Pre-Season Conditioning

Get ready for the season with New Trier Hockey Conditioning Clinics! This program includes high tempo drills, battles, small area games and conditioning. Players will be divided by age and ability by the coaching staff and is open to any player intending to try out for New Trier Hockey Club's regular season teams.


Starting August 1, 2024, all players in the Youth (boys), Girls, High School and Junior age categories are required to properly wear a neck laceration protector that is designed for that purpose, and all game officials under the age of 18 are required to wear a neck laceration protector as well.

 Please note, this rule does not apply to Adult category players, and game officials 18 years old and older.

To clarify, a neck laceration protector that is “designed for that purpose” is a piece of equipment that is specifically designed for protecting the neck area from cuts and abrasions while playing hockey. It goes without saying, that a common turtleneck sweater, headband or other clothing article that was never designed for protecting hockey players will not satisfy this rule. Game officials are strongly encouraged to use best judgement while determining if the equipment was designed for hockey, and protecting the neck from cuts, and always err on the side of protecting the player.

Additionally, hanging plastic goalkeeper throat protectors do not satisfy this rule due to the fact that they are not designed as neck laceration protectors, and they do not offer protection to the sides and rear of the neck. In short, all goalkeepers must wear a neck laceration protector in addition to any optional equipment they wear to protect the throat and neck area from shots.

If a player’s neck laceration protector comes off during play, the play shall be allowed to continue until the next stoppage. At which point the player must replace the equipment or be substituted for by another player. This interpretation is treated the same as mouthpieces.

 With regard to enforcement, if a player enters the game without a neck laceration protector they shall be ruled off the ice and a team warning shall be issued to that team, and any further violation by that team shall result in a misconduct penalty being issued to the offending player.


Conditioning Clinics are open to any Freshman - Senior skater or goalie intending to try out for New Trier Hockey Club's regular season teams.

To register, players will need a current USA Hockey number for the upcoming season. See link below.


Pre-Season Clinics begin 2 weeks before the regular season tryouts. Each player will have 8 total skates (4 times / week for 2 weeks).

Players will be assigned to one of the 3 ice slots per clinic day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I will miss some of the Conditioning Clinics?

Participation in the Conditioning is not required to tryout for New Trier Hockey Club regular season teams. It is meant to be an opportunity for players to get into shape and back on the ice prior to the actual tryouts. We understand this is the end of summer and players may have other obligations. If you are registered, please notify Hockey Director, Adam Cheris, or one of the NTHC coaches of any absences.

What jerseys should I wear for Clinics?

All players should bring a light and dark jersey to clinics. Returning regular season and spring season players may wear their spring or practice NT jerseys. We understand some players may be coming from other programs. Any light or dark jersey is acceptable (no gray or yellow).

How are conditioning groups assigned?

Players will be assigned groups by the NTHC coaches based on age and ability.

NTHC Concacts

Please reach out with additional questions:

NTHC Hockey Director, Adam Cheris:

NTHC Registrar, Shannon Preda:

NTHC Treasurer, Rob Adam:

2024 Conditioning Clinics

New Trier Hockey Club 2024 Pre-Season Conditioning Clinic dates:                        

Sat, Aug 3: 9am, 10:10am, 11:20am

Sun, Aug 4: 9am, 10:10am, 11:20am

Mon, Aug 5: 7pm, 8:10pm, 9:20pm

Wed, Aug 7: 7pm, 8:10pm, 9:20pm

Sat, Aug 10: 9am, 10:10am, 11:20am

Sun, Aug 11: 9am, 10:10am, 11:20am

Mon, Aug 12: 7pm, 8:10pm, 9:20pm

Wed, Aug 14: 7pm, 8:10pm, 9:20pm

All clinics will be held at Winnetka Ice Arena.


Skater: $420

Goalie: $200


TRYOUTS: AUGUST 17 - 22 (There will be a separate registration for tryouts.)

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