Volume 3 Issue 4 | November 2018
How one organization honors the life of a teammate every year. Hockey is not just a sport...it's a family.
By Tara Baer & Falcons Girls' Families - The 11th Annual Gina Bronge Memorial Game was played on October 15, 2018 to a full house at Highland Park Centennial Ice Arena. The rink was bursting with excitement; over 40 North Shore girls participated in a Girls’ Clinic which kicked off the event. Girls from 4 to 13 years of age skated with the Falcons/Scouts girls. Big girls paired up with little girls to complete drills, smiles and high fives all around. The enthusiasm in the locker room was infectious as the girls were full of smiles, laughter and chatter. The phrase, “I want to be like her when I grow up.” was heard frequently. The big girls were as popular as Patrick Kane, posing for pictures.
Chicagoland Associations Celebrate IIHF World Girls Ice Hockey Weekend
USA Hockey recently highlighted the growth and strength of girls hockey in Illinois in a feature leading up to World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend (October 7-8).

In case you missed it, click the button to read how the hard work of NIHL and our associations, as well as the success of the Chicago Blackhawks and their dedication to girls hockey has helped to grow our girls teams from 12 a decade ago to 50 today! And...make sure to watch the wrap-up video of the great IIHF WGIHW celebration at MB Ice Arena.
Click the logos below for the dates and locations of the 2019 Illinois State Hockey Championships, Central District Championships and USA Hockey National Championships. Good luck this season, ladies!
Metro Girls League Update

By Pam Flores - The tiering round in the Metro Girls High School season is well underway. Many games are yet to be played, but this season is shaping up to be highly competitive. All of the teams in the league have grown and added depth, and it is great to have added two new teams – Latin now has two teams (Orange and Blue) and the District 211-214 Rebels have joined the league.
Click button to read more about the Scouts' Shutouts for Seizures, Warren's Stick It to Breast Cancer, Glenbrook's community service benefiting the Northfield Township Food Pantry and more!
Rob Messner Brings Lofty Goals As Rookie Coach for Loyola Girls
By Ross Forman - First-year Loyola Academy girls hockey coach Rob Messner doesn’t mince words when asked about the Ramblers’ goals for the season: “To be playing at the United Center in March. Bottom Line.”
Mark Your Calendars! Illinois' Women's NCAA Division III Teams Will Face Off Twice in November!
Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:00pm & Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2:00pm
Alumni Memorial Field House Lake Forest College
50+ Illinois Women Playing ACHA Hockey Across the Nation

The buttons below represent the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Women's Club teams across the country. The 50+ young women rostered to these teams compete in leagues across the country at two different levels: Division I and II. While ACHA may not get as much publicity as NCAA Division I and Division III, rest assured the level of hockey played is outstanding. Check out some great ACHA Women's Hockey today...click on school name to view their 2018-19 schedule: Robert Morris, McKendree, Lindenwood-Belleville and Loyola.
Part II of our College Report series will focus on the Illinois women playing NCAA Division I and Division III hockey. Look for it in the December issue of Girls Snapshot!
USA Hockey's National Women's Team Training Camp
The U.S. Women’s National Team, which includes Illinois’ Megan Bozek and Kendall Coyne Schofield, has been training at MB Ice Arena this week in preparation for the 2018 Four Nations Cup. On Monday, October 29th select members of the U.S. Women’s National team and local coaches hosted a free on-ice practice for 12U and 14U girls.

This evening the USWNT will scrimmage the Chicago Mission Youth Hockey Club at 6:50pm at MB Ice Arena. Following the scrimmage, select players will be available for autographs. Click button below for additional information on the Four Nations Cup, including the full U.S. roster.