Hockey: Dan Jilek Ann Arbor Cup Hockey Tournament faces off this weekend (Jan. 3-4)

The Ann Arbor Ice Cube is once again the host site for the annual Dan Jilek Ann Arbor Cup Hockey Tournament, which features all five Ann Arbor high schools in a two-day tournament.

On Friday, Jan. 3, Skyline will face FGR/Greenhills at 5 p.m. Pioneer will play Huron at 7:30 p.m. The semifinal losers will play at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4. The championship game will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Father Gabriel Richard/Greenhills is the defending champion, defeating Skyline in last year’s final 4-1. Skyline defeated Pioneer and FGR/Greenhills beat Huron in the first round last year.

The Ann Arbor Ice Cube is located at 2121 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor.

Jilek played football and earned Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Michigan. He played for the Wolverines from 1972-75, and was a two-year starter at outside linebacker. He was a two-time All-Big Ten performer and named an Academic All-American. He played four seasons for the Buffalo Bills, and was named the team’s rookie of the year in 1976.

In 1983, Jilek opened the Daniel D. Jilek Insurance Agency in Ann Arbor.

Jilek died after a workout at an Ann Arbor health club in March 2002. He was 48.

This past October, the 12th annual Dan Jilek Memorial 5K Fun Run was held at Gallup Park to help fund fine arts and athletics in local schools. The mission of the Dan Jilek Memorial Fund is to continue Dan’s commitment to the pursuit of self knowledge and development of young men and women through participation in athletic and fine arts activities. The fund supports programs that allow young people the opportunity to develop leadership, creativity, and an appreciation for team effort in an environment where the values of character, determination and sportsmanship are promoted.