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Local Players Sign First NHL Contracts Within Days of Each Other

By Derek Edwardson 04/04/2019, 5:15pm EDT

Unprecedented news for two Indy born and raised youth hockey players. 

Within a span of two weeks, 23 year old Carmel native Grant Hutton and 25 year old Speedway native Mason Jobst both signed their first NHL contracts with the New York Islanders.

Both Jobst and Hutton are fantastic examples of patience, hard work and determination. Each player took a “non-traditional” path toward college hockey stardom and their upcoming opportunity on the world’s biggest stage. Both players played AAA hockey in town for the local Jr Ice U16/18 program. Both played three full seasons of junior hockey after they graduated high school, and joined their respective college teams after their 20th birthdays. Despite being a highly sought after NHL free agent in recent months, Hutton never found a permanent spot on a USHL roster. Jobst didn’t join Muskegon full time in the USHL until after two years of 18U hockey and had a list of NHL clubs seeking his signature upon conclusion of his senior season.

2018 Hometown Heroes Summer Camp guest Mason Jobst recently completed his college career at Ohio State with numerous scoring records and accolades including being named a finalist for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player. Mason recorded 164 points in 150 career games for the Buckeyes while being a team captain during his final two years.

Jobst was rewarded for his effort with a two year contract from the Islanders on April 2.

Grant Hutton graduates this spring from Miami (Ohio) University, and like Jobst, was a two year team captain. Hutton finished his college career with 71 points in 144 games as one of Miami’s top defensemen. His 29 career goals are third most all time for a Miami defenseman.

Immediately upon conclusion of Miami’s season, Hutton signed an entry level NHL contract and joined the Islanders AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

Please join the IYHA in congratulating these hard working young men on their upcoming graduation and tremendous college hockey careers and wish them luck as they take the next step in reaching their dreams.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Junior Fuel Hockey Club and Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association (IYHA) announced on 1/22/2019 that the two organizations have agreed in principal to join forces to create one of the largest youth hockey programs in the Midwest. The move combines the established history and deep roots of the IYHA with the strong footprint and name recognition of the Junior Fuel.


“This is a huge step for youth hockey in our community, bringing over 1200 youth players under one united banner” said Kurt Detamore, President of IYHA. “By bringing both of these organizations together, we will be able to better serve the needs of all of the players and families in the area.”


“This partnership will accelerate the continued growth of youth hockey in Central Indiana,” explained Indy Fuel Owner and Chairman Jim Hallett. “Through working in concert, the Junior Fuel and IYHA will aspire to become one of the premier youth hockey programs, not just in the region but across the nation.”


“We now have a unique opportunity to focus all of our efforts on providing the best product for all Indianapolis area hockey families,” said Derek Edwardson, who will continue to serve as Executive Director of the expanded Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association that will now compete under the Junior Fuel banner. “Our goal is to create a culture of passion, growth and development for the next generation of lifelong players, coaches, officials and fans of the best game on earth.”


The IYHA, playing as the Junior Fuel, will provide comprehensive in-season and off-season programming in all of the local ice arenas for central Indiana boys and girls consistent with USA Hockey’s American Development Model from first time skaters and recreational hockey, through Nationally competitive high-performance AAA hockey.


Details for 2019 spring programming and 2019-2020 travel tryouts, including information about Learn to Play, House Hockey and Girls programs will be announced in the coming weeks. Please monitor your email and existing website for future updates.

Spring Programming Registration Now Open!

By Derek Edwardson 01/29/2018, 12:30pm EST

Registration for all IYHA Spring Programming is now open. Schedules for each event can be viewed at Players from all organizations are welcome!


Squirt Prep 2018 (2009 birthdates only)

All 2009 born players considering travel or select hockey in the 2018-2019 season are encouraged to attend this year’s Squirt Prep. Beginning March 29th, players will get 7 weeks of on ice, classroom and video instruction to gear up for full ice squirt hockey. Learn off-sides, icing, full ice (5v5) positioning, line changes and much more from Derek Edwardson and his crew of IYHA player mentors. Along with Coach Edwardson, your mite graduates will be placed in small groups to be mentored by older travel players who have demonstrated superior leadership and team play during the past season. Players from all organizations are welcome! 

If you are looking for more than one ice session per week and more skill work, please check out the 1x per week skills clinic for 2009 birthdates. That along with squirt prep is the perfect combination of education, skills and game play to prepare for full ice tryouts! 

Register for Squirt Prep Here


Spring Goalie Clinic with Willie Mitchell (All ages)

Join former NCAA division 1 head coach, IYHA Goalie Development Coordinator and Just Goalies founder Willie Mitchell to hone your goalie skills this spring. We will have a goalie only session with Willie once per week and all registered goalies skate with the IYHA travel clinic during game night to apply your newly learned skills in game situations. The clinic will run for 6 weeks beginning March 29 and culminating the week of travel tryouts in May. Goaltenders from all organizations are welcome!

Register for Goalie Clinic Here


Spring Skills Clinic (2009-2004 birthdates)

Our most popular off season program for the past several years has been our Spring Skills Clinic.

For travel and more experienced select level players, this year we are offering a 6 week clinic, two nights per week for those looking to sharpen their skating and puckhandling skills in time for travel tryouts in May. IYHA Director Derek Edwardson, Olympic Figure Skating Coach Serguei Zaitsev, US National Champion skater Nick Anderson and other guest IYHA coaches will provide the skill instruction for our U10-U14 travel level players.

For those looking for only one night a week to improve your skills or to supplement your spring sports schedule, we will be running an 8 week house/select level clinic from March 26-May 22. Sessions will be run by Derek Edwardson along with other guest coaches. Ice times will consist of equal parts skill drills and competitive games. Players from all organizations are welcome!

Register for Skills Clinics Here


Hometown Heroes Summer Camp (2011-2006 birthdates)

For the first time ever, the IYHA will be running our own full day, week long summer camp June 11th-15th at the Carmel Ice Skadium. It will be a unique and exciting experience for Indy area players. Each day will feature a local player who has gone on to play NCAA college and/or professional hockey. The player will be on ice to help teach skills, but more importantly, help give local players role models to look up to and prove that you can make it in hockey from the state of Indiana. Each day will finish with a Q&A session open to all players and parents with the day’s featured “Hometown Hero”.

Not only will your player be inspired by local players that have reached some of the highest levels of hockey, he or she will get top notch instruction on skating, puckhandling, passing, puck protection, scoring, battling and defending from the top local coaches lead by IYHA Director Derek Edwardson.

The week will finish with on ice testing and video recording of each player’s skating, puckhandling and shooting. This video will be analyzed, edited and returned to each player with audio comments and instruction on what can be easily fixed and worked on throughout the season. This is the only summer camp where you go home with tangible, individual feedback from a trained professional, not a camp counselor, that you can reference throughout the year to make you a better hockey player.

Groups of 2011-2009 birthdates and 2008-2006 birthdates will be capped at 28 skaters each. No longer will you be in a group of 50+ players to wait in line for 80% of your time on the ice. Stay tuned for this year’s “Hero” announcements in the coming weeks and months! Mark your calendars for Hometown Heroes June 11-15, 2018!

Don't miss out. Spots are filling up quickly!

Register for Hometown Heroes here

  • IYHA Spring Programming Announced!

  • By Derek Edwardson 12/26/2017, 2:30pm EST
  • Save the date for this year's Spring Tournament Teams, Squirt Prep, Goalie Clinic, Spring Clinic and our first ever Summer Day Camp - "Hometown Heroes"
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