Lifetouch Photography will be at Sports Plus to take pictures next week of all Swords teams. Pictures will be taken in the fitness center and the complete schedule is below.
Orders can be placed online through this LINK and picture envelopes will be available at the rink as well. Orders will be accepted online for approx. a week after the pictures are taken if you forget to order or if you change your mind and want to place an additional order.
Exact change and checks will be accepted at the rink in the envelopes. All credit card orders must be made online for privacy purposes.
New this year, team pictures will be made by Lifetouch using individual pictures and made into a composite team picture. So if your player misses their picture time for any reason, they can stop by during any of the other times listed below and still be in the team picture. We are asking all players and coaches to have their picture taken so that they will be included in the team picture.
DON BIGGS -- TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE AHL HALL OF FAME
DON BIGGS -- SWORDS DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE AHL HALL OF FAME
Don Biggs Don Biggs may have been small in stature but he certainly played big, becoming one of the dominant American Hockey League scorers of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
A late-round draft pick by the Minnesota North Stars in 1983, Biggs, listed at 5-foot-8, broke into the pro ranks with the Springfield Indians at the end of the 1984-85 season, and in his first full campaign as a professional he tallied 60 points in 75 AHL games split between Springfield and Nova Scotia.
Biggs’ breakthrough season came in 1987-88 after signing as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers. Biggs led the Hershey Bears with 38 goals in the regular season and tied for the team lead with 16 points in the postseason. That Hershey team, considered by many to be among the best in AHL history, won 50 games before going a perfect 12-0 in the playoffs en route to the Calder Cup championship.
That year would prove to be just the beginning for Biggs, the first of six consecutive 30-goal seasons in the AHL. He finished fifth in the league scoring race in both 1988-89 – putting up 103 points in 76 games with the Bears – and 1989-90, with 92 points in 66 contests. Then with the Rochester Americans in 1990-91, Biggs paced the team with 88 points in the regular season and notched a league-high 23 points in the playoffs as the Amerks reached the Calder Cup Finals.
Biggs was acquired by the New York Rangers in 1991, and with Binghamton in 1992-93 he authored the most prolific season the AHL has ever seen. In 78 games, Biggs scored 54 goals and added 84 assists for 138 points, the highest total in the history of the American Hockey League. He was the offensive catalyst for a Rangers team that went 57-13-10 – the best regular-season record ever in the AHL – and he was a runaway winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the league’s most valuable player.
Biggs would play six more years of professional hockey, but the 1992-93 season was his last appearance in the AHL. Despite skating in just 597 games and eight full seasons, Biggs is tied for 24th on the league’s all-time scoring list with 692 career points (273 goals, 419 assists), ranking seventh in points per game among members of the 500-point club.
Our CharityMania football mania fundraiser is off and running. Our families raising over $11,000 to help with their hockey expenses. Weekly winner will be posted each week.
Week 1 - $25 winner - R. Chambers sponsoring the Christini family
Week 2 - $25 winner - T. Hugenberg sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 2 - $50 winner - K. Moreno sponsoring the Moreno family
Week 3 - $400 winner - J. Grady sponsoring Team Backen
Week 4 - $25 winner - L. Groh sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 4 - $25 winner - T. Baioni sponsoring Team Backen
Week 4 - $25 winner - N. Richmond sponsoring the Das family
Week 5 - $400 winner - W. Gearing sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 5 - $200 winner - T. Murray sponsoring the Merk family
Week 5 - $100 winner - T. Scheben sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 5 - $25 winner - L. Robinson sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 6 - $25 winner - R. Dorn sponsoring the Robinson family
Week 6 - $25 winner - G. Baker sponsoring the Lanier family
Beginning this year for the 2017-18 season, all skaters, at least one parent and all coaches (head, assistant, on-ice helpers) must comply with OH Senate Bill 252 (Lindsay’s Law). Below is general information about the bill and the requirements. Even if you do not live in Ohio, if you are participating on a Swords team, you must complete the requirements.
For skaters and at least one parent, once you have completed the requirements, please log into the Swords website at www.swordshockey.com and click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side. You will see a registration entitled “LINDSAY’S LAW PARENT/ATHLETE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT”. Please complete this registration so you can continue to participate in all team activities. You should be able to compqelete one registration for all the skaters in your family.
