TIER 2 AA, A, B LEVELS

The NC Golden Bears are a travel hockey program located in Raleigh NC. Founded in 2015 by Paul Strand, the program has grown from two teams to 13 in 8 seasons. We field teams at the AAA, AA, A and B skill levels. We believe in balance of sports and family. Our A and AA teams compete locally and regionally. We try and keep travel to a minimum.

PROGRAM DETAILS

The 2024-25 NC Golden Bears Tier 2 program will increase skill development and decrease excessive travel.

HIGHLIGHTS:

September Training month: September will be a dedicated to skill development along with Team building and team development. Taking into consideration the mix of players at the travel level who also play other sports we have decided there is no rush into the game scenarios and our coaching staff will focus on development of skills and team tactics as kids juggle a return to school, the ice and finishing out other sports seasons.

League Play:

  • Local league play. There is zero need for AA or A teams in North Carolina to travel outside the affiliate for league play. Local league play will be competitive and challenging.

Tournaments:

  • Have been chosen to minimize travel, hotel stays and missed school, while also making sure that they meet the competitive needs of each team. Tournaments are where you look to challenge those teams who may not get as much in the league play.

Affiliations:

  • The NCGB will keep rosters small while offering affiliations with upper-level teams for both games and practices. We will identify, select and offer an affiliation to players we see possessing the skill, ability and desire the opportunity to practice and in some cases play games with the team immediately ahead of it in age and skill.


Examples:

  • a 12 A player would be able to practice and play games with the 12AA team
  • a 14 AA player would be able to practice with the 16AA Prep team or
  • a 16AA prep player would be able to practice and play games with the 16AAA team.


The NCGB are in a unique position to offer this opportunity to provide this development opportunity to those players who are both capable and ambitious in their hockey careers.


Team Practice Expectations:

AA - This level expects commitment and attendance at team practices. Please do not take a spot from someone at this level if you are not committed to the team aspect of this skill level.

A - This level is more appropriate for players who are not as committed or have hockey as a secondary sport. Please look at this option if your player has these concerns.

10U


10U AA (2014/2015)

HEAD COACH - DAWSON SAVCHENKO

LEAGUE - ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

GAMES - 32 approx.

PRACTICES - 1 WEEKLY (SHARED/FULL)

SKILL SESSIONS - 1- 2 WEEKLY

TOURNAMENTS: 3

NASHVILLE (NOV 15-17), TAMPA (DEC 13-15), RALEIGH (FEB 14-17)

COST: $2500

15 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES

10U A/B (2014/2015)

HEAD COACHES: AUSTIN FINCH

LEAGUE: ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

GAMES: 25-28 approx.

PRACTICES - 1 WEEKLY (SHARED)

SKILL SESSIONS - 1 WEEKLY

TOURNAMENTS: 2

WASHINGTON (NOV 1-3) OR JACKSONVILLE (DEC 6-8), RALEIGH (FEB 14-17)

COST $2000

15 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES

12U


12U AA (2012/2013)

HEAD COACH: MATTHEW NOGA

LEAGUE: ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

GAMES: 35 approx.

PRACTICES - 1 TEAM WEEKLY FULL-ICE

SKILLS - 2 WEEKLY

TOURNAMENTS - 4

WASHINGTON (OCT 12-14) NASHVILLE (NOV 15-17), TAMPA (DEC 13-15) RALEIGH (FEB 14-17)

COST: $3900

15 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES

12U A (2013/2012)

HEAD COACH: BOBBY GRAM

LEAGUE: ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

GAMES: 32 approx

PRACTICES - 1 TEAM WEEKLY (SHARED/FULL)

SKILLS - 1-2 WEEKLY

TOURNAMENTS - 3

WASHINGTON (NOV 1-3), JACKSONVILLE (DEC 6-8), RALIEGH (FEB 14-17)

COST: $3500

15 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES

14U


14U AA (2010/2011)

HEAD COACH: DEAN TILTGEN

LEAGUES:

1) NAPHL SHOW (Bos, Minn, Det)

2) ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

PRACTICES - 1 TEAM WEEKLY

SKILLS - 2 WEEKLY

ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENTS TO THE 3 NAPHL WEEKENDS - 1 (TBD)

NATIONAL BOUND

COST: $4500

15 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES

13U AA (2011/2010)

HEAD COACH: PAUL STRAND

LEAGUE: ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

GAMES: 32 APPROX

PRACTICES - 1 TEAM WEEKLY

SKILLS - 2 WEEKLY

TOURNAMENTS - 4

CHARLOTTE (OCT 4-6) NASHVILLE (NOV 15-17) TAMPA (DEC 13-15) RALEIGH (FEB 14-17)

NOT NATIONAL BOUND

COST: $4200

15 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES


14 U

14U A GREEN (2010/2011)

HEAD COACH: MATT NOGA

LEAGUE: ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

PRACTICES: 1 WEEKLY (SHARED/FULL)

SKILLS: 1-2 WEEKLY

TOURNAMENTS: 3

NASHVILLE (NOV 15-17) WASHINGTON (JAN 18-20) RALEIGH (FEB 14-17)

COST: $3500

16 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES

14U A GOLD (2010/2011)

HEAD COACH: DEVIN WARFIELD

LEAGUE: ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

PRACTICES: 1 WEEKLY (SHARED/FULL)

SKILLS: 1-2 WEEKLY

TOURNAMENTS: 3

HAMP ROADS (NOV 8-10), JACKSONVILLE (DEC 6-8), CHARLOTTE (JAN 18-20)

COST $3500

16 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES


16U


16 AA PREP (2008/2009)

HEAD COACH: DEAN TILTGEN

LEAGUES:

1) NAPHL SHOW (Bos, Minn, Det)

2) ACHC, CH, LOCAL

PRACTICES - 1 TEAM WEEKLY

SKILLS - 2 WEEKLY

ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT - 1 (TBD)

COST: $4250

16 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES

16U A (2008/2009)

HEAD COACH: TBD

LEAGUE: ACHA, CHL, INDEPENDENT, LOCAL

PRACTICES - 1 WEEKLY

SKILLS - 1 WEEKLY

TOURNAMENTS - WASHINGTON (NOV 1-3), PITTSBURGH (DEC 6-8), RALEIGH (FEB 14-17)

COST: $3500



18U


18U AA (2006-2008)

HEAD COACH: PAUL STRAND

LEAGUE: ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

PRACTICES - 1 TEAM WEEKLY

SKILLS - AL A CARTE ($350-$500)

TOURNAMENTS: 3, TBD IN DISCUSSION WITH PLAYERS. 2 LOCAL AND 1 DESTINATION

COST: $3000

16 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES

18U A (2006-2008)

HEAD COACH: MATTHEW STRAND

LEAGUE ACHC, CHL, LOCAL

PRACTICES - 1 TEAM WEEKLY

SKILLS AL A CARTE ($350-$500)

TOURNAMENTS: 3, TBD IN DISCUSSION WITH PLAYERS. 2 LOCAL/DRIVING. 1 DESTINATION

COST: $3000

16 SKATERS, 2 GOALIES


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