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Hignite Memorial Cup

Hignite Memorial Cup is a youth ice hockey tournament honoring a beloved coach and mentor. The tournament is hosted each year by Dayton Hockey Association on Martin Luther King weekend. It provides a competitive opportunity for house/rec/B level teams for the younger age divisions, and low A/high B level midget (18U)/high school teams.

2018 Hignite Memorial Cup Tournament Information

The Hignite Memorial Cup is a growing tradition in youth hockey and the Dayton Hockey Association is proud to host this tournament in honor of Coach Joe Hignite. 2018 marks our 7th year and we look forward to many more successful tournaments.

2018 Tournament Dates:

Friday, January 12th* - Monday, January 15th

*While we cannot guarantee scheduling, we will do our best to use local teams for the Friday night games. Play-offs and championships will be held on Monday.


Kettering Ice Arena, 2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering, OH 45420
NTPRD Chiller, 301 W Main St, Springfield, OH 45504

Registration Fees:

·   10U (Squirts) - $1,025
·   12U (Pee wees) - $1,060
•   14U (Bantams) - $1,130
•   High School/18U (Midget) A/B - $1,195

Registration Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2017

All age divisions include a 4 game guarantee, championship and finalist trophies for the top two teams in each age division, MVP medals for every game, and more.

Tournament proceeds will fund college scholarships for graduating Dayton area hockey players.


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We look forward to hosting you and your team for the 2018 Hignite Memorial Cup!

Reserve Your Hotel Rooms Now!


All teams needing/wanting hotel reservations are required to use tournament hotels. Please click on the link above to review the hotel options and begin the reservation process for your team. Once you've completed the reservation form at the bottom of the tournament hotel page, you will be contacted with your hotel assignment and more details regarding finalizing your reservations.


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Coach Joe Hignite

Coach Joe Hignite

September 4, 1962 — July 3, 2011

Joe Hignite became a part of the Dayton hockey community at a very young age. He grew up playing for Dayton Amateur Hockey Association (DAHA) and then in high school.

He became a hockey coach after having a son that wanted to play. Coach Joe coached in the Dayton Bomber Youth Hockey League for 13 years, beginning when his son was a mini-mite. He continued to coach his son until his son moved to a AA midget team. At that point Coach Joe’s true love for the game shined through when he chose to continue coaching at the house level. Coach Joe said, “I stayed at house level to teach kids some skills, but mostly the love of this great sport!! I have kids that I coached as mini mites & I'm still coaching the same kids at the midget level, WE love this sport.”

Coach Joe’s passion for the game of hockey was obvious to every kid and every parent that he touched through the game. He loved the kids as if they were his own and he loved all of the life lessons the game has to teach. It is in honor of Coach Joe and his passion that we strive to grow the love of hockey through the Hignite Memorial Cup.