Our History

Over 50 seasons ago, youth ice hockey came to Kent, Ohio. Over this time, generations have continually volunteered to strengthen a community rooted in family value. We have helped nurture, raise, and train local youth to be good teammates, future leaders, and all-around better people for the future. We have created many lasting memories, and have many things to be thankful for over this time.


While for over decade we have done business as the Kent Cyclones, we began as Kent-Akron hockey and are legally incorporated today at the Tri-County Hockey Association. For most of our history, we were known as the Tri-County Cyclones, amongst other names. In celebration of our 50-year history, and to honor those that helped make this association as strong as it is today, we have created a celebration logo, celebrating our history. Thank you to all the committee members that helped create this exciting addition to our history. Furthermore, we will once again be known at the Tri-County Cyclones beginning the 2024-2025 season.

In the fall of 2024, we introduce the Tri-County All Stars. This banner will be flown for both OHSAA pre/post season high school hockey, and for our new adult league.


1970-A group of 6 players from Akron, North Canton & Kent area started playing exhibition games at “Hudson Ice Arena” at 5133 Darrow Rd. Hudson, Ohio (now Life Center Plus). Most of the 6 players were from Canadian transplant families whose fathers were working in the US. They played only about 5 scrimmages. They decided to develop a team the following season.

1970-KSU Arena Opened

1971 - Kent-Akron ice hockey association was formed, they were to play at KSU arena with only 1 team as PeeWee level independent team. Most games were played against local Cleveland teams that were at the bantam level. The only age appropriate game that year were played against Michigan teams.

1972 Kent-Akron Ice Hockey Association joined the CSHL with only 1 team-Bantam Level

1973-1979-Kent-Akron played CSHL with teams at numerous age groups

1980-Kent-Akron became Northern Ohio Red Wings for one year in the CSHL

1981 – Northern Ohio Red Wings morphed to Tri County Hockey Association & joined the CSHL

2024 - Voted to rename our CSHL and NCHSHL teams the Tri-County Cyclones beginning the 2024-2025 season to honor our history and member breadth.

2024 - Voted to add adult league into Tri-County, and OHSAA pre/post season hockey known as the Tri-County All Stars.

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