USA Hockey Tier I National Championships will be held from March 26 to 30 at the Northtown Center at Amherst, bringing with it the top U14, U16 and U18 teams. A total of 48 teams will be at the heavily scouted tournament. NHL, NCAA, and Junior scouts will looking over the talent.
Seventy-five years ago, in 1940, USA Hockey (then known as AHAUS) hosted its first-ever youth national championship. Classified as the United States Junior National Championship, it was held at the Boston Arena (now known as Matthews Arena home of Northeastern) and featured eight teams of varying ages, many of them comprised of players in their late teens.
Visit Buffalo Niagara, which is presenting the tournament along with Amherst Youth Hockey, the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission, said more than 3,500 hotel room nights have been booked across the region because of the tournament. The anticipated economic impact of the event will exceed $2.5 million.