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Designated USA Hockey Affiliate Association 
for North and South Carolina

“Ensuring every day will be a great day for hockey!”

Carolina Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) is the USA Hockey governing body for ice hockey in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina. Formed in 2000, CAHA's mission is to encourage, foster and promote the development and growth of the sport of amateur hockey in North Carolina and South Carolina.

2017 CAHA Player Development Tryouts

CAHA Board of Directors Election

The CAHA Board of Directors is currently in the nomination process for two (2) Director openings in North Carolina and one (1) Director opening in South Carolina.

Any Registered Participant Member of CAHA may nominate himself / herself or any other person who resides within the geographic district of the open Director position(s). Nominations shall be in writing and must include: (a) the registered participant member's name and address, (b) the nominee's name, address, and acceptance statement, and (c) a brief resume of the nominee's qualifications and hockey-related experience.

Nominations close May 8, 2017

TERM OF OFFICE: 2017 - 2020
North Carolina 2 Charlotte, NC
North Carolina 6 Raleigh, NC
South Carolina 2 Charleston, SC

Please carefully read the election rules. Failure to properly follow the rules may void any or all nominations received during this process. All nominations received within the specified time frame and in accordance with the nomination rules will be placed upon a ballot and forwarded to CAHA Member Associations for voting.

2017 CAHA Clinics and Events

CAHA will be hosting several events and skill development clinics on the weekend of April 14-15, 2017.

Click on the tabs below for information on each event and links to online registration.

Each Checking Clinic requires a separate registration. If you would like to attend BOTH clinics, be sure to register for both.

All events require USA Hockey registration.

  • Don't know your 2016-2017 registration confirmation number? Click here to request a duplicate registration receipt.
  • Not registered for the 2016-2017 season? Click here to register for the 2017-2018 season (available April 1, 2017).

Important Dates 2016-2017

April 21 - 23, 2017: CAHA Player Development Tryouts

April 21 - 23, 2017: Southeast District Girls' Tryouts

May 12 - 14, 2017:Boys National Camp Tryouts

May 16 -19. 2017: North American Rink Conference, Columbus, OH

June 7- 10, 2017: USA Hockey Annual Congress

July 15-16, 2017: CAHA Annual Meeting (PNC Arena - Raleigh)

August 1, 2017:Grant Review

September 1, 2017: Grant Notification


Our own Jr. Canes 18U AA team represented CAHA and won Nationals by beating the Delaware Ducks 3 - 1 in the Final Championship game.

The Jr Canes have had teams attend the nationals in their history and a few have advanced to the finals. This is the first Championship they have brought home.

We want to thank and congratulate the team, parents and coaches for a great showing and season.

Hobey Baker High School Character Award

Success in life, much like success in hockey, demands more than skill alone. It demands a positive attitude, an excellent work ethic, and a will to succeed, no matter how hard it can be. We would like to congratulate our Hobey Baker High School Character Award winners who were recognized at the Carolina Hurricanes Game.

Eric Olsen representing the Hurricanes

Eric Daniel representing the  Carolina Eagles

Evan Hoey representing the Junior Hurricanes

Matt Scicchitano representing the Fusion

Mackenzie Dawes representing the Pineville Falcons

In 2003 they established the Hobey Baker High School Character Award to honor high school hockey players who exemplify the Hobey Baker ideal that "Character Builds Excellence." Candidates for a High School Hobey Baker Award are selected by their coaches, based on the following criteria: 

    •     Integrity and positive attitude
    •     Coachability
    •     Outstanding sportsmanship
    •     Community spirit

Each year, a single senior hockey player from each participating high school is selected by his or her coach to be honored by teammates and celebrated by the school and the community for outstanding individual performance on and off the ice.

Winners receive a personalized commemorative plaque – and a distinction shared by some of the top players to ever hit the ice: Hobey Baker winner.

From left to right; Eric Daniel, Evan Hoey, Mackenzie Dawes, Matt Scicchitano and Eric Olsen

Thanks to Canes Vision

2017 CAHA Championship Tournaments

All Tournaments are completed and teams have been selected to represent CAHA in the USA Hockey National Championship Tournaments or Southeastern District Tournament. If there are any questions please contact Ed Morris.

