The WHA Board is seeking new volunteers to get involved with the organization and help with projects small and large. Meetings are held monthly in the basement of Wilmette Centennial Ice Rink.
Next meeting: Monday, August 17, 7:30pm (please note - date change)
TRAVEL DIRECTOR NEEDED for 2015-16 season: Anyone interested in learning more about what it takes to fill this important executive board position, please contact WHA President, Leonore Lee at 847-863-6512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wilmette Hockey community is proud to announce two promotions within its coaching ranks.
WHA Director of Skill Development
The Wilmette Braves, serving house league and travel Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam players ages 9-14, have named Brian Keane, Director of Skill Development. A former UMass Amherst player and CYA assistant coach, Keane enters third year with the Braves and 5th year coaching amateur hockey. Keane also trains a host of NCAA, Junior and NHL-drafted players preparing them for high profile college and professional careers. Keane is believes in building teams through individual player skill development, repetitions and most important--creating an "authentic confidence" that they will carry throughout their hockey life.
Brian Keane: "I try to build from the blades up. If a player has good balance and are able to make plays, they feel confident. Without that hockey strength on skates and confidence, you can't make plays. To me, the base is essential and you go from there."
Wilmette Tribe House League Director
The Wilmette Tribe, serving house league and travel Mite players ages 4-8 years old, have named Joe Heaton House League Director and Head Coach of Mite Team 1. Heaton grew up playing hockey in the Wilmette Tribe/Braves system. He enters his third year coaching for Wilmette, 17th overall. Coach Heaton emphasizes individual player skill development through fun, efficient and challenging drills, making the game exciting for entry level players.
Joe Heaton: “Hockey is so skill intensive and so daunting, particularly for the first child (in the family who plays the game). Confidence is the biggest thing you can offer them. You tell them: ‘I don’t know you but I think you’re good. If you come to practice every day and work hard you can be really good.’ Ten minutes later they’re 15% better than when they walked in the door because they’re going for it, and when kids go for it, it’s amazing how fast they learn.”
All new WHA players or players in need of a replacement jerseys. Please keep in mind that new jersey orders require an (approx) 8 week lead time.
Attention: CURRENT and RETURNING BRAVES SKATERS
Be sure to try on your jersey to ensure they still fit.
Visit the Wilmette Bike Shop and place your order today!
Details on the fall travel tryout process for youth and girls teams is listed below.
Online registration will open on August 1.
The Wilmette Hockey Association is proud to announce our head coaches for our youth travel #1 teams for the 2015-16 season.
|Squirt 1||Adam Cheris|
|Pee Wee 1||Brad McMahon|
|Bantam 1||Brian Keane|
We are looking forward to an successful season led by this top-flight line-up of experienced hockey leaders.
The Wilmette Hockey Association would like to thank Coach Rafe Aybar for his tremendous service, instruction and support. He provided Wilmette house and travel league players with outstanding skill instruction and motivation for over 30 years! Coach Rafe has moved onto another local program in a similar capacity. The Emperor's wisdom, creativity and wit will be missed.
We also want to congratulate Jay Wilson, former Squirt 1 head coach, on his new role as JV Head Coach in the Latin School of Chicago hockey program. Beyond being a tremendous coach, communicator and leader, he was a total team player--generous, hard working and totally dedicated to the club.
We wish both Rafe and Jay the best!
|August 17||First Goaltender Clinic (NSIA)|
|August 18||First Conditioning Travel Clinics (NSIA)|
|August 19||First Conditioning Clinic--Girls (NSIA)|
|September 1||First Tryout for all AA Travel Teams, Girls teams & All Bantams|
|No WHA events - Happy Labor Day!|
|September 8||A Travel teams - Initial Tryout for SQ, PW & BT|
A Travel teams - Final Tryout for SQ, PW & BT
IMPORTANT SCHEDULE NOTES
** Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam skaters will participate in 7 conditioning clinics. Girls team skaters will participate in 6 conditioning clinics.
** All Squirts and Pee Wees skaters competing for their respective AA teams should plan to attend tryouts on September 1, 2 and 3.
** All Bantam skaters competing should attend Sept 1, 2 and 3
** All Girls competing for girls team should attend September 1 and 3
** Players not competing for AA team selection at Squirt and Pee Wee level should plan to attend A team tryouts on September 8 and 9.