Toledo Ice Crew Initiative

For 2017-18 schedule click here (revised 2/23/2018)


WTOL Channel 11 feature (video)

For Toledo Ice Crew Initiative informational flyer click here

To register online click here

GOAL: Create a healthy, sustainable and equitable ice hockey community. The program is entering its second year of operation.

INITIATIVE: Increase opportunity and participation by providing access to ice facilities, equipment, skating and hockey programs to girls and boys in underserved (people of color and females in particular) communities. The Toledo Ice Crew is not merely about athletics. It is an opportunity to provide at-risk youth with a chance to learn the great sport of ice hockey, develop lasting friendships, receive on-ice and off-ice instruction with regard to what it takes to be successful in ice hockey and daily life.

On-ice instruction provided by USA Hockey trained coaches in a fun, relaxed, safe, and organized environment. The weekly lesson plans follow the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) with emphasis on skating, puck control, stopping, passing, turning and shooting.


  • For girls and boys ages 4-13 years (2004-13 birth years)
  • No experience preferred
  • Players divided into age-appropriate groups on-ice
  • Learn ice skating and basics of hockey (prepares players for league play)
  • Players currently in another local hockey program are not eligible


  • For girls and boys ages 5-14 years (2003-12 birth years)
  • Some skating experience OR participation in last year’s program preferred
  • Players divided into age-appropriate groups on-ice
  • Consists of skill development sessions and scrimmage games
  • Players currently in another local hockey program are not eligible


WHEN: The 2017-18 session runs from December 16, 2017 thru March 11, 2018

  • 16 total ice touches (weather permitting)
  • 12 of 16 ice touches are on Saturday or Sunday
  • 45-50 minutes per ice touch


WHERE: All ice times are at Ottawa Park Outdoor Ice Arena… except initial ice time/equipment issue which is at Tam-O-Shanter. The final ice time is at the Huntington Center (home of the Toledo Walleye).


COST: Both programs are FREE! Ice time, equipment, skates, jersey, and USA Hockey registration included. Players keep jersey, stick, and sox at end of session. All other equipment is returned at end of session.

For more information, please contact Mike Mankowski at or 419.885.1167 x231