Thank you to all the players who worked hard and gave it their all during the St. Viator Spring Hockey Tryouts.
The final team rosters are posted on the right. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Coach Tim Benz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the Lions VARSITY team has a practice TONIGHT (Thursday, March 23) at 7:35pm at Mount Prospect.
Please let Coach Benz know if you cannot make it tonight.
Thanks again to the coaches, parents and most importantly the players. Looking forward to a fun, safe and rewarding Spring Season!
Saint Viator JV Hockey played a spectacular game against Providence JV, however, did not bring home the win, with a heart-breaking score of 2-1 for Providence.
Congratulations to the hard-working young men who gave their heart, soul and Lion Spirit. They gave us a lot to be proud of this season! Special thanks to the coaches, Vince, Joe and Mike for inspiring the team to always do their best and push their limits to greater heights.
A special thanks for the support of the board and especially to the glue that pulls this all together... the parents. It's been a special season and hope to see you all at Spring Hockey!
Please click on the following link to register for Saint Viator Varsity & JV Spring Hockey:
Click here - Spring Hockey Registration
For more detail, please scroll down to read more about Spring Hockey Registration.
Viator athletic administrators want the school's boys hockey team to compete at the highest level, so they made a change at the top.
The Lions recently hired Tim Benz as hockey director and head coach. Benz is currently co-coach of Loyola Gold and is a 2005 Glenbrook South graduate.
"We had an opportunity to look for a coach who for us is connected with a lot of youth programs in Glenview and one of the premier high school programs," St. Viator athletic director Marty Jennings said. "It gives us a lot of confidence he can come in and provide quality experience and the development and growth we are looking for."
"In athletics and life, you earn everything. We will transfer that to the ice," said Benz, who works for CDW as a sales analyst. "We will do it the blue-collar way and play a fast, physical brand of hockey. We expect our special teams to be sharp."
Tim Benz hired his younger brothers Chris, 28, and Greg, 26, as assistants. Chris and Greg Benz played for the Glenview Stars and at Glenbrook South. Chris Benz is currently an assistant with Loyola Gold.
Tim Benz mentioned the Mount Prospect Ice Arena as a recruiting tool for the program. He said his vision for St. Viator is that of a developmental prep school, with players graduating high school and continuing to play in college or the pros. There is time to implement that vision.
Dear Viator Hockey Families:
I am pleased to announce that Tim Benz has been named the Hockey Director and Head Varsity Coach for Saint Viator High School’s Hockey Program.
Tim played youth hockey for the Glenview Stars and Glenbrook South. After graduating in 2005, Tim played collegiately for DePaul University and professionally for teams in the AAHA and FHL.
Tim began his coaching career in 2010 with the Glenview Stars and is currently the Head PW AA coach as well as the Director of Player Development and Skills for the Stars. Tim joined the Loyola Gold coaching staff in 2014 where he is currently the Co-Head Coach. Tim is President and coach for Ultimate Athlete, athletic training and skills development, and a Delaney hockey skills instructor.
Tim currently works for CDW as an International Sales Analyst.
Joining Tim on his staff will be his brothers Chris and Greg.
Chris Benz grew up in Glenview, playing hockey for the Glenview Stars, Chicago Mission and Glenbrook South. Post high school, Chris played for Indiana University and where he was selected to play in the World University Games. After college, Chris played professionally for teams in the ECHL and FHL.
Chris started his coaching career in 2012 with the Glenview Stars and is currently an assistant coach on Loyola Gold. Chris is also a skills coach with Delaney Hockey and Ultimate Athlete and is currently an employee at Zotos International where he is a Sales Manager/Analyst.
Greg Benz, like his brothers, grew up playing hockey for the Glenview Stars and Glenbrook South High School. Greg went on to play at Indiana University with their ACHA Division I team and professionally in the FHL.
Greg began coaching in 2013 with the Glenview Stars. From 2014 to 2016, he was General Manager and Head Coach at Indiana University. He is currently coaching with the Glenview Stars and Chicago Young Americans and is an instructor with Delany Hockey and Ultimate Athlete. Greg also works in epigenetic research at Loyola University Chicago.
Tim Benz and his staff’s term with the Saint Viator Hockey Club will begin with the 2017 Spring and Summer programs. Tim and his brothers are relinquishing all other team coaching positions to focus their attention exclusively on our program.
Thank you for your continued support of our Hockey Club,
The Saint Viator Hockey program has had a long tradition as one of the premier High School Hockey programs in the State of Illinois for over 40 years. The team plays in the Chicago Catholic Hockey League which is perhaps the most competitive High School Hockey league in the State producing several State Championship teams and finalists over the years. The Saint Viator Hockey team has had many successes over the years including 3 State Championship Finalists, 2 Scholastic Cup Championships and has won the competitive Blackhawk High School Hockey Classic Tournament as well as the Loyola Thanksgiving High School Tournament. Several of our players have also gone on to play in the junior leagues as well as at prep schools and the collegiate level (both varsity and club). Among the many goals of the program, we strive to develop all of our players on ice skills as well as teach them valuable off ice lessons and principles in an effort to assist in their development as young men and women. As a Saint Viator Hockey player, you will have the opportunity to be a part of the rich Saint Viator Hockey tradition and to represent Saint Viator and its values together with your fellow classmates.
This spring, Saint Viator will field a Varsity team and a Junior Varsity team in the West Meadows Spring Hockey League. The league consists of an 8 game regular season and playoffs for eligible teams.
The West Meadows Spring Hockey League will run from April 1 to May 25. All practices and home games will be held at the Mount Prospect Ice Arena. The games will be primarily held on weekends with no conflicts over Memorial Day weekend.
Here is a list of details for Spring Hockey participation:
2 – 70 minute evaluations will be held prior to the spring season
7 – 70 minute combined team practices on Tuesday evenings from 7:40-8:50 PM
7 – 70 minute Varsity practices on Thursday evenings from 7:35-8:45 PM
7 – 70 minute Junior Varsity practices on Monday evenings from 7:50-9:00 PM
7 – 70 minute summer skates will be held on various Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:40 PM
Tuesday, March 21 8:00PM – 9:10PM
Mount Prospect Ice Arena
Wednesday, March 22 8:00PM – 9:10PM
Mount Prospect Ice Arena
$550 per skater $350 per goalie
Saint Viator Varsity and JV Family Skate Christmas Break 2016
Both St. Viator and Buffalo Grove, Hersey, Wheeling Hockey Clubs held separate events in December and January to help raise money for Salute Inc.
Salute Inc. is an organization that provides support to veteran families in need. The two teams met for a phone call with the family who benefited from their efforts.
Great team effort boys!