In Charlotte, North Carolina, the Queen City Royals have been granted Tier 1 status by their affiliate for the upcoming 2024-25 season. Established in 2020, the Queen City Royals have steadily climbed the ranks, garnering success and recognition at the Tier 2 level over the past four years. Now, they are poised to make their mark on the highest stage of competition in the Tier 1 Hockey Federation (THF).

The announcement of Queen City’s elevation to Tier 1 status is not just a testament to the team’s prowess on the ice but also reflects the growing stature of hockey in the Charlotte area. With a commitment to excellence and a drive to compete against premier-level competition, the Queen City Royals are ready to showcase their skills and talent on a bigger stage.

At the heart of the Queen City Royals’ success lies their state-of-the-art training facility, the Extreme Ice Center, located in Indian Trail, NC. Owned and operated by the same ownership as the Royals, the Extreme Ice Center boasts 2.5 sheets of ice, a full weight room, and an academy dedicated to nurturing and developing hockey talent. This top-notch facility provides the perfect environment for players to hone their skills and reach their full potential.

Under the leadership of Hockey Director Mike Busto and President/GM Brendan Logan, the Queen City Royals are set to field teams at multiple age levels, including 10U, 12U, 13U, 14U, 16U, and 18U. With a comprehensive program designed to cater to players of all ages and skill levels, the Royals are committed to providing high-level exposure and opportunities for growth to each and every member of their organization.

About Tier 1 Hockey Federation
The Tier 1 Hockey Federation is a USA Hockey Sanctioned Tier-I Youth Hockey League that offers a highly competitive environment for Tier 1 and elite clubs nationwide, with an unbalanced schedule that ensures top-level play. The THF is managed by a team of dedicated professionals with over 290 AAA teams, ranging from 9U-18U age levels.

One of the key advantages of the THF is its ability to bring together clubs from multiple leagues and states, providing a unique opportunity for young players to compete against the best in the country. But what truly sets the THF apart is the fact that it’s the only organization whose members operate franchises in the top junior hockey leagues in the US for NCAA Division I commitments, including the USHL, NAHL, NCDC, and the top two junior hockey leagues for NCAA Division III commitments, the USPHL Premier Division and the Eastern Hockey League. This unique structure ensures that THF players have access to a wide variety of opportunities to further their hockey careers at the college level and beyond.