New to Hockey?
There are plenty of opportunities in Northeast Ohio to be a part of the hockey community. We are proud to work with the CSHL, AAA teams, High School Teams, Adult leagues and more to grow the sport. We aim to introduce children to the sport, funnel these children into their communities Learn to Play (LTP) programs and further develop their skills as they continue their playing careers. Below you will find resources to begin a hockey career.
The Cleveland Monsters annual Summer Youth Hockey Clinics will be held Monday, August 6th through Thursday, August 9th. All clinics will take place at OBM Arena, the office practice facility of the Cleveland Monsters. Visit the clinics page for more information and the registration link.
The Tour with the Monsters Presented by University Hospitals Sports Medicine heads to local rinks. The Tour allows fans to watch the Monsters practice and join the team afterwards for autographs and pictures.
The Monsters practice for an hour, followed by a 30 minute open skate and player autographs (must have skates to go on the ice). Rinks will have skates available for rent. This event is FREE* and open to the public.
*Ice skates rentals do have a fee typically at the rinks.
Player Participation Timeline
Learn to Play programs are the first step for learning the game of hockey. It is recommended that your player graduates from a Learn to Skate program before registering for a LTP but is not required. Check out the Cleveland Monsters Learn to Play Partners to get your player started!
AAA HockeyFor players looking to develop skills at the next level, the Cleveland Barons AAA hockey program is a competitive program based out of Parma. The Barons Elite program plays out of the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) with alumni of the program numbering in over 178 NCAA Division 1 hockey players and 21 NHL draft picks.
The Cleveland Jr. Jacks is another AAA program, based out of Cleveland Heights.
High School Hockey
There are 45 OHSAA sanctioned high school hockey teams in the Greater Cleveland area. 36 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 other teams comprise the Great Lakes Hockey League (GLHL) and consists of Shaker, St. Edward, University School, Lake Catholic, Gilmour Academy, Padua, Holy Name and Walsh Jesuit. Collectively these programs have 20 Ohio State Championships and feature some of the most prolific and historic programs in the state.
The North Coast High School League (NCHSHL) is a USA Hockey sanctioned league made up of club hockey programs in the Northeast Ohio who do not have a varsity high school program or as an alternative to the two other leagues in Northeast Ohio. The league annually sends teams to the National Championships for high school hockey. There are 12 teams in the NCHSHL who compete against teams across Ohio and the Midwest. This league is the high school hockey division of the CSHL youth hockey league.
Junior hockey is the next level above high school hockey and the highest level of amateur hockey for players under 20 years of age. The Wooster Oilers of Wooster, Ohio, are the only junior hockey program in Northeast Ohio and a Tier III junior hockey team in the North American Tier 3 Hockey League (NA3HL)
The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) is the highest level of competition outside of the Ncaa. The ACHA consists of over 450 programs in the United States and is separated into three divisions.
University of Akron (Division 2) Miami University of Ohio (Division 2 and 3) Bowling Green University (Division 2) Ohio University (Division 1 and 2) Cleveland State University (Division 2) Ohio State University (Division 2) University of Cincinnati (Division 2) University of Toledo (Division 2) University of Dayton (Division 2) Wright State University (Division 2) John Carroll University (Division 1) College of Wooster (Division 3) Youngstown State University (Division 2) Xavier University University (Division 2)