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USA Hockey National Player Development Camp Update

NPDC tryouts in Grand Rapids for April 17-19 have been cancelled.  See message from USA Hockey below:

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is the reason we decided to cancel the 2020 player development camp.  The primary concern is the safety of our players, officials, coaches, volunteers, and families involved with the player development process. The restrictions put in place nationally and locally because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic affected most affiliates and districts from holding tryouts for camps. By canceling affiliate and district camps, we have reduced the risk to thousands of players that would go through the tryout process. This would include families making travel arrangements (flights, hotel reservations, etc.) for events that had the potential to be canceled. The majority of these events are organized by USA hockey volunteers and there are difficulties in rescheduling the events given the uncertainty of the situation (i.e. ice time, hotel, registration, refunds, evaluators, staff, overhead, etc.). To do all of this when the National Camps may still be canceled added unnecessary risk for all parties involved.

Why did USA Hockey revise its 2020 player development plans?

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is the reason we revised the 2020 player development plans. The primary concern is the safety of our players, officials, coaches, volunteers and families involved in the player development process. The process to select players for our National Camps is multi-tiered and varies from district to district. The 2020 player development process began in some affiliates as early as November 2019 and ends in other districts as late as June 2020. The restrictions put in place, nationally and locally, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic affected most affiliates and districts from holding tryouts for camps. The majority of our events are organized by USA Hockey volunteers, and there are difficulties in rescheduling the events given the uncertainty of the situation (i.e. ice time, flights, hotel, registration, refunds, evaluators, staff, etc.).


MAHA Girls Tier I and Tier II State tournament Champions

Tier II


12U- Little Caesars Farmington Hills

14U- Honeybaked

16U- Little Caesars Farmington Hills

19U-Kalkaska K Stars


Tier I

12U- Little Caesars

14U-Belle Tire

16U- Belle Tire

19U-Belle Tire

Congratulations to all the teams and good luck to those advancing to nationals!

MAHA Girls and Women's State Tournament Champions

We have our first group of #MAHA2020 state champs to announce! Congrats to our Girls' Tier 3 winners and SR women:

10U - Mt. Clemens Lady Wolves
12U - Ann Arbor Cougars
14U - Midland Hornets
19U - Flint Jr. Firebirds

SR B Victory Honda

SR C Michigan Whiteout

Girls National Player Development Camp Tryouts Registration and NPDC Dates

The link is now open for any 2003-2006 birth year player wanting to tryout for national camp or Kent State Regional camp (14s).  The tryouts are at Patterson Ice Center in Grand Rapids, April 17-19, 2020.

USA Hockey Girls and Women's Page

Please check out the link below for some of the great resources and articles from USA Hockey.  More updates and material will be added as it becomes available.

MAHA Girls Tier I Application Deadline 11/1

Any association interested in submitting a request for Tier I girls for the 2020-21 season please use the application below.  Deadline is 11/1/19.

Girls Hockey Weekend at the Griffins Games October 25th and 26th

Girls Hockey Weekend with the Griffins!

Friday, October 25  /  Saturday, October 26

7pm – Van Andel Arena


The Grand Rapids Griffins and MAHA have teamed up to offer out a great discount to help celebrate Girls Hockey Weekend with the Griffins!


Friday, October 25th & Saturday, October 26th will both feature:

  • Concession Specials Throughout the Entire Game!
    • $2 Concession Specials including Pizza Slices, Hot Dogs and more
    • $1 Concession Specials including Soda, Popcorn, Pretzels, Ice Cream and more
  • Griffins 2019-2020 Calendar Giveaway for the first 2,500 fans in attendance!


Saturday, October 26th will also feature an in-stands recognition to all of the girls/women in attendance celebrating Girls Hockey Weekend!  (Time TBD)


Enjoy Upper Level Faceoff seating for only $15, Upper Level Center Ice seating for only $18, Lower Level Faceoff seating for only $21 or Lower Level Center Ice seating for only $25! (A savings of up to $4 per ticket – plus, no service fees.) 


