Volume 2 Issue 12 | August 31, 2018
Tryouts: How Will YOU Respond?
By Tom Gullen

We talk lots about tryouts in this newsletter. We hope some of it resonates with both parents and kids. It is a stressful time: for kids, for parents, for coaches, for DJ who takes the brunt of the criticism, and the Board Members who are guilty by association. 
In my next life I would like to coach golf, track, or swimming. Pretty simple; the better score or the better time makes the team. I lived that life as the Father of a High School golfer for four years at New Trier. I can honestly say, the coaching staff could not have been any fairer than they were. As a freshman she made the Varsity team for the first tournament of the year. I knew that this tournament would sort of determine her positioning for the year; play well and a varsity spot was there…play poorly and it might mean a year on the JV team. Suffice to say it was not her best day on the course. Mind you, I think she shot about a 90 which isn’t horrible at most schools or for most of us but at New Trier, it doesn’t cut the mustard.
House League Sponsors Needed!
Your chance to own your very own hockey team!
Not everyone can purchase the Vegas Golden Knights, but you can purchase a Winnetka Hockey House League Team!

The Jr. Warriors (ages 5-8) Winnetka (ages 9-14) Hockey Clubs serves boys and girls ages 5-14 on over 50 teams from Winnetka, Glencoe, Kenilworth, and Northfield. Simply put, we couldn’t make our hockey program happen without amazing sponsors. Sponsoring a team is a terrific way to support a local, community-based, not-for-profit sporting organization, while providing your business with valuable exposure. Our community history is long-standing and we have seen many second and third generation players and volunteer in our program, Through the years there have been many traditions but the most important to be carried on is to offer a fun and rewarding hockey experience where friendships are made and the important lessons of teamwork, sportsmanship and hard work are learned by all participants.

We are officially kicking off our search for House League sponsors for the 2018/19 season. If you are interested in continuing your sponsorship role, we would be thrilled. Please click the button below for complete details on our House League Sponsorship program.
Scorer's Edge Labor Day Clinic for Travel Players
We are excited to offer those in our Preseason Travel Clinic a bonus two-day clinic over the Labor Day Holiday. This will be offered at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to those registered for the WHC Preseason travel clinic. We realize that this is a Holiday weekend, and many people have plans. The clinic is strictly optional. Click button below for complete details.
Join Us for Come Try Hockey & Girls Rule!
Come Try Hockey!
Come Try Hockey on Saturday, September 8th from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at Winnetka Ice Arena! Participants will receive a free and fun instructional session by our hockey professionals. Free use of hockey helmets, skates, and stick. Please wear sweat pants and sweat shirt or jersey and gloves or mittens. Participants should RSVP by calling the Hockey Office at 847-446-9004.
Girls Rule! All Girls Clinic
OK girls, here's your chance to give hockey a try! Join us on on Saturday, September 8th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Winnetka Ice Arena! We provide the coaching, free use of skates, hockey helmet, and stick. We will teach some fundamentals and have lots of fun. Participants should RSVP by calling the Hockey Office at 847-446-9004. See you there!
Be A Step aHead!
AHAI is excited to announce the 8th Year of the A Step aHead Program in conjunction with the Blackhawks, Athletico, and NorthShore University HealthSystem. The goal of the A Step aHead Program is to educate the youth hockey community on concussion awareness, prevention and treatment as well as to provide FREE baseline neurocognitive testing to AHAI members. A Step aHead testing is available for AHAI members ages 11-18.
One-Timers
Tryout Tips: A Great Start to the Year
It’s that time of year when players start adjusting their aspirations and goals from last season and look toward their news goals for the up and coming year. This typically includes researching and prioritizing which team they want to try out for, as many players will have to compete for the coveted positions open on specific teams. Preparing for tryouts can be tough, so here are a few tips to keep in mind in order to help you stand out and reach peak performance.
What It Means to Be "Coachable"
By Joe Meloni - It's your first day at practice. There's excitement about meeting new teammates and coaches. Young players want to make a good impression, and the natural thought is to score a flashy goal or make a big save to get everyone's attention.
Sure, coaches and teammates want to see standout talents on their teams. However, there's no quality more important for a coach to see than a player who wants to learn. Being a coachable hockey player is the fastest route to becoming a better hockey player.
4 development tips from 40-goal scorer (and late-bloomer) Anders Lee
How do you score 40 goals in one NHL season? “A lot of hard work, good chemistry with your linemates, and a little bit of puck luck,” said New York Islanders forward Anders Lee, who in his sixth season in the league registered a career-best 40 goals and 62 points. “It’s nice when the work you’re putting in starts paying off.”