Programs

Tier 1 AAA

The Junior Canes are the only area program approved by USA Hockey and Carolinas Amateur Hockey Association to compete at the Tier 1 AAA level.

Tier 1 AAA, the highest level of youth hockey in the US, is a highly competitive tryout-based program that attracts the best players throughout North Carolina and surrounding states. Our program begins at 11U and runs through 16U when our athletes graduate on to Junior hockey.

Our 14U, 15U and 16U AAA teams compete for the Southeastern Tier 1 District Championships for the right to advance to USA Hockey’s national championships.

In conjunction with the Carolina Hurricanes and Canes Youth and Amateur Hockey, our 12U AAA team represents North Carolina in the annual Tournoi de PeeWee in Quebec, the world’s most famous youth hockey tournament.

Tier 2

Tier 2 is USA Hockey’s main offering for travel hockey, built to serve a diverse population of hockey athletes at different stages of their development - from elite to advanced. The Junior Canes offer a competitive tryout-based Tier 2 program for athletes from the Triangle area and surrounding regions who have the foundation, the dedication, and the desire to develop and compete at the highest levels.

Junior Canes Tier 2 teams either compete in the SuperSeries National Showcase Hockey (NSH) Southeast Division, the Carolinas Hockey League (CHL), or in a series of independently scheduled games, all dependent upon the team's appropriate level of competition.

All 13U through 18U Tier 2 teams have the option to be National Bound in order to compete in the CAHA State Championship for the right to advance to the USA Hockey Tier 2 National Championships.

AAA Tier 1 AAA Independent 14U-16U
Tier 2 Black Tier 2 Hybrid AAA/AA, AA Independent, NSH, CHL 13U-18U
Tier 2 Red Tier 2 AA, Hybrid AA/A, A Independent, NSH, CHL 13U-18U (team option)
Tier 2 White Tier 2 A CHL

Girls Tier 1 & Tier 2

The Junior Canes are fully committed to the growth of girls hockey in North Carolina and surrounding areas. With innovative, flexible programming to serve a wide geographic footprint, we cater to both the local and regional competitive female hockey player.

Tier 1 AAA, the highest level of girls hockey in the US, is a highly competitive tryout-based/invitational program that attracts the best players throughout North Carolina and surrounding states. We offer Tier 1 teams at 14U, 16U and 19U, all National Bound and set to compete for the Southeastern Tier 1 District Championships for the right to advance to USA Hockey’s national championships.

Tier 2 travel is a tryout-based program more focused on providing the local and regional athlete with the opportunity to compete against other top level girls programs across the region. Our 14U and 16/19U Tier 2 teams are National Bound and will compete for the opportunity to advance to USA Hockey’s Tier 2 Girls National Championship.

Super 8 Program

Supplementing the 8U season of the Polar Hurricanes Hockey League (PHHL), our Super 8 program is an open-registration development program designed to give players 8 and younger an introduction to travel hockey before their transition from house to Tier 2 during the 9U season.