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 jersey, shell, and socks will be paid by the participant. Practice jersey and socks will be provided at no cost.

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)

There is a $1,000.00 non-participant fee. If your player attends tryouts and is assigned to a team and no longer decides to participate in Winter Club hockey the $1,000.00 participant fee will be charged.


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 2022-23 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 (Lake Forest Academy):


August 22nd- 6:25 - 7:20pm

August 24th- 5:30 - 6:25pm

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


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

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

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

August 28th- 5:10 - 6:10pm


August 22nd- 7:30 - 8:50pm

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

August 25th- 7:30 - 8:50pm

August 28th- 6:20 - 7:20pm

Mandatory Tryouts (Lake Forest Academy): 


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

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


August 29th- 6:25 - 7:20pm

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


August 29th- 7:30 - 8:50pm

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

$160 tryout fee (non-refundable)

$100 off if registered by July 15th

** Registration closes August 15 **

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