The Beloit Youth Hockey Association (BYHA) is a Southern Wisconsin/Northern Illinois youth hockey club that is a tax exempt, non-profit, family oriented organization in which every child who is a member can learn-to-skate.
BYHA's objective is to teach; skating skills and the fundamentals of the game, team effort, and good sportsmanship.
The Beloit Youth Hockey Association, Inc. (BYHA) was founded by Jerry Edwards in 1969 and the interested parents of children at Todd Elementary School. Taking the name of the "Todd Tuffies" they practiced at the city lagoon and became the beginning of what is known today as BYHA. When the weather was uncooperative for outdoor ice, the teams would travel to the Wagon Wheel Ice Palace (formerly in Rockton, IL). When the Ice Palace closed it's doors, BYHA then purchased ice from other local rinks in both Rockford and Janesville. Then BYHA soon found that scheduling ice time against other local teams was difficult and expensive, so in 1982 they decided to build their own hockey facility.
With estimated costs of $100,000 being too expensive for the city budget, BYHA members decided to take on the effort themselves raising over $140,000 they purchased a Zamboni ice resurfacing machine, boards with glass, a scoreboard, and large canvas panels to cover the walls of the facilty at Telfer Park. BYHA members and parents volunteered over 2,000 hours for the construction of their own rink; a place for Beloit youth to play hockey, Edwards Ice Arena.
BYHA utilizes the rink at Edwards Ice Arena for about 32-35 hours each week.
-Beloit Youth Hockey Association raised over $140,000 towards the construction of the ice facility at Telfer known as "Edwards Ice Arena"
-Upon completion of the facility the Beloit Youth Hockey Association donated the rink to the City of Beloit
-Each year it takes approximately 300 volunteer man hours to prepare the rink, boards and other associated structures for the upcoming season.
-Beloit Youth Hockey pays an annual ice rental fee to the City of Beloit
-During late spring and early fall youth concerts, car shows, festivals, horse shoe tournaments, and group outings are held on the cement surface the rink exists on in the winter months.
-In 1990-1991, Beloit Youth Hockey donated $75,000 towards the construction of the Mezzannine, for enclosed viewing of winter activities.
-In 1996, BYHA contributed $70,000 towards the lobby expansion.
-In 1999, BYHA contributed $18,500 to the installation of gas frared heaters above the bleachers.
-In 2002, Beloit Youth Hockey established the 1st BYHA Girls hockey team.
-In 2005, BYHA donated $25,000 towards the removal of the old rink surface and $10,000 towards the purchase of a new scoreboard, they secured a $7,500 donation towards the Beloit Memorial High School drying room and dedicated the Pat & Jerry Edwards Donor Wall.
The next phase is an expansion which includes a new zamboni area, High School locker room, Training Facility, Board Storage, BYHA Office/Meeting Room, Off Ice Training Area, City Rec Storage and additional equipment improvement.
-Final plans include the addition of a second rink.