What is the LAIHA?
The Lexington Amatuer Ice Hockey League is a non-profit organization that exists to provide ice time to those adults who are interested in joining a team or learning to play ice hockey in Lexington.
How Do the Leagues Work?
For the Fall and Winter session we offer a B , C and D league. The Fall session runs from Mid Sept thru mid Dec. The Winter session runs from early Jan thru mid April. We also offer a Spring session which runs from mid April to June and a Summer Session which runs from mid June thru August.
D League is typically a 20 game session that runs from mid September thru April of the following year. It is a mixture of players that are over 40 or brand new to the game and still learning the rules and want a chance to learn the game in a less competitive environment. During the season we offer a mixture of games as well as some on ice drill sessions to help players work on individual skills needed to improve. There is normally 2 teams but we have had as much as three teams depending on how many register.
C League offers a 20 game session for the fall that carries over into a 20 game winter session. All game results and stats from the fall carry over into the winter session and at the end of the winter session we have a playoff and end the session with a championship game. C league typically has 6 or 7 teams depending upon how many registrations we have. Teams typically will have 13-16 players on their roster with a mixture of full time and part time participants. C league is a mixture of skill levels and age groups from 20 years old up to 70 years old. C league players typically have some previous hockey experience including other adult leagues , high school or even college play. If a player displays a skill set that does not fit within the overall skill level of the C league then they may be asked to drop down to our D league or move up to our B league depending on the situation.
B League offers a 20 game session for the fall that ends with a playoff and championship game at the end of that session. When the winter session begins all game results and stats are reset and a new 20 game session starts over. B League typically has 3 or 4 teams depending upon how many registrations we have. Teams typically will have 13-16 players on their roster with a mixture of full time and part time participants. B League offers our most competitive level of hockey with most players having played for over 10 years with a high level of play in high school , college and possibly beyond. If a player displays a skill set that does not fit with the overall skill level of the B League that player could be asked to move down to our C level and be reevaluated later.
Spring and Summer Session.--- Both the spring and summer sessions are a mixed skill level from D up to B league. These sessions are only 10 games with a championship game at the end. No playoffs, no point system and no stats are kept. The top two teams at the end of the session plays each other for a championship.
Why Play Adult Ice Hockey?
Simply put… it’s Fun! Not only a great way to stay in shape, but also make some new friends!
Who Plays Hockey In Lexington?
We have Men and Women ranging from the ages of 18-55. The passion to play ice hockey unites everyone from all walks of life and backgrounds. While we have former professionals playing in our B league, we have first-time players learning the basics at 30 years old in our C league.
You must be 18 to play. Minors are permitted to play pickup with parental consent only. No coaches or other adults may give consent.
**Note: minors are not eligible to play pickup between September - March anytime. We honor a non-compete agreement with the Bluegrass Youth Hockey Association.
When Do You Play?
We usually operate from August to May, depending on when the Lexington Ice Center closes for annual maintenance. Our Fall session runs from September to December. Winter session runs from January to March, with playoffs.
Each team plays 20 games in a 10 week period. We do not skate on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Superbowl and Easter.
We also offer a Spring session which runs from mid April to June and a Summer Session which runs from mid June thru August. Both the spring and summer sessions are a mixed skill level from D up to B league. These sessions are only 10 games with a championship game at the end. No playoffs, no point system and no stats are kept. The top two teams at the end of the session plays each other for a championship.
What Does It Cost?
Please contact an officer for most current pricing, as rates may have in increased since writing of this article.
Full Time (20 games) $375
Part Time (10 games) $275
Pickup games $25 per game
What Equipment Do I Need?
We require the following equipment listed below.
Helmet (Shield / Cage recommended), Shoulder Pads, Hockey Pants, Athletic Cup or Pelvic Supporter, Shin Gaurds, Gloves, Skates, Stick