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Monsters Youth Hockey

Cleveland Area Youth and Amateur Hockey

The Lake Erie Monsters are proud to be a part of youth hockey all across Northeast and Central Ohio. Northeast Ohio is one of the largest youth/amateur hockey markets in the United States and has a populous of over 250 teams from toddler-aged all the way to senior-aged adult hockey clubs. No matter your skill level or age bracket, there are a number of options to stay involved in the game of hockey.

Click Here to learn about the different youth hockey programs available to help make memorable experiences. Below are links and details regarding area programs or information on how to register your team to be a part of the Lake Erie Monsters hockey family. Contact our Monsters Youth Hockey Specialist.

To Find Your Local Rinks in NE Ohio. Check out our and view them on our Ice Rink Locator Map.
2014 Monsters Youth Hockey Clinics
Youtch Hockey Clinics

The annual Monsters Summer Youth Hockey Clinic dates have been released!  This summer’s clinics will be from Monday August 4th through Thursday August 7th at our official practice facility, OBM Arena, managed by IceLand USA down at Strongsville. The clinics will be led once again by Monsters Assistant Coach and Director of Hockey Affairs/Community Relations, Jock Callander, and other Monsters Hockey associates.

All attendees will be presented with an official Youth Hockey Clinic jersey, as well as FOUR (4) complimentary tickets to the Monsters 2014-15 season home opener, which will take place in October 2014 (date to be announced) at Quicken Loans Arena.  The clinic will be for Mites and Squirts and will feature four days of one hour ice sessions per day.  Below is the breakdown:

  • Mites (ages 5 through 8) – August 4th-7th – 2:00-3:00pm
  • Squirts (ages 9-10) – August 4th-7th – 3:10-4:10pm
  • Mites (ages 5-8) – August 4th-7th – 4:20-5:20pm
Registration is now closed



Tour with the Monsters
Tour with the MonstersThe Tour with the Monsters is back again this year, making stops at rinks in your local communities. The Tour gives fans the chance to watch the Monsters practice, and then get out on the ice with the team afterwards for autographs and pictures. 

Check out where the Tour will be rolling through this season, and come out to watch your favorite team practice and meet the players afterwards:

2014-15 Dates to be announced in September!

CHSL Youth hockey in Northeast Ohio begins with the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League (CSHL). With over 160 different teams in various age divisions and 22 youth hockey associations involved in the CSHL, there are plenty of opportunities in Northeast Ohio to be a part of hockey.

The different age levels range from:
  • Mites (7-8 years old)
  • Squirts (9-10 years old)
  • PeeWees (11-12 years old)
  • Bantams (13-14 years old).

For more information on the CSHL and various youth hockey associations in your area: Click Here

To locate Youth Hockey Associations in the NE Ohio Area, use our Hockey Association Locator.

AAA Hockey

Barons For those hockey players that look to develop their skills to the next level, there are different programs in Cleveland to continue to grow as a player.

The Cleveland Barons AAA hockey program from Squirts to 18 and under are one of the most respected programs in the country and are based out of Parma, OH. For more information about the Barons association, Click Here

JacksThe Cleveland Jr. Jacks are another area AAA hockey program, based out of a number of rinks in Northeast Ohio. For more information about the Jacks, Click Here

High School Hockey

There are approximately 45 high school hockey teams in the Greater Cleveland area. The Monsters work with these teams in terms of coordinating games at the Q, team-building events, community relation events, donations and fundraising. 37 of the 45 programs compete in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey league (GCHSHL)which is broken up into three talent divisions: Red, White, and Blue.

Eight teams formerly of the GCHSHL will now be in the new Great Lakes League and will consist of St. Ignatius, St. Edward, University School, Lake Catholic, Gilmour Academy, Padua, Holy Name, and Walsh Jesuit.



The North Coast High School Hockey League (NCHSHL) involves club hockey programs in Northeast Ohio who do not have a varsity high school program or work as their JV team. There are approximately 9 teams in the NCHSHL who compete against teams across Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

For more information on how your high school team can compete on the ice of Quicken Loans Arena, or for fundraising ideas, email the Monsters Youth Hockey Specialist.
Junior Hockey

Junior HockeyJunior Hockey in the United States is the next level above High School hockey.

There are two area Junior hockey teams in the Northeast Ohio area:


  • The Wooster Oilers of Wooster, OH, a Tier III junior hockey team in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League (MnJHL)Jacks
  • The Cleveland Jr. Jacks of the North America Tier III Hockey League (NA3HL), a Tier III junior hockey team based out of Cleveland Heights, OH
College Hockey

College Hockey College hockey is broken down in different talent levels going from the highest NCAA Division 1 hockey to NCAA Division III. There are three NCAA Division I programs: Ohio State, Miami University and Bowling Green. There are no NCAA Division III programs.

The highest level of competition outside of NCAA in college hockey is the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). Founded in 1991, the ACHA is one of the most respected college hockey organizations with over 430 programs in the United States. This is also separated by three divisions: ACHA Division 1, 2, and 3. The ACHA is a respectable association of teams and a valid option for players looking to extend their hockey careers after high school or junior hockey and pursue an education.

Here are a list of area ACHA programs:

  • University of Akron (Division 2)
  • Bowling Green University (Division 2)
  • University of Cincinnati (Division 2)
  • University of Dayton (Division 2)
  • John Carroll University (Division 1)
  • Kent State University (Division 1)
  • Miami University of Ohio (Division 2)
  • Ohio University (Division 1 and 2)
  • Ohio State University (Division 2)
  • University of Toledo (Division 2)
  • Wright State University (Division 2)
  • College of Wooster (Division 3)
Adult Hockey
There are a number of adult hockey recreation programs as well as competitive programs in the Northeast Ohio area. Almost every area rink has a sponsored adult league, some of the biggest being Hockey North America (HNA) in North Olmsted, IceLand Adult Hockey (Strongsville and Winterhurst), Cleveland Heights Adult Hockey (Cleveland Heights), The Pond Adult Hockey (Chagrin Falls), and Mentor Adult Hockey (Mentor). For information on these programs please visit each rink website.

The Monsters have an active core of enthusiastic hockey players who are above the age of 18 and still love to play. To learn more about how to coordinate ice time for your adult league team or even to have a fundraising opportunity, email the Monsters Youth Hockey Specialist.

Rink of Dreams!
Be on Ice!

The area hockey teams mentioned above are not the only ones that have the chance to skate on the Monsters ice. You can too!

The Monsters Rink of Dreams presented by Dick's Sporting Goods provides the opportunity for ice time to be available on each home game day. A minimum ticket purchase is required to rent the ice in either one or two hour blocks. The ice will also be available during the first intermission of every Monsters home game.

Tickets that are purchased to use the ice at The Q will be discounted from the face value. Often times teams will use then re-sell the tickets at face value as a group fundraiser. Just one idea for you and your team to make it on ice at The Q!

For more details on how you and your team can experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to skate at The Q, email the Monsters Youth Hockey Specialist.