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"When I started to play, I was captain of some of my Boys’ teams. One of my favorite memories with NIHL was my Bantam year when we went to the State Championship and won after losing the year prior to the same team. Every time you go to a tournament, you create those memories. I had a lot of memories in my 15 years on the U.S. National Team, but some of my favorite memories were during my time playing in NIHL." - Cammi Granato

Cammi Granato Article
Molly Schaus Testimonial

Molly Schaus NIHL Alum - U.S. Women's Olympic Team 2010 and 2014

"So, it’s the 1998 Nagano Olympics. It was the first time women’s hockey was included and I had never seen women’s hockey at that level. Watching the US win a Gold medal and seeing Cammi Granato, from Downers Grove, was fascinating and it became a dream of mine to pursue that." - Molly Schaus

Molly Schaus Article

Accepting Applications for 2024-2025 Playing Privileges

The Playing Privileges are for non-member organizations who'd like their Girls or Midget teams to play in NIHL. Privileges do not carry over and must be requested each season. The Executive Board will be reviewing these applications each league meeting, so the next dates will be May 20 and June 17. A link to the application is attached for your convenience.

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Team Manager Instructions

Get to know how to use our league website and learn how to register as the manager for your team, login, and schedule and score games.

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Key NIHL Dates Coming Up

The kickoff of the new season is a very busy and hectic time for the league, the clubs and the players' families. Here are some key dates that are coming up quickly. By keeping these dates in our calendars it will help us all plan our August and September. Click on the NIHL Calendar tab to see all the entries.

View NIHL Calendar
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Tage Thompson 2008-2009 NIHL PeeWee Elite Champion

"I can't express enough how essential fun and confidence are for any young hockey player, and the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL) provided me with both." Tage Thompson - Buffalo Sabres

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Quick References

Below are links to commonly used resources that coaches and managers may use throughout the season. For a full list or documents, forms and rules, please visit the resources page.