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2019 Spring Highlights & Awards

Girls U10 Champions at the Spring Detroit Thunderbird Tournament

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  

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

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