USA Hockey provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders; fosters Olympic and Paralympic dreams; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport.
USA Hockey was founded out of a shoebox in Tom Lockhart's New York City apartment on Oct. 29, 1937. The organization was known as the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States (AHAUS) and changed to its present name in June 1991.
Today, the organization is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is represented in all 50 states, including more than one million players, coaches, officials, parents and volunteers.
USA Hockey is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all participants and is divided into 12 geographical districts throughout the United States. Within USA Hockey's 12 districts, 34 affiliates provide the formal governance for the sport.
USA Hockey’s primary emphasis is on the support and development of grassroots hockey programs. Its renowned American Development Model provides associations nationwide with a blueprint for age-appropriate athlete development. Always a leader in safety, USA Hockey furthered the enhancement of those efforts by advancing the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program in June 2012.
While youth hockey is a main focus, USA Hockey also has vibrant junior and adult hockey programs that provide opportunities for players of all ability levels. The organization also supports a growing disabled hockey program.
Beyond serving those who play the game at the amateur level, USA Hockey has certification programs for coaches and officials, inclusive of industry-leading online education modules, to ensure standards are met that coincide with the level of play. Furthermore, a large focus is put on parent education with equipment needs, rules of the game and parental roles in youth sports among common topics.
Members of the organization are entitled to many benefits, including a subscription to USA Hockey Magazine, the most widely circulated hockey publication in the world; excess accident, general liability and catastrophic insurance coverage; access to USAHockey.com; and opportunities to participate in USA Hockey National Championships, player development camps, as well as other signature events.
As the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States, USA Hockey is the official representative to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation. In this role, USA Hockey is responsible for organizing and training men’s and women’s teams for international tournaments, including the the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and IIHF and IPC World Championships. USA Hockey also works closely with the NHL, NCAA and IPC on matters of mutual interest.
We seek to attract and build a diverse and inclusive organization and membership at every level. We are committed to creating a welcoming environment for all without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, culture, health, veteran status, color, beliefs, physical/cognitive ability, gender, socioeconomic background, sexual identification, social status, and age.
We support intentional and ongoing engagement and education regarding issues that impact individuals and their communities with connection to sport and everyday living.
Additionally, we actively support and show appreciation for people with multicultural backgrounds, gender differences, and various life experiences to embrace unification and opportunity within the hockey community while strengthening our commitment to connect with all audiences.