Purchasing your tickets is easy!


If you have questions regarding the offer or for groups of 10 or more, please contact John Hoffa at 616.774.4585 ext 3049 or

Promotions subject to change.  Offer not valid at the box office or on previous purchases.

IIHF Girls Hockey Weekend October 4-6, 2019

Michigan was the second affiliate in number of host sites for this girls hockey weekend.  MI had 26 and Central had 28.

Great job by all those that hosted an event!!



Michigan Goalies Selected to Attend NPDC in St. Cloud

MAHA congratulates the following goalies on being selected to attend the NPDC in July at St. Cloud.

2002 Amanda Thiele

2003 Callie Shanahan

2004 Olivia Bolino

2004 Allison Ayuyu


Michigan Girls Selected to Kent State MidAM Camp

D Teagan  Vaughan  
F Zara Post  
F Allie Hubenschmidt
F Meg Simon  
F Sophia Abraham  
F Molly Dukesherer
G Allison Ayuyu  
G Olivia Bolino  
F Erika Goleniak  
F Tes Hurd  
F Elana DiMagno  
D Madilynn Ressler  
D Peyton Bennetts  
G Callie  Shanahan
G Peyton Steinhelbel
D Grace                      Garby  
D Maya Roy  
G Amanda Thiele  

Congratulations to the Michigan Girls Selected to Attend the U18 Select Camp at St. Cloud

  • Riley Brengman-D
  • Casey Borgiel-D
  • Clara Van Wieren-F
  • Emma Gentry-F
  • Kirsten Simms-F

Congratulations to the Michigan Girls Selected to Attend the Girls 16/17 Camp in St. Cloud

  • Abbey Marohn-D
  • Sophia Chapman-D
  • Sara Bayne-F
  • Jenna Carpenter-F
  • Jenna Nikles-F
  • Morgan Nietzke-F


Congratulations to the Michigan Girls Selected to Attend the Girls 15 Camp in St. Cloud

  • Sydney Bryant-D
  • Isabella Lee-D
  • Clara Yuhn-F
  • Elyssa Biederman-F
  • Ava Stevenson-F
  • Kai Malachino-F
  • Ella Blackmore-F
  • Olivia Lumpiesz-G


MAHA Players Meet Brianna Decker at NPDC!

MAHA Congratulates the 2005 Players and Goalies Selected for Kent State

Below is the list of players and goalies selected to attend the MidAM regional camp at Kent State.  

Kate Conlon  
McKenzie      Siroky  
Ava Mattaliano  
Reilly O'Brien  
Paige  Bennetts  
Crosby Wildfong  
Kinsale Norton  
Maggie Kime  
Gianna Skrelja  
Emma Coleman  
Isabella Paolucci  
Leah McLean  
Teagan Brown  
Paz A Hassan-Contreras

MAHA Girls and Womens SR B At Large Announcements

MAHA was notified  of the following at large teams going to the USA Hockey National Tournament:

SR B Women- Belle Tire

Tier I

19U girls -Honeybaked

Tier II

16U girls -KV Ravens

14U girls- St. Clair Shores Saints

Good luck to these teams also!



MAHA State Tournament Champions

Congratulations to the following teams:

Girls Tier I and Sr Women

12u- Little Caesars

14U- Little Caesars

16U-Belle Tire

19U- Belle Tire


Honeybaked- winner

Victory Honda-runner up

Belle Tire- At large



Girls Tier II

10U- Kensington Valley

12U-Kensington Valley

14U- Little Caesars

16U- Little Caesars


Girls Tier III

10U- Trenton

14U-Traverse City


Congratulations to the Michigan Girls Selected to Compete at the World University Games

Congratulations to these Michigan natives who will complete the World University games roster.

