IHSHL – Hayes Division

ihshl hays division

January 14, 2019

By Steve Silvey – The Illinois High School Hockey League, Hayes Suburban Division is excited to announce the election of its Board of Directors who will guide the Division for the remainder of the 2018-2019 and the entirety of the 2019-2020 seasons.

The Hayes Suburban Division represents one of the longest continuous high school leagues in the state. Now in its 46th season, the Cougar Cup Championship is one of the oldest trophies in Illinois High School Hockey.

Player participation in high school hockey is trending upward. The new Board will help grow the Division in the years to come and to continue the Cougar Cup tradition.

The Board is comprised of 7 new members

Rob Ince – President
Beth Hippman – Secretary/Treasurer
Amy Newling – Vice President
Jim Waterson – Rules & Ethics
Ed Urban – Director
Bob Gerecke – Director
Bryan Countryman – Director
Ron Abels – Director Emeritus

The Board would like to express immense gratitude and special thanks to Ron Abels for his many years of passion, dedication and service; recognizing his outstanding contributions over the years which allowed this Division to continue during the transition from Founder, Past President and Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Member, George Hayes.  The Board also welcomes Ron in his new role as Director Emeritus during this transition.  Ron has vast knowledge and understanding of the hard work and dedication that is needed to run a high school hockey division and the Board values his continued input and guidance.

The Hayes Suburban Division will carry on the grand tradition that started with George Hayes and continued with Ron Abels.

March 26, 2018


The Hayes-Suburban High School League brought its season to a close with the awarding of the League’s championships in their various divisions. Brooms were out in full force for the finals in both the two Varsity and two Junior Varsity Divisions – all Championship series were decided in two-game sweeps.


Two League championships were decided in the Junior Varsity Division. Homewood Flossmoor and Lake Central (IN) squared off in the top tier battling for the Hayes Cup, the League’s top Junior Varsity award. After reaching the finals last season only to fall to two-time champ, Fox Valley, the Homewood Flossmoor club claimed the Hayes Cup with a pair of well-contested 3-2 victories. The Tier II Junior Varsity Division saw the St. Laurence Vikings win their first championship as a member of Hayes-Suburban with their sweep over the Lincolnway Red club to a full house at the Southwest Ice Arena.


Varsity action started off with the Burton (Tier II) Cup. The Lemont/Lockport Spartans took on the Nazareth / ICCP North Stars. It was the North Stars that came out on top winning the cup for the first time in 10 years. The League wrapped up their championships with the top Varsity prize, the Cougar Cup. Presented to what was formerly known as the Illinois High School Hockey League by the Chicago Cougars WHA franchise, the Cougar Cup is one of the oldest trophies in Illinois High School hockey. The DuPage Stars took on the Renegades of AWFM for the right to claim the 45th awarding of the cup. Once again we saw a sweep in the best of three with the Renegades adding their name to a select group of repeat winners by going back-to-back.

The League wishes to congratulate all teams that made their respected final series.

March 27, 2017


The Hayes-Suburban High School League brought their season to a close with the awarding of the league’s championships in their various divisions.

In Junior Varsity the league saw three championships decided. Homewood Flossmoor and Fox Valley Blue squared off in the top tier battling for the Hayes Cup, the league’s top JV award. The only final to go to the third and deciding game saw Fox Valley Blue take home the cup for a second straight season. The Blue division saw the DuPage Stars and Crown Point do battle with Crown Point winning this one in a sweep of the two game series. In the Green division newcomer De La Salle took on the Irish from Kankakee. This series went to De La Salle winning it in front of a huge home crowd.

Varsity action started off with the Burton (Tier II) Cup. The Leyden Eagles took on the Mid Valley Rampage. Both teams looking to add their name to the cup. It was the Rampage that came out on top winning the cup for the first time in their history. The league wrapped up their championships with the top Varsity prize, the Cougar Cup.  Presented to the then Illinois High School Hockey League by the Chicago Cougars WHL franchise the cup is one of the oldest trophies in Illinois High School. The Fox Valley Hawks took on the Renegades of AWFM for the right to claim the cup. Once again we saw a sweep in the best of three with the Renegades taking the cup back after a five year absence. But AWFM didn’t stop there. They went on to also capture the State Championship on March 17th besting Glenbard for their first State title.

April 11, 2016

The IHSHL Hayes Division would like to congratulate all our league Champions, Runners-up, Award Winners and Academic All-Conference Recipients on their accomplishments this season. We wish our member clubs and players an enjoyable off-season!


