52 seasons ago, youth ice hockey came to Kent, Ohio. Over this time, generations have continually volunteered to strengthen a community rooted in family value. We have helped nurture, raise, and train local youth to be good teammates, future leaders, and all-around better people for the future. We have created many lasting memories, and have many things to be thankful for over this time.
While for over decade we have done business as the Kent Cyclones, we began as Kent-Akron hockey and are legally incorporated today at the Tri-County Youth Hockey Association. For most of our history, we were known as the Tri-County Cyclones, amongst other names. In celebration of our 50-year history, and to honor those that helped make this association as strong as it is today, this season we have created a celebration logo, celebrating our history. Thank you to all the committee members that helped create this exciting addition to our history:
KENT CYCLONES HISTORY
1970-A group of 6 players from Akron, North Canton & Kent area started playing exhibition games at “Hudson Ice Arena” at 5133 Darrow Rd. Hudson, Ohio (now Life Center Plus). Most of the 6 players were from Canadian transplant families whose fathers were working in the US. They played only about 5 scrimmages. They decided to develop a team the following season.
1970-KSU Arena Opened
1971 - Kent-Akron ice hockey association was formed, they were to play at KSU arena with only 1 team as PeeWee level independent team. Most games were played against local Cleveland teams that were at the bantam level. The only age appropriate game that year were played against Michigan teams.
1972 Kent-Akron Ice Hockey Association joined the CSHL with only 1 team-Bantam Level
1973-1979-Kent-Akron played CSHL with teams at numerous age groups
1980-Kent-Akron became Northern Ohio Red Wings for one year in the CSHL
1981 – Northern Ohio Red Wings morphed to Tri County Hockey Association & joined the CSHL