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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 Championship Tournaments

Registration is now closed for teams to declare as a Nationals Bound, the list of those teams are below. The locations for the 2017 tournaments are listed below. If there are any questions please contact Ed Morris.

Tier I Bantam 14U, Midget 15U, 16U and 18U

Tier 1 Bantam 14U Tournament
Location: Greensboro Ice House
Dates: February 11-12, 2017
Best 2 out of 3 games, 1.75 Hours per game, 3 Officials
Cost: $1,250

Teams Registered
14U Teams
Jr. Hurricanes
Team Carolina

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

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

18U Teams

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

Tier II Bantam 14U NC Tournament
Location: Extreme Ice Center
Dates: March 3-5, 2017
2 Divisions, 12 Games, 1.75 Hours per game, 3 Officials
Note - 7 team tournament details below
Seeding criteria will be CHL Standings using already established tie-breakers.
Division A is Seed 1,3,5,7 and Division B is Seed 2,4,6
Division A will play 6 Round Robin Games
Division B will play 3 Round Robin Games
Semi-Finals will be Division A 1st vs Division B 2nd and Division B 1st vs Division A 2nd
Championship will be winner of Semi-Final game
Cost: $1,350

Tier II Midget 16U NC Tournament
Location: Pineville Ice House
Dates: March 3-5, 2017
7 Games, 2 Hours per game, 4 Officials
Cost: $1,600

Tier II Midget 18U NC Tournament
Location: Pineville Ice House
Dates: March 3-5, 2017
7 Games, 2 Hours per game, 4 Officials
Cost: $1,600

Teams Registered
14U Teams - NC
Carolina Eagles
Carolina Stars
Carolina Stars 03
Charlotte Jr. Checkers
Jr Hurricanes
Pineville Falcons
Wilmington IceHawks

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

16U Teams NC
Carolina Eagles
Carolina Stars
Charlotte Jr. Checkers
Jr. Hurricanes

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

18U Teams NC
Carolina Eagles
Charlotte Jr. Checkers 18UAA
Charlotte Jr. Checkers 18UA
Jr. Hurricanes

18U Teams SC

Play Up Policy Amended for the 2016-2017 Season

The CAHA Board of Directors recently adopted a proposal for amendments to the Play Up Policy which are effective for the 2016-2017 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.

For the 2016-2017 season bylaw articles 19.2 through 19.12 shall apply.

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 March 2016

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.

CAHA Affiliate SafeSport and Goalie Coordinator

CAHA is looking to fill two roles within the affiliate - an Affiliate SafeSport Coordinator and an Affiliate Goalie Coordinator.  Below are job descriptions for each role. Please send applications to for Goalie Coordinator and for Safe Sport
   These are volunteer positions who get reimbursed for expenses supporting the Affiliate's activities.  If interested, please submit a copy of your hockey  application and a professional resume with your response by 2/13/17 to be considered.

2016 CAHA Boys Prospects Tryouts

The 2016 Boys Prospect Tryouts was held April 15-17, 2016 at the Extreme Ice Center located in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Tryouts were open to all male U.S. citizens born in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

1999, 2000 and 2001 players selected during the Affiliate tryouts will advance to the Southeastern District National Camp Tryout. The Southeastern District National Camp Tryout selects players to attend the USA Hockey National Camps and Festivals held during the summer. Nineteen (19) 2002 birth year players, 2 Goalies, 12 Forwards and 5 Defense will be selected from the Affiliate tryout to advance to the Southeastern District 14 Camp held annually during the summer.

2016 Selections

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