Youth Hockey

Willowbrook Ice Arena has a stepped approach to Youth Hockey. First we focus on instilling proper skating techniques in our Learn to Skate program where all novice skaters will learn the foundational footwork critical to the success of a hockey player.  In Intro to Hockey, players will learn how to move with a hockey stick, and begin puck and stick-handling drills while building their skating proficiency. On the In House Development Team, participants will learn concepts behind playing the game of hockey as they increase their skills as a skater and stick handler. See below for details for each program.

CONGRATULATIONS Coach Steve and Coach Alex on a great inaugural season with the Jr. Snipers and good luck with Willowbrook Ice Arena's newly approved 2022-23 Tier 3 Snipers Program!



Testing for skaters new to Willowbrook Ice Arena will be conducted during the first week of the program. We will place players based on their ability to execute specific skating and stick mechanics. Each player will sign up for the level they believe they fit. However, the coaches may move them based on the evaluation.


Refund Policy: Should a client decide after completion of ONE class they would like to drop from the session, a  pro-rated refund will be granted. A $5 processing fee will be charged. After two classes have been attended, NO refunds will be given. After the third class of the session is offered, NO refunds will be given for any reason.


Hours of Operation

6:00 am - Midnight Daily

Public Skate Hours



Learn to Skate

Players with no or limited skating experience will be placed in the Learn to Skate program. The focus of this program is to build a confident skater with proper foundational techniques necessary to be a talented hockey player.

To advance into the Intro to Hockey program, the player must be able to competently perform Basic 3 level skills: - forward stroking showing correct use of the blade - 6 consecutive half swizzle pumps (clockwise and counterclockwise) - moving forward to backward two-foot turns on a circle (clockwise and counterclockwise) - beginning backward one-foot glides with a focus on balance - backward snowplow stop (R and L) - forward slalom

Learn to Skate participants will not use hockey sticks on the ice. The focus is 100% on learning to skate and proper use of edges. Hockey equipment is optional, but a helmet is recommended.

Intro to Hockey

This program will accept players proficient in the Learn to Skate Basic 3 skills as stated above. The focus of this program will be instilling mechanics that promote proper handling of a hockey stick and puck, and the incorporation of skating skills that aid the player in changing direction on the ice.

To graduate from this program and advance into the Learn to Play 3 on 3 program, the player will need to have sound foundational skating skills, proper stick mechanics and puck control.

Required Equipment - Hockey Skates, Helmet, Shin Guards, Shoulder Pads, Elbow Pads and a Hockey Stick (cut to the correct length).

In House Development Team

This program will accept players aged 7-14 that have mastered skills consistent with those taught in the Intro to Hockey program. Players must have strong basic skating skills and demonstrate the foundational mechanics of controlling a hockey stick. The development team participants will meet twice a week. On Saturdays they will practice stick/puck/skating techniques and on Sudays they will practice game skills.

In the developement sessions, players will learn to think like a hockey player. The introduction of concepts and strategies needed to become successful in the game of hockey will be taught. The player will learn advanced skating mechanics as well as higher level stick handling and shooting techniques. The objective of this program is to graduate the players to club hockey and a lifetime of love for the game.

Required Equipment – Hockey Skates, Helmet, Shoulder Pads, Shin Guards, Elbow Pads, Hockey Pants, Hockey Stick (cut to the right length).

Welcome Snipers!!

Willowbrook Ice Arena is excited to announce it has received approval for a Tier 3 AHAI team. The Mite Junior Snipers played their inagural season in the CUHL House Gold Division during the Fall 2021-22 season. The Junior Snipers finished in third place with 7 wins and 3 losses and placed 2nd in the Wisconsin Dells tournament. The Willowbrook Snipers will skate their inagural year as Squirts in the Spring of 2022 in prepartion of it's kick off in the Northwest Hockey League in Fall of 2022.


Willowbrook will offer two youth hockey teams in the Fall of 2022. Players with birth years 2014 and 2015 will be evaluated for the CUHL Mite Junior Sniper team. Players with birth years 2012 and 2013 will be evaluated for the NWHL Willowbrook Snipers team. The season will run Sept 1 to Feb 28 with playoffs in March. For more info please email Steve at




Additional Development Opportunities

True progress comes from time on the ice. Players are encouraged to attend Public Skate and Open Hockey sessions to receive the maximum benefit from training provided in the Learn to Skate, Intro To Hockey and Learn to Play classes.