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The Junior Aeros are proud to be one of four Charter Members of the Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League (“DSTHL”) (successor to the North Texas Hockey League “NTXHL”), which was formed in 2012 with the full support and backing of the Dallas Stars NHL club. The DSTHL coordinates travel league play for many TAHA-sanctioned organizations. The Junior Aeros Past-President sits on the Executive Board of the DSTHL. The DSTHL will be in its twelfth year of operation in 2023-24, working towards its goal of improving the competitiveness of TX/OK teams and having players and teams compete at the appropriate levels – basically, righting the hockey pyramid in Texas.
In 2021-22, the DSTHL has 89 teams with thirty-five (35) of those teams being non-DFW teams; Member Organizations include:
- Dallas Penguins
- Dallas Stars Elite (Youth & Girls)
- Houston Wild Hockey Club (now Junior Aeros)
- McKinney North Stars
- Oklahoma City Oil Kings
- San Antonio Jr. Rampage
- Texas Jr. Brahmas
- Texas Jr. Stars (Austin)
- Texas Tigers
- Texas Warriors
- Tulsa Jr. Oilers
- West Texas Selects (Amarillo & Odessa)
Junior Aeros teams travel approximately every third week to one of Dallas, San Antonio, or Austin for league games, and those DSTHL teams, in turn, travel to Houston for host/home games. The Junior Aeros teams typically meet in Dallas with teams such as Oklahoma City, Odessa, Amarillo, and Tulsa.
The DSTHL season starts with every DSTHL team’s participation in the Texas Shootout (Labor Day) Tournament. Thereafter, the teams are seeded into skill levels according to the tournament scores. The two weeks following Labor Day are typically dedicated to subsequent match ups to provide support to the leveling process.
Mid-September, representatives from each DSTHL association gather in Dallas at the DSTHL Scheduling Meeting to build a schedule for approximately twenty (20) league games/team to be played between approximately late September and mid/late February/President’s Day weekend. Historically, either the last weekend in February or first weekend in March is dedicated to playoff games.