• Youth Hockey Mission
    • Our Mission:
      To promote a “fun and learning” environment for the growth of youth hockey and all its participants and enthusiasts by encouraging, educating, developing, and administering all aspects of the sport.

      Our Program

      • Provide our Youth Membership the opportunity to play hockey at variety of skill levels from Mites through High School.

      • Families must be Members of the Indian Hill Winter Club in order to participate in IHWC Youth Hockey Programming

      • Our Players and Coaches are led by Danny Wood Director of Player and Coach Development

      • All Coaches are certified through USA Hockey.

      • All teams practice twice a week and play games on most weekends

      • Travel Season is September – Early March

      • House Season is October – Early March

      • Concussion testing is required for all of our players who are of Bantam age and above

  • Youth Hockey Program Description & Age Classifications
    • Another great reason to join the club - get your kids "boys and girls" involved in our dynamic youth hockey program!
      The Indian Hill Winter Club Youth Hockey Program has programs for all ages and ability levels.  This includes House, Select & Travel Teams.
      House - we encourage anyone to join this level which is geared toward beginner / intermediate players looking for a fun hockey experience in a relaxed environment.
      Select -  for House players looking for an additional set of games through tournaments.  
      Travel - for those players looking for a more competitive, higher level of play.  Tryouts for travel team happen in late April for the next season.

      Mites 8 and under
      Squirts 10 and under
      Pee Wee 12 and under
      Bantam 14 and under
      Midgets 18 and under 
      To see what age classification your child fits in, please click here

  • New Youth Hockey Director - Andy "Coach Poke” Pokupec
    • New Coaches for 2017/2018 IHWC Youth Travel Teams

      Click here for Letter from Hockey Staff

      ANDY POKUPEC, DIRECTOR OF YOUTH HOCKEY, APOKUPEC@IHWINTERCLUB.COM

      INDIAN HILL WINTER CLUB YOUTH HOCKEY DIRECTOR, ANDY POKUPEC “COACH POKE” OR “POKE” AS HE IS KNOWN IS A PILLAR OF THE CINCINNATI AND SOUTHWEST OHIO HOCKEY COMMUNITY FOR THE LAST 23+ YEARS. HE HAS COACHED AND TAUGHT AT MIAMI UNIVERSITY AND MOELLER HIGH SCHOOL WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY A PE & HEALTH TEACHER. HE IS ALSO AN INSTRUCTOR AT THE COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS HOCKEY SCHOOL IN COLUMBUS. IN ADDITION TO HIS MANY TEACHING AND COACHING ROLES IN THE PAST HE IS ALSO THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE BUCKEYE TRAVEL HOCKEY LEAGUE. IN HIS YOUTH AND IN COLLEGE HE WAS A MEMBER OF MANY PRESTIGIOUS TEAMS IN CANADA. IN 1992 HE WAS A PART OF THE CANADIAN SENIOR AAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM.
      CONTACT COACH POKE AT APOKUPEC@IHWINTERCLUB.COM.  513-324-0065

  • 2017-2018 Travel Teams & High School Coaches announced
    • IHWC 2017-2018 Travel Team Coaches








  • Youth Hockey News
    • Youth Hockey News

      IHWC Youth Hockey Players & Parents,

      With our youth hockey season, less than a month behind us, the time is right to reflect on the successes of past season as well as glance ahead to what’s in store for the future of our exciting program.

      Looking back, the 2016-17 season was certainly a big success. We had over 230 players participate in our programs spanning from Learn-to-Play Hockey through High School Varsity – a record year! Many young beginners picked up hockey for the very first time in our Mite & Squirt programs. New families were welcomed into our community joining our many returning player numbers contributing to our programs’ strength. With over 20 teams pressing for ice time for practices & games, creativity & flexibility were in high demand putting pressure on our coaches. However, the end result was most certainly worthwhile with smiling faces, greater affection for hockey and even a few tournament and league titles thrown in as well.

      Speaking of coaches, we would like to point out that we are most fortunate & greatly appreciative for all of our wonderful coaches, team managers and other volunteers. These folks unselfishly gave hours upon hours of their time for sake of our IHWC children – running practices, leading games, tying skates, filling water bottles, motivating & encouraging players, developing practice plans, communicating with players / families, completing USA Hockey certification (online & classroom), running clocks, keeping game sheets. Extensive & exhaustive! We owe much of our success to the goodwill & commitment of our many, many volunteers. If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, please be sure to thank them or even buy them a special treat in the Club Room. Thank you!

      Looking ahead to 2017-18, IHWC’s commitment to an excellent youth hockey program remains as strong as ever. Plans are well underway for some exciting enhancements in a number of key areas. A summary of the most material ones is below.

      Mite House Program:
      The Mite House program is critically important to the overall health of the Winter Club as well as the future of our youth hockey program. As such, it will always demand attention and focus. 2016-17 was an important transformational year for our Mite House program. Lead by the leadership of Co-Commissioners Billy Roberts & Steve Dronsfield, the mite program was more organized & better executed than years past (thank you Billy & Steve!). Building upon this revitalization effort, the upcoming season will usher in a further commitment to the program. One emerging concept is the pursuit of the team experience while remaining fully committed to the ADM model. In addition, a new Mite House Manager position has been established and will be filled by Mike Coburn who brings years of experience in organizing youth hockey programs (thank you, Mike!). Other development areas include:

      • Improved coaches training, development & expectations
      • Further integration of mite select & mite house
      • Renewed player expectations
      • New parent training / education & involvement

      High School:
      Our High School program here at IHWC is committed to the total development of all student athletes with an emphasis on team success. The members of our program take great pride in having a strong work ethic, being accountable and unselfish. These qualities, and each player’s commitment to teamwork, provide our program with a strong foundation for success. As the 2016/2017 season wound down we said goodbye to our longtime coach Tom O’Brien. While he will surely be missed both on and off the ice by the young men in this program, there is an excitement building for the continued success of HS Hockey at IHWC. Coach Marc Michaelson and Coach Poke have a lot of great things in store for the program. We ask that all attend the parent’s meeting next Monday April 3rd at 7pm to find out more!

