General Information & FAQ

Chicago Horned Frogs Hockey Club (NWHL)

The Chicago Horned Frogs program is designed for players with limited competitive hockey experience. This program is run through the Morgan Park Sports Center staff along with respective team coaches. Each sport has a developmental progression and hockey is no different. Players who have completed the learn-to-skate program, tot hockey, or youth learn to play program will be eligible for the league.

This program is designed for the novice player who has some skating experience but is new to the game of hockey. The goal of the program is to develop each player’s core skill while providing a structured and organized hockey environment.

Players who wish to play for the Chicago Horned Frogs will attend a series of player evaluations, which is designed to rate a player on their overall core skills such as skating, passing, and shooting. After completing the evaluation, players with adequate skill be placed on a NWHL team based on their skill level. If a player is not placed on a NWHL roster, other programs are available for skill development.

Northwest Hockey League (NWHL):

The Northwest Hockey League is often referred to as a “House” program, which is fairly inaccurate since a NWHL player, will travel to other rinks in the Chicagoland area to compete against other clubs. NWHL currently has 20 member clubs with multiple tiers or levels of competition. The league stresses a philosophy of balanced ice time (BIT) to ensure all players are able to contribute to the team’s success while gaining valuable experience at the youth level.  

Highlights to the NWHL program: 

  • Time Commitment: Players will skate 2-3 hours each week. Ice sessions consist of practices, skills sessions, and either inner-squad or league games.
  • Financial Commitment: The NWHL program at MPSC is one of the most affordable programs in the area. By playing at MPSC players will pay nearly 50 percent less than surrounding clubs.
  • Player Evaluations: The coaching staff will work together to ensure teams are picked based on parity. Players are not going through a tryout process. The evaluation process will ensure player safety.  
  • Team Size: Team roster size is limited based on registration and skill evaluation. All players with adequate skill will be placed on a team based on “first come, first served” registration.
  • League Play: Teams are balanced to ensure fair competition. NWHL enforced the Balanced Ice Time (BIT), which ensures all players and goalies will receive equal ice time. NWHL prohibits teams from running up the scores with the Blowout Rule.
  • Tournament & Jamborees: Players will not need to travel for more than one out of town tournament. Mites will participate in jamborees.
  • Playing Season: Teams will play 18 league games, including 6 tiering round games (Oct – Nov) with league play beginning Dec. 1.
  • NWHL Championship Tournament: Teams are able to compete for the league championship after the regular season. Teams will go through another tiering round to ensure the NWHL tournament brackets are fair and balanced.

Age Brackets

Playing Level Date of Birth
Mite (U8) 2013-2014
Squirt (U10) 2011-2012
Peewee (U12) 2009-2010
Bantam (U14) 2008-2009