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Update: Esmark Stars AAA Hockey 2020-2021 Tryouts

By DLG, 04/10/20, 11:15AM EDT


Coronavirus Update: April 10, 2020

Pittsburgh, PA - April 10, 2020 - We continue to receive numerous inquiries regarding upcoming scheduled tryouts and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on them.

Esmark Stars AAA Hockey were scheduled to begin tryouts for the 2020-2021 season on Monday, April 13, 2020.  As identified previously, those tryouts have been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic and the restrictions placed by governmental agencies as voiced upon all hockey organizations under USA Hockey's governance, as well as the Mid-American District.

The North Hills Amateur Hockey Association (NHAHA, Pittsburgh Vipers, Viper Stars, and Esmark Stars AAA Hockey) and our activities, including tryouts, are sanctioned by our governing body, USA Hockey (USAH) and fall under the governance of the Mid-American District.

Please note, if you have already registered for the upcoming 2020-2021 season, your registration will apply when the tryouts are rescheduled.

The Mid-American District released an update to its members on April 7, 2020, dictating that all tryouts and activities remain suspended at least through May 15, 2020.

The date is not a "green light" to schedule, but rather a new date of decision on whether a "shelter in place" order has been lifted and whether group activities may resume.

As such, dates for rescheduled tryouts for the Esmark Stars AAA Hockey program remain suspended.

As we receive new or additional information or guidance from USA Hockey we will provide updates on when new dates and times for tryouts will occur for the 2020-2021 Season.

Please note, as of April 1, USA Hockey has opened registration for the upcoming season.  So although we are unable to go to the rinks and skate, we can start preparing for the upcoming season.

You are now able to secure your 2020 - 2021 USAH registration so that players are ready to go once we are able to hold tryouts. As a reminder, once tryouts commence all participants will be required to be registered via the online registration system before taking part in the tryout. 

New or revised information will continue to be shared on the Esmark Stars webpage ( and Pittsburgh Vipers webpage ( ... and on our Facebook pages ... as it becomes available.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all do our best to navigate this unprecedented situation.

Be well,

Heather Ruffner, NHAHA President
Dave Kosick, General Manager, Esmark Stars AAA Hockey
NHAHA Board of Directors



Pittsburgh, PA - March 28, 2020 - Because of the ongoing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the direction of the CDC, the Office of the President the United States, the Office of the Governor of Pennsylvania, and USA Hockey ... ALL non-essential activities have been halted or postponed!

As such, the status of our upcoming Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Tier I tryouts, as scheduled, is on hold.

The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club and Pittsburgh Viper Hockey will continue to closely monitor all updates and changes from agencies ... federal, state and local.

All information regarding Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Tier I tryouts will be updated as available.

The health and safety of our athletes, coaches, parents and families remains priority number one.

Please continue to check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for additional updates!