All 2014 / 2015 NIHL players are encouraged to participate in this seasons
“Academic Excellence” Program.
All NIHL rostered 1st through 8th grade players must earn and submit a straight “A” report card, in all subjects ( except for Phys. Ed.), for a minimum of one grading period. Numeric A” Grade Equivalents will also be accepted. All NIHL rostered High School age players must earn a minimum of a “B” honor roll recognition for at least one grading period.
All qualifying report cards must be submitted by mail to:
Chicago Wolves, NIHL Academic Excellence Attn: Rob Newburg 2301 Ravine Way, Glenview, IL. 60025
All qualifying participants will be recognized on the NIHL website and receive two ( 2 ) free tickets to a Chicago Wolves Hockey game. Game dates are Sun., April 12th @ 4 PM, Sat., April 18th @ 7 PM, and Sun., April 19th @ 4 PM. In addition, all High School age qualifying participants will receive a “Making the Grade” plaque.
All submissions for this year’s program shall include:
1. A copy of the Report card.
2. The Participant’s name, NIHL Club name, & Team name.
3. A Completed ticket order
Deadline: All report cards must be received by April 1st, 2015.
Maulers 2015 Spring Hockey registration opening soon!!
Even as our teams begin their Fall Season NIHL playoff campaigns, we are pleased to announce that registration for spring season will be open on Thursday, February 19, 2015. As was communicated in a recent message to our members, spring season at the Maulers is intended to provide our players with an opportunity to stay on the ice in a more relaxed environment than Fall travel season AND allow for the opportunity to participate in other sports; something that is recommended by USA Hockey and most health experts in the field. Spring season is also a great way for players new to hockey to ‘try out’ the sport without the major commitment that fall season represents.
As in years past, with the exception of mites, who play under a differing governing body, spring will be run by the Maulers Hockey Association (the travel hockey association) and will consist of both travel and house level players. The teams will be coached by head travel coaches so it also represents an opportunity for travel and those players interested in travel to get to know the coaches and vice versa. We will hold evaluations and place players on appropriate teams from top level teams down.
Evaluations will be held on the following dates:
Sunday, March 15th
9:20 AM – Squirts (Birth years 2005 and 2006)
10:30 AM – Peewee (Birth years 2003 and 2004)
7:30 PM – Bantam (Birth years 2001 and 2002)
8:40 PM – Midget (Before 2001)
Monday, March 16th
7:50 PM – Squirt
9:00 PM – Midget
Tuesday, March 17th
8:15 PM – Peewee
Wednesday, March 18th
8:40 PM – Bantam
The cost for spring hockey, which will include the end of season tournament will be
$395.00 – Squirt through Bantam
$475.00 – Midgets
(We will again be using this year’s travel practice jerseys for our spring teams to keep costs down. If you do not have travel practice jerseys, you will be required to purchase a home and away jersey at the cost to the Maulers)
Thank you, as always, for your support of Maulers Hockey. Good Luck to everyone as Fall Season winds down and we hope to see you for a fun spring hockey season!
Please feel free to contact myself or our Hockey Director, Rodger Sykes, with any questions you might have.
Maulers Pee Wee Black teamed up with the Glenview Stars U12 girls team to play a game for GLASA in a "Celebration of hockey" to raise more than $3,000 dollars for GLASA's sled hockey team. Enough to buy 3 new sleds for the team. Truly honoring the game!
Even though we have a LOT of hockey to play in the current Fall season with the conclusion of the NIHL or NSYHL regular season and hopefully some deep playoff runs for many of our teams, we wanted to put out a quick note about our spring hockey season as we have begun to get those questions.
The Maulers will, once again, run a spring hockey program that will begin in mid-March and run through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. As in the past, our spring program will consist generally of one practice and one game per week and the practices will be entirely skills based practices run by our travel coaches. We plan to field teams at the Squirt, Peewee, Bantam and Midget age levels. Because of the different governing body (AAU), the mite team will be run out of Rinkside under the Predators umbrella. Our philosophy regarding spring hockey continues to be based on the idea that spring is an opportunity to stay on the ice in a more limited capacity for those who want it, but we continue to strongly encourage our young athletes to participate in other sports during this time. The spring program is designed to allow our players to do just that.
As with other contact/collision sports, ice hockey is classified as a late specialization sport. Hockey players don’t reach their full potential until after full growth maturity. Specialization at an early age limits children from acquiring a broad spectrum of athletic movements and skills that may limit or put a cap on their overall athletic potential. When players specialize too early they can create imbalances in musculature, increase the potential for burnout and limit their athletic potential by not developing a broad base of athleticism.
In order to help encourage participation in other sports, the Maulers attempt to keep costs low for spring hockey; we realize that it is an expensive sport and adding other sports on top of it can be cost prohibitive. We also realize that there are some families and players who are seeking an additional level of skills development during the spring season so we are working with both BTE (synthetic ice skills training company) and PADS (Goalie development company), both of whom travel work with during the fall season, to offer programs to our players on an ala carte basis.
We hope to have details on the Spring season costs as well as the additional training opportunities described above available in the next week or so. But for now, let’s focus on a successful end to our Fall Season and GOOD LUCK TO ALL MAULERS TEAMS down the stretch!
President, Maulers Hockey Association
USA Hockey unveiled a new Heads Up, Don’t Duck instructional video featuring Olympians Jenny Potter and Ryan Suter.
The Heads Up, Don’t Duck safety initiative dates back to 1996 and is aimed at reducing spinal cord and other debilitating injuries.
“Dr. Ashare, the current chair of our safety and protective committee, helped launch this important program nearly two decades ago,” said Dr. Michael Stuart, chief medical officer of USA Hockey. “The basic premise of the program has not changed, however, we created this updated video piece to ensure that every player and coach understands the importance of keeping your head up.”
“We’ve been out in front on safety issues over the course of our history,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “Heads Up, Don’t Duck has long been one of our signature safety programs and is part of our broad SafeSport program that addresses both on and off-ice safety of our participants.”
AHAI strongly encourages all parents and coaches at all levels of hockey to have their players watch this HEADS UP – DON’T DUCK VIDEO at least twice every season to help reduce the risk of a catastrophic injury.