Interested in Coaching?

Are you passionate about hockey and looking for a way to give back to the community? Amherst Youth Hockey is currently seeking coaches for our Winter Hockey League. As a coach, you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of young players. You will play a vital role in helping them develop their hockey skills, as well as fostering teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership. Coaching is a rewarding experience that provides personal growth and satisfaction, as you watch your players grow and succeed on and off the ice. If you are interested in becoming a coach, please reach out to us to learn more about this exciting opportunity.



The King Of Ithaca

Dustin Brown Caps Great Career With Hall Call

Over the course of his 18-year NHL career, Dustin Brown won two Stanley Cups, an Olympic silver medal, had his uniform number retired by the Los Angeles Kings and had a statue erected in his honor. And now, the Ithaca native is being enshrined in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. Still, winning a New York State Championship with his Squirt team holds a special place in his heart. 

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New Yorkers in the Hall of Fame

Tom Lockhart


Class of 1973

Bill Chadwick


Class of 1974

Robert Ridder

New York City

Class of 1976

William Jennings

New York City

Class of 1981

Joe Mullen


Class of 1998

Lou Vairo


Class of 2014

Mathieu Schneider


Class of 2015

Gary Bettman


Class of 2019

Brian Gionta


Class of 2019

Stan Fischler


Class of 2021

Dustin Brown


Class of 2023

Building A Winning Tradition

After winning their first USA Hockey National Championship last season, the Adirondack Northstars are hungry for more.

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Blind Hockey Steps Out Of The Shadows

Thanks to the dedication of Ted Caputo and Ed Kerrigan (above right), the NY Metro Blind Hockey program continues to grow and prove that hockey is for everyone.

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Adding A Page To

Storied Sled Career

Congratulations to Adam Page, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist with the U.S National Sled Hockey team, for being inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in November.

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New Yorkers In The NHL

A total of 22 New Yorkers earned  opening night roster spots on NHL teams for the 2023-24 season. With a number of talented players on AHL teams, that number is sure to go up as the season progresses.

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The Next Shift

Hockey For

The Holidays

Does your team or association do anything special to help your local community during the holidays? Maybe it's a toy drive or volunteering at a local food bank. NYSAHA wants to share your stories and photos of giving this season. Please send your stories and photos so we can share them with the NYSAHA community. Email your submissions to harry.thompson@

The 2024 IIHF Women's World Championship is coming to Utica and now is the time to pick out your prime seats to see the best women's players in the world battle it out. All-session ticket packages are now on sale at All-session ticket packages pass for all 31 games at


A New Era In Communication

Welcome to the first NYSAHA newsletter. The creation of this monthly newsletter is an integral part of the overall strategic plan put together by the NYSAHA board of directors to better serve every member, from youth to adult players, coaches to officials, parents to administrators.

During the many discussions that have taken place at the local, section and state levels, we’ve heard from people who are craving more communication and while also shining a spotlight on all the good things that are taking place in rinks from Buffalo to Binghamton and Oswego to Oyster Bay.

This newsletter, along with our social media channels and website, will provide us with a vehicle to share those success stories with everyone and inspire the next generation of players and families to achieve their hockey dreams.

To do this we have teamed up with Harry Thompson, the long-time editor of USA Hockey Magazine. After 23 years at the helm of the world’s largest hockey publication, Harry is excited to bring that same level of experience and passion for the game to promote and publicize the great things happening around our state.

With his help we hope to create a newsletter that not only speaks to you by sharing important information from both the national and affiliate levels, but also speaks for you by showcasing some of the many great local players and teams that make New York such a dominant force within USA Hockey. 

I encourage you to reach out to us to share your ideas and suggestions on how we can make this a successful season for everyone around our great state.

Best of luck this season.

Eric W. Guzdek

NYSAHA President

NYSAHA Makes Summer House Calls

Summer is a great time to kick back, enjoy the beach, the pool and backyard barbecues. It’s also a time to get ready for the new hockey season. Throughout the month of August, NYSAHA Secretary and Clinic Director Linda Groff was joined by Assistant Director Emma Guzdek and NYSAHA Goalie Coach in Chief Kelsey Neumann as they hosted a series of skills clinics designed help house league players get a leg up on the competition. 

West Section Clinics


Aug. 25-27

The final weekend of the house league clinics took place at the Northtown Center in Amherst with the largest sessions of the summer. There were 35 skaters and four goalies for the 8U session, 15 skaters at 10U, 15 skaters and three goalies for 12U and 12 skaters and two goalies for the 14U group.

That brought the total number of players who participated in the NYSAHA house league clinics over the course of four weekends to 215.


Assist On

Our Goal

NYSAHA wants to hear from you. We want to know what's happening with your favorite player, your team, league and association. We have created this newsletter and revamped our social media presence to give you a voice this season. We want to share your stories and successes with the rest of the N.Y. hockey community. Send your story ideas and photos to harry.thompson@

Congratulations to Ithaca native Dustin Brown, who will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2023. Brown spent al 18 of his NHL seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and captained the team to two Stanley Cup championships. Brown also represented the United States at two Olympics, winning a silver medal in 2010. The induction ceremony will take place Dec. 6 in Boston. Look for an interview with the Ithaca icon in the November newsletter.

New York State Amateur Hockey Association




8:00 AM | Northtown Feature
14u AA
9:40 AM | Northtown Feature
9u AA
10:00 AM | Northtown Rink 1
Tonawanda Blue
12u Knights Silver
10:20 AM | Northtown Olympic
12u Knights White
10:50 AM | Northtown Rink 2
10u Girls Minor - Litz
11:20 AM | Northtown Rink 1
13u AA
12:00 PM | Northtown Rink 2
Rochester Coalition 12 AA
11u AA
12:50 PM | Northtown Rink 1
Buffalo Regals Red
12u Knights Black
1:00 PM | Bud Bakewell Ice Rink
2015 House Select
East Aurora
1:20 PM | Northtown Rink 2
12u AA
2:40 PM | Northtown Rink 2
Niagara - Hoffman
12u Knights Red
4:00 PM | Northtown Rink 2
14u Knights Red
5:00 PM | Northtown Feature
14u Girls NTB - Kolesar
6:30 PM | Northtown Feature
14u Girls TB - Kazmark
6:45 PM | Bud Bakewell Ice Rink
Regals 19U
19u Girls TB - Chadima
30 Oct

Tech Support Note

We are aware of an issue on the clinic registration page stating 'You may select multiple sessions,' which may be confusing since we've requested each player to sign up for only one (1) event. Unfortunately, this text cannot be changed on the Crossbar platform. We appreciate your understanding and will work to clarify the instructions to ensure a smoother registration process for all participants. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

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15 Sep

AYH Opening Day - Great Success

2023 AYH Opening Day: A Slap Shot of Success! 🏒🎉

The 2023 Amherst Youth Hockey (AYH) Opening Day surpassed all expectations and was truly a slap shot of success!

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8 Aug

Annual Skate Sale

2023 Used Equipment and Skate Sale. Drop off 9/8 5-8pm, Sale 9/9 8-12pm, Proceed Pick up 9/9 12-1pm

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14 Jun

USA Hockey Boys National Development Camps at Northtown Center

Northtown Center hosting USA Hockey Boys 15-17 National Development Camps!

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30 May

House Clinic by NYSAHA

Click to Register

18 May

House Registration Open