      New Youth Hockey Advisory Committee:
      In order to provide our Youth Hockey Director with ongoing support & direction, a new Youth Hockey Advisory Committee (YHAC) has recently been established. Committee members represent the families from across our program & include Megan Viles, Stephanie Kennebeck, Brad Kranson, Chris Andruss, Rob Seichter, Andy Pokupec (Director of Youth Hockey), Tim Johnson (General Manager) and Shawn Crowley (BOT Member/Youth Hockey Liaison). Among the first order of business will be the pursuit of a new IHWC youth hockey logo (long overdue!) as well as more consistent jerseys across the entire program. There will be more details to follow over the next few weeks from the YHAC.

      Important Upcoming Dates:

      • Parent Meetings
      Monday, April 3rd 6pm—Squirts
      Monday, April 3rd 7pm—High School
      Thursday, April 6th 6pm—Pee Wees
      Thursday, April 6th 7pm—Bantams
      Friday, April 7th 6pm—Mites
      • Pre-Tryout Tune Up & Skills Clinic
      Squirts—April 17th 6-7:30pm
      Pee Wees—April 21st 6-7:30pm
      Bantams—April 20th 6-7:30pm
      High School—TBD
      • 2017/2018 Travel Tryouts
      --Squirts
      Tryout—April 24th 6-7:20pm
      Call Back—April 28th 6-6:50pm
      --Pee Wees
      Tryout—April 25th 6-7:20pm
      Call Back—April 28th 7-7:50pm
      --Bantams
      Tryout—April 27th 6-7:20pm
      Call Back—April 28th 8-8:50pm
      --High School
      Tryout—April 21st 7:30-9pm
      Call Back—April 22nd 6:30-7:30pm

      Director of Youth Hockey Transition:
      Lastly, as we head into the final weeks of spring hockey, the Youth Hockey Director transition from Danny Wood to Andy (“Poke”) Pokupec is now in full swing. While they continue to work together for spring pods, tryouts & planning for a stronger program, this transition represents a bit of a mixed blessing for us. Over his 2 years with us, Danny has built our program in immeasurable & numerous ways. From his on-ice coaching & clinics to his behind the scene program & strategy work, Danny leaves in indelible mark on our youth hockey program, for which we are grateful. His passion and commitment will be greatly missed. That said, our future is indeed bright with the arrival of Poke who has already been fast at work to elevate our program to the next level. Please join me again in thanking Danny & welcoming Poke.

      Thank you & please feel free to reach out to either of us with any questions.

      Sincerely,

      Tim Johnson, CMAA – General Manager
      Shawn P Crowley – Board of Trustees, Youth Hockey Liaison

       

  • New2017/2018 IHWC Mite Hockey Program Introduction
    • Dear IHWC Members & Mite Hockey Parents,

      For most eight-and-under (Mite) hockey players, the season is over and players have moved on to baseball, lacrosse and soccer. For many parents, it is a time to reflect back on one of the first years of hockey, what was learned, new skills developed and fun with new friends along the way. However, for some it is already time to look ahead, and parents are being asked to make choices about what to do next season and what path to take for their budding young hockey player’s development. Before you make a choice for next season, we would like to give you some exciting news on the options for Mites here at IHWC. Next year, the choice will be better than ever at IHWC as we roll out our new Mite Program and the Inaugural Season of the IHML (Indian Hill Mite League).

      We know you want the best programs for your children and we want what is best for them too, which is why we are fully embracing the IHML next season. The attached link has all of the information for the IHML and what it will consist of next year. We are all very excited to see the Mite Program become our “flagship” program here at Indian Hill Winter Club. We hope you all share in that excitement and we look forward to seeing our young hockey players progress during this upcoming year!!

      Thank You,

      Tim Johnson, General Manager

      Mike Coburn, IHML Commissioner

      Andy “Coach Poke” Pokupec, Director of Youth Hockey/IHML Commissioner

      Click HERE for info on 2017/2018 IHWC Mite Hockey Program Introduction Sheet


  • 2017 - 2018 Season Youth Hockey House Registration


    •     Already completed this form? Click here to retrieve it!
      IHWC Youth Hockey Registration
      Your 2017-18 USA HOCKEY PLAYER NUMBER IS REQUIRED before your registration can be completed. Please follow this link to register your child with USA Hockey for the 2017-18 Hockey Season and have your credit card handy., www.usahockey.com.
      * Denotes Required Field
          
  • PODS
    • Look for further information on PODS check back in March of 2018

  • Travel Tryouts


Follow this LINK for 

Non-Member Youth Hockey Registration
Please print and mail to:
IHWC
10005 Fletcher Rd.
Camp Dennison, Ohio 45111
www.ihwinterclub.com     

 

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