Shelby Bradford – Marine City, Mich. – Liberty University
Allison Carlson – Marquette, Mich. – Grand Valley State University
Jaiden Forrest – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Davenport University
Freya Holferty – Marquette, Mich. – Adrian College
Kelsey Jaeckle – East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State University (returner)
Dana McLeod – Port Huron, Mich. – Liberty University
Olivia Ziemba – Macomb, Mich. – Adrian College

MAHA Girls Tier I Associations Announced

At the December meeting of the state playoff committee the tier I girls associations approved for the 2019-20 season are as follows:


Belle Tire

Little Casears


MAHA Player Development Camp Tryout Registration Is Closed

Tryouts are in Novi, April 26-28, 2019.

Schedules and team rosters will be emailed by April 10th!

Camp overview link for parents:


USA Hockey’s 2019 Girls National Player Development Camp Dates:

2019 Girls 16/17 Player Development Camp

(June 25-July 1, 2019) St. Cloud St. University (St. Cloud, Minnesota)

2019 Girls 15 Player Development Camp

 (July 12-17, 2019) St. Cloud St. University (St. Cloud, Minnesota)

2019 Girls U18 Select Player Development Camp

(July 15-21, 2019) – St. Cloud St. University (St. Cloud, Minnesota)

MAHA Girls Rules Passed at the Annual Meeting for 2018-19

14U tier II play up rule (rule 18-34)

a) the younger player(s) are needed to field a team with a roster size recommended by the ADM for the 14U age classification OR there is not an age appropriate 12U girls team available in the local geographic area; and, b) the players that are requesting to play-up are not out-of-affiliate players


OOD players

g. Girls Tier I teams are limited to the following number of out of state or import players: 12U – 2; 14U – 2; 16U – 3; 19U – 4. An import player is an out of state player that lives in Michigan with a Michigan address whose parents have assigned guardianship to a family in Michigan. Import players must produce documentation from the school/district they are attending

If you have a 14U tier II team that has a 12 year old on it the criteria must be met to allow them to be able to play up.  An exception form must be submitted to Jean and Roger by 8/15 to be approved by the state playoff committee 8/23.  Note the criteria above to be considered.  

Important Forms

Dual roster for two tournament rule and also 10 game rule for girls playing on boys primary house teams below along with the Substitute goalie form new this season.

USA Women's 2017 Pre Olympics Tour Continues

This Wednesday 10-25-17 the two best women’s ice hockey teams in the world will play game two of the 2017 pre Olympics Tour for the 2018 Games, in Boston. Sunday Team USA won game one in Quebec 5-2.


The game will be broadcast live on the NHL Channel starting at 7::30PM.    #thetimeisnow

MAHA Announces Exciting News for D1 Hockey at OU

Adrian College Announces the Addition of a D2 ACHA Team for 2017-18

Adrian College adding an ACHA Division 2 Women's team next season. I was hoping that you can help spread the word within your organization and district. We are hoping to attract players who otherwise might not have gotten an opportunity to play college hockey. The team will start playing 2017-18, and will be fully supported by the Athletic Department.

Our state-of-the-art Arrington Ice Arena is home to some of the best fans in the country. With only 1,700 students on campus, Adrian College is a very comfortable place to study. Our average class size is only 16 students which allows for plenty of 1 on 1 time with professors and hands-on experience with any classroom equipment. While we are a smaller school, we can offer a much more in depth experience for student-athletes on and off the ice, with well over 50% of our students being student-athletes. 


Samantha Fallon

Head Coach
Women's ACHA DII Hockey
Assistant Coach
Women's ACHA DI Hockey
Adrian College
(O) 517-265-5161 Ext: 4876
(C) 781-264-5043

MAHA Tier II Girls 05 Update

The MAHA executive board discussed the Tier II National Bound issue with the girls 2005 birth year players. USAH has decided to wait one year before all Tier I and Tier II teams, when rostered, are considered National Bound. Teams at the time they roster in the registry portal for the 2017-18 fall season will have to  check the appropriate box (national bound) to participate in the USA Nationals. All 14U Tier II girls teams that have 2005 players on their rosters are not allowed to check the National Bound box. These teams are also ineligible for MAHA State playoffs.
The MAHA executive board approved allowing these non national bound Tier II 14U girls teams with 05 birth year players on them to participate in league play with the LCMGHL as well as any tournaments they want to attend.

