement of Youth and Girls Tryouts
Please be advised, in light of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the extension of nationwide social distancing guidelines through April 30th, and other standing mandates issued by the States of Delaware, New Jersey and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) has indefinitely postponed all tryouts and/or related contracting for the 2020-21 regular season teams, for all youth and girls age levels and roster classifications.
Pursuant to USA Hockey and AAHA Rules, should any activity occur that can be construed as a violation or deemed to be an effort to contravene the indefinite postponement of the 2020-21 season tryouts and/ or related contracting, the violating club or association shall be subject disciplinary actions that include, but not limited to; ineligibility for post-season District and National Tournament competition, or suspension from all AAHA sanctioned activities.
As circumstances evolve, we will post the latest information on our website at www.atlantic-district.org. Please direct additional questions through your current organization.
We are all looking forward to normalcy and return to a routine that includes hockey as well as other activities that we enjoy. I hope you remain optimistic, patient and most of all, healthy. We are all in this together.
The United States Premier Hockey League, and its tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, are proud to announce their 2020 NCDC Combines, set to take place in Detroit, Mich. (April 10-11) and Chicago, Ill. (May 1-2).
These Combines will feature guaranteed scouting opportunities by coaches from the USPHL’s Tier-2 tuition-free National Collegiate Development Conference, along with additional scouting opportunities with other USPHL teams.
Players born between Jan. 1, 2000, and Dec. 31, 2004, will be eligible.
Registration costs only $79 for each Combine. The USPHL is dedicated to providing a great value to prospective players to show their skills in front of NCDC coaches and begin new relationships.
Players will be guaranteed a minimum of three scrimmage games, and there will be goaltender-specific training sessions at each event. There will also be an informational seminar about the United States Premier Hockey League and its unparalleled USPHL Development Model.
The NCDC Detroit Combine (April 10-11) will be held at Fraser Hockeyland at 34400 Utica Road, Fraser, Mich., in the northern suburbs of Detroit, Mich. It is just over 30 minutes drive from Detroit Wayne County Airport. Players can stay at the Hampton Inn Detroit/Roseville (33680 Gratiot Ave, Clinton Township, MI 48035) with a special room rate. The Hampton Inn is eight minutes drive from Fraser Hockeyland.
The NCDC Chicago Combine (May 1-2) will be held at the Fifth Third Arena at 1801 West Jackson Blvd., in Chicago, Ill. Fifth Third Arena is the practice facility for the Chicago Blackhawks. Located in downtown Chicago, it is just over 30 minutes drive from O’Hare International Airport, and under 30 minutes from Chicago Midway International Airport. There are countless lodging options in the Chicagoland area, all within a short drive of Fifth Third Arena.
Invitations to NCDC tryout camps for the 2020-21 season will be offered to select players from each Combine. The NCDC Draft will be held on May 15, and NCDC teams will be scouting players for potential selections in that event to be held less than two weeks after the Chicago Combine.
The cost for each three-day combine is $79, with a three-game guarantee as well as off-ice activities, and player evaluations.
Also included: jersey, skate sharpening, laundry, accredited on-ice officials, and medical staff on site.
There will also be a Q&A/information seminar during each combine, where players and their parents, if in attendance, can ask questions directly of NCDC coaches and USPHL league officials.
The USPHL and its tuition-free division, the NCDC, are providing an unparalleled, comprehensive on-and off-ice recruiting opportunity for players from throughout the United States. Sign up today, as registration will be limited.
About the NCDC
The NCDC is the only tuition-free junior hockey league that is fully located in the Northeastern United States, limiting travel to New York, New Jersey and the New England states. This allows players to spend more time on development, both on-and off-ice, than traveling on a bus.
With the unmatched USPHL Showcase Series, NCDC players have several opportunities each season to play in front of several scouts at well-attended multi-day, multi-tiered events.
There were more than 400 former players from the USPHL’s top division skating with NCAA hockey teams during the 2019-20 season. This included individual season-ending award-winners from multiple NCAA Division 1 conferences.
More than 100 players committed to college hockey out of the 2018-19 NCDC season alone, and more than 30 of those players advanced to NCAA Division 1 institutions from what was then a 12-team league.
USPHL alumni currently skating in the NHL include players such as Jack Eichel, Charlie Coyle, Brian Dumoulin, Jimmy Vesey and Trevor van Riemsdyk.
Affiliation With Richmond Generals Jr A Hockey Club Announced
by posted 01/10/2020
The Richmond Generals Junior A Program and the Palmyra Black Knights AAA Youth Program Have Formed an Affiliation
The Richmond Generals Junior A program has set up an affiliation with the Palmyra Black Knights Tier 1 hockey club. Both clubs play in the USPHL league with Palmyra fielding U16/U18 Tier 1 Youth teams and the Generals fielding Junior teams at the Elite and Premier levels. This affiliation will be a huge asset for both programs providing our players with top development opportunities from the Youth level through Juniors.
The Richmond Generals Junior program has established a reputation as one of the top developmental Junior Programs in the country that develops players that move to the next level of Junior hockey or College hockey. The Black Knights Tier 1 hockey club has established a great reputation at the Tier 1 AAA level in a short period of time developing and producing quality hockey players and young men. The core values and development model of the staff at Palmyra align directly with the values that the Generals Junior program believes in and uses to help develop and advance their players.
“The mission of the Palmyra Black Knights Tier I hockey club is to create a positive productive environment for players to develop and progress as young men and hockey players. The goal is that this development will allow the opportunity for each player to be promoted to highest possible next level and ultimately a college hockey opportunity. The Richmond Generals Junior Hockey Club’s mission is completely aligned and is a fantastic next step for our players deserving of that opportunity. The PBK Hockey Club is extremely excited and pleased to be officially affiliated with the Richmond General Hockey Club under the outstanding leadership of RC Lyke who does an outstanding job of developing and getting players committed to the next Jr level or college hockey!” – Rich Eby Director of Player Advancement – Palmyra Black Knight Hockey Club
" The decision to make an affiliation with the Palmyra Black Knight Tier 1 hockey club and Rich Eby was an easy one for me to make. Rich has an excellent reputation in the Pennsylvania area and his values and thoughts on developing players are very similar to mine. This affiliation will provide opportunities for Palmyra players to continue to develop after their Youth careers are finished in a top Junior A program. This will also provide an opportunity for me to place players in the Palmyra Tier 1 hockey program at the U16 and U18 youth levels to develop and come to play for me when they are ready. I am very excited to be working with Rich Eby and his staff at Palmyra and look forward to providing our players with great development opportunities moving forward." R.C. Lyke Head Coach and GM of the Richmond Generals Junior A Elite and Premier Teams in the USPHL.