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Announcing our Travel Coaching Lineup

Coaching Director                           Tom Finks
Skills Director,  Mites/ Tribe      Joe Heaton
Skills Director, Braves                    Brian Keane (Prodigy Hockey) 
Coaching Mentor                              John Wallin
Goaltending Director                     Grant Paulsen
Skills Support, Goaltenders        Rick Carlson, Bill Norberg

Skills Support Leadership and Coaches:                  
Joe Heaton, Rafe Aybar, WHA team coaches, Precision Hockey AAA

Head Coaches By Team
Mite 1                   Joe Heaton
Mite 2                   Grant Paulsen
Mite 3                   Joe Heaton
Squirt 1                Adam Cheris
Squirt 2                Ben Piskor
Squirt 3                Peter Kennedy
Squirt 4                Nate Gibson
Pee Wee 1          Brad McMahon
Pee Wee 2          Andy Bauer
Pee Wee 3          Nicholas Ponce De Leon
Pee Wee 4          Michael Loverde
Bantam 1            John Wallin and Mike Kennedy (co-head coaches)
Bantam 2            Sean Keane
Bantam 3            Kyle Sennott
Girls u10              Multiple Coaches 
Girls u12              Nicholas Ponce De Leon
Girls u14              Hannah Bielawski

All assistant coaches will be announced at a later date.

About Your Coaching Leadership

Coaching Director: Tom Finks
6th Year with Program; Dartmouth College, ECAC, 4-year varsity, team captain, 9 years in Chicago Blackhawks business /front office, Member of Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (Player).   Member of 1981 New Trier East and 1983 New Trier State Championship Teams.
Skills Director, Mites/Wilmette Tribe: Joe Heaton
4th Year with Program, among to top coaches and program leaders in USA; effective program builder has effectively grown participation and skill base for Evanston and Wilmette.  Commits to high tempo, multiple touch, small space hockey for long term athlete development.   Also serves as Mite 1 and Mite 3 Head Coach. 

Skills Director, Wilmette Braves: Brian Keane (Prodigy Hockey)
5th Year with Program, among the top team coaches and skill development coaches in USA, trains top world athletes like Patrick Kane, AAA players and Tier 2 players.  Deep commitment to the science of player development and video education.  Play D1 College Hockey for U Mass Amherst.

Goaltending Director: Grant Paulsen
6th Year with Program, Starting goaltender, four year Academic All American at Villanova, Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Scholarship Winner; Served as Goaltending Specialist for Christian Athlete Hockey Camps of Chicago; Commits to skating base, efficiency of movements and positive mental resilience in most challenging position in sports.   Also serves as Mite 2 Head Coach.

Coaching Mentor: John Wallin
Former Division I Hockey Head Coach at Chicago State and Kent State; competed against and shared player development strategies with like of Bob Johnson and Herb Brooks; Part of team that founded and grew Can-Am Hockey Schools to world’s number 1 summer camp operator; Former Head Coach of New Trier East Indians, 1981 State Champions.   Also serves as Bantam 1 co-Head Coach.  

About Our Coaches

“Hockey is so much fun, but it’s also has its share of adversity.  When our coaches lead kids through the adversity to positive results, that’s what it is all about.   From top to bottom, I believe we have one of the best staffs around.   We have a number of truly big league coaches, real leaders that could coach at any level.  Every other coach is on the road to hit a truly high standard.  It’s a great mix.  No matter the team, I am confident Wilmette Hockey players will have a great experience this year.”

--Tom Finks, Coaching Director

View more about our coaches' experience, what to expect (practice structure), team culture, coaching rotation and more.

2017-18 Conditioning and Tryout Schedule

Our preparations for the upcoming season are well under way. Here is how the conditioning and tryout schedule is shaping up. Be sure to check back as tryouts approach in case changes need to be made.  View on Calendar

Wilmette Girls Hockey

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More About Our Program

Wilmette player in Southeast Asia

By Wilmette Hockey 03/19/2017, 9:30pm CDT

Jill Reichenbach double rostered on Squirt and Girls teams before her family relocated to Singapore last year. We followed up with her to share the experience.

Summer Hockey Programs

By Wilmette Hockey 03/07/2017, 9:15am CST

Information about summer hockey opportunities.

AHAI Parent Video

By WHA President 09/20/2015, 6:00am CDT


The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois put together this video explaining the state of hockey in Illinois and how AHAI helps make youth hockey great in Illinois.

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