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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.


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
     

Promotion to Head Coach:

  • Andy Flakus (Squirt 2)
  • Ethan Ausitn (Pee Wee 2)
  • 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 TBA
PW CS Minor Brad McMahon Jeremy Morin
PW/U12 1 Ethan Austin Anthony Booth
PW/U12 2 Mike Kennedy TBA
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 TBA TBA

 

WILMETTE HOCKEY SELECTED FOR CENTRAL STATES

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.

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

 

PREDICTING SPORTS

  • 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.

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