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Jets Win at Glacier Invitational

Congratulations to the four Jets teams to make it to Championship games in the Glacier Invitational!  Three teams, PeeWee AA, Squirt A, and PeeWee B, all claimed championship wins. Great effort by all coaches and players!


Jets Top Gun U16 in Chicago Shootout Championship

Congrats to Coach Kyle Kotrba, his staff, and players with the Top Gun Chicago Jets U16 team for reaching the finals of the Chicago Shootout Tournament last weekend at the Leafs Centre!!! The tournament was a great kickoff to what proves to be an exciting summer leading up to our U16 tryouts this fall.

Players participating in our Top Gun program had some on ice training by Darryl Belfry. Click here to read the article.


Chicago Jets Appoint New Assistant Hockey Director Kyle Kotrba

The Chicago Jets are excited to announce the hiring of our new Assistant Hockey Director and U16 Head Coach Kyle Kotrba.  Kyle has been involved in the Illinois hockey community for over 25 years starting his coaching career for the Naperville Sabres in 1992 where he coached at the Peewee, Bantam, U16 and U18 levels.  After a successful run at the Sabres Kyle advanced to become the Hockey Director and Head Varsity Coach at Naperville Central High School from 1996-2009.  Under Kyle’s direction Naperville Central earned multiple Blackhawk Cup final four appearances and one state final appearance.  At the end of the 2009 season Kyle moved on to a new challenge becoming the Hockey Director of the Chicago Hawks from 2009-2017.  During this time Kyle helped build the Chicago Hawks club from 11 travel teams to the 30 travel teams it has today.  Over his career he has coached every age group from learn to skate to U18 including Central States teams at the Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam levels.  

Kyle was instrumental in building a relationship with the Little Caesar’s Hockey League in Michigan placing the first Illinois teams into this league creating more opportunity for his players to be scouted by various prep school and junior teams.  Kyle has represented Illinois coaching numerous High School All-Star and All-State teams as well as participating in various AHAI programs in the roles of Head Coach for the Illinois Showcase team, and working both as a coach and evaluator for the AHAI Player Development Camps.  Kyle played collegiately at the both St. Mary’s in Minnesota and the College of DuPage.  As a player at the College of DuPage he was a member of the 1988 National Championship Team and was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.  Adding Kyle as both our Assistant Hockey Director and U16 Head Coach with his extensive experience and enthusiastic approach benefits every player in our club and we are proud to welcome Kyle to the Chicago Jets Organization. 


Jets U16 Top Gun Coaching Lineup

We are proud to announce our U16 Coaching Staff comprised of Head Coach Kyle Kotrba with Assistant Coaches Mike Bloome and Rick Rooney.  Our U16 staff is excited to begin our Top Gun U16 spring tryouts this Saturday March 18th 8:30-9:50am at Johnny's West.  Shortly after the conclusion of the tryout Saturday the players will be given a tour of our new dedicated U16 locker room and off ice facilities.  Coaching Bio's for Kyle, Mike, and Rick are below.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday.

 

Kyle Kotrba has been involved in the Illinois hockey community for over 25 years.  Kyle started his coaching career for the Naperville Sabres in 1992 where he coached at the Peewee, Bantam, U16, and  U18 levels.  After a successful run at the Sabres, Kyle advanced to become the hockey director and head varsity coach at Naperville Central High School from 1996-2009.  Under Kyle's direction Naperville Central earned multiple Blackhawk Cup final four appearances and one state final appearance.  At the end of the 2009 season Kyle moved on to a new challenge, becoming the hockey director of the Chicago Hawks from 2009-2017.  During this time Kyle helped build the Chicago Hawks club from 11 travel teams to the 30 travel teams it has today.  He has coached every age group from learn to skate to U18 including Central States teams at the Squirt, Peewee, and Bantam levels.  

Kyle was instrumental in building a relationship with the Little Caesar’s Hockey League in Michigan, placing the first Illinois teams into this league and creating more opportunity for his players to be scouted by various prep school and junior teams.  Kyle has coached numerous all-star and all-state teams as well as participating in various AHAI programs in the roles of Head Coach for the Illinois Showcase team, and working both as a coach and evaluator for the AHAI Player Development Camps.  Kyle played collegiate hockey at the both St. Mary’s in Minnesota and the College of DuPage.  At the College of DuPage he was a member of the 1988 National Championship Team and inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.  Kyle and his wife Nicole have been married 21 years and they have three children Chloe 17, Avery 15, and Carter 11.  

 

Mike Bloome - Mike grew up playing travel hockey in Detroit, and is a graduate of Western Michigan University.  Mike coached at Naperville Central HS from 2004-2009.  After five successful seasons at Naperville Central, Mike moved on to the Chicago Hawks from 2009-2017 holding titles of Assistant Hockey Director and U16 & U18 Director.  Over the last 6 years while coaching U16 & U18 Central States his teams achieved 2 State Championship appearances, qualifying once for the USA Hockey Tier 2 National Tournament, and last season winning the Little Caesars League Championship beating the #1 team in country in the finals in triple overtime.  Mike has a strong track record of moving players on to higher levels, using his relationships across the multiple pathways of the USHL, NAHL, and NA3.  The opportunities provided in the USHL, NAHL, and NA3 have helped his players continue to develop after high school allowing players the chance to achieve their dreams of playing hockey collegiately in the NCAA D-1, NCAA D-3, or in the ACHA.    

