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Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association, Inc.

The Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association (PVAHA) is the governing body of all amateur hockey within D.C., Maryland and Virginia, and is one of four Affiliates that make up the Southeastern District of USA Hockey. The goal of PVAHA is to encourage, foster and promote the development and growth of the sport of ice hockey within D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. PVAHA is committed to the Core Values of USA Hockey:

  • Sportsmanship
  • Respect for the Individual
  • Integrity
  • Pursuit of Excellence at the Individual, Team and Organizational Levels
  • Enjoyment
  • Loyalty, and
  • Teamwork

PVAHA is committed to fostering a welcoming environment through a diverse, equitable and inclusive game. We believe that all hockey programs in our Affiliate should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for all participants, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion and mental or physical disability. We believe that all our players, coaches and volunteers in our hockey community deserve respect.

2024 PVAHA Director Election Results

The 2024 PVAHA Director Election Results has been certified by the Southeastern District Registrar. Please see the document below for the results. 

Team DMV Gets the Boot in Texas

Team DMV capped off a successful weekend in Dallas by hoisting the Texas Boot.

Players representing the CSHL, MAPHL, MSHL and NVSL came together to play as one. Coached by this year's Washington Post Ice Hockey Coach-of-the-Year, Patrick Keough, the boys triumphed in Texas. Twenty-seven scouting organizations from ACHA and various junior leagues were in attendance and each of the boys had their chance to chat with them after games.

Congrats to all players and coaches for a job well done!

Statement on Neck Laceration Equipment

November 1, 2023

The Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association joins the world-wide hockey community sending sympathies to the family and loved ones of Adam Johnson in his untimely and tragic passing.

The safety of all of our players has always been and will continue to be of the utmost importance in the PVAHA. Studies performed by USA Hockey, in conjunction with their medical advisors, recommends the use of neck laceration guards but does not mandate their use. 

We encourage parents and players to make their own determinations regarding what is best for the player in this regard. 

Should USA Hockey make the decision to mandate the use of neck laceration guards, the PVAHA will take appropriate action.




Bowie Hockey Club's 10U Player KEIVONN WOODARD as SAM in HBO's New Series THE LAST OF US Streaming on January 15.

Keivonn Woodard (he/him) is a young Black Deaf actor based in Maryland. In Spring 2022, he landed his first TV role (Recurring Guest Star) as Sam in HBO’s “The Last of Us”, opposite mega-stars Pedro Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, and Nick Offerman. The series is set to launch on January 15, 2023. His latest project, a short film titled ‘Fractal’ in which he played the Lead, just wrapped in August 2022. In addition to acting, Keivonn is a star on ice skates, leading his ice hockey team to multiple wins! He may be young, but Keivonn is ready to take the world by storm.

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Posters Available for Clubs/Rinks

PVAHA will have available 11x17 posters for interested member clubs and rinks to use as visual reminders. Some rinks are planning on mounting these to the inside of locker room doors. Others may want to place them on the glass at the rink doors.

They will be available at no charge for reasonable orders as sticky-backed vinyl as well as 3mm PVC. Please click the link below to let us know what you need.

PVAHA Posters Please specify which version and substrate.

USA Hockey/PVAHA Roster Requirements

All Rosters:

  • Coaches and Managers require SafeSport and a aackground screen prior to roster approval.
  • Coaches must have successfully completed the correct Age Appropriate Module prior to being approved and added to the roster. They have until December 31 to complete a coaching 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-U.S. Citizens require a Transfer before they can be added to any roster.

Questions may be directed to Paul Duquette or Beth Lenz. See contact info on the "Registration" tab on the left sidebar.