Ohio AAA Blue Jackets support USA Hockey’s ADM Model and are developmental driven. All Head Coaches are Level 4 certified. All have junior, college and or professional experience as a player and/or coach.
The Ohio AAA Blue Jackets have 9 teams playing at the Tier 1 AAA level in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (formally MWEHL): Squirt Major, two Pee Wee Teams (Major & Minor), two Bantam teams (Major & Minor), two Midget teams (Major & Minor) plus a U14 & U16 Girls team.
Teams range 120-175 total ice touches during season depending on the age group.
Ohio AAA Blue Jackets was started in 2004 with just the U18 team. The U16 and Bantam Majors were added in 2005 with the Bantam Minor, the two Pee Wee Teams in 2006, Squirt Major in 2011 and U14 Girls in 2012.
Since 2008, captured 3 Tier 1 Mid Am Regional Championships, 7 Regional Finalist Appearances, 4 Regional Semi-Finalist Appearance, and 3 trips to the USA Hockey National Tournament (1997’s in 2010, 2012 and U16 in 2009).
Pee Wee Majors represent AAA Blue Jackets, Columbus Blue Jackets, CCYHA and CAHA at the Quebec Pee Wee International Tournament. 1997’s Semi Finalist in 2010.
Since 2005, 60% of U18 graduates move on to junior hockey. 23% of our graduates play NCAA Hockey (Div. 1 & Div. 3).
6 current players received Division 1 offers this season
14 Current/former players committed or playing Division 1 NCAA Hockey
12 former players playing Division 3 NCAA Hockey with dozens playing Club College Hockey
2 Current/former players on 2013 NHL Final Draft list
Three former players have been drafted into the NHL – Connor Murphy (2011, 1st round Phoenix Coyotes), Sean Kuraly (2011, 5th round San Jose Sharks), Trent Vogelhuber (2007, 7th round Columbus Blue Jackets)
Four players (Connor Murphy, Sean Kuraly, Kiefer Sherwood & Henry Dill) have played for the United States National Team Development Program (Team USA)
Murphy & Kuraly were a part of the 2013 Team USA World Jr Championship Gold Medal team
9 players selected to the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), 13 players selected to the United States Hockey League (USHL) Entry and Futures Drafts, 25 + players tendered or drafted to the North American Hockey League (NAHL)
2011 – 1st Round picks in all the major drafts (NHL, OHL, and USHL)
Numerous Ohio AAA Blue Jackets players advancing to represent Mid Am at the USA Hockey National and Developmental Camps.