Welcome to the 2020-2021 Hockey Season, registration is now open! Just as other local clubs, we are moving forward with our 2020-2021 season and will follow the intent of CDC safety and AHAI and state return to play guidance.
Tryout dates and times will be posted shortly and are expected to be between August 30 and September 4. Pre-tryout conditioning clinic registration, and regular season registration can be completed using the links below.
We are pleased to announce the 2020-2021 coaching slate.
Bantam 1 - Bruce Turpin / Bantam 2 - Dan Silenzi / Bantam 3 - Rich Blakey
Peewee 1 - Mike Silenzi / Peewee 2 - Kevin Memolo / Peewee 3 - Mike Noonan
Squirt 1 - Ken Johnson / Squirt 2 - David Putszka / Squirt 3 - Bob Anderson
Bruce Turpin will lead skills sessions along with some special guests and skills activities, to be added added throughout the season.
If the number of teams change, the coaching slate will be adjusted.
Parent/Player NBHL Fundraiser Golf Outing at Anets 9 hole course on Friday, September 11 to benefit the NBHL Scholarship fund. Details to follow!
The Northbrook Park District COVID-19 Protocols have been updated. Please review and share the PDF with your players and anyone who bring your skater to the rink. NBHL and the NBPD have shared vested interest in managing the spread of COVID-19. Thank you.
NBHL leadership will communicate directly to any skating group where COVID-19 exposure has occurred, in alignment with NBPD protocols and per CDC guidelines. (If you don't receive an email directly indicating your child was exposed, it didn't impact your child.)
Governor J.B. Pritzker updated guidelines in regard to youth sports in Illinois yesterday, July 29. Information can be found here: https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/news-item.aspx?ReleaseID=21872.
These guidelines place hockey as one of the sports in the ‘high risk’ category which currently does not allow for contact, scrimmages or games. Our registration for the 2020-2021 season was just finalized and planned to be released tomorrow. We will delay the registration at least until Monday while we discuss options and await further information/guidance from AHAI. The conditioning clinics to be held 8/10 – 8/14 are still available for sign up below.
In addition, after being in contact with other local area clubs, many of us disagree with the Governor’s categorization of youth hockey as “highest risk,” while other sports with much more direct, unprotected contact were deemed lower risk. This also occurred in Minnesota until a group of youth hockey supporters created a successful on-line petition, which led to changing the categorization of youth hockey into a lower risk category.
We will keep you updated as we learn more and create a safe plan to continue the development and fun for every hockey player.
Northbrook Hockey League
If you are interested in supporting this effort in IL, here is the link:
Please ensure you, your hockey player and anyone taking to or picking kids up from the rink is familiar with the rules for each rink the Bluehawks will use this summer.
MASK MUST BE WORN into and out of the rinks. Every player and coach must have a mask on until they are on the ice with helmets on. Thank you.
On Monday, April 27 at 7:30pm CT, the one and only Wayne Gretzky will join "In Search of Greatness" director Gabe Polsky for a live question and answer session. The event will be streamed through the In Search of Greatness Facebook page, @GreatnessMovie.
Thursday, April 2 @ 7pm, join us on the Northbrook Bluehawks Facebook page for a LIVE Q&A Session with JT Compher and Jesse Compher. JT currently plays in the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche and previously played college ice hockey and was captain for the Michigan Wolverines of the Big Ten Conference. Jesse currently plays for the Boston University Terriers and represented the US on the women's national ice hockey team at the 2019 and 2020 IIHF Women's World Championship.
The Comphers will talk about their experiences and answer questions about hockey, workouts, life... and anything else that comes to mind. Don't miss this exciting event!
Congratulations to the Bluehawks' Bantam 1 team, NIHL Elite regular season President's Cup and Playoff Champions!
Congratulations to both the Bluehawks' Peewee 1 and Bantam 1 teams, Thanksgiving weekend Wishbone Invitational champions!
Congratulations to both the Bluehawks' Peewee 1 and Bantam 1 teams, CCM World Invite champions! Click here to read an article on Northbrook Patch.
RAIN DATE: The NBHL Board Meeting will be held at the WEST SIDE PARKING LOT of the Sports Center NOW WEDNESDAY 8/12 at 7pm. Bring your own chair. (Given weather expected Monday PM, the rain date option is being exercised.)
The Executive Committee of the Board is pleased to share proposed amended Bylaws for the NBHL, reflecting feedback voiced over the prior year.
Feedback from NBHL's total membership is always important as we build the future of our community-based hockey program. If you have interest in reviewing the proposed amended Bylaws and helping the Board more forward, please use this survey, which ensures additional feedback is captured, consolidated and considered before presentation to the Board for a vote. Thank you in advance for your feedback.
Bantam runs 10:10 – 11:30AM on Ice & 11:50AM – 12:50PM off ice
Peewee runs 12 – 1:20PM on ice & 1:40 – 2:40PM off ice
Squirt runs 1:50PM – 3:10PM on ice and 3:30PM – 4:30PM off ice
Coach Ken recommends these simple but effective puck-handling and shooting drills you can practice at home, no special equipment required.
Have a 6-16 year old girl who wants to play hockey with a girls team? For more information check out www.warhawkshockey.com