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2019 -2020 Fall Registration Now Open

Giants Families:

Registration for the 201
9-2020 Highland Park Giants hockey season is now open,

and all of the details are listed on our website at

Alternatively, you can click on the link below to go directly to the registration page:



Once again, we are excited to announce our intent to have one Varsity and

two JV teams for this upcoming season. Consequently, we are requiring everyone

to register ASAP so we can plan accordingly. 

Registration will close on July 7 with no exceptions. The first nonrefundable 

payment of $1,000.00 is also due on July 7th.   Refunds will only be given to players

who tryout and are not placed on a team.


Payment should be made to:

the Highland Park Giants Hockey Association, P.O. Box 558, Highland Park, IL 60035.

We are now accepting payments by credit card, which includes an additional

2.5 percent service fee. To pay by credit card/pay pal please contact 

David Schlossberg at after you have registered.

For new players to the program, there will be a one-time $450 equipment fee that

covers your player’s Giants home and away game uniforms with name plates, 

Socks, Giants Warm-up Jacket, Giants Hockey Pant Shells and a Giants Hockey

Equipment Bag with player’s number. In addition, you can purchase an optional

yard sign in September for $100.00.

We also provide an opportunity to lower your fees by selling ads for our annual

yearbook. Once you sell at least $400 worth of ads, you will be credited

for one-third of all sales you generate to reduce your fees.

If you do not want to sell ads, you have the ability to opt out of selling yearbook ads

and will be charged a $400 fee. 

We will announce the actual schedule next month, but it will include the following:

Dry land and Preseason Skates: 
Tryouts: Mid-Late August
First Team Practices for Varsity and JV: Late August 

We are again planning on an early season local tournament, out-of-town tournament

and local Thanksgiving tournament.  


Please remember to get a new 2019- 2020 USA Hockey Number for your player

before you logon to register.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mike Schaffer at We are looking forward to a great hockey season.

Go Giants



        HP 3 – New Trier GREEN 2




On Thursday May 9th at Centennial, the Giants, led by Jack Manone’s 59 save performance and Tyler Horberg’s 2 goals defeated New Trier Green (current State Champs) 3-2. 


Tyler Horberg opened the scoring in the first period when he buried a beautiful pass from Max Kaufman.  The period came to an end with the Giants leading 1-0.


New Trier tied the game early in the 2nd but took a penalty a minute later to put the Giants on the power play.  20 seconds into the power play Jack Elbaum intercepted New Trier’s clearing attempt and passed the puck to Will Rosenberg who slid the puck to Sam Shachtman at the far post.  Shachtman buried his one-timer into the open net to give the Giants a 2-1 lead.  New Trier peppered Manone with shot after shot in the 2nd period but it ended with the Giants leading 2-1.


The third period started similarly to the second with New Trier tying the game less than a minute a half into the period.  Once again the Giants were extremely efficient with their scoring opportunities and with just over 6 minutes to go in the game Joey Finfer made a pinpoint stretch pass to Tyler Horberg to put Horberg and Elbaum in on a 2 on 1.  The defenseman took away the pass so Horberg froze the goalie with a beautiful top shelf, short side goal to put the Giants ahead 3-2.


Manone along with the rest of Giants would frustrate New Trier the rest of the way to give the Giants their first victory ever over New Trier Green.


The victory over NT Green (State Champion) along with victories over Loyola Gold (State Runner-up) and St. Rita (State Quarterfinalist) will allow this group of Giants to dream about a trip to the UC next March.


The Giants will be at Centennial one more time before the Spring season ends on Wednesday May 22nd vs Loyola Maroon at 8:30pm.

HP GIANTS VARSITY HOCKEY Posts 7-1 Record in April







After graduating 6 seniors following the Fall/Winter season the Giants have reloaded with 6 highly skilled and accomplished players that are helping position HP for its best Spring season ever.  The new additions include Jack Manone between the pipes, Tyler Horberg, Simon Aktar and Alec Powers up front along with Joey Finfer and Billy Cohen at D.  They join an already solid core led by Will Rosenberg, Sam Shachtman, Jack Elbaum and Kyle Wiesman.


This current group of Giants are trying to see how they measure up to the State’s elite this Spring by scheduling 4 games against teams that finished last season in the Final 8 of the State Playoffs.


In April the Giants defeated Loyola Gold (State Runner-up) 6-2 and St. Rita (State Quarterfinalist) 6-0.


