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Welcome to Capital Amateur Hockey Association


Capital Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) is a local youth hockey organization in Central Ohio that strives to provide a great hockey experience for all youth hockey players – from beginners to experienced players. We offer house, select and travel programs for boys and girls ages 5-14.

Founded in 1967, CAHA’s goal is to offer the proper instruction of ice hockey fundamentals, as well as to create an environment for the young athletes to continue developing athletic skills. As a non-profit organization, CAHA is a member association of, and is governed by, the rules and regulations of USA Hockey and MidAm Hockey. CAHA offers programs for all levels of hockey instruction from the recreational to highly competitive players.

Practices for our house programs are mostly held at Chiller North and/or Chiller Ice Works. Travel and select programs also practice at the Columbus Fairgrounds.  

For experienced/travel players – please see our Travel Hockey page and/or CAHA Northstars Select page.

For current CAHA members – schedule information is located under the “All Teams Pages” tab above.


House registration is CLOSED AND FULL!  Please check with CIHC, CCYHA or EYHA for availability!



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DIFD Awareness Tournament
      What is DIFD? In November 2010,...
Coaching Clinics Announced in Columbus, Ohio in conjunction...
Below is information about an important way in which we can support...
Email Reminders and Updating Records
If you are not receiving emails from your Coach or from the website,...
DIFD Awareness Tournament




What is DIFD? In November 2010, 14‐year old Daron Richardson died by suicide. From this tragedy

came a movement to transform mental health. Daron’s parents, former Columbus Blue Jacket Luke and his wife, Stephanie Richardson, decided to transform their very private pain into a public call‐to‐action and made a decision to support young people who struggle with mental illness.

Supported by the energy and efforts of dozens of Daron’s close friends and classmates, a grassroots movement was formed with the mission of creating awareness, inspiring conversations, and transforming youth mental health.


Do It For Daron (DIFD) supports education, awareness, and research initiatives that encourage young people to talk openly about mental illness and to ask for help when needed.


The purple DIFD heart, a creation inspired by Daron’s favorite color, has become the youth‐driven symbol of this movement.

Daron Richardson was a female youth hockey player who lived in Dublin, Ohio, during much of her short life. As she was a teammate of many players in Dublin, the local Dublin high school hockey teams incorporated an annual hockey game in support of DIFD seven years ago to honor Daron’s legacy and the DIFD cause. Although former teammates have graduated from high school, the Dublin High School Hockey Association (DHSHA) has kept this tradition going to broadcast the DIFD message and make the tools for improved mental health available to our hockey community.

The Facts

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people between ages 10 and 24.
  • Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide.
  • There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes.
  • Depression affects 20‐25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year.
  • Suicide takes the lives of over 44,965 Americans every year.



DHSHA Tournament Hockey Components

  • 8 Varsity and 8 Junior Varsity hockey teams
  • 4 Game guarantee
  • Chiller ice rinks in Columbus, Ohio
  • December 5‐8, 2019


Dublin High School Hockey Alumni Game‐Saturday, 12/7 5:40‐6:40PM

  • Alumni participants from all 3 Dublin High Schools‐Coffman, Jerome, Scioto
  • Game to take place Saturday evening at 5:40 p.m.
  • Game commemorates the original DIFD games started in Dublin 7 years ago


Participant Education for Players, Students, Attendees

  • Mental Health professionals to be present from OSU Harding, Nationwide Children’s & Syntero. A portion of funds raised to be donated to these local providers of youth mental health services.
  • Personal 5‐minute visits to each team’s locker room to discuss DIFD and available tools
  • Availability of mental health information


Tournament Promotion

  • Notification to local media outlets and youth hockey organizations
  • Communications to all participating school districts for distribution
  • Tournament materials to be sent to all participating teams
  • “Purple Out” encouraged at all participating schools the Friday, December 5


Physical Presence at game throughout the weekend

  • “Marquis Games” to include Dublin schools (all schools in the future!)
  • Purple themed decorations and banners
  • Chalkboard walls of positive self‐talk
  • “Note wall” where players and guests can leave encouraging and positive messages


Player involvement for Players, Students, Attendees

  • Marquis games will have a Spirit Award for the team’s fans displaying the most purple to game activities
  • Purple hockey tape and DIFD helmet sticker available for participating players
  • Giveaways for participating players to include a skate towel with DIFD tournament logo


Additional Weekend Activities

  • Celebrity Puck Droppers
  • DIFD apparel sale
  • Silent Auction
  • Raffle
  • Chuck‐a‐Puck
  • Photo Booth with purple props
  • Bake Sale
  • Purple player heart at center ice after game – photo from Mezzanine level

by posted 10/05/2019

Coaching Clinics Announced in Columbus, Ohio

in conjunction with the


USA Hockey Coaching Education Program


Level 1 Clinic – Saturday, September 21, 2019

Nationwide Arena - Media Center: 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Level 2 Clinic – Saturday, September 21, 2019

Nationwide Arena - Founder’s Club: 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Level 3 Clinic – Sunday, September 22, 2019

Courtyard Marriott - 35 W. Spring Street  8:30 AM – 4:00 PM


Clinics include speakers from USA Hockey


Clinic attendees will receive a ticket to the Saturday, September 21 pre-season Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game at 3:00 PM at Nationwide Arena

Space is limited – please register for the clinics early.

