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Club History

Our club's history dating back to the 1996-97 season

The Chicago Blues Hockey Club was founded in 1996 and has since become one of the premier Tier II travel hockey programs in the United States. Our club teams compete in the Central States Developmental Hockey League (CSDHL) and the North Illinois Hockey League (NIHL) for Squirts through Midgets and the Chicago United Hockey League (CUHL) at the Mite level. The Blues skate out of one of Illinois' best hockey facilities, the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois, in Chicago's western suburbs.

The Chicago Blues were created through a merger of the McFetridge Patriots and the Saddle & Cycle Club hockey teams on Chicago's northwest side. The Blues fielded seven teams in their inaugural 1996-97 season. However, without a home rink, the Blues played most of their games on the road in their first season. The Chicago Blues found a home of their own when Johnny's Ice House opened a few blocks east of the United Center.

The 1999-2000 season was a big one for the Blues, as the club moved to the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville and merged with the Oak Park Eagles. The club's player ranks grew by 70% with 13 teams. The Blues continued to grow through the 2003-04 campaign, which saw the adoption of the hockey director program and increased collaboration with the Village of Bensenville.

Along the way the Blues have garnered a number of USA Hockey, Blackhawk Cup, CSDHL, NIHL and Silver Stick banners and hardware. Here are a few of our many accomplishments over the past decade:


Mites

  • 2017-18 Chicago United Hockey League first place, second place
  • 2016-17 NIHL Calder second place, Mite A champions
  • 2014-15 NIHL Bronze fourth place
  • 2010-11 NIHL Gold second place
  • 2009-10 State AA third place
  • 2008-09 State A champions, State A third place
  • 2007-08 State AA third place, State A third place
  • 2006-07 State AA champions
  • 2004-05 State AA champions, NIHL Elite second place
  • 2003-04 State AA champions, NIHL Elite champions, International Silver Stick champions
  • 2002-03 State AA second place, International Silver Stick semi-finalists
  • 2001-02 State AA second place, NIHL Elite second place, International Silver Stick champions
  • 2000-01 State AA champions, NIHL Elite second place, International Silver Stick semi-finalists

Squirts

  • 2018-19 NIHL Elite champions, State AA second place, State A champions, State B second place
  • 2017-18 State A second place, NIHL Gold A second place, NIHL Gold A President's Cup
  • 2016-17 NIHL Silver, second place, NIHL Bronze second place
  • 2015-16 State A second place
  • 2014-15 State B third place, NIHL Silver President's Cup, NIHL Silver second place
  • 2013-14 State A first place, State B third place, NIHL Silver third place, NIHL Silver President's Cup
  • 2012-13 State B third place, NIHL Silver fourth place
  • 2011-12 State A second place
  • 2010-11 NIHL B second place, NIHL Silver third place, State B second place
  • 2008-09 State A second place, State B second place, State AA fourth place
  • 2007-08 State AA second place, State A second place, State B third place
  • 2004-05 Squirt AA champions, CSDHL champions, International Silver Stick second place
  • 2003-04 State AAA champions, CSDHL champions, International Silver Stick champions
  • 2002-03 State AA champions, CSDHL second place

Pee Wees

  • 2017-18 State AA first place, State A fourth place
  • 2016-17 CSDHL Minor second place, NIHL Gold A champions
  • 2015-16 NIHL Silver third place, State B fourth place
  • 2014-15 State B first place, NIHL Gold A second place
  • 2013-14 State B first place, State A second place
  • 2012-13 State AA third place, State A second place
  • 2011-12 State AA second place, State A champions, State B champions
  • 2010-11 USA Hockey Nationals 3-A third place, State AA champions, State A champions, State A second place, CSDHL Major second place
  • 2009-10 USA Hockey Nationals 4-A champion, State AA second place, State A champion, State A second place, State B champion, NIHL Silver third place, CSDHL second place
  • 2008-2009 State AA champions, State A champions, State A second place, State B champions
  • 2007-08 State AA third place, State A third place
  • 2003-04 State AA champions
  • 2002-03 State AA champions
  • 2001-02 State A second place
  • 2000-01 State AA champions

Bantams

  • 2018-19 CSDHL Minor champions, NIHL Silver champions, NIHL Silver third place, State B champions
  • 2017-18 CSDHL Minor second place, State A fourth place
  • 2016-17 State AA fourth place
  • 2015-16 State A fourth place, State B second place
  • 2014-15 USA Hockey 3A semi-finals, State AA champions, State B champions, State A second place, CSDHL second place, NIHL Elite second place
  • 2013-14 State A second place
  • 2012-13 State AA second place, State B champions, NIHL Silver fourth place
  • 2011-12 USA Hockey 3A semi-finals, State AA champions, State A champions, State B third place, CSDHL Major champions, CSDHL Minor champions, NIHL Silver second place
  • 2010-11 CSDHL minor champions, NIHL Silver champions
  • 2009-10 State AA second place, State A second place, CSDHL second place, NIHL Elite fourth place
  • 2008-09 State AA fourth place
  • 2007-08 State AA second place
  • 2005-06 State AA second place
  • 2004-05 USA Hockey Elite Eight, USA Hockey Midwest Regional champions, State AA champions, CSDHL champions
  • 2003-04 Silver Stick Regional A Champions, State AAA third place
  • 2000-01 CSDHL second place, Regional Silver Stick champion

Midget Minors

  • 2016-17 USA Hockey Nationals 3-A second place, Blackhawk Cup champions, CSDHL champions
  • 2015-16 CSDHL second place, State champions, USA Hockey Nationals 3-A division
  • 2013-14 CSDHL champions
  • 2012-13 CSDHL champions, State AA second place
  • 2009-10 State AA third place, CSDHL champions
  • 2008-09 State AA second place
  • 2007-08 State AA second place
  • 2006-07 State AA second place
  • 2005-06 State AA second place

Midget Majors

  • 2017-18 CSDHL second place
  • 2008-09 State AA second place, CSDHL champions
  • 2007-08 State AA fourth place