On May 9th the Giants host the current State Champions (New Trier Green) and on May 11th the Giants will host York (State Quarterfinalist).  Both games will be contested at Centennial.


Tyler Horberg and Jack Elbaum are leading the team in goals with 8 each while Horberg (15 points), Alec Powers (12 points) and Simon Aktar (11 points) are leading the team in points with last seasons point leaders Elbaum (10 points) and Sam Shachtman (8 points) making solid contributions as well.


This special group of Giants outscored their opponents 48-17 in April.


The Giants are back in action at Centennial this week on Tuesday against Trevians Blue at 9pm, Thursday against New Trier Green and 9pm and on Saturday against York at 8:30pm.

Giants Banquet 2019

From Left to Right Drew Felman, Zach Gordon, Sebastian Thomas, Jordan Meek, George Giese, Jacob Schaffer, Isaac Hope(Not Present Marcus Abt, Tommy Maurantonio)

On March 13th, 2019 our Club held its annual Banquet at Briarwood Country Club.  It was a marvelous event where Giant players, families, and coaches sent off our Seniors and recognized all players for their commitment to their team, school, and community.  Also recognized were Josh Gordon as our outgoing Treasurer and Linda Hope as our outgoing webmaster.  Gene Hara was awarded the Ronald Freeman award for outstanding volunteer and fundraising service.  George Giese, Max Cairo, & Pierce Romo were all awarded MVP of their respective teams.   Will Rosenberg, Will Brennan, & Derek Kasemir were all named as Most Improved Player of their respective teams.  The Donny Cowgill Award Recipients for this 2018- 2019 season were Sam Shachtman and Jack Elbaum.   The Donny Cowgill award is awarded annually to the Highland Park Giants Hockey player or players, whose outstanding talent, leadership, character and dedication to the game of hockey best exemplify the qualities for which Donny Cowgill was admired and loved.  The Donny Cowgill '92 Memorial Trophy was established in 2001 as a fond tribute to Donny Cowgill, an all-star hockey player, Giants team captain and 1992 Highland Park High School graduate who passed away in 1998.


Congrats to HP Giants Grey!




Carmel Catholic defeated HP 5-3 last night at Glacier Ice Arena to bring the Giants ’18-’19 campaign to an end.


A slow first period ended with the Giants trailing Carmel 2-0.  With HP starting the 2nd period on the power play, the Giants came out with energy and made a great offensive push.  Following the expiration of the power play, Lawson Levine found the back of the net when Sam Shachtman fed him the puck amongst the chaos in front of the Carmel goalie to cut the lead in half.  This goal gave the Giants faithful hope and the players momentum.  Unfortunately, the Giants took too many penalties and watched the momentum shift back to Carmel for the remainder of the period.  When the buzzer sounded to end the second period Carmel had stretched their lead to 4-1.


The trademark quality of the ‘18-’19 Giants was to never give up and tonight would be no different.  With Max Kaufman back in the lineup after missing the last month and numerous players nursing nagging injuries, the Giants displayed their never say die attitude in the third period. HP cut Carmel’s lead to 4-2 with 7 minutes remaining on a great individual effort by George Giese to score a short-handed goal.  2 and a half minutes later Shachtman set up Giese for his 2nd of the evening to cut the deficit to 1.  Unfortunately the Giants comeback would be cut short as Carmel scored their 5th goal and the Giants took 2 more late penalties.


This 2018-’19 Giants struggled overall but played some very good team hockey down the stretch and won 5 playoff games between the league and state playoffs.  This in itself was an accomplishment as the last time a Varsity team had won any type of league or state playoff game was in 2016.  In addition, the team won the Chicago Cross Roads tourney in January and were the runner-up in the Madison Wright Angle tourney back in November.  From an individual perspective, the team featured 12 first time Varsity players and only one 4 year Varsity letterman, George Giese.  Giese had a solid Senior season filled with many individual accomplishments including being named his teams MVP in the league all-star game, being named to the All-State team and an alternate to the Illinois Showcase team.  Both Jack Elbaum and Sam Shachtman, Juniors, finished in the top 5 for the league scoring title, were named to the league all-star game and invited to try-out for the Illinois Showcase team. 


While the Varsity Giants will miss the leadership of their graduating Seniors, including Co-Captains, Sebastian Thomas and Jordan Meek, Alternate Captains Zach Gordon and George Giese along with Drew Felman and Tommy Maurantonio, the future looks bright as the Giants restock this coming Spring and look to regain their position as a top 20 team in the State next season.




