Dear IceHawks Families,
1. IceHawks, McKendree University and Hawk Development LLC. (Long-Term)
We are proud to announce a new facility partnership with Hawk Development LLC for the construction of a new sports We are proud to announce a new facility partnership with Hawk Development, LLC for the proposed construction of a new sports complex along the Metro East I-64 corridor. The proposed complex will include a two-sheet ice rink, aquatic center, and destination hotel. It is a privately funded plan for a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facility expected to serve residents from the metro east area, as well as Southern Illinois. The Southern Illinois IceHawks and McKendree University men's hockey team are core partners in the proposed development.
We look forward to calling this new rink home. Since the mine subsidence event forced U.S. Ice to close indefinitely in fall 2012, the we have been welcomed with open arms by St. Louis area youth hockey teams and rinks. The cooperation extended to our teams by organizations throughout the region allowed our players to skate through uncertain times and complete a very successful season.
Our youth hockey family is stronger than ever thanks to a tremendous partnership with the St. Louis Blues and Scottrade Center - our temporary home since fall 2012. A brand new rink in our area will continue to strengthen our hockey community. We thank Hawk Development and McKendree University Men's Hockey for their partnership commitment to this complex. We will be releasing further details about the planning and construction phases of the project as details become available. Hawk Development will initiate "Requests for Proposals" to solicit architectural and construction plans. We will provide progress reports at each stage of the process.
2. Ice Leases for the 2013-14 Season (Short-Term)
We would also like to announce we are finalizing ice lease plans for a single rink and Scottrade Center for all hockey operations during the 2013-14 season. We will establish all practices for our teams out of the leased facility with overflow practices and games at Scottrade. This will provide stability to our practice/game schedules and eliminate the need to travel to multiple rinks throughout the city. We will provide specific announcement when the agreement is finalized and will provide an update specifically to this initiative. The IceHawks will provide further detail on timing of hockey events, tryouts and practice times as programs are ready for release.
3. US Ice Sports Complex Rink Negotiations (Mid-Term)
The IceHawks continue to negotiate with the owner and lienholders for possible acquisition of the rink facility. We will need to conduct multiple inspections and get detailed repair estimates before any final decision is made. We expect to have a final decision concerning US Ice in the next few weeks. We will provide an update to all as soon as we are able.
To All Meramec Sharks and Southern Illinois Ice Hawks club members,
Four years ago, Meramec and Southern Illinois embarked on our AA partnership to provide a more competitive top team at each level while also affording the top players from SIIH the opportunity to play where they may not normally have had the option for AA.
The partnership has been successful in developing players from both clubs to have highly competitive teams at AA, especially this past season where the Pee Wee AA team won the EOS State Championship and the Squirt AA team was runner-up.
It is clear the significant growth at Meramec over the past several years, which played prominently in the ability to construct the FSI Shark Tank, has continued and the future of Meramec has never been brighter. Southern Illinois had experienced significant growth as well and while the recent U. S. Ice rink issues caused some substantial strain for the club, SIIH has an equally bright future and feels confident about the ability to compete at the AA level.
The Board of Directors from both clubs have spent the past several months discussing and weighing the benefits and also the drawbacks to continuing the partnership for AA hockey.
We collectively announce both clubs have decided to cease the AA Partnership for this coming season. This will allow Meramec to continue to expand their AA program and also provides SIIH the opportunity to restart their own AA program after four years of rebuilding.
It is important to note the rules of our original agreement apply in terms of one-time transfers. Neither club will accept OTT’s from the other club for a period of two years.
We thank all club members, board members, sponsors and especially our wonderfully talented hockey players for their unwavering support the past four years. The friendship and partnership between our Clubs remains intact and strong. Both clubs have wonderful days ahead and we wish everyone continued success and a very safe summer!
David Hunnius Pat McLeod
President, Meramec Sharks President, SI IceHawks
IceHawks Re-Establish AA Programs in 2013/14!!!!!
We are excited to announce the Southern Illinois IceHawks will begin our own AA program in the 2013-204 season for our most skilled youth hockey players. As many of you know, for the last four years SIIH and Meramec partnered on a AA program. The original AA Partnership agreement between SIIH & MHC started in 2009 and ran for nearly 4 years. During that timeframe it helped both organizations meet their objectives. For SIIH, it was a time to rebuild our player numbers and gain experience for our coaching and managerial staffs. We grew to nearly 250 players this past season with many kids playing on high level AA programs throughout the league.
Our new SIIH AA program has a long-term view and will start with fielding AA teams at Squirt - Midgets. We will be releasing 2013/14 AA program plans in the coming weeks, but want to emphasize the program will be structured for our most skilled players. It will include increased practice sessions, mandatory off-ice training and multiple out-of-town tournaments. We are also seeking non-parent coaches where possible.
We are excited to restart this critical piece of our organization's programming. I want to emphasize SIIH remains committed to skill development at all levels...from our newest player right out of Learn-to-Play to our most experienced players seeking the highest levels of competition.
I would like to thank all the many volunteers, coaches, managers and most importantly our families for their hardwork and dedication over the past 4 years. Even in the face of a major disaster with our home rink we continue to grow and prosper.
Please monitor the website and email for more announcements in the coming days. We have much good news to report from work that has occurred over the last 3 -months.
Please see below for SIIH Spring Select Rosters and Ice Tmes. Practices start Sunday, March 17th.
Congratulations to the following teams who advanced to the Finals of the End of Season State Championship Tournament last weekend:
We are proud of all our teams. The games were hard fought and very close matches.
Congratulations to the following teams finished the season as Division Champions:
Click the link below to check the Tournament Standings
The IceHawks Board would like to clarify that the mandatory Volunteer and Fundraising fees DO NOT apply to both Mini and Midget families. These families are welcome to participate in the IceHawks fundraising raffle by selling tickets, but this is optional. If there are any questions please direct them to Denise Campo, email@example.com