Mite (8U) Travel Hockey

Winter Club is a youth travel hockey program serving the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff communities and nearby towns. Our Mite teams play in the Chicago United Hockey League, (CUHL). All Winter Club teams feature professional coaching and development. Formed in 1902, Winter Club is the oldest youth hockey program in IL.


Winter Club is a youth travel hockey program serving the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff communities and nearby towns. The Mite teams are for players 8 and younger.


Winter Club's regular season begins with tryouts in late August and continues through late February. We also offer a spring hockey program which runs from April through mid-May.


Winter Club features 2 outdoor sheets - 1 full size & 1 studio rink for exceptional access to ice. Our teams also play at Lake Forest Academy and other local rinks. Games are played throughout Northern Illinois and surrounding areas.


Depending on age our players can expect to practice 2-4 times per week. Goalies will also receive dedicated clinics and coaching as part of program fees.


Depending on league, games typically run from mid September through mid- February. We try to avoid games over the Thanksgiving and December holiday weeks, preserving that time for our players to be with family.


Game jerseys, socks, pant shells, practice jersey, practice socks and a sweatshirt will be provided by the club. In the future the game jerseys will not be changing and if new game jerseys are needed (sizing or damage) families will be required to pay for new jerseys.


Additional Costs

Program fees include all practices, league games and skills training. Goalies also receive dedicated clinics and coaching, as part of their program fees. Extra fees include: Tournaments, Jerseys (if needed) & Bauer track suit, (if needed)


Player fees will cover one tournament to be paid by the club. Tournaments will be selected by the parents of each specific team at the beginning of the season after team selections. If teams desire to travel to an additional tournament families will split the cost accordingly.


Registration for the 2021-22 Fall season is now open!! Receive your $100 early bird discount if registered by August 1st. (The early bird discount has already been applied to the fees in the registration)

Conditioning Clinics (Lake Forest Academy, Gurnee Top Shelf):

August 24th- 5:30 - 6:25pm (LFA)

August 25th- 5:30 - 6:25pm (LFA)

August 29th- 4:40 - 5:40pm (Gurnee)

Mandatory Tryouts (Lake Forest Academy): 

August 31st- 5:30 - 6:25pm

September 1st- 5:30 - 6:25pm

$150 tryout fee (non-refundable)

$100 off if registered by August 1st

** Registration closes August 20 **

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