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Welcome to the Home of the Southeastern District

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.

Southeastern District Tier I and G/W Tournaments

Visit the 2017 Tournament homepage for Rules and Regulations, Tournament Guidebook and Handbook.

Online registration is now available. Click the homepage link above and select Girls'/Women's or Tier I registration.

2017 Girls Player Development Tryout

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.

For questions regarding this policy, please contact:

Mark Bodner
Southeastern District Registrar

District of Columbia, Maryland
Bob Otte,

Beth Lenz,

North Carolina, South Carolina
Jessica Westphal,

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
David Polk,

Cindy Friedman,

Invitational Tournament Schedule
Sanctioning Invitational Tournaments

Jay Don Gensler

October 12, 1937 - January 13, 2017

It is with deep sadness to announce the passing of Don Gensler, Southeastern District High School Representative.

The Washington Post recently published a story on Don and his influence on high school hockey:

Ice hockey notebook: Don Gensler remembered as ‘the glue’ that held MSHL together

By Eric Goldwein and Dillon Mullan January 25 at 2:15 PM
The Washington Post

In 1988, a Howard County Youth Hockey board member was tasked with taking a group of local high school hockey teams and organizing them into a structured league. The first season began with about 100 total players on the original six teams — DeMatha, Mount St. Joseph’s, Boys’ Latin, Atholton, Howard and Wilde Lake. But Don Gensler had a greater vision for what was then the only league in town.

The new commissioner wanted high school hockey to be played all over Maryland, D.C. and Virginia, and in nearly two decades with the Maryland Student Hockey League, he helped accomplish that.

Gensler died Jan. 13 at 79 years old after battling lung cancer, but he is being remembered and celebrated this month for his contributions as co-founder of the MSHL and influence as a youth hockey leader.

The MSHL now has about 70 varsity and junior varsity teams while other leagues — public, private, boys’ and girls — have formed around the D.C. area.

“Without Don, there’s no MSHL as we currently understand it,” said MSHL Commissioner Joe LaCour. “Don was the continuity. He was the glue, the captain of the ship.”

Gensler grew up in West Texas and was an Army Colonel. His son played hockey for a fledgling team at Wilde Lake, and Gensler was asked to help launch the MSHL after the teams played a season without a league structure. Tom Hendrix, a general manager at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel who co-founded the MSHL, said Gensler was detail-oriented and helped add stability to the league by establishing and enforcing rules relating to safety, academics and sportsmanship.

“He always wanted every child who liked the game to be able to participate. That was his mission,” Hendrix said. “He had a specific mission statement and he never veered from that.”

Gensler was also a longtime Southeastern District High School Representative for USA Hockey as the sport grew across the region with a total of 207 teams from Florida to Arkansas to Maryland.

MSHL teams held a moment of silence for Gensler before last week’s games, and his influence lives on with the MSHL division playoffs and 16-team state tournament set to begin the next few weeks in rinks across the D.C. area.

“All the high schools here should thank Don for his perseverance, because it would not have happened if he hadn’t persisted over the years,” Hendrix said.


Our thoughts and prayers are with Don's family during this sad time.

USA Hockey Club Excellence

Club Excellence is a new online portal system designed to give USA Hockey associations a unique home to drive organizational success. The portal walks youth hockey leadership through the day-to-day needs of running a successful youth hockey association.

To access, the local association President or Vice President would need to submit through the link below. Once confirmed, they can invite the rest of the board to join them in the portal. Each leader has a job description, monthly tasks and a resource center with quick reference templates / best practice guides that relates to their association role.

If you have any questions about Club Excellence, please contact Brittany Bobak at (719) 538-1102 or

Boys National Camp Tryout

The National Camp Tryout was held at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC from May 6 through May 8, 2016.

This tryout was open by invitation only to players who attended a National Camp last summer or who were selected at their Affiliate tryouts to advance to the district event.

2016 Selections

Girls Player Development Tryout

The Southeastern District Girls Player Development Tryout was held April 22-24, 2016 at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, NC. This tryout was open to all female U.S. citizens born in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002. Girls will be selected at this tryout to attend USA Hockey National Select Camps and Multi District Player Development and Goaltender Camps.

2016 Selections

National Camp selections now posted.

East Select Regional 2002 Camp, Multi District Player Development Camp, Multi District Goaltender Camp and Girls Age 11-13 Camp selections are posted. Click the link above to view the selections.

Please visit the Girls Player Development webpage for the Girls Player Development Guides and additional information on the USA Hockey / Southeastern District Girls Player Development program.

USA Hockey National Championships

Congratulations to Southeastern District teams earning a medal at the 2016 Toyota USA Hockey National Championship Tournament.

JW Mitchell (FL) - High School Combined Division National Champion

Carolina Aces (NC) - Women's B Silver Medalist

Atlanta Phoenix (GA) - 14U 2A Bronze Medalist
Charleston Jr. Stingrays (SC) - 16U 1A Bronze Medalist
Winston Churchill (MD) - High School Pure Division Bronze Medalist
Manatee (FL) - High School Pure Division Bronze Medalist

New Video Quantifies Cross-Ice Advantages

The NHL analytics team uses tracking technology to compare cross-ice to full-ice for 8U players

A cutting-edge NHL analytics team put the test to youth hockey for the first time ever, comparing cross-ice hockey to full-ice hockey. Watch this video and see what you think.

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

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.

2016-2017 USA Hockey Annual Guide

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.

2013-2017 Official Rules of Ice Hockey

USA Hockey 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