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CUHL Cancels 2020-2021 Season - Looks to CUHL Chicagoland Tournament in March

CUHL Update – November 24, 2020


CUHL Club Leaders,


The governor’s announcement last week that the entire state of Illinois will be subject to Tier 3 Mitigation has hit all of us in the hockey world like a ton of bricks. In just one week the promise of a return to hockey has slipped away, clubs have been forced to pause operations, rinks are closing once again, and families are having to make difficult choices.

The goal of the CUHL has always been to provide a service where needed. We have worked to give introductory level players a quality experience and a solid foundation by providing their clubs with the infrastructure and community of support to succeed in player development. Through the growth of our league and buy-in from our membership, we have expanded to include every competitive tier of 8U hockey, and have succeeded in providing a level playing field for all member clubs regardless of size or make-up.

As the trials of COVID-19 wear on, we as a league have had to look in the mirror and determine how we best serve our membership this season. At this point it has become clear that if we return to the game this winter – which is certainly not a guarantee – things will not be equal across the board. There will be different rules at different facilities. Some clubs may be limited in travel. Some may be limited in roster size. Some may not be able to field teams at all. At this point the unknowns are infinite, and a level playing field is almost certainly impossible to imagine.

With that in mind, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the official cancellation of the 2020-2021 Chicago United Hockey League Season.

By cancelling the season, we are allowing each club to operate in the way that best suits their membership moving forward. Referee fees will be refunded, so there will be no financial impact for our members this year. If and when there is a return to play, individual clubs/teams may feel free to schedule tournaments, games, or whatever else may be most conducive to their situation without the pressure of having to cram league games into an abbreviated calendar. In addition, this ensures that the clubs will not have to extend ice contracts or re-arrange spring programming to fit a CUHL agenda.

Do not think you have seen the last of us this year though! We are hopeful to have one large event to close out 2020-2021. If legal and responsible to do so, we are planning to host a CUHL Chicagoland Tournament in early March. This will be open to any CUHL member clubs who are interested, and will strive to bring everyone together under the CUHL banner at least once this year. More details on this event will be released as we get closer to spring.

You can expect refund checks by January 1. Club reps - please reach out to CUHL Secretary Stephie Arkus and let her know where your club check should be mailed to.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the CUHL. The strength of our community is more critical than ever before.

Best regards,


Chicago United Hockey League Board

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Letters to the Membership: 2020-2021 Season

Update Letter - July 30

Dear Members of CUHL,

 By now most of you are aware that the Governor today placed new restrictions on youth sports. Among the restrictions, youth hockey was classified as a “high risk” sport, while other sports with far more direct contact were classified as “medium risks”.

Over the past two months we have proven that a safe return to hockey can be achieved by using best practices within our programs and facilities. We also believe that children NEED to be involved in activities and sports. 

We MOSTLY believe that we represent close 1,500 young kids that want to play hockey. It is our job to do everything in our power to facilitate that.

Additionally, an online petition has been started to show support for having youth hockey placed more appropriately in a lower risk category. If you would be so kind as to forward this to your membership:

To that end, the CUHL is in the process of hiring legal counsel to represent us in taking every possible action to ensure a full season of hockey. We believe this legal counsel will be provided pro bono.  We may at some point ask if individual clubs would like to join in.

As we move forward in this process, we will keep you apprised.


Tom Gullen, President

On behalf of the CUHL Board of Directors

AAU Ice Hockey Newsletter August 2020


The Chicago United Hockey League would like to wish all of our players, parents, coaches, officials, volunteers, and their families good health and safety during this tumultuous time. We look forward to getting back on the ice for the fall season - but in the meantime please take care of yourselves and each other.

CUHL Board of Directors

AAU COViD-19 Statement

AAU Hockey - Planning for 2020-2021
Updates will continue during these uncertain times

To: AAU Members

Re: Update on AAU Coronavirus

Like all of you, the AAU continues to monitor the development of
COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") across the country and around the world. These are unprecedented times as we navigate the global pandemic and put our efforts towards helping to slow the spread of the disease.

Seemingly overnight, terms such as 'flatten the curve' and 'social
distancing' have become part of our national language and part of our daily life. While people have had to adjust to this new normal, businesses have had to adapt as well. The AAU has been no exception.

Sports For All, Forever has been the AAU's focus and drive for the
past 130 years and counting. And, while events are the AAU's business, the health and well-being of AAU participants are at the forefront of AAU leadership's mind during this time.

Therefore, we will be continuing to follow the guidelines set out by
public health officials and extend the temporary suspension of AAU event programming through April 30th. While it is our fervent hope to resume events in the near future, we feel strongly extending the temporary suspension of AAU licensed events is the right thing to do at this time.

We will share updates with you as new information becomes

Stay safe, be well, and remember We Are AAU.

Yours in Sport,
Dr. Roger J. Goudy
AAU President & CEO
AAU Ice Hockey

Congratulations Champions!

