Brady's Run Ice Arena
121 Brady's Run Road
Beaver Falls, PA 15010
In 1973, Beaver County resident Sam Gruber met Judge Robert Brosky of the Pittsburgh Common Pleas Court, and the two became interested in forming a youth hockey association in Beaver County. By 1974, the association had enough players to begin play due to the efforts of Brosky.
A new rink being constructed in Beaver County was not yet open in 1974, so the Beaver County teams practiced at the rink in nearby Sewickley. The new rink opened in 1975 at the entrance to Brady's Run Park, giving the fledgling association a home of its own. The Beaver County Amateur Hockey Association was accepted into the PAHL that same year.
Since the association did not have enough players to field teams at the Mite or Pee Wee divisions in its first PAHL season, the association combined the groups to form a single Pee Wee team. That team struggled and even failed to score a goal until the 13th game of the season. But Beaver County was soon able to catch up to the rest of the league and claimed their first two PAHL championships at the end of the 1981-82 season at the PeeWee and Bantam levels.
Like many hockey associations in Western Pennsylvania, Beaver County hit its stride in the early 1990's. From 1993 to 2002, at least one Beaver County team claimed a PAHL title each year. That success was highlighted by the midget teams, who won seven consecutive PAHL and state titles.
Until 1993, the association's teams were known simply as Beaver County Hockey, with no official mascot. The logo on the jerseys for the inaugural season in 1975 read "Oak Hill VFW," a reflection of the organization's first sponsor. In 1977, a logo featuring a beaver with crossed sticks was introduced, and that logo remained virtually unchanged until 1993. Beaver County officially adopted its mascot in 1993: the Badger. The move was made in memory of former Pittsburgh Penguins coach "Badger" Bob Johnson, who led the team to their first Stanley Cup in 1991 before his death a few months after.