Great Lakes Hockey League


Mission Statement

To offer amateur sports programs through a volunteer base for all people to have the physical, mental, and moral development of amateur athletes and to promote good sportsmanship and good citizenship

About the League

The Great Lakes Hockey League is a member of the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union).

During its early years, the AAU served as a leader in international sport representing the U.S. in the international sports federations. The AAU worked closely with the Olympic movement to prepare athletes for the Olympic games. After the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, the AAU has focused its efforts into providing sports programs for all participants of all ages beginning at the grass roots level. The philosophy of "Sports for All, Forever," is shared by approximately 700,000 participants and over 150,000 volunteers.

In 1994, the AAU joined forces with the Walt Disney World Resort, signing a 30-year agreement. As part of that agreement, many of AAU's national championships are played at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.  In 1996, the AAU relocated its national headquarters to Lake Buena Vista,Florida, adjacent to Walt Disney World. More than 40 AAU national events are conducted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

After a long hiatus of AAU from Ice Hockey. AAU returned to providing Ice Hockey opportunities during the 2009-2010 season with the Western New York High School Club Hockey League (WNYHSHL) expanding with the Nassau County High School Hockey League, and with the Michigan full-ice “Real Hockey” 7U and 8U program and also with the UHU junior hockey program the Western States Hockey League (WSHL).  


The Great Lakes Hockey League for U10

Formed for AAU Teams only. It is mirrored after the former Southwest Youth Hockey League and the current ORHL in Ontario, Canada. The teams will come together for 5 weekends of 5 games each weekend, and then one long weekend at the end of the season for the playoffs and finally participate in National Championship weeklong event in Orlando. Champions will be crowned for the Regular Season Champion, the Playoff Champion and the National Champion.


The schedule for league games is as follows:

Sep 14-15        Great Lakes League Games – 1st round of 5 games in Illinois

Oct 12-15        Great Lakes League Games – 2nd round of 5 games in Wyandotte, MI

Nov 9-11         Great Lakes League Games – 3rd round of 5 games in Quad Cities, IA

Dec 14-16       Great Lakes League Games – 4th round of 5 games in Wisconsin

Jan 11-13        Great Lakes League Games – 5th round of 5 games in Illinois

Mar 1-4          Great Lakes Hockey League Championships in Michigan

March 11-16     AAU Nationals Championships in Orlando


The game format is as follows for 8 teams:

Friday  -         1-2 games per team 

Saturday –     2 games per team

Sunday –        1-2 games per team


Total Season Games will be 25

With 8 teams, play each team 3 times and one team 4 times.

League Playoff will be double elimination


AAU National Championships in Orlando, Florida will be open to all teams in a pool play, then a medal round and a final round for the top 4 teams



Team Profiles

The Cube Development Team is from Frankfort, Illinois, in affiliation with The Cube Training Center,

The team is a travel level program registered as an AAU Level 3 Program, playing 50-60 games per year in the Midwest and Canada. The players are all local players. The team practices twice per week on ice and once off ice, plus games on weekends. Travel by car for league games is required, with overnight stays once or twice per month. 



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9216 Gulfstream Road Frankfort, IL 60423