Evanston Youth Hockey Association (EYHA) is a premier hockey program in northern Illinois offering all levels of youth hockey from Mites through High School levels.

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What's the Difference: House and Travel Hockey

The chart below outlines the primary differences between Evanston Hockey's house and travel programs -- from Squirt through Bantam levels. For an explanation of the differences at the Mite level, see the chart on the Junior Wildkits site.





Season Length

Late September - Early March
(two week break over winter holidays)

Late August - Late February
(two week break over winter holidays)

On-Ice Practices

1 hour per week — typically weekend

2-3 hours per week during multiple sessions — typically weeknights

Off-Ice / Dryland


Weekly session at Precision Multisport

Total Number of Games



Away Game Location:
Regular Season

North Shore (generally not more than 20-30 minute drive)

Chicagoland (typically 15-30 minute drive but generally not more than 60 minute drive)


1-2, but typically one combined team per age level

Up to 3 out-of-town tournaments (typically within 3-4 hours of Chicago)

Typical number of nights spent in a hotel room during season


5-8 (for tournaments)


Volunteers, many times parents

Paid coaching staff

Are “cuts” made after tryouts?

Not typically. If number of players outnumbers available roster spots, however, then preference will be given to Evanston residents and returning players.

Potentially. We try to avoid cuts if possible. Players are carefully evaluated and placed on the appropriate team to ensure their continued development and enjoyment of the game. When cuts do occur, we will work to ensure that the player can play at the appropriate level. 

How are multiple teams at the same age level divided up?

Every effort is made to create competitively balanced teams (as mandated by NSYHL).

The teams are divided after the tryout into a “1” team, "2" team and so on based on coach evaluation.

Talent Level Within Team

Varies widely as teams are divided evenly

May be more closely matched since teams are divided into a “1” and “2” team

Season Fees

Varies; starts at $700

Varies; starts at $3,566 for Squirts with discounts available for goalies and multiple siblings

What’s included with fee?

Practice and game ice, jerseys, one tournament entry fee

Practice and game ice, off-ice training, coaching fees, practice jersey, alternate jersey, one tournament entry fee

Is financial aid available?

Yes, it is available for those who demonstrate need.

Yes, it is available for those who demonstrate need.

Opportunity to participate in “Dog Days” pre-season camps, spring hockey and winter holiday skates?