USA Hockey

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USA Hockey
Association crest
Association nameUSA Hockey
IIHF membershipMarch 16, 1920
PresidentRon DeGregorio
IIHF men's ranking6[1]
IIHF women's ranking2[1]
usahockey.com
 
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USA Hockey
Association crest
Association nameUSA Hockey
IIHF membershipMarch 16, 1920
PresidentRon DeGregorio
IIHF men's ranking6[1]
IIHF women's ranking2[1]
usahockey.com

USA Hockey (known until 1989 as the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States or AHAUS)[2] is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for amateur ice hockey in the United States and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Founded on March 16, 1920 at the Duquesne Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,[3] the organization is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has nearly 600,000 registered members. Its mission is to promote the growth of hockey in America and provide the best possible experience for all participants by encouraging, developing, advancing and administering the sport.

USA Hockey's primary emphasis is on the support and development of grassroots hockey programs. In January 2009, the organization launched the American Development Model, which - for the first time ever - provides associations nationwide with a blueprint for optimal athlete development. USA Hockey also has junior and adult hockey programs that provide opportunities for players of all ability levels. In addition, the organization supports a disabled hockey program and maintains an inline hockey program.

USA Hockey has 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 hockey publication in the world. Members also receive insurance coverage and access to participate in national championships and player development camps.

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National Team Development Program[edit]

Team USA
USA Hockey.svg
CityMichigan Ann Arbor, Michigan
LeagueUSHL
DivisionEast
Founded1997
Home arenaAnn Arbor Ice Cube
Colors

Red, White, and Blue

              
General managerScott Monaghan & Peter Ward
Head coachDanton Cole & Ron Rolston
Franchise history
1997-PresentTeam USA

USA Hockey also operates the National Team Development Program, based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and composing of a select group of players that have tried out and been selected as the most talented in the nation. The NTDP consists of two teams; the U.S. National Under-18 Team, and the U.S. National Under-17 Team.[5] 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. It is not uncommon to see a number of NTDP alumni make it to the NHL. 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. The NTDP plays home games at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.

Notable alumni:

Districts[edit]

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

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