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Bloomington Youth Hockey

Welcome to Bloomington Youth Hockey, Inc. (BYHI), home of the Bloomington Thunder. BYHI is an amateur, non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt youth hockey organization based in Bloomington, Illinois.  The Bloomington Thunder hockey program offers a competitive travel hockey experience for youth players throughout Central Illinois, with a focus on player development and a commitment to providing a great hockey experience.  BYHI provides opportunities from Squirt to the Midget Major level and our teams participate in the Northern Illinois Hockey League.

Russell James Guest, 49, most recently of Bloomington, Ill., passed peacefully on Saturday, June 18, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was a passionate youth hockey coach and a loyal friend.

Russ was preceded in death by his younger brother, Robert, and is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Debra; father, John (Vivian); mother, Judie Carlson (Richard); sisters, Rene' Maas and Rochelle Bayers; Julie Hughes (  Chris); Gina Molinari; nieces and nephews, Alex, Abby, Brendan (Lexi), Danielle; Veronica; great-nephew, Tristan, and Angie — who was his beloved hospice nurse in his last days.

It's impossible to sum up a life in a few paragraphs, especially somebody like Russ Guest. He was a wonderful bundle of contradictions; the tough guy with the soft heart, the tireless worker who still made time for others, the coach who could speak volumes with only a raised eyebrow. He was a fierce friend who touched the lives of a lot of people during his short time on this earth. He will be missed greatly.

Join friends and family remembering Russ on Saturday, July 23, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Bloomington at 3 Cove Pointe Court, Bloomington. As Russ would have it, dress is casual and dinner will be potluck.


Summer updates


Coaching Update for 2016-2017 Season

Chris Prewitt, Midget coach, has decided to step down from coaching this season in order to focus on his family. Bloomington Youth Hockey would like to thank him for his time and dedication to the midget program in 2015-2016 season and congratulations on all of their success. We are also happy to report that he has assisted us in finding his replacement.


David Charney will be the NEW BYH Midget Coach for the 2016-2017 season. He comes to us with over 10 years of coaching experience. His most recent coaching was as the Head Coach for the Champaign-Urbana Youth Hockey Association at the Midget/High School age level. His focus is on creating positive relationships with the players, as well as building lasting personal development and providing each team member with lifelong skills that surpass merely athletic accomplishments. We are very excited to have Coach Charney join our Bloomington Youth Hockey coaching staff!


Central States Developmental Hockey League Decision on Recent Application

Many of you may be aware that BYH submitted an application for a “Central States” Midget Major (18U) team this upcoming season. We recently received the news that we were not approved. Although we were not completely surprised, we are still disappointed. All in all, the application process proved to be very informative and educational. So, when we submit applications in the future, we will know what to expect.


Team Predictions for Upcoming Season

Although we would love to be able to accurately predict how many teams we will have in the upcoming season, which would make life so much easier, it isn’t until we see the number registered for tryouts, and the skill level, until we can definitively say how many teams we will host and at which level. This season, it is our intention to host 2 teams at each age level (Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, Midget). However, the number of teams is dependent on registrations. Early registration helps us to plan accordingly and make sure that we have sufficient coaching staff for the # of teams/players.

Development Camp registration is still open at every age level.

 Some upcoming registrations to look forward to this summer:

Bantam Checking Clinic with Mike Watt (August 6th and 7th)

Conditioning Camp (begins mid August)

2016-2017 Tryouts (will begin September 1st)

Upcoming Events

Checking Clinic - August 6th and 7th (registration open)

Goal in One Golf Scramble - August 8th (registration open now, under fundraiser tab)

Parent Meeting for 2016-17 season - August 9th at 6:30pm in the Osborne Room at the Bloomington Police Department

Pre-tryout Conditioning Camp- Begins August 11th (registration open)

Used Equipment Sale - August 27th and 28th at the Pepsi Ice Center (more information will be posted on the website)

Tryouts- Begins Sept 1st (registration opens August 1st)

*Registrations for camps and clinics under the registration tab


Player Appeals

Any player that previously played on a BYHI team, then left to play for a Tier II organization and would like to tryout for a 2016-17 BYHI team, must appeal to the Board of Directors.

Please send an email, including the following information to Stephanie Dotson at by August 18th.

- Player's name and birth year

- Years or seasons played for BYHI prior to leaving

- Reason for leaving BYHI

- Reason for returning (why does he or she wish to play for BYHI?)


Goal in One Scramble

Registration for the inaugural Goal in One Scramble is almost complete! Get your forms and money sent out this week so you don't miss the chance to be part of the event!

Not a golfer but want to help? We will need all the volunteers on that day as well! Email Linsday Wasowicz at for more information.

BYHI is excited to announce the head coaches for the AA (or Major)teams for the 2016-2017 season:

Midget- David Charney

Bantam - Kevin Tompkins

Peewee - Bobby DiNardi

Squirt - Kevin Tompkins

The A (or minor) team coaches will be determined following tryouts.


Updates & News

Goal in One!

By Tracy 05/03/2016, 1:00pm EDT

Join us for the inaugural “Goal In One” golf outing to benefit BYHI! 

Our event is scheduled Monday, August 8 at El Paso Golf Club.

 Here’s how you can help:

1.   Play a round of golf!  Gather your team of 4, and get 18 holes with a cart, a meal, an event t-shirt, and a chance to show off your skills!  All for $400!

2.   We need sponsors!  Anyone who brings us a hole sponsor gets half off their cost for the event….. Sponsorship is $250 and includes a sign at the sponsored hole, an event t-shirt (that includes their name/logo), recognition on the event welcome banner and at the meal/program.

3.   Design the event t-shirt!!  We know there are some creative folks in our hockey family that can design a t-shirt for our event.  Entries will be put to a vote on Facebook, and the winner will get recognized at the event, and will receive a fantastic prize! 

4.   Volunteer at our event!  We will have fun games and contests throughout the course, and we need volunteers to help make them successful.  No golf experience is needed.

5.   Tell everyone you know about our event!  We will have posters and flyers to promote our outing.  Keep your eyes peeled for a Facebook event page that you can share as well.
Registration begins May 1 and is located under the fundraiser tab.

 Contact Lindsay Wasowicz at for details and/or to sign up.  

Contact Stephanie Peterson at with any questions about t-shirt designs, sponsors, or to volunteer. 

Upcoming Events

  • Jul
  • 25
Squirt Summer Development Camp
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  • Jul
  • 25
Bantam Summer Development Camp
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  • Pepsi Ice Center Bloomington, IL
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  • Jul
  • 28
Peewee Summer Development
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  • Pepsi Ice Center Bloomington, IL
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