The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), announced today along with the Chicago Blackhawks the 2018 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, will be played at the United Center on Saturday, March 24, 2018.
The Boys State Championship tilt, which begins at 3 p.m. at the United Center, will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Chicago and streamed live on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app. The event will feature a full day of action with the Illinois Girls’ State Championship (11:30 a.m.), the Boys’ Red Division State Championship (3 p.m.) and the Boys’ Combined Division State Championship (5:00 p.m.).
This marks the 31st year that AHAI will host their State Championship at the United Center/Chicago Stadium. The 2017 title was won by New Trier Green in the Red Division, Addison Trail/Fenton/Montini Catholic/Willowbrook High Schools in the Combined Division and Glenbrook South High School in the Girls’ Division.
Tickets for the event, which features three contests, will go on sale on Monday, January 29, at 10 a.m. The 2018 Illinois High School Hockey Championships will feature a set of Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman Bobblehead Magnet giveaway to the first 10,000 fans, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers. General admission tickets for the event, which include parking, are available for $5, and can be purchased online at chicagoblackhawks.com, in person at the United Center Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For more information, including group offers, please contact the Chicago Blackhawks Ticket Office by calling (312) 455-7000.
Let the games Begin!
For the past 28 years, AHAI has been conducting a High School All-State game for the boys and girls varsity divisions statewide. This year will mark the 29th year of this very special event.The 2018 Boys High School All-State game and the 2018 Girls High School All-State game will be played on Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. The Girls’ game will start at 6:40 p.m. and the Boys’ game will begin at 8:35 p.m. The 3rd Annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award will also be given to one player from the Boys’ game and one player from the Girls’ game. Each MVP will receive a Terry J. Stasica memorial trophy, Howies Hockey Tape prize package and a 10-week off-ice training package from Tier 1 Athletic Performance.
Admission to the High School Hockey All-State Games is FREE. The players will be selected by the High School Varsity coaches throughout the State of Illinois. Mark your calendars now for you and your family to come watch the best play the best in both the girls and the boys divisions. Unable to attend? Thanks to our sponsor, Tier 1 Athletic Performance, AHAI will once again stream both games via The Cube on Monday, February 12th live from The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.
All Tier I, Tier II, Prep and High School Varsity players within the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 birth years are eligible by invitation only for the 2018 Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp held in Bensenville, IL the weekend of March 23rd through the 25th.
The process will start this month with an online ranking of each of the age appropriate players. AHAI has developed a web tool that allows ALL the Illinois Head Coaches, from each of the above divisions, to go on line to rank ONLY those players they saw play during this season. The due date for these rankings will be early February. These Head Coaches will be ranking the “best” players from this State, NOT JUST THEIR OWN PLAYERS, within a specific birth year, by position, starting with number 1 as the best and so on down the line. MORE
Dear Illinois High School Hockey Player:
We wanted to make you aware of a unique opportunity for all graduating Illinois High School Players. This is an annual scholarship which is provided by the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association to three Illinois High School hockey players.
The Alumni Association was formed in 1987 by former Blackhawk players (Stan Mikita, Keith Magnuson, Cliff Koroll, and many others) with one of the main goals being giving back to Illinois youth hockey, High School in particular.
As a part of this charge, the Alumni awards three annual $7,500 scholarships (for 4 years) to “the most deserving high school hockey players” in the state.
The selection process is determined not by talent, but by the following five criteria:
In December of each year, scholarship applications are available for download on the Blackhawk Alumni website. Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, original transcripts, and scholar essays are due no later than February 1st of each year. Once all of the forms are gathered, a selection committee from the Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) will review all of the candidates and then select the three recipients.
We encourage all of the High School players to take the time to submit their applications. We also encourage all of the coaches, managers and team/league presidents to promote and support this effort. The players really deserve it!
Please take a minute to visit the Blackhawk Alumni website to read more about the scholarship, view a list of past recipients and to download the application.
If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please direct them to Tom Dillon at email@example.com
The Hockey Is For Everyone program is an AHAI supported vehicle providing young athletes from socioeconomically diverse backgrounds the opportunity to use the sport of ice hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, respect, teamwork and good character. We provide 200+ young athletes per year the opportunity to learn to play this great sport. The Program provides each athlete with full equipment, ice time, USA Hockey registration and a premier volunteer coaching staff, at no charge to them or their families.
