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Squirt Through Midget Tryout Information


Register By July 31 & Become Eligible to Win Free Tryout Fees!


Game Jersey Fitting Day August 11


Pre-Season Conditioning Skates Begin August 5 for Midgets & August 12 Squirt-Bantam


U15 & U16 Midget Tryouts August 15-19


Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam Tryouts August 25-29


Family BBQ August 25


Season Begins August 24 for Midgets (No ice Sept 6-9)


Season Begins Sept 3 for Squirt-Bantam (No ice Sept 6-9)


 2019/20 Coaching Staff

Hockey Director:  Tim Mueller

Assistant Hockey Director:  John Sclafini

Squirt Major CSDHL:  Ryan Zanon

Squirt #1:  Anthony Bronge

Squirt #2:  Mark Zehelein

Squirt #3:  TBA

Squirt #4:  TBA

Pee Wee Major CSDHL:  Tim Mueller

Pee Wee Minor CSDHL:  Steve Klima

Pee Wee #1:  John Wallin

Pee Wee #2:  Ray Pecora

Pee Wee #3:  John Godley

Bantam Major CSDHL:  Pete Carcione

Bantam Minor CSDHL:  John Sclafini

Bantam #1:  Randy Sowizrol

Bantam #2:  Michael Lo Verde

U15 Midget:  Colin Van Hauter 

U16 Midget:  Jason Hogan


As the Northwest Chargers proudly enter its 37th year as an organization dedicated to the development and growth of youth hockey in our community, we are mindful that our organization’s success is due to the dedication and commitment of our players and their families, our coaches, our directors, and our volunteers, and for that we thank each and every one of you.  Exciting upgrades to our program have been implemented for the upcoming season that will undoubtedly position the Chargers as one of the premier hockey clubs in Illinois.  Based on the hard work of many, the Central States Hockey Developmental Hockey League (CSDHL) has invited the Chargers to compete at a record five levels for the upcoming season:  Squirt Major, Pee Wee Minor, Pee Wee Major, Bantam Minor, and Bantam Major.  Additional teams will compete in the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL) at a variety of levels including Elite, and our Midget U15 team will also participate in premier showcase hockey with the National Junior Hockey Prospects League (NJPHL).  The success of all of our teams, no matter the age group or level, will be built on a foundation of skill development, discipline, hard work (on and off the ice), teamwork, and respect for one another. 

A key architect in building this foundation is the addition of Coach Wayne Brown.  Coach Brown’s commitment to the game and his passion for the development of youth hockey is beyond measure and we are proud to welcome him as our new on-ice Skills Director.  Coach Brown will create strategic lesson plans that target the age and level of our skaters, and will collaborate closely with the coaching staff to identify skating strengths and areas of improvement throughout the season.  Another key component to the success of the Chargers is our returning Director of Goaltending, Coach Zach Drane of Good as Gould Goalie School.  Coach Zach’s tutelage of our tenders has been instrumental to their development and our success over the years, and the Chargers are thrilled that he will continue his best-in-class goalie instruction to our tenders.  Finally, we are excited to announce that professional dryland training will continue to be included with program fees and will now feature the professional staff at GVN Performance.  GVN Performance will offer targeted off-ice training for youth hockey players in a team setting specifically designed to improve the players’ strength, agility, and acceleration on the ice.  All dryland sessions will be held in the state-of-the art MPI Sports Development Center just walking distance from the Mount Prospect Ice Arena. 

More information regarding our 2019/20 program offerings, including everything you need to know about the tryout season can be found in this informational packet.  To our returning families, we thank you for your unwavering and continued support.  To those that might be looking to join our organization for the first time, we appreciate your interest and welcome your questions and input.  To all, we look forward to welcoming each of you this coming 2019/20 season to the Chargers’ family.

Chris Naveja & Michele Voris

Northwest Chargers Co-Presidents

Pre-Season Conditioning Skates & Tryout Schedule

Please click HERE to review the pre-season conditioning skates, and the tryout schedules for Squirts, Pee Wees, Bantams and Midgets.

USA Hockey Registration

Before you register for Northwest Chargers tryouts, you must purchase and complete your 2019/20 USA Hockey Insurance as required by AHAI.  For all 2010 players that played the spring season, you already have a valid USA Hockey confirmation that you can use for the fall season.  For all other birth years, please follow the steps listed to renew your USA Hockey numbers:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on ICE PLAYERS & COACHES and follow the prompts
  3. The fee is $59 per player.
  4. You may use Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover
  5. Use the USA Hockey Confirmation Number when you register online with the Northwest Chargers.

Game Jersey Fitting Day

Date:  Sunday, August 11 9:00AM-3:40PM

Location:  Jerry's Hockey, Mount Prospect Ice Arena

What to Bring:  Shoulder Pads, Form of Payment

See the Tryout Registration Packet for cost and ordering information.