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The Hierarchy of Hockey

JUNIOR HOCKEY

Sponsored by USAH - Junior Hockey: General Information

USAH - Junior Hockey: General Information

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Sponsored by Major Junior - CHL (Canadian Hockey League)

Major Junior - CHL (Canadian Hockey League)

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The CHL has 52 Canadian and 8 American teams participating in the:
  • WHL (Western Hockey League)
  • OHL (Ontario Hockey League)
  • QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League). 
Sponsored by Tier I Junior - USHL (United States Hockey League)

Tier I Junior - USHL (United States Hockey League)

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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season (2016-17) with:
  • 17 USHL teams in Central Midwest USA
  • 30+ NHL draft picks
  • 400+ NCAA Division I college commitments.
Sponsored by Tier II Junior - NAHL (North American Hockey League)

Tier II Junior - NAHL (North American Hockey League)

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Celebrating its 42nd season in 2017-18, the NAHL boasts 23 teams (4 divisions) in 12 states – with 6 of those teams playing out of Texas and Louisiana.  Last season witnessed 240+ NCAA commits.
Sponsored by Tier II Junior - CJHL (Canadian Junior Hockey League)

Tier II Junior - CJHL (Canadian Junior Hockey League)

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The CJHL is a Canadian national organization comprised of 10 Junior A hockey leagues representing a total of 132 teams. Visit HERE to view CJHL member leagues.
Sponsored by Tier III Junior - USAH Leagues

Tier III Junior - USAH Leagues

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COLLEGIATE HOCKEY - MEN

Sponsored by USAH - College Hockey

USAH - College Hockey

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Sponsored by Division I NCAA Men's Hockey

Division I NCAA Men's Hockey

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Sponsored by Division III NCAA Men's Hockey

Division III NCAA Men's Hockey

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Sponsored by ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) - Men's

ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) - Men's

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The ACHA was established in 1991 to support quality, unity, and regulation of intercollegiate hockey programs in the United States.  The ACHA currently boasts the 3 Men’s divisions linked below, as well as 2 Women’s divisions, with over 500 teams from across the nation representing 49 different states (all but Hawaii):
Visit the below spreadsheet for a complete list of ACHA 2020-21 Men's hockey programs -- 353 total programs with 49 institutions offering two (2) or three (3) different ACHA division level programs -- and some of them also host an NCAA team(s).
Sponsored by TCHC (Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference)

TCHC (Texas Collegiate Hockey Conference)

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The TCHC is part of the ACHA Men’s Division 2 Western Region and consists of 5 Men’s Division 2 programs in Texas:
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • East Texas Baptist University
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Christian University
  • University of Texas
  • Southern Methodist University

Collegiate Hockey - Women

Sponsored by Division I NCAA Women's Hockey

Division I NCAA Women's Hockey

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Sponsored by Division III NCAA Women's Hockey

Division III NCAA Women's Hockey

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Sponsored by ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) - Women's

ACHA (American Collegiate Hockey Association) - Women's

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The ACHA was established in 1991 to support quality, unity, and regulation of intercollegiate hockey programs in the United States.  The ACHA currently boasts 2 Women’s divisions linked below, as well as 3 Men’s divisions, with over 500 teams from across the nation representing 49 different states (all but Hawaii):

PROFESSIONAL HOCKEY (North America)

Sponsored by NHL (National Hockey League)

NHL (National Hockey League)

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Sponsored by AHL (American Hockey League)

AHL (American Hockey League)

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Sponsored by ECHL (East Coast Hockey League)

ECHL (East Coast Hockey League)

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Sponsored by SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League)

SPHL (Southern Professional Hockey League)

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Sponsored by FHL (Federal Hockey League)

FHL (Federal Hockey League)

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