The Armstrong Arrows "National Bound" Program is an elite Tier II Hockey Program with the intent of their teams competing for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships each year. This is the Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Program’s 8th year of existence. The 16U “National Bound” Team qualified for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships in 2016, 2017 & 2018. The 18U "National Bound" Team qualified for the 2019 and most recently 2022 USA Hockey Tier II National Championships. In just the first season, the newly formed 16U “National Bound” Team made it to the USA Hockey Tier II National Championship Game!
The goal of the 16U & 18U “National Bound” Teams are to qualify for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships March 30 - April 4, 2023.
USA Hockey 2023 Tier II National Championship Locations:
16U – Amherst, NY
18U - Maple Grove, MN
You must click on and read the AAHL Tryout & Travel Hockey Guide 2022-2023 before registering.
16U: 2006 to 2007 Birth Years
18U: 2004 to 2005 Birth Years
Tryouts will be in April with team workouts starting in the summer at the coaching staff's discretion.
The Armstrong Arrows "National Bound" Program is based and operated from The Belmont Complex located at 415 Butler Rd. Kittanning, PA 16201.
Ice practices will begin in July at Pittsburgh Ice Arena. Regular season ice practices will be at the Belmont Complex. "National Bound" Teams will have 2 ice practices per week (set weekday practice schedule after season begins). “National Bound” Teams are High School Friendly. Players are permitted to miss practice for High School Games. Players are expected to attend the “National Bound” practices if there are any other conflicts in schedule such as practice.
16U/18U "National Bound" Teams will play Approximately 45 - 50 games (Teams could participate in more games) including: PAHL, Tournaments/Showcases, Independent Games (“National Bound” Coordinator will select Tournaments/Showcases and Independent Games for each “National Bound” Team), Mid Am State Playoffs if eligible.
Armstrong Arrows 16U/18U "National Bound" Teams are required to wear navy blue helmets and navy blue gloves. Player uniforms also consist of home / away jerseys, socks, and shell. Each player will be required and responsible for the purchase and care of their Arrows uniform. Costs associated with their uniform are not included in the season fee. National Bound Players will receive a team issued hockey bag and practice jersey at no additional cost.
All payments will be made online through the online registration via a scheduled payment schedule. A pay in full option will be available as well as a payment plan option. Also, please see the AAHL Tryout & Travel Hockey Guide 2022-2023 for program fees..
2022 - 2023 SEASON
** Please download and read the "AAHL Tryout and Travel Hockey Guide 2022 - 2023" found on the home page.
If registering before April 4, 2022, your USA Hockey Confirmation Number will not be required to complete the online registration. Your 2022-2023 USA Hockey Confirmation Number will be required before tryouts. Either bring a paper copy to tryouts to turn in at sign in, or alternately, the option to upload it to your AAHL registration will be available.
If registering after April 4, 2022, your USA Hockey Confirmation Number for the 2022 - 2023 season will be required to complete the online registration.
Please register now for the upcoming season!
16U NB Head Coach - Lee Grafton
18U NB Head Coach - TBA
Refer to the "Resources" tab then go to "For Parents" and select "National Bound Coaching Staff" for National Bound Head Coaches Bios.
AAHL reserves the right to hold supplemental tryouts to fill any & all open roster positions post open tryouts.
AAHL will adhere to all policies of USA Hockey and Mid Am in regards to tryout dates.
Tier II / PAHL Team Placement:
AAHL will make a placement recommendation, but the PAHL determines the final placement of ALL teams in the league. AAHL cannot guarantee the level of play for any team playing in PAHL.