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The Northwest Chargers Hockey Association welcomes you to the 2024-25 season and our 42nd year as a Tier II travel hockey program in Illinois. This information packet will guide you through the tryout season with essential dates, processes, and schedules to prepare your player for the fall season.   

2024-25 Season Highlights:

  • Skills will continue to be offered once per week on Mondays for our Mite-Bantam aged skaters via Coach Wayne Brown, Tim Benz, and our Skills Team
  • New this year, Skills programming will be offered at the Midget level for the first time in Chargers history
  • Goalie Clinics will again be offered once per week on Mondays for our goaltenders via Good As Gould Goalie School
  • Dryland training via the Health Performance Institute (a division of Illinois Bone & Joint) returns and will be offered once per week on Mondays for our Squirt-Midget players
  • Set team practice schedules
  • Significant changes at the Midget coaching staff level to be a landing place for high school-aged players seeking high-level hockey play. 

Key Dates

JUL 8 Fall Registration Opens
JUL 9-25 Summer Skates
JUL 13 Mite Hockey Jamboree
JUL 29 - AUG 2 Summer Camp
AUG 5-14 U15/U16/U18 Pre-Season Skates
AUG 15-18 U15/U16/U18 Tryouts
AUG 5-15 Mites Pre-Season Skates
AUG 17-18 Mites Tryouts
AUG 5-24 Squirts/PeeWees/Bantams Pre-Season Skates
AUG 25-29 Squirts/PeeWees/Bantams Tryouts
AUG 6 & 20 Jersey & Uniform Fittings
AUG 25 Welcome Back Picnic
AUG 25 Fall Spiritwear Store Opens
AUG 30 - SEPT 2 No Ice
JAN 11 Charger Day


Tryout Information Packet

Additional information, including tryout procedures, fall programming, uniform and equipment requirements, fundraising, and fee structures, can be found in the below Tryout Information Packet. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with Hockey Director Tim Benz.

NOTE: LiveBarn coverage during tryouts will be set to private viewing for coaching staff only.


Squirts, PeeWees, Bantams, and Midgets:

Before you register for Chargers tryouts, you must complete your 2024-25 USA Hockey Registration.

  1. Go to
  2. Select ICE PLAYERS & COACHES and follow the instructions 
  3. Pay applicable USAH and AHAI fees. Membership is valid through August 31, 2025 
  4. Use the USA Hockey Confirmation Number when you register online for tryouts with the Northwest Chargers


The Chargers will register your player for the Amateur Athletic Union, as this is included in your tryout registration fee. Membership is valid through July 31, 2025.

Coaching Staff

Hockey Director Tim Benz
Skills Director Wayne Brown
Goalie Instruction Stu Gould
Future Chargers Director Peppi Laboy
Mite TBD Eric Vesely
Mite TBD Peppi Laboy
Mite TBD Kevin Vrahnos
Squirt Major CSDHL Trevor DiCarlo
Squirt Minor CSDHL Nick Bagby
Squirt NIHL 1 Eric Vesely
Squirt NIHL 2 Griffin Roman
PeeWee Major CSDHL Joe Carcerano & Anthony Natali
PeeWee Minor CSDHL Jimmy Panos
PeeWee Prospects CSDHL Mark Zehelein
Bantam Major CSDHL Pete Carcione
Bantam Minor CSDHL Mike Stanley
Bantam Prospects CSDHL Randy Sowizrol
Bantam NIHL 1 Nick Chaconas
U15 CSDHL Pete Carcione
U16 Rick Rewiako
U18 CSDHL Mike Perillo

Coaching Staff Subject to Change - UPDATED: 07/11/24

Contact information for our 2024-25 Coaching Staff can be found HERE

Registration & Pre-Season

The fee for Mites is $195, Squirt-Bantams $250, and $350 for Midgets. This fee includes a series of Pre-Season skates to prepare the player for the tryout sessions. Tryout registration fees are a mandatory charge for all players and are non-refundable regardless of the number of sessions attended. 

Please note  a season deposit is a part of the tryout registration for Mite through Bantam Players. This Season Deposit, while paid at time of Tryout Registration applies to the Season Fees. This amount will be collected on the first day of tryouts (unless the registrant selects the ‘Pay in Full’ option) and is non-refundable at that point.  Please see the tryout information packet for deposit amounts and more information regarding this policy.

