Volume 1 Issue 3 | November 2018
By Mark Mullally - In its 25th year, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation High School Holiday Hockey Classic is excited to be bringing some of the states’s top High School talent, including Glenbrook North, Stevenson, New Trier Green, Providence Catholic, and Benet. We are also excited to add some returning out of state teams by welcoming back Christian Brothers College High School, and a familiar, but not so recent face with Chaminade College Prep School - both teams from St. Louis, Missouri. 
2019 America's Showcase Illinois Girls Team Information
By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair - Attention all high school sophomore, junior and senior girls! It's never too early to think about college and your desire to play hockey at the collegiate level. Click button for information, player requirements and registration form for the 2019 America's Showcase Illinois Girls' team. This year's America's Showcase will be held April 11-15, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
No. 1-ranked New Trier Green Remains Undefeated, Captures Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament Title
New Trier Green just continues to steamroll its competition, highlighted by a 3-1 win over archrival Loyola Gold on Sunday, Nov. 25, in the championship game of the 47th annual Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament, held in Wilmette. The Trevians stand at 29-0 and remain the No. 1-ranked team in Illinois.
1. New Trier Green
2. Loyola Gold
3. Glenbrook North
4. St. Ignatius
5.St. Viator
6. Stevenson
7. Maine Township
8. Providence Catholic
9. York
10. Carmel Catholic
Rebuilding Year, But Optimism High for Glenbrook Girls
Ten games into its Metro Girls season, Glenbrook has scored only 13 goals while surrendering 62. Glenbrook stands at 2-8. “This year brings different challenges than the last two years,” said Glenbrook assistant coach Alex Botvinnik. “We have a younger team and are focused on developing skills and working together. (Head) coach (Steve) Hamelin and I enjoy working together to help our girls have fun on and off the ice, and to continue developing at the high school level."
Offensive-Minded Defenseman Wilcox Leads GBN Charge to UC
Statistics don’t tell the whole story of Glenbrook North senior defenseman David Wilcox, who has 10 goals, 15 assists in his first 26 games this season as the Spartans carried a 21-4-1 record into their Rivalry Night against Glenbrook South on Nov. 21. “To begin with, David Wilcox is a magnificent skater,” said GBN head coach Evan Poulakidas, in his 19th season coaching locally, his eighth in charge of the Spartans.
Waubonsie Valley Motivated To Return To The United Center
Jeremy Dombro is in his first season as a varsity head coach, and only his second season on a varsity bench, as he was an assistant for co-op Waubonsie Valley last season when the Warriors skated into the United Center only to fall to BG/H/W in the state championship game. Dombro has full intentions of bringing the Warriors back to the UC for the title game in the Illinois High School Hockey State Championship (Combined Division).
Will Bodine, Evanston High School Hockey
Will Bodine is in his second season on the Evanston High School JV team and his play is slightly changing. “Usually, I consider myself a defensive defenseman, but this year I have become more offensive,” said Bodine, 16, a sophomore who lives in Evanston. The left-handed shooting Bodine has skated for Evanston since he was a mite. “I am excited about this season,” he said. “We are off to a decent start and I hope we pick it up and start playing (better) as a team.
Illinois West Division
Illinois West's Brian Meek takes a look at how high school hockey builds character. Click button below to read about what Illinois West teams are doing to make their communities' holidays a little brighter.
Scholastic Hockey League
SHL's Gary Larsen takes a look at the annual holiday showdown between GBN and GBS which, according to South goalie Connor Wall, can be boiled down to just 3 words: "energy, adrenaline and noise."
North Central Division
At just over the half way point of the season, North Central Division's Chris Waters shares who is at the head of the pack in the Varsity and JV brackets. Waters also shares some of the many community outreach programs North Central teams have taken on during this holiday season...and beyond.
Metro Girls League
Action in The Metro Girls league is well underway, and to date 3 teams – Naper Valley, New Trier Varsity, and Fenwick remain undefeated in the young season. Metro Girls' Pam Flores shares all the latest H.S. girls' news, including Metro Girls teams community outreach during this holiday season.
Hockey season has started. No doubt, this is a special time of year across the state of Illinois. For all involved there's excitement about the fun of hockey season, and, for many, an accompanying desire to get better on the ice. One way to do this is to improve hockey sense - the mental side of the game that is sometime overlooked but through which a player can make significant gains. This can result in scoring more goals, completing more passes or going from being on the third line to the second. Illinois-born players like Chris Chelios and Eddie Olczyk epitomized great hockey sense in their playing days. Hockey sense is often misunderstood, but has 3 main component parts: spatial awareness, anticipation of play and decision making.