In their first season as the Ice Bears (formerly Huskies), the Oak Park peewee hockey team reached the mountaintop as champions of the NWHL (Northwest Hockey League) after a convincing 5-0 victory over the Fox Valley Cyclones, the Pioneer Press reports.
The Ice Bears went 3-0-1 in the postseason tournament, outscoring opponents 13-4 with two shutouts, the most important of which came against Fox Valley.
Oak Park’s spring hockey program is already in full swing with league games starting on Saturday, March 28. Tournament action for the spring league will take place between May 26-31, and it will be exciting to see how the Ice Bears respond after reaching the ultimate prize during the winter season.
“The Ice Bears play out of the Paul Hruby Ice Arena in Oak Park and were led by Head Coach Alex Haussman, assistant coaches Kirke Cushing and Dan Mahon, and Team Manager Ray Campbell,” according to the Pioneer Press.
More information on the Ice Bears can be found by visiting the Park District of Oak Park’s web page, http://www.pdop.org/programs/ice-bears/.
The Northwest Hockey League provides competitive and recreational leagues for players of all ages. After the league’s inception in 1982, it has been regarded as the premier youth hockey league in Chicagoland. More information can be found by visiting http://www.nwhleague.com/.