Some USA Junior Hockey leagues include the United States Hockey League, the North American Hockey League, the Eastern Hockey League Premier Division, the Northern Pacific Hockey League, the North American 3 Hockey League and the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League. The leagues are divided into three different tiers to separate the skill level of the players and the quality of team play.
Tier I in USA Junior Hockey is the United States Hockey League. This is the highest level of Junior Hockey in America. The teams are based in the northern section of the Midwest with clubs that include the Bloomington Thunder, Chicago Steel, Des Moines Buccaneers, Omaha Lancers and Sioux City Musketeers. The teams play each season for the Clark Cup.
The North American Hockey League is the Tier II level. The league has teams scattered all across continental North America, including the New Jersey Jr. Titans, the Corpus Christi IceRays, the Minnesota Magicians, the Witchita Falls Wildcats and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Their season culminates with a championship game for the Robertson Cup.
Tier III consists of numerous leagues, including the Northern Pacific, North American 3 and the Easter Premier Division. Each league is regionally located and plays for a championship within its own league.