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Bantam 1 Chicago Pre-Season Challenge Champions. The team defeated the Waterloo Ontario Wolves 3-2 in OT in the championship game.

March in the Wilmette Holiday Parade

By Wilmette Hockey 10/13/2017, 10:45am CDT

Bring the family out to march with the Wilmette Hockey Association and Wilmette Tribe in the 31st Anniversary celebration of the Wilmette Holiday Parade on Saturday, November 18! 

The parade starts from 4th & Linden and goes into Downtown Wilmette, where Santa will get off his sleigh to greet the children.

Staging Area: CTA parking lot on 4th Street. Marchers line up with the Tribe group between 10:00 and 10:15 am (Look for the Tribe banner). Everyone must be in place no later than 10:15am. Parade marshals in Santa hats will assist with the line-up.

The parade steps of promptly at 10:30AM and runs until about Noon. The pick up point at the conclusion of the parade is the Village Hall parking lot. After the parade, visit with Santa at the Village Hall.

Show off your Tribe spirt by wearing your jersey, hats or other gear (no sticks allowed).

Warm Up Fitting Day

By Wilmette Hockey 10/09/2017, 11:30am CDT

Many families have asked us where they can purchase Warm Up Jackets and Pants for the Tribe and Wilmette Hockey. For your convenience we have invited our local merchant, the Wilmette Bicycle and Sport Shop, to host fitting days at Centennial Ice Arena.


When: Saturday, Oct 14, 9AM-12PM and Sunday, Oct 15, 12PM-3PM


Where: Centennial Ice Arena, Meeting Room by the Registration Desk


What is for sale: Warm Up Pants and Jackets specifically designed for hockey players. Perfect before practices and games. All items can be embroidered with the player’s name, number and and the Tribe/ WHA logos.  


Extra Benefit for the Club: The Wilmette Bike store has agreed to donate a % of the sales to the club to help in our fundraising.


Warm Up Jackets and Pants are optional and not required by the clubs.

Any Wall Street Journal business client who had its digital ads planned by Brian Keane just a few years ago may be surprised at what he’s doing now.

Keane has gone from crafting ideas for businesses to crafting them for individuals on a sheet of ice. And those individuals just happen to be Patrick Kane and other NHL players.

Keane had once been a promising hockey player. Kane even put Keane’s ability ahead of himself when they were youth teammates in upstate New York. But Keane’s lack of attention to detail and later concussion issues held him back from fulfilling his potential.

Keane ended up going the marketing and sales route after playing at UMass Amherst and held some respectable positions. But even as he climbed the career ladder, his mind kept on wandering back to hockey. It’s always what made him the happiest.

For complete article, CLICK HERE.

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.

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