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Getting Started

Welcome to the Grand Traverse Hockey Association, home of the Traverse City North Stars.

GTHA is 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

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Early Hockey Skill Development Sessions - 

1st Session - 14 Skates - Late October to Mid December

2nd Session - 14 Skates - January  to Late February

GTHA E-Newsletter

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Steps To Join:

All GTHA hockey members are required to FIRST join USA Hockey.

USA Hockey Registration

Once your player has their USA Hockey number, they can then register for GTHA.  The registration period typically opens in early July.

GTHA Hockey Registration

All players are slotted into their appropriate birth year except in unique circumstances. See Move Up Policy for further details.

If your player is 9 and up, they are eligible to tryout for our competitive travel and girls teams.

The travel hockey program is the portion of GTHA that gives the more skilled or dedicated player an opportunity to learn to play the game at a higher level.  These teams are selected on a tryout basis. Tryouts are held in May of the prior season for all levels except Squirt A (tryouts are in August.) Please visit the appropriate travel or girls team pages for more information on tryouts.

House hockey is the recreational program for youth in the Grand Traverse area.  House players complete two draft skates in September and then teams are built equally based on coach evaluations.

There are six levels in youth hockey prior to a player possibly joining a high school team.

Instructional Program (IP) - Early Hockey Skill Development (all ages)

Mites - 6-8 year-olds

Squirts - 9-10 year-olds

PeeWees - 11-12 year-olds

Bantams - 13-14 year-olds

Midget - 15+

New To Hockey?

If you are new to hockey and would like to know more about terminology, equipment, rules, etc. 

Please visit our New To Hockey page!


If you are interested in being paired with a "seasoned" family who can help you navigate through the unknown or answer a quick question about hockey?   OR if you just have questions, please let us know! 

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Registration for the season begins in early July. More details will be posted soon!

New To Hockey

If you are new to hockey, check out this page to learn more about the sport.