Who we are
Southern Illinois IceHawks (SIIH) is the local youth hockey organization serving the following zip codes, as determined by MO Hockey YD.
If you would like to play for us, but are not in the included zip codes, please review the ability to transfer to a club on the Missouri Hockey Youth Division webpage: Missouri Hockey Youth Division | Rules (mohockeyyd.org), or contact the SIIH Registrar for assistance. All transfer paperwork must be submitted by the first Friday in June.
The IceHawks home ice is at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in O'Fallon, IL.
SIIH is a member of USA Hockey (USAH), the National Governing Body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. USA Hockey's mission is to promote the growth of hockey in America and to provide the best possible experience for all participants. All players are required to register with USAH prior to tryouts and team participation. There is a fee to register for USA Hockey. Please visit www.usahockey.com to register and for an explanation of membership benefits.
SIIH is also a member of Missouri Hockey (MO Hockey), the USAH affiliate governing amateur hockey in the St. Louis area. Fees associated with belonging to this organization are collected through the IceHawks fees. There is no need to register separately for MO Hockey.
The league is officiated by the Missouri Ice Hockey Officials Association (MIHOA).
All potential players must go to USAHockey website www.usahockey.com and register each player. Players must select Missouri (do not select Illinois) since our organization plays under MOHOCKEY. The USA Hockey confirmation certificate should be printed and provided at the time of evaluation. Players will not be allowed to take the ice without providing a USA number at the sign-in table on the first night of evaluations.
Our Mission Statement
- Develop character, sportsmanship, and physical fitness among its participants
- Promote, encourage and improve the standard of amateur ice hockey
- Provide an environment for the instruction of hockey-related skills and concepts
- Provide multilevel, recreational-to-competitive opportunities to play hockey with the intent of instilling the ideals of fair play, respect, honesty, and teamwork
- Fun - It is important for the hockey experience to be fun, satisfying, and rewarding for all participants! Without fun, there is no future play.
- Sportsmanship - Learn a sense of fair play. Become humble in victory, gracious in defeat, and foster friendship with teammates and opponents alike.
- Respect - Treat all others as you expect to be treated.
- Integrity - Foster honesty and fair play beyond the strict interpretation of the rules and regulations of the game.
- Teamwork - We value the strength of learning to work together. The use of teamwork is reinforced and rewarded by success in the hockey experience.
- Pursuit of excellence - Each member of the organization, whether player, volunteer, or staff, should seek to perform each aspect of the game to the highest level of his or her ability.
SIIH’S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE:
- A safe and healthy environment for all
- An opportunity for new players who wish to play hockey
- Fair and equal opportunity to participate in our sport
- An opportunity to learn the basic skills without an over-emphasis on winning
- An opportunity for those who wish to advance in a more competitive environment to do so
- Qualified adult leadership
- Sportsmanship at all times should be emphasized
- Scoring records should be de-emphasized at the age of 12 and under
- Awards should be inexpensive and based on significant achievement. The most gratifying award any player can receive is the joy that comes from skill development that contributes to team success.
- It is recommended that adult volunteers place a primary emphasis on the formal education of players, and a de-emphasis on excessive competition and a win-at-all-costs attitude in the youth age classifications.
- Parents and families should be involved in volunteerism and building the player's love for the game of hockey and building relationships on and off of the ice.
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We are always looking for great ideas and how we could improve.
If you have suggestions or feedback for SIIH you can always reach out to any of the board members directly via the e-mail provided on our Board of Directors page.