The Evanston Jr. Wildkits manages the 8U (Mite) 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.
Each practice and game typically lasts one hour or less. The program skates out of the Robert Crown Center in Evanston.
Registration and Season Information
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. There is typically a two-week break during the winter holidays.
Registration typically opens about 4-6 weeks before each season starts and will be available on evanstonhockey.com.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list to find out when registration opens, please email
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 travel hockey costs $2,850. Discounts are available for goalies and multiple siblings.
- practice and game ice
- league fees
- 1-2 game jerseys
- practice jerseys (that kids keep)
- game socks (that kids keep)
- dry-fit off-ice training shirt (that kids keep)
- end-of-season trophy/plaque
- coaching fees
- referee fees
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.
The schedule for all teams can be found on evanstonhockey.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.
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.
You can also send an email to
with general questions or contact the Evanston Hockey Director Del Morris at