Welcome to the Grand Traverse Hockey Association, home of the Traverse City North Stars. We are a 501c3 designated non-profit, incorporated in December 1970.
The purpose of GTHA is:
a) To encourage the playing of ice hockey by the youth of Northern Michigan;
b) To foster the teaching of ice hockey skills;
c) To foster fair play and sportsmanship;
d) To provide Northern Michigan youth with the opportunity to play organized, sanctioned, competitive ice hockey
e) To own and manage assets in furtherance of Association purposes
GTHA is excited to kick off their second season of the Mite Equipment Rental Program!
Click on the links below for program details, registration/payment for the program, and finally the fitting signup.
Interested in trying out hockey for a day - come join us! Equipment is provided AND girls get to take home their own jersey. Come and have some fun with some veteran coaches and players.
September 30, 2023 at 10am (arrive by 9:30am to get fitted in your equipment)
$15 Registration (includes jersey), limited space available!
Interested in helping out with the event (coaches, players, and support team members needed) - sign up here.
Open Board Position:
If you are interested in joining the GTHA Board of Directors as the Travel VP - we are accepting letters of interest until 9/4/23. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*LAST DAY FOR TICKETS - October 1st!
GTHA has partnered with Adrenaline Fundraising to offer families the opportunity to sell a set of coupons for $25 for Tropical Smoothie, Culvers, or Biggby Coffee! 50% of all proceeds go directly to your players hockey account! Orders of 10 sheets or more receive a free sheet. Orders of 20 sheets or more receive a free personalized North Stars jacket!
Learn more on our website:
Registration NOW OPEN!
Link to REGISTER
GTHA is excited to announce that our very own GIRLS 14U T2 Head Coach - TONY POSEY has been named MAHA Coach Of The Year!!!
The Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) recognized Tony Posey as the 2023 Earl G. Piper Award winner, for Michigan's Coach of the Year, at Saturday night's MAHA Awards Banquet.
Tony has been a pivotal member of the Grand Traverse Hockey Association Girls Hockey program for many years. Well-respected by GTHA administration, coaches, players and parents, Tony has found the perfect balance of dedication, discipline, and passion to instill in his players each year. His consistent approach helped lead the GTHA 14u Tier 3 team to a State Championship in 2022-23.
The Earl G. Piper Award recognizes an individual who contributes significantly to the development of youth players, while exemplifying and teaching the character skills to players to live life as a contributing member of society.
Head Coaches: Please email the Coaching Director (email@example.com) if you would like access to your free Ice Hockey Systems account provided by GTHA. https://www.icehockeysystems.com
All Coaches: Please be aware that the calendar requirements for Safe Sport training have changed. All coaches and required team staff will need to make sure that their Safe Sport is completed prior to the start of this upcoming season so that we do not run into any issues.
Calling All Potential Referee's (ages 12+)
GTHA will be hosting level 1-3 referee clinics this fall!
Level 1 and 2 are August 5th from 9AM to 1PM - DONE
Level 3 is September 30th 3pm to 6:30pm
Both are posted on USA Hockey and can be found at:
For a cool perspective from a referee head cam - check out this video made by our Ref-In-Chief Jake Tolfree during a TCW vs. TCC game:
15% of total sales from spirit wear ordered through the Hockey Shop North website will go to GTHA this season!
If you are interested in coaching or being a goalie for a 18U and/or 16U split season team - please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Per USA Hockey and MAHA: Youth hockey player cell phones are not allowed in any locker room. With most kids having cell phones with cameras, there is a risk of inappropriate photos being taken and possibly being posted on the web. Hopefully, by keeping the phones out of the locker rooms, this can be avoided.
GTHA is taking this a step further and added to the policy by specifically saying any device capable of taking pictures or video are prohibited from the locker rooms.