North Park was founded in 1987 at Lasker Rink in the northern end of Central Park. Gregg and Sue Slager joined North Park in 2005 for their sons, Kyle and Justin. Over the next decade, the Slagers, building on many years of work from prior North Park volunteers, led North Park through a period of tremendous growth. In the process, they served in nearly every volunteer capacity available at North Park; President, Treasurer, Secretary, Board Member, Commissioner, Parent Coach, you name it.
As part of this successful expansion, North Park re-started its 14U Bantams effort in 2011-'12. In the 2012-'13 season, the North Park Board established the Slager Cup, an annual award with a dual purpose. The first objective was honor the commitment of players who spent their entire youth hockey career in a North Park uniform, from 6U - 8U Mites through 14U Bantams. The second was to show gratitude for the work of Gregg and Sue Slager.
Each player who completes their eight-plus year North Park journey joins the select group of players with their names memorialized on the Slager Cup. And in the spirit of the Stanley Cup, the Slager Cup is shared by these players for a year, then passed onto the next generation.
By birth year, North Park honors the following players with their names carved into the Slager Cup.
A break in action during the CAN/AM 2023 Challenge Cup at Sportsplexe Pierrefonds in Montreal, Quebec
Former North Park President Chris Ooten awarding the Slager Cup in 2017
"Dedicated to Gregg and Sue Slager, whose vision,
passion, commitment, and hard work have
enriched the lives of all the parents, coaches,
and kids who have been part of North Park Hockey.
With Gratitude and admiration, we honor
the players who skated with
North Park from Mites through Bantams."
Former President Kevin Coleman introducing the Slager Cup to North Park with Gregg and Sue in 2013