Frisco, Texas – The Dallas Stars today announced the launch of a new youth travel hockey league dedicated to the continued development of amateur hockey players across Texas. The Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League (DSTHL) will begin play in the fall of 2012.
With an eye toward streamlining Tier-level hockey, enhancing the overall competitiveness of the league and striving to lower costs for entry-level players, the new League continues the evolution of the “pyramid” that was begun with Texas Amateur Hockey Association ’s restrictions on Tier I play.
“We have embraced youth hockey and are deeply committed to growing the game at every age and skill level, but we want to balance participation with the development of the top players from the region,” said Jim Lites, President and CEO of the Dallas Stars. “We would like nothing more than to see more of our young NHL prospects to be homegrown in our youth league.”
The new League will feature four “Charter Member Organizations” competing at the AA level. Three organizations will be Dallas-based (DJHA, Alliance and the Dallas Junior Stars), and one organization is from Houston (Wild). Additional AA level members are from Austin (Texas Junior Stars) and Oklahoma City (OKC). Each organization will be allowed one team at the AA level in each age division.
The League will accept one additional AA organization at the Midget Major and Midget Minor levels, reflecting the number of potential players currently in the Dallas market at the midget age groups. The Allen Americans have been accepted to fill the fourth Midget AA slot (minor and major). Other “Affiliate Member Organizations” will compete at the A and B levels, as determined by leveling play and evaluations.
The following organizations have already accepted membership and will be participating in the DSTHL:
•Alliance Youth Hockey Association (AYHA)
•Dallas Junior Hockey Association (DJHA)
•Dallas Junior Stars
•Dallas Stars Elite
•Lone Star Wolves
•Texas Junior Stars (Austin)
The DSTHL teams will follow established protocols for game scheduling, and game play will mirror USA Hockey’s official playing rules. Format for playoffs will be established by the Executive Committee.
For additional information, please visit the Dallas Stars Travel Hockey League’s website (www.dsthl.com).