It’s that time – playoffs and championships. And for USA Hockey, the national championships are in full swing and continuing  through April for everything except the USHL and NAHL games, which will take place in May.

The 2014 Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships, which had its high school events March 26 through 30 in Omaha, Nebraska, will continue with six separate tournaments taking place April 2 through April 6:

  • Youth Tier I (all divisions) – Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Youth Tier II 14U – Hackensack, New Jersey
  • Youth Tier II 16U – Reston, Virginia
  • Youth Tier II 18U – Wayne, New Jersey
  • Tier I Girls, Women’s A.B.C – Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • Tier II Girls – Amherst, New York

Taking place April 3 through April 7 in Simsbury, Connecticut will be the Junior Tier III tournament.

Tampa, Florida will be hosting the Adult Men 30+, 40+ and 65+  taking place April 3 through April 6. Then in Tampa and Ellenton, Florida from April 10 through April 13 will be the Adult Men 50+, 60+ and 70+ events.

The dates and location for the 10th annual USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival was also unveiled. This event will take place April 11 through April 13 in Marlborough, Massachusetts at the New England Sports Center.

When all the minutes in all the periods of all the games have counted down and those final buzzers have sounded, some 40 national champions will have been crowned at the youth, girls, high school, junior, disabled, adult and women’s levels in nine cities across the United States from the end of March until early May.

And best of all, USA Hockey, in conjunction with FASTHockey, will be streaming almost all of the action (the Adult Men’s games in Tampa will not be streamed). Games are available on a pay-per-view basis by visiting USAHockey.FASTHockey.com and creating a free account. In addition, games will be available for purchase on DVD following the tournament by visiting USAHockey.FASTHockey.com.

Of course for those who may not be able to stream a particular game while at work or away from their computer, the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championships has made an app available for the first time this year for both Apple and Android devices. The app offers access to scores, live stats, schedules, photos and opportunities to interact with others via social media.

Finally, if all of this access isn’t enough, USA Hockey will also provide live scoring, starts, standings and photos from each of the games on USAHockey.com.

If you aren’t following USA Hockey on Twitter, be sure to add @USAHockey and @USAHNationals to your Twitter feed. You may even want to flag them so that you get alerts on your phone while the tournaments are going on so that you are always on top of the action.

From USA Hockey’s annual guide “USA Hockey provides the foundation for the sport of ice hockey in America; helps young people become leaders, even Olympic heroes; and connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport.”

A family historian by profession, Rhonda R. McClure has loved hockey since she was a child in New Hampshire. Any opportunity to combine her love of writing, hockey and research is something she looks forward to with much enthusiasm. She's been accused of seeking out shinny games when there are no other hockey events taking place. She is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research. Follow her on Twitter at @HockeyMaven1917.

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