The Buckeye Travel Hockey League is the premier youth travel ice hockey league for "AA," "A," and "B" 10U, 12U, and 14U teams in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia. The BTHL’s 8U Mite Division includes teams from the region which play in Jamborees with league associations every weekend starting in November. The BTHL is a part of USA Hockey's MidAm district.
League teams will play in various skill level divisions within each age group based on results from seeding games played in September each year. BTHL awards both regular-season and post-season tournament championships in each division.
Since the first COVID-19 shut-downs started in March, we have all been dealing with a lot of uncertainty and unpredictability. The situation does not seem to be close to settling down. College conferences are shutting down fall sports or limiting their schedules. California just canceled all high school fall sports. Rinks, associations, teams may have to shut down if coaches or players get sick. Parents may not want to travel or afford to have their kids play due to layoffs or business shutdowns. Federal, state and local authorities are becoming more restrictive and shutting things down.
As much as we might wish for a return to “normal,” the BTHL feels that it is very likely that there will be modifications and accommodations necessary for the upcoming hockey season.
The board members of the Buckeye Travel Hockey League are monitoring the current Coronavirus / Covid-19 situation and are debating the best course of action. We are considering everything from running the league as normal, to not having a league season and tournament for 2020/21. While we do not believe it will be at either extreme, we do believe there will be some modifications. We will make an announcement by August 16th as to what we are planning. In the interim, if you have any recommendations, suggestions or questions please send them via email to BuckeyeTravelHockey@gmail.com
It is our goal to create a safe environment for the players and families while still allowing for opportunities to play if circumstances permit it.
We feel that it is unlikely that we will be able to hold a seeding tournament in September to aid us in assigning divisions. We ask that you prepare for that, and give careful consideration to the level at which your teams will be competitive.
Updated May 7, 2020 — All hockey activities (i.e. try outs, tournaments, camps, etc.) are suspended until at least June 15, 2020. This date will continue to be monitored and updated as necessary.
Associations and teams should not be conducting tryouts, workouts, practices, or any other in-person team activities at this time.
UPDATE: Tournament Information Posted
The 2019-20 "B" Division End of Season Tournament page is available under the "Tournaments" tab on the main menu. Most teams will complete their bracket in one day. Tournament rules will be posted and linked on the tournament page soon. Schedule changes are not anticipated but teams should recheck their game times before the weekend.
8U/Mite EOS Jamboree Schedule:
8U teams will play in an EOS Jamboree on Sunday March 1 at either Goggin or Indian Hill Winter Club. The schedule is posted here: 8U EOS Schedule
Good luck to all of our BTHL teams as we wrap up the BTHL 2019-20 season!
B Division End of Season Tournament:
B division teams will play February 28 to March 1. Final brackets will determine locations of tournaments to attempt to minimize travel and/or overnights.
8U teams will play in an EOS Jamboree on Sunday March 1 at either Goggin or Indian Hill Winter Club.
We expect to release the schedules by Monday, February 25 at 8pm. As we are able to release more specific schedules we will post them on the website.
BTHL End of Season Tournament Rinks
Goggin Ice Center
610 S. Oak St.
Oxford, OH 45056
Lexington Ice Center
560 Eureka Springs
Lexington, KY 40517
(859) 269-5681 or (859) 269-5686
Indian Hill Winter Club
10005 Fletcher Rd
Camp Dennison, OH 45111
10765 Reading Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45241
South Metro Sports
10561 Success Lane
Centerville, OH 45458
Buckeye Travel Hockey League