The Atlantic Youth Hockey League (AYHL) is the premier Tier I AAA travel league on the East Coast. It is comprised of over 125 teams from the Atlantic, Southeast, New York, and New England Districts.
It is the AYHL’s mission to train and develop young athletes to prepare them for the highest levels of the game, including NCAA Division I Hockey and Professional.
The League’s levels play begin at the 10U level and advance to the highly competitive and scouted 18U level. The 10U thru 14U levels are generally birth year specific and all have a minor and major age-level component. The Major teams are typically the older team, comprised mostly of players playing in their second year at the level.
15-Pure (or often referred to as 15-Only) consists of a pure, single birth year group of teams with no underage players. At 16U we offer three levels of competition with American, Elite and Premier levels while 18U offers an Elite and Premier level. Tier I Youth teams have a large workload when it comes to their playing commitment. There are more practices, games and tournaments and generally more traveling than with associations playing at the Tier II or Recreational levels. At the end of the regular season, all eligible teams will compete for the AYHL Championship at their respective levels.
The AYHL has an impressive and ever-growing list of Alums that currently play in the National Hockey League and NCAA and ACHA college hockey.
Tier 1 Elite Hockey League
Tier 1 Elite Hockey League is the Nation’s premier amateur hockey league featuring more than 20 organizations stretching from coast to coast.
With significant visibility, top-level talent, and elite coaching often coming from the upper levels of professional hockey, the Tier 1 Elite League boasts the ability to move young, talented players to organizations such as Major Junior, Tier I Jr Hockey, NCAA Hockey, NHL, and other professional leagues.
The T1EHL showcase tournaments and games are heavily attended by scouts from the USHL, NCAA schools, and the OHL due to the convenience of seeing many top players in one game or weekend. This has led to a significant percentage of Tier 1 players moving on, making the league one of the most respected in the United States for amateur hockey.
Leagues Team Maryland Play In
Eastern Hockey League
Located in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States, the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) and its 19 teams celebrates its 7th season in 2019-20. For the past four years, the EHL has finished as the leader in the Direct-To-College Advancement at the Division II and III levels. This past season alone, the EHL accounted for nearly 1 in every 5 freshmen on Division II and III rosters.
To go along with the NCAA Commitments, the EHL has also helped over 75 players work their way up the USA Hockey Ladder of Development to the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the United States Hockey League (USHL). This area of advancement is also not limited to just players, as the EHL has seen a number of coaches make the jump up the ladder as well.
With every player comes a different path and next step. Whether it's college hockey or staying under the USA Hockey umbrella, the EHL and the EHLP provide all of our players with the resources to improve their game and keep climbing in their respective journeys. Every story is different, and we're ready to help you write the next chapter in yours.
North American Prospects Hockey League
North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is made up of three Leagues: T1ER (Tier 1), SHOW (Tier I/ II), and the FALL League (September / October Season).
The NAPHL has established itself as one of the premier grounds for development and exposure. The success of teams on the National stage, as well as the success of NAPHL players at the next levels of hockey, is further proof that the NAPHL is redefining exposure and has elevated itself to one of the premier training grounds for development and opportunity.
The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement in recent seasons, which is highlighted by a large amount of advancement of players to the North American Hockey League (NAHL). In 2021, the NAPHL had a record 89 players Tendered or Drafted into the NAHL. Plus 123 Players were tendered or Drafted into the NA3HL.
Since 2020, no other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the NAHL than the NAPHL.
The NAPHL is operated by the NAHL's experienced staff and provides an organized and competitive experience guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes.
The NAPHL is composed of regular-season events leading up to its Championship Tournament in which the top teams at each level compete for a league championship.
Tier 2 Local Leagues
Cheasepeake Bay Hockey League
Founded in 1975 as the Capital Beltway Hockey League, the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (CBHL) is sanctioned by USA Hockey Tier II league through its membership in the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA).
The association is governed by its bylaws and an elected Board of Directors. The CBHL exists to provide a fun, safe and properly supervised atmosphere for hockey instruction that emphasizes skill development and also promotes the establishment of value-based life lessons on the part of its players, including the importance of hard work, dedication to goals, good sportsmanship, and discipline.
Capital Corridor Hockey League
The Capital Corridor Hockey League (CCHL) is a competitive ice hockey league with weekend-only games and limited weeknight practices. Participating teams consist of players with skill levels that range from those that are new to hockey to others who generally have skills slightly below Tier 2 B level. Some teams may have limited numbers of higher skilled players.
The CCHL consists of clubs located throughout the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region. The CCHL strives to provide an opportunity for young men and women to participate in an organized and competitive environment, to foster player development and to provide opportunities for personal growth and enrichment.