About North Park Hockey
North Park Hockey Association is a non-profit youth hockey club based in New York City. North Park was founded in 1987 in Central Park, and we are proud to enter our 36th season in September 2022, celebrating the 35th Anniversary of our founding. We offer programs from learn-to-skate through Bantam. Our learn-to-skate program is based at Bryant Park and runs from November thru February. Our travel teams (8U Mites, 10U Squirts, 12U PeeWees, 14U Bantams, 16U Midgets) play from September through early March, with the exception of holidays, and we have a 10-week Spring Program to provide our players with high quality training opportunities in a flexible format from April though early June. We are grateful to be partnered with a variety of metropolitan New York City venues, including City Ice Pavilion, MacKay Ice Arena, Cutting Edge Ice Academy, LIC-Ice, Kips Bay (Bronx) & a new rink called The Graveyard in Long Island City currently in the final permission stage.
We compete against other elite programs in Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut & New Jersey, and we strive to make a long-term commitment to our families to develop players from preschool into high school. Our tryouts evaluate new players and make roster determinations for returning players. While we will address behavioral or attendance issues if necessary, we do not "cut" returning players based on an annual talent assessment. We have found players at these young age levels to develop at different rates, and over time, all will advance to a high level in our program. Our primary goal is to instill a lifelong love of hockey, which we believe is put at risk unnecessarily at this age with a more short-term mindset.
Our most successful teams compete at a strong AA level, and are characterized by mix of AAA and AA-level players. In the 2019-'20 season, North Park won multiple titles in the Hudson Valley Hockey League and the Metro Elite Hockey League, and we have won a New England Regional championship in the International Silver Stick tournament series in each of the last two years (10U AA in 2017-'18 & 10U B in 2018-'19). We accomplish our goals with a focus on coaching talent from the U.S. and overseas, as well as strong commitment from our member families. We believe that there is ample competition within a 45-60 minute drive of Manhattan to develop talent at this age, so we play nearly all of our games within that radius. We also encourage balance with the rigorous academic requirements in New York City schools, and with other extracurricular pursuits when not in peak season. Please note that North Park also offers a need-based financial aid program.