Across the Chicagoland area this past weekend it was a flurry of activity as over 70 mite teams invaded Crystal Lake, Winnetka, Bolingbrook, and Orland Park for the first AHAI Mite Jamboree of the new season. 25 clubs sent teams to the 4 host sites to play multiple cross-ice games Saturday and Sunday. The energy level was amped up in each rink as the teams hit the ice for 20 and 30 minute cross-ice games. The kids came off the ice smiling, sweaty, and tired.
The Jamboree was sponsored by AHAI, but organized by Scott Larsen of the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL). Together with 4 host site coordinators and a bevy of volunteers at each rink, the weekend went off without a hitch.
The kids had plenty of opportunity to touch the puck, experience body contact, and handle the puck in tight spaces. One of the key aspects of cross-ice hockey is working in traffic. Hockey is played in small areas, and the skills developed during cross-ice hockey will bode well for the players as they continue their hockey journey.
AHAI would like to thank those clubs that participated in the weekend festivities. Each rink did a great job hosting and the volunteers that made it possible deserve a warm thank you. Look for a feature video from AHAI media partner, NoozeBox, in the next issue of AHAI’s e-newsletter.
Clubs that participated include: Yellowjackets, Chargers, Wolfpack, Leafs, Rockford, Junior Jackets Hockey League, Winnetka, Wilmette, Express, Falcons, Evanston, Stallions, Northbrook, Skokie, Sabres, Hawks, Admirals, Cyclones, Blues, Vikings, Huskies, St. Jude, Blackbirds, Bloomington, Peoria, and Joliet. Thanks to all and we look forward to more clubs joining the next Mite Jamboree.