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Monday, January 30
Indiana Jr. Ice and Indianapolis Racers Announce Merger!

Indy Racers and Indiana Jr. Ice Partner To Offer Additional Opportunities to Central Indiana Travel Hockey Players  

The Indianapolis Racers Travel Hockey Association (“IRTHA”) and the Indiana Jr. Ice (“Jr. Ice”) are pleased to announce that the two organizations have entered into an agreement in order to enhance the development of travel hockey players in central Indiana and offer additional travel hockey opportunities for those players. 


IRTHA and the Jr. Ice share the common goal of providing the best possible development of travel hockey players in central Indiana, placing teams in leagues appropriate to the skill level of a particular team, and facilitating a fun, enjoyable experience for the players.  In order to further these common goals, an agreement has been reached to combine the youth travel hockey associations under a single structure for the 2012-2013 season playing under the Jr. Ice banner.


      Both IRTHA and the Jr. Ice will provide additional information regarding this development on their websites as further information becomes available.  Several frequently asked questions are addressed below:


Q.  Will the agreement impact IRTHA and/or Jr. Ice teams for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season?

A.  No.  Racer and Jr. Ice teams will complete the 2011-2012 season under their existing structure.  The IRTHA board will continue to manage the operations of the Racer teams, and the Indiana Ice will continue to manage the Jr. Ice teams.

Q.  Will teams be fielded at the Tier 1 (sometimes referred to as “AAA”) level for all birth years for the 2012-2013 season?  

A.  Evaluations will be scheduled for the following levels to determine if sufficient depth exists to field a Tier 1 team:  U18s, U16s, 98s, 99s, 00s, and 01s.  An independent committee, including the Indiana Ice’s professional coaching staff, will evaluate each group and determine if sufficient depth exists to classify a team as a Tier 1 team.


Q.  Will all players be required to attend the Tier 1 evaluation in order to be eligible to play for other Jr. Ice teams?


A.  No.  A player may choose whether or not to attend the Tier 1 evaluation and will remain eligible for other Tier 2 Indiana Jr. Ice teams.


Q.  What will the tryout fee be for the 2012-2013 season, and will a player be required to pay any additional fee to participate in the Tier 1 evaluation?


A.  The tryout fee for the 2012-2013 season will be $75.00.  A player will not be required to pay any additional fee to participate in the Tier 1 evaluation. 


Q.  Will the Racers “play up” and tryout policies remain for the 2012-2013 season?


A.  Yes, for all levels but the Tier 1 level. 


Q.  When will the evaluations and tryouts take place for 2012-2013 teams?


A.  The Tier 1 evaluations will take place on April 9, 10, and 12, and the Tier 2 tryouts will take place on April 16, 17, and 18.  The precise tryout dates, times and locations will be posted in the coming weeks.


Q.  How many travel teams will be formed for the 2012-2013 season?


A.  It is anticipated that for the 2012-2013 season, a similar number of travel teams will be offered and will include teams playing at the A and AA levels.  A final determination will be made after the tryout process has taken place.


Q.  Will mite travel hockey be offered for the 2012-2013 season?


A.  No.  Both organizations continue to support Mid-Am’s Policy Statement regarding the American Development Model (“ADM”) and encourage parents of mite-aged kids to contact local house programs regarding their ADM programs.  For more information regarding ADM, we encourage you to visit www.admkids.com. 


Q.  Who will run the organization?


A.  A new six-member board consisting of non-parent volunteers has been formed and will include:  Monty Trottier, Mike Aulby, Mike Berger, Adrian Render, Jason Burkman and Charlie Skjodt.  Joe Ruffin will serve as President. 


Q.  When will coaches be selected for the 2012-2013 season?


A.   Coaching applications will soon be posted online and applications will be accepted through March 5, 2012. 


Q.  Will the annual assessment increase under the new model?


A.  Both the Jr. Ice and IRTHA share the objective of controlling costs for the families.  Both hope to hold assessments at or near this year’s amount when possible.   As in the past, all teams will furnish families with the proposed team budget and assessment at the time of tryouts.


