Hockey Programs

  • Central States Development Hockey League - CSDHL
  • Northern Illinois Hockey League - NIHL
  • Northwest Hockey League - NWHL
  • Girls Hockey

Elite Tier II Hockey (CSDHL)

Travel hockey is the most competitive form of youth hockey.  It is best summarized as “play to win.”  Consequently, travel players are chosen through a try-out by the club-appointed coaches.  Additionally, this approach may not always result in equal ice-time for all players.

The Chicago Bruins participate in two different travel hockey leagues:

NIHL – Northern Illinois Hockey League

CSDHL – Central States Developmental Hockey League

CSDHL is a highly competitive league specifically designed for elite tier II teams within Illinois and the Central States region.  Central States fields teams at the Squirt, Peewee Minor, Peewee Major, Bantam Minor, Bantam Major, Midget Minor, and Midget Major levels.

Travel team tryouts are held the first week of September.  All players should approach tryouts as trying to make the top team at their specific age level.

Please check back regularly for upcoming tryout dates and times.

Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL)

Travel hockey is the most competitive form of youth hockey.  It is best summarized as “play to win.”  Consequently, travel players are chosen through a try-out by the club-appointed coaches.  Additionally, this approach may not always result in equal ice-time for all players.

NIHL – Northern Illinois Hockey League

NIHL is a highly competitive league in the geographic area of Northern Illinois.  There are four different levels of NIHL; Elite, Gold, Silver and Bronze.  NIHL fields teams  at all levels from mite through midget.

Travel team tryouts are held the first week of September.  All players should approach tryouts as trying to make the top team at their specific age level.

Please check back regularly for upcoming tryout dates and times.

House/Travel B – (Northwest Hockey League) is for the more “recreational” player without the same time and financial commitment as Travel Hockey.  Many people refer to the NWHL league as “Travel B” because players do travel to other rinks in the Chicagoland area and play other teams that are also members of the Northwest Hockey League – teams from towns like West Dundee, Franklin Park, Naperville, Crystal Lake, Chicago, and others.  What makes the NWHL different from other “travel” teams is that we do not hold tryouts, we do not cut players, and we follow balanced ice time (BIT).  In the case where we have multiple teams at a level, we follow the NWHL draft procedures and players are placed on equally balanced teams versus teams categorized by strength like Gold, Silver, Bronze, etc.  We accept all players, regardless of skill level, until rosters are full.  We enjoy competitive recreational hockey where EVERYONE gets to play and have fun.

The Chicago Bruins Girls program had an outstanding 2015/16 season last year; which included a 2nd place finish at Nationals. We are now gearing up for an even better run in 2016, and welcome all girls interested in the Bruins program to join us.

The Bruins welcome Coach Lauren Markowski to the organization for the 2016 season.  Coach Lauren has a combined 22 years of player and coach experience, and is a USA hockey level four certified coach. Lauren’s playing career started here in Illinois playing both Tier I and Tier II hockey, which helped lead her to play ACHA Division 1 hockey at Northern Michigan University (NMU). She served 2 terms as the VP of the NMU Women’s Hockey Club in addition to being an Assistant Captain on the team. Lauren was thrice ranked in the top 50 players of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), as well as being on the All-American Team in 2005. Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment & Sports Promotions while having minored in Physical Education with a Coaching Emphasis. She is currently working on her MBA in Marketing.

Lauren has spent the past seven seasons coaching girls hockey at the U14-U19 levels on both the Tier II and Tier I side. During the 2009-2011 seasons she lead the team to clinch several tournament championships, and went on to win the NIHL League Championship, the Illinois State Championship, Wolves Cup Championship, as well as the Midwest Heartland Girls Hockey League Championship. From 2011-2013, as the Bruins U16 Assistant Coach, Lauren’s leadership helped the team advance to Nationals twice, where the team finished as one of the National Quarter Finalists both times.

We look forward to another great year ahead for Bruins Girls hockey, and we hope that your daughter will be a part of it.