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2019 Spring Highlights & Awards

Girls U10 Champions at the Spring Detroit Thunderbird Tournament


By Wilmette Hockey 07/19/2019, 12:15pm CDT

The Wilmette Hockey Association is proud to announce that the club has been awarded a Pee Wee Minor team (2008 Birthyear) for the Central States Developmental Hockey League (CSDL) for the 2019-2020 hockey season.

Joining the WHA in the Pee Wee Minor Division are: Affton, Blues, Bruins, Bulldogs, Chargers, Chesterfield, Falcons, Hawks, Icedogs, Jets, Leafs, Sabres, St.Peters, Wilmette.

This accomplishment is a direct result of our talented players’ continued commitment to hockey development, our coaching staff and their supportive families.   

We look forward to a competitive season ahead.

Alex Pegler Goal and Assist Fundraiser

By Wilmette Hockey 05/28/2019, 9:00am CDT

The New Trier Hockey Club reminds you to save the date JULY 27th for the Alex Pegler Goal and Assist fundraiser at NSIA starting at 4pm. 


All Wilmette and Winnetka players come join us at NSIA and "skate with the NT Trevian players"   starting at 4pm.


All NT Alumni players come join us at NSIA  for the ALUMNI game which follows the "skate with the Trevians" .... Alumni game starting at approx 5:15 pm.  


Stay for the whole day from 4-10pm. In addition to hockey there will be BBQ, Live music and Silent Auction items. Tons of signed and unique items for hockey fans of all ages, parents and families. 


Registration will be through the New Trier Hockey site, starting at the end of May. Take advantage of EARLY BIRD Pricing which ends June 15th. 

$82 Early bird pricing for families in honor of #82 Alex Pegler. Individual Alumni skaters prices to be posted on New Trier hockey website individually and there will be separate signups for the "skate with the Trevians" and the "Alumni game" portions of the fundraiser. (along with general event sign up).


Lets kick off the New Trier Hockey Season with a bang, connect with new families coming into the program and support the inaugural Alex Pegler Goal & Assist fundraiser on July 27th at NSIA. You can also contribute directly to he Goal & Assist fund online at once the event registrations are live and posted, hopefully by June 1.


Go NT...GO #82

NIHL 2018-19 Scholars

By Wilmette Hockey 04/23/2019, 9:15pm CDT

Congrats to the WHA recipients of the NIHL Academic Excellence Award (straight As).

Evan Bonnell
Pierce Hedstrom
Christopher Janetzko
Madeleine McGuire
Cian Reiter
Wyatt Schmidt
Annika Solberg

Each award winner will receive a special gift from NIHL and the Blackhawks.

State High School Championship

By Wilmette Hockey 03/21/2019, 4:45pm CDT

New Trier Green and Loyola Gold will be playing for the Illinois State High School Championship at the United Center, Friday, March 22nd, starting at 7:30pm.  Come experience one of the best rivalries around, with both sides bringing their fan base creating an electric and entertaining atmosphere.  Tickets are $5 and parking is free.  Link to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster is available HERE.


Come down earlier for the Girls State Championship with #2 New Trier playing against #1 Fenwick starting at 4:30pm.


Cheer on Wilmette Hockey alumni playing for Green, Gold, and NT Girls!  Players listed below are former Braves.  Wear our red game jersey to show support!


Representing New Trier:

Michael Brunso

Jack Eggemeyer

Ryan Gallagher

Thomas Kempf

Dylan Kochman

Mac Zelazny


Representing Loyola:

Owen Boersma

Eagan Callahan

Matthew Choate

Eamon O'Brien


Representing NT Girls:

Camryn Browne

Amy Griffin

Elizabeth McLane

Serena Seiple

Sabrina Shvartsman

Try Out Process

By Wilmette Hockey 03/17/2019, 9:45pm CDT

Try Out Process

  • Fresh Start / Equal Opportunity
  • Kids must complete and earn spot
  • Nobody owns a Spot on the Team
  • There are no “two-year contracts”


Try Out Criteria

  • Productivity
  • Battles Won
  • Decisions
  • Skills
  • Coach-ability
  • Character/Leadership
  • Past Playing History (via Scouting Reports)
  • Team Roster Balance


Try Out Event Platform

  • Apples to Apples Competition Platforms
  • Who wins the battle?
  • 1 on 1’s
  • Battles in the corner
  • Cross Ice Games
  • FullIce 4 on 4


Try Out Process: Deliberations

  • Meeting after Every Tryout Session
  • Define Reasons Player Makes Team
  • Challenged by Colleagues
  • Reference Scouting Reports
  • Contact Past Coaches
  • Conflict of Interests—Abstain
  • Board Member Witness



  • We Work Hard to Get It Right.
  • Proud of the WHA Process.
  • Sports are Fluid. Mistakes are made.


Fall Coaching Lineup

By Tom Finks, Director of Coaching Operations 07/18/2018, 10:00pm CDT

Wanted to share with you the latest on our coaching lineup for the Fall 2018-2019 season.  We are very excited to have such a great coaching lineup. 

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                Nate Gibson/ Peter Kennedy
Squirt 4                Ben Piskor
Pee Wee 1          Brad McMahon
Pee Wee 2          Andy Bauer
Pee Wee 3          Mike Kennedy
Bantam 1            Anthony Booth
Bantam 2            Kyle Sennott
Bantam 3             Bill Martin

Bantam 4             Bill Martin
Girls u10              Katey Shadek 
Girls u12              Nicholas Ponce De Leon
Girls u14              Nicholas Ponce De Leon  

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