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AJ Hernacki

Hockey Director

Phone: 708-990-9073

Brit Volini

Girls Hockey Director

Welcome Brit Volini - Girls Program Director

We are pleased to announce that Brit Volini will be joining St. Jude, as the Girls Program Director.  Brit has a passion to help young women learn and play the game she loves.  Brit grew up in Minnesota and began playing hockey at a young age .  Brit continued playing at the University of Minnesota for their club team while earning a degree in Sports Management.  Brit has been involved in the Illinois hockey scene for over 10 years.  She was the Hockey Director at Homewood-Flossmoor for eight seasons and started the Pirates Girls Hockey Program. Most recently, She ran the Hockey programs at Franklin Park.    We are excited to begin the season under Brits leadership.

St. Jude is committed to providing all players with opportunities to learn to play ice hockey, to develop and enhance their skills, and to reach their full potential both on and off of the ice.  St. Jude offers hockey opportunities for girls at all different levels.  Young girls who are just starting out are encouraged to try out our Learn to Skate Program.  This program is designed for young pre-k, kindergartners, and new-to-skating first through third grade girls who are interested in learning to skate. It is focused on creating a welcoming environment to foster a love for the player’s time spent on the ice. Our goal is for the players to learn the most basic skating skills while having fun.  Already know how to skate?  Then try our Learn to Play ADM Program.  This program is designed for girls 5 years old and up with previous sessions in basic skating.  In this program we will introduce the basic tenets of the American Development Model (ADM) that stresses small area games for increased player development including puck handling and team concepts.  Are you already a player and looking for a team? Contact Shannon Coleman, our Girls Program Director, for our St. Jude Knights team opportunities

Congratulations to the incredible 12U A1 Team for winning the Wolves Cup! They are the Champions of the Northern Illinois Hockey League 12U Gold Division. 

State Banner 2016

Congratulations to our 12U A1 Team for their 3rd Place Finish at State. 

 

2016 GIRLS OPEN HOUSE
WHY DO YOU PLAY HOCKEY?

Why do you play hockey? Our fantastic 10U girls team will tell you their reasons.  Click here to watch their wonderful team video made by St. Jude parent, Sharon Courtney.

2015 TOURNAMENT SUCESS

Congratulations to our wonderful 12U A2 Team on their Silver finish in the Chicago Holiday Classic. Great job, Girls!

2016 PRESIDENTS CUP CHAMPIONS
UNITED CENTER 3X3 CHAMPS!

Big congrats to our 12U A1  team for their big tournament win at the United Center. 

TEAM USA MEET & GREET 2015

Many of our girls had an opportunity to meet players from the US Women's National Team!  Go Team USA!

2015 SWSL SPRING CHAMPS!

Congratulations 12U Pink


Congratulations 12U Black

Girls Hockey Day 2015

The St. Jude Knights would like to thank everyone who participated in our Girls Hockey Day 2015! 

STICK IT TO CANCER-SPRING 2015

Our girls and their families raised $2,280 for Stick It to Cancer!

BIG SIS & LITTLE SIS DAY 2014
MEETING COLLEGE PLAYERS 2014

St. Jude Girls from the 12U Team and Pre-Hockey programs visited with their new friends from the University of Michigan

GIRLS TOURNAMENT WIN

GIRLS 12U Team wins the Ponytail Tournament in Wisconsin

CONGRATULATIONS, COACH JACKIE!

Coach Jackie was named the Chicago Blackhawks Coach of the Month.

GIRLS HOCKEY DAY 2014 WAS A SUCCESS!

The St. Jude Knights would like to thank everyone who participated in our 2014 Girls Hockey Day at Southwest Ice Arena.  Over 70 girls came out to support the event!  It was great to see so many girls take over the ice!  Many thanks to everyone who helped make the event such a great success.

Our special guest, Lisa Chesson, from the 2010 US Olympic team, came out to promote the event, skate with the girls, and even served as a "guest captain" for our U12 team during their game against the Leafs.

Coach Jackie organized the on-ice activities and worked tirelessly to promote the event so that more girls can learn to play hockey.

The St. Jude Head of Hockey Operations, Paul Manning, helped organize the event, helped new skaters with their equipment needs, and helped coach during the on-ice activities.

