This Blog provides Detroit area youth hockey news. It was originally the blog of the now defunct Detroit Hockey Association, the most affordable youth ice hockey organization in Michigan based at Jack Adams Arena in Detroit. The Clark Park Coalition keeps this tradition alive in Southwest Detroit.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Ice is returning to Jack Adams Arena

Jack Adams ice will be back up by this coming weekend. All teams will be practicing by Saturday, October 22nd.

Attention!! Any prospective hockey players and their families:

The Detroit Hockey Association offers the most affordable competitive, house, and learn to skate hockey program in southeastern Michigan!

The Detroit Dragons still have a few openings for players on their Squirt and Pee Wee teams. Please email to schedule skate times. Players of all skill levels are welcome to join us.

This is a great program for roller hockey players who want to learn how to play competitive ice hockey.

Annual registration and Jack Adams ice runs only $300 for Detroit Dragons players. The learn to skate & play program (i-Program) includes full equipment and ice time for the entire season for only $180.

Spots are open for i-Program and Detroit Hockey house players from three to thirteen years of age. Come on out and skate Detroit!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

2011-2012 Detroit Hockey registration form is now available

The Detroit Hockey Association offers the most affordable learn to play and competitive programs in Metro Detroit. Please feel free to download the 2011-2012 registration form and reserve your players' spots today. There are special discounts for those who enroll before the end of August.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Detroit Hockey Squirts & Peewees & end of season DHA news

The Detroit Hockey Squirts and Peewees are wrapping up a bruising Spring Season at Eddie Edgar Arena in Livonia.

Meanwhile the DHA has made its end of season plans.

We have come to the end of the season many have stopped practicing and playing games and those who have not will be soon. This year we have decided once again to go with a more relaxed atmosphere for our end of the season event/awards ceremony. We will be having a barbeque! This barbeque will take place on Saturday May 21, 2011 from 12pm-5pm. This will be a fun filled day! It will begin with the I-Program having a game time to be announced and our other teams participating in kids vs. coaches games the time of these games will also be announced later. We will also have an awards ceremony and lets don’t forget about the food!

End of the Season Barbeque/ Awards Ceremony
Will take place on Saturday May 21, 2011 from 12pm-5pm. We are asking that each family donates some meat for the grill i.e. hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, etc. all side items will be provided by the DHA for the picnic. Cynthia will be taking donations starting this Saturday, through Tuesday, May 18, 2011.

For any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Cynthia Wardlaw at 313-727-7330.

Important Dates:Saturday, May 7, 2011: Clean Up day
Saturday, May 7 & 14, 2011: I-Program Player Evaluations
Sunday, May 8, 2011: Happy Mother's Day!!!!
Saturday, May 14, 2011: ABC Day Camp Registration
Saturday, May 21, 2011: DHA Barbeque/Awards Ceremony
Saturday, May 21, 2011: Equipment Return
Tuesday, May 24, 2011: Equipment Return
Friday, June 10, 2011: DHA Parent’s Party Fundraiser
*Donations for barbeque will be accepted May 7-18, 2011.

I-Program Update:
All I-Program players should be in attendance for the next few weeks. We will be having player evaluations were Saturday (May 7th) and next Saturday (May 14th). It is important that all players are evaluated especially since some players are eligible to move up to a team next season. So please make sure all players are there! We also will have a few young men coming out for the next two Saturdays to run a skating clinic with the I-Program so you want to make sure your players take advantage of this!

Last Day of Skating:
Our last day of skating for this season is Saturday, May 21, 2011 this is also the day of our barbeque. The ice will be taken down after this date we do not have ice at this arena over the summer. We will be back for next season sometime after Labor Day. So over the summer please check your emails and mailboxes for our start dates.
FYI: There are some ice arenas that do maintain their ice during the summer months where you can take your player to skate (Dearborn, Livonia, Farmington, Southfield, etc.) and we encourage you to do so.

Equipment Return:
Equipment can be returned on Saturday, May 21, 2011 and Tuesday, May 24, 2011. I-Program players need to return all equipment that was given to them. Please return this equipment clean!!!

Past Due Fees:
If you owe any fees they are past due and must be paid as soon as possible. Anyone with a balance from this season will not be allowed to register for next season owing an outstanding balance. This balance will need to be paid first. So if you have any outstanding fees please make arrangements to pay these fees as soon as possible.

