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Ice Bears Youth Hockey League

Paul Hruby Ice Arena will be opening soon!

Hockey classes will begin on April 5.

Resident registration begins at 8:30am on Saturday, March 6. Non-resident registration begins at 8:30am on Saturday, March 13.

Be on the lookout for your favorite hockey class starting back up, or even try one of our new offerings!

Oak Park Ice Bears Hockey

This program is designed for players with experience in the sport who are ready to take their game to the next level. This league competes against other organizatons as part of the Northwest Hockey League. Players are divided by birth year and evaluated based on skill to produce equal teams at each level where players receive balanced ice time. Each team averages two practices and one game a week.

For more specific information, or if you have not yet participated in Ice Bears, please contact Kayla Fauria

Mandatory Program Pre-Requisites 

Mite and Squirt
New Mite (U-8) and Squirt players must have minimally passed Jr. Bears 3, participated in 4 full sessions of Polar Bear Hockey League, and have a Hockey Academy coaches recommendation PREVIOUS to registering. Players who have not met these requirements will not be able to register. Players who do not meet these requirements may schedule an evaulation.
Peewee and Up
Contact the Aquatic & Rink Manager to set up and evaluation. New players will not be taken into peewee, bantam or midget without an evaluation.

Spring 2021 Age Groups

Mite/8U - 2013/2014

Squirt/10U - 2011/2012

Peewee/12U - 2009/2010

Bantam/14U - 2007/2008

Midget/18U -2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 - Oak Park Ice Bears hope to commit (1) Midget team for the Spring 2021 season.


Check out our Ice Bears Mites (shown below) and the rest of the Ice Bears, and cheer them on at their home games! The full schedule for every Ice Bear team at all levels is located here! 



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nwhl_119_85   "Fostering balanced competition and fair play in hockey throughout Chicagoland."

 The Northwest Hockey League was formed to provide safe recreationally competitive youth hockey at all age levels.The league focuses on sportsmanship, fair play, and player development.


The Park District of Oak Park also offers in-house youth hockey and adult hockey.

View a full list of our hockey programs.



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