AAAHA has operated youth hockey programs since its founding in 1951 and is committed to providing instructional and competitive hockey opportunities, for all players without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, or national origin. AAAHA seeks to develop character, sportsmanship, and physical fitness among the youth in the local community by providing an environment that fosters a positive learning experience, teamwork, and friendship. AAAHA affiliates with USA Hockey, MAHA and other ice hockey associations to promote, encourage and improve the standard of hockey.
Spring schedules are on the AAAHA website Calendar page.
Registration is open (below) for T3 House and Instructional Hockey!
Register at this link for Spring programs!!
Spring T1 and T2 tryout registrations are posted below and will wrap up on 3/29/23.
Plans for our Spring programming will include all programs from our Fall/Winter season. Spring hockey begins the week after AAPS spring break.
Spring hockey for Instructional and House programs will end Memorial Day Weekend. Stay tuned for a new registration process and website. Once launched, the new website address and registration process will be posted HERE!
6U- Mini Mite
Bears (formerly Timbits) beginners ages 4-6
Learn To Play ages 7-14
10U T3 and T2 (2014-2013)
12U T3 and T2 (2012-2011)
14U T3 and T2 (2010-2009)
Girls 12U T3 and T2
For questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teams Midget Major (18U) Tier 1 Midget Minor (16U) Tier 1 (15U) Tier 1 Bantam Major (14U) AAA Bantam Minor (13U) AAA Pee Wee Major (12U) AAA Pee Wee Minor (11U) AAA Squirt Major (10U) AAA 19U Girls 16U Girls 14U Girls 12U Girls
January 24, 2023
Dear Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association membership,
This is an important notification to all members of the AAAHA family.
As was announced to the membership in the fall, the Ann Arbor Ice Cube was sold to Black Bear Sport Group of Bethesda, Maryland. Black Bear Sports Group will assume operations of the facility and all its activities within. As a result, and with no small measure of sadness, but also with an optimistic eye to the future, AAAHA will cease to exist in its current form and no longer oversee minor hockey in Ann Arbor at the end of the current hockey season. Spring hockey at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube will be under the direction of Biggby hockey and Black Bear Sports Group.
Black Bear Sports Group has partnered with the Biggby Hockey to bring their tier I programme to Ann Arbor and grow all levels of hockey in Ann Arbor through their operations. Biggby Hockey and Black Bear Sports Group have indicated they intend to continue operating Tier 2, House and instructional Boys and Girls Hockey programming as well as operate with a volunteer coaching model for these hockey levels.
AAAHA was founded in 1951 and for seven decades has provided a home for generations of sons and daughters to learn and play the great game of hockey. The Association has been a wonderful community enterprise that has meant a great deal to all of us who have played hockey in Ann Arbor. While new leadership and change can breed uncertainty, I am reassured by the fact that amateur hockey in Ann Arbor and it’s success has always been the product of the passion and hard work of our volunteers and those in our community. This will not change. I want to express my sincere thanks to all those past and present who have worked so hard and dedicated so much to make hockey in Ann Arbor the amazing experience we all knew and loved. For those feeling nostalgic, I have attached a document detailing the founding of our Association.
Please also know that the AAAHA Board of Directors are working hard to make sure that the resources accumulated in our Association will be used to continue to support minor hockey in Ann Arbor. The structure and mechanisms of the new AAAHA will be announced in the coming weeks once the details of the new entity are finalized.
For the remainder of the season, all of our hockey programmes will continue as they have in the past. Details about the upcoming Spring season and future hockey programmes will be provided by Biggby hockey and Black Bear Sports Group. Tom Berry will be the director of Biggby Hockey and his contact is email@example.com. As per usual, any questions regarding AAAHA can be directed to Peggy Costello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck to all in the playoffs and with the remainder of your seasons.
Thank you to all for many years of AAAHA hockey and best wishes to all for a bright future for hockey in Ann Arbor.
President, Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association
AAAHA offers teams at all age groups. From 4 year old beginning skaters to 16U travel hockey.
Email our Executive Director to find out which team is a good fit for your skater. email@example.com
New to Hockey? Visit our "Instructional" page. Interested in Girls only hockey? Visit our "Girls" page.
Summer skates are happening now!
Fall/Winter season will begin the first week of September for most house teams.
Travel hockey will begin the end of August.
Registration for Fall is open at the top of this page.
AAAHA will hold a "Welcome Back" day on Sunday 8/28. Watch for details here.
We are excited for our partnerships with Biggby Hockey, The Hockey Garage, Hockey Intelligence, Advantage Strength and All N Stride-Skating Treadmill!
