Player Progression


A perfect introduction to the sport of ice hockey, THFF is a 1-day event welcoming all boys and girls ages 4-11 years old.  NO prior hockey experience or equipment needed!!  We will provide ALL hockey equipment and on-ice guidance/instruction for a fun day on the ice!

Little Preds

This is an introductory program in association with the NHL’s Nashville Predators. The program is an extended 6-8 week program open to all boys and girls from ages 4-9 years old consisting of a 1-hour practice per week culminating in a playoff tournament quest for the Cup!!  All players will be provided FULL hockey gear from head-to-toe to keep AND an official Lil’ Preds hockey jersey. On-ice instruction will be provided by certified USA Hockey instructors and led by NHL alumni! Each session is limited to 60 players, so be sure to sign up early. Please note that players are limited to participating once in this program.


Our L2P program is a natural progression from both THFF and Lil’ Preds introductory programs. L2P is geared towards developing excited young players who want to continue their hockey experience by concentrating on fundamentals such as skating skills, stick handling, moving the puck, and game awareness. On-ice instruction is led by USA Hockey certified coaches. Session dates and durations vary throughout the year.

8U Mites

The 8U Mites Program is the next step after completion of Learn-to-Play sessions and discussion with your player's coach. A player needs to have their own equipment. It is targeted at further developing the skills of the beginner to the intermediate player to both enjoy the game and eventually progress to the more competitive levels. Practices consist of hockey drills interspersed with fun games utilizing the skills they are taught in accordance with the USA Hockey ADM (American Development Model). Some intrasquad games are organized by the coaching staff during the season to introduce players to the cross-ice play that is recommended for this age group. More advanced players will have the opportunity to form travel teams to compete at tournaments and jamborees.

House League

Our House League is a developmental league for players ages 9-14 possessing basic to intermediate hockey skills who have completed our Lil’ Preds, L2P, and/or Mites age 8 and Under (8U) programs. There are two divisions: 9-11 age group and 12-14 age group. It is a fun and competitive environment with instruction to help further players’ hockey awareness and skills.  Practices and games are held in-house at Iceland with teams divided among the group and playing against each other in a playoff format at the end of the session.

10U – 18U Travel

Intermediate to advanced players can try out for Louisville Ice Cardinals travel teams within each age group. Travel teams typically play in the Buckeye Travel Hockey League (BTHL) and play competitive league and non-league games and tournaments throughout the mid-west and southern regions. Practices are typically twice per week for 1.5 hours and seasons run from mid-August through mid-March.

Near the conclusion of each regular hockey season, each age group will hold open tryouts for the next upcoming hockey season. The tryouts are generally scheduled in late April to mid-May. The tryouts are generally held over 2 dates. Please check back on the home page of this website for more information on travel team tryouts. 

Coaching staff for each age group are certified by USA Hockey and have passed a background check. Coaches typically advance from one age group classification to the next as the players advance every two years. The head coach's contact information for the upcoming hockey season is located on the team's page. 

high school hockey

The team will play in the Kentucky High School Hockey League (KHSHL) and is for 9th-12th graders located in the Louisville Metro area who do not attend St. X and Trinity High Schools. The league holds an end-of-season tournament and the champion has the opportunity to compete in the USA Hockey Youth National High School Division II tournament. 

girls hockey

The Girls Hockey Program is open to girls ages 18 & Under and ALL skill levels.

Team Kentucky Summer Tournament Teams

Started in 2023,Team Kentucky Spring/Summer tournament teams offers players from across the state and surrounding areas an opportunity to continue playing competitive hockey through the Spring and Summer months.

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