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8U HOCKEY: HOUSE & TRAVEL

Evanston Hockey and the Evanston Jr. Wildkits offer 8U (Mite) hockey at the house level and travel level. Both programs skate out of the Robert Crown Center in Evanston.

The basic difference between house and travel is the age and skill of each level. For our 8U house players, every effort is made to create competitively balanced teams, as mandated by the local league. Our 8U travel players try out for a team, which is formed based on skill level.

Evanston Hockey runs the 8U house program, which is geared toward players who are interested in playing on a team, and typically want to play on weekends. The house league emphasizes skill development and fun with volunteer coaches, typically parents. For our 8U house players, there is typically one practice and one game per week, both usually on weekends.

The Evanston Jr. Wildkits manage the 8U travel program, which offers 8U players the opportunity to play competitive, full-ice games against other programs from northern Illinois. The Jr. Wildkits compete in the Chicago United Hockey League that is affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Our 8U travel players have two practices per week (typically weeknights), plus usually one but sometimes two weekend games. Our 8U travel players also participate in 1-2 out-of-town tournaments.

For house and travel, each practice and game typically lasts one hour or less.

Registration and Season Information
For house and travel, there is a fall/winter season (typically September-March) and a spring season (typically March-May).

Conditioning for travel for the fall/winter season begins in August; tryouts begin in early September. House hockey for the fall/winter season starts in September. House and travel typically have a two-week break during the winter holidays. 

Registration typically opens about 4-6 weeks before each season starts.

  • Registration for 8U house will be available on evanstonhockey.com.
  • Registration for 8U travel will be available on juniorwildkits.com.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to find out when registration opens, please email .

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Season Fees
Evanston Hockey and the Evanston Jr. Wildkits work hard to keep season fees steady. Hockey fees are announced in advance of sign-ups with discounts available for goalies and multiple siblings. On average, 8U house hockey costs $800 and 8U travel hockey costs $2,850. Discounts are available for goalies and multiple siblings.

Fees include:

  • practice and game ice
  • league fees
  • 1-2 game jerseys (that kids keep)
  • practice jerseys (travel, kids keep)
  • game socks (that kids keep)
  • dry-fit off-ice training shirt (that kids keep)
  • end-of-season trophy/plaque
  • coaching fees (travel)
  • referee fees (travel)

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. The Evanston Hockey Finance Committee will consider all requests.
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Schedule
The schedule for all teams can be found on evanstonhockey.com or juniorwildkits.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.

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Hockey Progression
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.

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Questions?
If you have any questions about the Evanston Hockey house program, please email House Director Pat Brownlee at .

If you have questions about the Evanston Jr. Wildkits travel program, please email .

You can also send an email to with general questions or contact the Evanston Hockey Director Del Morris at .