Youth Travel

Amherst Knights Travel Hockey

The Amherst Knights Travel hockey program is a youth travel hockey program that provides players with opportunities to compete at the Tier 1 AAA and AA levels. The program is open to both boys and girls and is designed to offer high-level training and development to players who are interested in playing hockey at a competitive level.

The program's travel teams are selected annually from a competitive tryout that takes place after the winter season. During the tryout process, players are evaluated on a range of skills, including skating, shooting, passing, and teamwork. The tryouts are designed to be fair and transparent, and players are selected based on their performance and potential to contribute to the team's success.

The Amherst Knights Travel program is committed to providing players with the best possible coaching and training. The coaching staff is made up of experienced hockey volunteers who are dedicated to helping players improve their skills and develop a passion for the sport. The program's training and development programs are designed to be challenging and engaging, with a focus on skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship.

In addition to providing players with high-quality coaching and training, the Amherst Knights Travel program is also committed to creating a positive and supportive environment for all players. The program values diversity and inclusivity and works hard to ensure that all players feel welcome and valued. By providing players with opportunities to compete at the highest levels of youth hockey while fostering a positive and inclusive environment, the Amherst Knights Travel program is making a valuable contribution to the development of youth sports in the community.

Travel Teams

Meet Our Coaches


Jay Nolan

8u Girls Dev

Matthew Litz

10u Girls 2014

jeff bagley

10u Girls 2013

Bryan McMullen

12u TB 11/12

Ryan Farrell

12u NTB 11/12

Joe Kazmark

14 TB 09/10

Brittany Kolesar

14u NTB 09/10

Todd Griffin

16u TB 07/08

marc bellacose

16u NTB 07/08

Joe Chadima

19u TB 04/05/06


mark stein

7u Dev 2016

mike barbasch

8u Dev 2015

geoffrey peters

9u AAA 2014

brian croak

9u AA 2014

Mike Chambers

10u AAA 2013

Scott Dorfman

10u AA 2013

dan jackson

11u AAA 2012

Andrew Laudico

11u AA 2012

jon beck

12u AAA 2011

Kevin Kreutzer

12u AA 2011


joe spano

13u AAA 2010

tim zimmerman

13u AA 2010

jon beck

14u AAA 2009

derek gilham

14u AA 2009

adam graesser

15u AAA 2008

peter lajeunesse

15u AA 2008

dave destefano

16u AA 2007

eric alderson

18u AA 05/06/07


The Amherst Knights Travel hockey program is open to boys and girls starting at the 9u level (ages 9-10) up to the 18u level (ages 17-18). This allows players to start at a young age and develop their skills throughout their youth hockey career.


Tryouts for the travel teams are typically held in March and April, following the conclusion of the winter season. The travel season runs from August to April, providing players with an extended period of high-level competition.


The Amherst Knights play out of the Northtown Center, a state-of-the-art facility located in Amherst, NY. The Northtown Center is a premier hockey destination in the region, offering top-quality ice and training facilities.


Most Amherst Knights Travel teams will practice three times per week, providing players with ample time to develop their skills and work on team strategies. The coaching staff is committed to providing players with challenging and engaging practice sessions that focus on skill development, teamwork, and sportsmanship.


The number of games that travel teams play varies depending on the team's age level and skill level. Most teams will play anywhere from 25-75 games per season, including league games and tournaments. This provides players with numerous opportunities to compete at a high level and develop their skills against top-tier competition.


Starting in the 2023-24 season, Amherst Youth Hockey will be offering a third jersey option for players. This will allow players to have additional customization options and show off their team spirit in a unique way.

Extra Costs

In addition to ice fees, most travel teams will participate in league games and tournaments, which may incur additional costs such as travel expenses and registration fees. The program works hard to keep these costs as reasonable as possible, while still providing players with the opportunity to compete at the highest levels of youth hockey.

Team culture

The Amherst Knights Travel program prides itself on creating a positive and inclusive team culture. Players are encouraged to support and respect one another, regardless of their skill level or background. The program places a strong emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork, and character development, helping players to not only become better hockey players but also better people.


GO Knights!

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