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 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)

Our current tryout schedule is detailed below.  This is subject to change depending on Restore Illinois and guidance from government official, health experts and USAHockey.

Conditioning Clinics (Lake Forest Academy):


August 23rd- 5:30 - 6:25pm

August 26th- 5:30 - 6:25pm

August 27th- 5:30 - 6:25pm

August 29th- 5:10 - 6:10pm


August 23rd- 6:25 - 7:20pm

August 26th- 6:25 - 7:20pm

August 27th- 6:25 - 7:20pm

August 29th- 6:20 - 7:20pm


August 23rd- 7:30 - 8:50pm

August 24th- 6:25 - 7:20pm

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

August 26th- 7:30 - 8:50pm

Mandatory Tryouts (Lake Forest Academy): 


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

September 2nd- 5:30 - 6:25pm


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

August 31st- 6:25 - 7:20pm

September 2nd 6:25 - 7:20pm


August 30th- 7:30 - 8:50pm

September 1st- 6:25 - 7:20pm

September 2nd- 7:30 - 8:50pm

$150 tryout fee (non-refundable)

$100 off if registered by August 1st

** Registration closes August 20 **

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