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Is Tier III the path to Tier II Ice Hockey?

What is the best path to Tier II or how can I get into Tier II? This is one of the most common questions asked when somebody contacts me. There is not one best answer. For every player there is a different path. Of course, the stats show you where most of the Tier II players come from. But, as mentioned before, it’s not the complete answer. [continue reading…]

USA Junior Hockey Tier III – do your homework!

Tier III Hockey (pay to play leagues) in the US is offered all over the USA. There are 7 leagues with a total of 171 teams (number at the beginning of the season). Before you send the first check to a team you better make sure you did your homework about the league and the team you will be playing for. Not all leagues and teams are the same! [continue reading…]

Which is the best Tier III US Hockey League?

Tier III LogosThis is a question which is put forth all the time by players as well as parents. Simple question, simple answer. Not quite. If you ask a member of one of the leagues, the answer is obvious. The league which they represent is the best! In alphabetical order, the EHL Premier, NA3HL and USPHL Premier are considered the best, of the 11, Tier III leagues. Is one better than the other?  [continue reading…]

US Junior Ice Hockey – Leagues

In a previous post I compared Swiss Junior Hockey with the USA Hockey Junior model  {Junior Hockey: Comparison USA – Switzerland}. The US Junior Hockey system is hard to understand for a European. I see this in the dazzled looks every time I try to explain the various Tier’s, and Leagues in the Tier III, and the emails I receive on the subject.  Here’s an attempt to explain the US Junior Hockey system, mostly based on a recent article by Alex Kyrias, Director Communications and Sales, NAHL (Junior Hockey: make the smart and informed decision) [continue reading…]