New to WHA/Hockey

The Wilmette Park District and Wilmette Hockey Association are partners that offer one of the premier community-based youth hockey programs in Illinois. In Wilmette, there is a place for every level of player.

For beginners, the Wilmette Park District’s Learn to Skate classes and hockey skill development classes serve as a great springboard to your youngster’s first team hockey experience in the WHA’s Mini Mite and Mite House league.

As your skater continues in the WHA program, they can choose to stay in the House program that runs from Mite level to Bantam level. House hockey is a great place for skaters that want to play team hockey in a fun, competitive but less time-intensive program. However, if your child is looking for a more competitive experience, players that have the time to practice several times a week and want to play against other teams from across the greater Chicagoland area can join our Youth Travel program, also from Mite level through Bantam level. There is usually a spot for everyone that has a desire to play at this level.

The WHA also promotes league hockey specifically for girls—fielding U10, U12, U14, U16 and U19 teams that play other all-girls teams in the area. Girls are welcome to play on the Youth Travel (boys and girls) or the Girls-only teams...or both if they want!

Finally, for the 2021-2022 season, we are excited to announce that the WHA was awarded Central States hockey teams for several levels of our youth sports program, including: Squirt Minor (2012), Squirt Major (2011), PeeWee Prospects (2009/2010), Bantam Minor (2008), Bantam Prospects (2007/2008) and Midget U15/U16 Prospects.

Together, our goal is to provide a great experience for every level of skater. From the beginner to the most advanced. From the casual player to the most competitive. 

Why Choose Wilmette Hockey?

  • Team sizes that maximize player development and ice time.
  • Elite skills directors.
  • Emphasis on building life skills through hockey.
  • Super convenient ice times.
  • Support for multi-sport athletes.
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