Hockey is For Everyone practices at the Oak lawn Ice Arena. For information on how to participate or to make donations, please contact Brit Volini, HIFE Director.
Hey hockey fans! Join us for a family fun-filled afternoon skating around the rink with Chicago Blackhawk Alums, and meet current Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp.
Alumni scheduled to appear: Cliff Koroll, Troy Murray, Dan Carcillo, Grant Mulvey, Reg Kerr, Peter Marsh, Ben Eager, Steve Konroyd, Murray Bannerman, Reid Simpson, Greg Gilbert & Jack O’Callahan*.
Presented by Dr Pepper, in partnership with the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association.
Sponsorship Opportunities: The Disabled Hockey Festival is only five months away and the Festival Planning Committee is asking for your help in identifying and securing sponsorship opportunities to support the financial needs for this USA Hockey National Event for hockey players with disabilities. The Sponsorship Committee is looking to raise $100,000 and we need your help to achieve our goal. This request is open to corporate sponsors, individual sponsors and our local hockey clubs throughout Illinois. All proceeds will go to the 14th Annual Disabled Hockey Festival and will directly benefit ALL Hockey Players with a disability in Illinois.
Volunteer Opportunities: The Festival Program Committee is looking for volunteers to assist in running the 2018 Disabled Hockey Festival which will be hosted in Chicago over two weekends in April. This is projected to be the largest disabled hockey festival event in the past 14 years bringing over 1000 players to the Chicago area for this exciting annual event.
If you would like to become a sponsor or make a personal donation, or if you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Michael Svac, USA Hockey Central District Representative for Disabled Hockey, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 1-24, 2018 — Various Locations
Playdown & Championships
February 28-March 16, 2018
The Edge Ice Arena — Bensenville, Illinois
Varsity Red, Girls & Combined State Championships
Date & Times TBA
February 22-25, 2018
Various Locations - TBA
Mount Prospect Ice Arena
March 3-6, 2018
Elimination Round 1
February 9-16, 2018
Elimination Round 2
February 17-25, 2018
Round Robin Series
March 1-4, 2018
10 & Under - Darien Sportsplex * 12 & Under - Canlan Ice Sports Arena
14 & Under - Addison Ice Arena * 16 & Under/18 & Under - Leafs Ice Centre
“Super Weekend” Championships
The Edge Ice Arena — Bensenville, Illinois
March 8-11, 2018
All “Super Weekend” Championship games will be live-streamed via The Cube!
Round Robin Series
February 28 – March 5, 2018
Girls A (Tier II): Triphahn Center – Hoffman Estates
Girls AA (Tier I): Seven Bridges – Woodridge
Click HERE for Girls AA Round Robin Schedule Grid
Girls A & Girls AA “Super Saturday” Championships
The Edge Ice Arena
March 10, 2018
All “Super Saturday” games will be live-streamed via The Cube!
Men’s & Women’s – All Divisions
April 25-29, 2018
***Please note that game dates, times & locations are subject to change***
The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 13th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The honored inductees this year are:
►Player’s Category - Gino Cavallini and
►Builder’s Category - Rafe Aybar,
Jerry Ballard, Rich Blight, Terry Juliar, Jim Neville and Shari Wolfe.
►Officials Category - Dave Edwards and Peter Moffat.
The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or e-mail Norm at email@example.com.
Joining in honoring this special group of inductees will be several of the past inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, and all of the past inductees have demonstrated, through their actions over the years, their personal commitment in making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinois youth and the Illinois hockey community.
Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, due in large part, to the foundation laid down by these inductees. Their tireless dedication in making sure every individual who had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so.
The mission statement of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame is as follows: “To honor the excellence of those individuals who, through their exceptional endeavors both on and off the ice, have contributed in an extraordinary way to enhance the sport and image of hockey in Illinois.”
On behalf of everyone involved in the game of hockey, we admire and thank each of the inductees into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2017. They truly are in a class of their own.