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    Have a 4-8 Year Old Girl Who Wants to Learn to Play Hockey?
    A few spots remain on the Girls Little Pens programs being hosted by NHAHA at Pittsburgh Ice Arena. Registration includes* free equipment, 10 on-ice sessions with instruction from great coaches and Viper and Stars player mentors, and an opportunity to learn to play and love the great game of hockey.  *Visit the Pittsburgh Penguins website for complete details.
    Register Now!

    ADM/MITE 2015-2016  
    Want your child to participate in ADM/Mite this fall? 

    Starting in September ADM will have sessions every Wednesday at 5:30 PM and every Saturday at 8:00 AM (except when the rink has weekends blacked out for tournaments).

    Register Here for the 2015-2016 ADM/Mite Season.

    When you register for the ADM/Mite season you will need a credit card to pay for the registration/commitment fee in order to complete your registration.

    For more information visit the Vipers Beginner Hockey page.                  
    Questions? Contact Dave at



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      U16 Midget Teams Seeking Players

      • U16 Midget 1 is looking to add a few additional players.  For more information, please contact Randy Mlinarcik at
      • U16 Midget 2  is accepting players!  This team is expected to play at an A Minor Level. For more information, please contact Lou Ammon at .

      U19 Girls Seeking Players

      The Pittsburgh Vipers U19 Girls team
      is accepting players!

      For more information, please contact Tim Morrison
      (724) 996-3353 or


      New Player Registration

      If recently added to either a Viper or Esmark Stars team  AFTER tryouts, please register with NHAHA by clicking on the registration link below.  You will need a credit card to pay the commitment fee.

      2015-16 Online payments

      Use the link below to log in and setup your online
      payment plan for the season or use this link to make a ONE time payment. 

      It's simple and easy to do, only takes a few minutes to complete!

      If you have any questions, please contact Stefanie via email


      New to the organization?
      Grown out of your Jerseys?  
      See the form below with Jersey Order form details.
      If you have questions please feel free to call Stefanie at
      412-480-5222 or email at


      Hockey Socks can be purchased at the KoSports outlet at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena  OR House of Hockey

      Socks are $40.00 for 2 pair
      (1 white pair & 1 Red pair)


      Shells available at
      House of Hockey

      ***The 2015-16 season shells are optional.
      Next year it will be a requirement that all players wear these shells.

      Bishop named Developmental Coordinator

      ​Pittsburgh Viper Hockey is please to announce the addition of Si Bishop as Developmental Coordinator for the 2015-2016 season.

      As Developmental Coordinator, Si will work with the organization's Head of Coaches, Tim Kingerski, and Tier I Coordinator, Dave Kosick, and will assist Viper coaches in improving practice sessions, consult on off-ice training, direct camps/clinics, and work with players, at a coach's request, on the ice during team practices.

      In addition, Si will be responsible for helping coordinating a skills development curriculum.  This effort will range from ADM program members through the U18 level.  Si will start with the skills taught through USA Hockey’s ADM program to our youngest players and build a curriculum from that level through to the U18 level … making sure the coaches at each level know what skills they are responsible to develop.  The skills curriculum will be formed with the help of Vipers coaches at each level as they work with SI to determine what is appropriate through a series of informal discussions/meetings.

      Si brings an outstanding resume to this newly created position. His understanding of the game has been honed by his years of playing Tier I hockey for the Viper Stars, Duquesne University, and in the CHL.  He has served as a coach with the Esmark Stars / Pittsburgh Viper Stars for the past five seasons and spent one season previous to that as a coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Girls Program.  In addition, he has offered training and instruction on hockey through Bad Boy Hockey, Inc., Peak Performance Hockey, and through private lessons.  He has also conducted several hockey camps and clinics, including participating as an instructor in camps operated by both Yuri Krivokhija and Alain Lemieux. 

      The NHAHA Board is looking forward to enjoying the increased enthusiasm, energy and expertise Si will be bringing to all of our programs during the coming season.  We feel that this unique position will enhance all of our programs and benefit every one of our players.


      The Pittsburgh Vipers and Esmark Stars are excited to announce the addition of Derik Gaworski as the organization's goaltender coach.

      Before becoming a coach, Gaworski enjoyed a successful playing career locally at the amateur, high school, and collegiate (Robert Morris University's ACHA team) levels.

      He has provided tutelage to goaltenders from both the Vipers and Stars teams for the past four years … working with the goalies at all age levels.  In addition, he has provided private lessons to various goaltenders from around the Pittsburgh area.

      Gaworski views his "style" as a coach as one focused to help improve a goalie's play ... not the changing of his style of play.  He will assess each individual goaltender and their style,  identifying each's individual attributes, and then working to both improve and maximize efficiency and ability.

      Already highly thought of in local hockey community circles, Gaworski is considered one of the best young goaltender coaches in Pittsburgh.


      Each month Derik will conduct goalie clinics which are free to ALL NHAHA goalies.  Dates and times of the goalie clinics will be advertised and any interested goalie should email Derik that he will be attending so that we will have enough shooters available.

