OUR TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE EVENT IS JUST TWO WEEKS AWAY AND WE NEED YOU!!
HELP GET THE WORD OUT
Let your friends or family interested in trying hockey know about the event.
When: Saturday March 3 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM
Where: Sports Plus
Register at: tryhockeyforfree.com/8331
VOLUNTEER AT THE EVENT
We are in need of volunteers to help make the Try Hockey for Free event a success. We need volunteers to be on ice helpers, equipment helpers, greeter/check-in and Learn to Play program table workers. If you are interested in helping with this event email to
with your name, email and cell number and what area you can help with no later than Sunday February 25th.
This would be a great opportunity for our older skaters to share their love of hockey with the next generation of hockey players, so please consider volunteering.
Mitchell Reh is a Cincinnati Swords hockey player on the 05/06 Peewee Travel team and it is with a heavy heart that we write to tell you that Mitchell and his family lost their family home, all their personal belongings and their beloved family dog Toby in a devastating fire on Thursday February 15th. The Reh family are safe and staying with family as they start the rebuilding process.
The Swords in conjunction with Crouchy Alpha Hockey have started a Go Fund Me page to help raise funds for the Reh family to help support the Reh’s as they rebuild their life and their home.
HOCKEY IS FAMILY, so we hope that you will consider helping one of our own in their time of need. The link for the Go Fund Me page can be found below.
Please note: All of Mitch’s hockey equipment was at the rink so we are looking for donations to help provide them a rebuild fund and for immediate personal needs. They do have insurance, but this will be a lengthy process for the family so any donation you can give is greatly appreciated.
Spring training will soon be underway and registration for 2018 is now open! We will continue the program developed last year with its emphasis on tryout/evaluation preparation plus we have added a small area battle drill section which will now be part of our upgraded tryout/evaluation schedule. The program will be split between individual skill development, small area battle drills and scrimmages. Each head coach will be given a curriculum which includes skating skills, puck fundamentals, introductory and enhanced checking (age appropriate) and team play. Activities will include stickhandling, passing, shooting and team concepts. Small area battle drills and scrimmages will be used to reinforce the learned skills in a game environment.
NEW: This year our tryouts/evaluations will include an additional on-ice session of small area battle drills for ALL skaters. Battle drills may include 1v1, 2v2, 1v2, 2v1, dump&chase and puck control w/pressure scenarios. These drills will be focused on during spring so our skaters are ready for the new session.
Our spring training will be held over five weeks. The first three weeks (April 10 –April 28) will be just prior to our 2018-19 team tryouts/evaluations. Coaches will be working with the skaters to get them ready for the week of tryouts/evaluations that all 2018-19 players will attend. Tryout/evaluation drills will be practiced during the spring training program. The last two weeks of spring training (May 5-May 17) will be geared to letting the kids showcase what they have learned with an emphasis on having fun. We have worked hard to select quality coaches and put together a curriculum where every child can become a better hockey player.
We are excited to offer a significant discount to those skaters that register early for our spring program. Please be sure to read all the details so you don't miss out.
Sessions will meet twice a week for 65 minutes on ice (one time during the week and one time on Saturday morning) beginning the week of April 10 and concluding the week of May 15. There will be a week off for our 2018-19 tryouts/evaluations. Sessions will be limited to 30 skaters and 4 goalies. NOTE: On Saturday, April 21 we will run an adjusted schedule due to the Rising Stars tournament. We may have a few coaches that needed adjustments to their sessions and we have accommodated these requests. If your session has a schedule adjustment, we will send an individual email with the new schedule. The schedule change will keep the sessions on the same days/times, but you may get one more weekday vs a weekend or vis versa.
If your mite is a birth year 2009, they can register in our SQ pod. We will have a unique summer program for all mites in August just prior to the ADM/Mite Evaluations as well.
Checking Basics & Technique Clinic
We will run a checking clinic prior to the start of the spring sessions. There will be an on and off ice session and the BT sessions will have a strong checking component. The checking clinic will be offered to all age-appropriate spring participants and is mandatory for first time Bantam players (2005) and any player older than the 2004 birth year who is a first time hockey player. Goalie attendance is optional. The clinic provides an excellent environment for the players to transition into this important skill. It is scheduled for Monday, April 9 at Sports Plus.
Goalie Price Reduction
Goalies have a separate registration as we reduce the price for goalies. We will accept 4 goalies per session on a first-come basis.
USA Hockey age levels for 2018/19 will be used in the Spring Program. They are: Squirt (08-09), Pee Wee (06-07), Bantam (04-05), Midget (2000-03).
Online registration is by session so please be sure you are registering for the correct session.
