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.
Thank you to all of the 2014 Hignite Memorial Cup participating teams! It was great to meet so many families and see so much talent and great sportsmanship over the weekend. We hope to see all of you again next year.
Thank you to all of our 2014 Hignite Memorial Cup volunteers. You all helped to make the weekend run smoothly and we couldn't do it without you. Your time and efforts are sincerely appreciated.
Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors! They help make this event possible.
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.