High school girls hockey is planning to take another step forward in the Northwest suburbs this fall. In addition to Loyola Academy, Maine Township and Glenbrook, look for the new kids on the block: the combined team of D211/D214 Girls Hockey.
While this will most likely not be the final name of the team, it is at the beginning of the club. The team will be made up of student-athletes from Buffalo Grove, Prospect, Hersey, Palatine and Fremd high schools.
The team already has 16 players to its credit and has been participating in the New Trier spring hockey tournament in Wilmette.
“This is something which we have been talking about since January of this year,” Carolyn Malz, one of the founders of the club, said. “There have been conversations in the past about trying to do something like this, but it just could never get off the ground. But this is something I think that is really going to take off.”
The club is currently endorsed by the likes of area club hockey teams Prospect/Rolling Meadows/Elk Grove, the D211 Chiefs and this year’s high school hockey state champions the Buffalo Grove/Hersey/Wheeling Stampede.
“We have been recognized by the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois already and have had a lot of help getting started from Bob Wagner,” Malz said. “He has really been instrumental in getting us in with the proper people to start this up. We have had Bob and BG/H/W coach Chris Waters also stand behind our bench for a couple of games thus far to help us along.”
Malz said the team does not have an official coaching staff to date, but interviews are being conducted to secure staff members. The athletes who are currently playing in the New Trier tournament are also in the process of selecting a name for the team. They will also be playing in the girls Metro High School hockey league this fall.
“With this club, it is not going to be just about hockey,” she said. “We want to be able to show our players what future opportunities there are within the sport and what community service projects are available for our players. Not only are there a lot of girls high school hockey players in this area who want to play for their school, I think they also saw the success of what the Buffalo Grove/Hersey/Wheeling Stampede did the past few seasons and that has been something we want to try to have here.”
The team, in its current form, has played three games in the New Trier tournament and has three more games to play on April 29, May 6 and May 12. All of those games are being played in Wilmette.
For more information on the club, email NWHSgirlshockey@gmail.com.