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Special Education Hockey

Registration is Open

2018 Special Education Hockey Program Overview

New for the 2018-2019 Fall/Winter hockey season, Wilmette Hockey and the Wilmette Tribe are excited to announce a special education hockey pilot program!

When: Saturdays from 2:45 - 3:45 p.m. Clinics begin Saturday October 6th and run through December 1st (with no clinic on November 24th), 8 sessions.

Where: Centennial Ice Rink Wilmette

Program Audience

Participation is cross categorical - any student aged 4 - 10 who presents with autism to developmental delay to behavior disorder and on through to cognitive impairment.

Clinical Framework

There will be no hockey scrimmages or formally constructed games during the clinics, only skill building exercises and activities/games. Depending on the disabilities involved, lighting, noise level, and equipment can be adjusted on a per session/participant basis.

The number of participants will be capped at 10 per session. 

For Spanish dominant participants instruction will be provided in Spanish.


Bill Norberg M.ED (standard and adaptive physical education), CE-2 USA Hockey coaching certification

Michael Strening, Jr. M.ED, LBS-1, Type 29 Bilingual, CE-2 USA Hockey coaching certification


$250 per skater

Fees include: ice time, professional coaches, jersey and socks.

Required Equipment

Team Jerseys and socks are provided by the club at no additional cost.

Full equipment is required

All players MUST have the following properly fitted equipment to take the ice for any practice, clinic or game:

  • HECC certified helmet with full face mask
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Shin guards
  • Cup and supporter for boys or pelvic protector for girls
  • Stick
  • Gloves
  • Hockey pants
  • Properly fitted and sharpened skates
  • Mouth guard
  • Neck guard 
  • Hockey socks (provided by the club)
  • Jersey (provided by the club) 

Equipment for WHA programs CANNOT be rented from the Park District or WHA.  View our Gear page to find places where you can buy gear.

USA Hockey Membership

The Wilmette Hockey Association is a member of AHAI (Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, a USA Hockey affiliate). 

Participation in our club requires a USA Hockey membership. USA Hockey membership, among other items, provides a comprehensive insurance program and provides protection for athletes while participating during sessions.

USA Hockey annual membership is $40.  Membership expire annually on August 31st. 

Register here for your USA Hockey membership.   

You must have a valid USA Hockey number prior to getting on the ice.

Registration is Open


Michael Strening Jr

Special Education Hockey Director