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Dear Flyers & Pilots House League Families,                       1/19/2021  


With the State of Illinois announcing yesterday that the state’s status has been upgraded to Tier 2, this is going to allow our teams to get back on the ice to begin practicing again beginning this weekend. Tier 2 status still does not allow for any games to take place for now. In addition locker rooms still will not be accessible, with the exception of goalies. All players and coaches must arrive dressed and ready to go on the ice. Also all players and coaches are required to wear face coverings over their mouths and noses regardless of what kind of face shield they are wearing.

Even with this status upgrade all Covid protocols must continue to be followed with wearing the face coverings at all times, maintaining social distancing and keeping your hands washed and sanitized as much as possible. Thank you to all for your patience and cooperation.


Steve Glickman

Director of Hockey Operations

Skokie Park District









Skatium Ice Arena Guidelines – Covid

  1. Skaters must come to the rink with full gear on or dress in the parking lot near their own vehicle.  Goalies only, are allowed to dress in a locker room.   Skaters cannot dress in the rink lobby or in the overhang area immediately in front of the rink. Benches are for putting skates on ONLY.
  2. Please wait to enter the building until the previous participants have completed their ice time and have left the building.
  3. All hockey bags should be left in the car.
  4. While a designated practice is on the ice, one parent per skater is allowed in the building.  No additional siblings or spectators. i.e. if your child’s practice is scheduled from 6PM – 7PM, one parent of that skater would be allowed to watch from the bleachers, practicing social distancing, from 6PM-7PM.  No loitering in the lobby is allowed.
  5. While inside the Skatium, all skaters, coaches and parents must wear a face covering mask covering their mouth and nose.  This includes all skaters and coaches while they are on the ice. 
  6. Skaters are not permitted to share water bottles.  They must bring their own water bottle that are already filled.  Please be sure that the name of the skater is on the water bottle.
  7. After practice, skaters must leave the building immediately.
  8. We ask parents to perform a symptom check of their skater prior to arriving at the rink.  Please screen using the CDC symptom checklist.  If a skater is demonstrating any of the symptoms listed, he/she must stay at home.
  9. At this time the Skatium staff is not maintaining a lost and found. Skaters, coaches and parents should ensure that they have all their items before exiting.  Any items left behind will be thrown away.

Thank you for your cooperation.

August 17, 2020




Skatium is open with

limitations and


The Skatium is open for scheduled hockey activity adhering to the State of Illinois and CDC Guidelines and Restrictions.

Currently as of this date in the State of Illinois amateur hockey is categorized as a High Risk- Level 1 Sport. What this means is that players are allowed to train and/or practice in a non-contact environment. Any competing in games or scrimmaging is prohibited.

It is also required that all participants both on and off the ice must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses at all times. Players should arrive dressed and there is a seating area outside the Skatium to put skates on.

All Skatium classes will run as usual with enrollment limitations significantly reduced. Skatium youth house league teams will start their season as usual with evaluations leading to teams being formed and team practices. Teams will continue to practice with the hope that the restrictions on games will be modified or lifted entirely. The start to the Skatium's adult league is currently suspended, to start at a later to be announced date.

Thank you to all participants for your support for our programs and your cooperation and patience through these uncertain and challenging times.



Due to the State of Illinois Covid-19 Restrictions of not allowing for any hockey games or scrimmages at this time, we have had to postpone the start of our (Tuesday night) Youth Rat Time program until further notice. Thanks for your understanding. 


Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, all Skatium programming, including leagues, classes, clinics or special events are subject to being delayed, changed or cancelled.

Congratulations to Flyers Squirt 3 - NSYHL 2019-20 Silver Champions

Congratulations to Flyers Squirt 2 - NSYHL 2019-20 Bronze Champions

Congratulations to our Flyers Pee Wee 1 Tournament Team, Champions of the Rosemont Outdoor Classic going undefeated throughout the tournament defeating the Sabres in the final 4-2.

