Volume 5 Issue 1 | January 2020
By Tom Gullen
No, this story is not about some new hockey program or team. This is the story of three brave WHC Travel players who have something in common with me: they are Type 1 Diabetics. Meet Sam Wolfe and Henry Hoffman of our Squirt Central States team, and Russell Wanzenberg of our Pee Wee 3 team.

We all have a similar story: we didn’t feel quite right. Something was off; we were run down, lacked energy, nauseous, always thirsty, always urinating. It wouldn’t go away! I vividly remember Christmas Eve at my parent’s house in 1984; I got up, went to the refrigerator and drank a half-gallon of egg nog. I was still thirsty, so I polished off a half-gallon of coke. This is not normal.
Sam Wolfe
Henry Hoffman
Russell Wanzenberg
However, these three boys were kids when they were diagnosed. Type 1 diabetes does not go away. Our bodies do not produce insulin, which we need to stay alive. Over time, diabetes can impact your kidneys, your heart, your eyes, your circulation. If you see a person with diabetes, chances are you will not notice anything different. We live with it 24 hours a day. Alarms go off at 3:00 am. Glucose levels rise or fall for no logical reason.
Our Elite Spring Development Program is absolutely the best way to develop your player’s skills over the spring season!

The Jr. Warriors and Winnetka Hockey Clubs are pleased to announce our Spring Hockey programs. Our objectives are to offer a comprehensive program designed to improve each child’s fundamental skills, game skills, and confidence. Our programs will run from March 30 – May 20, 2020. We will offer programs for the following age groups: Mites (2012-14), Squirts (2010-11), Pee Wees (2008-09) and Bantams (2006-07). 

Click buttons below to view our Spring Hockey flyer and to register for Spring Programs. Please contact Administrative Director, Tom Gullen at tom@winnetkahockey.com with program questions.
We are pleased to offer a comprehensive Spring Program for Girls 7-19 years of age!

Our Elite Spring Development Program will feature fast paced practices conducted by the best coaches in the state. Program will run March 30 through May 20, 2020. All practices will be in a structured environment designed to challenge the player. The emphasis will be on building each player’s physical skills and mental understanding of the game on both a team and individual. Additionally, our program is designed to maintain a balance of other spring commitments while developing their hockey skills.

Click buttons below for our Spring Program flyer and registration. Please contact Administrative Director, Tom Gullen at tom.gullen@warhawkshockey.com with questions.
The weather wasn't perfect, but that's the great part about outdoor hockey! Close to 300 kids (all 25 of our house teams) were able to enjoy the game the way it was meant to be played...outdoors. Enjoy the photos from last Saturday at Gullen's Pond and Watts Ice Center.
The 2020 Girls Tier II/III "A" & 14U "B" State Tournament Rankings by Division have been announced. Please click the button below to view the rankings by division. Good luck!
2020 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Nominees Includes Winnetka's Jack Drury!
We proud to share that Winnetka native, Jack Drury (sophomore at Harvard University) is part of the distinguished list of nominees for the 2020 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Jack was also selected in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. Click button below to cast your vote today!
Raising a Rink Rat
By Minnesota Hockey - Your kid might be a rink rat when … In the winter, they are at the outdoor rink so often, you only see them when they come home for supper before they head back for a nighttime skate. The sound of stickhandling in the basement has become soothing background noise. You’ve considered buying your own skate sharpener. Your life sometimes feels like a Terrence Fogarty painting. What are some things parents do to foster their children’s love and passion for the sport? How do kids become rink rats?
Mindset Matters When It Comes to Preparing for The Playoffs
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI – As playoff time nears, players and coaches are reminded of the most important aspects of postseason play: have fun and make sure the kids continue to develop in the right direction. “It’s bonus hockey, but it shouldn’t be any different than the regular season,” USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) Regional Manager Dan Jablonic said.