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Summer Skills Registration is Now Open!

Click on the link below or go to the registration page to register for 2020 Summer Skills. Summer schedule is on the Calendar tab, select "all tags" to view. Welcome back, we missed you!

WHA Summer Program 2020

Hello WHA Families!

We are excited to announce our 2020 summer program.  We have been working hard with both Centennial Ice Arena and North Shore Ice Arena to ensure that all safety precautions can be met.  Per the state’s orders, our program will allow for 10 or less people in a gathering at one time.  For our purposes, this will allow for 9 skaters and 1 coach on each half of a full sheet of ice.  If a skate is on the studio ice it will again allow for 9 skaters and 1 coach.  The program will focus on individual player and skill development.  It will be organized and modeled by hockey director Tim Benz.  Tim and the WHA coaching staff will run the clinics throughout the summer.

We have gone ahead and reserved an ample amount of ice which we believe will accommodate the entire club.  We can accommodate everyone by breaking down the club by birth year.  Our program will consist of a 6-week program beginning the week of June 15th that will have 2 skates a week per birth year.  We will do our best to keep all birth years together but may have to adjust depending on the number of registrations per birth year.  These adjustments will be made to keep the gathering of 10 rule in place. 

Once the final schedule is released, assume your player is to attend their birth year skate.  If a specific birth year is over the 18-player limit, the hockey director will contact families and ask if they can switch times to skate with another birth year. 

Goaltenders are encouraged to sign up as well.  They are included in the group of 10 number on the ice.  Coaches will be instructed to provide feedback to the goaltenders as well.  Similar to the skaters, if multiple goalies are registered at a specific birth year, the hockey director will assign some to a different birth year.  If we find ourselves with excess ice over the summer, we will organize some goalie specific clinics.

Wilmette Girls Hockey:

All WHA hockey sessions this summer are co-ed and we encourage the girls in our program to sign up for their appropriate age level.  The 2007 and 2006 birth year bantam clinics are age appropriate for U14 and U19 girls.  These clinics are all individual skill based and are all non-contact. 

Registration will open in the next few days. Cost for the summer program will be $450 for skaters and $225 for goalies

Presidents Update 4-21-20

We have made the decision to cancel the WHA Spring Hockey Program. Today Governor Pritzker indicated that he will be extending the stay-at-home order beyond May 1, 2020. Based on this development we have no alternative but to cancel the spring program and issue refunds to our families. The refunds will be processed this week.

The WHA will be offering a summer program beginning June 15, 2020. The summer program will be run by Hockey Director Tim Benz and will consist of two skates per week for six weeks. The program will focus on player development and skills. Registration information for the summer program will be coming soon.

Stay safe and we look forward to getting back on the ice soon.

 

John Gregorio

President

Wilmette Hockey Association 

New 5/26 - Lateral Edge Hockey Exercise Videos

A quick hockey specific exercise to incorporate to your daily quarantine routine!

Coach Benz' 14 Day 50 Challenge

Go to the "News" tab above or click on the picture for Coach Tim Benz' latest Quarantine Challenge - the 14 day 50.

PRESIDENTS UPDATE – MARCH 22, 2020

As you know, the COVID - 19 situation has become more serious in our community and throughout the State of Illinois.  Governor Pritzker’s statewide stay-at -home order has shut down all non-essential business, travel and other activities until April 7, 2020.  As a result, the WHA Spring Program will now be suspended until at least April 7, 2020 and will remain suspended until it is safe to resume.  We continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide you with most accurate information possible on the status of the WHA Spring Program.  While it remains our intention to resume spring hockey as soon as it is safe, it’s also possible that the program could be modified or even cancelled.  We expect to provide a full spring schedule if we are able to start by April 20, 2020.  If the delays continue past April 20th, we may be required to modify the schedule or in the worst-case scenario cancel the spring program.  If the spring program is reduced or cancelled, families will receive the appropriate refunds.  

To help our players get some exercise and skill work during the shutdown, Hockey Director Tim Benz is creating some “quarantine” Video’s for the driveway or basement. Tim is also issuing a series of player “challenges” during the shutdown.  The first is the “100 shot challenge”, where players practice by taking 100 shots on goal in a 3-day period.  If the challenge is not completed in the allotted time, you must start over.  If your player completes the challenge send an e-mail to tjbenz12@gmail.com with the players name and “challenge 1 completed” and your player will be recognized at the first skills session.        

The links for the first two videos are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P81xa1woC1A&t=55s 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S15jQvsRPbM&t=13s  

 

Stay safe and healthy. 

John Gregorio

WHA President

Squirt and PeeWee Rosters Are Posted

All Squirt and PeeWee rosters are published. Use the link below or go to the teams tab for information.

Braves PW 2 Are North Shore Cup Champions!

Congratulations to the Braves PeeWee 2 team - North Shore Cup champions!

Spring 2020 Coaching Lineup

Team Name Title
Bantam 1 Anthony Booth Head
Bantam 1 Blake Klippel Asst
Bantam 2 Andy Bauer Head
Bantam 2 Dan Braband Asst
PW 1 Brad McMahon Head
PW 1 Ethan Austin Asst
PW 2 Joe Carcerano Head
PW 2 Matt Szenda Asst
PW 3 Bill Martin Head
PW 3 Tony Rachevsky / Jeremy Ellis Asst
PW 4 Ethan Austin Head
PW 4 TBD Asst
SQ 1 Charlie Widmar Head
SQ 1 Nick Schaefer Asst
SQ 2 Andy Flakus Head
SQ 2 TBD Asst
SQ 3 Charlie Widmar Head
SQ 3 Nick Schaefer Asst
SQ 4 Grant Paulsen Head
SQ 4 TBD Asst
Mite 1 Joe Heaton Head
Mite 1 TBD Asst
Mite 2 Grant Paulsen Head
Mite 2 Frank Pustek / Katie Shadek Asst
Mite 3 Bill Martin Head
Mite 3 Tony Rachevsky / Jeremy Ellis Asst

Try Hockey For Free

Thanks to all parents, volunteers, coaches and especially kids for a successful try hockey for free day!

With over 100 registrants, we are hopeful that many will go on to represent Wilmette in the future...go Braves and Tribe!

WILMETTE HOCKEY 2019-2020 Highlights


Wilmette U19 Girls win the Championship in Madison CAN AM Cup!


Peewee 1 Champions at Rosemont!!


Wilmette U12 wins 2nd place at Sarnia International Silver Stick


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


Braves Bantam A wins Great Lakes Fall Classic


U10 Girls Champions at the All American Girls Tournament in Blaine, MN

 


U14 girls Champions at the 2019 Girls West Michigan Classic


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


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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