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Quick Facts on Columbus Ice Hockey Club and its legacy of sustained excellence:

  • Over 30,000 youth served over 20 years with over 16,000 being African-American and an additional 4,000 being from other diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities. 7,500 of those served have been female.  Program growth continues to show 10% growth consistently year over year. 
  • A 20 year partnership with the Columbus Recreation and Park Sports Office, City of Columbus, Columbus Blue Jackets, local youth and high school hockey organizations, and National Hockey League (NHL) to ensure the sustainability and viability of Columbus Ice Hockey Club.
  • Over $300,000 in full and partial scholarships distributed to CIHC members to play hockey at all levels and attend camps, seminars, and workshops
  • Over $250,000 in free equipment distributed from our equipment bank over the past 10 years to individuals who could not afford to buy equipment
  • Two Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund winners - Cassidy Guthrie and Akeem Adesiji
  • One John H. McConnell Scholarship Award winner - Akeem Adesiji
  • 2013 City of Columbus Recreation and Parks named John Haferman the first Director of Hockey for the City of Columbus
  • 2017 CIHC creates a 5 year Strategic Plan establishing three key pillars – Core Hockey, CIHC to College Initiative, and the Elite Skater Academy
  • In 2018, developed an Elite Skater Academy to offer high cost training at a reduced price to keep diverse elite players on track to realize their dreams
  • In 2019, launched an education partnership with I Know I Can of Central Ohio to assist with placing CIHC members into college or careers
  • In 2020 after two years in pilot launched a development program to progress a hockey player from a ‘Hockey is For Everyone’ Program to the most competitive levels of hockey called ‘CIHC to Pros.’
  • In the summer 2021 will launch ‘CIHC Creative Learning Experiences’ which will expose CIHC students in high school to various careers via a series of 1-day shadow and internship programs with assistance from our partners in Central Ohio.  
  • Ten youth and high school hockey teams competing at all levels of hockey in Central Ohio
  • Street Hockey program conducted at all 28  Columbus Recreation and Parks Recreation Centers
  • Conduct and/or participate in at least four ‘Try Hockey for Free’ events planned each year drawing 75+ participants each session.  These events are focused on attracting diverse and underrepresented populations to the sport.
  • Four USA Hockey certified Level 5 coaches – The most in one organization in Central Ohio
  • Six USA Hockey certified Level 4 coaches