For all coaches (head, assistant, on-ice helpers), once you have completed the requirements, please log into the Swords website at www.swordshockey.com and click on “Register Online” on the left-hand side. You will see a registration entitled “LINDSAY’S LAW COACHES ACKNOWLEDGEMENT”. Please complete this registration so you can continue to participate in all team activities. NOTE: IF YOU COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION AS A PARENT, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO COMPLETE THE COACHES REGISTRATION.
Lindsay’s Law: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Youth Athletes
What is Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) occurs when the heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs. Sudden cardiac arrest is fatal if not treated immediately, most often by a defibrillator.
Who is Lindsay?
Senate Bill 252 is named for national heart health advocate and former Miss Ohio Lindsay Davis who suffers from a heart condition and has since dedicated her career to raising awareness of this potentially fatal condition.
"Sudden cardiac arrest is the number one killer of student athletes," said Davis. "At any moment I could have died because coaches and teachers had no idea this was even a possibility for someone who looked as healthy as I did at that age."
In accordance with this law, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Cardiology and other stakeholders jointly developed guidelines and other relevant materials to inform and educate students and youth athletes participating in or desiring to participate in an athletic activity, their parents, and their coaches about the nature and warning signs of sudden cardiac arrest.
The following resources were developed to implement Lindsay’s Law:
The Kroger Co. has renewed their Community Rewards program for the 2016-17 year. ALL CURRENT PARTICIPANTS must re-enroll to continue earning community rewards. To re-enroll log into your Kroger account and on the Account Summary page under "Community Rewards" at the bottom you have the option to re-enroll. Please be sure your organization is listed as Queen City Hockey Association and the NPO number is 81074 as there are several Queen City Hockey Association listings. Your re-enrollment period will begin May 1 even if you re-enroll now. This re-enrollment does not have an impact on your 2015-16 account.
If you have not participated in the past but would like to for the 2016-17 season details on the program and how to enroll are listed below.
The Cincinnati Swords have enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards program for the upcoming year and are pleased to offer ALL members the opportunity to participate. You must register your Kroger Plus Card Number online and select Queen City Hockey Association (NPO Number 81074) as your participating organization (see detailed instructions below). Once you are registered, you only need to use your Kroger Plus card and you will accumulate rewards. Quarterly, Kroger will distribute $1,000,000 to all participating organizations based on their percentage of spending. Our allocation of the Kroger funds is outlined below.
We hope that all Swords families will participate to help offset their hockey costs. If you have any questions, please email Melanie Luft at
or call 513-407-0222. You must register by May 1 to maximize your benefits. You must register with the NPO number 81074; old CAHA or Queen City team participation numbers are void.
DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS:
The Kroger Co. will distribute funds on a quarterly basis with statements and donations being sent on or before September 15, December 15, March 15 and June 15.
Families will need to provide an email copy of Kroger funds earned each quarter and funds will be applied directly to a skater's program. Funds can be used for any Swords or Sabres online registration. Your friends and family may also sign up on your behalf but will need to provide the necessary information to us each quarter for you to receive credit.
If a skater’s family decides to no longer participate with Queen City Hockey Association and has outstanding funds, all funds will be allocated to the general fund as we are not allowed to distribution funds to individuals and all funds must be used for our organization’s purpose which is youth hockey. Funds can be held for up to four cycles. After that, any unused funds will be transferred to the general fund.
Already a Kroger Community Rewards Participant?
Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
Click on “Sign In” and log into your account
Under Community Rewards click Re-enroll and enter Queen City Hockey Association in the Search bar
Be sure to select Queen City Hockey Association 81074 and click Enroll at the bottom
New to the Kroger Community Rewards Program and have a Kroger Plus Card?
Go to krogercommunityrewards.com
Click “Create An Account”
Enter your email address and create a password
Enter your Store Preference (be sure to do this)
Enter your Kroger Plus Number or Alternate ID
Click Enter – this creates a general account and then you need to sign up for the Kroger Community Rewards outlined above.
New to the Kroger Community Rewards Program and do NOT have a Kroger Plus Card?
You must obtain a Kroger Plus Card at your local Kroger Store and then complete the steps above.