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Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League crowns champions

The first weekend of the 38th annual Championship Playoffs was held at Joe Louis Arena Feb. 24-26. Nearly 10,000 players will participate in one of the largest Youth Hockey Tournaments in the World

by Alex DiFilippo /

DETROIT - The Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League hosted the first weekend of its 38th Annual Championship Playoffs Feb. 24-26 at Joe Louis Arena and crowned champions at the 16U and 18U levels, in addition to holding numerous round-robin games at The Joe. Championship Playoffs will continue every weekend throughout March for all other age divisions. 

More than 580 teams featuring nearly 10,000 youth hockey players ages 8-18 are set to compete throughout Metro Detroit, vying for a spot in the quarterfinals and semifinals of this year's Championship Playoffs at Kennedy Ice Center in Trenton and the Dearborn Ice Skating Center, culminating with many championship games at Joe Louis Arena.

Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League teams are divided between 13 Girls Divisions and 51 House and Travel Divisions designed to create fair and balanced competition, regardless of a team's level of experience.

"Our league is truly grateful to the Ilitch family and the Detroit Red Wings organization for the continued support of growing youth hockey in Michigan," said Andrew Stewart, Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League Manager. "The unique opportunity for a youth hockey player to play a league championship game at Joe Louis Arena is a monumental experience. Countless memories have been created over the years with this outstanding tradition at The Joe."

A championship banner is presented to the on-ice victors and first and second place awards are presented to all participants. Each championship team is presented with an invitation to be recognized on the field at Comerica Park prior to a Detroit Tigers game in April. Complimentary tickets are awarded to all players and coaches of the winning teams.

Schedules and live scoring for all Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League Championship Playoffs can be found at

Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club's Girls 19U & 16U teams to join Junior Women's Hockey League next season

The Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club's Girls 19U and 16U teams are set to join the Junior Women's Hockey League (JWHL) for the 2017-18 season. Additionally, the Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club's Girls 14U team will participate in the JWHL Showcase for the first time next season.  

The first junior league for girls in North America, the JWHL will celebrate its 11th season next year and is set to expand to ten programs for the 2017-18 campaign. With an emphasis to play on-campus showcases tailored for college scouts, the JWHL has placed more than 700 girls hockey players in college programs during the first 10 years of the league's existence.

"Joining the JWHL is a very positive step for our Little Caesars Girls Program in terms of exposure, competition and opportunity," said Manon Rheaume, Leader of the Little Caesars Girls Program. "It is another example of our commitment to the development of our players on and off the ice, as we look to help them reach the next level of their playing careers at the collegiate level, while furthering their education off the ice."

The Little Caesars Girls Program began in 1992 and won a National Title in 1993 as the only Girls Program in the state of Michigan at the time. Over the past two seasons, fifteen players have moved on to college, while pursuing their passion for hockey. This season, another dozen girls have committed to playing collegiately. These players are a testament to our Little Caesars Hockey Club Mission Statement emphasizing education and leadership. Their success is the fulfilment of the original vision set forth by the Ilitch family, who remain staunchly committed to amateur sports.

To learn more about the JWHL and its participating teams, visit


 Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club prepares for transition into Little Caesars Arena

With the opening of Little Caesars Arena in September 2017, the Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League will have a new state-of-the-art facility to call home. The facility will play host to numerous youth tournaments, events and training for the AAA Hockey Club.

The Little Caesars Boys program will also continue to compete throughout the state of Michigan and Ontario. Additionally, the Little Caesars AAA Boys teams will participate alongside fellow NHL partners in the growing NHL Youth Cup, which gives NHL-sponsored AAA youth hockey clubs an opportunity to compete in a prestigious tournament for all birth years from squirt minor through bantam major. The 2016 NHL Youth Cup featured more than 800 players from 44 teams across the U.S.

"As we continue to strive for the best for our players and their families, we look forward to providing our coaches the opportunity to schedule games against our Michigan counterparts and to host top teams from Ontario in our new home, Little Caesars Arena," said Kris Draper, Assistant to the General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings. "We also believe in the vision and opportunity to grow and promote the game of hockey with like-minded NHL youth teams and will continue to participate in the NHL Youth Cup series."

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