In This Issue
:: Midget Minor 1 - 3rd Place in Nationals
:: Minor Children Supervision Policy
:: Tommy Nevins' Sabre Hockey Golf Invitational
:: Weekly Parent & Coach Tips
:: All Safety is Local
:: Sabre Families: Giving, Caring, Sharing
:: Day with the Stanley Cup Contest


We look forward to seeing you this Saturday at Sabre Hockey Association's 40th Anniversary Awards Ceremony. We are excited about our new venue at the beautiful Historic Paramount Theatre in Downtown Aurora.  The doors will open at noon and gourmet cookies, assorted candies, drinks and adult beverages will be on sale at the concession stand until 12:45 p.m.  Seating will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the Award Ceremony beginning promptly at 1:00 p.m.  As in past years we ask that you do not use flash photography during the ceremony.  Patti Podlesak has graciously offered to photograph all award recipients.  Photos will be posted to Shutterfly for your convenience.

At the conclusion of the ceremony everyone will be asked to stay seated for a few moments while our team managers distribute each skaters' commemorative 40th Anniversary Yearbook and "secret" end-of-season giveaway. If you know your family is unable to attend the Award Ceremony, please click HERE to be contacted via email regarding a special Yearbook & Giveaway Pick-Up Date (to be determined). We don't want anyone to not receive their special commemorative yearbook!

Please click HERE for directions to the Paramount Theatre.  The city of Aurora parking meters are FREE on the weekend so save your quarters.  There is also a parking garage available just across the street.  Thank you to the many volunteers that are serving as ushers, stage hands and photographers - I could not do this without you.  A very, very special thank you to Paul Palian for all his hard work on the pre-ceremony video montage and slide show presentation.  Additionally, thank you to all my 40th Anniversary Yearbook volunteers - Buffy Folise, Jaynai Fort, Tiffanie Sperling, Anne Iwinski, Christy Szkola, Corrie Marsell, Jen Paras and the countless former Sabres that shared their photos and memorabilia with us!  And finally, thank you to Kicks Shoes in Downtown Naperville for donating much needed bags for the Award Ceremony.  If you've never been to Kicks, you don't know what you are missing....check 'em out and discover your inner Shoe Diva!!!

See you at the Paramount!

Gretchen Cockey
Vice President of Operations  

Midget Minor 1 ~ 3rd Place
2012 National Championships 

Sabre Hockey's Minor Children
Supervision Policy
We wanted to remind everyone to make sure their minor children are supervised at all times while at ice rinks this spring season and that rules posted at the rinks are followed by all Sabre families.  The Sabre Hockey Association is contractually obligated to ensure that its families comply with posted rules and properly supervise all minor children at Rocket, All Seasons, 7 Bridges and Downers Grove.  A failure to do so could put the Sabres in breach of its contracts with those rinks.  The Sabre Hockey Association is also contractually responsible for any property damage at Rocket, All Seasons, 7 Bridges and Downers Grove caused by Sabre players or their families so please help us in minimizing those costs through appropriate supervision.  Lastly, please do not leave your personal belongings (including hockey sticks and gear) unattended at any ice rink as Sabre players have had equipment/belongings stolen in the past when left unattended or in unlocked locker rooms. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tamarack Golf Club, Naperville


Questions regarding this event or sponsorship/partnership opportunities can be directed to Tiffanie Sperling at (312) 593-4521.   


Sabre Hockey will allocate 20% of funds raised through this event to our newly established Lori Maly Endowment Fund. 


Sabre Hockey Exclusive Registration is NOW OPEN  




Click  HERE for online registration

Click HERE to view brochure        


1.  Consider what you look like on the sideline during the game. Kids sneak looks at their parents more than we realize, and body language speaks volumes.   


2.  If you find yourself repeatedly feeling like you have to let the official know he's made a bad call, sign up to officiate next season.       



1.  Use signature statements such as "practice like a champion" or "the fourth quarter is ours" to help establish and reinforce your team culture.

2.  To focus on the value of communication with your team, try asking your players to play without communication. They'll quickly learn how hard it is to play without communication - and then watch how much more they communicate afterwards.
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      Save $50 on Triple S Camp!

Rocket Ice has a perfect way for you to improve your hockey skills, stay in shape and have fun this summer! The Triple "S" camp includes on and off ice training to keep you sharp and make sure you are in top form for August tryouts. The Triple "S" camp is a two hour workout on Tuesday and Thursday nights in June and July. Sign up now and the 4 week program is just $199 and the 8 week program is just $350! Rates will increase after April 30th so sign up today! All the information is attached in our brochure which is available by clicking HERE.

