To provide an opportunity for players in this age group to play against superior competition with qualified coaching, in front of scouts.
To improve and develop the skills and abilities to the highest level of all participants, including the players, coaches, and officials. Because of its nationwide scope, a player, in order to play Junior "A" hockey, is often required to move to and reside in the community where the Junior "A" program is located. For this reason, many players opt to compete in their Junior "B" or Junior "C" programs. Junior players are also provided time to develop physically and mentally while playing at a very competitive level. Junior Hockey is developing players who can step in and excel at the college level. In fact, most college coaches now agree that the premier training ground for college bound U. S. players have become Tier II and Tier III Junior Hockey Leagues. Junior players are recruited heavily by Division I, II, and III colleges and are also scouted by all the professional leagues. U. S. Junior leagues are providing the opportunity for the young athletes to realize their potential. As evidence of the success of the programs at the Junior "A" level, all three existing leagues have generated significant number of scholarship awards for their players. These leagues have also provided a training ground for many future professionals.