 

Rick Rooney - During his playing days, Rick played youth hockey with the Chicago Minor Hawks and College Club hockey at Indiana University.  Rick has been coaching for nearly 30 years at the Mite, Squirt, Peewee, Bantam, U16, U18, and High School levels.  He has served as skills instructor for power skating, goalie clinic, learn-to-skate, and in-house programs.  Rick coached for the Sabres, Naperville Central High School, and worked with AHAI in their player development program as well as in AHAI’s Coaching Education Program as an instructor.  Rick most recently held the title of Bantam Director for three seasons at the Chicago Hawks.


Announcing Chicago Jets Boys U16 Top Gun Program

2001 & 2002 Families,

The Top Gun U16  elite training program is designed for the committed hockey player looking to improve their game and take it to next level.  Members of our staff individually have 15, 20, and 25 years of experience coaching players with the goal of developing players and bringing out their very best.  They have direct ties to USHL, NAHL, and have promoted Tier II players into both leagues.  The curriculum is designed to maximize the skill set and thought process of each player in an environment that teaches that hard work and attention to detail will breed success.  This unique program will be in a 4 part plan:

  • Weekly Skills Session designed with a mixture of high tempo drills and position specific training
  • Small Group Training- this will enable the player to work on individual skill sets     
  • Team Scrimmages- the player will have the chance to implement teachings in a controlled yet competitive environment with constant feedback from coaches.   
  • High Intensity Small Area Training- Compete, battle, and improve reaction time in various training situations to push players outside their comfort zone.

This program will launch the Chicago Jets U16 program for the fall of 2017. The goal is to put players on a "Runway For Success" at the Tier 2 level and will provide them opportunities to pursue their dreams of playing hockey after high school. The 2017-18 Chicago Jets U16 team will play out of Johnny's West Ice Arena with an on site state-of-the-art fitness center for the Chicago Jets players and dedicated pro-style locker rooms for the U16 team.   The coaching lineup for the Jets U16 program includes Head Coach Kyle Kotrba with Assistant Coaches Mike Bloome and Rick Rooney.

Below are photos of both facilities as well as the Top Gun Tryout Schedule ($75) and Top Gun spring program schedule ($295) for players who are selected.  All players who would like to participate in the program will need to attend at least one tryout to be considered.  Please use the link below to register for tryouts.



Nations Cup - USA vs. CANADA

Congratulations to our Squirt teams that participated in the Detroit, MI Nations Cup tournament in November. It was an exciting tournament for everyone involved. USA beat Canada in the 2007 bracket, and Canada beat USA in the 2006 bracket.

Thanks to our teams, parents and coaches for a job well done!


Wishbone Tournament Champions!

The Chicago Jets Squirt 2 team capped off a fun Thanksgiving weekend defeating the Chicago Stallions 4-3 to win the Squirt A Warrior Division at the Wishbone Tournmanet in Northbrook.  After going 3-0-1 over the holiday weekend, the boys fought off a tough Stallions team in the championshp game.

Great job bringing home the trophy!!!


Squirt 2 Bauer Sarnia Tournament Runner-up

The Chicago Jets Squirt 2 team enjoyed an exciting championship game at the home of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Sarnia Sting in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada to determine the winner of the Bauer Sarnia World Invite A/B Tournament, November 4-6, 2016.  Despite a tough game against Sarnia Junior Sting, the team came up short, losing 8-2.  Throughout the weekend, the team played games aganst the Port Huron Flags (Port Huron, MI), the TSI Gnawbones (Southern Indiana), the Chelsea Chiefs (Chelsea, MI), and the Sarnia Sting (Sarnia, Ontario).  According to tournament officials, the Squirt 2 team was the only American team to make it to the championship game at any level of play (Squirt/Atom - Midget).  

Squirt 2 Bauer Sarnia Tourney Runner-ups

STX Winterfest Tournament in Rosemont

Chicago Jets ADM teams participated in their first tournament on MLK weekend. Thanks to the parents and coaches for helping our young players have fun and work together as a team. Way to play hard!



A Step Ahead Celebrates 5th Year educating the Youth Hockey Community!!!

 

A Step Ahead logo

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), Athletico Physical Therapy, the Chicago Blackhawks, and NorthShore University HealthSystem have come together to create the A Step aHead initiative to combat one of the most common head injuries: concussions.  These four groups pledge to educate the Illinois youth hockey community on the importance of concussion management and to be proactive with implementing baseline testing. Through A Step aHead, we will offer free baseline concussion testing, as well as educational programs, to youth hockey players in the AHAI program.

Click HERE for informational brochure