Squirt (2009 and 2008) AJ Crouch/Kirk Andreae/Jeff Johnson
Wed Peewee (2007 preference and 2006) Andrew Backen/Paul Hayes
Tues Peewee (2006 preference and 2007) Danny McDonald/AJ Crouch
Bantam (2005 and 2004) Rob Schoonover/Rob Ganz/Armand Luzi
Midget/High School (2003-2000) Greg Drach/Rich Luongo
Important Dates March 2: End of early registration discount
March 26: Registration cutoff April 10-12: Season begins
April 9: Checking Clinic (6:30-7:30pm video; 7:30-9pm on-ice)
Spring Fees Based on Full Registration AND Payment ON or BEFORE:
Early Registration by 3/2/18
Squirt/Pee Wee $220 (REDUCED FROM $275)
Bantam & Midget $270 (REDUCED FROM $325)
CONGRATS TO DON BIGGS ON HIS INDUCTION INTO THE AHL HALL OF FAME
AHL HALL OF FAME WELCOMES CLASS OF 2018
VERONA, N.Y. … The American Hockey League today formally inducted four new members into its American Hockey League Hall of Fame.
The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony took place at The Showroom at Turning Stone Resort Casino as part of the festivities that are making up the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the American Hockey League were Jim Bartlett, a veteran of 955 AHL games who ranks ninth in league history with 360 career goals; Don Biggs, a Calder Cup champion and AHL MVP who owns the league’s single-season scoring record; Brian Kilrea, one of the most prolific scorers in the city of Springfield before embarking on an iconic coaching career; and Glenn Merkosky, whose 10-year playing career in the AHL included five 30-goal seasons and three championships.
Brendan Burke, the television voice of the New York Islanders on MSG Networks, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Burke will join Alan May and Dan Weiss on the call of tonight’s AHL All-Star Challenge, airing live on NHL Network in the United States and Sportsnet across Canada.
In an effort to make the rich tradition of the American Hockey League available to the widest possible audience, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at www.ahlhalloffame.com and is accessible to fans worldwide with the click of a mouse as a member of the AHL Internet Network.
Formed in 1936 and now in its 82nd season of operation, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 31 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates.
Interested in shaping our young hockey players? Willing to work with children so they become not only better hockey players but better young people? Consider stepping up to coach with the Swords for 2018-19 season. We know that 2017-18 season is still ongoing but we are already in the process of developing our 2018-19 program.
If you are interested in being a head coach, assistant coach, or even an on-ice helper, please complete the 2018-19 Coaching Application. The application can be found on our website at www.swordshockey.com (lower left-hand side). By completing this application our coaching committee will have all the data together and be able to review and select the best possible candidates. Head Coach interviews will take place in February so please do not delay and complete your application as soon as possible.
We have finalized CharityMania football mania for the year. We gave away approximately $4,000 and raised over $11,000 for our skaters.
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
Week 7 - $25 winner - G. Baker sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 7 - $25 winner - E. Polkow sponsoring the Polkow family
Week 7 - $200 winner - N. Fry sponsoring Team Backen
Week 7 - $400 winner - P. MacRae sponsoring Team Backen
Week 8 - $50 winner - G. Haywood sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 9 - $200 winner - T. Merk sponsoring the Merk family
Week 10 - $25 winner - K. Brennan sponsoring Team Backen
Week 11 - $50 winner - T. Johnson sponsoring the Johnson family
Week 11 - $400 winner - T. Johnson sponsoring the Johnson family
Week 11 - $200 winner - K. Norus sponsoring the Norus family
Week 12 - $25 winner - C. Schneider sponsoring the Merk family
Week 13 - $25 winner - J. Arnold sponsoring the Ropp family
Week 14 - $25 winner - J. Fausto sponsoring Team Backen
Week 14 - $25 winner - A. Talbott sponsoring the Robinson family
Week 14 - $50 winner - L. Cinderella sponsoring the Lanier family
Week 14 - $100 winner - D. Newlin sponsoring Team Backen
Week 15 - $25 winner - B. Ford sponsoring the Ford family
Week 15 - $25 winner - S. Matthews sponsoring the Matthews family
Week 15 - $100 winner - L. Maguire sponsoring the Timman family
Week 16 - $25 winner - J. Chanbers sponsoring the Christini family
Week 16 - $25 winner - R. Winkler sponsoring the Reuss family
Week 16 - $400 winner - J. Finnegan sponosring the Christini family
The winter season and thus winter weather is upon us. Travel can become difficult at times and families should take that into consideration when making decisions. As a reminder Sports Plus will only close if Hamilton County declares a Level 3 snow emergency but attending practices/games during inclement weather is a family decision. If you are unable to attend, please be sure to let your coach know as soon as possible.
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.
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.