Travel Hockey (Sq/PW/Ban)

Winter Club is a youth travel hockey program serving the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff communities and nearby towns. Our teams play in various leagues, including NIHL and NSYHL. All Winter Club teams feature professional coaching and development. Formed in 1902, Winter Club is the oldest youth hockey program in IL.


Winter Club Hockey is a community based hockey program serving youths 14 and younger. We primarily serve the Lake Forest, Lake Bluff and nearby towns, allowing our kids to play and develop a love of hockey with their friends each season.


Winter Club's regular season begins with tryouts in late August and continues through mid March. 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.


New players will pay a new player equipment fee of $350 which includes game jerseys, game socks, pant shell, practice jersey, practice socks, sweatshirt, and helmet stickers.

Additional Costs

There is a $1,000.00 deposit that will be charged at the completion of registration. If your player attends tryouts and is assigned to a team and no longer decides to participate in Winter Club hockey you will forfeit the $1,000.00 deposit.


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 2023-24 Fall season is now open!!  Receive your $100 early bird discount if registered by July 15th. (The early bird discount has already been applied to the fees in the registration)

Our current tryout schedule is detailed below.  

Conditioning Clinics (Lake Forest Academy):


August 21st- 6:30 - 7:30pm

August 23rd- 5:30 - 6:30pm

August 24th- 6:30 - 7:30pm


August 21st- 7:40 - 8:40pm

August 23rd- 6:30 - 7:30pm

August 24th- 7:40 - 8:40pm


(Bantam conditioning will include checking clinic)

August 21st- 8:50 - 9:50pm

August 22nd- 6:30 - 7:30pm

August 24th- 8:50 - 9:50pm

Mandatory Tryouts (Lake Forest Academy): 


August 28th- 6:30 - 7:30pm

August 30th- 5:30 - 6:25pm

August 31st- 6:30 - 7:30pm


August 28th- 7:40 - 8:40pm

August 30th- 6:25 - 7:20pm

August 31st- 7:40 - 8:40pm


August 28th- 8:50 - 9:50pm

August 29th- 6:30 - 7:30pm

August 31st- 8:50 - 9:50pm

$160 tryout fee (non-refundable)

$100 off if registered by July 15th

** Registration closes August 15 **

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