2016-17 Season May Set a New High for Girls’ Teams in the Northern Illinois Hockey League

By Ruben Medina, NIHL Girl’s Division Director

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The forecast is for the number of Girls Division teams in NIHL to grow once again this season. The league will offer Girls Divisions at the Girls 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U/19U age levels. If you have the skills for Tier II Girls hockey, and you want to play on an all-girls team, please reach out to a nearby organization that will offer Girls teams at your age level this season. Here is a handy table of the clubs that are offering NIHL Girls Hockey this season. We hope it may help you identify the club, or clubs, you want to contact. Tier II Girls tryouts began August 15, so make sure to contact one of these clubs for the information on their program very soon. AHAI and USA Hockey rules permit girls to double-roster on a Youth and a Girls team in the same season.


The 30+ Girls teams in NIHL make this one of the largest Girls leagues in the U.S. These teams compete from September to early February to earn a playoff spot in the NIHL Wolves Cup Tournament at the end of the season. Many of our NIHL Girls teams have gone on to win the State Championship and have advanced to USA Hockey Nationals where they have represented our state very well.

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