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    Tryout Dates Announced
    & Registration is OPEN!

    There are no paper registrations.

    For complete details please go to our Tryout page.

    For GIRLS only tryouts go to Girls Tryouts page.

    Pittsburgh Viper Tier II COACHES

    If you are interested in coaching for a Pittsburgh Viper team for the 2014-2015 season, please contact Tim Kingerski at ktwins1@comcast.net.  Please include all coaching experience and age level you are inetersted in coaching.

    2014 - 2015 Pittsburgh Viper Tryouts


    Squirt (2004 & 2005)
    Thursday, April 17,  5:30 pm – 7:50 pm
    Saturday,  April 19, 12:00 pm – 2:20 pm
    Monday, April 21, 5:30 pm – 7:50 pm

    Pee Wee (2002 & 2003)
    Monday, April 28,  5:30 pm – 7:50 pm
    Tuesday,  April 29,  5:30 pm – 7:50 pm
    Thursday, May 1,  5:30 pm – 7:50 pm

    Bantam (2000 & 2001 birth years)
    Monday, April 28,  8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
    Tuesday,  April 29,  8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
    Thursday, May 1,  8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

    Midget (1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999 birth years)
    Thursday,  April 17,  8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
    Saturday,  April 19,  4:30 pm – 6:50 pm
    Monday, April 21,  8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

    Pittsburgh Viper Hockey teams will be participating in the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League (PAHL) at the AA, A, and B levels.  Final placement level within PAHL for all teams, from all associations, is determined by the PAHL Placement Committee.


    Pittsburgh Viper Hockey is pleased to announce the formation of Bantam 2000 and Bantam 2001 hybrid teams for the 2014 - 15 season.

    AJ Hopperstead, former Viper player and coach, will serve as coach of one of the Bantam Hybrid teams.  AJ has also served as a coach for the Plum Hockey Association.

    In addition to AJ, the coaching staff of the Tier I Esmark Stars will be assisting with these teams at the practice level.  This concept has been endorsed by our Tier I Coordinator and coaches.

    This program will include off-ice instruction, including use of the training center at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena and classroom discussion directed at developing a better understanding of team offensive and defensive philosophies, as well as an increased level of participation on-ice.  Viper hybrid teams will participate in PAHL.  and selected AAA and AAA/AA hybrid tournaments.

    The cost of all tournaments would be included in the set yearly fees for the team, $2,290, which will be the lowest of any Hybrid team in the area.

    Players interested in this hybrid teams, should register on-line for the Bantam tryouts.  For additional information, please contact Carole at bawoodrow@aol.com or call 724-335-9005.


    Pittsburgh Viper Hockey will be holding a free skate for players and families interested in the new Pittsburgh Vipers Bantam Hybrid team on Thursday, April 24, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.  All Bantam-aged players, regardless of what team they are trying out for, are welcome to join us.

    A parent meeting and Q & A session will be held during the free skate.

    2014 - 2015 Esmark Stars AAA Tryouts

    Tryouts Continue

    Pittsburgh, PA - Tryouts for the 2014-2015 Esmark Stars Tier I AAA teams are occuring at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena, in New Kensington, PA.

    This season, the Stars will be celebrating their 30th year of play and will field five teams: Midget Major (players born between Jan. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31 1997), Midget Minor (1998-1999), Bantam Major (2000), Bantam Minor (2001) and Pee Wee (2002-2003).

    All tryouts will be held at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena, 700 Craigdell Road, in New Kensington, PA. The cost for attending tryouts is $125 for the midget tryouts and $100 for the Bantam and Pee Wee tryouts at registration.  In addition, each player will need to bring a $500 commiment check.  That check will serve as the initial payment for players selected to a team.  Players declining or not offered a position, will have their commitment check destroyed.

    The Esmark Stars AAA program has offered the region’s top amateur ice hockey players an opportunity to showcase their skills on a national and international level over the past 29 years. Drawing players primarily from western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio, the Stars program is an elite travel level program designed to showcase players for junior and collegiate opportunities.

    2014-15 Esmark Stars AAA Tryout Dates

    The tryout schedule for the 2014-2015 Esmark Stars Tier I AAA teams are scheduled as follows:

    Midget Major
    Completed - Please see Tryout Result Page for info

    Midget Minor
    Completed - Please see Tryout Result Page for info

    Bantam Major
    Completed - Please see Tryout Result Page for info

    Bantam Minor
    Completed - Please see Tryout Result Page for info

    Pee Wee
    Saturday, April 19, 2:30 - 3:50 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (invite only)

    For complete tryout details, please visit our tryout page.

    Please see Tryout Result Page

    2014 Viper Summer League

    Again this season NHAHA will be offering a Summer League.

    All players must register for the division they will be playing in this upcoming season:
    Squirts (2004 – 2005)
    Pee Wees (2002 – 2003)
    Bantams  (2000 – 2001)
    Midgets  (1996 – 1999)

    COST: $230 for ALL DIV but ADM
    **EARLY BIRD SPECIAL- $210 if paid in full by April 26** 
    Must be paid in full by July 13 & can pay in one full payment or two equal payments

    Includes: Championship game with awards & Consolation games, jersey, 11 weekend games, six weeknight practices, EMTs/Referees at all games

    ADM:2006 and younger
    Cost:  $160   10 Game/Practice Sessions

    Team Discounts Available

    For more information contact Dave Schueler at Schueler209@Comcast.net

    Click below to download printable paper Summer League Registration Form.

    Please Do not put this form in the payment box at the rink, mail to:
    Pittsburgh Vipers
    209 Easy Street
    New Kensington, PA 15068

    Viper Venom Bantam Tournament Team

    Viper Venom Bantam Team News

    April practice schedule:

    April 14    6:00 - 7:30 pm
    April 18    6:30 - 7:50 pm
    April 22    8:50 - 9:50 pm

    The remainder of the schedule will be announced shortly.

    Esmark Stars Tier I AAA Hockey

    Stars Honored for High Academic Achievement

    The Esmark Stars have received post-season honors from the North American Prospect Hockey League (NAPHL), with 14 players (six from the U16 AAA and eight from the U18 AAA team) named to the 2013-14 All-NAPHL Academic team.

    To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must have achieved a minimum 3.75 GPA and certain academic standards for the 2013-14 school year and must have been nominated by a coach.

    Named to the 2013-14 All-NAPHL 16U AAA Academic Team from the Esmark Stars: Sam Barnes (Peters Township), Alec Bosnic (Bishop Canevin), Carter Ekberg (Peters Township), Beau Heakins (Mars Area), Jake Tepe (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) and Jordan Timmons (South Fayette).

    Named to the 2013-14 All-NAPHL 18U AAA Academic Team from the Esmark Stars: Adam Alavi (Peters Township), Jonathan Dagnal (Peters Township), Cole Hepler (Freeport Area), Josef Kittelberger (Peters Township), Ryan Lottes (Quaker VAlley), Tristan Ramage (Peters Township), Jacob Worcester (Bethel Park) and Brendan Zack (Freeport Area).

    "All of these young men deserve a standing ovation for being able to manage the rigors of a challenging AAA schedule while maintaing high academic achievement in the classroom," said Esmark Stars AAA Coordinator Dave Kosick.  "They not only managed to earn a high GPA, they did it without asking for special treatment or consideration.  They achieved in spite of the additional burdens that a AAA schedule can present."

    "The Stars program has always stressed the need for our student athletes to maintain academic standards," Kosick added.  "Playing hockey should never be an excuse for failing in the classroom."

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