Congratulations to George Giese (3rd from Right, Back Row) for being named to the 2019 All State Team!

Giants Playoffs Update



JV Grey advanced to their League (JV Silver) Championship by defeating D155 last evening 5-1 in the league semi-finals after sweeping the round robin portion of the league playoffs.


Grey will face Lane Tech on Sunday in the Finals when they face-off at 3:40pm at the West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows.






Will face Carmel in 3rd Round of State Tournament


After the Giants surrendered a 2 goal lead with less than 5 minutes remaining in the game and their season on the line, Sam Shachtman scored the game winner 8 minutes into sudden death overtime.  Shachtman’s goal started with a great breakout pass from Josh Velick to Will Rosenberg followed by a cross-ice, tape to tape pass from Rosenberg to Shachtman who streaked down the left side and buried his shot for the 4-3 OT winner.


You can read more about the game in the HP Landmark:









The Giants defeated Homewood/Flossmoor 6-2 last night (2/12) at Centennial Ice Arena to advance to the 2nd round of the Illinois State Tournament.  The Giants peppered the H/F goalie with shots from the opening faceoff.  In the end, HP put an incredible 65 shots on goal with 6 finding the back of the net.  Zach Simon had his most productive night of the season with 2 goals and 2 assists as did Spencer Lidov, with a goal and an assist as well.


Despite HP outshooting H/F 23-3 in the first period, HP only had a 1-0 lead at the end of the first on a George Giese goal with assists from Zach Simon and Drew Felman.  The Giants buried 2 shots in the second period with goals by Sam Shachtman (assisted by Jack Elbaum and Ryan Young) and Jack Elbaum (assisted by Sam Shachtman) and ended the period leading H/F 3-1. 


The Giants came out flat to start the 3rd and H/F scored to make it a 3-2 game with 13 minutes to go.  However, Zach Simon removed any drama from the evening when he buried a beautiful slap shot with 11:30 remaining on a wonderful play that was set up by Will Rosenberg and Lawson Levine.  Zach Simon recorded his second goal of the evening less than 3 minutes later when he finished a tic-tac-toe play with Lawson Levine and Spencer Lidov.  Lidov, with a power play goal assisted by Zach Simon and Drew Felman, closed out the scoring for the Giants with less than 3 minutes remaining in the game.


Notes:  Zach Gordon stopped 15 of 17 shots between the pipes for the Giants.  The Giants will host Pekin HS in the 2nd round on 2/19 after they defeated St. Patrick HS 1-0.


The Giants are back in action on Sunday 2/17 when they visit Crystal Lake South and try to earn a spot in the league Semi-finals.



Giants Playoffs Update






Varsity Hosts First State Playoff Game on 2/12 at 9PM



The Giants 3rd team (JV Grey) advanced to their league Semi-Finals when they defeated District 211 by a score of 5-1 last night at Centennial Ice Arena.  Coached by Brian Kelly along with his assistant Kyle Lederer, the Grey team finished 3rd in the regular season standings and won all of their playoff games to earn their place in the Semi’s.  The league Semi-Finals are scheduled for Tuesday 2/19 at 8:40pm at West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadow.  The Finals will be played at West Meadows Ice Arena on Sunday 2/24 at 3:10pm.


Varsity defeated District 211 as well by a score of 6-2 last night at Centennial Ice Arena in a game that featured hard hitting, solid goaltending and a balanced offensive effort with all 6 goals being scored by different players.  After a setback to LZMW on 2/4, the Giants improved their league playoff record to 3-1.  Their final league playoff game is scheduled for Sunday 2/17 vs Crystal Lake South.  It is a must win for the Giants if they hope to advance to the league Semi-Finals on Thursday 2/21.  


The Giants will be back in action at Centennial Ice Arena this Tuesday 2/12 at 9pm when they play Homewood/Flossmoor in their first round game of the Illinois State Championships.  A win on Tuesday will earn the Giants another home game in the 2nd round against Pekin High School.


Highland Park Looks to surprise in state tournament. Click link below to read the story.


Kasemir Records the Shutout in 3-0 Win over Lakers


The Giants improved their post-season record to 2-0 when George Giese scored 2 goals in the first period off assists from Jack Fishman to score his first and Kyle Wiesman to tally his second.  Fishman and Wiesman, both defensemen, made precise stretch passes to free Giese and he did the rest with excellent individual efforts.  Sam Shachtman put the Giants up 3-0 midway through the third period off a pass from Josh Velick to close out the scoring.


