History Of The Staten Island Ice Hockey Association

The Staten Island Ice Hockey Association was originally known as the Staten Island Ice Hockey League. The league was founded in 1976 by a group of people that wanted to promote youth hockey in Staten Island, NY. The original 4 teams in the league were the Centrals, Falcons, Pirates, and Redmen. All games were played in New Jersey at the New Shrewsbury Ice Skating Rink. These teams were comprised of high school students. In 1977, skaters from each high school in Staten Island were allowed to join the Staten Island Ice Hockey Association. The Staten Island Ice Hockey League was officially renamed to the Staten Island Ice Hockey Association in 1978. The Staten Island Ice Hockey Association is a non-profit organization.

In 1982, the Staten Island Ice Hockey Association underwent a organizational restructure. More than $400,000 was obtained from the War Memorial Association and the money was used to build a ice skating rink on Staten Island. In the Spring of the 1985-86 season, a hurricane came through and destroyed the bubble that the ice skating rink sat in. The following year, a steel building was constructed and the ice skating rink was moved there. Unfortunately, that same summer vandals burnt that steel building to the ground. Due to the circumstances, the Staten Island Ice Hockey Association was forced to return to New Jersey. 

During the years, the Staten Island Ice Hockey Association experienced tremendous growth, so much that they had to downsize in 1989. The high school portion of the Staten Island Ice Hockey Association was transferred to the New York Ice Hockey Association. Youth and clinic programs were retained by the Staten Island Ice Hockey Association. In the late 1990's, the Staten Island Skating Pavilion was constructed, which allowed the Staten Island Ice Hockey Association to move back to Staten Island for the second time. To this day, the Staten Island Ice Hockey Association continues to hold ice hockey clinics during the winter and summer months. The Staten Island Ice Hockey Association has been fortunate enough to reach over 25,000 Staten Island youths since opening their doors in 1976.

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The Staten Island Ice Hockey Association