Welcome to the

Jr. Americans

We are the Rochester Jr. Americans, the area’s largest youth hockey organization. We provide exceptional instruction and competitive opportunities for boys and girls at every age and skill level—not just creating great hockey players, but also great kids. We want to maximize the potential of every Jr. Amerks player who steps on the ice.

We love the game

The Rochester Jr. Americans are a not-for-profit youth hockey organization committed to helping develop great kids who play hockey to the best of their ability. We’re here to provide the best in coaching, instruction and competition to every team at every level. We believe in an environment that balances commitment and fun for every player, and creates a welcoming community for every family. We want everyone involved to develop a passion for hockey that lasts a lifetime.

Player Development

Dedicated to development

We put player development first. Our on-ice skill development and off-ice training programs are designed to maximize the potential of every player regardless of their age, team, or beginning skill level.

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Youth hockey teams competing throughout United States and Canada each year

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student-athletes participating in our programs every season

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volunteer coaches with extensive playing and coaching experience
Tier 1 usa hockey

Opportunities to Excel

As a Tier I USA Hockey organization, our elite players compete at the highest level and gain the exposure needed to advance their hockey careers.

Stay in the loop

News & Updates

Alumni Update: ’07 Goaltender Ethan Phillips Commits to Providence College
Jr. Amerks’ Ryan Kozara Selected for 15U USA Hockey Development Camp
Alumni Update: Mason Maksymiu Signs with South Shore Kings
Alumni Alert: Reece Holenbeck Signs with EHL Seahawks Hockey Club


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We host two marquee tournaments during the season.

We kick off the season with the Jr. Amerks Kyle's Slap Shot Tournament, our annual fundraising supporting Kyle's Slap Shot Challenge Foundation to benefit UR Medicine Golisano Children's Hospital.  This tournament is exclusively for Jr. Amerks players. Players of all ages at all levels of play come together for friendly 3v3 competition and a chance to win some big prizes in our hardest slap shot competition!

Each spring we host our annual Big Thaw Hockey Tournament in memory of Willard "Bud" Parker, Jr. Our official celebratory end to the season, House teams from all over the region join us to play a four-game minimum and compete for division championships. There are medals, tournament awards and player MVP awards for participants.

A portion of the proceeds from the Big Thaw Tournament is donated to the Jr. Amerks Sean Shortsleeve Memorial Scholarship fund to help families in need cover their season dues.

pursue your dreams

Player advancement

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For more than 30 years, we've had the opportunity to coach and mentor hundreds of outstanding student-athletes, who have gone on to play hockey at the highest levels.

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