The story of the night, however, was the Giants penalty kill as the Giants took 6 penalties in the second period and 4 in the third.  With the Lakers enjoying two extended 5 on 3 power-plays the Giants defense, with Tyler Kasemir in goal, never let the Lakers score and gain any confidence. 


The Giants look to continue their playoff run on Monday February 4th when they host LZMW at 9pm at Centennial Ice Arena.


GAME NOTES:  Tyler Kasemir stopped all 14 Lakers shots between the pipes.  The Giants went 10 for 10 on the penalty kill.





George Giese, a Senior, along with Juniors, Jack Elbaum and Sam Shachtman were invited to join other top High School players by the Team Illinois Coaches for the opportunity to represent Illinois in the America’s High School Showcase Tournament in April.  The tryouts will be conducted during February with 20 players and 5 alternates ultimately named to the team. 


The most recent Giant to make this prestigious team was Aaron Hope back in 2017 when Illinois won the national tournament.


Click on the link for the full press release by AHAI:








George Giese, a Senior, team Alternate Captain and the only 4 year Varsity letterman in the Class of 2019, was selected to represent the Highland Park Giants by the AHAI High School Committee to play in the All-State game on Monday February 11th at 8:35pm at the AHAI Center in Bensenville.  Giese, with 28 goals and 18 assists for 46 points, was named his teams MVP in the IHSHL North Central All-Star game and is enjoying the best season of his High School career.


This is the 30th anniversary of the All-State Game and it features the top 42 high school players (24 forwards, 12 defensemen and 6 goalies) in Illinois as determined by AHAI’s High School Committee.


If you cannot make it to the AHAI Center to see the game live, it is available to watch on Twitch:

On January 26th Highland Park Giants honored their Seniors. From Left to Right Isaac Hope, Marcus Abt, Jacob Schaffer, Drew Felman, Jordan Meek, Zach Gordon, George Giese, and  Sebastian Thomas.




HP Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach Anthony Booth broke a nine game playoff losing streak when his team defeated Fox Valley 6-4 Sunday January 27th on the road.  


The Giants ended a tentative first period trailing 1-0. 


As the second period started the game became a much more wide open affair and the Giants tied the game only 9 seconds into the period on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play between Sam Shachtman, Jack Elbaum and Will Rosenberg with Rosenberg scoring the goal.  Only 3 minutes later, the Giants took the lead when Elbaum scored on assists from Rosenberg and Shachtman.  Fox Valley tied the game at 2 midway through the second with a power play goal while two Giants were in the box.  With just under 5 minutes to go in the second, Josh Velick made a spectacular stretch pass to George Giese who did the rest with an outstanding individual effort to give the Giants a 3-2 lead.  Approximately 2 minutes later Will Rosenberg tallied his second of the period with assists from Shachtman and Elbaum to put the Giants up 4-2, however, Fox Valley scored on the ensuing faceoff to cut the lead to 1 with a couple of minutes remaining in the period.  To close out the scoring in the second, Elbaum scored on a precise give and go with Shachtman, for his second of the evening, giving the Giants a 5-3 lead heading into the intermission.


Fox Valley jumped on a sluggish start to the third by the Giants and quickly scored to cut the lead to one.  Fortunately the Giants defense stepped up their intensity and did not allow Fox Valley to have another quality scoring chance the rest of the way and Sam Shachtman finished off a great evening with a goal of his own that was assisted by Jordan Meek.


GAME NOTES: Zach Gordon was between the pipes and made 20 saves on 24 shots.  Sam Shachtman tallied 5 points (1 goal & 4 assists), Jack Elbaum had 4 points (2 goals & 2 assists) and Will Rosenberg had 3 points (2 goals & 1 assist).


The Giants playoff run continues on Saturday February 2nd at 5:20pm at Centennial when the Giants host the Lakers.


