Tier 3 Junior Hockey By the Numbers | Birth States 2017-18
For the third season in a row, New York is represented by more players than any other state, with 359 Tier 3 players hailing from the great state. However numbers are on a steady decline from the 2015-16 season, with a drop of 93 players for a 21% drop in two seasons. Only Michigan, Massachusetts and New Jersey have seen a larger drop in overall numbers.
New York dropped from 452 in 2015-16 to 368 in 2016-17 and down to 359 this season.
Massachusetts has shown the largest drop in numbers since last season, dropping from 325 to 236 players. This discrepancy could have something to do with the NCDC moving to the Tier 2 level, however Massachusetts showed a drop in numbers from the 2015-16 season to the 2016-17 season as well. In fact, except for New Jersey, Massachusetts has shown the largest drop in numbers since the 2015-16 season, with an overall drop of 136 represented players. It however, remains in the top 3 for the 3rd season in a row. ( #3 in 2015-16 | #2 in 2016-17 | #3 in 2017-18 )
New Jersey has shown the largest drop in numbers over the past 3 seasons. Similar to Massachusetts, the Garden State may have been affected by the NCDC moving to the Tier 2 level and taking some of the states top players. New Jersey has shown a steady decline in numbers dropping from 390 in 2015-16, down -124 in 2016-17 and this season sitting at 241 players, which by the way, in spite of the decline still places them as the #2 most represented state in 2017-18.
With the growth of the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League, its no surprise that Colorado has shown the largest rise in numbers since the 2016-17 season, with 123 players representing the Centennial State. This number shows an increase of 54 players over the 2016-17 season.
Georgia has shown the largest increase in represented players over the past three seasons, with an increase of 18 players. This may not appear to be a large increase, as the state ranks 20th in overall numbers with 51, but Georgia has shown an increase of 9 players in consecutive seasons and showed the second highest increase a season ago.
7 states show an increase of 10 or more players since last season: Colorado +54, Ohio +26, Missouri +17, California +15, Iowa+13, Virginia +10, Arizona +10
7 states also show a decrease of 10 or more players since last season: Connecticut -13, Minnesota -21, New Jersey -25, Washington -26, Pennsylvania -29, Michigan -70, Massachusetts -89.
3 states have shown an increase of 10 or more players over the past 3 season: Georgia +18, Missouri +16 and Arizona +10
While 16 states have shown a decrease of 10 or more: Maine-12, Alaska-14, Rhode Island-15, Pennsylvania-15, California-20, Florida-20, New Hampshire-22, Connecticut-23, Texas-26, Minnesota-36, Illinois-49, Washington-50, New York-93, Michigan-130, Massachusetts-136, New Jersey-149
States with the Most Teams
Total Number of Teams
20 - Massachusetts
15 - New York
10 - New Jersey
10 - Minnesota
10 - Pennsylvania
9 - Florida
146 Tier 3 teams compete out of 27 states, with half of the teams playing out of 6 states. (listed above) Players hailing from those 6 states alone combine for 1436 of 3730 players used in this analysis (38%)
State with the Most Represented Players but NO Tier 3 Team
Three states have 50 or more players playing Tier 3 hockey, with California boasting the most with 127. Alaska comes in 2nd with 55 players, followed by Maryland with 50 players. California has led as the state with the most represented players, but no team for a third season in a row, although it showed a drop of -35 players from the 15/16 season to the 16/17 season and a rise of 15 from 16/17 to 17/18 for an overall drop of -20 over the past 3 seasons. Alaska has shown a small steady drop over the past few seasons, while Maryland has remained relatively the same.
8 States Supply half of all Tier 3 Junior Hockey Players
Through the 2015-16 season, neither Mississippi or Arkansas were represented on any team roster. In 2016-17, Mississippi has two players representing the state, leaving Arkansas as the only state without a player developing at the Tier 3 level. West Virginia joins Arkansas in 2017-18 as the only states with no represented players.
The top 6 most represented states at the Tier 2 level are in order
(view Tier 2 data)
Top 6 at the Tier 3 level are