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USA – Youth Ice Hockey

In Europe’ Junior Hockey includes all age levels starting at U6 and going all the way up to U20. In the US they distinguish between Youth Hockey and Junior Hockey. Youth hockey starts at the U6 level (Mites) up to U18 (Midget). The Junior Hockey Leagues age group is 16 – 20 (see my post US Junior Ice Hockey – Leagues). There is an overlap at the 16-18 age level where players already play in Junior Leagues or at the Midget (Youth) level (more about this further down). [continue reading…]

Does Birth Month Affect Success in Hockey?

 

The debate about whether being born in the first few months of the calendar year poses a significant advantage for a hockey player over being born in the latter months of the year isn’t new. The argument that a player born in January of a particular calendar year will have a distinct developmental advantage over a player born in December of the same year isn’t even really something that can be debated; at least not in the “on average” sense, and especially not in the early years of physical development. The fact is kids born in January are typically bigger, stronger and more advanced than kids born in December of the same birth year, during the early years of development. [continue reading…]