International Developmental Hockey League,IDHL,USA Junior Hockey

Introducing the International Developmental Hockey League for players ages 20-23

The International Developmental Hockey League (IDHL) is pleased to announce the formation of a new league that will give new opportunities to players 20-23 starting in the 2017-18 season.

The IDHL is a senior hockey league which will begin its’ inaugural season in October 2017. There will be teams in the Northeastern U.S., as well as in Canada. The league will play a 40-game season including two showcase events with as many as six teams.

Player placement will be the focus of the IDHL. The goal will be to move players to collegiate programs and professional hockey clubs.

Our purpose is to offer players who are unfulfilled after “aging out” a structured, organized and competitive league for further development.  In addition, this will serve as a good option for players who have the dream of playing minor professional hockey or at the collegiate level.

Andrew “Sarge” Richards has taken on the role as Commissioner of the league. Sarge is no stranger to the junior hockey world. He has also brought on his son Mark Richards to handle the Director of Hockey Operations Role.

Mark Richards has an immense minor professional hockey career spanning from 1992 to 2007. He spent time between the AHL and many Double-A minor professional leagues.

The IDHL can be found online at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @theidhl. For more information contact us at