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Welcome To The Pittsburgh Viper Stars

The North Hills Amateur Hockey Association (NHAHA) is the parent organization of Pittsburgh Viper Hockey, Viper Stars Hockey, and Esmark Stars AAA Hockey. The Viper Stars hockey teams are designed  to be a high-level Tier II select hockey program that bridges the gap between elite Tier I (AAA) travel hockey and house / rec hockey.

The program revived the Pittsburgh Viper Stars name and logo, which was previously associated with the organization’s Tier I (AAA) teams before they became Esmark Stars AAA Hockey six years ago. 

Our Mission

Our mission as a Tier II (AA) select program is to provide a learning atmosphere that is competitive and based on player development.  At Viper Stars players a foundation of development that lets them strive to be their best.  


2020 Season Coaching Staff

ADM Team 2012's & Under

  • Head Coach = TBD

Squirt Team 2010's & 2011's

  • Head Coach = TBD

2009's Birth Year Team

  • Head Coach = Brittany Meade

2008's  Birth Year Team

  • Head Coach = Luke Kopchak

2007's Birth Year Team

  • Head Coach = Dalton Moore

2006's Birth Year Team

  • Head Coach = Brad Posey

U-16 Midgets 2004 & 2005's

  • Head Coach = James Grasinger
  • Assistant Coach = Mark Hastings
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2020 Viper Stars Outline

Try-Outs Postponed

Please stay tuned, but more importantly stay safe.

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: www.usahockey.com/playersafety

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

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