Following the tryout process, and once the players are placed on a team, you will receive a second registration link to set up your player fee schedule for the fall season. You will have 24 hours to register to secure your player’s roster spot or another player may be moved up as a replacement. Players are not allowed on the ice until they are officially registered.

We ask that all players are registered for tryouts by July 31, 2024. As an incentive to register early, any player registered by July 31st will be entered in a drawing to win FREE tryout fees (one winner per level – Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget). Winners will be chosen on Sunday, August 25th, and need not be present to win.

Drop-ins will be accepted for the Pre-Season skates starting at $25 per session. Players must provide proof of USA Hockey insurance for the 2024-25 season. If the player decides to participate in tryouts, they must register on our website, and the drop-in fees will be refunded. Goaltenders, please attend all sessions. 

Age Level Matrix

Level Birth Year
Mite 2016, 2017, 2018
Squirt 2014, 2015
Pee Wee 2012, 2013
Bantam 2010, 2011
Midget U15 2009
Midget U16 2008
Midget U18 2006, 2007


We plan to field 19 travel hockey teams this fall season that will compete in the following leagues: 


  • Our Mite teams will compete in Divisions I, II, and III

(USA Hockey)

  • Squirt Major (2014), Squirt Minor (2015)
  • Pee Wee Major (2012), Pee Wee Minor (2013), Pee Wee Prospects (2012 & 2013)
  • Bantam Major (2010), Bantam Minor (2011), Bantam Prospects (2010 & 2011)
  • Midget U15 (2009), Midget U18 (2006 & 2007) 

Northern Illinois Hockey League
(USA Hockey)

  • Squirt NIHL 1 & 2 (2014 & 2015)
  • Pee Wee NIHL 1 (2012 & 2013)
  • Bantam NIHL 1 (2010 & 2011) 

North American Prospects Hockey League
(USA Hockey)

  • Midget U16 (2008)
  • Midget U18 (2006 & 2007) 

Uniform & Jersey Fitting

The organization is proud to offer one-of-a-kind jerseys and custom equipment offerings, helping to create a sense of pride in how our players look, both on and off the ice. It is your responsibility to maintain the appearance of your players’ uniforms throughout the season. 

Our first Uniform & Jersey Fitting day is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6th, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at Jerry’s Hockey - Mount Prospect inside Nicholas Sportsplex.  If your player has practice or pre-tryout skates, please attend the fitting prior to taking the ice. Also please bring shoulder pads and hockey pants/girdles to the fitting. 


Why are jersey fittings prior to tryouts and team selections?

This ensures timely delivery to ensure the players have jerseys for the start of the season. The Chargers high-quality, Athletic Knit Jerseys are Customized for each player, which takes time to produce.

How does my player select their jersey number?

Player’s numbers are selected at the fitting based on their Birth Year and Number Availability.

Birth Year: Players born in Even Numbered years (ex. 2014, 2012, etc.) will select an Even Number based on availability. Players born in Odd Numbered years (ex. 2015, 2013, etc.) will select an Odd Number based on availability. This format helps ensure that players’ numbers do not overlap at any given age level. No exceptions to this rule.

Number Availability: Jersey Number Boards displayed at the fittings list all current Charger Players and their numbers and show the available numbers at each birth year. Open numbers are selected on a “First Come” Basis – Numbers will not be held and cannot be requested.

What if my player does not make a team, will I be issued a refund?

Yes. If your player is not selected for a team, Jerry’s Hockey will refund your money. Payment is expected at fittings which also secures your players’ number.

My player’s socks are still in good shape from last year do I need to purchase a new pair?

No. As long as there are no cuts, tears, or visible wear and tear you can use your socks from the previous season. We want all of our players to look their best when they take the ice for the Chargers!

We cannot make the Fitting Date, what are our options?

We strongly encourage you to attend the First Fitting Date. This will help ensure your Player’s Jerseys are ready for the upcoming start of the season and their preferred number.


The Northwest Chargers proudly offer a variety of Fundraising opportunities to its players and families. Whether it's participating in an event, purchasing an advertisement, or selling items, we hope that one, if not many, will appeal to you. 

Have fundraising questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch with Nicole Ciesla.


Welcome Back Picnic

August 25, 2024
Mount Prospect Ice Arena
Starts at 8:00am - During Tryouts

Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks for all skaters and goalies


January 11, 2025
Mount Prospect Ice Arena
Games, Prizes, Raffles & Fun

All proceeds raised go towards the Chargers Scholarship Fund