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Friday, January 25
Cleveland Hts Womens Hockey featured on Channel 8 News

that's right - Cleveland's channel 8 Morning Show - i.e., "Kickin' it with Kenny"  joined us for a special morning practice on Jan 22nd.  We had 4 separate 3 minute spots, with Kenny interviewing Maria, and later donning goalie gear to face breakaways and some 5 on 5 scrimmage.  

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and - I just noticed - in this clip they cut away just before Karen scores on Kenny directly off the face-off.  She put the puck in just off the short side post - apparently Kenny's still got something to learn about cutting down those angles.

Wednesday, September 20
Cleveland Heights Ice Hawks Get Recognition in The Plain Dealer

No shortage of rinks, leagues for recreational hockey players
Friday, September 15, 2006 Sarah Crump, Plain Dealer Reporter

Laurie Dudik could barely skate four years ago when she donned pads and helmet as a new member of the Ice Hawks, the women's hockey team that practices at Cleveland Heights Community Center.

"I could skate forward, but I couldn't turn," said Dudik, 43, an engineer at Case Western Reserve University's electronics design center. Her inexperience didn't matter to the team. It gets one or two novice skaters every year who soon learn to play.

Case students, professionals and stay-at-home moms wear the Ice Hawks' teal jersey. Injuries are minor, but pregnancy has led to some players sitting out a season with the all-women team.

"We call those sperm injuries," says a laughing Dudik, who lives in South Euclid. Two 2-year-olds whose moms are Ice Hawks now travel with the team to away games, baby sitter in tow.

Whether you spend your lunch hour playing hockey (drop-in hockey is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cleveland Heights) or you scrimmage at night with a league, there are plenty of opportunities around town for grownups to play.

If learning the sport, or not even knowing skating fundamentals, is getting in the way of your dream of playing, Hockey North America can help. The Sterling, Va.-based company gives lessons and organizes recreational leagues at five area rinks: Cleveland Barons Hockey Club in Parma, North Olmsted Recreation Complex, Brooklyn Recreation Center, Winterhurst Ice Rink in Lakewood and Rocky River's Hamilton Ice Arena.

A date and price have not been set for Hockey North America's beginning hockey class at Winterhurst, but the 16-week course will begin in mid-December and cost about $350, said Alan Rakvin, the assistant league director for the 23-year-old company. The once-weekly classes for men and women culminate in scrimmages in the latter part of the 16 weeks.

Hockey North America also runs leagues at three skill levels for nonbeginners at those five rinks. Last year, 22 teams participated in its local leagues.

Cost is about $375 for a 22-game season from October to April and includes entry fees for teams qualifying for playoff games that last year were held in Toronto and Las Vegas. For details about Hockey North America or to register for leagues, visit or call 1-800-4HOCKEY (1-800-446-2539).

Some arenas run their own leagues October through March. Euclid's C.E. Orr Arena hosts adult teams Sunday nights. Mentor Civic Arena is now registering players for two leagues -- 18 and older and 35 and older. Strongsville's Ice Land USA, home of the Strongsville Stingers women's team, is registering men and women for adult leagues. Cleveland Heights runs senior hockey leagues, but registration has ended. (Check for league and pick-up game details.)

The East Side Hockey League, which plays at the Thornton Park rink in Shaker Heights, is filled. But beginning Thursday, March 1, players can register for the adult spring hockey league, which plays from late March until June, by e-mailing

Want to socialize with fellow players? Men and women get together at Rocky River's Hamilton Ice Arena for a coed hockey night from 9:45 to 11:15 p.m. every Friday. The season starts tonight, said Tom Fattler, Hamilton facilities manager.

"Everyone has a great time, and then they go out to eat," he said.

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:, 216-999-5478