Q.   Will spring hockey be offered under the new structure? 


A.   The Indiana Jr. Ice anticipates fielding a limited number of spring tournament teams at the following levels:  01s, 00s, 99s, 98s, U16 and U18.  These teams will be “select” teams.  Players will be invited to participate and tryouts will not be held.  It is anticipated that a practice weekend will take place on April 14 and 15 and the teams will play 2-3 spring Tier 1 tournaments. 


Q.  When will further information be provided?


A.   Further information will be posted on both the Jr. Ice and Racers websites as it becomes available. 

Monday, September 5
Indiana Jr. Ice Win Indianapolis Super98 Series!

Indianapolis, IN (Youth1) - After winning the Tier II National Championship and making the move to Tier I, the Indiana Jr. Ice had something to prove as they hosted the first Super98 Series tournament of the year. The team not only rose to the occasion, but after going 4-1, they defeated the St. Louis Selects in the finals to capture the Indianapolis Super98 Series title.

Indiana_Jr._Ice_98-Indianapolis_Super99_Series_Champs-2After an impressive weekend, where the Ice tied the highly ranked Chicago Mission and then beat the much-improved Chicago Young Americans, Indiana opened the tournament up with a 7-2 win over the Green Bay Jr. Gamblers and then easily defeated Team Illinois 5-1. The following day, they had a very tough battle against the Pittsburgh Hornets, but managed to edge out a 4-3 win thanks to two third period goals. Later that day, they suffered their only loss of the tournament, falling 5-2 to the St. Louis Selects.  In their final game of round robin, Indiana topped the Chicago Fury 7-2 to set up a rematch with the St. Louis Selects in the championship game.

The Jr. Ice got on the board first thanks to a goal from Riley Doyon seconds into the opening period, but the Selects responded later in the period with goals from Kyle Kowlaski and Jacob Russo.  St. Louis held their lead through the second period and well into the third until Doyon scored again for Indiana late in the period to even it up. With the game tied at the end of regulation, the team went into a shoot out, where Doyon and Joey Barone both found the back of the net for Indiana to claim the win and tournament title.

The Jr. Ice received huge scoring efforts from Doyon, Justin Whited and Sam Swanson. Joey Barone and Bryant Gunn also chipped in with three goals apiece while Sam Ruffin had a goal and six assists. Alex Lehmann and Tyler Matthews both played very well in goal for the Ice and only allowed a combined 16 goals throughout the tournament.

The tournament also saw excellent performances from the St. Louis Selects, who went 3-3 and were led by point leaders, Jacob Russo, Nick Schnelle and Samir Abouelhana.  Another team that impressed was the Chicago Fury, who, after a rough season last year, look to be much improved. Nick Caprio, formally of the Chicago Mission, had six goals and six assists in the tournament while Christian Davis, Donny Mcgarth, Rodolfo Magana and Jake Rott were excellent as well. Other top scorers from the tournament were Matt Letmanski of Team Illinois, Brenny Walkom of the Pittsburgh Hornets and Cale Bowman and Nick Techel of the Green Bay Gamblers.

Sunday, April 3
'98 Indianapolis Racers Crowned 2011 USA Hockey National Champions!

San Jose, CA. - The '98 Indianapolis Racers traveled to San Jose, California to represent Indiana in the 2011 USA Hockey U-12 National Championships. The '98 Racers were crowned National Champions after defeating the Pittsburgh '98s 5 -2 in the Championship game. The '98 Racers were clicking on all cylinders, they outscored their opponents 49-10 and were  undefeated in the tournament. The '98 Racers defeated teams from Alaska, Utah, Texas, Missouri, Maryland, and Pennsylvania on their way to the Championship title. Congratulations on a job well done!   

2011 USA Hockey National Champions!