-Varsity team wins Chicago CrossRoads Tourney in Darien


-2 Varsity players finish in Top 5 of League Scoring race


-JV Grey player and partner win 2019 US Figure Skating Dance National Championship



The Giants Varsity team went 3-0-1 this past weekend in capturing the Chicago CrossRoads tournament in Darien.  The Giants avenged their tie on Sunday night against Homewood/Flossmoor High School by defeating them 4-1 in the Finals midday Monday 1/21.  In both games the Giants dominated the play and peppered the Homewood/Flossmoor goalie with shots throughout, however, in the Final, the line of Sam Shachtman, Will Rosenberg and Jack Elbaum would not be denied as Shachtman opened the scoring just 3:17 into the game on assists from Elbaum and Rosenberg and Rosenberg scored the game winner only 8 seconds later with assists from Shachtman and Elbaum.  Tyler Kasemir was between the pipes in the Final and was named the tournament MVP.  The Giants earned their trip to the Finals by defeating Marist High School 3-2 on Saturday and Nazareth High School 5-1 midday Sunday before tying Homewood/Flossmoor late Sunday night 2-2.  The Giants are back home for Senior Night this coming Saturday, 1/26 at 8:20pm and start the playoffs Sunday 1/27  on the road at Fox Valley High School.


Jack Elbaum finished 4 points short of the league scoring title in a tie for 3rd and Sam Shachtman finished in a tie for 5th in the Varsity Champions division of the IHSHL North Central League.  Elbaum, with 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points and Shachtman with 18 goals and 17 assists for 35 points along with George Giese (26 points) have paced the Giants all season.


Ilya Mondrowski, a player on the Giants Grey JV team, along with his ice dancing partner, Kiana Pan won the Juvenile Dance Pairs competition in the 2019 US Figure Skating National Championships on 1/20 in Detroit, Michigan.  Mondrowski, a forward on the Giants 3rd team, qualified along with his partner for Nationals with a 3rd place finish in sectionals.  This in itself, is impressive but when you add in the fact that Mondrowski plays hockey, attends school full time and is forced to practice before school and on holidays, it makes the accomplishment that much more impressive.


For the second year in a row, the HP Giants Hockey Association presented a check to The Cancer Wellness Center (based in Northbrook) from its “Pink in the Rink” t-shirt sales.  Through the generous donation of the t-shirts by Julie and Dean Manone along with the efforts of the Varsity team Ambassador, HP Junior Sam Shachtman, to organize the sales effort, the t-shirt fundraiser generated over $2,200.  Nancy Bulzoni, Executive Director and Kim Matthews, Support Programs Coordinator for The Cancer Wellness Center were on hand at Centennial Ice Arena on Sunday, January 14th for the ceremonial puck drop ahead of Giants game against Lane Tech and to receive the $1,100 donation from the Giants.


The Cancer Wellness Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, provides services ranging from lectures and workshops to wellness classes, counseling and more for those dealing with cancer.  Established in 1989, the Center is dependent upon donations as it provides all of its service free of charge.


Like last year, Julie and Dean Manone wanted to help make it possible for the Varsity team to raise money for a local cancer charity as well as for the Giants Scholarship Fund.  Once again, half of the money generated from the t-shirt sales went to The Cancer Wellness Center with the other half going to the Scholarship Fund. 

Congratulations to our All-Stars!



-Giese named team MVP in Champions Varsity Game


Jack Elbaum, George Giese and Sam Shachtman played in the Champions Varsity All-Star Game on Saturday January 5th and all 3 had solid games.  Giese led the way with 2 goals and 2 assists and was named his team’s MVP.  Elbaum scored 1 goal and added 1 assist while Shachtman tallied 2 assists.


Max Cairo and Jacob Schaffer represented the Giants from the Blue team in the Champions JV All-Star Game and made their presence known.  Cairo scored 2 goals and added 3 assists while Schaffer had 2 assists of his own.


Pierce Romo was the lone Giant selected from the Grey team to participate in the Gold/Silver JV All-Star Game and he did not disappoint by recording 2 assists.





The Giants followed up their 5-3 victory over Deerfield on 10/28 with a convincing 5-2 victory in front of a capacity crowd at Glacier Ice Arena on 11/21 to retain the District 113 Cup.  With the 3 seniors on the HP Blue team joining the Varsity line-up for the evening, the Giants dominated play from the opening face-off when Captain Sebastian Thomas, off a beautiful pass from Sam Shachtman, put a rocket from the point in the back of the net to open the scoring only 3 minutes into the game.  As the period progressed, both teams traded quality chances and played a good, clean period.  With a minute and a half to go in the first and the Giants moving the puck well, Jack Elbaum put the Giants up 2-0 following a beautiful tic-tac-toe play between Shachtman, Josh Velick and Elbaum.


HP came out sluggish to start the second and Deerfield pounced on the Giants and tied the game with 2 goals in the first 3 minutes of the period, but that would be the best Deerfield had during this annual rivalry game.  HP wore down the Warriors as they put 17 shots on goal in the second and if not for an outstanding effort by the Deerfield goalie, the game would have been over before intermission.  However, the game was far from over as the arch rivals entered the third period tied at 2.


