High School Hockey: Park District recognizes Rockford Icemen’s 15th championship title

Staff Report

At the last Rockford Park District Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Jack Armstrong recognized the Rockford Icemen hockey team’s coaches and players, and presented each with a special certificate in honor of their 15th consecutive Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois State Championship, won over Waubonsie Valley March 17, in Bensenville, Ill.

This remarkable achievement demonstrates the quality programs, coaches and players represented throughout the Rockford hockey community.

As a surprise addition, City of Loves Park Mayor Darryl Lindberg attended the meeting to announce that a special “Iceman Drive” street sign will be installed in the team’s honor on East Riverside Boulevard in Loves Park, at the entrance to the Carlson Ice Arena parking lot. This fitting tribute will memorialize the Icemen’s rare achievement in youth hockey, as the sign will be displayed at the roadway entrance to their hometown hockey facility for years to come. Mayor Lindberg presented the Icemen players and coaches with a commemorative copy of the sign that they may proudly display.

A special plaque was also presented at the meeting to Icemen President Doug Edwards in recognition of his generous contributions as a volunteer coach, referee and supporter of the Rockford Park District ice facilities and hockey programs over the past 15 years.

The majority of the athletes that make up the Rockford Icemen hockey team begin their hockey careers in the Rockford Park district’s youth hockey program through the Learn to Skate classes as well as the district’s recreational hockey league.

When players progress in their skill levels, they typically join the Rockford Hockey Club for more game and practice experience prior to trying out for the Rockford Icemen hockey team.

This progression represents the strong relationships the Rockford Park District, the Rockford Hockey Club and the Rockford Icemen have in developing youth hockey players.

For more information, contact Jay Sandine, deputy director, Operations, at (815) 969-4072 or e-mail jaysandine@rockfordparkdistrict.org

From the May 4-10, 2011 issue

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