All associations and coaches should be aware of a couple of significant changes for the 2017-18 season:
1) Icing enforced during penalty kill for 14U and younger.
A rule change by USA Hockey means that teams at the 14U and younger age divisions will no longer be permitted to ice the puck when shorthanded. If a team ices the puck while killing a penalty, there will be an icing call made, with a face-off in the defensive zone.
There is some discussion and explanation of this rule change at the MIHOCKEY website.
Associations and coaches should also be sure to communicate this rule change to parents so they understand what is happening when icing is called in a PK situation.
2) Coaches must complete required online modules prior to season.
Starting this season the modules must be completed before the coach will be approved on the team roster. This replaces the previous deadline of Dec. 31. Online modules are available now and all coaches are urged to complete them as soon as possible so they will be approved on the team roster and eligible to be on the bench for games.
Finally... we remind all associations that the deadline for team applications is approaching! Please have all team applications completed by August 5. Use our online team application form to apply.
Team Applications Are Open for the 2017-18 Season.
To complete the process, the Organization or Coach or Manager must:
Submit the online application for each team wishing to participate in the BTHL in 2017-18. Please fill out the form as completely and accurately as possible, including any comments to ensure that teams are properly matched at the seeding tournament. In addition, the contact information you submit will be loaded to the website for your organization and team to ensure proper communication is sent to the necessary people.
Once the form is completed, your registration confirmation will be emailed to you with the amount due.
You must mail the following (POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN AUG 5, 2017) to the address in your confirmation email:
A printed copy of the registration confirmation email.
A check for the full amount due (organizations submitting multiple team applications can write a single check for the total as long as the check and all applications are mailed together).
Additional Dates to Remember
Application deadline is August 5, 2017.
USA Hockey Stamped Rosters must be provided at or before check-in at the seeding tournament. You must have 10 skaters and a goalie to play. Any player not on the USA Hockey roster will not be permitted on the ice or bench.
We will do our best to have the seeding tournament schedule posted by noon on September 8, 2017. Emails and phone calls regarding the seeding schedule will not be returned and will not speed up the process. Please be patient.
Pre-season seeding tournament: September 16-17, 2017
Divisions posted: On or before September 22, 2017
Petitions due from teams to move up or down a division: By 5:00pm on September 25, 2017
Final divisions posted/Scheduling starts: September 27, 2017
Schedules complete and entered on website: September 29, 2017
The 2017 BTHL Annual Meeting will be held via conference call on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 8:30PM Eastern Time. The meeting will start promptly at 8:30 pm.
Each organization must have a representative on the call – ALL ASSOCIATIONS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE CALL WILL RECEIVE A $50.00 PER TEAM DISCOUNT ON LEAGUE FEES FOR THE 2017/18 SEASON. Participation will be determined by roll call at the start of the meeting.
The meeting will be held via conference call.
Number: (515) 604-9824
Passcode: Sent to association rep on file.
The meeting will start on time. Please plan to dial in early. To avoid echo and background noise please mute your phone unless you are speaking.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Andy Pokupec at
or any member of the BTHL board, or email
The 2016/17 End of Season tournament will begin on Friday Feb. 24 and run through Sunday Feb. 26. Due to the loss of the Cincinnati Gardens we will be using ice at Dayton, Columbus, and Fort Wayne as well as Cincinnati rinks.
AA divisions will play a double-elimination format, with the modification that the final will be a single game (no extra game if it is the losing team's first loss).
All other divisions will play a single-elimination with 2-game guarantee as we have in past years. Double elimination in all divisions was not possible due to limited ice availability and scheduling constraints.
In order to get all games scheduled, games may begin as early as 12:00 on Friday. We have tried to avoid more than one overnight stay but this may not be possible in all cases.
Please note that changes are still possible and we advise that any hotel reservations include a cancelation option.
