2023-24 U18 AAA


The NC Golden Bears believe fully in the Canadian model of AAA hockey when it comes to the Midget age levels. For 2023-24 that is 2005 through 2008 birthyears. The Canadian model has eliminated the U16 AAA age level and goes from U15AAA directly to U17AAA and U18AAA.

The belief is that after U15 AAA players who are talented enough, but not quite able to play Tier 1 or Tier 2 Junior hockey, and they have the desire, should begin playing with older players to help them prepare for Tier 2 Junior hockey, from both a physical and mental level. The birthyear model is efficient at the younger ages in keeping friends together, but at the U18/U16 AAA level it is time to take things to another level.

In 2022-23 the NC Golden Bears had one 2006 and one 2007 on our U18 AAA and it was very successful. In discussions with our Junior partners in Canada and the NAHL their is strong belief that this is the route to go if a program is in the business of developing Tier 2 junior players.

Our tryouts are open to all. If you feel you are capable, please register. We will be vetted registered players prior to tryouts.


*Player agreements will be signed after tryouts, final costs confirmed at that time


On Ice Development - The U18 AAA program will consist of two team and two skills sessions per week. In addition, there will be periodic Team practices weekend based. At this level the expectation is that players our fully immersed in their development. While the Skills sessions are not mandatory, it is suggested that if you are playing at this level attendance is imperative.

Development - Team Off-ice workouts and Video coaching will also be a part of the curriculum. This will be done by professional coaches, along with the head coach. Players must have a full work out program at this age/skill level as well. This needs to be a part of their daily routine.

Games - 50-55 games.

  • Exhibition, THF, SuperSeries AAA and NAPHL
  • Two planned trips to Toronto (Sept 29-Oct 1), Calgary (Late January)
  • SE Districts - Only CAHA team at this age level.

Roster Size - 18-20

Costs: Tuition - $5900

  • Includes - Games, Practice ice, Practice Jersey, workout apparel

Other Costs include: - Approx. $600

  • Jerseys, Socks, Shells
  • Track Suit
  • Hockey bag
  • MISC.


The U18 AAA NC Golden Bears have completed their tryouts for the 2023-24 season. 

There are still two spots open for consideration for the right candidate. They are forward and defense positions. 

if interested, please contact Paul Strand at 


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