For more information on the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program, “CEP” requirements for coaching and clinic registration, go to “USAHockey.Com


If these clinics dont fit your schedule go to  https://courses.usahockey.com/external/search.html?type=Coaching

by posted 07/30/2019



  • Wash the hockey jersey inside-out. Turn the jersey inside-out, then place it into the washer. Doing so will help to preserve the jersey's fabric and make it less faded.


  • Use color-safe detergent. Washing your hockey jersey is safe detergent negates the fading effects of regular detergent. Purchase color-safe detergent at your local department store.


  • Wash the jersey in a gentle washing cycle and in COLD water. Unlike hot water, the cold water will not shrink the jersey. The gentle cycle of the washer allows your jersey to stay intact. In addition, the gentle cycle will keep your jersey looking soft and feeling comfortable.


  • LET IT AIR DRY DO NOT PUT IN DRYER. Just like the hot water, the hot air of a dryer will shrink your hockey jersey and loosen the adhesion of the silkscreen LOGOS, numbers and names. To properly dry your hockey jersey, put it on a hanger and hang it up in a dry place. If you have a clothes line, you can hang your jersey up outside. It should take at least 45 minutes to air dry.  If you have to use the dryer, use only the AIR SETTING and NO FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS!!


  • Hang up your jersey in a dry place. Once it's done drying, place it in a closet or somewhere that is not filled with moisture. Moisture will make the jersey uncomfortable when you decide to wear it again.

Have a great Hockey Season!!


by posted 11/07/2016



The Chiller has provided this fact sheet

Ice Haus Parking FAQ


Q: What is the name and location of the garage?

A: This garage is named the Arena Garage located at 365 Brodbelt Ln., Columbus, Ohio 43215. Please go to http://arenadistrict.com /parking/ for a copy of the parking map.


Q: What lane do I use to enter?

A: Please use the far right lane when entering the garage.

Enter Here



Q: When exiting the facility which lane do you use?

A: The far right lane (North)

Exit Here



Q: How does the new system work during a hockey game or an event?

A: The garage will allow access to a limited number of Ice Haus coaches, referee's, players and parents.


  • At the entrance, the parker will provide his or her name to the ambassador to be verified by the list of names provided by Chiller staff
  • Once the name is verified, the ambassador will scan a prox card that will dispense a bar code ticket to the parker
  • The ticket provided will give provide 2 hours and 15 minutes ··or" 4 hours and 15 minutes of free parking  as allocated  and approved  by the Chiller staff.
  • Ice Haus parking is based on a first come first served basis. The equipment enhancements allow for a monitored system of Ice Haus patrons specific entrances and exits in order to consistently accommodate the allotment provided.
  • Ifyou depart after the free allotted time of 2 hours and 15 minutes or 4 hours and 15 minutes the customer will be charged $50 to exit the facility and must pay the pay in lane station by cash or credit card


Q: Why will it cost $50 if you stay longer than the allotted free time of 2 hours and I 5 minutes or 4 hours and  15 minutes?

A: We are encouraging patrons of the Ice Haus to be mindful of the limited space we have and encourage parking space turnover for the next team, players, and coaches. We have also experienced patrons using the free Ice Haus parking accommodation to attend a CBJ game.




Q: What do customers do on a non-event day/night?
A: On days/nights that the Arena does not have a conflicting event, the Ice Haus Patron will pull a ticket from the machine and enter the parking garage.



The patron should take the bar coded ticket with them to the front desk of the Ice Haus and they will validate the ticket for up to 2 hours and 15 minutes "or" 4 hours and 15 minutes of free parking  depending on what event or group you are with. Ifyou depart after the free allotted time, you will be charged the daily max of $9.00. As you depart, you will insert your ticket at the exit and the gate will open if you have left within  the allotted free time   provided.



Q: What if my ticket is not scanning?

A: Push the call assistance button on the top right of the pay in lane machine and a 24/7 command center staff member will be available to assist you while you are being monitored on an IP camera.




Q: What type of payment does the new equipment accept?

A: Cash or credit card (VISA, MC, Discover, AMEX)



Q: What if the garage is full?

A: You will need to utilize one of the other parking facilities and pay the daily rate. Please go to http://arenadistrict.com/parking/ for a copy of the parking map.



by posted 10/15/2016

Below is information about an important way in which we can support our sled hockey friends.  Please look it over and bring in any hockey gear that you are no longer in need of including old bags, skates, sticks - broken or not, pads etc.

The gear will be repurposed to help adults and kids who have been disabled by illness, injury, or birth defects.

This gear drive will begin on October 1st, 2016.  There will be collection boxes at Chiller North, Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Ice Works and the Ice Haus.

For more information please go to pushforsledhockey.wixsite.com/sled < >.

Zachary Rodier
Founder of PUSH

by posted 10/06/2016
Email Reminders and Updating Records

If you are not receiving emails from your Coach or from the website, please use the following directions to update your member record(s):

We Also now have a GREAT new feature to introduce to you.  You can now sign up to receive game and practice email reminders for times assigned to your skater's team.  By default, this feature is OFF.  To turn it on, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: From the home page, click on the "Edit My Account" button in the lower left hand corner

Step 2: Enter in your email address and password (you created this when you registered online).  If you don't remember your password, enter your email address and click the submit button (with the password line left blank).  Your password will be emailed to you.

Step 3: Click on your skaters record

Step 4: Check the email reminders box for Games, Practices or Both.

Step 5: Confirm, change or add an email address in the "Email Address" box (use a comma to separate multiple email address'

Step 6: Click on the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page to submit your changes.

by posted 10/15/2007
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