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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.

2018 Girls Player Development Tryouts

Tryouts for National and Multi District Camps for Summer 2018 will be held April 20-22, 2018 at the RDV Den in Maitland, FL (North Orlando).

Registration will be available in early February.

For more information, visit the Southeastern District Girls Player Development page.

Blind Hockey

2018 BVA Blind Hockey Weekend Feb 1ST-4TH

New Player Development Process Announced

Beginning this season (2017–2018) PVAHA will be restructuring the Affiliate player development tryout process.

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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Chris Dernetz Disabled Hockey Grant

As you recall. Chris Dernetz passed away 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 was also an Associate Registrar for the Southeastern District some years ago.

The affiliate has created a new grant to honor Chris's involvement for Disabled Hockey. 2017-18 Application below.

John Crerar Hockey Development Grants

Organized amateur hockey in the Washington, D.C. area developed in large part through the perseverance and dedication of John Crerar.  John was one of the founders of the Cap Boys youth hockey program, served as the President and co-founder of the Capital Beltway Hockey League, was the President of the Southeastern Amateur Hockey Association, and served for many years as a Director of USA Hockey.  John passed away on October 14, 2006.  To honor John’s contribution to our hockey community the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association has established the John Crerar Hockey Development Grant Program. 

2017 PVAHA Player Development Selectees

For birth year's 2000 - 2002 congratulations to the following players for

being selected to attend the USA Hockey Southeast District Player

Development tryouts.


For birth year 2003, congratulations on being selected to attend the USA Hockey Southeast District Player Development 14 camp.

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.   

Girls Player Development

The 2016-17 Girls Player Development tryout dates will be April 21-23 in Wesley Chapel Florida (Tampa). More information will be posted when available.

2016-17 USAH/PVAHA Roster Requirements

2016-17 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

Disabled Festival

The Bennett Blazers led by Daniel Romanchuk's of Mt Airy hat trick in the Championship game defeated the Grand Rapids Wings to win their third National Championship in the last four years
Solid contributions during the 3- 0 record during pool play of Sean Thomason of Alexandria VA and Kyle Cavalier of Laurel MD both recording Hat Tricks and Patrick Brennan of Catonsville 4 goals combined with the supporting cast of Ruby Elbert of Baltimore, Evan Baum of  Bel Air, MD Rachael Hatt of Edgewood, MD, Rebecca Wood of Towson and Victorria Ricchart of Baltimore allowed the Blazers to secure their 3rd National Championship in the highest division of  USA Junior Sled Hockey

Bennett Blazers Sled Team

Bennett Blazers Sled Team

States, Districts and Nationals

State Playoff Winners

The following teams have won their respective State Playoff series and will advance to Nationals.

Bantam         TBD
Midget 16U   Howard Huskies
Midget 18U   Tri City Eagles

Bantam         Ashburn
Midget 16U   Ashburn
Midget 18U   TBD

District Winners
Girls 16U       Northern Virginia

The following teams qualified to go straight to Nationals

Washington Pride   14U
Washington Pride   16U
Washington Pride   19U

The following Women's teams have qualified for Nationals
Women's B - Chesapeake Bay Lightning 
Women's C - Rooftop Rebels 

Congrats to all and GOOD LUCK!


2016 Girls Player Development

The 2016 Girls' Player Development Tryouts  will be April 22-24, 2016 at Extreme Ice in Matthews, NC. Tryouts usually start at noon Friday and end at noon on Sunday. Details to follow once schedule finalized. Birth Years 1999,2000 and 2001 only

Coach/Volunteer Screening

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

Try Hockey for Free Weekends

Try Hockey For Free Days will be Saturday, November 7th, 2015, as part 
of Come Play Hockey Month and Saturday, February 20th, 2016, as part of 
Hockey Weekend Across America.

ACHA Community Service Award Finalists Named

George Mason University has been named a finalist for the ACHA Community Service Award.


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Xtreme U18AA Volunteers at Children’s National Hospital

Washington, DC – Dec 20, 2014

Not all kids get to spend Christmas at home.  Many children remain hospitalized due to long-term illness, disease, and injury.  On Saturday, December 20, 2014, the Ashburn Xtreme U18AA team spent the day sorting and delivering toys to the numerous sick children at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  “This event represents the character of our team.  Today, the U18AA team didn’t think about puck possession; rather, selfless giving” said Head Coach Sean Braziel. 

Coordinated through the hospital’s volunteer services division, the team did all the heavy lifting as waves of donated toys arrived.  Chris Lombardi, the Patient Experience Liaison at Children’s National commented “There’s no way we could have done this without the team.  They carried themselves with the utmost honor and had a huge impact for our patients.”

During the course of the day, the team sorted, prepared, and delivered thousands of donated toys.  “It’s important to give back to the community and to these kids. We did this as a team and a family” stated Forward Kyle Heidt.  Teammate Bobby VanDusen echoed the sentiment: “Helping the kids who are in tougher situations than we are reminds us that we can’t take anything for granted – it’s important to give back.”

Team Captain Keegan Kelly looked upon his team as they executed the best play of the year – passing gifts to the bravest kids in the world. Although the team won’t be able to see the smiling faces on Christmas Day, the team left the hospital with big hearts knowing those smiles will come for these children.  Assistant Captain Tyler Lohmeyer said “this was a great opportunity to bring the whole team together, work as a team off-ice, and help these sick kids.” 

“It takes a lot of volunteers and commitment to do good in this world today. Our young men have an appreciation that helping others doesn’t just mysteriously happen – it’s a great life lesson” said Assistant Coach Rob Barrett. 

Ashburn U18AA, who is 19-4-4, will return from the holiday break on January 3 to face-off against the highly ranked Delaware Ducks.

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