IHSHL – Hayes-Suburban Division

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November 25, 2019

As the season rolls forward, the Hayes-Suburban Division is excited to share how several of our clubs are giving back to the community through fundraising efforts and charitable service work. At a time when we hear so much negative, it is refreshing to give a shout out to our players that give back to the community. Hayes-Suburban is also excited to share a new monthly honor to recognize the standout skater and goalie from each tier within the division that work so hard on the ice to elevate their game.

Oswego Hockey Club hosts Pink in the Rink – Rallying for a cure one goal at a time

Oswego Hockey Club parents have been contributing one goal donations during each game throughout October to help support Valencee Avalos, an Oswego community member who is battling brain, breast, lung, liver and bone cancer. Friday October 13, that enthusiasm spread to the opposing team, Mid-Valley Rampage, in which donations became very generous for a 2-1 game.

JV Head Coach, Joe Hartge, started what he thought would be a small cancer awareness activity for the team, but has seen the excitement for helping others grow throughout the hockey community. Fans are cheering on both teams as donations pour in whenever a goal is scored.

Then, on Saturday November 16, Oswego hosted a game against Chicago South with both clubs honoring Valencee on the ice. Prior to the game, Valencee was presented with an Oswego hockey jersey which she wore when she dropped the first puck along with her son. The club presented her with a check for $1,500 that was raised through the efforts of the Oswego Hockey Club throughout the season.

Fresh Concepts donated the jersey that includes several ribbons symbolizing different types of cancer. Cancer affects more than a million people every year and the parents of Oswego Hockey Club are committed to helping, one goal at a time. Oswego Hockey Club also received donations from the Aurora Police Benevolent & Protective Association and matching funds from Train Insane Hockey Training.

Mid-Valley Rampage pays tribute to wounded warrior with Fox Valley Hawks

On November 4, Mid-Valley Rampage and Fox Valley Hawks played a scrimmage game to honor Sergeant First Class Mark Peifer for the Veterans Day holiday.  The clubs also honored Stacie Olson, whose son Tyler plays defense for Mid-Valley and Len Layer whose grandson Michael plays forward for Mid-Valley.

JCA Hockey volunteers for Feed My Starving Children

On November 23, the players, parents and coaches from JCA Hockey volunteered at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg. Over 90 minutes, the team was able to help pack 165 boxes, prepare 35,640 meals and feed 97 kids for an entire year. The club also made a monetary donation while all involved worked diligently to help so many.

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit organization that feeds children in more than 70 countries throughout the world.

Hayes-Suburban Names October Players of the Month

Congratulations to the following players for outstanding play in the month of October:

Varsity Skater:
John Yavarri Mid-Valley Rampage

Varsity Goaltender:
Aidan O’Connor AWFM Renegades

Junior Varsity Division 1 Skater:
Liam Dougherty Marist Redhawks

Junior Varsity Division 1 Goaltender:
AJ Bandstra Lake Central Indians

Junior Varsity Division 2 Skater:
Amaan Faruqi Neuqua Valley

Junior Varsity Division 2 Goaltender:
Aidan Orr Lincoln-Way

August 26, 2019

By Rob Ince, IHSHL Hayes-Suburban Division President

Sharpen those skates and let’s hit the ice for another fun-filled season of high school hockey!

The IHSHL Suburban-Hayes Division is proud to kick off our 47th year and begin the pursuit of the heralded Cougar Cup with the start of the 2019-2020 Illinois High School hockey season. Like many of our long time clubs, the Hayes-Suburban Division is growing this fall with the addition of 5 new clubs and 8 additional teams between our Varsity and Junior Varsity tiers.

Our season will consist of 24 games with a 10-game tiering schedule to kick off the season. With the recent completion of our Fall 2019-2020 introductory meeting and coaches dinner, the Hayes-Suburban Board is excited with the attendance and energy our clubs bring to the high school hockey community this fall. On top of the new website that was launched this summer, the board has a defined regular season and post season schedule and many new player recognition honors to roll out throughout the season.

With the addition of teams representing Brother Rice, Marist, Nazareth IC, Neuqua Valley and Oswego, the Hayes-Suburban Division will continue with the strong tradition of our Junior Varsity clubs with 19 teams competing for the Hayes Cup. After the completion of our tiering round, the top 8 teams will compete at Tier 1 and battle for the Hayes Cup while the remaining teams with compete for the Burton Cup.

Our varsity teams will compete for the iconic Cougar Cup, one of the oldest trophies in the history of Illinois High School hockey. It will be an exciting new quest for the cup this year with two new clubs competing for the top spot. Can a new club step up and knock off the defending champions this year?

Stay up-to-date with Hayes-Suburban news by visiting our website at http://www.ishl.us. We want to wish all the Illinois high school hockey clubs great success, great competition and much enjoyment for the upcoming season.

Let’s all work together to grow the sport we all love and help our players have fun in the process!

March 26, 2019

The Hayes-Suburban High School League brought their 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 in all three of the leagues divisions. All of the Championship series were decided in two game sweeps.

In Junior Varsity, the league saw two championships decided. Lake Central (IN) and Spartans Green squared off in the Tier I division final battling for the league’s top JV prize the Hayes Cup. After reaching the finals last season Lake Central looked to stake their claim to the title this year. But the Spartans club would end up being the team to claim the Cup with a pair of well contested one-goal games. The Spartans would come from behind in game two scoring to tie the game with only 2 minutes left in regulation. Then with about five minutes gone in the overtime they scored the game winner and claimed their first Hayes Cup title.

In Tier II division action the Spartans White team looked to keep a good thing going as they faced a much improved Lincolnway Red team for that title.  Lincolnway just couldn’t find a way to stop the Spartans and they fell victim to them in a two game sweep giving the Spartans yet another JV title.

To wrap up Hayes-Suburban action for the season it was the Varsity divisions’ turn to take center stage. The match up here found the AWFM Renegades seeking their third title in as many tries as they squared off against the Spartans varsity club. In game one it was all AWFM as they coasted to a 5-0 win. Game two found the action back in the Renegades home turf, the Edge Ice Arena. Hoping to spoil the Renegades party and extend the series to a third and decisive game, the Spartans came out a different team than the night before. However, it was not to be. AWFM took a two goal lead into the third period and they fought off a gallant effort from the Spartans to prevail with a 3-2 victory giving them a sweep of the series and their third consecutive Cougar Cup title.  The Renegades join a select list of three-peat winners like the St. Charles East team of the late 1970’s and the Hinsdale Central team from the early 1990’s.

The Cougar Cup is one of the oldest trophies in Illinois High School hockey. Now in its 46th season, the cup was presented to the then Illinois High School Hockey League by the Chicago Cougars WHA franchise.

The league wishes to congratulate the champions and all teams that made their respected final series.

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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