USA Hockey Arena, located in Plymouth, Michigan, will serve as host for the 2018 USA Hockey Youth Tier I National Championship Tournament for 15-year-olds. The tournament will run from April 5-10, 2018, bringing the nation’s top youth players to the home of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
Last year, the Yale (Connecticut) Junior Bulldogs won USA Hockey’s inaugural national championship for 15-year-olds, skating past the Colorado Evolution 7-2 in Arizona. This year, the event shifts to suburban Detroit, a mere 23 miles from where USA Hockey crowned its very first national champion on April 3, 1938, at the Olympia.
In all, 16 teams representing each USA Hockey district will skate in the national championship tournament for 15-year-olds. The first three days will include 24 round-robin games. The top two teams from each of the four divisions will advance to the quarterfinals, which will be played Sunday, April 8. Semifinal games will be played Monday, April 9, and the championship game will be held Tuesday, April 10.
Qualifying teams and a specific game schedule will be announced at a later date. More information can be found here.