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Youth Travel Hockey

Our Youth Travel program is designed for players who want to make a serious commitment to the game of hockey. Travel teams get more ice time and travel to other rinks to participate in appropriately balanced competition. The WHA fields multiple travel teams at the Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam levels and competes in the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL).  WHA also fields multiple Girls Only teams.

You get tons of ice time; typically 4 or more times a week: 

  • 2 to 3 Weekly on Ice practices (a mix of ADM Skills & Team practices)
  • Weekly Goalie Clinics  
  • 30-40 Games (Seeding Rounds, Regular Season, Playoffs, Friendly Games)  
  • 2-3 Tournaments (at least 1 is out of state)
  • Outdoor "Friendly" Games (Weather Dependent) 

Additional Features of The Program:

  • Support for multi-sport athletes
  • Super Convenient ice times
  • Elite Skills Directors
  • Cutting Edge Video Instruction
  • Emphasis on building life skills through hockey
  • Team sizes that maximizes player development and ice time 

The majority of on ice events will take place at Wilmette Centennial Ice Arena, with additional events held at North Shore Ice Arena (NSIA).  

For less experienced players, WHA also offers House (Recreational) Hockey at all levels.  


Goalies are the anchor of each team and vital to success.  Goalies receive:

  • Goalie Clinics occurring throughout the regular season
  • Up to a 43% discount from Skater registration fees  (Varies by level)  **Discount increased this year**
  • Professional Goalie Coaches 2 times a week


We take pride in our highly talented coaching staff.  Our unified coaching approach develops hockey skills and life skills through competition.

Team Head Coach
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 Ethan Austin
Pee Wee 4 Bill Martin
Bantam 1 Anthony Booth
Bantam 2 Kyle Sennott
Bantam 3 Bill Martin
Girls U10 Katey Shadek
Girls U12 Nicholas Ponce De Leon
Girls U14 Nicholas Ponce De Leon

All assistant coaches will be announced at a later date.

Our Head Coaches are supported by elite level skills Directors.

Registration is Open

Wilmette Girls Hockey

Do you have a girl interested in playing travel hockey?

More About Our Program

The following sets forth the level each player is eligible to participate in based upon such participant’s birthdate.  If your player is a Mite Level Player visit the Wilmette Tribe Website.

Level Birth Date Between
Mite 2010 and 2012
Squirt 2008 and 2009
Peewee 2006 and 2007
Bantam 2004 and 2005
Girls U10 2008 and Younger
Girls U12 2006 and 2007
Girls U14

2004 and 2005

Questions? Contact:

Bill Cannon

Travel Director

Pre-Season Conditioning Clinics and Events

All sessions at North Shore Ice Arena (NSIA)

Squirts Tue, 8/21 6:40pm Thur, 8/23, 5:40pm Sat, 8/25 4:20PM Tue, 8/28 6:40PM Thur, 8/30 5:40PM
Pee Wee Tue, 8/21 7:50pm Thur, 8/23, 6:50pm Sat, 8/25 5:30PM Tue, 8/28 7:50PM Thur, 8/30 6:50PM
Bantam   Thur, 8/23, 8:00pm Sat, 8/25 6:40PM Tue, 8/28 9:00PM Thur, 8/30 8:00PM
Bantam Checking Clinics

Group 1

Mon, 8/20 5:50 PM


Group 2

Mon, 8/20 7:00 PM


Group 3

Mon, 8/20 8:10PM

All Groups

Tue, 8/21, 9:00-10;10PM

U10 Gilrs

Sat, 8/18 9:20AM

Sun, 8/19 9:20AM Wed, 8/22 5:50PM Sat, 8/25 1:10PM  
U12 Girls practices after tryouts        
U14 Girls practices after tryouts        
Goalie Mites Sat, 8/18, 1:10pm        
Goalies Squirts Mon, 8/27, 7:00PM        
Goalies PW-BT Mon, 8/27, 8:10PM        


Welcome Back Picnic: Saturday Aug 25th at NSIA

Travel Parent Meeting: Monday Aug 22nd (Time, Location TBD)

Try Outs

Individual players have ambition and want to make the highest playing level team possible. Players that earn that opportunity will be provided that opportunity.  Thus, at each tryout, the opportunity to make the highest playing level team is afforded to all players--equally.  Using all of our resources, our coaches will attempt to choose and place the most competitive team as possible. 

Click here to review criteria used to determine player placement.

Review the WHA Calendar for final location/ times/ date.  The calendar is always the most up to date.

Squirts AA
(Team 1)
Tue, 9/4 5:30PM, NSIA Wed, 9/5, 6:40PM, Centennial Thur, 9/6, 5:40PM, NSIA    
(Teams 2, 3, 4)
      Sat, 9/8 8:00AM Centennial  Sun, 9/9, 10:40AM Centennial
Pee Wee AA
(Team 1)
Tue, 9/4 6:40pm, NSIA Wed, 9/5, 7:50PM, Centennial Thur, 9/6, 6:50PM, NSIA    
Pee Wee
(Teams 2, 3, 4)



  Sat, 9/8, 9:10AM, Centennial  Sun, 9/9, 11:50AM Centennial

Tue, 9/4 7:50PM, NSIA

Wed, 9/5, 9:00PM, Centennial Thur, 9/6, 8:00PM, NSIA  Sat, 9/8 10:20AM Centennial  
Girls U10 Sun, 8/26, 2:00PM, NSIA        
Girls U12 Sat, 8/18, 10:30AM, NSIA Sun, 8/19, 10:30AM, NSIA      
Girls U14 Sat, 8/18, 11:40AM, NSIA Sun, 8/19, 11:40AM, NSIA      


  •  All Squirts and Pee Wees skaters competing for  AA teams ("Team 1") should plan to attend tryouts on September 4, 5 and 6. While not restricted, only players with a reasonable possibility of making this top team should attend the AA tryout.
  • All Bantam skaters competing should attend Sept 4, 5, 6 and 8
  • Players not competing for the AA team or those who were not selected for AA in the first round at Squirt and Pee Wee level should plan to attend A team tryouts on September 8 and 9.
  • Players and parents must arrive early for the first tryout session for check-in/ pinney assignment (keep the same pinney for all try out session/ return at the end of Try Outs).
  • Tryout viewing is closed to non-WHA staff. The purpose of this policy is to allow the players, coaches and evaluators to conduct their work in a less stressful environment.
  • Team rosters will be e-mailed shortly after tryouts conclude.