Varsity Cougar Cup

DuPage Stars – Champions
Fox Valley – Runner-Up

Varsity Burton Cup

AWFM Renegades – Champions
Cobras – Runner-Up

JV Hayes Cup

Fox Valley Hawks – Champions
Homewood Flossmoor – Runner-Up

JV Blue Division

Notre Dame White – Champions
Waubonsie Gold – Runner-Up

JV Green Division

Fenwick White – Champions
Crown Point – Runner-Up


Varsity Award Winners (left to right)

Varsity Award Winners

Anders Lindgren – Kankakee – Top Scoring (tie)

Ed Urban – Cobras – Top Goaltender

Jared Hippman – Joliet Catholic – Top Scoring (tie)

Chaz Davis – DuPage Stars – Coach of the Year

JV Award Winners (left to right)

Junior Varsity Award Winners

Elliot Villenuve – Waubonsie – Top Goaltender

Garrett Auriene – Joliet Catholic – Top Scoring

Jim Wietecha- Notre Dame – Coach of the Year

Sportsmanship Award (team award) – Mid Valley Rampage Junior Varsity


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January 18, 2016

On January 9th the Hayes-Suburban Division took a break from regular season action to host their annual All Star games at the Darien Sportsplex. Despite the challenging weather conditions that night both the Junior Varsity and Varsity games were well attended by family, friends, and teammates of the players. Teams were comprised of skaters that were chosen by the coaching staffs and board members from their clubs. The league selects the goaltenders that will play in the event. In addition the league chooses the coaches that were honored to work the benches.

Click HERE for Varsity All Stars Roster

Click HERE for JV All Stars Roster

The JV game started things off for the evening and for the first two periods it was the goaltenders putting on the show allowing only a single goal by the Green (visitor) Team between four different goalies. The offenses got on track in the third with the Blue (home) Team scoring four unanswered goals leading the way to a 5 to 2 final score in favor of the Blue Team All Stars. After the game the coaching staffs selected the MVP’s for the evening. For the Green Team All Stars Brad Eggert from Notre Dame was honored and for the winning Blue team Enzo Senese from Fox Valley received the award.

Then it was the Varsity All Stars turn on the ice. The game was a back and forth affair for the first two periods with the two teams trading goals. Once again though it was the Gold (home) Team breaking the game open in the third period over the Teal (visitor) Team with a three goal period including an open net tally to finish the scoring and a 6 to 3 final. Varsity game MVP’s were Anders Lindgren from the Kankakee Irish on the Teal Team. And for the winning Gold Team All Stars it was Nicholas Lemke from the AWFM Renegades.

In other divisional news, the regular season enters its final month and in the Varsity division we find Fox Valley and the Dupage Stars battling for the top spot with defending champion Joliet Catholic leading a group of three others that find themselves just a few points out of the lead.  In JV play we still find Lake Central (IN) on top of the Blue division showing a strong 15-1-1 record. In the Green division we have a four team race for the top between Notre Dame, Waubonsie #2, Kankakee, and the Mid Valley Rampage.

March 2, 2015

The Hayes-Suburban Division is now two weeks into their playoffs. All opening rounds and semifinal action has taken place as a single elimination event and now the winners will square off in a best-of-three series to determine the championships. This past weekend saw 4 semifinal games go into overtime and two more were decided by one goal.


In the Cougar Cup (top varsity division) Number # 1 seed Brother Rice survived 4-3 in OT over the # 4 AWFM Renegades. They will face the # 6 seed Joliet Catholic (the defending champ) who moved on by beating the Lemont/Lockport Spartans 9-3.


The Burton Cup (Tier 2) will see the # 1 seed Cobras who defeated # 4 Leyden 5-4 in OT square off against the # 2 seed Kankakee Irish who earned their way by defeating # 3 Guerin-Nazareth in OT – also by a 5-4 score.


In the top tier in Junior Varsity division it will be # 1 Providence against # 3 Lake Park playing for the latest addition to the division’s traveling cups, the Hayes Championship. Providence moved past Fenwick White to earn their first chance at the Hayes Cup. Lake Park defeated Lake Central (Indiana) to claim their spot in the finals.


Tier II Junior Varsity finds # 3 Waubonsie going up against the # 4 Cobras. The Cobras held off a late charge by Fox Valley in their semi-final. Waubonsie found their way in with a 1-0 nail biter over the Lemont/Lockport Spartans.


Wrapping up the playoff series will be # 1 Crown Point (Indiana) facing # 2 Lincolnway in the Tier III division. Crown Point won an overtime contest over Joliet Catholic, while Lincolnway won a hard fought 5-4 game over Plainfield.

All Championship series begin this week with the higher seeds having the HOME game first. If needed, the third games will be set up by the Hayes-Suburban Division. We wish the very best to all of our finalists.

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The Hayes-Suburban Division of the IHSHL will hold their annual All Star games on Saturday, January 10, 2015. The site for the games will be on the Campbell Rink of the Darien Sportsplex (451 Plainfield Road in Darien, IL). The JV Stars will kick off the action with a 6:15pm opening faceoff. They will be followed by the Varsity Stars at 8:00pm. Admission is always free to this mid-season showcase of the leagues finest talent.

Each club was asked to select two skaters to represent their team. The goaltenders for the games are selected by the Executive Board. In addition, for the Varsity game, the league added three skaters per team to play rounding out the rosters. The general public is always invited to attend the games. There will be contest for the young ones where they can win prizes like actual league All Star jerseys and gift cards.  “These young players always deserve a full house when they step on the ice as an All Star,” states League President, Ron Abels.

The Hayes-Suburban Division congratulates all of the All Stars.

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