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WARRIORFEST 2022 - Aug. 27th - SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday August 27th - Crow Island Woods

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SUPPORT WINNETKA HOCKEY - MARCH IN THE JULY 4th PARADE!

Calling All Warriors!

We will once again march in the Winnetka Parade! Get your friends and teammates as we hand out items on the parade route and spread the word about our program!

When:  Monday, July 4th 9:15am (Parade  starts 10:00am sharp: the Parade organizers would like groups ready to march by 9:30am)

Where:  Elm St. near Hibbard Road. Look for the Zamboni.

What to Wear:  Your Warrior jersey!

Volunteers Needed!   We would like to have volunteers to walk with our group and help keep them organized. If you are available to assist, please contact Stephen George at marketing@winnetkahockey.com

2022-23 Travel Hockey Tryouts and House League - Key Dates

Saturday August 20
Preseason Travel Clinics will begin on Saturday August 20 for all levels (Mites, Squirts, Peewees, Bantams).

  • All levels will be assigned ice slots for the Saturday
  • All levels will be offered 5 clinics from August 20-26
  • The purpose of clinics is to warm up players in preparation for tryouts, NOT to assess them.

Saturday August 27 
Day off from hockey. Save the date for our second annual WarriorFest! More information to follow.

Sunday August 28
Travel tryouts begin for all levels

  • All levels will attend their first tryout on the same day, 8/28.
  • Tryouts for all levels will be held from August 28-August 31
  • Mite 1 rosters will be posted on or immediately after Tuesday 8/30
  • All Bantam rosters will be posted on or immediately after Wednesday 8/31
  • All Squirts, Peewees, and the rest of the Mite teams will be posted on or immediately after 9/1.

Sunday September 11
House League sessions begin

Note
A complete overview of the Winnetka Hockey Travel curriculum, details on the process for tryouts, House League, information for goalies and parents new to hockey, will be presented in mid to late June. 

Registration for the 2022-23 season will open on or immediately after July 1.


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DROP-IN PICK-UP HOCKEY AVAILABLE THIS WEEK (JUNE 20-23) AT WINNETKA

Announcing drop-in skates again this week (June 20-23) at Winnetka Ice Arena, 3:10-4:10pm. Mites/Squirts are Monday and Wednesday, Peewees/Bantams Tuesday and Thursday. WHC Coaches will provide supervision, not instruction. $20 per session payable on site. Wear full equipment.

SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. CLINICS START JUNE 13


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COACHING STAFF MEETS WITH VETERAN NHL COACH

Winnetka's coaching staff spent a recent Saturday afternoon with veteran NHL coach Barry Smith for a discussion about best practices in player development.

The conversation included video study, whiteboard sessions, and a lengthy Q&A, providing a rare opportunity to tap into the wisdom of a coach who's served as an assistant to the Sabres, Penguins, Red Wings, and Coyotes. Smith won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings, two with the Penguins, and two more as Director of Player Evaluation and in other roles with the Blackhawks.

“As with our players, I feel it’s very important for our coaches to continue to learn and develop their craft,” said WHC Hockey Director Chris Wickersham.  “Providing them access to professional coaches like Barry Smith is a great way for us to grow and improve ourselves, and our Club.”

Smith covered a range of topics, including ways to grow player awareness, drills to improve puck support, frequently overlooked focus areas, and novel team-building ideas.

“The session with Barry covered all facets of the of the game of hockey and was truly inspirational,” said Coach Bob Wilson. “I think [it’s] going to provide a springboard to get all of us coaches on the same page with the concepts we’re learning heading into the season, and that will be huge for player development.”

FORMER NY RANGER, CHICAGO NATIVE CONOR ALLEN LATEST TO JOIN CLUB

WINNETKA, Ill. (For immediate release) - The Winnetka Warriors have hired former New York Ranger Conor Allen, Hockey Director Chris Wickersham announced today. Allen will join the Winnetka Hockey Club as a player development and skills coach for Warrior Academy, WHC's innovative spring hockey program.  He will be working with all age groups. 

One of the few native-Chicagoans to compete at the highest levels of professional hockey, Allen began his career at the Latin School of Chicago before moving on to Team Illinois, eventually becoming the team's captain. From there, he played on the junior level in St. Louis and Sioux Falls, SD before turning to collegiate hockey at Hockey East stalwart, UMass Amherst. 

By his junior year, he was turning the heads of NHL scouts and signed with the Rangers at season's end. Allen spent two years in the Rangers organization, alternating between the NHL and the team's AHL affiliate, Hartford Wolfpack. 

The defenseman spent two more seasons at several different AHL franchises including the Grand Rapids Griffins before heading to Europe in 2018. He rounded out his career with three seasons in the Czech Extraliga, one of the top 5 competitive professional hockey leagues worldwide.

“Having had the opportunity to work with Conor during his playing career, I couldn’t be more thrilled to add a coach who is familiar with our learning and teaching philosophies,” said Wickersham. 

"He has a way of breaking it down for young players that makes him a good fit for our club."

"I’m just going to try to add whatever I can," Allen said. "Spring is a great time for the kids to focus on the fundamental skills that make them better hockey players. "It will be a lot of fun."

 

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Watch the Gullen Cup Minor Mite Championship game!


Squirt 3 Team celebrating their NIHL Championship!!!

SQUIRT 3 ARE NIHL CHAMPIONS!


Interview with Chicago Blackhawks Development Coach Brian Keane

Interview with Blackhawks Skill Development Coach - Brian Keane

Chris Wickersham

Hockey Director

Phone: 612-414-6361

Charlie Widmar

Director of Player Development

Phone: 847-757-7655

Tom Gullen

Ice Scheduler

Phone: 847-770-0811


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