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October Newsletter - Sponsored By Smash My Trash

Oct 3: "Celly Day" at the Fuel Tank in Fishers to kick off the 317 Hockey League! CELLY DAY SCHEDULE (Saturday 10/3 at Fuel Tank)

Oct 10: 317 Hockey League exhibition games

Nov 28: NO 317 Hockey League games (Thanksgiving Break)

Dec 21 - Jan 3: NO 317 Hockey League practices/games (Winter Break)

Jan 4: 317 Hockey League practices resume

Jan 9: 317 Hockey League games resumes

Feb 25: Final 317 Hockey League practice

Feb 26 - 28: Guenin Cup Championship Tournament for the 317 Hockey League

Welcome Back Players!

Welcome back to Hockey! We are excited to get the 2020 - 2021 season underway. As we move in to the season, many questions have been asked regarding COVID-19. IYHA Jr Fuel is planning to play a full, regular season. However, if we are unable to execute a full season, we will adapt to what we are able to do. Should the season conclude prematurely, we will issue pro-rated refunds to all members registered for the 2020- 2021 season.

The safety of players and families is our number one priority. We have put together guidelines and protocols for all IYHA Jr Fuel sanctioned events until further notice. To review these guidelines go to or click this link:

We look forward to seeing you at the rink!

Derek Edwardson
IYHA Jr Fuel Executive Director


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Player And Coach of the Month

Each newsletter will feature players who are nominated by their coaches for standing out with their hard work, leadership and representing the IYHA Jr Fuel on and off the ice. 

We also want to recognize our great coaches and volunteers who generously give their time to the kids and the organization. Thank you all! 

Would you like to nominate a coach or volunteer for next month? Email JJ Beck:

Player Of The Month - Kennedy Miller

Congratulations to Kennedy Miller! This all-star teenager started Learn to Play Hockey in the Spring of 2020, right as the lockdown took place. Kennedy was determined not to be deterred, and instead focused on his off-ice opportunities over the Summer by working on his game at home.

Once the rinks re-opened in June, Kennedy was back on the ice training for the upcoming season. His work ethic is unparalleled and his coaches are always impressed with his efforts. Kennedy, unlike a lot of new players, will work on his stick handling while waiting his turn in line to execute the drill. He's always trying to take advantage of whatever ice time he can find to become a better player. That's the kind of thing that coaches look for at all levels.

Kennedy is also becoming more confident in his hockey career, reaching out to his coach personally to volunteer with the younger Learn to Play Hockey players as they begin playing this great game. He's a terrific young man who has a bright future in hockey. The IYHA Jr Fuel is extremely proud of Kennedy and wish him all the best as he continues to be a leader on and off the ice. 

Coach of the Month - Jim Hansen

The IYHA Jr Fuel is very fortunate to have some incredible coaches who dedicate their time and energy making our program one of the best in the nation. Coach Jim Hansen has been involved with the organization for four seasons, and he has been an amazing addition to the league. 

Originally from the upper peninsula of Michigan, Coach Jim always had a passion for the sport of hockey, but never played one shift growing up. Once his first son Niklas joined the Learn to Play Hockey classes at the age of three, Jim was ready to lace them up himself and give it a go. On day one we quickly realized that Jim was going to fit right in with our hockey community. He's become a staple around the rinks and plays competitively in multiple adult leagues. 

Coach Jim has immersed himself, and his family, in the IYHA Jr Fuel and we are forever grateful that he has been so giving with his time. Soon his youngest son, Henrik, will be joining the league and we will see even more of the Hansen family at the rink. 

"Anthony Jr loves to see Coach Jim on the ice. He's always positive and makes even the tough drills fun. You never see kids just standing around if Coach Jim is running the practice."

-Coach Anthony Deardorff

"Coach Hansen does a tremendous job teaching hockey in a very intentional, age-appropriate way. He emphasizes FUN and FUNDAMENTALS, which I believe are the essential building blocks for the youth athletes that he works with. My child has benefited greatly from playing for Coach Hansen and more importantly, he has enjoyed being on his teams."
- Chris Berju, IYHA Jr Fuel Parent

"Jim is a very dedicated coach and he not only makes the kids better players, he encourages them to be better teammates. He's probably spent more time on the ice with my kids than anyone." 
Adam Summers, IYHA Jr Fuel Parent

"On behalf of the entire IYHA Jr Fuel community, I would like to extend a very grateful 'Thank You' to Jim and his family for their continued contributions. We are better because of you!"
-Blake Weishaar, IYHA Jr Fuel Parent

