9:00 PM | Maryville University Hockey Center (MUHC)
14U B2
Chesterfield B1 - Save the Date
9:00 PM | Maryville Hockey Center - Shanahan Rink
14U B2
Chesterfield Falcons 14U B1
10 Oct

Annual TJ's Pizza Fundraiser

Our annual TJ's Pizza Fundraiser begins October 10 and runs through October 24.

Pick up forms at East Alton Ice Arena.

This year we will be doing cash only.

All forms are due October 24.

Pick up November 16 @ 5pm - location TBD.

Please reach out to Jenn McHatton with any questions  text 618-402-1702 or email

30 Sep

Fuel your Game - Pre-Game Nutrition

Did you know that what you eat the day before a game can impact your performance? 

It takes 24 hours for food to be digested and available for your body to use as energy for your muscles.

You don’t have to “carb load”, however carbohydrates are a key source of that energy. It’s essential that those are quality carbohydrates. Protein is also important, but shouldn’t be the biggest portion on your plate.  A side of dairy is recommended as well.

How do you time those meals, especially if you’re on the road for a 4-game weekend tournament?

Several hours before the game you’ll need to “top off” your tank. Timing depends on the athlete, but you need to give your body time to digest it. It’s okay to have a small snack an hour before game time. 

One other bit of advice, pre-game meals probably aren’t the best time to experiment with new foods. 

You can find more on Pre-Game Nutrition on our Resources page. 

Fuel you Game Resources Page

15 Sep

Fall Learn to Play Registration Now Open!

Twin Bridges Lightning is excited to introduce your child to hockey!

Our FREE Learn to Play program offers you the chance to try the sport without a major investment of time... or money. 

Here are the dates, times and location:

October 30, 2021 8 - 9 am East Alton Ice Arena

November 6, 2021 8 - 9 am East Alton Ice Arena

November 13, 2021 8 - 9 am East Alton Ice Arena

November 20, 2021 8 - 9 am East Alton Ice Arena

December 4, 2021 8 - 9 am East Alton Ice Arena

Before registering, please go to the link below for more information, including instructions for signing up with USA Hockey and to download some required documents.

Twin Bridges Lightning Learn to Play Fall 2021

Please feel free to share this information with other families in our region.  We look forward to seeing you at the rink in October!

10 Sep

TBL/Blues Hat Fundraiser

TBL is partnering with the St. Louis Blues for a hat fundraiser.

Each hat will cost $30 with a $5 per hat profit.

The hats will be available until the end of September. The link to order is below.

Twin Bridges Lightning Hat Fundraiser

If any one would like to collect individual orders and turn them into Jenn McHatton by September 27 she can turn in an individual order and that order can be for a player specific profit.

Please see the link to the form below.

Cash is due at the time the forms are turned in.

Individual Order Form

8 Sep

8U Practice Groups and Ice Times

Here are the 8u group assignments and practice times for this week/weekend.

Group 1: 9/9 at 6:15pm EA

Group 2: 9/11 at 8:00am EA

Group 3: 9/11 at 9:15am EA

Group 1: 9/11 at 10:30am EA

Group 2: 9/12 at 10:30am IZ

Group 3: 9/12 at 11:40am IZ

8U Practice Groups

2 Sep

Equipment 101: Sizing Skates

Buying skates can be a big investment. 

Getting the right skates can make a significant difference when it comes to comfort, athlete health, and performance.   

What you buy, is really up to your player's feet as this article explains:

Hockey Skate Sizing Guide

2 Sep

More Tips for Using the Website and Crossbar App

Our website and the Crossbar app should be your first source for information about TBL and the first stop for communication with your team.

When you go to your team page online, you are able to message your team, check out the roster, find contact information for your coaches and Team Manager, look at your schedule, etc.

If you go to the Family Calendar link at the top left of the homepage you can access a calendar feed for iCal, Google and Outlook.  

Here are a few tips for navigating the App from Crossbar:

If you are not receiving notifications or messages from other members of your team, we recommend you turn those settings on so you don't miss anything.  Here's how to set that up on your mobile device.

18 Aug

I'm new to 10U. What happens after evaluations???

If your child is moving up from 8U to 10U, the season will be quite a bit different.

Once evaluations are complete and TBL teams have been rostered, your player will enter what's called the Declaration Season. 

The Missouri Amateur Ice Hockey Association Youth Division explains the Declaration Season like this:  "Declaration season helps determine what playing level teams should be placed in for Youth Division Regular Season league play.  10U, 12U and 14U teams will participate in the Declaration Season."   For example, your team may be B1 or C3.  You'll play a series of games to make sure your team is placed correctly. 

There are three phases of "Dec" Season, which runs from September 23rd to November 6th this year.   Scheduling for the first phase begins in mid-September.  You will play three games in that first phase between September 23rd and October 16th, according to MO Hockey.

Once the regular season divisions are finalized in early November, then your regular season games will be scheduled.    The regular season is scheduled to begin on or after November 19th.

We hope this helps you understand the process a little better.  For more information from MO Hockey, including a list of these  key dates, go to this link:  MO Hockey YD Info and Dates

18 Aug

Fall Learn to Play Dates Announced

The next session of our free Learn to Play program for beginning hockey players has been scheduled for the following dates:

October 30, 2021       8 - 9 am    East Alton Ice Arena

November 6, 2021    8 - 9 am    East Alton Ice Arena

November 13, 2021    8 - 9 am    East Alton Ice Arena

November 20, 2021    8 - 9 am    East Alton Ice Arena

December 4, 2021    8 - 9 am    East Alton Ice Arena

Be watching for registration information in September.  

Click the link below for basic information about our program.

Learn to Play Program Information

11 Aug

Check your email for Evaluation Groups

Evaluation groups, schedules and other information have now been sent by email to players in the 8U to 14U age divisions.  

16U and 18U players have also been sent information on upcoming evaluations.  

Families at the 6U level, be watching for information in the coming weeks about the season.

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