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The AHL Charlotte Checkers and the youth affiliate Jr. Checkers are proud to announce the Mini Checkers fall program for mite-aged players (birth years 2011-2014), presented by LabCorp. Those wishing to register in the program must have prior skating training beforehand.


Where:                         Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205

Start Date:                    September 17,2019

# of Sessions:                 20

Cost:                                     $400.00

Schedule Release:         September 1, 2019

20 sessions starting September 17, 2019


This registration session will allow you to complete contact information, sign up for participation, and submit payment. Please read through each page carefully to ensure that all information is provided accurately. To complete registration through our secure site, please have your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or checking account information available.  Following the completion of this registration, you will see a charge on your account from  JRCHECKERS.COM.


*Bojangles Coliseum is owned and operated by the City of Charlotte, all scheduled ice may be subject to change with short notice, any scheduled change will be posted and sent to you by email from we thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.


Jr. Checkers Mite Teams 

Charlotte Checkers and the youth affiliate Jr. Checkers are excited  to announce birth year team(s), this is for players looking for additional competitive opportunities within our Mini Checkers program. These teams will have additional practices and will be able to play in jamborees in the area and participate in one out of market tournament. Full team details and associated costs will be available soon.

For Further Information Contact:

Zac Houle

Director of Player Development



On June 12, 2019 The Charlotte Checkers and Jr. Checkers announced that the Mini Checkers program for mite-aged players (birth years 2011-14), presented by First National Bank, is expanding to include programming at Bojangles’ Coliseum in addition to what is currently offered at Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail.

Further information on the program, including cost, schedule and registration, will be announced this summer. Those interested in receiving this information as it becomes available should please email

Those wishing to enroll in the program must have prior skating training beforehand. To receive such training, The First Goal Program, which requires no experience and comes with a full set of hockey gear, will hold two sessions at Bojangles’ Coliseum this fall at dates and times to be determined. Ice skating lessons are also available at Extreme Ice Center year round.




Weekend Practice Model


AAA hockey is a significant commitment. But we also recognize the obligations our players have outside of the game to school, family and much more. That is why we have adopted a Weekend Practice Model. The location for the practice varies, but has traditionally alternated between Charlotte, Greensboro, Hillsborough and Raleigh, North Carolina as well as Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina.


During weekend practices, our players experience:

  •  3 - 4.5 hours of full ice practice
  • Off ice training
  • Nutrition
  • Video sessions
  • Team building
  • Much more


In addition, we conduct a single weekday skill development practice in multiple markets. Players have the option to choose a location that is most convenient for them. 


Why the weekend model? The answer is two-fold:


  1. It allows us to draw top level talent from a broader geographic area.
  2. Our players get to focus during the week on school work, tests and other obligations. They can then spend the weekend completely focused on hockey and team bonding and cohesiveness.


Tournament Locations


Tournament locations are at times age specific, Jr. Checkers scheduler works to fit the teams in the best developmental environment and experience for that team. The association does its best to schedule all age groups to the same tournament for family convenience. Here are some of the projected destinations for the upcoming season.


  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • Nashville
  • Notre Dame
  • Pittsburgh 


Whole Player Approach


In order to develop better hockey players, the Jr. Checkers recognize that we must also understand our players are humans. And we want them to be good ones.


The organization’s core values of Respect, Discipline, and Team are consistently reinforced both on and off the ice. Players must adhere to strict guidelines related to team attire, schedules, curfews and behavioral expectations. Players also understand that issues outside of hockey, such as performance at school or discipline problems, will have an impact on their ability to participate on the team.


Beyond that, coaches are expected to be in regular contact with their players to ensure they are having a meaningful Jr. Checkers experience. Coaches will also provide parents with updates on their player’s development and things they can do to support their continued growth.


Jr. Checkers Announce Minor Bantam Head Coach for 19-20 Tier 1 Season

The Jr. Checkers are pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Predhomme as Head Coach of the 2006 Minor Bantam Tier 1 team.

Executive Director and President Derek Wilkinson, “ We are ecstatic to have Dan join our Jr. Checkers coaching staff. His years of experience, dedication, passion and teaching ability defines his character to develop young players to be elite players and good citizens”

Please check back with and for upcoming announcements regarding future Tier 1 coaches, tryout dates and times, and for exciting new program details including mites and other age levels for the 19-20 season.

Jr. Checkers Announce Pee Wee Coaches for 19-20 Tier 1 Season

Jr. Checkers Announce Pee Wee Coaches for 19-20 Tier 1 Season

The Jr. Checkers are pleased to announce the appointment of Zac Houle as Head Coach of the 2007 Pee Wee Tier 1 team. Zac will also act as the Associate Coach of the 2008 Pee Wee Tier 1 team.

In addition, the Jr. Checkers are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Tagg as Head Coach of the 2008 Pee Wee Tier 1 team. Mark will also act as the Associate Coach of the 2007 Pee Wee Tier 1 team.

Executive Director Steve McKirdy, “ We are excited to bring both Zac and Mark into the Jr. Checkers program. Their passion, energy and shared commitment to developing our future players stood out from the other candidates. Collectively they bring over 20 years of coaching experience at both Tier I and Tier II levels, they will be a terrific asset to our program.”

Please check back with and for upcoming announcements regarding future Tier 1 coaches and exciting new programs for the 19-20 season including mites and other age levels.

Interested In coaching

Jr. Checker 2019-2020 Coaching Applications Now Open

The Jr. Checkers are accepting applications for coaching positions for the 2019-2020 season.

Please click on the link below to access the application template


Applicants, if you are to be considered for a coaching position and are currently coaching, the Jr. Checkers must receive written permission from your current association to have any further communication with you.

Team Carolina Re-brands as Jr. Checkers; Remains Tier 1 AAA Organization

Partnership with Charlotte Checkers to Broaden Reach of Youth Hockey


Team Carolina today announced it is re-branding the organization as the Jr. Checkers, a Tier 1 AAA youth hockey organization. The Jr. Checkers will field a 14U team for the 2018-2019 season that was formerly under the Team Carolina banner.  Stephen McKirdy will serve as head coach.

“This is a logical step for our organization because it shows our commitment to the continued the growth and popularity of hockey in the region.  It also demonstrates a unified approach to player development in the Carolinas and creates a stronger linkage and partnership between the Hurricanes and the Checkers, particularly as it relates to our Tier 1 AAA youth organizations,” said Derek Wilkinson, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Checkers and President of the new Jr. Checkers Board of Directors. 

Adds McKirdy, who will also serve as an Executive Director of the Jr. Checkers Board, “This is great news for our players, for the Checkers, and for youth hockey in general in the Southeast.  We are excited that we will be able to continue to offer the highest level of amateur hockey in the area with the backing and support of a professional organization that shares our commitment to the development of our youth, not only as athletes, but as young men and women.”

The Jr. Checkers are in the process of launching their website and social media presence.  In the interim, for more information about the Jr. Checkers program, please contact:

Derek Wilkinson


Stephen McKirdy

You can also access some Frequently Asked Questions HERE.