Just like in their first meeting this year when the teams were tied at 3 going into the final period, HP proved to be the better conditioned and more disciplined of the teams.  With Zach Gordon between the pipes turning away shot after shot and the HP defense led by seniors Thomas and Jordan Meek, playing one of their best games of the year, the Giants offense went into another gear and put the game away to the delight of the Giants faithful.  Max Kaufman scored the game winner on a skillful redirection of a Thomas shot from the point a minute into the final period.  Elbaum gave HP a two goal lead 5 minutes later, with his second of the evening, when George Giese fed Elbaum to put him on a breakaway that he buried.  Giese closed out the Giants scoring with a “SportsCenter highlight reel” move with 4 minutes to go in the game.


GAME NOTES:  HP outshot Deerfield 34-27.  The Giants go for a 3 game season sweep of the Warriors when they visit Deerfield at Twin Rinks in Buffalo Grove on Saturday December 1st at 7:15pm.  The Giants are back in action over the Thanksgiving holiday when they play in the Annual Loyola Academy Thanksgiving Invitational.

Grey Giants Win Wright Angle Tournament in Madison

The Grey Giants squad  prevailed in a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory against the D155 Predators to win the Wright Angle Tournament in Madison Wisconsin.  Goalie Shai Lichtenfeld was outstanding in the net holding a strong Predator offense to just one goal early in the first period.  Tournament MVP Pierce Romo tied the game early in the second period with a sharp wrister off a fancy dish from defenseman Jack Forman who had drove the puck deep into the offensive zone.  Shai and the rest of the defense held off the hungry Predators and forced the game in to a sudden death overtime.  Just 30 seconds in to the 3-on-3 OT, Daniel Morgenstern took a pass from Forman and took control of the Giants tournament by driving behind the net, drawing two defenders with him, and dropped the puck off to Romo.  From behind the net, Romo promptly took it to the top of the crease, scored in the five hole backhand, and led the yard-sale celebration for the Giants. 


On Friday night, Grey kicked off the tournament for the Giants with an exciting 3-2 victory over the D155 Predators.  4 of the 5 goals came in the last 2 minutes of each of the first two periods.  Grey broke the tie midway through the third with Ilya Mondrowski’s second well positioned goal of the night.  Romo sandwiched Grey’s second goal late in the third.  The defense and Shai were able to hold off a late game surge from the Predators to hold on to the win, and narrowly missing a couple of empty net attempts. 


The momentum for Grey continued in to Saturday morning.  Against a physical Cyclone club from Geneva IL, the Giants toughened up and delivered a solid 5-0 victory.  Shai was a brick wall in the net and barely seemed to break a sweat with his shut out.  Derek Kasemir started the fun off with a laser from the blue line, followed up with another 2 goals from Mondrowski while Sam Schlussel posted 2 of his own including a sweet late game shorty.   


The only setback for the Grey Giants came Saturday night.  Lane Tech was winless in this tournament going into the game but they have Grey’s number this year as the Giants fell in a tough 5-3 loss.


“Over the last few months the boys have really been coming together as a team, which is evident by the success they’ve achieved at this tournament,” Head Coach Brian Kelly said.  “Every player on that bench brings something valuable to the ice, no matter what their role is on the team.  They deserve it.”

Congrats to the HPHS Giants who became Honor Society Members

Below is a list of the students in The Highland Park Giants Hockey Association who have qualified as Members of the HPHS Honor Society.  The Highland Park High School Honor Society was established to recognize Junior and Senior students’ achievements.


Charlie Levine Wolf
Grant Silver
Tyler Wiesman
Sam Frazer 
Kyle Powers
Michael Gallo
Sebastian Thomas
Jordan Meek
Isaac Hope
Jacob Schaffer
Marcus Abt
Drew Felman
Zach Gordon

HP Giants name Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach

Highland Park, IL 4/9/18 – Mike Schaffer, President of the Highland Park Giants Hockey Association, is pleased to announce the hiring of Anthony Booth as the programs new Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach effective June 1st, 2018.

Coach Booth, with over 15 years of High School and Youth coaching experience from AAA to A, joins the Giants following his most recent position as the Head Coach of Loyola Academy’s Maroon Varsity team.  