Michigan Girls National Player Development Tryout Information

In order to streamline the communication surrounding selections, avoid confusion about the notification process, and provide families with as much advanced notice as possible for planning purposes, USA Hockey and its twelve districts follow a National Notification Timeline. Please reference the National Notification for details on this year’s notification dates and player selection process. Thank you in advance for your patience with this process. For additional questions, please contact Jean at

MAHA Girls Tryout Letter of Agreement

Please read the tryout agreement that was signed by all associations that have 10 and 12U tier I and II teams.  It is important that everyone abides by this agreed upon policy.

The tryout agreement allows for the girls to finish their season through league playoffs before trying out for a 2017-18 season spring or fall team.

Thanks for your cooperation!


Nominate Your Association For USA Hockey Female Honors Award

It is that time of year to begin the selection process for the USA Hockey Female Honors Award. This award is a yearly recognition for hockey organizations that are leaders in the growth, development and promotion of ice hockey for females. Click here for additional information on the award criteria and selection process.

Organizations will need to submit a one-page document listing their compliance per the criteria and an explanation of their leadership in girls’/women’s ice hockey. This document should be submitted to Jean Laxton the Michigan USA Hockey Girl’s/Women’s Section Representative. The deadline for the organization to submit their information is April 1, 2018.

MAHA National Player Development Camp Tryout Registration is OPEN

Players that are interested in trying out for the USA Hockey NPDC  or Team Michigan NIT Showcase team must pre register.  Go to player development page and sign up for either the Team Michigan Girls High School Showcase tryouts or the USA Hockey national camp tryouts for your age level.

Check Out the USA Hockey Web Site for the Girls Hockey Weekend Photos

For sights and sounds from the IIHF girls hockey weekend go to for photos and videos!  There were 129 host sites and MI had 17 of them!  Great job everyone!

Michigan National Player Development Guide

The link below is a great resource for parents and coaches looking for information about the regional tryout as well as the national program for girls ages 14-17.

MI Hockey Magazine

Check out the latest MI Hockey magazine's all about the girls!!!



USA Hockey Announces New National Player Development Guide

USA Hockey has announced their new National Player Development program. The 14camp will be a regional camp and will focus on development. The format for the 15 camp will be an expanded camp as a training and exposure opportunity. The 18U will continue to focus on the elite athletes at this age level.

The player development guide outlines the program and provides an important timeline of events for all players.  Michigan as well as the other section representatives are excited about this new program the USA Hockey national office  girls/women's staff have put together. 


MAHA State Playoff Locations Announced

Tier I girls and Women at the Taylor Sportsplex, February 29-March 6, 2016

Tier II Girls at Dearborn on March 9-12, 2016

Girls House/rec in Alpena on March 11-13, 2016

USA Hockey National Camp Practice Plans

Use the link below for all the practice plans from the USA Hockey National Camp in St. Cloud!

Intent to Enter State Playoffs for Girl's & Womens' Teams

Girls and women's teams ONLY use the link below to register to enter the MAHA state tournament.  The deadline to enter is November 1, 2015 and no late entries will be accepted.  Registering your team also commits you to playing in the national tournament (where this applies).  Please review the rules for state playoff eligibility found in the MAHA Guidebook on page 34-35.

USA Hockey National Player Development Camp U18

Three Michigan girls were selected to the all star team at the national camp in July at the U18 camp.

Congratulations to Genna Pleva, goalie, Breanna Scarpaci, defense and Abby Roque, forward!

Why Should Girls Play Hockey?

Check out the video below and listen to the MAHA girls explain why it is great to play girls hockey!

Girl's/Women's News