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NBHL Hires Assistant Hockey Director

Scott Sortal - NBHL Assistant Hockey Director

After an extensive search, the NBHL Board agreed to hire Scott Sortal as an Assistant Hockey Director.  Scott will oversee the House League program, assist Rich with Skills and Goalie development, coach 2 travel teams and will work with all Mites through the Jr. Spartans program.

Scott grew up in the area and played for Wilmette, Team Illinois, New Trier Green and the Chicago Chill.  He continued to play at a Prep school out east, in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, USHL and the University of Vermont's Division I team.

Scott has coached for several local youth teams, several high school teams and at Lake Forest College for their Division III team.  He has been an educator at a middle school and two high schools in the Chicago area. He has a Level 5 Coach Certification and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University.  We are very happy to welcome Scott to the NBHL program.

2015-2016 "Travel" Fees and Calendar

Registration will open for enrollment in early August.

2015-2016 "House League" Fees and Calendar

Registration will open for enrollment in early August.

NBHL and Northbrook Park District Hockey Classes

NEW this fall season..... The Northbrook Hockey League ("NBHL") and Northbrook Park District have joined forces to offer numerous hockey classes: Learn to Skate, Learn to Play, Intro to girls hockey, Pre Mites, and Powerskate classes. All classes will be taught by NBHL coaches! Registration for these classes begins on July 29 with the Park District. Click on the link below for more information and to register.

UPDATED TIMES: Optional Bantam Off Ice Summer Program

WHO CAN ATTEND:  NBHL Bantam eligible players (‘01-‘02 birth years) who played in ‘14–‘15 season.

PROGRAM GOAL:  To increase the overall strength and conditioning of each player.  

CLINIC DATES:  Tuesday and Thursday evenings - July 21 through August 20 (see below registration for specific dates and times)

LOCATION:  Sessions will be held at  1750 Techny Road (Techny Park), Northbrook.  In the case of poor weather, sessions will be added the week of August 24.  If cancelled, you will be notified by 4 pm the day of the session.

COST: Cost for the 10 sessions is $75. 

REGISTRATION:  Please drop in Rich Blakey's rink mail box 1) signed waiver (below) and 2) a $75 check payable to the NBHL.  This MUST be done before the first session (July 21st)

DROP INS:  Will be permitted only after the first week to allow us to time understand enrollment numbers.  Per session drop in fee will be $10 (NO CASH-please provide Coach Rick a check payable to the NBHL and a signed waiver).

Squirt and Pewee Summer Off Ice Time Change

For players registered for the NBHL Summer Off Ice training please be aware that the times have changed.

Squirts and Pewees will now do Off Ice training from 4-5 pm on both Monday and Thursdays.

Summer Clinics and Camps Information

Registration for summer hockey clinics and camps is now open.  Limited clinic and class sizes.

Goalies interested in participating in the July and/or August Boot camps and powerskating clinics should contact Rich Blakey at to register.

2015 Park District / Bluehawk Summer Hockey Training Academy

The Northbrook Park District is offering a Hockey Training Academy summer camp with on-ice/off-ice instruction from Bluehawks coaches.

Congratulations Peewee A2, Squirt AA, Squirt A and Squirt A2-A teams, Glacier Invitational Tournament Champions!

Congratulations Peewee AA team, Glacier Invitational Tournament Runner-Up!

2015 Spring Teams

Spring House League

NBHL and Chicago Blackhawks Girls Hockey Clinic

The NBHL and Chicago Blackhawks are running a free Girls Hockey Clinic. Please click on the link below for more information and registration instructions.  All participants must wear full hockey gear and complete the attached waiver to participate.

Congratulations Squirt A2 and Peewee A-Kebler teams, North Shore Cup Champions!

Spring Hockey Programs

This spring the Northbrook Hockey League will offer opportunities for all of our players to improve their individual and team skills in fun environments. Registration for these programs is now open at Please register early; enrollment in each program is limited.

Congratulations to Arika Osacky-Siegel Hockey Mom of the Year

Our very own Arika Osacky-Siegel, member of the NBHL Executive Board, Chicago United Hockey League Executive Board and President of the Northbrook Jr. Spartans, has been named Youth Hockey Mom of the Year by the Chicago Wolves.
Mother to three current (and one future!) Bluehawk Hockey players, Arika contributes her time and energy in many ways to make both the NBHL programs and the CUHL a better place for everyone. Her efforts were instrumental in both the creation of the Jr. Spartans and the CUHL.
Little did she realize that when her hockey playing husband Howard, asked her to “embrace”  their children’s involvement in hockey that she would jump “all in”.
Congratulations Arika….well deserved!


Congratulations to the GBN Varsity team and coaches for defeating Benet in the State Tournament on Sunday 3-2 at the United Center. 

Congratulations Bantam AA on its 3rd-Place NIHL flag!

Congratulations Bantam A, Chi-Town Cup Champions!

Six Bluehawks Teams Earn Spots in MLK Weekend Championship Games!

Congratulations Squirt A, Nashville Music City Cup Champions!

Congratulations Peewee A-Kebler, Indianapolis Brickyard Champions!

Congratulations Bantam A, Nashville Music City Cup Champions!

Are you new to hockey?

Click here to learn more about the Bluehawks' Pre-Mite/Developmental program.

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Congratulations Peewee A-Blakey, Madison's Mad City Classic Runners-Up

Congratulations Bantam AA, Minnesota Gone Wild Runners-Up

Congratulations Squirt A2, St. Louis Ice Blast Runners Up

In Memory of Ben Allison

Click here to watch the Spartans' January 27 pre-game tribute to former Leafs and Crystal Lake goaltender Ben Allison, who tragically passed away at the age of 20. 

The Bluehawks have a new policy regarding uniforms.