Jack Skille is an American hockey player born and raised in Madison, WI. Jack grew up playing youth hockey throughout the Madison area with the Westmorland Saints, Madison West Flyers, and Southwest Eagles youth hockey organizations. He then attended Verona Area High School for two years while playing for their varsity high school team and Team Wisconsin.
Jack committed to the University of Wisconsin Madison for a full scholarship during his sophomore year at Verona at the age of 15. The National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI is where he spent his junior and senior year of high school, competing against NAHL, college and other countries on the world stage. In 2005 Jack was part of the Team USA U-18 World Championship team in Pilsen, Czech Republic. After his senior season was completed, Jack was selected 7th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2005 NHL draft. Jack was also a silver medalist in the 2004 U-18 World Championships in Minsk, Belarus and a bronze medalist in the 2007 World Junior Championships in Leksand, Sweden.
Jack would go on to play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers from 2005-2007, winning a national championship with the 2006 national championship team. Jack’s biggest goal of his career was scored that season in triple overtime against Cornell to send the 2006 team to the frozen four.
After the 2007 season at the University of Wisconsin Madison Jack signed his 3 year entry-level contract with the Blackhawks where he would spend most of those years developing in the AHL with the Rockford Ice Hogs in Rockford, IL. In 2010 Jack was an injured reserve player for the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship team and received a ring from the organization. In 10 seasons in North America, Jack played 211 AHL and 368 NHL games. His last two seasons were successful professional tryouts with the Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks.
Jack has now finished his 12th year pro after playing for Geneve Servette in the Swiss-A League in Switzerland. Jack has competed in 643 professional games, not including playoffs, in his 12 seasons of professional hockey.
Lee Skille, a graduate of UW Madison, began coaching as a Head Hockey coach at Bismarck Century High School where he served as an assistant track and football coach as well.
He went on to become the Head Coach at Madison West High School in Madison. He also served as the Head Track coach and assistant football coach at Madison West. He served as an assistant coach for the postseason Team Wisconsin team for several years.
He went on to coach the High School Team Wisconsin for three years. The first year the team made it to the National Tournament and in the second season won the National Championship in Colorado Springs. He has coached in several multi-level skills camps in addition to scouting for the Greenbay Gamblers. He served as the President of the WIAA High School Hockey Association for one year.
Chippewa Falls Cardinals, Assistant Varsity Coach: 2010-Present; Chippewa Falls Youth Hockey Summer Skills Coordinator: 2015-Present; Wisconsin Pride 2002 Head Coach: 2013-2015; WAHA State Festival Evaluator: 2010-2012; Wisconsin Elite Hockey League Head Coach: 2008-2010
University of Wisconsin-Stout 2004-2007, All Academic Team 2006,2007, National Tournament 2007; NAHL- Fargo-Moorhead Jets 2003-2004; AWHL- Great Falls Americans, Central Texas Blackhawks 2002-03; Midget National Champion with Team Wisconsin- 2002
After graduating from UW-Madison, Steve Kirley began his coaching career as an assistant for the hockey and baseball teams at Eau Claire Memorial. He went on to coach the Hayward Hurricanes hockey team, posting a record of 361-276-16.
Steve served with Team Wisconsin as a head coach or assistant coach multiple times. His connection with USA Hockey includes being a head coach at National Select 16 and Select 17 Festivals, and he has been a presenter at Level 4 coaching clinics. He has coached tournament teams at the international level in Canada and Czech Republic. He has been involved in a variety of skill development and player selection camps in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He is a past president of the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association and a 2017 inductee into the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame.
He has worked with players who have gone on to excel in Junior A, college, and professional hockey. He emphasizes learning nuances of the game, high-level skills, and productive mindsets. Steve recently received the WHCA Hall of Fame honors in May 2018!