October Birthdays

Alexander Vogelpohl
Anna Leickly
Anthony Brusca
Beckham Riley
Benjamin Wood
Brandon Murphy
Brennan Merriman
Brennan Reinhardt
Camden Schrettenbrunner
Cannon Phelps
Caroline Evans
Carson Mollabashy
Carson Updike
Chase Poole
Conrad Brechbuhl
Cooper Cacioppo
Crawford Banks
Dylan Taylor
Edward Murray
Ethan Okeley
Filippas Pliastos
Finnigan Smith
Gavin Black
Henry Kleinke
Jack Henry Mcdonald
Jackson Peck
Jacob Myers
Jacob Myers
Jamison Hultgren
Jaxson Cardis
Jedidiah Primeau
Jeremy Kline
Keaton Walker
Liam Downs
Liam Lebeter
Logan French
Luca Dennison
Lukas Kumpys
Montgomery Atkins
Nathan Hiott
Nicholas Jennings
Noah Mccoy
Paul Mcclure
Quinten Burgess
Rocco Deer
Ryan Eaton
Samuel Ramquist
Teddy Singleton
Thomas Lapp
Wesley Furin
Winifred Moriarty
Yuichiro Murakami


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Learn to Play Hockey Coaches Needed!

The IYHA Jr Fuel Learn to Play Hockey program is extremely fortunate to have a amazing professional and volunteer coaching staff, but we could always use more help. The classes are starting to sill up and the more instructors on the ice allows us to utilize the USA Hockey ADM (American Development Model) which increases the speed of progression for our players. We encourage anyone interested to get involved. Whether you played hockey growing up or simply know how to skate, we will find a place for you to help.

Teaching and coaching can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person's life, and seeing the smiles on the faces of the players as they learn new skills will be something that you carry with you all week! Please reach out to Learn to Play Director, Coach Ryan Beck for information on how to get involved:

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Become a Sponsor!

The IYHA Jr Fuel is a fast-growing, dynamic organization whose purpose is to teach and promote ice hockey to children in Fishers, Carmel, Westfield, Indianapolis, and the nearby communities.

The IYHA Jr Fuel is the largest youth hockey association in the Midwest, with over 1200 local boys and girls ages 3 – 18 participating. We are committed to providing opportunities for all skill levels to ensure each player has a positive experience that they will always remember.

In order to be successful in our goals, the IYHA Jr Fuel is seeking financial support from individuals and businesses. Please contact JJ Beck for sponsorship opportunities:

Learn to Play Hockey Report

By Ryan Beck

The IYHA Jr Fuel is back in action and Learn to Play Hockey is offering classes at multiple locations for boys and girls of all ages. This a great introduction to the sport and skill levels are welcome. Players will learn everything from the fundamentals of skating, controlling the puck, passing to teammates, and scoring the game winning goals! Our station-based format gives players the opportunity to learn the skills necessary in a safe and competitive environment. The action packed practices keep the kids moving, engage, and excited to back to the rink every week!

Register today for October classes at

Class Days, Times, and Locations:

Saturdays 10:30am - 11:30am
Arctic Zone Iceplex 16616 Southpark Drive, Westfield 46074

Sundays 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Indy Fuel Tank 9022 E. 126th Street, Fishers, Indiana 46038

Mondays 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Carmel Ice Skadium 1040 3rd Avenue SW, Carmel, Indiana 46032

Thursdays 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Indy Fuel Tank 9022 E. 126th Street, Fishers, Indiana 46038

317 Hockey League Report

By Adam McHugh

All players from both home rinks will skate Saturday 10/3 at the Fuel Tank for their final evaluation.

Celly Day is Saturday 10/3! Join us for your player's final evaluation and season kick off. You can find your time and rink assignment at the link below. Please bring your black and white game jerseys if you have them. If you don't have a set of Jr Fuel jerseys, please bring something with your last name on the back so coaches can easily identify and evaluate your player. 

CELLY DAY SCHEDULE (Saturday 10/3 at Fuel Tank)

Following the sessions, teams will be formed and permanent team practice times will be assigned and released by Sunday (10/4) night. 

Supplemental Skills sessions with 317HL Director Adam McHugh are under way! Please check for your scheduled time here. This will be your regular time for the entire season.  Please only attend the session for your designated age group and home rink. The sessions are near capacity and cannot facilitate make ups or conflicts. If you missed out in the initial registration and would like to join a weekly supplemental skills session for 317 HL players only, click here to register. 

