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History of Hudson Hockey

The Hudson Hockey Association (HHA) was formed over 50 years ago on the outside ice of Burton Park.  In 1972, seventy-five skaters played hockey at Burton Park under the guidance of parents and volunteers.  It has since grown steadily with the community as it progressed to indoor ice in a Teflon-coated bubble in 1980. The original boards inside the “bubble” were purchased from the New York Rangers and lead to HHA picking NY Ranger red, white and blue as the association’s official colors.  

In 1986, hockey visionaries rallied the HHA membership which included 160 youth, as well as the community of Hudson, to come together building the community’s first ice arena, known as the Hudson Sports and Civic Center.  Also known as the Gornick Arena, the facility has hosted several off-season events such as Operation Help’s massive used clothing drive and the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau’s Spring Showcase home shows.

The continued vision of HHA leadership combined with the efforts of the membership and community lead to the construction of a second sheet of ice known as the Raider Arena in 2007. It was renamed the Karen Drewiske Memorial Arena in 2014 (see photos below from the unveiling event).  The second sheet of ice was necessary because HHA had grown to be the largest youth hockey association in the State of Wisconsin, with up to 475 and 500 players and 75 volunteer coaches lacing them up every season.   With the second sheet of ice, came a 6,000 sq. ft. world-class training facility that attracts players from other hockey associations within a 60-mile radius, serving as the home of FHIT Hockey / MAP East player development program.

The spirit and dedication of the players, parents, coaches, and community has led to a tradition of ice hockey in Hudson, culminating in 6 boys and girls state high school championships since 2001 and over 20 players advancing to college or professional ranks. 

The Hudson Hockey Association is a volunteer-run, non-profit entity that has been one of the largest, fastest-growing and most successful youth hockey associations in the State of Wisconsin.