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NHAHA Statement Regarding 2020-2021 Season Tryouts

Dear NHAHA Families:

We have received many inquiries regarding the upcoming tryouts and the impact the COVID-19 pandemic may have on them. The North Hills Amateur Hockey Association (NHAHA, Pittsburgh Vipers, Viper Stars, and Esmark Stars) and our activities, including tryouts, are sanctioned by our governing body, USA Hockey (USAH).

USA Hockey strongly recommends the cancellation of all affiliate tryouts, district tryouts, district/multi-district development camps for all birth years for the spring and summer of 2020.

“Our number one priority is the safety of our players, officials, coaches, volunteers and families involved,” said Kevin McLaughlin, assistant executive director of hockey development for USA Hockey. “We estimate roughly 9,000 individuals or families are involved in these activities across the country and with the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation we all face and the logistics involved with these events, the leaders in our organization from across the country felt it was important to make a decision now that had best interests of everyone involved, with safety being at the forefront.”

Read the complete statement, and find other valuable information from USA Hockey here:

At this time, all NHAHA (Pittsburgh Vipers, Viper Stars, and Esmark Stars) tryouts are postponed indefinitely. If you have already registered for this season, your registration will apply when the tryouts are rescheduled. As soon as we receive more information or guidance from USA Hockey, and/or new dates are set for the 2020-2021 Season. We will share them here and on our Facebook page.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all do our best to navigate this unprecedented situation.

Be well,
Heather Ruffner, NHAHA President
and the NHAHA Board of Directors


    2020-2021 Vipers Coach Application

    All those interested in coaching (head or assistant) for the Pittsburgh Vipers 2020-2021 season must complete the form below.

    Any questions? Please contact Vipers Head of Coaches Ryan Rose.

    Ryan Rose

    Vipers Head of Coaches


    NHAHA offers a variety of Fundraising Opportunities to help our players subsidize the costs of playing hockey!

    From volunteering at Aramark (PNC Park) and Highmark Stadium  to hoagie & pie fundraisers and calendar raffle ticket sales to fun family events there is an opportunity for everyone.

    For more information, visit the FUNDRAISING page on this website.

    Interested in Fundraising Through Aramark Next Season?

    Would you like to earn $$ towards your player's 2020-2021 season fees? Become a NHAHA volunteer for Aramark  at PNC Park Pirates games and other events!

    For more information on the program or to register for the REQUIRED new "hire" training please contact Aramark Volunteer Coordinator, Christine George at Please include:

    • Your Name
    • Your Player's Name
    • Division (age level) your player will be playing NEXT SEASON
    • Email
    • Phone Number

    Christine will contact you ASAP with details about the training and program.

    Please note... you must be available to be on-time and stay for the entire training! Also, please review all of the Aramark volunteer policies and requirements (found on the Fundraising page of this website) prior to signing up!)

    Spots fill up quickly and registrations are first-come-first-serve!