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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.

CAHA Affiliate National Bound Girls’ Tryout Announcement

The Carolina Amateur Hockey Association and the CAHA Girls’/Women’s Committee are very excited to announce that tryout registration is now open for the 19U, 16U, and 14U Girls’ National Bound CAHA Affiliate Teams for the 2016 – 2017 playing season. Tryouts are set to take place in Raleigh at the Polar Ice House - Wake Forest on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Tentative times have been set for 10:45 AM and 7:30 PM and any updates in time will be posted to the CAHA website on the Girls’/Women’s page prior to tryouts. Tryout registration cost is $50 plus the small fee associated with credit card payments.Please note that all players are required to register in their appropriate age division and online registration cut-off is September 14, 2016 at 11:00 PM.

Click here for more information.

Click here to REGISTER for tryouts.

Girls' Skill Clinic with Digit Murphy and Kristi Kehoe

The Carolina Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) invites you to participate in a Girls' Skill Clinic with former Boston Blades and Brown University Head Coach Digit Murphy and current New England College Head Coach Kristi Kehoe that will be held at the Polar Ice House at The Factory in Wake Forest, NC. This CAHA, Raleigh Youth Hockey Association, and Team Carolina Girls’ Hockey sponsored event is being offered free of charge and is open to any female hockey player that has interest in attending.

All skill levels are welcome!

A USA Hockey registration confirmation number is required to register for this event. Don't know your registration confirmation number? Click here to request a duplicate registration confirmation.

Online Registration – The clinic is free of charge but we do ask that each participant register online to help ensure we have an adequate number of coaches available for the session.

CAHA would like to extend a Thank You to both Team Carolina and Raleigh Youth Hockey Association for helping to sponsor this event and make it possible.

The schedule for the Polar Ice House at The Factory clinic on Sunday, September 18, 2016 is as follows:

  • 8:00 - 8:45 am, Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:15 am, On-ice Session #1
  • 10:30 - 11:15 am, Off-ice Session (speed, agility, strength training)
  • 11:15 - 11:45 am, Lunch/Snack Break
  • 12:15 - 1:45 pm, On-ice Session #2
  • 2:00 - 2:30 pm, Meet & Greet with Digit Murphy and Kristi Kehoe

The Polar Ice House at The Factory address is: 1839 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC.

In addition to the Skills Clinic, CAHA will also be holding tryouts for the Affiliate Girls’ National Bound Teams and hosting a Coaching Education Clinic during the same weekend at The Factory. Information on the tryouts can be found here and information on the coaching clinic will be available shortly. Digit Murphy will be preparing and heading up the Coaching Clinic with Kristi Kehoe. Coaching seminars will be broken up by age divisions with an emphasis on coaching female hockey players. Look for registration and an outline which will be available soon.

As always, please call or email with any questions and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at the clinic.

Paul Fidishun
Carolina Amateur Hockey Association
Girls' and Women's Committee Chair

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

CAHA Board of Directors Special Election – South Carolina

Pursuant to CAHA Bylaw 14.12, a special election is being called for the South Carolina 2 – Charleston Director position to fill a vacancy caused by a recent resignation.

A nomination from the Charleston area was not received, therefore, the South Carolina 2 director position shall be declared ‘at large’ for the remainder of the unexpired term only. Any Registered Participant Member of CAHA/USA Hockey residing in the state of South Carolina is eligible for nomination.

South Carolina 2 AT LARGE

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 South Carolina Member Associations for voting.


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.

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

CAHA 2016 Tournament Schedules and Results

The 2016 CAHA Tournament Schedules are completed and being posted in the Tournaments section of Youth Hockey.  They can be found here:

Tournament Results

Peewee Championship, Feb 5-7 @ Greensboro Icehouse * Completed *
Peewee Champion - Carolina Lightning, Finalist - Pineville Falcons

NC Bantam Championship, Mar 4-6 @ Greensboro Icehouse * Completed *
Champion - Jr. Hurricanes, Finalist - Carolina Eagles

NC Midget 16U Championship, Mar 4-6 @ Pineville Icehouse * Completed *
Champion- Jr. Checkers, Finalist - Jr. Hurricanes

NC Midget 18U Championship, Mar 4-6 @ Pineville Icehouse * Completed *
Champion - Carolina Lightning , Finalist - Triad Storm

Questions about the tournaments?
Ed Morris
Steve McKirdy

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

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