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Wilmette Braves Hockey - State's Only Program Placing Teams in All 3 NIHL Elite Divisions

The Wilmette Braves are Illinois' only youth hockey program placing one team in each of the three Northern Illinois Hockey League's Elite Division competition brackets.

No other Illinois program delivered teams at all three levels - Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam.

Squirt 1, Head Coach Adam Cheris, Pee Wee 1, Head Coach Brad McMahon, and Bantam 1, Head Coach Brian Keane, teams combined for a 22-2 seeding round record with a +82 goal differential during the seeding round.  Additionally, Wilmette Braves Bantam 2, led by Head Coach Sean Keane, jumped up one rung to the Bantam Gold NIHL competition level.

"This is a great club-wide achievement that speaks to coaching from top to bottom" says Wilmette Hockey Coaching Director Tom Finks.  "We are successfully introducing players to the game through our Wilmette Tribe program.  Late bloomers are developing into top team players.  We have great athletes that are becoming great goaltenders and our top players are staying with the club because they are developing as players and enjoying the program culture."

Wilmette Tribe and Braves Hockey is a community-based youth hockey program serving the area for 52 years. The program offers House League hockey for newcomers or recreation players. There are 15 competitive travel teams, including Girls only programs.

To join the program, visit (ages 6-8) or (ages 9-14).


Congrats to Recent Tournament Champs

Game of the week

Watch Bantam 2 Live!

12/02/2016, 7:30pm CST
By Wilmette Hockey

Bantam Gold B teams, Wilmette 2 and Falcons 2, will have their December 5, Monday 7:40pm game at the Centennial Ice Arena in Wilmette broadcast live online by

Morning Skate

11/16/2016, 12:15am CST
By Tom Finks

Exciting additional training opportunity for Tribe and Brave travel skaters

This is a great opportunity to develop new skills and confidence with elite Wilmette coaches - all before the school bell rings!

Heads Up - Don't Duck!

09/21/2016, 9:45pm CDT
By Tom Finks

WHA Coach and Team Services Director Frank Pustek is presenting USA Hockey's Heads Up safety video to every WHA team over the next few weeks. The video teaches essential techniques to protect your body from serious injury. The video link is provided below for interested parents that want to familiarize themselves with the important information shared with all WHA players. 

USA Hockey Video



Home Ice Skate Shop At NSIA Now Open

We are very excited to announce the opening of the 2nd Home Ice location at North Shore Ice Area.  

The first few weeks will be a transitional phase as CCM, Reebok and Bauer equipment orders continue to come in. However, it will be open for skate sharpening and accessories such as tape, laces, etc. If there is anything you would like to be ordered, please stop in and they will be happy to accommodate your request. 

Shop in Winnetka will still be open and store hours will remain the same. Sharpening packages may be used at both locations.

Store hours are: 

Monday-Friday 2pm-9pm

Saturday 9am-6pm

Sunday 10am-3pm



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Braves Travel Coaches

Coach Travel Hockey with the Wilmette Braves. If you love to teach and inspire the next generation of hockey players contact Wilmette's hockey director

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