The St. Jude Knights Girls 12U Team and its managers, Steve & Pam Groszek, helped organize all of the behind-the-scenes work that was necessary to launch the event.

Matt Garrett worked with the St. Jude board to help plan and promote the event in a continuing effort to grow our girls hockey program and increase opportunities for girls to play hockey. He also helped out on the day of the event to make sure that all of our new skaters had helmets, sticks, and skates so that they could give hockey a try.

St. Jude's first all-girl team was launched in the Spring of 2013.

St. Jude's first all-girl fall travel team was launched in the fall of 2014. The girls competed in the Northern Illinois Hockey League and completed the season with a 3rd place finish at state.  

We love our volunteers!

. . . And our fans!

IN THE NEWS

St. Jude Girls Hockey on WGN

St. Jude girls teach Ana Belaval how to play hockey!

READ USA HOCKEY ARTICLE ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

"You're going to be my all-stars!" - Coach Jackie

WHY DO YOU PLAY HOCKEY?

“I play hockey because I can! I love it, it’s fun, and I have great memories. It makes me feel like I can be whoever I want to be.”

-Natalie

 

 

“I play hockey because it is extremely fun, and it feels like it's a different world when you are on the ice.”

-Grace

 

 

“If boys can do it, I can do it too. And better.”

-Lilly

 

 

“I play hockey because it is really fun and it makes me feel good about myself."

-Katie

 

 

“It is fun and I get to play a sport with other girls that are good.”

-Maggie

 

 

"They say girls can't play hockey.  So I show them they can."

-Julia

 

 

I play hockey because it’s really fun and it’s cool to play a sport typically played by boys.

-Hannah

 

 

“My why is because they told me I couldn’t. My why is for my family, my friends and teammates.  My why is because I want to.”

-Coach Jackie

 

 

“I like hockey because it is a fun sport, and I like playing with all of my friends.”

 -Ellie

 

 

“I play hockey because the competitiveness makes you stronger, and it’s fun.  I like making new friends.”

 -Ava

 

 

“I like hockey because it is fun and you get to score goals.”

-Emma

 

 

“I play hockey because it’s fun and people push you harder.”

 -Dorothy

 

 

“I like hockey because it’s fun and you get to meet new friends and you get to play with them all of the time.”

 -Sam

 

 

“I play hockey because you can score goals and make new friends, and it’s just really fun.”

 -Jia

 

 

“I play hockey because it’s fun.”

 -Jenna

 

 

“I like hockey because it’s fun and you make new friends.”

 -Grace C

 

 

“I like hockey because I get to play with my friends and can skate as best as I can.”

-Sinead

 

 

“I play hockey because I get to skate hard and play with my teammates and give 100 percent effort.”

 -Lucy

 

 

“I like hockey because it’s fun, and I play with my friends. And it is awesome!”

 -Katie S

 

 

“I like hockey because my sister inspires me with all of her methods.”

 -Jackie V

 

 

“I like hockey because I like stopping the pucks.”

-Eva

 

 

“I like hockey because you get medals and trophies.”

 -Marissa

 

 

"I play hockey because I like to meet new friends"

-Sarah

 

 

"I play hockey because I was born to play."

-Brooklyn

 

 

"I play hockey because it is my dream"

-Jia

 

 

"I saw a hockey game and wanted to play.  I have been playing ever since."

-Charlie

 

 

"I play hockey because it is challenging."

-Marina

 

 

"I play hockey because it's fun."

-Peyton

 

 

"I play hockey because it is super fun."

-Torey

 

 

"I play hockey because they told me I couldn't."

-Karsyn

 

 

"I play hockey because I like the challenge of beating the other team."

-Jocelyn

 

 

"I play hockey because I fell in love with the game.  It is unlike any other sport."

-Lynn

 

 

"I play hockey because I think it is a really fun sport to play."

-Morgan

 

 

"I play hockey because they thought I couldn't."

-Kirstin

 

 

"I play hockey because it is fun."

-Genna

 

 

"I play for fun"

-Hannah

 

 

"I play hockey because I want to me unique."

-Maeve

 

 

"I play hockey because it is fun and fast."

-Mickey

 

 

"I play hockey because I get exercise, fun times, and new friends."

-Maeve

 

 

"I play hockey because it's fun and keeps me active."

-Karly