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We are excited to announce the hiring of Chris Wickersham as Hockey Director.
A native of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Chris played at St. Mary’s College of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) before moving on to his coaching career. Over the course of the last 15 years, he has coached at both the Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In recent years his career progressed to include coaching roles in Tier 1 Juniors and the NCAA Division 3, and has had the distinct pleasure of watching players he’s worked with ascend to the highest levels of collegiate and professional hockey.
For the past five years, Chris has been the Director of Operations and Player Development for Prodigy Hockey in Chicago where he has developed programs for players of all levels from Mites to the NHL.
“I grew up playing in a program very similar to the Winnetka Hockey Club. I feel my past experiences as a player, coach, skills instructor, and administrator have prepared me very well for this position. I look forward to meeting our coaches, players, and families and working to make the WHC the best program in Illinois.
We welcome Chris to the Warriors!
The Winnetka Hockey Club has named Charlie Widmar its new Director of Player Development.
Widmar coached two Winnetka travel teams and served as a lead skills instructor this past season. In his new role, Widmar will continue to coach two teams. He will also oversee the skills program and work closely with our Hockey Director on player and coach development within the club.
Widmar grew up in Eagan, MN and Northbrook, IL. He played youth hockey for the Northbrook Bluehawks after his family relocated to the area. Widmar went on to be a three-time varsity letter winner at Loyola Academy where he was also an Illinois State Scholar, a National Merit Semifinalist, and a Chick Evans scholar. Widmar played three years of junior hockey before matriculating to St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN where he played four years of Division III hockey for the Oles.
After his playing career, Widmar quickly joined the coaching ranks. He has coached for the Wilmette Braves and New Trier High School programs. This past year, in addition to his coaching duties with Winnetka, Widmar was the head coach of the Loyola Academy junior varsity team. He is also a lead instructor with Impact Hockey.
Widmar has demonstrated a unique passion for the game of hockey and has proven himself to be an exceptional leader and instructor for young players. The Winnetka Hockey Club is thrilled for Widmar to take on this new role within the club. We look forward to his continued work with our Winnetka Warrior players, families, and coaches.
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Winnetka Hockey Club Office Phone
Tom Gullen, Executive Director