In honor of Illinois State University Club Hockey’s 50th year at Illinois State University, the players, alumni, and friends of the program are seeking to raise $5,000 and gain 50 donors for the team.
Call for Support
The Hockey Club relies almost entirely on the fees paid by the players and their families. About 2% of the Club’s annual budget is provided by the University. Those monies are appreciated, but the Club requests your help in fulfilling its mission to provide all the lessons sports competition can provide to students including opportunities for internships for future coaches, trainers and sports administrators.
ISU has been fortunate to have had a successful Club Hockey program for 50 years. During that time costs for equipment, travel, uniforms have escalated. The current players and their families pay $3,250 annually to play for the Club and pay other miscellaneous expenses. Teams from the past have won league championships, league tournaments and league season and tournament MVP awards. These successes have been the result of dedicated volunteer coaches who recruit around the Midwest. The Redbirds D1 team has battled through a tough schedule and picked up a few big wins along the way to achieve a top 25 ranking for the first time in three seasons. We work toward a top 16 ranking, which would earn a trip to the National Tournament in Dallas, TX.
Please help us to assist the Club and coaches train young men. Our donations will reduce the players costs and allow our coaches and team to recruit the type of student athletes that will represent Redbird sports around the Midwest with continuing success and sportsmanship. For every $5,000 raised, it takes $100 off the total each player pays each year.
In 1969 Jim Petersen, a senior from Bloomington, Illinois, and the Student Body President, petitioned the University to establish an Ice Hockey Club as an officially registered student organization. In a letter from the University to Jim dated April 17, 1969, the ISU Hockey Club was given official recognition. Jim asked Bill “Dub” Easton, the ISU map librarian and a hockey enthusiast, to serve as the Club’s faculty advisor. Jim and Bill, who in previous years had each formed teams to play pond hockey, worked together to establish the Club. They shared work recruiting players, raising funds, establishing a schedule, and more, receiving valuable help with all these tasks from many of the players who formed the first team.
After Jim’s graduation, Bill continued as an advisor to the Club. Bill was the team's Coach in the early years, arranging schedules and attending to the many details needed to field a team. He worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the Club until his retirement in 1989.
Jim now serves as Chairman of the newly formed ISU Hockey Club Hall of Fame Committee which is set to announce its first class of inductees at the team's 50th-year celebration at a home game against the University of Illinois on February 16, 2019.