Little Caesars AAA Hockey
Little Caesars is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in amateur hockey throughout North America and one of the cornerstones of the High Performance Hockey League (www.hphl.us). Mike and Marian Ilitch, owners of the Little Caesars Pizza chain, have been sponsoring amateur hockey teams since 1968 and are a major reason for the club's success.
The Little Caesar teams have an extraordinary tradition of winning, having captured numerous state tournaments and national titles over its more than 40-year history. While winning is always nice, it is only one facet of the hockey program. The major goal is to develop well-rounded individuals who are prepared for future careers on or off the ice. A mixture of instruction, discipline and positive feedback from outstanding coaches aids in that development and makes for a positive experience.
The Little Caesars AAA hockey club aligns itself very closely with the Detroit Red Wings, also owned by Mike and Marian Ilitch. Members of recent Stanley Cup winning teams will occasionally drop by the youths’ practice ice or locker room for motivation and instruction. Also, when ice is available at Joe Louis Arena, every effort is made to allow the amateur players to skate there.
More than 100 players of the Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club have made it to the National Hockey League. Thousands of others established careers in collegiate hockey, junior hockey or other professional hockey leagues.
The Ilitch Family is very committed to amateur sports, and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey Club will continue to be a model of success among other hockey teams. Impressive youth hockey is just one more reason why Detroit is called Hockeytown.