Perinton Youth Hockey’s partnership with the Rochester Americans is official. The area’s largest youth hockey organization received approval from USA Hockey to form the new Rochester Junior Americans youth hockey organization. The partnership with the Rochester Americans was first announced at a press conference held on March 3 at Rochester Ice Center, the home rink for the Rochester Jr. Americans organization.
Next season all players from 8U-18U at the AAA, AA and house levels will wear the same Jr. Amerks uniform displaying the iconic Amerks logo. Players will follow the same development program led by Jr. Amerks Hockey General Manager Francois Methot and the Hockey Development Group.
“We’re forming a community of families and players, and we’re committed to giving every player the opportunity to excel in hockey by providing the best coaching, instruction and competition,” said Robyn MacBride, president, Rochester Jr. Americans. “We want our kids to build a passion for hockey that will last a lifetime.”
Perinton Youth Hockey was established 31 years ago. Players on AA and house teams competed as the Perinton Blades, and AAA teams competed as the Rochester Monarchs. Today the organization will officially retire the Perinton Blades and Rochester Monarchs uniforms.
“We’re retiring the Blades and Monarchs uniforms but will bring the legacy of Perinton Youth Hockey with us as we move forward as the Jr. Amerks,” added MacBride. “We will continue to operate as a not-for-profit organization committed to bringing hockey to kids in Rochester. We will field teams for players at every age and skill level, and we will maintain our commitment to making hockey as affordable as possible. These are the values that have guided our organization for years and will continue to do so for years to come.”
As a USA Hockey organization, Rochester Jr. Americans awaits the guidance of local USA Hockey officials regarding the start of the 2020-21 season. More information will be shared as soon as it is received.