Tier I Hockey (AAA) is to provide an opportunity for the best Michigan youth players to develop and compete at the highest level of hockey available in the United States. For the 2018 – 2019 season there are 8 full Tier one organizations in Michigan that compete at the Squirt Major 10U, Pee Wee Minor & Major, Bantam Minor & Major, Midget Minor 15, Midget Minor 16 and Midget Major 17 & 18 levels. There is one additional team and Midget Major level, the Soo Indians.
These teams play in several highly competitive regional and national Tier 1 leagues. Beginning with the 2015 – 2016 season all Michigan Tier 1 teams must play a home and home game against all the other teams in the same age group. The results of those games will be used to determine seeding for the state tournament. Below you can see the standings of those games.
In this inaugural event for Michigan Tier 1 teams, every 14U, 15-Only, 16-Only and 18U team in the state of Michigan will play three games under the same roof this September. In addition TPH Michigan Hockey Advancement program 18U Split-Season Tier 2 team will fill the odd slot in the 18U division,
“The Tier 1 Showcase is a great example of the eight Michigan Tier 1 organizations working together to provide great opportunities for players and teams,” said Tier 1 committee chair Bob Mancini in the MAHA release. “When decisions like this are made, they’re in the best interest of the players’ development and players’ improvement, but when you get to these age groups, we also have to take into consideration that we need to showcase our players, and we’re hoping that this event provides that opportunity.”
The three games will count towards the requirements for scheduling in-state games against each of the team’s respective opponents. Stay tuned for a full schedule.
While it will be a great event for the youth hockey world, the decision to bring all of the teams together at the start of the season was also done in the hopes of attracting college and junior teams, as their seasons have yet to begin.
“It’s a great opportunity for our players to get exposure before the college and junior seasons get underway,” said Dwayne Norris, hockey director of the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies. “We’re very excited to work with all the Tier 1 organizations to make this happen, and we’re thankful to the Troy Sports Center for their assistance with hosting.”