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Travel Teams

"A history of fielding strong teams at every level."

The Chicago Blues Hockey Club is a Tier II travel hockey organization that fields multiple teams at every age level from Mites (age 6) to Midget Majors (up to age 18). Our philosophy utilizes on-ice and off-ice training techniques to develop strong work ethic, dedication, team spirit, sportsmanship and good character on and off the ice. High-quality instruction of fundamental skills includes skating, shooting and stickhandling within a team environment.

The Chicago Blues compete in the Central States Development Hockey League (CSDHL) and the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL). Each year beginning as early as August 15th, the Chicago Blues holds tryouts at each age division (Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget) for our CSDHL and NIHL teams.

Each Chicago Blues Hockey Club team is assigned a full-time professional hockey director to conduct all practices and skills sessions and to be on the bench for the vast majority of games. The team director works in concert with the head coach to ensure that every player in our program has an outstanding hockey experience.


THE ROLE OF OUR NETWORK OF HOCKEY DIRECTORS

  • Instructing the preseason conditioning clinics.
  • Overseeing the tryout process and fair player selections.
  • Determining the optimum season schedule in relation to maximizing individual and team development.
  • Determining which tournaments and divisions are best suited for each team's development.
  • Conducting all practices designed to target the long-term needs of the player and the team.
  • Being on the bench at games to ensure all teams within that level are on the same page regarding game concepts and to ensure that all players understand these concepts.
  • Coordinating the off-ice training program.
  • Overseeing line combinations, pairings and player positions.
  • Providing written and oral evaluations for each player, identifying specific areas which could be improved and areas in which the player is excelling.
  • Providing a positive, safe and fun hockey environment for every player in the organization.

The club also benefits by calling the Edge Ice Arena and the Redmond Park Complex our home.