Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League

The Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League

The Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League manages Tier I and Tier II youth teams on east coast from Connecticut to Maryland covering four USA Hockey districts.

The AYHL

The Atlantic Youth Hockey League is a Tier I travel league comprised of teams from the Atlantic, Southeast, New York and New England districts. The league has over 125 teams that come from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia. It is the league’s mission to develop these young players and move them on to the next phase of their playing careers. The divisions begin at the 10U level and continue thru to the highly competitive and scouted 18U level. The 10U thru 14U levels are generally birth year specific and all have a minor and major component. Players typically spend two seasons at a level before moving to the next level. The Major teams are typically the older team, comprised mostly of players playing in their second year at the level. 15-Pure (or often referred to as 15-Only) consist of a pure, single birth year group of teams with no underage players. At 16U we offer three levels of competition with American, Elite and Premier levels while 18U offers an Elite and Premier level.

 

Tier I youth teams have a large workload when it comes to their playing commitment. There are more practices, games and tournaments and generally, more travelling done, than with associations playing at the Tier II or Recreational levels.

 

At the end of the regular season, all eligible teams will compete for the AYHL Championship at their respective level.

Where applicable, as part of their AYHL regular season schedule, teams at both the minor and major levels, compete in the Atlantic District. The District Standings include games played against the other teams in the Atlantic District and then at the end of the season, the top teams compete for the District Championship. The District Champion of each competing level, will move on to represent the Atlantic District, and the AYHL, at the USA Hockey National Championship Tournament. Each year, the USA Hockey National Tournament changes locations throughout the United States and have been held in California, Michigan, New York and New Jersey.

AYHL Futures

The AYHL Futures are competitive Tier II AA caliber teams from within our membership. This level offers competitive games that supplement a team’s regular Tier II League schedule.

 

League and JR History
The Metropolitan Junior Hockey League, or the ‘MJHL’ as it is also known operated the longest Junior Hockey League in the United States – operating for over 50 years!  Founded by former New York Rangers General Manager, Emile ‘The Cat’ Francis in an effort to foster the growth of amateur hockey in the greater metropolitan area, the MJHL has an impressive list of NHL alumni including Jim Dowd, Brian and Joey Mullen, Nick Fotiu, Mike Richter, Mark Eaton, Nick Foligno and Mike Komisarek. More recent alumni include Frank DiChiaha (Yale), Ryan Hitchcock (US NTDP, Yale), Matt Beattie (2012 Vancouver Draft Selection), Jeremy Bracco (US NTDP career assists leader), Chandler Yakimowicz (2014 St. Louis Blues Draft Selection) and Kevin Labanc (2014 San Jose Sharks Draft Selection). 

As a developmental league, the MJHL is where many players began their junior careers. It is a developmental stage of the player’s life where adjustments to the playing style of a higher level of hockey are intertwined with the adjustments to a new phase of life. For decades, many players choose the MJHL as the start to their junior careers.