Peter is a former NHL scout with over three decades of playing, coaching, developing, and scouting experience. The rest of our team is comprised of professional youth coaches, former professional hockey players, current collegiate and junior players
Currently, Peter is the senior advisor to the coaching staff for Michigan State University Spartans (BIG10) hockey team. Peter is also a part of USA Hockey serving as a special assignment scout. Ward spent 2016- 2019 as the Head U.S. Scout for the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL. Before his time in Vegas, Peter spent the previous year working as an NHL Agent/Advisor for Newport Sports Management, Inc. (One of the largest and most successful agencies in professional sports.) Prior to working as an agent, Ward spent 8 years working for the U.S. National Team Development Program, serving as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel for 3 years and the Director of Player Personnel for 5 years. During his time with the NTDP, Peter helped the U.S. capture gold 6 times at the IIHF Under-18 Championships. He also identified and recruited over 150 NHL Draft picks including; Auston Matthews, Jack Eichel, Matt & Brady Tkachuk, Quinn Hughes, Dylan Larkin, Zach Werenski, Charlie McAvoy, etc...
Peter works with our house and girls program for on ice development sessions. Our travel teams also work out of the "Hockey Garage" and use Peter's expertise with training our players.
Jeff is a former four year starter at Michigan State University (2005 – 2009) and has been coaching goaltenders for over 14 years. Some of his career highlights include USHL Player of the Year, NCAA National Champion, French League Goalie of the Year, and ECHL All Star. Jeff still plays professionally in the minor leagues and coaches primarily in his off-season. He uses innovative techniques and preaches hard work and dedication to his students in order to help them accomplish their goals.
Jeff and Future Pro instructors lead 6 different on ice Goalie Clinics per season open to all registered AAAHA net minders. Clinics are held on weekends throughout each season.
Located at the Cube!
Advantage Strength and Conditioning has been providing young athletes with safe, fun and effective off-ice training for over 10 years.
We have worked with USA Hockey to provide full season off-ice training programs for ages 10-14, which can be found in the USA Hockey Coaches app. We are also the sought-after presenter for off-ice training topics for all levels of USA Hockey’s Coaching Education Program.
USA Hockey trusts us to develop coaches and young athletes all over the country, and now we’re excited for the opportunity to work with our neighbors in AAAHA.
This partnership would provide AAAHA players with a unique opportunity to learn and practice off-ice skills, helping them to develop as athletes and encourage lifelong enjoyment of exercise and healthy habits.
AAAHA's Covid Response Committee is here to help the local authorities and rink staff with any contact tracing or information they may need from our Association.
If any coach/parent/player has reason to believe they have been exposed, or has received a positive test, please reach out to us or your head coach immediately.
Peggy Costello firstname.lastname@example.org
Audrey McHugh email@example.com
Chris Andrianopoulos firstname.lastname@example.org
Washtenaw County Health Department
If you have health-related questions, talk to your health care provider, or call the Michigan coronavirus hotline at 1-888-535-6136. The hotline is open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Below is a link to the CDC website with some helpful information.
Move-Up Requests for Players
It is the default policy of AAAHA/MAHA to place individual registrants on teams in the appropriate age division dictated by player birth year.
Requests to move players up to an older division level are exceptions to this policy. Requests should be submitted, in writing to the Executive Director and ACE Director to be considered.
It is the policy of AAAHA to have all players first participate in evaluations within their natural age group. The evaluation panel will be instructed to identify any players whose skill level is such that a play-up request, if previously tendered, would qualify for further evaluation. Such candidates will then be evaluated along with players in the older age division. If the player in question clearly evaluates in the upper 50% of the older age division and does not displace an otherwise age qualified player, move up requests may be approved after review by the Executive Director and ACE Director on a case by case basis. Decisions of the Executive Director, ACE Director are final and may not be appealed.
For the 2022-2023 season, move-up requests must be submitted no later than August 1,2022.
House Jerseys and Apparel Director
Team Manager Coordinator
If you are a new parent checking out our options for beginning hockey, please proceed to our Instructional page for more information.
For schedule information, please visit our calendar page. Be sure to "tag" the program you are looking for on the calendar. Email IceScheduler@aaaha.org
For questions about our House Program, Instructional program, MAHA, volunteering, or our Girls program, please contact our Executive Director, Peggy Costello @ email@example.com
For questions about our Travel Program, please contact our Travel Director, David DeYoung at Traveldirector@aaaha.org
For questions about our Mite Program, please contact our Mite Coordinator, Bob Forbes at Mitecoordinator@aaaha.org
For Coaching questions, please contact our Coaching Director, David Ford at Coachingdirector@aaaha.org
For questions about volunteering, please contact our Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about Jerseys and apparel, please contact our Jersey Coordinator, Rhonda Ford at email@example.com
For questions about goalie development, please contact Adam Winters @ Housegoaliecoordinator@aaaha.org
For questions about payments, please contact our Treasurer, Phil Miller @ Treasurer@aaaha.org
Proceed to the Instructional tab near the top of this page to find the skill and age-appropriate choice for your child's introduction to ice hockey.
All of our instructional programs welcome both girls and boys. Two sessions of Timbits and Learn-To-Play Hockey are offered, one beginning in October, the other in January. The Mini-Mite program begins in October and ends in mid March.