Reach out to 317HL Director with any questions.  See you Saturday

Goalie Development Report

By Nick Johnsen

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I use InGoal quite often, I really enjoy their Podcast, InGoal Radio, They have had a star studded lineup of guests. They did a few great webinars with NHL goalies over quarantine.

I hope you and your goalie enjoy InGoal as much as I do,

Nick Johnsen
IYHA Jr Fuel Director of Goaltending

Player Development Report

By Brent Gwidt

Development quote of the month: 
“Transform to perform”

Fun Hockey Article:

Development drill of the month:

Small area game of the month:

We all know the hockey season is one of the longest seasons in youth sports. Before you know it you are a month into practices, a handful of games under your belt, players are juggling school work along with team commitments and while you are having fun, you may be feeling like you are just going through the motions. To combat the lack of direction it is very important to practice intentionality and goal setting at the individual and team level early in the season. Below are some tip to help you practice and implement the art of setting goals.     

Setting Goals

  • While it is easy to focus “on-ice” when creating goals, thinking through and creating “off-ice” goals that encourage healthy habits will be important in leading to success.  

  • Make your goals exciting and inspiring, write them down, display them in areas you will see many times a day. 

  • While having larger, big picture goals is important, make sure you also have short-term, obtainable goals that you can be feeling a sense of accomplishment in achieving on the way to achieving your big picture goals. 

  • When creating your goals make sure they are actionable and not variable.

  • Understand and be intentional about putting in the work (i.e. practice, training, video, at home work) needed to reach your goals.

  • Self evaluate each day, to make sure you are working towards your goals on a consistent basis.

  • Persevering and staying on task through all the ups and downs a long season can bring to a young athlete. Keep pushing forward.

Player Advancement Report

By Jimmy Mullin

Player Advancement Part 1:

Last season, the IYHA made a very strategic move and combined the Fuel and Racers organizations to make one competitive program in the Indianapolis area. This organizational move has allowed us to be a more competitive program, compete against the top programs in the country, and allows our players the chance to be seen by college and junior scouts across the US. 

This season our organization is making another huge step forward. Our midget hockey program will be competing in one of the top leagues across the United States. The NAPHL (North American Prospects Hockey League)  is home to some of the best AAA programs in the country such as, Esmark, Northstar Christian Academy, Florida Alliance, Meijer, and Carshield to name a few. We will now be competing on a daily basis with some of the top teams with maximum exposure on a weekend to weekend basis. Check out the league website for more info.

With this addition, our teams will have exposure from many NCAA D1/3 programs, and Tier 1/2 juniors at all NAPHL showcases and league games. The NAPHL hosts 5+ showcases each season that 100+ scouts are in attendance every weekend. The NAPHL has a close relationship with “Hockeytv”, and due to COVID-19 attendance restrictions, this streaming service will allow scouts to tune in and watch each player showcase their talent. 

Last season, 8 Indy Junior Fuel players were “called up” to numerous Tier 1 or Tier 2 junior teams in the USHL, NAHL and the CCHL. As this season progresses, we will have more updates as our players have similar opportunities. 


50/50 Raffle Report

By JJ Beck

Due to COVID-19, the 50/50 raffle at the Indy Fuel games is suspended until further notice.

Word Search


Charlie Smith

Larry McQueary      
Vice President

Brent Cox

Josh Mervis

Bill Stackhouse

Mike Aulby

Ed Carpenter


Derek Edwardson
Executive Director

JJ Beck
Director of Program Development

Jimmy Mulllin
Director of Player Development
18U AAA Head Coach

Brent Gwidt
Director of Player Development
15U AAA Head Coach

Nick Johnsen
Director of Goalie Development

Adam McHugh
317 Hockey League Director

Ryan Beck
Learn to Play Hockey Director

Andrea Cox

Doug Losure

SafeSport Coordinator
Matt Moore

Rink Partners

Arctic Zone Iceplex
16616 Southpark Dr
Wesfield, IN 46074

Carmel Ice Skadium
1040 3rd Ave SW
Carmel, IN 46032

Fuel Tank at Fishers
9022 E. 126th St.
Fishers, IN 46038

Ice Barn Indy
17341 Westfield Park Rd.
Westfield, IN 46074

Important Links

USA Hockey:

MidAm Hockey:

Indianapolis Hockey Officials Association:

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