Volume 4 Issue 3 | November 2019
By Tom Gullen
Thanksgiving hockey has been a way of life around here for the past 30+ years. Pretty much every travel team plays here at Winnetka and North Shore…nothing better than driving down the street to play and watch hockey. Coming off a weekend “double-header” in Romeoville and Bolingbrook, I like the idea of down the street!

However, it is more than that. It is a way to connect with families…it’s a chance to see every kid and team play. It is a chance for our club to “show off” our volunteerism and support for this event. That’s a nice way of saying if you haven’t signed up to help out at the Wishbone, please do so. This event needs EVERY WHC Travel parent to help out. 

Most all these youth tournaments we go to nowadays are run by “outside operators”. That means higher entry fees, and mandatory stays in the “approved” hotels. The “Ma and Pa” tournaments are becoming a thing of the past. Last year my Pee Wee team went to a small town in Wisconsin named Waupun. Before the tournament, the chair sent a note asking that we patronize the concession stand because that’s how they make a few bucks off of it. My coaches and I took this as our cue to eat brats all weekend…four games of 15-minute stop-time periods for like $400 (compared to close to $2,000 for others) and brats and homemade chili for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

The Wishbone has had many “cycles” in its’ existence. In the early 90’s, we struck up a relationship with Marquette, Michigan, after playing them for a National Championship. We went to their tournament, and they came to ours. All of our AA teams would play them Thursday night after dinner…which usually meant we were 0 and 1 by the time the games started Friday (uh, they were good). We also watched a game with two young kids from the Madison Capitals named Ryan Suter and Phil Kessel come for six years. They now make a decent living playing hockey.

Now, most of the teams are local, and that’s OK. Hockey is hockey and we try to make sure all the games are competitive. It’s fun to see our teams do well.

As parents of our players, I hope you convey to your kids how lucky they are. How fun this event is (win or lose). Let’s represent our club with class…and remember, be nice to the refs! I hope they give thanks for playing this great game. I hope they give thanks for the friends they, and you, have made through hockey. 

It’s a long five days…but there’s nowhere else I’d rather be! 

Go Warriors and Happy Thanksgiving!
Warhawks 10U Brings Home Gold from Fond du Lac!
The talented 10U Warhawks team continued its winning ways with 3 shut-out wins at the Trophy Hunters Classic the weekend of November 22-24 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin!

Keep it up, Warhawks!
Vote for #5!
Noah Berg, a WHC Pee Wee, and his Mom and Dad, are finalists in AHAI's November Photo of the Month Contest! Let's help Noah make AHAI's Top 5 photos! Voting is open now through Saturday, November 30th at 5pm (CST).

Click button below and vote for #5 - "Hanson Brothers"!
Development Hockey Programs for Minor Mites & Mites
The WHC will again offer two programs designed to give our Mite-aged House League players the opportunity for additional ice time, instruction, and game time. The Minor Mite Development Program (MMDP) is for the 2013 birth year and the Mite House Plus Program is for the 2011 and 2012 birth years.

Weekly Skills Sessions
Tuesdays at 5:30pm at Watts

Monday, Dec. 2 from 5:25 to 6:05pm
Winnetka Ice Arena

Weekly Skills Sessions
Wednesdays at 5:30pm at Watts

Monday, Dec. 2 from 6:05 to 6:45pm
Winnetka Ice Arena
Conducted by our professional staff, these weekly skills sessions will follow the American Development Model (ADM) concept of station-based training with a focus on maximizing each skater's repetitions and core skill development. In addition to the skills sessions, each team will have 3-4 team practices and six full ice games with surrounding programs (Skokie, Wilmette, Northbrook Glenview etc.) All games within 25 minutes. The season fee is $550. All children must be registered before the evaluation. Click button below to register today!
Squirt & Pee Wee House Select Program
We are excited to once again offer a House Select program at both the Squirt (2009/2010) and Pee Wee (2007/2008) levels. The purpose of the House Select program is to provide House League skaters the opportunity for additional development through skill sessions, team practices, and games.
The teams will have either team practice or skills sessions in alternating weeks on Tuesdays. Skills will be 6:45 pm at Watts Ice Center, and team practices will be at 6:50 pm at Winnetka Ice Arena.

Skills sessions will be led by our professional staff and team practices by the coach of the team. We will play 10-12 games with surrounding House select teams starting in mid-December and concluding around March 1st. Our focus will be to improve each player's individual skills and understanding of team concepts. This is a great opportunity for the advanced House player to benefit from more ice time. We expect the players to have 25-30 hours of ice time in total. 

Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 5:30pm
Watts Ice Center

Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:45pm
Watts Ice Center
All must attend the tryout. We welcome goalies on both teams. The teams will consist of approximately 15 players. Any player not selected will be given a full refund or permitted to attend skills and practices at a reduced fee. All players must register and pay in full prior to tryouts. Questions? Tom Gullen 847-446-9004 or tom@winnetkahockey.com.
Thanksgiving Tournaments: Eat for Peak Performance
By Jayson Hron - What's on the menu? Turkey, stuffing and hockey tournaments. That's the plan for thousands of players and parents next weekend, as Thanksgiving shifts hockey season into high gear. But with all that tryptophan in the system, achieving peak performance can be a formidable feat. Click button below for five tips for getting your fill without feeling like a turkey on the ice afterward.
5 Keys to Starting Fast at Turkey Tournaments
By Minnesota Hockey - It's officially turkey time. That means hundreds of teams and thousands of kids are getting revved up for their first tournament of the youth hockey season. Before they take the ice though, they get to enjoy likely their most anticipated meal of the year - Thanksgiving dinner. If your kids' goal is to be ready to go right when the puck drops on Friday, it's important for them to start the day off right Thursday morning.
The holidays are just around the corner and that means it's time to start thinking about selecting the perfect hockey gifts for your family, friends, coaches and managers! If you are stumped for ideas for the hockey fan in your life, these hockey-themed gift ideas are sure to be a big hit. Click button to download/print the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.