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Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association, Inc.

The Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association is an Affiliate of the Southeastern District of USA Hockey.

The Affiliate is the governing body of all amateur hockey within the District of Columbia and the states of Maryland and Virginia.

Local Player Leads US Women Under 18 Team to World Championship

In the recent Under 18 World Championship held in Bratislava, Slovakia,  Lacey Eden, from Annapolis MD, led the U.S. in scoring with five points (2G-3A), which included a multi-point effort in Team USA’s 4-1 win over Finland and an assist on the game-winning goal the 1-0 win over Russia. Eden also paced U.S. Skaters in plus/minus with a +5 rating.

Lacey began her career playing for youth teams at Navy, then played for Tier 1 youth teams at Team Maryland and Washington Little Caps. She now attends Shattuck St. Marys and leads their college prep team in points.

Congrats Lacey!

2020 PVAHA Youth Player Development Tryouts

The 2020 PVAHA Player Development Tryouts will be held at the Rockville Ice Arena in Rockville, MD from Friday, April 17 – Sunday, April 19, 2020. The “main camp” will be held Saturday and Sunday. All tryouts this year will be held at the Rockville Ice Arena.

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2020 Girls Player Development Tryouts

The 2020 Southeastern District Girls Player Development Tryouts will be held the weekend of April 17-19, 2020. This year the event will be hosted by the Carolina Amateur Hockey Association with the host rink Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC.

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Two Olympians Selected from PVAHA

Two players who grew up playing their youth hockey within the PVAHA have been selected to the US Women's and Men's Ice Hockey Teams.  Congratulations to Haley Skarupa and Garrett Roe and their families!

Haley Skarupa

Haley Skarupa is an American ice hockey player for Connecticut Whale and the American national team. She participated at the 2015 IIHF Women's World Championship. Wikipedia

Born: January 3, 1994 (age 23), Rockville, MD
Height: 5′ 6″
Weight: 141 lbs
NWHL team Former teams: Connecticut Whale; Boston College
Position: Forward

Garrett Roe

Garrett Roe is an American professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for EV Zug of the National League. He was selected 183rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Wikipedia

Born: February 22, 1988 (age 29), Vienna, VA
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 168 lbs
NL team Former teams: EV Zug; Adirondack Phantoms; EC Red Bull Salzburg; EHC München; Linköpings HC
NHL Draft: 183rd overall, 2008; Los Angeles Kings

Team Maryland U16 goalie Dominic Basse committes to Colorado College.

Chicago and Washington, D.C. Student-Athletes Build Character and Camaraderie Through Community Service Program in Nation’s Capital


DRW College Prep Girls’ Basketball Team to Fellowship With Georgetown Titans Hockey Team, Work in Community Garden in Food Desert and Tour Renowned City Landmarks

An enriching educational and character-building exposure outing will unite Chicago high school student-athletes from North Lawndale and elementary school-age student-athletes from Washington, D.C., as members of the girls’ varsity basketball team from DRW College Prep travel on Thursday, Oct. 5 on a life-changing, cross-cultural community service trip to meet and fellowship with youth on the Georgetown Titans hockey team.

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Tier II Peewee Districts

USA Hockey has added a 15-single birth year at the Tier 1 level to compete for a National Championship.  The Southeastern District, to stay compliant, has added the 15-single birth year affiliate playoff division.  This new playoff division has taken the place of the previously offered Tier 2 Pee Wee slots.

There is no longer a Pee Wee Tier 2 playoff during the Southeastern District Tournament.  This announcement was made at a previous CBHL meeting.   

USAH/PVAHA Roster Requirements

USA Hockey/PVAHA Roster Requirements.

 All Rosters:

Coaches and Managers require Safe Sport and a Background Screen prior to Roster Approval.

Coaches must have the correct Age Appropriate Module prior to Approval of the roster. They have until 12/31 to complete a clinic if required.

All Tier I, Tier II, Travel and Invitational Tournament rosters:

Date of birth and citizenship must be verified  prior to approval.

A Manager must be identified on the roster. In the absence of a designated Manager, a Coach may be designated as a Coach/Manager

Non US Citizens require a Transfer before they can be added to any roster

Questions may be directed to Bob Otte or Beth Lenz

Coach/Volunteer Screening

ALL coaches must complete Safe Sport training and must have submitted a screening application BEFORE a roster can be approved.

Marshall Stevenson, Jr. - 2014 Adult Member of the Year

It’s possible that no one has helped create more opportunities for American men and women to play competitive college hockey than Marshall Stevenson, Jr., a founding father of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Formerly a coach at Towson (Md.) University, Stevenson joined the ACHA board of directors in 1994. He ascended to his current role as ACHA president in 2004, overseeing an expansion from 15 teams nationwide to more than 430. Today’s ACHA includes three men’s divisions and two women’s divisions, giving thousands of student-athletes a competitive hockey opportunity to complement their studies. In recognition for his tireless efforts and leadership, Stevenson was named recipient of the ACHA’s Don Spencer Award for outstanding service in 2009. A 1966 graduate of the University of Vermont, Stevenson also serves as the ACHA’s representative on the American Hockey Coaches Association board of governors. Stevenson, who played forward, was a major part of re-launching varsity hockey at Vermont in 1963-64 after a 12-season absence. 

The Adult Member of the Year Award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions during many years of service to the ice hockey community as an adult player and/or volunteer.

Chris Dernetz

It is with great sadness that I must report that Chris Dernetz has passed away.  Chris died while on vacation in Hawaii.  

Chris was on the Affiliate Board of Directors and was the Affiliate Treasurer.  He served as the Affiliate Background Screening Coordinator.  He was also active with the Baltimore Area Special Hockey Association and the USA Warriors Hockey Program.  

Chris will be missed by his many friends in USA Hockey.

John Coleman 

USAH 2013 Chet Stewart Award

Kevin Upton

Kevin Upton

Kevin Upton has been associated with USA Hockey for more than 35 years as a coach, administrator, on-ice official and supervisor throughout Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. As an administrator in the 1970s, Upton established the Hampton Roads Youth Hockey Association, was a co-founder of the Mid-Atlantic Youth Hockey League and organized the first local officials association in Virginia. He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he concentrated on officiating and was eventually elected president of the Southeastern Hockey Officials Association in 1989.  Several of his programs and policies are still in effect today. Upton worked as an on-ice official for numerous USA Hockey district and regional championships and has been a supervisor of officials for six national championships. He is noted for implementing a culture of integrity and accountability among officials that resonates from his career in the military, from which he retired a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army.

The Chet Steward Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the USA Hockey Officiating Education Program during many years of service to the hockey community as an official or volunteer.

Kevin Upton receiving the USA Hockey Chet Stewart Award from Southeastern District Referee in Chief Jim Dewhirst and Dave LaBuda