Fall Travel Clinics and Tryouts
So our membership is aware of our plans for the fall:
* Preseason Travel Clinics will begin on August 15th
*Tryouts for our Girl's Travel Teams will begin on August 29th
* Tryouts for our Central States teams will begin on September 1st.
* Tryouts for all our NIHL will begin on September 3rd for Squirts and September 7th for Pee Wee and Bantam.
We plan on having full program information and schedules available by July 1st.
Central States '15-'16 Coaching Slate and Bios
Ice Resurfacer Update
We wanted to update the membership on the status of the ice resurfacer which will be purchased with funds raised through the Skateathon held in February. This will be used (and stored) primarily at the North Shore Ice Arena.
After the Skatethon we contacted the Midwest sales representative for Olympia Ice Resurfacers. This is the brand of ice resurfacer used at North Shore and it makes sense to purchase the same brand with this machine. He has relationships with all the dealers throughout the United States and Canada.
At the current time, there is a shortage of machines that are in the price range we are interested in. There are some that are more than we raised, and others that are less. We have agreed that if by June no machines are on the market, we will purchase a less expensive machine and do a complete overhaul and refurbishing, thus giving us a resurfacer we can depend on. This process takes around 30 days to complete.
Our plan will be to have this machine in place when we start up in the fall. Should you have any questions please contact Tom Gullen
Winnetka Hockey Club Announcement
The Winnetka Hockey Club is pleased to announce that Josh Pagliaro and Blake Hannafan have been elected to the Board and will be serving as co-directors of the girls hockey program.
Both are committed to the development of the girls program and have strong hockey backgrounds. Josh played hockey in college and as a professional in the ECHL and has coached youth hockey at various levels. Blake was raised in Winnetka and played for the WHC for years. Both previously served as members of the WHC's Girls Hockey Committee and have also volunteered as house league coaches for the past several years. They will work with our hockey director, DJ LaVarre, and executive director, Tom Gullen to further enhance the girls program.
The Board is also pleased to announce that the 2015-16 girls program will field teams at the U14 - U8 levels with multiple teams being planned at U8 and U12. In addition, a revised skill development model will be implemented for the girls program at all levels with dedicated weekly sessions on full ice. We plan to hold a girls town hall meeting for interested parents to discuss the upcoming season and will post the date on the website.
|Winnetka Hockey Club
Peter Roeser, President
|Winnetka Hockey Director
|Winnetka Executive Director
Tom Gullen to be Executive Director to the WHC
The Winnetka Hockey Club Board of Directors would like to announce the hiring of Tom Gullen to the newly created role of Executive Director to the WHC upon his retirement from the Winnetka Park District on June 30.
Tom’s new role will include the many responsibilities he has performed for the club for the last 35 years, including ice scheduling, House League management, budgeting, the annual Wishbone tournament, web site and brochure content, Minor Mite and House Plus development teams, social media presence and countless other behind the scene tasks that are necessary for Winnetka to continue to be the best and largest hockey club in the state of Illinois, while remaining true to our mission of being a community based hockey program.
Tom will be working to achieve the short and long term goals of the club side by side with Director of Hockey Operations, DJ LaVarre, and the WHC Board of Directors.
The board is also pleased to announce that Peter Roeser will be assuming the role of President of the Winnetka Hockey Club and will be working in lockstep with Tom and DJ to ensure Winnetka remains in its current leadership role in Illinois Hockey and providing as many local children the opportunity to learn to love the sport of hockey like so many have before them.
The WHC would also like to thank Brian Farrell for his six years of service to the club as a member of the board including the last two years as President.