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NIHL - Northern Illinois Hockey League


     The Admirals participate in the Tier II Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL) for Travel AA/A teams. Players try out for their age level and are selected with a “best players, best team” approach.  Individual player ice time earned and potentially not balanced.     NIHL teams typically practice on the ice 2-3x a week in addition to games and off- ice conditioning.  Expect at least 2 over night travel and/or local tournaments.

Players that do not make one of our NIHL level teams will have the opportunity to be placed on on of our age appropriate North West Hockey League (NWHL) teams.  (Click here to go to our NWHL page)

The Admirals will field NIHL teams at the 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U/18U age levels.

Click here to go to the NIHL website

Matt McKenney

NIHL Representative


Players who are playing on a NIHL team for the first time at the Admirals need to be aware of AHAI's Tier II Two Choice rule.  Please refer to the AHAI Tier II Two Choice documentation, for information.  If you have questions, please contact email Cyndi Kochowicz.