ABOUT THE BLOG: The United States of Hockey was a blog about hockey in America. It focuses on USA Hockey, U.S. National Teams, American hockey prospects, college and junior hockey, and the growth of the game. The blog went on hiatus in 2014, but is back for a limited time to cover the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship
ABOUT THE WRITER: Chris Peters, a hockey writer and broadcaster, is a former communications coordinator at USA Hockey. Peters spent the 2008-09 and 2009-10 hockey seasons with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, handling all public relations and marketing for both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. He was the lead PR contact for the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, the U.S. National Under-17 Team at the 2008 and 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team at the 2008 IPC Sled Hockey World Championships. He was USA Hockey’s 2007-08 Brian Fishman Intern.
As a broadcaster, Peters has covered a variety of international events including the IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championships from 2010-2014.
Prior to joining USA Hockey, Peters served in a variety of capacities for the Iowa State University Cyclone Hockey Team, a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Peters served as the play-by-play broadcaster for two years (2005-07), while also hosting the team’s weekly coach’s show on ISUtv. Peters graduated from Iowa State University in 2006, with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communication.
While running United States of Hockey, Peters also served as a contributor to CBSSports.com’s NHL coverage and wrote feature stories for USA Hockey Magazine and USAHockey.com. Peters has also written three books Prior to closing down the blog, Peters was hired by CBS Interactive to write about the NHL full time for CBSSports.com.
A member of the Pro Hockey Writers Association, Peters continues writing on a freelance basis for a number of publications. He is also the host of This Week in the NHL on Lightning Power Play, the 24/7 radio home of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Catch his show Saturdays and Sundays here.
If you have questions or comments, email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOTO CREDIT: The United States of Hockey’s title banner was designed by Norman Hayward. You can check out some of his awesome photography at bigmanwithacamera.com
Awesome WJC reports – best insight and coverage on Team USA, no question!
Took my 7-year old son (a 3rd year Mite) on a trek to Buffalo from Rhode Island to watch a few games…an experience we’ll both never forget and always treasure. Been to hundreds of games, from the Beanpot to the Bruins, but nothing was like this! Just wish more Americans could have attended to support our kids.
Keep up the good work and thanks again!
Here’s the deal. ADM has its merits. It is high time that there be a focus on demonepvelt over winning. As a student of the game and a hockey parent, I could not care less about how the teams in my area compete [i.e.: win] at the mini-mite, mite, squirt, pee wee or even bantam levels. I am more interested in how players from my area compete at the midget and junior levels. That is the real test of how successful local programs really are and how they benchmark against teams nationally.If implemented correctly and truly established as the standard by USA Hockey [I have reservations here because USA Hockey and many hockey associations/organizations in non-traditional hockey areas tend to drop the ball or mess up on the implementation side even when well intentioned.], ADM should strike the mother lode in keeping players in the game. Too many players have been pushed out of the game because some coaches and/or associations evaluate players far too early in the process and basically give up on them rather than work to develop them. Much of that has been a result of an emphasis on “travel” hockey rather than “play” hockey [you can’t play when you are traveling across the country].To ensure that everyone gets on the same page with this initiative, local hockey summits should be held. Those local summits should be followed by regional summits with the process culminating in a national summit. While it may be impossible to make the initiative mandatory, USA Hockey, the NHL and all those who truly love the game and want it to grow should do everything in their power to bring this initiative to hockey and to its youth participants.In many areas in the U.S., personal agendas and politics play far too large of a role in the game. One way to reduce that influence is to band together. A collective hockey summit is the way to get there. Hockey Canada held a hockey summit many years ago to address concerns and issues and it helped. Certainly, the hockey community in this country is not going to stand down to Canada is it?
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This blog is GREAT!! I can’t believe I am just coming across it. I am psyched to find a truly plugged-in place to follow the US National teams and follow what US-born players/prospects are doing. Thank you! I look forward to some quality reading!
Wow Lauren! Your pictures are SOOO good. I rellay like how they’re all so creatively taken. I’m glad that you’ve finally put your talent on display like this Nice job.
WOW is all i can say. You have an amazing tnelat and glad you are pursuing it. All those pictures were just breath taking clear crisp and with such creative vision. I will recommend you to everyone I come across looking for some unique and memorable pictures.Thank you for sharing.
Sales and wants yes, you never know when it might come in handy, minutes of meiteng could go on and then we could review pat minutes as not everyone saves them on their computer once Chris has sent them out !Discussion forum I don’t know, should be out on the bike instead of taslking on the computer, butthen it might come in handy over Christmas !!
I enjoy reading your posts, I’m just signing up to get all of them emailed to me. Keep up the great work. Brian Savage
hey really well written stuff you have here.
i read a lot of hockey columns and it’s nice to get both quality info AND quality writing – a rare combination.
sorry to see your juniors lose today,
keep up the good work!
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Why wasn’t Christian Dvorak on the world jr team?
why is it that USA Hockey uses Birth year rather then School year and/or weight classification? When was this decision made and what was th reasoning behind it? Is there anything official from USA hockey that explains the reason for it? I am an advocate of the ADM but often wonder if the Birth year classification should not be broken up differently.