ABOUT (Niagara Sports Tournaments)



Thank you for looking at NST for your Tournament needs. We appreciate your consideration, as we know how difficult it can be to pick the proper tournament Company with so many new companies flooding the market.  Gene Carella the founder of NST, began organizing tournaments in 1990 for what was formerly known as Grand Niagara Cataracts Hockey Association. In 1999, he started Niagara Sport Tournaments to help provide quality youth hockey to hundreds of teams throughout the U.S. and Canada per year. Gene's son  Michael is now runs the company.  In our 25th year of running youth hockey tournaments we have the experience to provide high quality tournaments with the end goal of providing life long memories. 

As a travel parent and coach we understand what is need for a quality experience.  We have been to other tournaments, where you drive 40 minutes to each rink, have a 9PM game followed by a 7AM game the next day.   We schedule game with the idea that teams are here for not just hockey.  We partner with many local businesses  to provide activities for not just the hockey players but the entire family. 

We spend many hour researching our teams, to ensure each team is placed in the proper division.  Myhockeyranking give us a base line for a skill level of teams, but it is not perfect.  There are many different classifications used by amateur hockey teams in different regions of the United States, and Canada.  Divisions can get messy if careful consideration is not taken. We at NST, take much time and effort to create well-balanced divisions. Nothing is more disheartening then driving to a tournament to blow out a team or get blown out by a team.

Teams do not want to travel to a tournament just to be place in the same side of a division as team from their local league. We take pride in delivering an enjoyable tournament experience for our tournament families. This is evidenced by an incredible return rate in tournament participation by hockey associations. We only accept between 40-60 teams per tournament  and focus on quality over quantity.

We have the luxury of running the facility which most of our games are played.  This gives us great flexibility to ensure a quality experience.