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Pittsburgh Aviators


Nickname: Aviators
Colors: red/blue

Founded: 2005


Alpha Ice Complex
  66 Alpha Drive West
  Pittsburgh, PA  15238

The Pittsburgh Aviators Hockey Association was founded in 2005 and joined the PAHL the same year.  The team formed after the Airport Ice Arena in Moon Township lost its youth program to another rink in 2001 and needed a PAHL organization as a tenant after trying to house other types of hockey programs for a few seasons.  The Aviators nickname came in relation to the arena's name and its proximity to the Pittsburgh International Airport.

The Airport Ice Arena closed in 2016, leaving the club without a home.  No other rink in the area needed an anchor youth program, so the Aviators were essentially nomads for a few seasons.  Their teams made use of available ice slots at the Lemieux Sports Complex, Roy McKnight Hockey Center, RMU Island Sports Center, Baierl Ice Complex, and Pittsburgh Ice Arena.  In 2020, the Aviators settled into a more permanent home at Alpha Ice Complex in Harmarville, and that renewed stability led to some growth within their organization in the years to follow.