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The Southeastern District is divided into four Affiliate Associations: Carolina Amateur Hockey Association governing North Carolina and South Carolina, Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association governing Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, Southern Amateur Hockey Association governing Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee and the Statewide Amateur Hockey Association of Florida governing Florida. 

Please visit this site regularly for news and information on District.


National Champions

Four Southeastern District teams brought home national titles with wins in the final game of the 2014 Toyota USA Hockey National Championship Tournament. Our 2014 National Champions are: 

East Coast Eagles (N.C.) Tier II 2A 16 & Under Champion
Knoxville Ice Bears (Tenn.) Tier II 1A 18 & Under Champion
Gulf Coast Sea Gals (Fla.) Women's B Champion
Tri-City Selects (N.C.) Women's C Champion

The Southeastern District had one team earn a Silver Medal:

Miami Toros (Fla.) Tier II 3A 14 & Under Runner Up 


Girls Player Development Tryout

Please click on the tabs below for information on Girls Player Development Tryout.


SAHOF Volunteers Honored by Florida Panthers

Five South Florida individuals honored during Panthers-Capitals game for contribution to growth of hockey in South Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. – Sunrise Sports & Entertainment announced February 26th that the Florida Panthers together with USA Hockey will celebrate Hockey Weekend Across America on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Panthers-Capitals game at 7:30 p.m. at BB&T Center. The organization will honor five South Florida individuals who have each made a significant contribution to the growth of hockey in South Florida.

Honorees Jeff Wood, Marc Friedman, Bob Goldstein, Dr. Peter Pearlman and Cindy Friedman will be honored during the first intermission of the Panthers-Capitals game and will join the FOX Sports Florida broadcast during the second intermission.

“The Panthers organization and entire SSE family is excited to celebrate Hockey Weekend In America and recognize these individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to grow hockey in South Florida,” said Panthers Assistant to the General Manager, Eric Joyce. “We cannot thank them enough for their efforts and we look forward to doing our part in continuing to grow hockey in South Florida.”


ADM Kids

What is it like to play on full ice as a 8 year old?

To demonstrate how a full sheet of ice looks to a child, USA Hockey put adult players on an extra large rink with giant nets to simulate what a child sees. The players found the games tiring, difficult and said they would lose interest quickly in the sport if that was what they faced. See how adult players opened their eyes to what is being taught by the American Development Model of cross-ice hockey and small area games. Learn more at ADMKids.com.



Southeastern District Official Assigned to Work Olympic Games

from southeastrefs.org

Southeastern District Level 4 Official Tommy George of Maryland has been named as a member of the officiating crew at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games in February. Tommy was selected by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) as one of 14 Linesmen who will be working the 2014 Men's Tournament games. The full officiating crew, which includes 7 NHL Referees and 6 NHL Linesmen is posted on the IIHF web site.

Tommy has worked extremely hard and has dedicated himself to his craft in particular and our sport in general as an official, an instructor, an evaluator, and a mentor at both local and national levels and we're all thrilled that his dedication is paying off. Last year, Tommy was on the officiating crew at the 2013 IIHF U20 World Championship in Ufa, Russia.


Southeastern District Invitational Tournaments

Looking for a tournament?  All tournaments shown on our schedule are USA Hockey sanctioned events.  To have your tournament listed, please follow the instructions for sanctioning a tournament. Tournaments are added to the schedule after approval from the Southeastern District Registrar. 

The Southeastern District Caucas has mandated the District Registrar reject all requests for full ice tournaments in the Mite 8 & Under age classification. 

If an Invitational Tournament Application is received that includes a Mite 8 & Under age classification, the tournament operator will be given the opportunity to choose either half ice or cross ice. If the operator wishes not to make a choice, the Mite division will not be sanctioned. 

For questions regarding this policy, please contact Mark Bodner, Southeastern District Registrar at bodsgt@bellsouth.net.

Invitational Tournament Schedule
Sanctioning Invitational Tournaments


USA Hockey Launches Mobile Rulebook

The USA Hockey Mobile Rulebook is the digital version of the current USA Hockey Rulebook. Use the search bar or click on 'Sections' to navigate the vast hockey resources including rules, descriptions, casebook examples and videos. All content can be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit the Mobile Rulebook on your Mobile Device

USA Hockey Annual Guide

Each year, USA Hockey publishes its Annual Guide, which details the organization's administrative structure, programs and philosophy, bylaws, rules and regulations and much more.

Official Rules of Ice Hockey

The Official Playing Rules provides consistency for all participants, to ensure a safe and positive playing environment while continuing to focus on skill development and enjoyment of the sport.


Chris Dernetz

It is with great sadness that the Southeastern District announces the passing of Chris Dernetz, Baltimore, MD.

Chris served as the Southeastern District Registrar from 1997-2003 and since that time has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Potomac Valley Amateur Hockey Association. In his role as a PVAHA Director, Chris served as the Affiliate Treasurer and Background Screening Coordinator.

Along with his PVAHA duties, Chris was a program director and Treasurer for the USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program and a director for the Baltimore Area Special Hockey Program.

His passing is a tremendous loss for the Southeastern District and he will be greatly missed by all his friends and colleagues.

Kevin Upton

L to R: Jim Dewhirst, SE District Referee-in-Chief, Kevin Upton, Dave LaBuda, National Referee-in-Chief

2013 Chet Stewart Award Recipient

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. 


Christy Gardner

Disable Athlete of the Year

An accomplished high school athlete, Christy Gardner participated in many different sports throughout her life and earned a scholarship to Long Island University for field hockey and lacrosse. After college, she enlisted in the army and was stationed in Korea, where she suffered injuries that ended her ability to play standard sports and almost left her unable to live on her own. After successful rehabilitation, and with the help of a faithful service dog named Moxie, Gardner was able to regain her life and independence. She has also rediscovered her inner athlete through the sport of sled hockey. Now, she acts as a mentor to younger disabled athletes both on and off the ice. She not only encourages them to practice and learn as much as they can about the sport, but also models how to be a tremendous friend, teammate and athlete. In January, she organized an event to bring her sled hockey team to her hometown of Lewiston, Maine, where they played a series of games against the team from the University of New Hampshire. She is also the only female player on the military sled team, the USA Warriors in Maryland.

USA Hockey Female Honor Award

Congratulations to Kush Sidhu and the Washington Pride as the first recipient of the USA Hockey Female Honor Award for the Southeastern District. The Washington Pride has actively worked to create programs and opportunites for young female hockey players.

This newly created award is designed to recognize hockey associations that are leaders in the growth, development, and promotion of ice hockey for females.  The award will be given annually to one organization per district, chosen by the district under the guidelines established for recognition.