Volume 6 Issue 6 | July 2021
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  • August 17: U8 (Mite) Preseason Travel Clinics Begin
  • August 21: U8 (Mite) Travel Team Tryouts Begin
  • August 21: U10 (Squirt), U12 (Pee Wee), and U14 (Bantam) Travel Preseason Clinics Begin
  • August 29: Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam Travel Team Tryouts Begin

  • September 12: Optional House League Preseason Clinic Begins (all age levels: Minor Mites through Pee Wee).
  • September 12: Bantam House League Evaluations/Season Begins
  • September 25/26: Minor Mite, Mite, Squirt and Pee Wee House Evaluations
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. Chris 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.

Photo: Jaclyn, Chris and James Wickersham

Tom Gullen (TG): Do you remember your first steps on the ice?

Chris: Yes, I was 4 years old, and it was at my friend’s rink that was in his backyard. I didn’t spend too much time on my feet.  

TG: You grew up in St. Louis Park, MN. The Minnesota youth hockey system is built around community-based hockey: tell us what you have learned from that system and how the WHC can benefit from this? 

Chris: I experienced what it was like to grow up playing with the same group of players/friends in a healthy, competitive, nourishing environment. I have watched youth hockey done right, and wrong, and my experience growing up in Minnesota was done right. I look to give our players and families a similar experience that they will look fondly on years after they leave the program.  

TG: Describe the path you took as a young hockey player? 

Chris: My fall and winters were all hockey. In the off-season I would focus on baseball but play lots of roller hockey with my friends. Once I became a Pee Wee I would play on a summer select team. I played 3 years of Squirts, 1 year of Pee Wee, and 2 years of Bantams before playing on my high school team.
Warrior Families: Let’s get more kids into this great game and our great club! Refer a new family to the Winnetka Hockey Club and receive a $100 gift card to Home Ice Hockey Store in Winnetka and North Shore Ice Arena.
Details will be posted by August 1st on the WHC website and sent to all club members.