About Junior A Hockey
Junior A leagues and teams provide a competitive opportunity for the elite player in this age group on a more localized geographic basis.
— USA Hockey
Junior A hockey players range in age from 16 through 20. Some are still in high school, while others work or take college courses part-time. They pay tuition to play the sport they love, with the goal of moving up--either to a higher level of hockey, minor league hockey, or college hockey.
Hockey players typically move up through the age brackets in USA hockey until they reach the Midget, or High School, level. Once they are 16 (or in some cases, 15) they can choose to enroll in Junior Hockey programs.
Over the past decade college teams have increasingly turned to Junior Hockey programs to recruit players. As a result, college teams are now composed of older, more experienced players.
There are seven Junior A leagues spread across the United States and over 20 in Canada. The USA leagues are:
Central States Hockey League
Empire Junior Hockey League
Interstate Junior Hockey League
Metropolitan Junior Hockey League
Minnesota Junior Hockey League
Northern Pacific Junior Hockey League
Western States Hockey League
The Yellowstone Quake plays in the Northern Pacific League.
The mission of the Park County Junior A hockey program, a non-profit community based organization, is to provide an environment in which skilled hockey players under the age of twenty can develop as they prepare for career advancement either in a college program or through other professional opportunities
to provide quality coaching and training to assist players in reaching their individual goals to encourage and support player development in academics, sportsmanship, citizenship, and hockey to build interest in hockey and foster community spirit and involvement to provide the citizens of northernWyoming and southern Montana, with an exciting, competitive, and high quality hockey program.