Tim Mattila has been the engine behind the Rockford Icemen’s dominance in high school hockey. He’s being recognized for that.
Mattila has been elected to the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame. He’ll be inducted along with a group of individuals that includes former Blackhawks’ great Chris Chelios at a dinner in Elk Grove Village January 24th.
So what was Mattila’s reaction when he got the news of his election to the Hall?
“Well the first thing I thought was I’m getting old. Every time you hear Hall Of Fame that’s the first thing you think of. But that being said it started to settle in and it’s really kind of a neat thing for the whole city of Rockford in terms of how much we’ve all put into this.”
The Icemen have won 16 combined school state championships under Mattila. That includes a stretch of 15 straight titles. He took over the team in 1991 when it was still called the Guilford Vikings.
Mattila also had a brief stint as a coach of the Rockford IceHogs back in their UHL days as an interim coach.
So how does he feel about being inducted with Chris Chelios?
“Yea, he better keep his head up. That’s all I can say about that,” said Mattilla with a smile.