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2019-2020 Highlights

Bantam AA defeated Saint Clare Shores, MI 2-0 to be the 2019 Motown Cup Champions

Braves Bantam A wins Great Lakes Fall Classic

Pee Wee 2 Celebrating a Goal at the 2019 Great Lakes Columbus Day Clash in Holland

U14 girls Champions at the 2019 Girls West Michigan Classic

Announcing the 2019-20 Travel Coaching Lineup

By Wilmette Hockey 07/26/2019, 9:00am CDT

The WHA is pleased to announce our coaching lineup for 2019-2020 season.

New Coaching Additions:

  • Jeremy Morin (Pee Wee Central States Minor Assistant Coach) - former professional hockey player (Blackhawks)
  • Chris Palmer (Bantam 1 Assistant Coach) - former Loyal Maroon Head Coach
  •  Blake Klippel (Pee Wee NIHL 2 Assistant Coach)
  • Ali Griffin (Squirt 4 and Girls U19 Assistant Coach)


Promotion to Head Coach:

  • Andy Flakus (Squirt 2)
  • Ethan Ausitn (Pee Wee 1)
  • Charlie Widmar (Squirt 3)


Team Head Coach Assistant Coach(s)
Mite/U8 1 Joe Heaton TBA
Mite/U8 2 Grant Paulsen TBA
Mite/U8 3 Joe Heaton Frank Pustek
Squirt/U10 1 Adam Cherish, Charlie Widmar Drew Cheris
Squirt/U10 2 Andy Flakus TBA
Squirt/U10 3 Charlie Widmar Nick Schaefer
Squirt/U10 4 Joe Heaton Ali Griffin
PW CS Minor Brad McMahon Jeremy Morin
PW/U12 1 Ethan Austin Anthony Booth
PW/U12 2 Mike Kennedy  Blake Klippel
PW/U12 3 Bill Martin Tony Rachevsky, Jeremy Ellis
Bantam/U14 1 Anthony Booth Chris Palmer
Bantam/U14 2 Andy Bauer Dan Braband
Bantam/U14 3 Bill Martin Jeremy Ellis
Girls U10 Katie Shadek Bill Norberg
Girls U12 Nick Ponce de Leon Giselle Medina
Girls U14 Nick Ponce de Leon Mike McDaniel
Girls U19 Nick Ponce de Leon Ali Griffin



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.

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  

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.

AHAI Parent Video

By WHA President 04/28/2018, 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.

Watch Video

Article For Parents

By Dan Bauer- 04/15/2018, 6:00pm CDT

Beneath the surface of even the most dependable team parents lie some undeniable truths

Dan Bauer, freelance writer for has written a nice article about parent roles in youth hockey that also relate to all youth sports.

"Parents, let’s be painfully honest. Beneath the surface of even the most dependable textbook team parents lie these undeniable truths. If your kid could play every minute of every game, you would love it. If they never came off the field, court or rink you would be in sports paradise. If your kid plays a great game and your team loses, you can live with the loss. It wasn’t your kid's fault."

Click on the link below.  Its good reading and it only takes a minute to read. 


Let's Be Honest- USA Hockey Article Link

Wilmette Girls Hockey

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Wilmette Central States Pee Wee Minor Head Coach Brad McMahon and Assistant Coach (and former Chicago Blackhawk) Jeremy Morin introduce themselves to prospective Wilmette competitors.

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