We can't wait to see you this summer at Rocket Ice!



Spring League starts April 9th for K-8th. Please email our Youth Director Kyle Sullivan at with any questions. Kyle is happy to advise what programs are the best fit for you and your family.


Rental Gear is always available!


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Lori Maly Endowment Fund
Tax Deductible Donation

The Lori Maly Endowment Fund was established to assist low income families with hockey fees.

Additionally, families that find themselves in sudden financial difficulty during the season because of an event such as job loss or death in the family may also apply for fee relief through the Lori Maly Endowment Fund.  

Click HERE  for the Lori Maly Endowment Fund Application. Applications for Fall 2012-2013 Season due June 25, 2012 


Is your business or corporation interesting in supporting the Lori Maly Endowment Fund? Contact Mike Castino, Chairman of Corporate Donations at

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All Safety is Local ~ Part I
by Doug Abrams 

     Former U.S. House Speaker Thomas P. (Tip) O'Neill famously said that "all politics is local." Decision making in Washington surely influences voters, but the Speaker explained that local happenings can influence voters even more by affecting their daily lives most directly.

     O'Neill's explanation has relevance in youth sports, where "all player safety is local." A sport's national playing rules can promote safe contests, but national rules are only words on paper, and words do not enforce themselves. National rules promote safety best when local officials, coaches and parents actually enforce them, but enforcement sometimes takes a back seat in the heat of the game.


"That's What You Get for Messing"

     A tragic suburban Chicago high school hockey story demonstrates how quickly local parents and coaches behaving irresponsibly can neutralize national rules and endanger the players. On November 3, 1999, New Trier High School's junior varsity team faced off against bitter rival Glenbrook North High School. With only a few seconds remaining in the game, New Trier was comfortably ahead, 7-4, in the teams' first meeting since Glenbrook North had edged them, 3-2, for the Illinois state junior varsity title a season earlier.

     The November rematch was out of control from the opening face-off. Each team's parents and students taunted rival fans and players from the stands, and the players themselves traded taunts and squared off in confrontations unrestrained by their coaches. One coach reportedly even left the bench and walked onto the ice to confront a referee. The referees called sixteen penalties, a high number for a junior varsity hockey game.

     At the final buzzer or within a second or two afterwards, a 15-year-old Glenbrook North player sped across the ice, blind-sided New Trier sophomore co-captain Neil Goss, and body-checked him head-first into the boards. "That's what you get for messing," the player said as Goss lay prone on the ice, permanently paralyzed from the neck down.   


Click HERE to read article in its entirety.  


 Great Strides Walk
May 19, 2012
Grand Pavilion ~ Naperville River Walk

Click HERE to visit Macey's Mission Homepage

Run for Reading 


Run for Reading to benefit the Jeanine Nicarico Memorial Literacy Fund is looking for sponsors and runners! Run is Sunday, May 20th in the River Woods Subdivision in Naperville.  Sponsor deadline April 14th.Click HERE for more information about the fund and/or to sponsor or sign up!  


Day With the Stanley Cup 




From March 22 through April 12, 2012, Discover is encouraging hockey fans to submit an original photo that best demonstrates their passion for hockey, along with a 1000 character or less description that answers the question, "I deserve a day with the Stanley Cup because..." Entries can be submitted to Discover's Facebook fan page and following the instructions. 


After April 12, three final entries will be chosen and posted to Facebook where the public will have five days to vote for their favorite entry. The contestant with the most votes by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 21, 2012 will be deemed the official Day With the Cup™ Winner, and will be awarded the ultimate hockey package, which includes spending a day with the Stanley Cup, celebrating with family and friends, having the experience documented and featured during game one of the Stanley Cup� Final, as well as round trip airline fare, hotel and tickets to one of the games of the Stanley Cup Final. 


"Expanding upon last year's contest, we set out this year to further leverage our relationship with the NHL to make it even bigger and better, something unlike any other fan experience out there," said Jennifer Murillo, vice president of brand communications at Discover. "We're expecting to see some pretty phenomenal photos and essays that showcase how truly passionate hockey fans are."   


Day With the Cup™ is open to all legal residents of the 50 United States who are at least 18 years old. Legal guardians of children under the age of 18 are eligible to enter on behalf of their children. All eligible entries will be judged by representatives of the Sponsor and an independent judge to determine three Finalists based on the on the following criteria: originality and creativity of essay, enthusiasm as demonstrated in essay, appropriateness of photo to theme and sincerity of essay.


To learn more information about the Day With the Cup™ contest, click HERE

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