The final schedule and tournament rules will be updated after all regular league games are completed on Feb. 19. Final regular season scores must be entered no later than Sunday afternoon (Feb. 19) so that we may finalize and publish the tournament schedule.
Some other reminders
Schedules are very tight. Teams must be available to play up to 15 minutes before scheduled time and must not delay getting in or out of locker rooms.
To be eligible to play in the End of Season tournament, a player must have played in at least 50% of the regular season games for their team. Players with prolonged illness or injury may petition for an exception (please provide a doctor’s note indicating dates and clearance to return to play).
Remember this is a completely volunteer run tournament. We appreciate your support. We will require a scorekeeper/timekeeper from the home team/visiting team for each game.
Tournament rules will be posted on the Buckeye League website.
UPDATE 5/23/2014: The call will start at 8:30 PM Eastern Time.
The 2014 BTHL Annual Meeting will be held via conference call on May 27, 2014 at 8:30PM. The meeting will start promptly at 8:30 pm.
Each organization must have a representative on the call -- the dial-in information and agenda have been sent to the contact on file for each organization. If your organization has not received the agenda and call-in numbers, please contact Jason Bowra at
or any member of the BTHL board.
If you are interested in being the new webmaster, please contact Craig Davis
or Jason Bowra
The 2013-14 Initial Division Assignments have been posted to the website and are available for download: (2013 Initial Divisions.xls). In addition, the teams have been assigned to their respective division on the website navigation and season results/standings pages.
Coaches and Managers: Petitions to move up/down are to be submitted by 5:00 PM on Tuesday 9/24/2013 using the online form: Move Up/Down Petition Form.
Petitions can be viewed online as well: Submitted Petitions (you must be logged in to view the petitions).
Final divisions will be posted on Thursday 9/26/2013.
Thank you all for your part in another successful BTHL Seeding Tournament weekend!
All game results have been posted to the website -- please of any discrepancies by EODMonday 9/16/2013.
Preliminary divisions will be posted on Monday 9/23/2013 Please do not contact us regarding team placements before the preliminary divisions are posted
Petitions to move up or move down must be submitted by Tuesday 9/24/2013 at 5:00 PM Only Team Officials (Coach or Manager) or Organization Reps may petition a team to move up/down
Final divisions will be posted on Thursday 9/26/2013 There will be no changes to divisions after this date
Teams are expected to contact each other for scheduling after final divisions are posted Team scheduler contacts are all posted on the website
Schedule confirmation conference calls for each division will be held Saturday 9/28/2013 All teams are expected to dial-into the conference call with all league games scheduled
First day of League Games is October 7, 2013 Here's to another great season -- its always a great day for hockey!
In addition, later this week coaches/managers will receive instructions that can be forwarded to all team members -- This year, all players must register themselves on the BTHL website and enter their own contact information and USA hockey numbers, thus ensuring complete and accurate roster information for all players and teams. These must be completed by player's families before the first games begin.
And again, thank you to all of the BTHL volunteers, Rink Directors, and area rink owners/managers for helping make the weekend go so smoothly!
The 2013 Seeding/Prospective Teams list has been uploaded to the website.
The teams also are listed in each age group/division on the web site at the level proposed by each organization/coach/manager. This (and additional information on the applications) is being used to establish the seeding games schedule. The seeding tournament schedule will be posted on 9/6/2013 on each teams BTHL page and on the "Seeding" tab of the BuckeyeTravelHockey.com website.
In addition you will notice a Midget U16 division. Since this is new for 2013 compared to years past, we are extending the Midget U16 registration an extra week (Deadline is 8/17/2013) and offering a fee of $250 for the seeding tournament only. This way U16 teams can properly evaluate the competition (should there only be a single division of Midget this year). It is also a great way for all area U16 teams to jump-start their year as a pre-season tune-up. The $250 will be applied to the normal full season BTHL fees. Please contact ' + ename + '<' + '/a>');
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As you review your potential competition for 2013-14, you will notice many new teams and organization names in the list this year: we have 98 teams registered this year -- 69 returning teams plus 29 new teams.
