Release Date : 03/19/2017
WEST CHESTER, Pa. – The New Jersey Colonials and the North Jersey Avalanche captured Atlantic District championships Sunday to advance to the 2017 USA Hockey Tier I National Championships.
The Colonials captured the district crown at 14U in a two-game sweep over the New Jersey Devils Youth (6-0, 7-2).
The Avalanche won championships at 15-Pure, 16U, and 18U to become the first organization to capture three Atlantic District championships. The Avalanche will return to the national tournament at 18U for the third straight year and the Colonials return for the second consecutive season.
At 15-Pure, North Jersey swept the Jersey Hitmen (5-2, 5-0). At 16U, the Avalanche downed the New Jersey Junior Titans (4-3, 4-1) in two straight games and, at 18U, the Avs defeated the Philadelphia Junior Flyers (6-3, 6-0) in consecutive games.
The Valley Forge Minutemen captured the district’s 12U crown last weekend in Hackensack.
The 2017 USA Hockey Nationals will be held April 6, 2017. The 14U and 15U divisions will play in Scottsdale, Arizona and the 16U and 18U divisions will skate in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Atlantic Youth Hockey League is the USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier I AAA youth hockey league of the Atlantic District. From Connecticut to Maryland, the AYHL’s membership is comprised of over 100 teams, representing four districts, and is spread across six playing divisions. The AYHL’s mission is to develop young players with competition, fun, and good sportsmanship, and move them on to the next phase of their hockey career. With a distinguished alumni list of players that spent a portion of their playing career in the AYHL, today’s players choose to play in the AYHL knowing that it is a proven stepping stone for those serious in their hockey pursuits.