Let there be Ice...and One Hockey Team
After the dissolution of the Rocket Ice Penguins (Bolingbrook) in 2007, 10 women from that team moved to the newly-opened International Ice Centre (Romeoville) to continue playing hockey.
Borrowing the Huskies logo, they played as the “Hounds” in the Blue division and made it to the WCHL playoffs. In the spring of 2008 the name “RAMPAGE” was voted in from a straw poll of the original players.
The Red Jerseys and Two Teams
Major changes came in the fall of 2008. A second team was added, our logo was commissioned from Chrystal Cleary of Grafton, MA and we received our first order of red jerseys and warm-ups. Looking official, our two teams played in the WCHL's Grey and Blue divisions.
Rampage now had 23 skaters and 2 goalies. Six of those skaters came in second as the Checkahoes at the USAH Pond Hockey Tournament (Eagle River, WI) in February of 2009 and Rampage took the C Division Championship at Brew City (Milwaukee) that spring.
Evals, Fundraisers and Three teams
Expanding further, Rampage instituted evaluations in August of 2009 and a third team came on board. In addition to welcoming 12 Green players, the team incorporated as a not for profit. Our numbers grew to 36 skaters, 3 goalies, and 3 coaches and we skated as Rampage White, Blue, and Green.
Also that fall the team conducted it’s first fundraiser “Pack the Bench” for 3-yr old Coleson, newly diagnosed with Leukemia. We raised over $1,000 for Coleson’s family during a friendly 1-hour exhibition game. On a roll, our first “MLF Nite” in April 2010 raised several thousands of dollars, which we donated it to the Mario Lemieux Foundation to support pediatric cancer research. Rampage teammates regularly began participating in 5k runs and triathlons for various charities. In February 2010 three teams went to Eagle River, WI (Checkahoes, Puckahoes, Hookahoes,) and Rampage again won the C Division in Brew City in May.
Website, South Division Champs, Rink Changes Hands
In August 2010, www.Rampagehockey.org went live and offered the organization’s 39 skaters online registration and payment of hockey fees. That fall, three teams entered the League as Grey, Blue, and Green, with Grey winning the South Conference in March 2011. (The Grey Overall title went to the Brew City Blades in a 4-1 win over Rampage.)
The same three teams went to Eagle River, and Rampage had it’s first “three-peat” in Milwaukee with the tournament team again winning the Brew City championship.
Spring 2011 saw Rampage Grey as the WCHL South Conference Champions and we followed up the amazing season with another wildly successful MLF Nite, nearly doubling our previous year's donation in 2 hours. Chaired by Lee Ann, Brandi, Sherry, and Coach Steve, the event blew our socks off. Our home rink was sold to a Canadian company and IIC became “Canlan Ice Sports”.
Rampage entered the WCHL with 45 skaters, 2 subs, and 4 goalies on 3 teams - White, Blue, and Green - in the fall of 2011. Our most winning season for all teams, White won it's division in the south conference and made it to playoffs. Additionally, our third MLF Nite netted almost twice as much as previous years.
This fall, Rampage is fielding four teams in the WCHL for the 2012-13 season. Fifty-six skaters and six goalies will be coached by ten men and women. The numbers and talent levels made it possible to resurrect our Grey team from a season hiatus. Now, our White, Grey, Blue, and Green teams are poised for their best season to date, fortified by the women who have have made Rampage their hockey home.
We want to thank all the coaches who have helped us get to where we are today - Rocky, Vic, Cody, Scott, Steve, and Jonathan - and of course all the women who play and have played on our team. This phenomenal organization, "Rampage Women's Hockey,” would not exist had you not believed it possible to build this team together. Thank you!
Our team has grown to be the largest women's ice hockey club in Illinois in 5 short years. Our website has had over 150,000 page hits by 10,000 unique visitors since it’s inception, and we are continuing to grow. We remain committed to fundraising to support worthy charities and we encourage you to contact us with your ideas for philanthropic fundraisers. And always, we invite you to be a part of our great organization.
Contact our manager today.