The new teams for 2013-14 are fairly evenly spread throughout all age groups, with many (19) moving up to the BTHL from House/Select leagues, and 10 teams moving to the BTHL after playing in other A and AA leagues. We welcome all of the new and returning teams to the BTHL!
We look forward to seeing you all at the tournament 9/13/2013 - 9/15/2013!
The application process is well under way, and most organizations and teams have submitted their prospective teams. A list of all received to date and initial seeding recommendations from the coaches is posted to the website under the "2013 Seeding" tab labeled "Prospective Teams". The list will be updated daily as additional teams submit their applications (deadline is Saturday August 10th).
In addition to the league seeding tournament on September 13-15, we wanted to let you all know we've updated the Tournament Listings (on the main home menu) with BTHL member organizations tournaments and those of our sponsors.
Is your team playing in the seeding tournament but looking for more competition before the start of the winter season? Canlan Classic Tournaments is hosting a Pre-Season tournament September 20th – 22ndin Fort Wayne and the BTHL will be looking at the results of the tournament. It's a great opportunity for players to familiarize themselves with their new teammates. Get a head start on the competition and sign up today! Cost is only $695. For more information or to register for this tournament, call Justin Sherwood at: 1-888-422-6526 ext 276, email firstname.lastname@example.org visit ccthockey.com.
If your organization is hosting a tournament you'd like to have included in our listings, please contact the BTHL Webmaster at
To complete the process, the Organization or Coach or Manager must:
Submit the online application for each team wishing to participate in the BTHL in 2013-14.
Once the form is completed, your registration confirmation will be emailed to you with the amount due. Please fill out the form as completely and accurately as possible, including any comments to ensure that teams are properly matched at the seeding tournament. In addition, the contact information will be loaded to the website for your organization & team to ensure proper communication is sent to the necessary people.
You must mail the following (POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN AUG 10, 2013) to the address in your confirmation email:
Printed copy of the registration confirmation email
A check for the full amount due (organizations submitting multiple team applications can write a single check for the total as long as the check and all applications are mailed together)
A complete team roster with birthdates for each player
Additional Dates To Remember:
USA Hockey Stamped Rosters are due by 9/2/2013
USA Hockey Stamped Rosters must be provided at the seeding tournament
The seeding tournament schedule will be posted by noon on 9/6/2013 -- emails and phone calls regarding the seeding schedule will not be returned until after the schedule is posted.
Fees (see minutes for each divisions 2013 team fees)
Organizations (see minutes for new organization applications)
Mite and U16 Division
Discussions were held on both topics and everyone on the call agreed that the Buckeye should try and have a Mite and U16 Division. We will work on this over the summer. Please email the board if you have potential teams.
Important 2013 Dates
Team applications with league dues postmarked by no later than: August 10, 2013
USA Hockey approved team rosters are due September 2, 2013. Stamped roster must be turned in at the pre-season tournament and also sent to division director.
Date for pre-season tournament. September 13,14, 15, 2013
The schedule for the pre-season tournament will be posted on or before September 6.
Tournament placement committee meeting. As required after tournament.
Preliminary divisions posted on or before September 23rd, 2013
Petitions due from teams to move up or down a division. By NO LATER than 5:00pm on Sept. 24, 2013
Petition review meeting. Sept. 25th, 2013 at 5:00pm
Final divisions posted. Sept. 26th, 2013
Date of scheduling meeting. Sept 28th. Conference Call
Dates for Championship Tournament: Feb. 21, 22 & 23 2014. Some teams will be required to play on Friday as early as 12 noon.
The annual meeting will be this Sunday June 2nd, 2013 at 7pm. The meeting will be held via conference call. The number is 1877-950-5107 Passcode 6884171#. The meeting will start on time. Please plan to dial in early. The buckeye requests representation from every organization planning to be in the Buckeye this year. We are trying to limit this to decision makers within the organization only.
