2019 IHHF Bio Series: Chuck Linkenheld

Chuck Linkenheld
Coaches’ Category ~ Class of 2019

Chuck is one of five siblings, including a special needs brother, who grew up in Schaumburg, Illinois. He began skating when he was just 5 years old on Turner Pond in Roselle. Turner Pond became a speed skating event run by the Schaumburg Jaycees where Chuck won a few races and moved on to an indoor rink soon thereafter.

Later, a baseball teammate invited Chuck to a Friday night hockey camp run by Jim Allen at the Polar Dome rink in Dundee. He loved it and quickly joined the Dundee Demons hockey club at 7 years old. The following year he was invited to the Minor Hawks Hockey camp and was later extended an invitation to try out for the Chicago Minor Hawks. He made the team and was a Minor Hawk his entire youth hockey career.

Chuck also attended and played hockey at Saint Viator High School where he and his team are members of the Athletics Hall Of Fame. He later attended Merrimack College and was captain his senior year. Chuck began coaching in 1987 for the Schaumburg Kings after meeting Bob Mathson at a family BBQ. He has coached over 3000 games spanning over 30 years with the majority at the AAA level for Team Illinois, Chicago Mission and the Chicago Young Americans (CYA). He also coached two years at the Junior Tier II level in the North American Hockey League (NAHL). Currently, Chuck is in scouting and player development with the Tri City Storm (Kearney, Neb.) of the USHL and coaching a bantam team at CYA.

After receiving a BSBA in management, Chuck joined the plumbing industry and was a manufacturer’s representative for 20 years. During his younger years he became a licensed plumber and is currently the President and owner of Nulink Backflow Prevention Corp.

Chuck is married to Gina, and has five (adult) children who are now all over the age of 21 – Anthony, Cody, Casey, Briana and Niki. Casey is currently a senior Academic All-American hockey player at Bowling Green University. Gina and Chuck have also fostered seven children.

Chuck is honored to join all the members of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame, especially Bob Mathson who started it all, as well as the Roche family. He is especially grateful for Mr. Bill Roche who guided him while with the prestigious, ahead of their time, Chicago Minor Hawks.

NOTES: The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at (847) 269-2922 or email Norm at jacole@comcast.net.

Joining in honoring this special group of inductees will be several of the past inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, and all of the past inductees have demonstrated, through their actions over the years, their personal commitment in making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinois youth and the Illinois hockey community.

The mission statement of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame is as follows:

“To honor the excellence of those individuals who, through their exceptional endeavors both on and off the ice, have contributed in an extraordinary way to enhance the sport and image of hockey in Illinois.”

On behalf of everyone involved in the game of hockey, we admire and thank each of the inductees into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2019. They truly are in a class of their own.

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