Lincolnwood, IL (PressExposure) August 19, 2015 -- Illinois AA hockey tryouts are set to take place in early September in Illinois and the Chicago Bulldogs proudly announce the addition of two Central States Hockey teams (CSDHL) for the upcoming 2015-2016 hockey season; one at the 2001 birth year - Bantam Major; and the other at the 2004 birth year - PeeWee Minor. The remaining Bulldogs teams are expected to place either Elite or high Gold levels in NIHL.
With a desire to go beyond what most hockey clubs are willing to do, the top level coaching staff continues to focus on player development; so much so that heading into tryouts, the Bulldogs have included no less than three preseason clinic skates as part of their fall tryout regimen. This will 'give kids a chance to get comfortable and back on their skates ahead of tryouts', according to a team spokesman.
The preseason clinic skates will be held the week of August 24th and though they are not mandatory, most skaters will take advantage of the opportunity to skate ahead of tryouts. Tryouts are then scheduled to begin September 1st and the Bulldogs anticipate a solid turn-out of top level players from the Chicago area.
With just two teams fielded at each age level - (2) Squirt, (2) PeeWee and (2) Bantam, the Chicago Bulldogs are once again looking to develop top level teams; with two teams playing Central States Hockey and the remaining teams expected to seed Elite or High Gold in NIHL. The Bulldogs Hockey Club is truly becoming one of the premier development programs in Illinois for youth AA hockey.
The program is also steadily graduating top players to Triple-A teams. Some say that it dilutes the strength of the Bulldogs, but the philosophy is proving to be solid: develop the players, build success and when they are ready, push them up to the next level. This approach is attracting top players and families from around the area as they head to American Heartland Ice Arena, the Bulldogs home ice rink, to see whether they can get in on the success that is Bulldogs Hockey.