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The Chicago Wolves are proud to announce our Galaxie Home Remodeling Youth Hockey Player and Coach of the Month. Each month, one youth hockey player and one youth hockey coach will be selected. The winners will receive four tickets to a Wolves home game and Wolves merchandise.


Selection of the youth hockey players and coaches of the month is based on on-ice play, teamwork, leadership skills, sportsmanship, and academics.


Fill out the form below to nominate a player or coach. All nominations will be considered for the 2012-13 season.

November 2011 Galaxie Home Remodeling Youth Hockey Player and Coach of the Month Winners

player_reilly_headshotNovember Youth Hockey Player

Will Reilly

Age: 8

Team: Niles Rangers Gold Mite #3

Will prides himself on being a good teammate and hopes that he is making a lifelong friend with everyone on his team. He displays great sportsmanship and always respects his coaches, teammates, officials and members of opposing teams. He is someone who everyone on his team looks up to as a leader.


coach_cooper_headshotNovember Coach

Brian Cooper

Team: Twin Rink Sharks Squirt Coach

Brian coaches a Squirt team for the Twin Rink Sharks and teaches learn to skate classes at Twin Rinks. He is always positive and encouraging to all the kids. He preaches that if the kids have fun, they will continue playing and develop a lifelong love of the game.


December 2011 Galaxie Home Remodeling Youth Hockey Player and Coach of the Month Winners

player_derickson_headshotDecember Youth Hockey Player

Tyler Derickson

Age: 9

Team: Orland Park Vikings

Tyler consistently works hard both on and off the ice. He has proven to be a hard worker on the ice by leading his team in points this past season, as well as in the classroom by maintaining excellent grades. He is a very driven person and an easy teammate to look up to.


December Coach

Greg Torkelson

Team: Sabres PeeWee Coach

Greg continues to coach every year because of his passion for the game of hockey. Despite his team's slow start, Greg never lets the kids get down on themselves and continues to inspire them to try their best. All of the kids enjoy playing for Greg and it shows by him bringing out the best of their abilities.

January 2012 Galaxie Home Remodeling Youth Hockey Player and Coach of the Month Winners

January Youth Hockey Player

Ena Agnihotri

Age: 17

Team: Skokie Flyers

Ena is the only girl on her team skating for a Midget level Skokie Flyers team, despite this year being her second year playing hockey. She is constantly seen working hard to improve her hockey skills. Her hard work can be seen off the ice as she has been extremely successfully in school and plans to attend an Ivy League university next fall.

Coach Chris AndersonJanuary Coach

Chris Anderson

Team: Midwest Maniax PeeWee Coach

Chris has been coaching for more than six years and this year is coaching four separate teams. He is a great role model for all his players and does everything under his power to make sure his players succeed on and off the ice.


February 2012 Galaxie Home Remodeling Youth Hockey Player and Coach of the Month Winners

Kaleb BritesFebruary Youth Hockey Player

Kaleb Brites

Age: 8

Team: Northbrook Bluehawks

Kaleb is a goalie for the Northbrook Bluehawks and eats, sleeps and breathes the game of hockey. Even when he is away from the ice hockey is on his mind. He is always reading books on hockey and recently completed his school biography on Wayne Gretzky.


February Coach

Tony Barracca

Team: Homewood-Flossmoor Coach

Tony is a great coach who continuously stresses the kids to concentrate on improving their skills, such as skating, passing, shooting and stickhandling. Tony led his team to the SSHL Championship game. Every time the kids step on the ice for practice they are eager to learn and never want to get off the ice when practice is over.

March 2012 Galaxie Home Remodeling Youth Hockey Player and Coach of the Month Winners

Reining_player_headshot_March2012March Youth Hockey Player

Gavin Reining

Age: 8

Team: Yellowjackets

Gavin is a great teammate, always supporting his friends in any way he can. He is always the first to volunteer to fill any position and gives it his all showing heart and determination. He is a great kid who loves the game.


Sykes_coach_headshot_March2012March Coach

Rodger Sykes

Team: Rink Side Maulers Mite Coach

Rodger grew up in the Chicago area playing his youth hockey for the Chicago Young Americans. He began coaching two years ago as an assistant coach and this is his first year as a head coach. He led his team to an undefeated regular season, NIHL Presidents Cup and second place Wolves Cup finish. He attributes everything to having a great group of kids and parents. The thing he enjoys most about coaching mites is watching them fall in love with the game.


April 2012 Galaxie Home Remodeling Youth Hockey Player and Coach of the Month Winners

blomquist_player_headshot_April2012April Youth Hockey Player

Johnny Blomquist

Age: 8

Team: Franklin Park Panthers Mite

Johnny plays defense for the Franklin Park Panthers and is wrapping up his third year playing hockey. This year he rose over $4,300 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation by shaving his head and receiving donations. He also has volunteered at the Franklin Park Special Needs Competition for the past two years. He is always looking for ways to give back to the game of hockey showing how he truly is a little guy with a huge heart.


April Coach

Dave Zapatka

Team: Rolling Meadows Renegades Squirt Coach

Dave has coached hockey at several age levels, from high school on down to pre-mites. He enjoys teaching kids “the greatest game in the world”. He always re-enforces that there is no substitute for speed, determination and passion. His most rewarding aspect to coaching is watching each player develop his or her skills.

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