Early Registration:
We will once again be offering an early registration discount for the competitive teams only! There will be a $50.00 discount offered for those who pay in full and register now thru July 31, 2011. After July 31, 2011 we will offer a $25.00 discount from August 1, 2011-September 1, 2011. Regular fees will apply after September 1, 2011. So save yourself some extra money and register your player early.
FYI: Please check your email and mail boxes for upcoming fundraiser we will have to help with your fees as well.

DHA Parent Party Fundraiser:
We are planning a fundraiser for the organization. We are planning a night out for the parents which we think you all well deserve but at the same time will help us raise some money for our association. We really need all your support! Please look for more information regarding this in the next few days!

ABC Day Camp Registration:
If you are looking for a camp for your child for the summer then look no further. Our own recreation center (Butzel) will have a camp for the summer. Registration for this camp takes place on Saturday, May 14, 2011 on Belle Isle at the casino. The camp is from 8am-5pm M-F and runs between 8-10 weeks. The cost is $300 for 3-5 year olds and $400 for 6-12 year olds. For more information see one of the center staff.

Stay tuned for more announcements over the coming months. Have a great Summer!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Hockey in the Hood 7 action photos

Columbus Ice Hockey Club player scores vs. Allen Park in HITH 7 finals game.

Detroit Dragons Midgets swarm St. Clair Shores net.

Novi Panthers goalie makes save vs. Wasilla Wild

Wasilla Wild won HITH 7 Bantams championship 2-0 over Novi

Detroit Dragons Squirts defenseman Eric Bruinsma covers Columbus Ice Hockey player.
Photos courtesy of Ed Krasinski

The Hockey in the Hood VII Champions

HITH 7 Squirt Champions - Columbus Hockey Club

HITH 7 Midget Champions - Detroit Dragons

Novi Panthers and Wasilla Wild Bantams pose for group photo prior to their HITH 7 finals game.

HITH 7 Bantam Champion Wasilla Wild players & Novi Panthers goalie with Willie O'Cup.

The Detroit Hockey Association salutes the 2011 Hockey in the Hood Champion Columbus, OH Mites, Columbus Hockey Squirts, Kensington Valley Pee Wees, Wasilla Wild Bantams & Detroit Dragons Midgets.

Congratulations, you have captured the Willie O'Cup!

Photos courtesy of Ed Krasinski

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Click this title for the full Hockey in the Hood VII games schedule, February 18 - 20, 2011

Don't miss the championship games on Sunday afternoon, February 20th beginning at 12:00 PM.

- 12:00 PM Peewee championship

- 1:00 PM Squirt championship

- 2:00 PM Mite championship

- 3:00 PM Midget championship

- 4:00 PM Bantam championship

Who will win the Willie O'Cup?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hockey in the Hood Mentioned in McClatchy News Article

Posted on Monday, January 31, 2011

Days of all-white hockey over, on ice and in booth
By William Douglas | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — When he broke the National Hockey League's color barrier with the Boston Bruins in 1958, Willie O'Ree heard all sorts of myths about why there were so few black hockey players.

"People were saying that blacks had weak ankles and weak knees. It's crazy when you hear things like that," said O'Ree, now 75, who's the NHL's director of youth development and ambassador for the league's "Hockey Is for Everyone" initiative. "I don't hear too much of that now."

These days, O'Ree hears about growth in the number of blacks in hockey in nearly all areas of the game, from the NHL to the broadcast booth to community rinks.

The NHL has more than 20 black players on team rosters this season, an all-time high. The Atlanta Thrashers alone boast five black players — defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Johnny Oduya and forwards Evander Kane, Anthony Stewart and Nigel Dawes — another record. The Thrashers have four other black players in their minor league and draft systems.

"It's definitely something I've never been a part of before, and it just shows the direction hockey is going," Kane, the Thrashers' 2009 first-round draft pick, told

In addition, dozens of minority-oriented youth hockey programs across the United States — from Ice Hockey in Harlem to Washington's Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club to GOALS of Anaheim, Calif. — have been exposing kids to the game for decades, supplying gear and rink time to those who can't afford it.

Another program, the Detroit Hockey Association, hosts an annual "Hockey in the Hood" tournament during Black History Month that attracts minority youth hockey teams from across the country.


Sunday, January 9, 2011

Detroit Hockey Association visits Columbus, Ohio

The Detroit Dragons Bantom and Midget teams traveled to Columbus Ohio to participate in the Columbus Ice Hockey Club's annual Thanksgiving tournament.

Our friends from Columbus will return to Detroit for Hockey in the Hood VII on the weekend of February 18-20, 2011