Volume 2 Issue 10 | June 29, 2018
Home Again: Welcome (Back) Bobby Acri
I am thrilled and honored to be taking over as the Director of Player Development for the Winnetka Hockey Club. Before I get into anything else, I want to thank the Winnetka Hockey Club and its board members for giving me this opportunity. It’s crazy for me to think that after all this time, I am able to show up to work every day and continue to be around the game I grew up loving to play.
I grew up in Winnetka, where I played for the Warriors, CYA and New Trier. After a successful career at New Trier, I decided to continue playing hockey at the University of Iowa.

Hockey has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. It has taught me valuable lessons such as leadership, teamwork, and even how to lose. Some of the best memories from my life have been from hockey, and not because we won a game, or I scored a goal but because of the relationships and friendships that were created and the experiences we shared. 
What Should Hockey Players Do During the Summer?
I hope everybody is enjoying the summer. It is a great time of year for kids to relax, play with friends, partake in different activities and just be kids. One question I frequently get from hockey parents is, “What should my hockey player do over the summer?” This is a difficult question to answer as each child is different. Some kids can get on the ice for occasional skills sessions while others really need an extended break. In general, however, I would suggest that kids take time away from the rink, play other sports and activities, do some basic off-ice skills (for example, stickhandling/shooting in the driveway) and go outside. I have included a few links to articles (below) that I feel are insightful on the topic. Whatever you decide, just make sure your child enjoys what they are doing. Players, remember the only thing that is coming between you improving over the summer is yourself. If anyone has any specific questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
6 Things Hockey Players Should Really Be Doing in the Summer
Top 10 Sports for Hockey Players This Summer

5 Things You Should Be Doing to Improve Your Game this Summer
Winnetka Hockey News & Information
New Website to Debut July 1st!

Beginning July 1st we will unveil our new website under a platform known as SportsEngine. SportsEngine is the leading provider of web software and mobile applications for youth, amateur and professional sports. Powering more than 500,000 sports teams, leagues, clubs, and associations, SportsEngine features a complete suite of easy-to-use tools that help sports organizations manage, connect, and communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders including athletes, parents, administrators, coaches, referees, scouts, volunteers, fans, journalists, and sponsors. 
We will have ONE SITE for both the Winnetka Hockey Club and the Jr. Warriors Hockey Club which will be: www.winnetkahockey.com

Full program information as well as pre-season travel clinic and tryout information will be available on July 1st. We will begin registration in late July.
Calling All Warriors, Junior Warriors & Warhawks!
Let's show our pride and march in the Winnetka 4th of July Parade. WEAR YOUR JERSEY and wear in-line skates or gym shoes and bring a stick. We will hand out items to the crowd down the parade route. Contact Tom Gullen at tom@winnetkahockey.com with any questions.
WHEN: Wednesday, July 4th, 9:15am SHARP. Parade kicks off at 10:00am. 

WHERE: Corner of Elm & Hibbard. LOOK FOR THE ZAMBONI. As soon as we know our actual location we will post.
Around the Boards
Winnetka’s Jack Drury Drafted in 2nd Round of NHL Draft
Congratulations to Jack Drury for being drafted in the 2nd round of the NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. Jack started his career in the Wilmette Hockey Association before advancing to AAA hockey and then on to the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League. He will follow his Father Ted and Mother Liz to Harvard in the fall. Jack’s younger brothers Owen, Teddy, and Ryan also love hockey and play in the WHC.
Humboldt Broncos Core Covenant
  • To treat my TEAMMATES with RESPECT
  • To be THANKFUL for the opportunity to wear the Bronco jersey
  • To play each game and practice with PASSION and DETERMINATION
  • To conduct ourselves with HONESTY and INTEGRITY
  • To treat all volunteers, billets, sponsors, and fans with RESPECT and GRATITUDE
  • To understand that we are BUILDING foundations for the future Generations with our words and actions
  • To always have hope and BELIEVE that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE
  • To always GIVE more than you take
  • To strive for GREATNESS in all areas of life
Key Dates for 2018-2019
Fall Program Information: Information will be posted no later than July 10th.

Registration: Registration will begin no later than August 1st.

Fall Clinics and Tryouts: Our tentative schedule for the preseason is as follows:
  • August 13th/14th - Preseason Travel Clinics begin for all levels Mites through Bantams.
  • August 23rd - Tryouts for Mite Travel teams begin. Tryouts for the #1 team will be the 23rd & 24th. Tryouts for the Mite #2 through Mite #4 teams will be the 25th OR 26th.
  • September 3rd/4th - Tentative starting date for Squirt through Bantam Tryouts. Traditionally we will have tryouts for the “top team” first then tryouts for all other teams will follow. Our goal will be to complete tryouts by September 8th.
House League: House League activities will begin in September.

Hockey Information: Tom Gullen will be in the office all summer with the exception of a few long weekends. Please contact Tom, our Administrative Director, with any questions at 847-446-9004 (office phone) or by email at tom@winnetkahockey.com.
5 Skills Hockey Camp
Have You Registered?

Learn from the best! The 5 Skills Hockey Camp strives to improve your child's skills, while providing a fun and enjoyable summer hockey experience. Experienced instructors will employ scrimmages and on/off-ice instruction to focus on five core skills: dynamic skating, puck control, shooting, scoring, and game play. Camp runs from August 8 through August 10 for children born 2008 to 2012.
Video One-Timers
Two sports parents parody videos to make you laugh...and think.
Your Dad's a Loser!

“If your dad says it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, just as long as you have fun, I hate to say it — your dad’s a loser.” Parents took video on their phones. The players giggled. They knew Bergin, the president of a drug-testing company near Houston, was mocking crazy coaches by being someone he isn’t.
Meet the Group

"Our Daniel could have played in the NHL. He went to all the day camps, straight into night camp, hockey school, hockey hockey (twice the hockey - none of the school). We thought he was the next Wayne Gretzky. Turns out he wasn't even the next Brent Gretzky...hasn't been in skates in 15 years..."