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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 Camp Tryouts

The 2017 Tryouts will be held on April 21 to 23, 2017 at the Extreme Ice Center located in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Tryouts are open to all male U.S. citizens born in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003.

2000, 2001 and 2002 birthyear 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. 2003 birth year players will be selected from the Affiliate tryout to advance to the Southeastern District 14 Camp held annually during the summer.

Early Bird Registration February 6 to March 26, 2017
2003 Birthyear Registration

2002, 2001, 2000 Birthyear Registration

Final Schedule as of 3/15/2017
2003 Birthyear
Friday 4/21/17 - 2-3pm Warmup Ice and 7:30-9pm Games
Saturday 4/22/17 - 7:50-9:20am and 12:20-1:50pm Games
Saturday 4/22/17 - 11:10am-12:10pm Goalie Evaluations

2002 Birthyear
Saturday 4/22/17 - 9:30-11:00am and 4:30-6:00pm Games
Saturday 4/22/17 - 11:10am-12:10pm Goalie Evaluations

2001 Birthyear
Sunday 4/23/17 - 9:40am-11:10pm and 2:40-4:10pm Games
Sunday 4/23/17 - 11:50-12:50pm Goalie Evaluations

2000 Birthyear
Sunday 4/23/17 - 8-9:30am and 1-2:30pm Games
Sunday 4/23/17 - 11:50-12:50pm Goalie Evaluations

Note - 2002-2000 Birthyear selected players will attend the 2017 SE District Tryouts on May 12-14, 2017 at the Extreme Ice Center. All 2003 Birthyear selected players will attend the 2017 SE District Select 14 Camp in July (TBD Date),

2017 CAHA Championship Tournaments- COMPLETED

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

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

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 - COMPLETED

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

Important Dates 2016-2017


March 10 - 12, 2017: Southeast District Girls/Women's tournament

March 30 - April 3, 2017: High School National Championship

April 6 - 9, 2017: Youth Tier I & Tier II National Championships

April 9, 2017: Girls' Tier II National Championship

April 14 - 16, 2017: CAHA Festival Weekend

April 21 - 23, 2017: CAHA Player Development Tryouts

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

July 15-16 CAHA annual meeting (PNC Arena - Raleigh)

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 are 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.

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