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.
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. 2017 marks our 6th year and we've been growing each year.
We are very excited to welcome the 10U (squirt) age division this year. This will be the first time 10U teams have been part of our tournament and we look forward to including this age group.
This year's tournament information is:
Friday, January 13 - Monday, January 16, 2017
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.
Friday, December 12, 2016
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. We plan to award at least 4 scholarships in the spring of 2017.
For any questions, please contact Anita Griggs at
We look forward to hosting you and your team for the 2017 Hignite Memorial Cup!
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
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.