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Hockey Is For Everyone Program (HIFE)

2017 Hockey is for Everyone Session

Registration Day: Tuesday, February 28, 2017. 6:00pm until filled
Registration will only be done in person at Oak Lawn Ice Arena. No phone or e-mail registrations will be taken and spots will not be held or reserved.

Fitting Day: TBA
Fitting day is ONLY for registered HIFE participants. Please bring registered skater for proper fitting. Any equipment that you own should be used and brought along to ensure proper sizing. The HIFE equipment inventory is donated, used equipment and can be limited. It is required for registered participants to purchase or find any equipment that cannot be provided on the fitting day. Failure to have full equipment will result in removal from the program. Borrowing equipment requires a refundable $25 CASH deposit. The deposit is returned once every borrowed piece is returned by the end of the session.

On-Ice Schedule

Saturday, April 8, 2017                 6:30-7:30 P.M.
Saturday, April 15, 2017               6:30-7:30 P.M.
Saturday, April 22, 2017               6:30-7:30 P.M.
Saturday, April 29, 2017               6:30-7:30 P.M.
Saturday, May 6, 2017                   NO HIFE
Saturday, May 13, 2017               6:30-7:30 P.M.
Saturday, May 20, 2017               6:30-7:30 P.M.
Saturday, May 27, 2017                NO HIFE
Saturday, June 3, 2017                 6:30-7:30 P.M.
Saturday, June 10, 2017              6:30-7:30 P.M.
Saturday, June 17, 2017              6:30-7:30 P.M.
Saturday, June 24, 2017              END OF SESSION PARTY, 6:30-8:45 P.M.


Contact HIFE Chairman, Brit Volini, at with any questions or concerns

 Who We Are

The Hockey Is For Everyone program (formerly Diversity Program) is an AHAI supported vehicle providing young athletes from socio and economically diverse backgrounds the opportunity to use the sport of ice hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, respect, teamwork and good character. We provide 200+ young athletes per year the opportunity to learn to play this great sport.

The Program provides each athlete with full equipment, ice time, USA Hockey registration and a premier volunteer coaching staff, at no charge to them or their families.

Our Goal

We provide our athletes with a safe environment allowing them to learn the basic skills of ice hockey, regardless of age or skill level. Unlike other youth sports programs, there is not a strong emphasis on winning. Coaches encourage dedication, hard work and mutual respect for their teammates and celebrate individual accomplishments.


AHAI’s Hockey Is For Everyone program is one of almost 40 programs throughout North America. Our program receives support through the financial support of Chicago Blackhawk Charities, Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, the National Hockey League and other private monetary donations. The incredible generosity of the Illinois hockey community has selflessly donated gently used equipment for our athletes to use. Most notably, the efforts of the Chicago Steel, New Trier Hockey Club and Hinsdale Central Hockey Club have sponsored specific equipment drives for our program.


“My daughter has undergone quite a change during her time in the HIFE program. Not only has her ability to skate improved tremendously, but her confidence has grown at the same time. What a wonderful transformation for parents to witness” -HIFE Parent

“Our son cannot wait to get on the ice! Each class brings a new experience and challenge, and the opportunity to work with so many talented coaches and skaters has motivated him to do his best.”
-HIFE Parent

“Over the years, the AHAI HIFE program has built a foundation of dedication and shared passion. People sign up and fall in love with the concept of equality no matter who you are or where you come from. On the ice, in the eyes of HIFE we are all the same.” -HIFE Parent/Volunteer


Hockey is For Everyone practices at the Oak lawn Ice Arena. For information on how to participate or to make donations, please contact Brit Volini, HIFE Director

Click Here for NHL's Hockey is for Everyone Initiative