Coach Giselle is a strong advocate for girls in hockey and wants them to develop a passion for the sport as well as a drive to continually improve their skills to be competitive. Her philosophy as a player and a coach has always been to have fun and work hard. Giselle is looking forward to this season and creating a team that will be strong contenders in their league.
Coach Pat is from Park Ridge, Illinois. Growing up he played youth hockey for the Niles Rangers, Glenview Stars and Skokie Flyers. Pat attended high school at Maine South and played for both the Maine Township Hockey Club and the Skokie Flyers Hockey Club. Pat attended Lewis University and played for the Lewis University Flyers for 4 years.
Coach Pat is a strong advocate for the American Development Model (ADM) and believes the biggest key for a Player/Coach relationship is communication. He incorporates skills and systems into the minds of all of his players. As of late he has been striving to help his players/teams think the game not just play the game. He says “Hockey IQ” is one of the most underrated/neglected skills a player can work on, but can make the biggest difference in the eyes of a coach or scout.
Henry is starting his second year of coaching with previous experience with PDL Elite hockey and Robert Crown hockey camps. He recently graduated from Trine University in the NCHA conference and served as the captain for the 2019-20 year. Before transferring to Trine, Henry played for Morrisville State College in the SUNYAC conference. Henry also has professional experience playing in the SPHL. Henry believes in teamwork and work ethic as team success will bring on individual success. He will bring his playing experience from youth, collegiate, and professional levels to help develop individuals as hockey players. He believes that hockey is a great tool for character development and creating positive team culture.
Coach Rooney is from Park Ridge, IL. He began playing hockey at age 4. He continued to play through high school and college. As a high school senior, Coach Rooney was named to the All-State team. Coach Rooney chose to attend and play for the University of Louisville, where he played five seasons for the Cardinals over six years. During his five seasons, he won three conference championships. After school, he took the opportunity to play professionally in Germany for one season.
Apart from his playing career, Coach Rooney has also served as a coach for the Louisville Ice Cardinals summer league. He has also coached with the Nashville Predators youth initiative program to grow the game "Little Preds." He has also participated as a volunteer assistant for USA Hockey's Try Hockey for Free program.
Coach Braband is entering his 8th season coaching for the Wilmette Braves. He has coached at mite, squirt, pee wee and bantam. In 2019 his team won the Pee Wee 12U NIHL Championship. Coach Braband grew up in Wilmette, playing youth travel hockey for the Braves and also at Loyola Academy. He worked for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks for 14 years, before moving back to Wilmette. Once back in Wilmette, he wanted to give back to youth hockey and the kids by coaching for the Braves. Over his time of coaching, he realized how much he enjoyed working with kids and teaching them, not only hockey lessons, but life lessons along the way, and he went back to school for his Masters in Elementary Education.
Coach Braband believes that hockey should be a fun, energetic and exciting experience for all involved. The desire of the kids to play hard and have fun while doing it leads to success both on and off the ice.
Coach Ali is starting her 2nd year of coaching at Wilmette. She graduated from St. Olaf College (MN) in 2019, where she played hockey for 4 years. Ali grew up playing girls hockey for Wilmette and New Trier High School. She was a captain her Senior year and won the IL State championship as a Junior.
Ali is a strong believer in holding kids accountable and rewarding hard work. No one kid is bigger than the team. She teaches her players to play as a unit and works to strengthen their individual development and understanding of the game.