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Spring Travel Hockey

Registration Status: Closed

Spring teams have formed, join us for our summer programs.


Wilmette Tribe Mite House Travel League is for players aged 6-8 (birth year 2011, 2012 or 2013).  

For Spring Devo and Mite House League, please visit the Spring House pageIf your player is birth year 2010 or older, they are now considered Squirts. Please visit the Wilmette Braves Hockey Club for Squirts and other youth leagues.

Is Spring Travel Right for my Child?

The goal of the program is to expose entry level Travel players to full ice,  fast paced travel hockey in a low-key, accessible way. Additionally, we want to take experienced Mite Travel players and continue to develop their skills and maturity as hockey players.

Led by the Wilmette Tribe and Wilmette Braves professional travel coaches, your child will begin to learn the approach, habits, preparation and love for playing hockey at the Travel level. They will be exposed to two skill development sessions per week and games on the weekends. Kids will learn to manage their own equipment, get ready for battle and hit the ice ready for a game.

All Spring Travel teams are part of the same league as the fall mite travel teams - CUHL (Chicago United Hockey League) except it is designed to be more 'local' - playing teams around the Northshore community.  The season ends with a full 'local' tournament experience.

We will encourage focus on the bench, short shifts and a higher tempo game. Most important, we encourage having fun because hockey is a game--the best game in the universe!

For new players to the Travel level, Spring Travel is a great introduction and way to get a taste of what the Fall Experience is about. For current Fall Travel/ House Plus players it is a continuation of the current experience with some new aspects such as very popular weekly 3 v 3 battles.

Whats Included?

You get tons of ice time in the Wilmette Tribe program including: (all included in the fees).  

  • Weekly ADM Skill Sessions
  • Weekly 3 vs 3 tournaments
  • Weekly Goalie Instruction
  • 4-6 CUHL Games
  • 3-4 Game Local Tournament

Additional Features of The Program:

  • All teams will be led by our top notch Wilmette Tribe professional coaches including Skills Director Joe Heaton, Goaltending Director Grant Paulsen and others.
  • Team sizes that maximizes player development and ice time (Targeting 12-13 skaters and 2 goalies per team). 
  • We are targeting 2 Spring Travel teams (but can expand to 3 if there are enough players).
  • No additional 'processing fees'
  • Jerseys will be provided by the Club (for those that are not already Fall Travel or House Plus participants).

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

Program Levels and Age Groups

This program is targeted to:

  • Birth Year 2011 or 2012 with previous team hockey experience or appropriate ability.
  • 2013s will be considered on based skill, experience, maturity, and coaches' approval.

If your child is a 2013 or if you are not sure if travel is the right fit, please reach our coaching staff at the contact at the bottom of the page.

For less experienced hockey players, our house leagues are also available.

Try Outs

 Players must attend ALL sessions.

  • Wed March 13th, 5:30PM-6:30PM @ Centennial
  • Saturday March 16th, 10:20AM-11:30PM @ Centennial

Rosters will be announced by 3/20.

Please keep in mind our Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club goals.  In the big picture, we are attempting to "teach kids through hockey" and provide long lasting, important, life skill lessons.
Additionally and importantly, travel hockey is competitive hockey.  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 see criteria used by Wilmette Coaches to place players.

Friend requests are not accepted for the Travel program. Any players that did not make the travel team is eligible for the Tribe House league. 

NOTE: Try outs are 'Closed'. Parents are welcome to help get their players dressed and ready, but then will be asked to wait outside the ice arena viewing area and not observe. This helps our players and coaches perform at their best.

Season Dates and Information


  • Practices will begin on March 20th. Schedule to be announced.
  • There is no hockey during Wilmette District 39 Spring Break (March 23-March 31st).
  • Weekly intramural 3 vs 3 tournaments will be held on Tuesdays, 5:30PM-6:30PM @ Centennial. 
  • Practice on Fridays, 5:10PM-6:10PM @ Centennial  
  • Goalies will be invited to clinics on Mondays, 5:50PM-6:50PM @ NSIA Studio 
  • We may also add occasional team practices based on ice availability and schedule. 



  • The season will run from April 1st to May 13.

  • Teams will be scheduled to play 4 or 6 spring league games against other North Shore clubs.  Games will mostly be on Saturday and Sunday. Times and exact dates will be determined once teams are established within the Tribe and our neighboring Hockey Clubs.

  • We will wrap up the season with one local tournament, The Invitational (May 14-19).

NOTE: Times, Dates and Locations are subject to change. Please review the team calendar once the season begins.


The Spring Coaching Lineup is:

Skills Director:  Joe Heaton
Goaltending Director:  Grant Paulsen

Mite 1:   Joe Heaton 
Mite 2:   Grant Paulsen 
Mite 3 (if needed):   Joe Heaton 

Additional coaches from the Wilmette Hockey Association will support skill sessions and team practices.


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

Part Time Goalie:  means they will share the net with another goalie. You will work with the coach to determine if you split the net each game or trade off games (rotate between skating a full game and being in the net for the game).

Goalie gear for the Spring Travel season is provided by the club.

We offer a registration discount for players that sign up to be Part Time Goalie.  Goalie spots are limited and we may close goalie registration if we fill the position.

If we do not have a dedicated goalie for a team, players will take turns in the net. 


Team Jerseys are provided by the club at no additional cost. (For Players that do not already have a Fall Travel or House Plus Jersey).

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 (provided by the club)
  • Properly fitted and sharpened skates
  • Mouth guard
  • Neck guard  

View our Gear page to find places where you can buy gear.

Goalie gear will be provided by the Tribe.


Fees include: Jerseys, Socks, Tournament Registration Fee, Professional Coaching and Ice Time.  

  • Skater $840
  • Part Time Goalie (50% skate, 50% goalie), $400

All season fees must be paid in full before evaluations begin. 

AAU Membership

The Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club is a member of CUHL (Chicago United Hockey League, an AAU organization). Registration requires an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) membership. AAU membership, among other items, provides a comprehensive insurance program and provides protection for athletes while participating in competitions and practices.

If you are a current Tribe player, your AAU Membership is valid until August 1 and you do not need to do anything. 

AAU membership is $16.  

Register here for your AAU membership.  Choose "Extended Benefits" and enter club code WYW3AW - Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club.  During registration you will be asked for your Membership ID number (6 digit code).

You must have a valid AAU number prior to register and get on the ice for any event.

Parent Participation

Parent participation is the backbone to our successful organization. Each family is expected to volunteer throughout the season to assist in the Tribe experience. Some of the tasks that you can assist with include:

  • Team Manager
  • Registration assistance
  • In game Clock/Scorekeeper
  • Locker Room monitor
  • Much more

Please be on the look out for volunteering requests. If you have interest in a particular area, please send us an email.


Spring registration is closed.  Join us for our Summer sessions.

Refund Policy

The full season fee will be refunded in the event that a player is not selected for a Travel Team.

If a player does not want to be considered for a specific team, you must complete this form prior to the start of tryouts.  You will receive a confirmation email once accepted.

Once a player name has been posted to a travel team, no refunds of the travel season fee will be permitted.

All refunds will be made less a 5% transaction fee. 

Travel Director