The American Hockey Institute (AHI) calls Waterville Valley and the indoor ice arena home. AHI runs the New England Wolves, an independent team of post-high school grads who play in the Academy East Hockey League conference made up of prep schools throughout New England and Canada. The Wolves will live in Town Square during hockey season.
Waterville Valley welcomes a second AHI team, the AHI Fighting Spirit – a junior team made up of post-high school grads who will play in the Northern States Hockey League that consists of eight teams from Maine to New Jersey, including upstate New York. The Fighting Spirit will be housed at the Northstar Inn.
The Fighting Spirit start their season tomorrow, Monday, Aug. 26, with their first practice at the Waterville Valley Ice Arena from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Their first home game is on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. vs. the New England Stars (NSHL conference game).
The New England Wolves kick off the season with their first practice on Tuesday, Sept. 3. The Wolves first home game is Friday, Oct. 25at 6 p.m. vs. Walpole Express of the EHL.
Please join me in welcoming these young men to Waterville Valley and showing our support by filling the arena for both teams’ games!
>> Links to schedules and team information on www.wvicearena.com
>> Learn more about the American Hockey Institute
The AHI Mission
At the American Hockey Institute, our mission is to provide an elite hockey experience in a campus environment while maximizing potential through intense professional instruction. While focusing on the mental, physical and emotional development of our players, we will provide guidance, generate opportunities and encourage our players to use hockey to their advantage to create bridges to higher education.
While keeping the focus on the multitude of educational opportunities available, an athletic and educational assessment will be performed to target the appropriate fit for each student athlete. Our players will leave the program better prepared for the rigors of being a college student athlete with improved maturity, confidence, life skills, competitive spirit and hockey ability.