Registrar - USA Hockey
Phone: (563) 663-2340
Matt Thurber, a native of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, came to Omaha at age 15 to play hockey for the Omaha Lancers. He sits 12th in all time total points in the Lancers storied history, and 5th in assists.
Still, his time in Omaha was marked by tragedy, when his mother, Cathy, died from complications from outpatient surgery. It was at the urging of his father, Ray, that he returned to the Lancers.
Upon his return, in 2008, Matt was part of the Lancers team that won the United States Hockey League championship. He led the team in assists with 41, and his 14 goals made him the team’s third-leading scorer.
Matt Thurber went on to play hockey in college, and afterward, for the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL.
After an unfortunate health condition ended his pro career, he returned to Omaha to pursue his passion, which was helping youth hockey players in the community.
In May, 2018, Matt's life was cut short at the young age of 29. He leaves behind his wife and young daughter who he dearly loved.
Now, the Lancers organization honor Thurber's legacy with a tournament for players aspiring to be what he was, a great person and an inspiration to us all. A portion of the proceeds will go toward a fund for his daughters future education set up by the Lancers, which has raised over $20,000.
Registration link and rules:
1990 Chaney Road
Dubuque, Iowa 52001
|Youth Tier I (14U)||Pittsburgh, Pa.||Pittsburgh Penguins Elite||April 3-8, 2019|
|Youth Tier I (15-year-olds)||Plymouth, Mich.||USA Hockey Arena||April 3-8, 2019|
|Youth Tier I (16U, 18U)||Grand Rapids, Mich.||Fox Motors Hockey Club||April 3-8, 2019|
|Girls Tier I||Irvine, Calif.||Anaheim Lady Ducks||April 4-8, 2019|
|Women's A, B, C||Irvine, Calif.||Anaheim Lady Ducks||April 4-7, 2019|
|High School||Cleveland, Ohio||Cleveland Suburban Hockey League||March 28-April 1, 2019|
|Girls Tier II||Amherst, N.Y.||Amherst Youth Hockey||April 4-8, 2019|
|Youth Tier II (14U)||South Bend, Ind.||Irish Youth Hockey League||April 4-8, 2019|
|Youth Tier II (16U)||Plano, Texas||Dallas Junior Hockey Association||April 4-8, 2019|
|Youth Tier II (18U)||San Jose, Calif.||San Jose Junior Sharks||April 4-8, 2019|
|Sled||Wesley Chapel, Florida||Florida Hospital Center Ice||April 4-7, 2019|
|Adult Rec Men's||Wesley Chapel, Florida||Florida Hospital Center ice||April 11-14, 2019|
|Adult Rec Women's||Ellenton, Florida||USA Hockey||TBD|
MWAHA National Policy and Procedures are located on page 11-12. Please review this information prior to filling out your Nationals application.
November 15th is the MWAHA deadline for applications to participate in USAH Youth Nationals. USAH deadline for payment ($600.00) is 31 December.
Tier I (14U, 15U, 16U, 18U)
Tier II (14U, 16U, 18U)
Girls (14U through 19U)
National’s applications and check please mail to:
MWAHA Nationals registration
Attn: Jena Cuozzo
7504 S. 95th Street
LaVista, NE 68128
Make checks payable to: MWAHA Nationals registration
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
MWAHA National Committee Chairman
(402) 210 4370