Tier II National Bound Teams

The Armstrong Arrows "National Bound" Teams are an elite Tier II Hockey Program with the intent of competing for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships each year. This is the Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Program’s 4th year of existence and the U16 “National Bound” Team has qualified for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships in each of their first 3 years. In just the first season, the newly formed U16 “National Bound” Team made it to the USA Hockey Tier II National Championship Game! The goal of each “National Bound” Team is to qualify for the USA Hockey Tier II National Championships April 2 – 6, 2020. U14 – Kalamazoo, MI U16 – Troy, MI


16U: 2003 to 2004 Birth Years____________ 14U: 2005 to 2006 Birth Years____________


See to the right for tryout dates. 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 to begin in July at Pittsburgh Ice Arena. Regular season ice practices will be moved to the Belmont Complex in August. 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.


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 "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.

Additional Costs

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 pane on the right under fees.

2019 - 2020 Season

Coaching Staff:

U16 Head Coach / Program Coordinator – Lee Grafton

U16 Asst. Coach - Tyler Snyder

U14 Head Coach / Goaltender Coach – Nick Mish

U14 Asst. Coach – Jon Yackmack

U14 Asst. Coach / Strength & Conditioning Coach – Garrett Barbosa

Follow the "Resources" tab and then to the "For Coaches" tab for more info in the National Bound Coaching Staff. 

Tryout Schedule:

Armstrong Arrows 16U “National Bound” (2003 & 2004 Birth Years)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 7:20 - 8:30 PM Belmont Complex

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:20 - 8:30 PM Belmont Complex

Sunday, April 14, 2019 6:20 - 7:30 PM Belmont Complex

Players must be registered with AAHL online and pay commitment fee.  Online Registration open 4-1-19.

Armstrong Arrows 14U “National Bound” (2005 & 2006 Birth Years)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 6:00 - 7:10 PM Belmont Complex 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:00 - 7:10 PM Belmont Complex

Sunday, April 14, 2019 5:00 - 6:10 PM Belmont Complex

Players must be registered with AAHL online and pay commitment fee. Online Registration open 4-1-19.

Tryout info:

Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to tryout start time. Bring a white and dark jersey (black / blue – Jerseys should be plain with no names), you will sign in and get an AAHL tryout number for your player. At this time, we will also be verifying that registration has been completed. 

Placement on a Team

Player placement will be announced on the AAHL website shortly after the last tryout date for each team. You will have 24 hours, after notification, to decline placement on a team. After the deadline, your commitment fee is non-refundable. The Commitment Fee is non-refundable once team placement is accepted. If you decline placement on a team in the stated timeframe, your commitment fee will be reimbursed.

Players will not be allowed to skate in the tryout unless they have paid the commitment Fee. No Exceptions!

AAHL reserves the right to hold supplemental tryouts to fill any & all open roster positions post open tryouts.

Please review "Events" / "Tryouts 2019 - 2020 Season" For additional tryout and team placement information.

AAHL will adhere to all policies of USA Hockey and Mid Am in regards to tryout dates.

See Below for Fees

Tryout Registration Fee (Non Refundable):

Tryout Fee Forward / Defense : $100

Tryout Fee Goalies : $5

Team Commitment Fee (Will be applied to Season Fee):

Skaters: $500 (Due at time of registration). 

Goalies: $500 (Due after accepting position on a team).

Season Fee:

U14 / U16 Forward / Defense : $2500 + $500 in mandatory fundraising.  (Payment options available).

U14 / U16 Goalie : $500 + $500 in mandatory fundraising. (Payment options available).

Note - All registrations and payments must be made through the AAHL online registration with the exception of  the mandatory fundraising fee, which will be collected by the team at a later date, it is not included in the registration or season dues.

Additional Information on Fees:

Each player will receive (50) $10.00 cash/gun raffle tickets to be sold as the teams mandatory fundraiser.

Each player in the AAHL is also responsible for Kitchen Duty at the Belmont Complex ($210 Buyout).   Please see Policies for Kitchen Duty information.

AAHL does provide additional fundraising opportunities to assist in financing.

There are no hidden fees!

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.

“National Bound” Contact Information:

For more information regarding Armstrong Arrows “National Bound” Team Tryouts for the 2019-20 season, please contact: “National Bound” Coordinator: Lee Grafton at: armstrongarrowsnb@yahoo.com