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:
Additional Features of The Program:
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 the 2019-2020 season, the WHA is excited to announce that the WHA was awarded a Central States Developmental Hockey League Pee Wee Minor team (2008 birth year). For more information, visit our Central States page.
For less experienced players, WHA also offers House (Recreational) Hockey at all levels.
|Team||Head Coach||Assistant Coach(s)|
|Mite/U8 1||Joe Heaton||TBA|
|Mite/U8 2||Grant Paulsen||TBA|
|Mite/U8 3||Joe Heaton||Frank Pustek|
|Squirt/U10 1||Adam Cherish, Charlie Widmar||Drew Cheris|
|Squirt/U10 2||Andy Flakus||TBA|
|Squirt/U10 3||Charlie Widmar||Nick Schaefer|
|Squirt/U10 4||Joe Heaton||Ali Griffin|
|PW CS Minor||Brad McMahon||Jeremy Morin|
|PW/U12 1||Ethan Austin||Anthony Booth|
|PW/U12 2||Mike Kennedy||Blake Klippel|
|PW/U12 3||Bill Martin||Tony Rachevsky, Jeremy Ellis|
|Bantam/U14 1||Anthony Booth||Chris Palmer|
|Bantam/U14 2||Andy Bauer||Dan Braband|
|Bantam/U14 3||Bill Martin||Jeremy Ellis|
|Girls U10||Katie Shadek||Bill Norberg|
|Girls U12||Nick Ponce de Leon||Giselle Medina|
|Girls U14||Nick Ponce de Leon||Mike McDaniel|
|Girls U19||Nick Ponce de Leon||Ali Griffin|
Do you have a girl interested in playing travel hockey?
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/ U8||2012 and Under|
|Squirt/ U10||2010 and 2011|
|Peewee/ U12||2008 and 2009|
|Bantam/ U14||2006 and 2007|
|Midget/ U16||2004 and 2005|
|Girls U8||2012 and Under|
|Girls U10||2010 and Under|
|Girls U12||2008 and 2009|
2006 and 2007
|Girls U19||2001 and 2005|
Travel Director- Bantam, Midgets
Assistant Travel Director - Pee Wee
Assistant Travel Director - Squirts
Goalies are the anchor of each team and vital to success. Goalies receive:
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.
All Squirts and Pee Wees skaters competing for AA teams ("Team 1") should plan to attend tryouts on September 3, 4, and 5. While not restricted, only players with a reasonable possibility of making this top team should attend the AA tryout.
Team Declaration Policy:
WHA Team tryout declarations (i.e. your child is only trying out for the first “AA” or 'CS' team and would decline a position on the second “A” team) are reviewed and approved by club Directors. If you would like to make a declaration for your child, please submit this form. An acknowledgement will be sent once the declaration is accepted.
In order to preserve an unbiased Try Out system, team declarations are strictly confidential. Do not share this information with any WHA Club members, parents or team coaches. Failure to abide by this confidentiality agreement will result in a forfeit of the policy benefits and no refund.
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.
Fees include: Helmet Decals, Professional Coaching and Ice Time:
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 [$325.00] 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.
View the WHA Refund Policy.
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:
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, 2020 to register. If you purchased your membership after April 1st (for the Spring season), your membership is good until August 31st, 2020.
You must have a valid USA Hockey number prior to getting on the ice (including conditioning and tryouts).
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.