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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.

ST. VIATOR INVITE SUMMER SKILLS CAMP

Over the summer, the St. Viator Varsity coaching staff will be holding six 70 minute skills sessions for all St. Viator students who play hockey.  This will be held on Monday evenings from 7:30 – 8:40pm at the Mount Prospect Ice Arena on the following days:

June 12th
June 19th
June 26th
July 10th
July 17th
August 14th

Each session will have 4-5 coaches on the ice providing instruction.  The sessions will focus on hard skills as well as soft skills.

Hard Skills

  • Power Skating
  • Shooting
  • Passing: Giving, Catching and Receiving
  • Puckhandling
  • Edge work and Balance

Soft Skills – This will also include some position specific work.

  • Angling
  • In tight scoring
  • Puck Protection
  • Defensive retrievals
  • Defensive Hinging 
  • Puck steals or take-aways
  • Shot Deflections

The camp will cost $150.       ***Goalies are Free***

Payment required by Sunday, June, 11. For questions, please reach out to the Varsity Coaching Staff.

JUNIOR LIONS HOCKEY CAMP REGISTRATION

ATTENTION ALL 6TH, 7TH & 8TH GRADE JUNIOR LIONS!

Registration for the JUNIOR LIONS hockey camp is now open!

Camp Dates: July 10th-13th

Monday July 10 - 5:00 to 6:00pm
Tuesday July 11 - 7:50 to 8:50pm
Wednesday July 12 - 6:20 to 7:20pm
Thursday July 13 - 4:50 to 5:50pm

The player's cost to participate in the Summer Camp is $100 per week if registration and payment is made online by noon on July 10th; otherwise, payment at the door will be accepted at a cost of $125 per week. There will not be a pay per day option. If paying at the door, please make all payments payable to Saint Viator Hockey Club.

Click here to register!

 

 

VIATOR IN THE NEWS

 

Check out AHAI NEWS for a feature story about Saint Viator JV Coach, Vince Conenna titled, "Vince Conenna Follows His Dad Into Coaching."

This is a great summary of the success of the 2016-2017 JV team team under Vince's great leadership, as well as a look into Vince's own stellar hockey career to date.

An excerpt of the article can be seen to the left, and the full story can be found by clicking this link:

https://ahaienews.com/2017/06/13/vince-conenna-follows-his-dad-into-coaching/

 

VIATOR IN THE NEWS

 

Check out AHAI NEWS for a feature story about St. Viator hockey. The article, "Benz Brothers Take Over Coaching Duties at St. Viator," is a fantastic look at our new hockey coaching staff at St. Viator and their vision for the team "filled with optimism and no shortage of lofty goals."

An excerpt of the article can be seen to the left, and the full story can be found by clicking this link:

https://ahaienews.com/2017/05/09/benz-brothers-take-over-coaching-duties-at-st-viator/

 

Saint Viator Hockey Program welcomes Tim Benz as the New Hockey Director and Head Varsity Coach


Tim Benz

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,

Fran Lolli


SAINT VIATOR JV HOCKEY EARNS "FINAL FOUR" IN STATE

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!

LIONS FOREVER!

New St. Viator Hockey Director and Head Varsity Coach Featured in the Chicago Tribune!

Excerpt of the Chicago Tribune Article Below. Click here for the full article.
 

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.

Mount Prospect Ice Arena Open House

Home of the Saint Viator Hockey Team!

ROY PERFETTI Returns For Another Great Year As The Goalie Coach For The Saint Viator Hockey Club!
 
P.A.D.S 
OUR GOALS... NO GOALS!
The Saint Viator Hockey Club Would Like To Thank THE JOSH STRUTZ FOUNDATION For Their Continued Support!

 

 
 
 
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