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New poster here. Was wondering if you all had recommendations for sites that list local hockey tournaments where I could find upcoming ones in the tri-state (PA/OH/WV) area more easily?

I haven't been able to find one (or even a couple) such "go-to" websites yet and thought maybe you more experienced hands might know of some. You have some individual ones listed here but I searched for a master list or something and came up dry. And out on the wider web I find a lot of tournament companies that list their events and that's it, or individual event sites, so everything's really piecemeal and tough to navigate. Web searches yield those similar results over and over. Right now all I've been doing is manually tracking tournaments down and logging them into a word doc, but that's obviously not efficient nor comprehensive. 

(I'm pretty new to youth hockey too, so that's why I'm such a novice on sites you probably know all about. I work in local minor league pr and media but haven't really ever delved into the local hockey scene until recently while looking to sponsor events or exhibit at them.) 

Thanks for any help you can give. 

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I've used pahockey.com (PAHL's website) in the past.  They have a tournaments tab at the top that typically lists by the month.  Its not an exhaustive list, but a good place to start

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For tournaments in the PA/OH/WV area here are two groups for you to look into.  Most are within driving distance from western PA and there are deals to be had if you book two or more travel tournaments with one group.

https://www.itshockeytime.com/index.asp

http://www.bigbeartournaments.com

https://nahockey.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImMX2_du-4gIVTiOGCh34NAiPEAAYASAAEgLXAPD_BwE

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It's good to talk to other coaches who have gone to tournaments at your age/skill bracket. There are lots of little tournaments run by youth organizations or in support of a cause that won't appear on a list. It has been my experience that the private companies are not as interested in creating fair divisions so much as getting teams. (We have always liked Gene Harrington.) And the older they get, the less good options there seem to be because there aren't as many teams. I think it is just as good to schedule a few games with teams on your own, rather than give your money to some of these for profit private tournament companies.

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We have a local West Pa youth facebook group that tournament promoters post their upcoming tournaments and look for teams to fill their brackets.  The group is for team managers,  coaches,  and organization administrators. 

You may also try arranging games and scrimmages with area teams in this group. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/223896918195293/

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