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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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2024 NIHL Tournament Format

Info you have been waiting for... here's what it will take to make this season's NIHL Blackhawks Tournament. Good luck in your games as you make your run to qualify.

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2024 NIHL Blackhawks Tournament Host Clubs Announced

The NIHL Tournament Committee is proud to announce the Host Clubs for the various divisions of the 2024 NIHL Blackhawks Tournament.

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Presidents Cup 2023

2023-2024 NIHL Presidents Cup

The league recognizes the team with the best Regular Season record, in its highest playing levels, with the NIHL Presidents Cup. In the 2023-2024 season the following NIHL Divisions are eligible to compete for the President Cup award: Premier Select - 10U, 12U and 14U, Elite - 10U, 12U and 14U, Gold - 10U, 12U and 14U, Silver Tier 1 - 10U, 12U and 14U, Bronze - 14U, Bronze Tier 1 - 10U and 12U, College Junior Prep - 16U, College Junior Prep - 18U, Girls National - 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U/19U. Good luck to all teams at those levels!

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Oct. 7, 2023 WCPT 820 AM Radio Chicago

Oct. 7, 2023 WCPT 820 AM Radio Chicago report on Youth Hockey. News about NIHL Blackhawks Tournament Championships at the United Center, Chicago Warriors Charity Game, efforts that grow the game, competitive balance in the Northern Illinois Hockey League and All Star Game plans.

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Oct. 7-8, 2023 WBBM News Radio

Oct. 7-8, 2023 WBBM News Radio report on Girls Hockey in the Northern Illinois Hockey League. Growth of the league’s Girls’ Divisions and the competitive balance the league promotes.

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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.