Coach Booth brings extensive experience in player development to the Giants through his experience as Director of Player Development at PuckPros Hockey Training Center in Glenview from ’08-’13 and as the Founder and Owner of Precision AAA Hockey, a recognized leader in youth hockey skills development, since its inception in 2007.  In addition, Coach Booth boasts an impressive head coaching resume including coaching stints with the Wisconsin Rampage (Jr. A), CYA, Team Illinois, the Skokie Flyers and the Lake County Atoms.  

“We are thrilled to have Anthony, with his impressive coaching accomplishments and resume take over the Giants Hockey program”, said Mike Schaffer.   “We look forward to Anthony helping teach our boys, both on and off the ice, how to be responsible and accountable hard working young men.”

Anthony resides in Lindenhurst Illinois with his wife and 4 daughters


HP Giants Scholarship Fund Donations

Updated 05/18/18


As all of us know, playing hockey is an expensive endeavor.  We believe every Highland Park HS student should be able to play the sport he loves regardless of his family’s financial circumstances.  Our club has a well-established Scholarship Fund, which is administered by a third party review panel, to assist those in need.  Over the past number of years, we have helped over 20 families cover the costs to ensure that their son(s) has been able to play hockey for the Giants.


Recently an anonymous donor has stepped forward and offered us an exciting opportunity whereby the donor will match, dollar for dollar, up to $11,400!  The Giants Hockey Board has taken on the challenge and we are seeking your help.


So how do we get the funds we use?  Through the generous financial support of people like you.   As a hockey lover, we know you support keeping skaters on the ice and out of trouble. Please consider helping us meet this challenge through a tax deductible donation at one of the following levels:


$50 - Assist

$100 – Play Maker

$250 - Goal Scorer

$500 - Hat Trick

????  - Cup Champion


Through your generous donation, you will help keep the hopes and dreams alive of young men to enjoy this incredible game, build life long friendships, and stay focused in school.  Whatever you can afford, will help us to ultimately achieve the match of $10,000!!! 


An added benefit: for every $100.00 dollar increment of your donation will earn you an entry into a drawing for 1 of the 3 generously donated prizes listed below:


12 Tickets and 4 parking passes to a suite at a Hawks Game TBD 2018 – 2019 season

Donated by Banner Kitchen & Bath Showroom


12 Tickets and 4 parking passes to a suite at a Bulls Game TBD 2018 -2019 season

Donated by Banner Kitchen & Bath Showroom


1 Samsung 55” Black UHD 4K HDR LED Smart HDTV Donated By ABT Electronics and Appliances


You can either donate via Credit Card by requesting a pay-pal link from our treasurer Josh Gordon at  or with a check made out to "Highland Park Giants” mailed to:

HP Giants Hockey Assn. NFP
PO Box 558
Highland Park, IL 60035


We are a registered 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.

Thank you in advance and we truly appreciate your support.




Board of Directors

Highland Park Giants Hockey Association

Congrats to our Seniors!!

The HP Giants and their families celebrated our seniors and all of their accomplishments. 

HP Giants give back to the community.

Click here to read the HP Landmark article about the HP Giants Varsity Hockey team and giving back to the community.


Photo: Brittany Kapa/22nd Century Media



​In a competitive game this past Wednesday evening, the GIANTS Varsity Hockey Team broke open a tight game midwaythrough the third period to beat the Deerfield Warriors 6-3.  In the victory, the GIANTS brought home THE CUP in this yearly rivalry game.  The electric atmosphere at the completely packed Glacier Ice Arena had both Student Bodies and Fans on the edge of their seats.  Both Teams were tied 2-2 after the first period.  In the second period, Michael Gallo scored his first of two goals on the evening to put the GIANTS up 3-2 after the second period.  Goals by Dylan Abt, Alec Powers and Michael Gallo in the third put the game out of reach.  Offensively on the evening for the GIANTS Ryan Genender, Dylan Abt, George Giese and Michael Gallo had two points each.  With Charlie Levine-Wolf, Sam Frazer, Sam Shachtman and Alec Powers contributing with a point each. Goaltender for the GIANTS Jack Manone, had a strong evening with 20 saves including a big save on a Penalty Shot.   It was very impressive seeing the Sportsmanship these young men displayed embracing each other and shaking hands after the game.  Most of them playing hockey with each other since they were very young.  