Congratulations to Flyers 18U Midget #2 COACH ROB BUIST - 2019-20 NWHL Coach of the Year

Coach Mike Berrafato announced he will be retiring after this 2019-20 season and is holding his award presented to him for 25+ years of coaching service to the Flyers Hockey Club prior to his Pee Wee team's game on Feb 24th.

Flyers Seniors (L-R) Aidan Rappaport, Kevin Zielinski, Emmett Calto, Jason Melnick, Kasper Goralczyk, Zach Ramos & Emilio Kehm were honored on "Senior Night" when our two 18U teams faced each other on February 21st. (not pictured Adam Tomczak)

Students from Pope Francis Global Academy enjoy the Skatium's "Future Flyers Free Friday" promotional class on January 31. If you would like your school to take part in a Future Flyers Free Friday, let Steve Glickman know at

Former NHL Star and Skokie Flyer Mike Brown is interviewed by Sal Barry on this Puck Junk Podcast. Mike talks, among other things, about his start in hockey with the Skokie Flyers and at the Skatium Ice Arena.


Enjoy listening to the podcast:


Congratulations to Pee Wee #1 & Flying Cats Goaltender Olive Ryan (far right)- honored by the Blackhawks as November, 2019 BMO Youth Player of the Month!

Our 10U Flying Cats team get ready for their game against Flyers #2 on October 21st.

Our 2019-2020 14U Flying Cats Girls team gets ready for their debut on Sunday, October 6th. Unfortunately they lost to Pleasant Prairie #3 , 6-1.


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Learn to Skate for Hockey  


    Our classes offer players who want to eventually play on a Flyers hockey team, however have little or no hockey or skating experience. This program takes the beginner skater from standing on skates to executing basic forward and backwards skating skills. Protective equipment is required and provided as part of this class. This includes helmet with facemask, elbow pads, shin guards, hockey gloves and stick. Skate rental is $3 per session.

For 3-6 year old classes only we allow one parent to accompany their child on the ice during the class. Parents must have their own skates. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to the start of class to put on equipment.

Please click on CLASSES at the top of the

page for more information.

To register, please call 847-674-1510 or for more information contact Skokie Park District’s Hockey Director Steve Glickman at 847-929-7926, or email Steve at

Thanks to Stanley Cup winning former Chicago Blackhawks player and current television analyst Jamal Mayers and the Blackhawks for offering a Rink Partnership Clinic on December 30th where all participants had made generous donations to the Village of Skokie Holiday Giving Program to help out the needy people of Skokie for the holidays.

Blackhawks Legend Stan Mikita played at the Skatium in the very first Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Game in 1988. Here he battles for a loose puck against Dale Tallon, as Keith Magnuson backs up Tallon. The referee was an active playing Denis Savard and the goalie was Skatium's Hockey Director Steve Glickman.

January 9th marked the 30th Anniversary of the first ever Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Game that was played at the Skatium back in 1988

Former Chicago Blackhawks player and Stanley Cup Champion Jamal Mayers visits the Skatium to assist with the Blackhawks/Total Hockey sponsored "Little Blackhawks" class on March 26th.









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MIKE BROWN, former Skokie Flyer and current NHL star, most recently with the Montreal Canadiens, comes back to his original home and visits the Skatium and the Summerstars Hockey Camp on July 25th signing autographs with his son Axel looking on.

Flyers Coach Tom Pappas enjoys a beautiful day on the water with his friend Stanley

Flyers Coach Tom Pappas enjoys a beautiful day on the water with his friend Stanley

Former Chicago Blackhawks player and current television analyst Steve Konroyd, along with Blackhawks mascot Tommy Hawk, visits the Skatium to conduct a skills clinic with proceeds benefitting the Village of Skokie Community Holiday Giving Program

photo courtesy of Patrick Long








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Chicago Blackhawks Great and NHL Hall of Famer Denis Savard has been one of many special guest instructors who have conducted skills clinic at the Skatium.