The Rochester Junior Americans are committed to providing consistent and constructive player development while emphasizing the fun of playing the game.

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2020-21 Season Registration

On June 1 the first phase of player registration will open for 2020-2021 season travel teams. The process is different this year, as we will form our travel teams prior to holding tryouts in accordance with the new schedule released by our USA Hockey affiliate last week. Below is a list of our travel teams for next season along with the cooresponding registration dates. For more information on the team selection process click here.


Monday, June 1, at 9 a.m. - Wednesday, June 10, at 5 p.m. 

Team  Name Age Group Birth Year Coaching Staff
AAA 14u TB 14u 2006

Head Coach: David Andreatta 
Assistant Coach: Mike Napieralski 

AAA 15u TB 15u 2005 Shane Madolora
AAA 16u TB 16u 2004 Dave Maksymiu
AAA 18u TB 18u 2002 & 2003 Steve Zanon 



Thursday, June 11, at 9 a.m. - Tuesday, June 30, at 5 p.m. 

Team  Name Age Group Birth Year Coaching Staff
AAA 9u 9u 2011

Head Coach: Jeff Topor

Assistant: Dave Insalaco 

AA 9u 9u 2011 Jon Obstarczyk
AAA 10u  10u 2010 Team 1 (Independent)- Nathan Paetsch and Francois Methot
Team 2  (WNYAHL) - Scott McDonald and Chris Schultz 
AA 10u 10u 2010 Steve Bottoni 
AAA 11u 11u 2009 Shawn Wilkins
AA 11u 11u 2009 Craig Abbott
AAA 12u TB 12u 2008

Mike Dossier

AA 12u 12u 2008 Team 1 - Tim Finke
Team 2 - Jason Mallette 
AAA 12u Girls 12u 2009 & 2008 Stephen Gionta
AAA 13u 13u 2007

Head Coach: Matt Murley

Assistant Coaches: Tim Connolly, Clarke MacArthur, Jimmy Lorentz

AA 13u 13u 2007

Team 1 - Jason MacBride

Team 2 - Anthony Rizzi
AA 14u 14u 2006 Team 1 - TBD
Team 2 - Matt Mang 
AA 15u 15u 2005 Head Coach: Jaeson Rene
Assistant Coach: Eric Birkemeier
AA 16U 16u 2004 & 2005 Lou DiMartino
AA 18u 18u 2002 & 2003 TBD



posted 05/30/2020
Getting Back To Hockey

5.20.2020 -- We are one step closer to our return to hockey. The USA Hockey affiliate in New York State adopted a new schedule for the 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 crisis that allows organizations to form travel teams prior to holding tryouts. On June 1, we will start accepting player commitments for our inaugural season as the Rochester Jr. Americans.

In accordance with the new schedule, the Jr. Amerks will accept player commitments for 14U-18U AAA (Tier I) tournament bound teams starting on June 1. We will accept player commitments for 8U-13U AAA (Tier I) and AA (Tier II) teams starting on June 11. This applies to both returning players and players who wish to join the Jr. Amerks from other organizations.

Every player who is interested in playing travel hockey must register on the Jr. Amerks website. New this year, coaches can select players for their team prior to tryouts. Coaches may or may not choose a full roster of players during this June commitment period. Tryouts for next season are still pending, and we intend to hold tryouts when we are given approval by our USA Hockey affiliate to complete unfilled rosters.

Stay tuned for registration information in the coming days. Players interested in joining a Jr. Amerks travel team next season must register to be considered by the team’s coaching staff. No registration fee or deposit is required.

We know this change in the season schedule raises many questions, and we are working quickly to collect as much information as possible. Visit the FAQ page on our website for more detail. Please visit the site regularly, as we will continue to update it as more information is available.



posted 05/20/2020
Jr Amerks News - We are the Rochester Jr. Americans

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.”

Visit Rochester Jr. Americans at, or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  

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.


posted 05/01/2020

(Rochester, NY) Perinton Youth Hockey (PYH), in conjunction with the Rochester Americans, announced today the formation of the Rochester Junior Americans youth hockey organization.

Set to begin play in the 2020-21 season, all youth hockey programming offered under the current PYH organization, including 8U-18U (mites-midgets) at the AAA and AA levels as well as all affiliated house teams, will shift to the Jr. Amerks brand. Additionally, PYH will effectively adopt the Rochester Junior Americans name with the program offering an enhanced level of competition for local players ages six to 18. The organization will house its operations at the Rochester Ice Center, located at 80 Lyndon Road in Fairport.

“The Amerks have a rich and meaningful history here in Rochester, and we’re proud to join the tradition,” said Robyn MacBride, president of Perinton Youth Hockey. “Our organizations are like-minded, both dedicated to the development of our players while focused on making hockey a fun and memorable experience for everyone whether they’re on the ice or in the stands. Next season is a great new beginning for our organization, and we can’t wait for what’s to come.”

“We’re incredibly excited to partner with Perinton Youth Hockey and launch the new Jr. Amerks program next season,” said Amerks Vice President of Business Operations Rob Minter. “This is a tremendous opportunity not only for us to aid in the efforts of introducing the game of hockey to a wider audience but allows us as an organization to deepen our footprint in the local youth hockey community. We look forward to working together with Perinton Youth Hockey on growing the game under the Amerks brand.”

Today’s announcement comes just weeks after the appointment of Francois Methot as Hockey General Manager for Perinton Youth Hockey. Methot, who played five seasons with the Amerks during his 17-year pro playing career, has been instrumental in spearheading all areas of operations, including driving the efforts of PYH becoming the premier development organization in the region. In addition to overseeing skill and player development for all PYH players, Methot continues to remain a fixture in the coaching scene with PYH’s Rochester Monarchs AAA program, guiding the 14U team to a run for the national championship in 2018.

