Palmer Imaging Arena
100 Center Ice Drive
Delmont, PA 15626
The Allegheny Hockey Association was founded in 1992 when the Eastern Hockey Association relocated to a new rink, leaving the Golden Mile Ice Center in Plum without an anchor youth hockey program. Thus, the Allegheny Badgers were born.
The Badgers nickname came in honor of "Badger" Bob Johnson. Badger Bob passed away in late 1991, just months after leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to their first Stanley Cup Championship as their head coach.
In 1997, the association moved to a new rink: Center Ice Arena in Delmont. The association helped finance an addition to the arena in the early 2000s, and a third sheet of ice -- aptly called the Allegheny Rink -- opened in 2003. Now called Palmer Imaging Arena, the facility will play host to the USA Hockey Youth Tier II 18U National Tournament in March 2024.
As one of the few PAHL associations with three ice surfaces at their home facility, the Badgers have grown into one of the largest organizations in the PAHL. And considerable success has come with that growth. In 2011, the Badgers 18U AA team qualified for the USA Hockey National Tournament and advanced to the championship game.