​Coach Freeman’s Varsity Hockey Team showed both determination and endurance this past weekend. The GIANTS traveled to Madison, WI. for the Mad City Veteran’s Cup Tournament.  They played five games in less than 48 hours, and won them all.  Once again, the Goaltending and Defense were tremendous.  Netminders Zach Gordon and Jack Manone just keep getting better.  The GIANTS offense also showed up in outscoring the competition 22-3 after four games.  In a fantastic Championship game, the GIANTS prevailed 1-0 against the pesky Barrington Bronco’s.  With many momentum changes throughout the game, Kyle Powers’ scored on a great assist from Sam Frazer with just 45 seconds left in the game.  Jack Manone was astounding in net for another one of his shutouts.  Mark your calendars for the big game against the rival DeerfieldWarriors on November 22 at Glacier Ice Arena.  

HP Giants are the Champions of the Mad City Veterans Cup!


On Sunday evening, the HP Varisty GIANTS Hockey Team welcomed our Local Chapter of the Tiger Scouts to take in a game. And what a game they saw! The GIANTS hosted the Evanston Wildkits at Centennial Ice Arena. Senior Michael Gallo got the GIANTS on the board with a crafty shot from the slot. The Wildkits tied the game early in the second. With the score tied for over thirteen minutes, Senior Defenseman Grant Silver landed a rocket in the back of the net for the game winner! Goalie Zach Gordon has been stellar for the GIANTS this season. Zach had another outstanding game with 17 saves against an aggressive Evanston Team. The win puts the GIANTS in a tie for first in the tough CHAMPIONS DIVISION. Thanks to the Tiger Scouts for their great spirit and support. We hope to have them back soon. The GIANTS are off to Madison, WI. this weekend for the Mad City Veterans Cup Tournament. COME OUT AND BE A PART OF GIANTS HOCKEY!


HP GIANTS HOCKEY is already getting ready for the BIG GAME against Deerfield next month    The GIANTS are excited about their SPIRIT WEAR for the big game.  Get your Hats and T-Shirt’s NOW!  Your order must be in by November 3rd.  The game is November 22.  Come out and enjoy some competitive Hockey!

This week in Giants hockey

10-19- 2017
The HP Varsity Team kicked off their league games this week. The GIANTS played a tough Loyola Maroon Team Sunday evening. The two teams battled to a 3-3 tie. Offensively the GIANTS had goals by Ryan Genender, Sam Fraser and George Giese with Kyle Powers adding a couple of assists. The GIANTS had another strong performance in net from Freshman Jack Manone with 24 saves. On Tuesday evening the GIANTS had another barn burner against New Trier White. The GIANTS played the Trevians to a 1-1 tie. The GIANTS had a great performance in net from Zach Gordon with giving up just one goal on 15 shots. The lone goal for the GIANTS was contributed by Gabe Schlussel. This will be an incredible series against the Trevians this coming season. The GIANTS have a very busy schedule coming up next week. With four games next week, 3 at HOME, the GIANTS will play next Monday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings at Centennial Ice Arena and an away game on Saturday evening in Rolling Meadows. COME OUT AND BE A PART OF GIANTS HOCKEY!


The  Varsity Team had another exciting week of Hockey.  Sunday the Team never quit and came back from being down 2-0 after to two periods to tie the #3 Glenbrook North Spartans 2-2. The action was outstanding from the outset.  After the Giants gave up a couple of power play goals, the goaltending and defense shut the Spartans down the rest of the way.   The Giants fought back with a beautiful goal from Ryan Genender early in the third period.  Then with an amazing effort from Dylan Abt in the offensive zone, Zach Chamberlin was able to score at the buzzer on a rebound from a Abt shot.  What a game!  Monday evening the Giants hosted New Trier Gray.  With Zach Gordon in net, the Giants dominated the play from start to finish putting up a 5-2 victory.  The Giants scoring came from Michael Gallo, who had two goals, Jordan Meek, Jack Elbaum and Sam Fraser.  The GIANTS schedule remains strong when they host Loyola on Sunday evening 7:10 PM and New Trier White on Tuesday the 17th at 9 PM.  Both games are at Centennial Ice.  COME OUT AND BE A PART OF GIANTS HOCKEY!    

Welcome to the newest member of the Giants family!

The Giants organization extends a big congratulations to Coach Dan and his wife Lindsay on the birth of their son. His name is Nolan John, and parents and baby are happy and healthy!

The Highland Park Giants Hockey Association’s third annual alumni game on June 24 at Centennial Ice Arena saw the Blue team defeat the White team 21-12. Players and fans enjoyed the game, and the funds raised supported the Scholarship Fund.

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