Volume 3 Issue 3 | November 29, 2018
We continue our Hometown Hockey series with an inspirational story from John Rushin who shares how hockey taught him "not to quit, that things aren’t always what they seem, that kids develop at different times. And that doing what you love to do is its own reward, regardless of what any coach tells you at the end of tryouts."
"Hockey Gave Me More Than I Could Ever Give Back"
When I was six, and my oldest brother accepted a scholarship to Providence College, I assumed everybody played hockey on a full ride for a future Hall-of-Fame coach, Lou Lamoriello, after declining offers from other future Hall-of-Fame coaches, like Herb Brooks and Badger Bob Johnson. I had no idea my brother Jim was exceptional. I only knew that he was my hero and I wanted to be just like him. And that meant playing sports.
  • 31: Years since the first Winnetka Wishbone Tournament that featured six Squirt AA teams
  • 16: Years the Winnetka and Northbrook programs have run the tournament together.
  • 250: The number of Winnetka Hockey players involved
  • 131: Teams in this year’s tournament
  • 260: Games played over 5 days
  • 6: Number of facilities that played host to games.
Thank YOU...to our title sponsor DHR International, as well as the Chicago Wolves and McDonalds North Shore locations, for their sponsorships. Thank you to our Northbrook partners, and in particular Rob Newburg, Arika Siegel, and Thomas Burke. Thanks are also extended to our Winnetka leaders, Tom Gullen, Kerry Farley, and Jennifer Tucker and to our team managers for organizing their volunteers. Finally...thank you to our volunteers - we CANNOT do this without you! 
It was indeed a “Super Sunday” at the Winnetka and Northbrook Ice Arenas. Seven Winnetka teams advanced to the Championship games of the Wishbone tournament, with three teams bringing home the Gold. 
After cruising through round robin play with three wins, the Junior Warriors Mite 1 team lost an exciting and evenly played championship game 2-1. 
Coach Schlessinger was one busy man over the Holiday, coaching both Deerfield Warrior teams in addition to his Winnetka Warrior team. The Warriors defeated our Northbrook friends 3-2 for the title.
The top team from Lake Forest Winter Club proved to be a tough opponent and defeated the Warriors for the title. None the less, the Warriors battled hard and benefited from five very competitive games.
In one of the most exciting games of the tournament, our Squirt 1 team battled back from a 3-goal deficit to tie their championship game 5-5. After a five minute overtime, the Ice Dogs won the 5 player shootout 3-2. What a game!
Our “3rd” Pee Wee team lost to Northbrook’s “2nd” team for the Pee Wee Low title. The warriors battled hard throughout and posted an exciting come from behind win to get to the finals.
The Warriors started the week with an injury to their goalie, Adam Silver. However Reene Holleb, our back-up goalie was pressed into service and helped the Warriors win all four of their games including a 5-1 championship game victory.
Our Bantam Minor team won all five games defeating the Northwest Chargers Bantam Minor team 4-2 for the championship victory. 
Congratulations to all our Warriors teams for their excellent showing at the 2018 Wishbone Invitational Tournament!
Winnetka's Bobby Acri to Be Featured in Upcoming AHAI Newsletter
Bobby Acri is a busy young man: in addition to coaching two Winnetka Central States teams, he is the Head Coach of New Trier JV and Gray varsity teams. He also instructs many of the Winnetka Park District “Learn to Play Hockey” classes and does private instruction. As such, he is teaching teams that are very high level (Central States) developmental (JV) as well as beginning hockey players. In addition, he is spending one or two days a week with Tom Gullen, the WHC Administrative Director, learning the administrative and business side of the WHC.

Ross Forman recently interviewed Bobby for an article that will be published in next week's AHAI Newsletter. Click HERE to read Ross' article, New Trier Gray Continues to Win, Despite Fourth-Varsity Team Label.
Embracing Hockey the Duluth Way
By Tom Gullen - The article below is about youth hockey in Duluth, Minnesota. I find it fascinating in many regards:
  • A few years back they went away from travel hockey at the Squirt level. In its place are “neighborhood” hockey teams from around six different neighborhoods in Duluth. Kids that go to school together playing hockey together. 
  • Yes, there are many indoor ice rinks in Duluth. However, these squirt-aged kids play the vast majority of their games outdoors. The older boys and girls and the High School teams get the indoor rinks. 
  • The outdoor rinks are located throughout each neighborhood. The parents maintain the rinks; they put up the boards, they plow the snow, they flood the ice, and run the Zamboni.
Duluth Youth Hockey Keeps it Old-School Outdoors
By Dan Kraker, MPR News - Just a couple of blocks off Lake Superior Wednesday night, Duluth's Portman Park filled with 8- and 9-year-old hockey players and their parents. The sign at a nearby bank read 14 degrees. But that didn't faze Portman's 8- and 9-year-old Mites as they took the ice against a team from Glen Avon, another neighborhood park just three miles away. "Loud and proud ... one, two three, Portman!" they cheered before the game began.
NSIA 3 on 3 Winter Classic
It's that time of year again! Time to register for the North Shore Ice Arena 3 on 3 Winter Classic held December 26-28, 2018. Cost per team is $330, and each team must have a minimum of 4 skaters (max 6) plus a goalie. Games consist of 2 20-minute periods with a 3-game guarantee. Registration deadline is December 18, 2018 at noon - NO EXCEPTIONS! Please click Winter Classic flyer button for complete details!
Christmas Clinic at NSIA
Join Simply Defense at NSIA December 27-28 from 5:40pm to 7:40pm for our Christmas Clinic! We offer 2 hours of on-ice instruction daily with a focus on gap control, winning 1-on-1 battles, pressure vs. containment, backward acceleration, lateral mobility and more! Save $15 off $175 clinic fee if you register by December 1st. Click button to view our flyer for even more discounts!