The Northbrook Hockey League is a community-based organization that offers Learn-To-Play, recreational House League hockey and competitive Travel hockey programs for boys and girls ages 4 and up. We are governed by a Board of Directors and are members of USA Hockey, the Amatuer Hockey Association of Illinois and the Northern Illinois Hockey League. Little Blues We work with the Northbrook Park District to offer day and evening instructional hockey classes through the Park District's "Little Blues" classes for children ages 4 to 10. Please contact the Northbrook Park District (847-291-2993) for more information and class times. Pre-Mite From "Little Blues" younger children (ages 4 to 7) can continue to develop thier skills through our Pre-Mite program. Our Pre-Mite program focuses on developing skating, stick handling, passing and shooting in a FUN atmosphere. Cross ice scrimmages help the young hockey player develop a sense of the game. Our professional coaching Staff conducts all sessions and devotes individual attention to each child. We offer our Pre-Mite program in three sessions through the hockey season. Please contact Rich Blakey for more information (see Contact page). Mite House League This level is for players who have either completed the Pre-Mite program, Little Blues Level 3 through the Northbrook Park District, or have consulted with our Hockey Director or House Director as to suitability. This program includes continued skating instruction, team practices and competitive games each week. Prior to the season in September, there will be a number of balancing sessions and friendship requests are taken. The program includes power skating early in the season and approximately 20 games and team practices each season. Parents interested in coaching, assisting, managing, or sponsoring a House League or Pre-Mite team, please contact Rich Blakey (see the Contact Page). Mite House Plus Beginning in December, all House League players with one year or more of Mite eligibility remaining may try out for a half-year Bluehawk Mite House Plus travel team. Players selected for these teams will compete in 10 - 15 games against other organizations. The House Plus practices and games do not conflict with their regular House League games. This program is designed for players who are considering travel hockey for the following fall. The complete program gives players and families a sample of how fun and rewarding travel hockey can be. We offer an abbreviated travel hockey schedule, complete with games and practices. Our goal is to improve all aspects of a player's game through professional instruction and coaching, thus moving their team and individual skills along with motivation to the next level. T Eligibility is restricted to players who have not played a full season travel hockey and are still of Mite age next fall. For additional information, contact our House Director, Rich Blakey Squirt, PeeWee and Bantam House League For information regarding our Upper Level House League, please contact Rich Blakey (see Contact Page). Travel Hockey For those interested in a more competitive hockey experience, the NBHL offers the opportunity to play Travel hockey. Our teams compete in the Northern Illinois Hockey League, which has four levels of play at each age bracket, assuring all teams a competitive challenge. Our team compete in league and State play-off games and travel to local and out-of-state tournaments. The NBHL Bluehawks program begins each fall with tryouts and conditioning. The season lasts from September to March and consists of approximately 45 games. In addition to games, each player will be expected and required to attend power skating and practices, therefore skating 4 to 5 times each week. Travel teams generally travel to two out-of-town tournaments each season and participate in about as many local tournaments. Travel hockey requires a large commitment from players and parents and is guaranteed to move the players' game to a new level and form lasting friendships for players and parents alike. High School-aged players attending Glenbrook North High School are eligible to try-out for the JV or Varsity hockey teams for GBN, also managed by NBHL. An essential step to Travel hockey for a House league player is Spring hockey in Northbrook. Even though it’s only a few nights a week in April and May, it’s an opportunity for a player to stretch and accelerate his development by skating with and against more advanced players. The squads are a little larger, some players can step to the fore as absences for baseball or other spring activities are tolerated. Spring hockey allows the Travel coaches to have a chance to familiarize themselves with a player’s talent, knowledge and attitude and assess their potential.
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