USA Hockey Night at Nationwide Arena - CBJ vs MN Wild
USA Hockey Night is coming up at Nationwide Arena on 4/7 when the Jackets take on Minnesota! There are two great offers for players AND coaches!
Players (and families): Starting at $25 players receive a ticket, hotdog, popcorn, Pepsi, cold stone creamery ice cream cone, CBJ Street Hockey Stick, CBJ hat, and opportunity to take part in a post-game autograph session!
First and foremost congratulations to ALL the kids for a great tournament over the weekend. I have never witnessed so many close championship games.
Please see below for the entire tournament Champions.
·Squirt AA - Dayton Stealth – Perrault
·Squirt A Gold Louisville – Lemonds
·Squirt A Silver Evansville – Sarno
·Squirt A Bronze Columbus BJ - Erickson
·Pee Wee AA Cincinnati - Pardo
·Pee Wee A Gold - IYHA All Stars – Murray
·Pee Wee A Silver - Owensboro - Henry
·Pee Wee A Bronze - Fishers Falcons - Bell
·Bantam AA - Columbus BJ – Donovan
·Bantam A Gold - Cincinnati - Davis
·Bantam A Silver - Butler County – Deer
·Bantam A Bronze - IYHA All Stars - Christie
Quick summary below for the goal differential in the championship games.
·One Goal or overtime – 6 or 50%
·Two Goal – 3 or 25 %
·Three – 1
·Four – 1
·Five – 1
The Buckeye is completely run by volunteers. It will never be perfect. For those of you that wonder why we do the preseason, decisions to approval/deny petitions to move up or down, etc……well we feel that with 75% championship games under a two goal differential is pretty good.
If you feel different and would like to offer your expertise/time the, Buckeye is currently looking for people to help out in all capacities. We are looking to make some major changes and improvements for next year.
If you are willing to become part of the board please contact Jason Bowra. Please only contact if you a seriously willing to commit to a position on the Buckeye.
(Note: Consolation Games do not appear in the above brackets)
2012-13 Year End Tournament Information:
The brackets and schedule for the 2012-13 year-end tournament are now available to download.
Note that some teams will be required to play on Friday afternoon so please plan accordingly.
Once the final division seeding is known, the brackets will be updated with team names and will also be updated not only at the rinks, but also on the website as games complete. Scores will be entered by the rink coordinators, and the next round of the games will automatically display on the website brackets for each division.
Please direct any questions about the schedule you your coach, manager, or division coordinator.
Buckeye Travel Hockey League is the premeir youth travel ice hockey league for "A" and "AA" Squirt (10U), PeeWee (12U), Bantam (14U), and Midget (16U and 18U) teams in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. We typically have 75 or more teams from various organizations in the midwest participate in the league. BTHL is a part of USA Hockey's Mid Am district. Teams will play in various divisions within each age group based on results from the seeding tournament held in September each year. BTHL League Play crowns a regular-season champion in each division based on their final standings as posted throughout the season on this website. In addition, the Year-End League Tournament is also held crowining the Tournament Champions.
For more information about the league, click on our BTHL Contacts link.
The Site is divided into multiple age groups (Squirt/PeeWee/Bantam) which can be selected from the buttons across the TOP MENU.
Picking an age group will allow you to see all of the divisions with that age group (AA/A Gold/A Silver/A Bronze).
Once you have picked a division you will see the choices on the LEFT MENU change allowing you to see the schedule and standings for your selected age group and division.
Tip: Make sure you have the correct season selected at the top of the screen
Scores for completed games show in the schedule. Only one week is shown at a time, so you may need to view previous weeks to see more game results.
Scores for specific teams can also be accessed by clicking on the team in the schedule, standings, or from each team's main page (using the "Choose a Team" button).