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    DuPage Stars and

    Tier 1

    Summer Partnership

    The DuPage Stars Hockey Club have joined forces with Tier 1 Athletic Performance and are proud to offer the following Summer Training Program at a significant discounted rate.

    "Next season we are going to be an organization built on speed and stamina. This will be the core structure of what we are going to develop our fundamentals and skills around. It is crucial that our players start prepping now and utilize any off ice and on ice conditioning opportunities over the summer to make sure they are ready come fall"  Brian Barnes - Hockey Director and Varsity Head Coach

    For the last 8 years, Tier 1 has specialized in training for hockey players. Hockey players require multi-faceted core competencies. Only Tier 1 trains for all the skills necessary to excel at the world’s greatest game. Additionally, Tier 1 provides required nutrition, ongoing comparative testing and uses periodization of training to increase intensity as the player develops. No two workouts are ever the same and Tier 1 has not had a single athlete miss a day of training due to injury. In short, Tier 1 has designed and implemented a hockey training methodology to fully develop player skills in a safe and challenging environment.


    Hockey Training Includes:

    Power for Battles and On Skate Stability

    Quickness Training for Short Races

    Core Stability and Strength to Stand Up to Opponents

    Agility for Elusiveness and Small Area Competition

    Hand Eye Coordination for Pass Catching and Shooting

    Endurance for Third Period and Tournaments

    Core Rotation Power for Shooting

    Upper Body/Lower Body Independence for Better Playmaking

    Increased Flexibility for Injury Reduction and Prevention


    The Tier 1 program is designed to help young athletes gain strength, athleticism and self-confidence. If skaters work hard in the gym, practice is easier. If practice is easier, players learn more. The more players learn, the greater their enjoyment and performance in games.



    Three days per week: $379 ($499 reg)

    Two days per week: $279 ($349 reg)


    DuPage Stars Private Classes are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at 5pm.


    If you can’t make a Stars class you can go to one of their other HS regularly scheduled classes. See for days and times.


    Classes will begin June 12 and go through August 4, 2023.

    Barnes Named Hockey Director and Head Varsity Coach of DuPage Stars

    Woodridge, IL --- DuPage Stars President William Flinker and the DuPage Stars executive board members are pleased to announce that Brian Barnes has been named Hockey Director and Head varsity coach for the upcoming fall season.

    “From the very first communication with Brian I could feel his enthusiasm and professionalism along with his desire to build a successful program for our club,” said Flinker. “With his leadership and our support, we are confident and excited for the future of our club.”

    Barnes comes to the DuPage Stars after spending the last nine years as an assistant varsity coach at Maine Township. The three years prior to his tenure with varsity he helped coach junior varsity at Maine. During his time, Maine Township was a four-time league champion, including the past three Illinois West Hockey League cups in a row. Maine was state finalists in 2015, along with multiple state final four appearances and a round of eight appearance in 2022-2023.  Additionally, over 25 boys from the program have gone on to play College D-III, College Club, NAHL or NA3HL hockey.

    An Illinois native, Barnes grew up playing hockey for the Park Ridge Northern Express. He played Maine Township hockey his junior and senior years of high school. After high school Barnes played two years of club hockey at Robert Morris University.

    “I chose to join the DuPage Stars organization because I believe the club wants to take that next step towards greatness,” said Barnes. “I feel with my determination, experience, and drive to win, in combination with the club’s resources and dedication to the players, we can break that barrier and become a strong presence in Illinois High School Hockey.”

    The executive board is eager to welcome Barnes to the program and anticipates a bright future for both the players and the program.

    The DuPage Stars were formed in 2010.  The club offers combined varsity and junior varsity teams competing in the Illinois West Hockey League. The team is made up of players from Downers Grove North, Downers Grove South, Hinsdale South, Lisle and Westmont High Schools. The Stars practice and play out of the Darien Sportsplex and Willowbrook Ice Arena. The club, the parents and the coaches are dedicated to the highest standards of high school hockey and follow the Athletic Code of all five schools.  The support of the parents, fans and administrators at the schools allow the club to have success each year.

    Life After High School Hockey!!!

    Last Friday night four DuPage Stars Alumni that play for the ACHA Div III Illinois State University Redbirds took on and defeated the Butler University Bulldogs 4-2.  This is just a few of the many alumni that have continued their hockey career in college.

    Alumni Game Pictures


    Our Varsity and Junior Varsity teams play in the Illinois West Hockey League ( during the 2022-23 Fall Regular Season. Illinois West standings and player statistics can also be found at Our website also has a link for, which gives addresses and directions to all rinks in the Chicagoland area.

    DuPage Stars Hockey Club consists of the following schools :

    • Downers Grove North (District 99)
    • Downers Grove South (District 99)
    • Hinsdale South (District 86)
    • Lisle (District 202)
    • Westmont (District 201)


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    Click on the link below to learn more about the USA Hockey Safe Sport Program.


    The Stars would like to stress that we have a "Zero Tolerance" policy for players as well as parents. Please show respect towards officials, players, and other parents at all games. 

    Thank you and go Stars!

    DuPage Stars Hockey Club