      Derik will work with any goalie from ADM age to AAA U18.  Derik is well experienced working with all age goalies and he will have the whole rink to work in.

      November Goalie Clinics Scheduled

      The Goalie clinics are scheduled for:

      Saturday, November 14 at 5:10-6:40

      Sunday, November 22 AT 3:20-4:20

      All NHAHA Goalies welcome. 

      In addition, we would like to have some shooters for these sessions.  

      Please notify Coach Derik if you are either a goalie or shooter who will attend at  .

      Another Great Addition to the NHAHA Coaching Staff

      Christy Pastucha joins the girls coaching staff

      Christy has been involved in the game of hockey for 17 years including playing, mentoring younger players and coaching. Growing up she played both Ice and Dek hockey, playing on both girls and coed teams and most of the time multiple teams. Christy has played every position but goalie; she loves it all but prefers offense. She played for PAHL, School district and Tier I teams. These teams included Plum school district, Lady Badgers, Vipers, and Pittsburgh Elite. She then continued onto college hockey playing Club for Slippery Rock University. 

      As for coaching she started with the Lady Badgers as a student coach helping out with the U14 team as she was playing for the U19 team. While Christy was playing for Pittsburgh Elite she helped coach the Pittsburgh Elite U12 into Nationals, winning 3rd place. That same year she also coached Plum Freshman which continued to the playoffs that season.

      Once Christy graduated college she started coaching again at the Vipers organization with the girls team and is continuing this season. Christy loves that she has played for this team before and being able to give back to the organization. This season she also started to coach the Steel City Selects U19 girls team. She hopes to continue to bring more and more girls into hockey and to help them grow both on and off the ice.

      Esmark Stars News

      STARS U18 Prepare for Blaine III

      The U18 Esmark Stars AAA will enjoy a Thanksgiving break and celebrate the holiday with family and friends this upcoming weekend, before returning to action in the fourth NAPHL Showcase of the season in Blaine, MN, Dec. 4 - 7.

      Esmark now stands at 8-4-0-3, good for 19 points, in NAPHL play, The 18U AAA Stars overall record is 17-9-4-3.

      STARS U15 prepare for Thanksgiving Tournament

      The U15 Esmark Stars AAA team return to action on home ice this weekend, as they participate in the Pittsburgh Vipers Thanksgiving Tournament.

      They open round-robin play with a game on Nov. 27, "Black Friday", as the U15 Stars square-off with the Youngstown Phantoms. Face-off is at 8:20 a.m. On Saturday, Nov. 28, the Stars will take to the ice twice.  First they hook-up for an early morning game with the Wilkes Barre / Scranton Jr. Knights at 7:50 a.m. They return to the ice to meet-up with the Valley Forge Colonials at 4:40 p.m. later Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning, Nov. 29, they close round-robin play with a 7:00 a.m. face-off against the Mercer Chiefs. The Championship game for the tournament will be held at 1:05 p.m. All games will be played at the Pittsburgh Ice Arena in New Kensington, PA.

      This past weekend, the U15 Stars traveled to Woodbridge, VA, for a four-game round-robin.

      The Stars opened play on Saturday afternoon against the Potomac Patriots. Potomac would emerge with a 5-2 win.. They returned to action Saturday evening against Team Carolina, but dropped a tough 4-2 decision.

      On Sunday, Esmark hooked-up with the Skipjacks Hockey Club for their third game of the round-robin and secured a convincing 5-1 win. They returned to the ice a couple of hours later in the event's consolation game against the Skipjacks Hockey Club and again emerged with the victory, this time by a 5-2 score.

      STARS U16 prepare for Blaine III

      The U16 Esmark Stars AAA will enjoy a nice mid-season break and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends this upcoming week, before returning to action in the fourth NAPHL Showcase of the season in Blaine, MN, Dec. 4 - 7.

      The 16U Stars NAPHL record is 8-6-0-1, good for 17 points. Their overall record stands at 18-15-3-1.

      STARS U12 set to enjoy Thanksgiving break

      The U12 Esmark Stars AAA team are off this upcoming week and weekend to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday and a break from the schedule.

      This past weekend, the U12 Esmark Stars welcomed the Cleveland Jr. Jacks to the Pittsburgh Ice Arena for a pair of games of games on Saturday afternoon.

      The two clubs squared-off for game one at 1:50 p.m. on Saturday. Three periods of hockey were unable to determine a winner, as both clubs battled to a 2-2 tie.

      The two squads returned to the ice for a second game at 6:30 p.m. The Stars were able to grab a 3-2 third period lead, but the Jacks would find the back of the net with about two minutes remaining, and, as in game one, the contest ended in a tie, 3-3.

      The Stars next scheduled return to the ice is in December for the Mid-Winter Classic Tournament being hosted by the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite at the new Lemieux/UPMC Sports Complex in Cranberry, PA, Dec. 18-20.

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