Wilmette Tribe Mite Travel League is for players aged 6-8 (birth year 2011, 2012 or 2013).
For Devo and Mite House League, please visit the House page. If your player is birth year 2009 or older, they are part of Youth Hockey under USA Hockey. Please visit the Wilmette Braves Hockey Association for Squirts, Pee Wee, Bantam and Girls Only USA Hockey leagues.
The Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club’s goal is for young hockey players to develop a foundation of skills and love for the game so they play for a lifetime. Hockey is a game of skill AND passion. Wilmette Tribe club members come to the rink with energy and an edge that let's everyone know--they are a hockey player and they love the game!
You get tons of ice time in the Wilmette Tribe program including: (all included in the fees).
Additional Features of The Program:
The majority of on ice events will take place at Centennial Ice Arena, with additional events held at North Shore Ice Arena (NSIA).
Not sure if Travel is right for you? View our Travel vs House comparison to understand all the differences in the program.
This program is targeted to:
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.
The travel coaches will be holding Pre-Season Conditioning Clinics leading up to the tryout days and all interested skaters are encouraged to participate. Skater Sessions:
Tuesday, August 20 (Jersey Fitting)
5:30-6:30pm @ NSIA NHL
Thursday, August 22 (Jersey Fitting)
5:40-6:40pm @ NSIA NHL
Goalies. If you do not have goalie gear, the club can lend you gear for the clinics and Try Outs. However, if you make the team as a goalie you must provide your own gear. Goalie Session:
Monday, August 19th
Players, Goalies and Families please join us for a Welcome Back BBQ on Saturday August 24th at NSIA starting at 1PM.
We anticipate fielding 3 Mite Travel teams this Fall. With the limited spaces and strong program demand, comes the need to hold tryouts for these roster spaces.
All Mites competing for travel team must participate in ALL THREE tryouts:
Tryout 1: Saturday, August 24
3:10-4:10pm @ NSIA NHL
Tryout 2: Sunday, August 25 (Jersey Fitting)
12:50 -1:50pm @ NSIA NHL
Tryout 3: Tuesday, August 27
5:30-6:30pm @ NSIA NHL
Goalies: If you don't have your own equipment, the club will lend you gear for the Try Outs. However, you must have your own gear post try outs.
Mandatory Parent meeting to be announced at a later date
Rosters will be announced by Thursday August 31st.
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.
The competition for team spots will be vigorous. We look forward to seeing the results of hard work and placing players according to their performance. Any players that are not selected for a travel team are eligible for the Tribe House and House Plus league.
Be proud of the Wilmette Tribe Hockey Club Tryout Process. Read more about it here.
There is NO Hockey scheduled for Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon of Labor Day Weekend. First Team Practices start on Tuesday 9/3. Please review the team calendars for team specific practice schedule.
We attempt to schedule as many events at Centennial as possible; however, due to limited ice availability we also use North Shore Ice Arena for practice and games.
Travel teams practice between 3 times per week. Our estimated regular season schedule is as follows (but time/days/location are subject to change):
Our coaching line for the Fall 2019-2020 season:
Skills Director: Joe Heaton
Goaltending Director: Grant Paulsen
Mite 1: Joe Heaton
Mite 2: Grant Paulsen
Mite 3: Joe Heaton
Additional coaches from the Wilmette Hockey Association will support skill sessions and team practices.
Team Jerseys are provided by the club at no additional cost for first time Fall Travel players. Fittings will occur at the Aug 20th and 22nd conditioning and the Aug 25th Try Out session.
Full equipment is required.
All players MUST have the following equipment to take the ice for any practice, clinic or game:
Goalies are the anchor of each team and vital to success. Goalies receive:
To be eligible, your player must be a full time goalie and be a goalie on a Mite travel team. If you register as a goalie and are not selected, and later play as a skater, you will be required to pay the difference. If you register as a skater, and later selected to play goalie full time, you will receive a refund. If you are unsure, select the position you feel most comfortable about, and speak to the coaches during conditioning and tryouts. Goalies must provide their own gear.
Fees include: Home and Away Jerseys (for new Fall Travel players), Helmet Decals, Home & Away Game Socks, 2 Tournament Registration Fees, Professional Coaching and Ice Time.
Pricing includes a $50 discount for 'Paid in Full price'.
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 is not included as part of the league fees and is the responsibility of each player.
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.
AAU membership is $14.
We recommend not registering for AAU prior to August 15th. Registering for AAU before August 15th will result in your AAU registration expiring before the season begins. If you are completing this registration on or before August 15th, leave the AAU registration field blank. We will follow up with you after the 15th for your AAU number.
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 getting on the ice (including conditioning and tryouts).
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:
Please be on the look out for volunteering requests. If you have interest in a particular area, please send us an email.
We are currently looking for volunteers to help us at Check In for Conditioning and Try Outs. Please sign up here.
We expect to participate in 2 tournaments during the season.
The out of state tournament will be selected by the Wilmette Tribe board in collaboration with the coaching staff.
The conditioning fee will not be refunded once conditioning has started.
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, this information must be in the Declaration Form prior to the start of tryouts. You will receive an email from the club directors when it is 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.