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Chicago Hawks Tryout Information

Chicago Hawks Hockey Club Spring Program Information

The Chicago Hawks Hockey Club will hold tryouts in mid-March for its spring hockey program, headed by Director of Hockey Operations and Player Development, Steve Poapst.  The Chicago Hawks will offer travel hockey programs at the Mite through Midget levels, as well as Girls U10-14.  As in past years, the Hawks have developed an exciting spring program with the goal of development for all players at all levels. Below you will find a quick summary of our new and improved programming.  

CHHC Prospects Camp Placement

The following document contains the numeric portion of your Players USA Hockey #.  If your number is listed under one of the Age levels, please proceed to register for the 2017 CHHC Prospects Camp Payment - Step 2 Registration.

If your players number is below the SWSL columns, please attend the SWSL tryouts beginning Sunday March, 20.

CHHC Prospects Camp

This camp is for the top 25 players at every birth year and designed to build off of the players existing skill set and develop them into Elite players.  The players will train together against one another throughout this camp to further develop their skills, work on game situational play and improve their overall compete level in various scrimmages and small area games.  During the camp there will be tournaments and exhibition games that selected players will be asked to compete in.  Every player will be asked to compete in at least one tournament but not all will be available for all players.
Coaches:  Steve Poapst, Ted Gaffney, Rob Newburg and more.
Tryouts for this camp are Complete (except Girls).
Sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. (Girls U10-U14 will be on Mondays & Wednesdays)
Potential Tournament Dates:
April 14-16, April 21-23, May 5-7 & May 19-21
* Tournaments are an additional cost and not all players will be asked for all tournaments.
Jerseys will be provided.
Camp Levels include:  2010, 09, 08, 07, 06, 05, 04 and 03 along with Girls U10-U14
Based on tournament availability at the 2010 & 09 level it will be determined if other tournaments or a league may be more beneficial for their development.

Season Fee:
Mite/Squirt:  $369
PeeWee/Bantam:  $369
Goalies (all Levels):  $175

Any player that does not get offered a spot in the camp will be asked to tryout for the SWSL.  They will not have to pay another tryout fee.
If you have additional questions, please email:


Hockey Director Steve Poapst will again run this spring’s top midget skill training camp in the area.  Coach Poapst’s attention to detail is what separates him from other instructors.  He has played and coached players at the highest levels including:  NHL, AHL, USHL, and AAA.  From an instructional perspective, he will incorporate his knowledge of the game and pass along to the players in this development camp.  All players selected for this program will receive skill development instruction and work on game situational play.   Teams will be created from the group of players and will compete in once per week scrimmages.
Some players will be selected and asked to participate in local tournaments and exhibition games throughout the spring.
Coaches:  Steve Poapst, Tony Daniels and more.
This camp is available for players that have played at a Gold level or higher.
·      8 week program on Monday and Thursday nights
o   Monday – Skill Development Training
o   Thursday – Game night
o   Select Weekend Tournaments and Exhibition Games
o   Sessions will start April 3rd and conclude May 25th
·      Tryouts for this camp
o   Sunday, March 19th
o   Tuesday, March 21st
·      Potential Tournament Dates:
o   April 14-16, April 21-23, May 5-7 and May 19-21
o   Tournaments are an additional cost and not all players will be asked to participate in all tournaments
o   Jerseys will be provided
Tryout Fee:  $70
Fees for the CHHC Prospect Camp:  $369
Goalies:  $175

SWSL Team Assignments

The SWSL Teams are posted below for Mite through Bantam.  The document shows the numeric portion of your USA Hockey # (e.g. 123456789XXXXX).  If you see your number in the column, you are on the team with the coach listed at the top of the column.  First Practices will be on Monday, April 3, 2017.

SWSL Spring League

The Chicago Hawks Hockey Club will once again be a part of the growing SWSL Spring Travel League.  This program will offer three home games, three away games, and a playoff round robin tournament.

Participants will skate two days a week, consisting of one team practice one skills session.  The SWSL will feature more teams and more clubs than in years past due to the growing number of hockey players in our area. 

Tryouts - Spring tryouts will begin on Sunday, March 19th.  Each player will participate in two tryout sessions, with tryouts wrapping-up on Wednesday, March 22nd.  Subsequent to tryouts, players will have 1-2 weeks off from the rink to enjoy spring break. Tryout cost $50.

Team Practices - Spring teams will receive eight split ice practice slots.  All practices will be on Monday evenings.  Practices will begin on Monday, April 3rd.  Cost is included in team fee.  

Skills Sessions - Skills sessions will be offered on Wednesday evenings for an extra fee. Once a player is assigned to a team you will receive information regarding Wednesday skills session dates and times.  

Teams will participate in the Southwest Spring League (SWSL).  All teams will play in at least nine games. The league will start the weekend of April 8th and the end of season tournament will be the weekend of June 2-4th and the championship games will be the weekend of June 10-11th.  

Cost for players for teams $369. Goalies $175.

Cost –

Tryout Fee: $50

Season Fee:      
Mites/Squirts: $369
PeeWee/Bantam: $369
Goalies (all levels): $175

If you have additional questions, please email: