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Evanston Hockey offers a Varsity High School program for players who attend Evanston Township High School. Evanston Hockey’s high school teams are among the finest in the Chicago area, routinely winning tournaments and placing among the top teams in their division. The teams compete in the Illinois High School Hockey League North-Central Division.
High school players have an intense practice and playing schedule geared toward a higher level of competition.
- High school hockey practices are 2-4 hours per week in multiple sessions (typically weeknights) and have a weekly (off-ice) session at Precision Multisport.
- High school teams play 30-40 games, including two or three local and out-of-town tournaments where the team will travel together on a team bus. Players room with a teammate, assigned by the coach. Parents are encouraged to attend tournaments but will need to make their own travel arrangements.
- All players are expected to attend tournaments with their teams.
Conditioning and tryouts for high school teams take place in August with the season beginning in early September. The high school season ends in March. There is also a limited spring season that lasts from March-May. Registration typically opens about 4-6 weeks before each season starts. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to find out when registration opens, please email
Evanston Hockey works hard to keep season fees steady. High school hockey fees are announced in advance of conditioning and tryouts with discounts available for goalies and multiple siblings. Fees are approximately $5,300.
- practice and game ice
- coaching fees
- off-ice training
- referee fees
- league fees
- IntelliGym subscription
- set of game jerseys (rented)
- game socks (keep)
- practice jersey (keep)
- Evanston Hockey-branded giveaway item (keep)
- one tournament entry fee
- playoff ice and referee fees
- end-of-season trophy/plaque
Evanston Hockey covers the cost of tournament entry fees and bus transportation for one tournament. Additional expenses (e.g., hotel, meals, additional tournament fees) are paid for by the team, typically $200-$300 per player.
Financial aid is available for those who demonstrate need. The dues adjustment form can be found on the website. It should be completed and forwarded to the Evanston Hockey treasurer (
) in advance of registering for each season. The Evanston Hockey Finance Committee will consider all requests. Email questions to
The schedule for all high school teams can be found on evanstonhockey.com. You can view the master calendar to see the schedule by week or you can view individual team schedules on the team pages. To stay current, you can download the most up-to-date schedule, which would include any changes as they happen, to your mobile devices and online calendars by clicking on the "options" drop down menu on each team's page. If you have more than one player, you can access multiple schedules by clicking on one of the team's pages and then clicking on "multi-schedule" where you have the ability to select more than one team to view schedules simultaneously.
Tryout Philosophy and Process
Evanston Hockey makes every possible effort to ensure that our tryout process for high school hockey has integrity, inspires confidence from parents and players and builds competitive teams that challenge players. High school hockey provides players with a more intense practice and playing schedule geared toward a higher level of competition. It involves more ice time, significant instruction by a professional coaching staff and games played against other teams generally of a similar skill and commitment level.
Evanston Hockey high school tryouts are closed. This means that only skaters and coaches are allowed into the main ice area during tryouts. Our preference is to have the kids focus exclusively on the coaches’ directions, particularly since coachability is one of the primary criteria used to evaluate players.
The hockey director and multiple coaches use a ranking system to evaluate players during tryouts. The criteria used to assess players relative to their peers include the following:
- Skill: What is the player’s level of competence in core skills — including skating, passing, puck control, checking and shooting?
- Attitude: What is the player’s attitude on the ice — toward the coaches, toward other players and toward himself/herself?
- Coachability: How receptive is the player to instruction from the coaches? How well does he/she apply that instruction?
- Hockey Sense: What is the player’s level of understanding of positional play and does he/she demonstrate an awareness of the game and positive decision-making abilities?
- Work Ethic: Does the player demonstrate the willingness to put in sustained effort necessary to improve his/her own skills as well as the team?
- Athleticism: What is the player’s individual athletic ability — including speed and strength?
- Positional Needs: What position will this player most likely play — and how does that factor in with team needs at that position?
The hockey director and all coaches for each age level meet in person after tryouts are complete to review the number rankings and discuss each player. Input from previous coaches also may be considered. Teams are then finalized with input from all coaches who performed evaluations, as well as the hockey director.
Rosters are usually posted within 72 hours of the final tryouts.
Our coaches and hockey director work hard to get it right. We know that tryouts can be a stressful part of the season. We want every child who plays for Evanston Hockey to expand his or her skills and continue to love the game. Is it possible that we don’t get it right 100 percent of the time? Yes. We can assure you, though, that we care about our players and do everything we can to place each athlete at a level that will be challenging, advance hockey development and be fun.
If you have questions about your child’s team placement, we are happy to address them. Please contact Del Morris at
, and we will set up time to talk to you about your child’s strengths, development opportunities and how he or she can build skills in the year ahead.
If you want to understand the progression of playing hockey in Evanston starting with lacing up skates for the first time through high school, please view this document.
If you have any questions about the Evanston Hockey high school program, please email