NAJHL Hockey League
The Springfield Statesmen Hockey Organization will play in the North American

Junior Hockey League (NAJHL). The NAJHL is a Division A junior hockey league,
which is the highest level of junior hockey, consisting of eight teams located
in the Great Lakes Region of the United States. The league is comprised
predominantly of players 16 -20 years old. Each team in the league plays a
twenty- game schedule. In addition, league members play in a mid-season all-star
game and in a league tournament that culminates the season by declaring a league
champion. The team will play its home games in the Ice Palace, leased from the

City of Springfield. The Ice Palace has a maximum capacity of 3,000 people. It
includes four locker rooms, eight restroom facilities, an arcade room, an
athletic training facility, a weight room, and a large room available for
private functions. Description of the Community The City of Springfield, which
hosts the team, has a population of 110,000; plus an additional 559,000 within a

60-mile radius. The largest age group for both men and women is 35-44. The
city's government is a municipality with a mayor and 10 aldermen that represent
an area of the city. Springfield is the state capital of Illinois and therefore
houses many of the state's agencies. Its economic base depends upon state and
federal agencies, three major hospitals, three colleges, and two state
universities (University of Illinois at Springfield and Southern Illinois

University School of Medicine). The cost of living in Springfield has an index
of 97.4; the national average is an index of 100. Thirty-five percent of the
households in Springfield earn between $25,000 and $49,000. The three main
industries providing employment are the public sector, services, and retail
trade. Springfield has an unemployment rate of 5.4%. Thirty-three percent of

Springfieldians have a high school diploma and fourteen percent have a
bachelor's degree. Springfield has 36 public schools and 29 non-public schools
employing over 2,600 teachers. The YMCA, YWCA, Boys and Girls Club of America,
and the Springfield Rotary Club offer social service to the community.

Springfield offers 6 museums (including the Illinois State Museum), two zoos, a
minor league baseball team, and numerous state and national historic sites.

Parks offered include seven parks in the Springfield Park District, a wildlife
sanctuary, botanical gardens, and Lincoln's New Salem State Park. The Illinois

Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Chamber Orchestra, Springfield Muni Opera, and

Springfield Theatre Center house the city's performing arts. Natural resources
of the area include Lake Springfield and the Sangamon River. Numerous highways
and Interstates 55 and 72 allow for travel in and out of the city. Capital

Airport provides air service to the community with service provided by American

Eagle, Great Lakes, United Express, and Trans World Express. Five trunkline
railroads serve Sangamon County and Amtrak provides passenger service.

Intra-city bus service is available via the Springfield Mass Transit District,
and Greyhound provides interstate bus service (Greater Springfield Chamber of

Commerce, 1999). Target Population The athletic services provided by the

Springfield Statesmen Hockey Organization (SSHO) serves primarily 16-20 year old
hockey players seeking an opportunity to eventually play for a major college or
professional hockey team. Players will be recruited and drafted from national
and international midget (a younger group of players) leagues, with players
coming from as far away as Europe and Russia to play. Due to the expenses to
play the sport most players come from upper-middle and upper class families. The
entertainment services provided by the team serves an audience of all ages.

Working class families provide the largest audience base. Special seating will
be provided for families as well as group ticket pricing. A private room is
available for larger parties. The facility is handicapped accessible, and
smoking is prohibited in the arena. Financing The SSHO is financed primarily by
player fees (players must pay $5,000 each to play in the league), ticket sales,
and advertising sales. Additional funding will come from concession sales, team
merchandise sales, booster club fundraisers, and team fundraisers (the Summer

Golf Outing with the team and a Silent Auction of team memorabilia). Legal Basis
for Service The SSHO is a for-profit corporation, incorporated in the State of

Illinois and registered with the Federal Government as a for-profit corporation.

Annually, the major shareholders for the team file taxes with the Illinois

Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service. PURPOSE STATEMENT

SPRINGFIELD STATESMEN HOCKEY ORGANIZATION The primary purpose of the SSHO is to
enhance the development of its players through top-quality coaching, extensive
practice time, and a rigorous game schedule. The Organization is committed to
providing these developmental opportunities in conjunction with a commitment to
academic