Current Amerks defenseman Nathan Paetsch also serves as a coach for the Monarchs program.

Tryouts for the upcoming Jr. Amerks inaugural season for the 9U-12U AAA and AA programs will take place on Tuesday, Mar. 24, Wednesday, Mar. 25 and Thursday, Mar. 26. Tryouts for the 13U-18U teams are scheduled for Tuesday, Apr. 7, Wednesday, Apr. 8 and Thursday, Apr. 9. All sessions will be held at the Rochester Ice Center.

PYH is the only local youth hockey organization recognized by The Rochester Americans and Rochester Hockey LLC to use the Jr. Americans and Rochester Americans trademarks.


About Perinton Youth Hockey

Founded in 1989, Perinton Youth Hockey (PYH) is the second-largest youth hockey organization in New York state. A tier I organization, PYH players compete at the highest level of youth hockey. PYH fields teams for all ages at all skill levels, including AAA, AA, and house teams. PYH is committed to growing the sport of hockey while encouraging a safe and fun learning experience for players in order to instill a lifelong love of the sport.


About the Rochester Americans

Owned and operated by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, the Rochester Americans are the second-oldest franchise in the American Hockey League with a rich history that dates back over six decades. Currently in their 64th season, the Amerks, as they’re affectionately known, have captured six Calder Cup championships since the team’s inception in 1956 and the organization also has the distinction of serving as the top developmental team for the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres and Amerks are presently in their 38th season as working partners, which marks the longest active affiliation between an NHL club and its AHL counterpart.





posted 03/03/2020
Blades 9U AA win WNYAHL Championship

Congratulations to our 9U Blades (Napieralski) for winning the WNYAHL Squirt Minor Championship. They defeated the Hamburg Hawks 5-2 to clinch the victory. Go Blades! More information at

posted 03/02/2020
NHL Alumni Among Members of New Hockey Development Group at PYH

January 16, 2020—With the goal of helping all kids reach their full potential as hockey players, Perinton Youth Hockey has formed a professional advisory group named the Hockey Development Group. The group will be led by PYH Hockey General Manager Francois Methot and includes NHL alums Nathan Paetsch, Stephen Gionta and Matt Murley, as well as former professional players Jim Lorentz and Dave Insalaco. The combined group brings significant knowledge and experience at the highest levels of hockey to PYH’s player development program.

The Hockey Development Group will play an important role in player development at every level in every age group in the PYH program. With a focus on individual skill development, the group will create a challenging and engaging hockey curriculum that prepares players for success as they grow into the sport and helps them develop the skills they need to advance their hockey careers and achieve their hockey goals.

Nathan Paetsch has played professional hockey for over 17 years and is currently playing in his 7th season with the Rochester Americans. He’s played in over 850 professional games, including 167 in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets. His career includes two Calder Cup championships with the Grand Rapids Griffins. He was also named an AHL all-star in 2006.

Rochester-native Stephen Gionta recently retired from a 14-year professional hockey career. He played in over 750 professional games, including 300 NHL games for the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. He finished his career with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and is currently a scout with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Matt Murley was drafted 51st overall in the 1999 NHL entry draft. He played three seasons in the NHL for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Phoenix Coyotes. He’s been playing professionally in Europe since 2008, most recently for the Nuremberg Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers of the Deutsche Eishockey League (DEL) in Germany.

Jim Lorentz played NCAA Division I hockey for St. Lawrence University before moving on to play two seasons in the East Coast Hockey League. He is currently head coach for the 12U Rochester Monarchs hockey team, which is ranked 18th overall in the nation.

Dave Insalaco is serving his 13th season as assistant coach for the RIT men’s NCAA Division I hockey program. During his time with RIT, the Tigers won three Atlantic Hockey championships, including a trip to the 2010 NCAA Division I Frozen Four. A Rochester native, Insalaco played for SUNY Brockport and is the 7th all-time leading goal scorer and 10th in points. He played two seasons of professional hockey with the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.

The Hockey Development Group will begin its work now in preparation for next season. As the second largest youth hockey organization in New York state with nearly 800 players in the program, PYH is committed to becoming the premier hockey development organization in the region.

posted 01/16/2020
Francois Methot Named Hockey General Manager

January 1, 2020—Francois Methot has expanded his role with Perinton Youth Hockey as Hockey General Manager, a new role that will begin immediately in preparation for the 2020-2021 hockey season.

Next season, PYH will field teams at all levels of competition, including AAA (Tier I), AA (Tier II) and House teams. Methot will direct player development for every PYH team at every age level. He’ll oversee skill development for all PYH players, serve as an additional resource to coaches and consult with players—and their families—who are seeking to advance their hockey careers.

Methot’s appointment to Hockey General Manager will help PYH toward its goal of becoming the premier development organization in the region. Every player, regardless of age or ability, should have access to the best skill development opportunities possible in order to grow as hockey players. Now every PYH player will have access to the same training needed to succeed in today’s game. 

Methot has been an integral part of PYH’s Rochester Monarchs AAA program as the Director of Hockey for nearly 5 years. He also coached several teams and led the Monarchs 14U team to a run for the national championship in 2018. Methot is a beloved skills coach to many players at PYH and around the region. Players of all ages, from mites to college and professional hockey teams, including the Nashville Predators, work with him to develop their hockey skills.

A third-round draft pick by the Buffalo Sabres, Methot played professional hockey for 17 years, including five seasons with the Rochester Americans. He played in Germany for 11 years before retiring from professional hockey in 2015.

posted 01/01/2020

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by posted 10/11/2017
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