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 and socks, as well as practice jerseys will be re-used from last season. If your player’s jerseys fit, he/she can wear them again and there is no need to purchase new ones. If your players jersey/game socks are damaged or outgrown, you may place an order and pay Kiddles in Lake Forest. Please see the "Resources / For Parents" tab for additional information and pricing. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED BY AUGUST 9.

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)


Registration for the 2020-21 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.  This is subject to change depending on Restore Illinois and guidance from government official, health experts and USAHockey.

Conditioning Clinics (Tilt Studios, Gurnee)


August 23- 10:15-11:15AM

August 24- 6:15-7:15pm


August 25- 5-6pm

August 27- 6-7pm


August 24 7:30-8:30pm

August 25 6:15-7:15pm

Tryouts (Lake Forest Academy): 


August 31, 5:30 - 6:30 pm

September 1, 5:30 - 6:25 pm

September 3, 5:30 - 6:30 pm


August 31, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

September 2, 5:30 - 6:25 pm

September 3, 6:30 - 7:30 pm


August 31, 7:40 - 8:40 pm

September 2, 6:25 - 7:20 pm

September 3, 7:40 - 8:40 pm


August 31, 8:50 - 9:50 pm

September 1, 6:25 - 7:20 pm

September 3, 8:50 - 9:50 pm

$150 tryout fee (non-refundable)

$100 off if registered by July 15

** Registration closes August 9 **

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