Team Declaration Policy:

If a player does not want to be considered for a specific team (ie your child is only trying out for the first “AA” team and would decline a position on the second “A” team), this information must be communicated to the WHA Travel Director or Club President in writing prior to the start of tryouts. WHA will send an acknowledgement in writing once received.  If notification is properly received and player is not placed on desired team, player will be assessed the tryout/conditioning fee and the 7.5% transaction fee only.

Travel Hockey Fees

Fees include: Helmet Decals, 2 Tournament Registration Fees, Professional Coaching and Ice Time:

  • Tryout and Pre-Season Conditioning Fee  $300
  • League Fees
    • Squirts : Skater $4,400 Goalie $2,500
    • Pee Wee: Skater $4,400 Goalie $2,500
    • Bantams:  Skater $4,500 Goalie $3,300   

Pricing includes a $50 discount for 'Paid in Full price'.  A three installment payment plan is also available. Third child travel player discount is available. 

In addition, each Travel team will collect an 'Expense fund' (approximately $200-400 per player) to cover team expenses (team functions outside the rink, coach's gifts, etc).

Travel expenses to out of state tournaments, and uniform/jerseys costs are not included as part of the league fees and is the responsibility of each player.

The WHA will evaluate requests for financial aid on a case by case basis for hardship situations. Please contact the WHA President in writing with any requests. 

Tryout Fee: Each player attending the Pre-Season Conditioning Clinics and/or Tryouts will be required to pay a non-refundable [$300.00] Tryout Fee. This fee must be paid prior to any player taking the ice at clinics or tryouts. This is a flat fee and will not be pro-rated based upon the number of sessions attended. The Tryout fee will not be credited against the Registration Fees.

Refund Policy (Fall-Winter Season Only)

Refund Requests Prior to the Start of Pre-Season Conditioning:  A full refund, less:

  • 7.5% transaction fee on all refunded dollars. 

Refund Requests After the Start of Pre-Season Conditioning:  A full refund, less:

  • 7.5% transaction fee on all refunded dollars.
  • $300 tryout/conditioning fee

Refund Request After the Start of Conditioning and the Player is selected to a High School Team before being posted to a WHA Team (BANTAM ONLY):  A full refund, less:

  • $300 tryout/conditioning fee

Player Not Selected for a Travel Team:  A full refund, less:

  • $300 tryout/conditioning fee

Player Posted to Travel Team (Refund Request Prior to 10/1/18):  A refund, less:

  • $300 tryout/conditioning fee
  • 1/3 of the season fee
  • 7.5% transaction fee on all refunded dollars.

Player Posted to Travel Team (Refund Request On or After 10/1/18): 

  •  No Refund

Jerseys & Equipment

All Players must have a set of WHA Travel Jerseys (Home and Away) and Socks.  If you are new to the program and still need to order, you must visit the Wilmette Bike Shop by August 15th for a fitting and to place your order.  Be sure to bring your player and his/her shoulder and elbow pads for the proper fit.  If you are unable to bring your player to the Bike shop, we recommend you bring in a well fitting practice jersey to compare sizes.

Full equipment is required 

All players MUST have the following 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
  • Hockey socks 
  • Properly fitted and sharpened skates
  • Mouth guard
  • Neck guard  

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 in competitions and practices.

USA Hockey annual membership is $40.  

Membership expire annually on August 31st. You must have a valid membership that goes thru August 31st, 2019  to register. If you purchased your membership after April 1st (for the Spring season), your membership is good until August 31st, 2019.

Register here for your USA Hockey membership.   

You must have a valid USA Hockey number prior to getting on the ice (including conditioning and tryouts).

Additional Policies

All players, coaches and their families/spectators must agree and follow the club's Code of Conduct and Locker Room policy:

Many WHA players also participate in other fall sports. And we're supporters of it! See this document to get information on our perspective as well as our policies related to schedule conflicts with other sports. 

Two Choice Rule: AHAI Club Declaration Rule :

Travel Tier II hockey players in Illinois can skate for two organizations in their Mite through Bantam playing careers. The first Tier II organization your skater plays for becomes your first choice. You will have only one other opportunity (choice) to play for another travel Tier II organization through the Bantam level. All players and parents will be required to sign a "Two-Choice" Declaration Form when placed on a team.

Practice Schedule

Below is the general regular season practice schedule.  Each team has approximately 3 practices a week (mix of skills, team and split ice format).  This rotation takes effect late September. Please check the WHA calendar for the specific times for each level/team. The calendar is the master schedule and the most up to date.

  • Mondays
    • Goalie Clinics  starting at 5:50PM
    • Squirts starting at 6:30PM
  • Tuesdays
    • Bantams and Pee Wees starting at 5:30PM
  • Wednesday
    • Squirts, Pee Wees and Bantams starting at 5:50PM
  • Thursdays
    • Squirts,  Pee Wees and Bantams starting at 5:25PM


Registration is Open