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.
Next Wednesday, May 10 at Centennial at 7:30, Wilmette Hockey Coaching Director Tom Finks will host a meeting intended to help parents with future Bantam Eligible Freshman decide between Bantam and High School hockey.
The meeting will address the social, athletic and competition issues associated with the choice and decision.
If your child will be a Bantam eligible freshman this season, or even if you want to get up to speed on some of the issues ahead of time, you are highly encouraged to attend the meeting.
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.
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Pee Wee Coaches Deliberating During Tryouts.