Tier I Bantam 14U, Midget 15U, 16U

14U Team
Jr. Hurricanes - CAHA Champion, advances to Southeastern District Tournament

15U Team
Jr. Hurricanes - Automatically advances to Southeastern District Tournament

16U Team
Team Carolina - Automatically advances to Southeastern District Tournament

Tier II Bantam 14U, Midget 16U and 18U

14U Teams - NC
Jr. Hurricanes - CAHA NC Champion advances to USA Hockey Nationals

14U Teams SC
Charleston Jr. Stingrays - Automatically advances to USA Hockey Nationals for CAHA-SC

16U Teams NC
Carolina Stars - CAHA NC Champion advances to USA Hockey Nationals

16U Teams SC
Charleston Jr. Stingrays - Automatically advances to USA Hockey Nationals for CAHA-SC

18U Teams NC
Jr. Hurricanes - CAHA NC Champion advances to USA Hockey Nationals

18U Teams SC

Play Up Policy Amended for the 2017-2018 Season

The CAHA Board of Directors recently adopted a proposal for amendments to the Play Up Policy which are effective for the 2017-2018 season.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 season: Players aged 13 and under shall not be allowed to move up an age classification except as provided in 19.6
and 19.8.

Please visit the Play Up Policy webpage for full information on recent changes, articles and educational material on long term athlete development.

Play Up Policy - Adopted February 2017

USA Hockey Club Excellence

Club Excellence is a new online portal system designed to give USA Hockey associations a unique home to drive organizational success. The portal walks youth hockey leadership through the day-to-day needs of running a successful youth hockey association.

To access, the local association President or Vice President would need to submit through the link below. Once confirmed, they can invite the rest of the board to join them in the portal. Each leader has a job description, monthly tasks and a resource center with quick reference templates / best practice guides that relates to their association role.

If you have any questions about Club Excellence, please contact Brittany Bobak at (719) 538-1102 or

2016 Chet Stewart Award Winner

A tireless promoter of USA Hockey’s Officiating
 Program, Pat Bush has been instrumental in the
 growth of grassroots officiating development,
particularly in North Carolina and the Southeastern District. When Bush started his service with USA Hockey in 1990, there were only a handful of officials in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he quickly became involved in strengthening the base of local officials. He was a catalyst in forming the local officials association in Raleigh, providing a vehicle for growth and development. He served as president of the organization for many years, and still maintains a strong presence within the association. The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, native started attending instructors’ camps in 1996, but was involved in the seminar process long before that. When the idea to hold a district officiating seminar in Raleigh came up, there were concerns about whether the North Carolina market could fill an entire weekend seminar. Bush worked to ensure the seminar was filled, handled logistical elements of the event, and even personally drove around to pick up younger officials so they could attend. Bush continues to work with young officials to ensure they have proper instruction and evaluation as well as opportunities for continued growth. He has set up a mentoring program, and also started a mini seminar series about officiating education. The presentations, which last from one to three hours, take place throughout the season and exemplify Bush’s dedication to mentoring young officials in the North Carolina community.

The Chet Stewart Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the USA Hockey Officiating Education Program during many years of service to the hockey community as an official and/or volunteer.

New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages

The NHL analytics team uses tracking technology to compare cross-ice to full-ice for 8U players

A cutting-edge NHL analytics team put the test to youth hockey for the first time ever, comparing cross-ice hockey to full-ice hockey. Watch this video and see what you think.

USA Hockey Annual Guide

Each year, USA Hockey publishes its Annual Guide, which details the organization's administrative structure, programs and philosophy, bylaws, rules and regulations and much more.

Official Rules of Ice Hockey

The Official Playing Rules provides consistency for all participants, to ensure a safe and positive playing environment while continuing to focus on skill development and enjoyment of the sport.

Mobile Rulebook

The USA Hockey Mobile Rulebook is the digital version of the current USA Hockey Rulebook. Use the search bar or click on 'Sections' to navigate the vast hockey resources including rules, descriptions, casebook examples and videos. All content can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to access the Mobile Rulebook