Hello PREP families, we hope this message finds you safe and well. Thank you for your patience while we assess the new youth sports guidelines announced by our Governor and their impact on the fall hockey season. Most important is the safety and wellbeing of our players, families, coaches, and community. We also appreciate the importance of sports in the development and spirit of our student athletes. We are fully committed to providing an exceptional fall hockey experience while adhering to current and emergent youth sports guidelines.
Equipped with the learnings from our fantastic summer schedule, we are moving forward with the new season. Player evaluations begin August 17th and registration details can be found here. Teams will be formed following evaluations. While current guidelines prohibit games and scrimmages, players will participate in regular non-contact team on-ice and dryland practices and skills development sessions. Players can expect 3-4 weekly sessions led by our coaching staff and specialty skills coaches; games and scrimmages will follow per youth sports guidelines.
While PREP supports reclassifying hockey as a lower-risk sport, we will provide our players with a challenging and exciting hockey environment that continues their development, keeps them safe, and aligns with youth sports guidelines. To support these efforts, we have developed a comprehensive COVID-19 safety policy that will be deployed through evaluations and into the fall schedule.
These are extraordinary times. We appreciate your continued support and are excited to see your players on the ice. We are committed to providing you with regular updates as the fall schedule, facilities, youth sports guidelines, and our COVID-19 safety policy require. Please reach out to any board member, our hockey director, and/or team coaches on any questions or concerns that you may have. We are here for you and your players.
NHL Skating Coach Robby Glantz will run PREP’s Power Skating Clinic. This is a unique opportunity to receive instruction from a world class skating coach that you don't want to miss!
Robby Glantz is the Power Skating Coach for the LA Kings. He has coached Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Johnathan Toews and Kendall Coyne Schofield. He is also a Skating and Skills Expert for the NHL Network.
Players will have three 90 minute on-ice sessions with Robby on the following dates:
In recognition of their achievements this season, AHAI will be sending banners to all Final Four teams in all Illinois High School State Championship divisions.
PREP Varsity advanced to the North Central Champions Varsity Finals with a 7-2 victory over New Trier White. They will play New Trier Blue for the championship in a best-of-three series starting on Friday, February 21, 8:00pm at West Meadows Ice Arena.
PREP JV Black reached the North Central Champions JV Finals in a thrilling 2-1 shootout win over BGHW. They take on Lake Forest for the championship on Saturday, February 22, 4:50pm at West Meadows Ice Arena.
Good luck to both teams. Go PREP!