"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

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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

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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.

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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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Watch the 6 United Center Championships Here

Maybe you were playing in the games, or maybe you just want to watch it again... all the six, Feb. 18, NIHL Blackhawks Tournament Championships from the United Center can be seen on YouTube, on the Stream Sports Midwest channel.

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Oct. 6, 2023 Rockford ABC/FOX TV

Oct. 6, 2023 Rockford ABC/FOX TV report on Youth Hockey. Excitement about the Chicago Blackhawks and the Rockford Ice Hogs new seasons and the Rockford Roadrunners reasons for playing in the competitively balanced, Northern Illinois Hockey League.

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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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Sept. 19, 2023 KMOX Radio St. Louis

Sept. 19, 2023 KMOX Radio report on Girls Hockey in the Northern Illinois Hockey League. Growth of the league’s Girls’ Divisions, competitive balance the league promotes and addition of clubs/teams from Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan.

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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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Get Your Team on the NIHL Game of the Week

Would your team and your opponent like to be the NIHL Game of the Week with live play-by-play from professional announcers?

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Academic Excellence - Win Every Shift

Did you know that the league celebrates players' accomplishments in the classroom?