D1 Ovechkin Upper - Junior Falcons #1

D1 Matthews Lower - Wisconsin Jets #1

D2 Crosby Upper - Northbrook Jr. Spartans #1

D2 Kane Middle - Winter Club of Lake Forest #1

D2 Toews Lower - Madison Mitey Badgers #1

D3 McDavid Upper - Wilmette Tribe #1

D3 MacKinnon Upper Middle - Chicago Jr. Blues #3

D3 Marner Middle - Glenview Jr. Stars #3

D3 Price Lower - Winnetka Jr. Warriors #4

House Hull Gold - Junior Cyclones House #1

House Mikita Silver Tier 1 - Pleasant Prairie Patriots House #3

House Mikita Silver Tier 2 - Junior Express House #1

Super Sunday Travel Finals - March 1

Division Time Location Home Team Score Visiting Team Score
D3 Price (Lower) 8:25 AM Northbrook - Rink A Winnetka Jr. Warriors #4 9 Wilmette Tribe #3 1
D3 Marner (Middle) 9:45 AM Northbrook - Rink A Glenview Jr. Stars #3 4 Crystal Lake Stingers #2 0
D3 MacKinnon (Upper Middle) 10:00 AM Northbrook - Rink B Chicago Jr. Blues #3 4 Naperville Jr. Sabres #4 1
D3 McDavid (Upper) 11:05 AM Northbrook - Rink A Wilmette Tribe #1 4 Junior Chargers #4 1
D2 Toews (Lower) 11:20 AM Northbrook - Rink B Winnetka Jr. Warriors #2 1 Madison Mitey Badgers #1 2
D2 Kane (Middle) 12:25 PM Northbrook - Rink A Winter Club of Lake Forest #1 5 Rockford Jr. Ice Hogs #2 2
D2 Crosby (Upper) 12:40 PM Northbrook - Rink B Northbrook Jr. Spartans #1 5 Crystal Lake Stingers #1 2
D1 Matthews (Lower) 1:45 PM Northbrook - Rink A Naperville Jr. Sabres #1 2 Wisconsin Jets #1 4
D1 Ovechkin (Upper) 2:00 PM Northbrook - Rink B Romeoville Jr. Huskies #1 0 Junior Falcons #1 5

Super Saturday House Finals - March 7

Division Time Location Home Team Score Visiting Team Score
House Mikita Silver Tier 2 1:00 PM Twin Rinks - Blue Rink Junior Express House #1 4 Wisconsin Jets House #2 1
House Mikita Silver Tier 1 2:20 PM Twin Rinks - Blue Rink Pleasant Prairie Patriots House #3 4 Pleasant Prairie Patriots House #2 0
House Hull Gold 3:40 PM Twin Rinks - Blue Rink Junior Cyclones House #1 6 Skokie Pilots House #1 2

Player Movement Rule Clarification

Goaltenders: Teams MAY use a SKATER from another team in their organization as their goalie for the playoffs as we have done all year. In no circumstance may a goalie from a higher level team be used on a lower team. A goalie from a lower team MAY ONLY BE USED IN THE CASE OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY and must receive approval of the competition committee BEFORE the game.

Player Movement: Players may only play for their rostered teams in the playoffs.

Note Regarding "Double Rostered" Players


We are aware that there may be some CUHL players double rostered on AAU "Tournament Teams".  As per the CUHL bylaws, this is not allowed.


If a player is found to be on two AAU rosters during the Regular Season 10/26/19-3/1/20 the offending club shall forfeit all games that the player played in, the club shall be ineligible for playoffs and the offending player/club shall have to go to CUHL R&E and the player is suspended from all CUHL games per ruling of CUHL R&E


Clubs, it is in your best interest to do some investigation of your membership BEFORE regular season games begin. We only want to ensure that all clubs are in compliance with the CUHL rules. We appreciate your cooperation.

Letter To The CUHL Membership

Dear CUHL Representatives,

We ask that you pass this along to all of the families and coaches in your program.

Over the past few weeks, we have had a number incidents during CUHL games that go against our league's mission and zero tolerance. These violations include players on the ice, parents in the stands and coaches' unacceptable treatment of our referees.

Over the summer the board of CUHL revamped our referee scheduling systems and brought in new schedulers who had a sense of ownership and developed a good group of young referees. We are extremely pleased with the job our assigners, and referees, have done.

The majority of our referees are high school aged kids. They are learning just as your children are learning. We, as a league, want to provide the best environment for these referees to develop and become more confident in their role. They will make mistakes. You will disagree with their calls. It is OK to disagree with those calls, but we ask that you NOT yell your opinions at these kids. First, you will not change the decision. Second, you don’t want to be the people in the video here.

For an interesting article examining this subject, please click here.

Thank you and let’s make the last seven weeks of the season FUN for the kids!

CUHL Board of Directors

CUHL Ref Assignors Hold New Years Eve Ref Clinic

Monday, December 31, CUHL ref assignors ran a FREE Ref clinic at the Orbit Ice Arena in Palatine.

The day started at 9am with classroom information, and then the refs jumped on the ice at 10:10am for a mite scrimmage game. Every stoppage of play two new refs got on ice to get some practice in. Bob MacPherson was on the ice mentoring, and Michael Wagner provided feedback to the refs as they came off the ice. The refs worked the full game, as well as a shootout to prepare for CUHL rules. After the game, the refs hit the classroom for another hour of talks and a Q&A session.

There was nothing but very positive feedback from the 11 guys and 1 girl that attended the day.

The CUHL thanks Bob and Michael for their tireless work, and thanks all the new officials that are starting their career in the CUHL.

Look for more free Ref Clinics to come!

Prospective Member Clubs

Please send your request for a club application to President Tom Gullen.

In order to be considered for league membership in the following season, clubs must apply before May 15 of the spring prior to desired admission (May 15 of 2020 for consideration for 2020-2021 season).

Tom Gullen


Our Mission

Our Mission is to create an atmosphere in which players support and respect one another while never compromising the rules of the game. To encourage and expect our players and parents to respect their opponent, coaches, managers, Board members, and officials. To exhibit good sportsmanship, discipline, teamwork and fair play.


Our league is dependent upon the commitment and dedication of our many volunteers, which are expected to deal with one another with courtesy and mutual respect and make the game of hockey fun for all participants. To ensure that our players not only learn hockey skills but life skills that will help them be model citizens within our communities.



To file a Game Incident Report, please send a detailed write-up (including date, location, level, teams, etc.) to:

Tim Mueller

Referee Liaison