IHSHL North Central Division November Update

By Christopher Waters

Most teams are halfway done with their conference schedule in the North Central Division. We have close races in both varsity divisions and the top JV division. It should make for an exciting end to the regular season and playoffs! The great hockey is only topped by players, coaches, and parents giving back to their communities during this holiday season.

North Central Honors our Veterans

Fox Valley Valley Gray and the Mid-Valley Rampage recently honored a wounded warrior, Sergeant First Class Mark Peifer, for the Veterans holiday. They also honored vets: Stacie Olson whose son, Tyler plays defense with Mid-Valley Rampage and Len Mayer, whose Grandson Michael, plays forward for Mid-Valley Rampage.

On Veterans Day, Deerfield and Highland Park played a league doubleheader. Varsity and JV for both teams wore special Veterans Day camo jerseys and had a pregame ceremony to celebrate those who have served our country. The mayor of Deerfield dropped the puck for the ceremonial face off, and 10 veterans were on the ice for the National Anthem.

Warren Has Heart

On November 17th, the Warren High School Hockey Club held a fundraiser during our Ladies’ Varsity and Men’s Varsity games at RinkSide (Gurnee, IL) to benefit The American Heart Association.

The Parent Committee, led by Renee Solano, raised almost $600 for the AHA. Our fundraising efforts included a Wine Pull, Chuck-A-Puck, and raffle prizes which included gift certificates and gift baskets donated by many local restaurants, spas, State Farm Insurance, Huntington Learning Center, Midwest Skydiving, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Warren Hockey spirit wear and more!

The Men’s JV team also came out to show their support and provided some entertainment as the Ice Crew during the game!

A special thanks to the Parent Committee members: Renee Solano, Chris Smith, Sheila Olsen, Sue Dunnigan, Jackie Spinner, John and Lori Morabito, Jennifer Harvey, Tracy Franad, Jen Meyers, Lisa McKavis, and Kristen Schoenbrunn.

New Trier Hockey Club Continues a Tradition of Service and Philanthropy

Continuing a 10-year Homecoming tradition, New Trier Hockey players enjoyed a beautiful fall day scattered across the local community in an effort to fight pediatric cancer. On Saturday, October 5th, players from all six teams – Green, Blue, White, Gray, Junior Varsity, and Girls – helped to raise both funds and awareness on behalf of the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Cash donations, both collected at various local merchants throughout the community, as well as an online campaign, totaled $14,300 this year (and over $54,000 to date). The money raised will help to make Bear Hugs and other great programs for kids and their families fighting cancer, possible across Illinois.

Additionally, each of the five boys teams have been engaged in “Weekends of Service”, with direct interaction in the community to support a cause of the team’s choice. On November 1st, New Trier Green volunteered at the Children’s Bridges Teen Board’s annual Dance Marathon benefiting Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Together, they welcomed families whose children have been treated at Lurie and helped dance the night away, helping to both uplift the Lurie’s community and raise money. New Trier Gray has chosen an ongoing project to serve breakfast monthly at A Just Harvest soup kitchen in Rogers Park. With players taking turns in small groups, the boys cook and serve meals to people from all walks of life, who are confronted with the choice between paying the rent, putting food on the table or paying for medication. The New Trier Junior Varsity Hockey team partnered with The Winnetka Schools to collect 763 pounds of Halloween candy which was donated to McClellan Orthodontic’s Annual Halloween Candy Drive. McClellan will be donating $1,525 to Lurie Children’s Hospital in honor of the team. The Blue and White Varsity Teams are both collecting children’s books for donation and scheduled later during the holiday season to sort, label and package books for Bernie’s Book Bank, Chicago’s largest child literacy program. These donated books will then be distributed to at-risk children who may not otherwise have access to quality, age-appropriate literature.

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