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Hockey Moms* are encouraged to attend this FREE event on Tuesday, October 7th to learn more about safety in youth hockey. Moms will take part in interactive stations to learn about concussion awareness, safe checking, hydration for hockey players, and the rules enforced by referees to improve safe play. Attendees will also hear more about free baseline testing through the “A Step aHead” program. Moms will get to “shoot the puck” to win prizes and take a tour of the Chicago Blackhawks’ Locker Room!  Please wear comfortable clothing as you will be moving through light station activities. Hurry! Register TODAY - space is limited!
Click HERE for more information and to register
*This is a Moms only event - no children please!

2014 College Night Set!!!

AHAI is proud to present the 24th annual series of Seminars on the opportunities in ice hockey. Discussion includes Men’s and Women’s Division I, III, Club Hockey, Junior College, Prep Schools and Junior Programs. A wide array of topics will be discussed that will include:

  • Making a College Hockey Team - “What does it take besides hockey skills?”
  • Financial Aid - How do you apply?
  • ACHA Teams
  • NCAA and the new stricter rules for admittance for athletes.
  • Making the Grades - How important is it?
  • Should I play Juniors/Junior College before college?
  • Prep Schools – Should I go or Should I stay?
  • USA Hockey Camps/Festivals
  • America’s Showcase Team 
  • Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Program

There will be an Open House where there will be more than 20 colleges and Junior teams that will available for you to talk with. Attendance is mandatory for all players (male & female) born in 1998. Players born in 1997 or 1999 are also welcome to attend, but the 1999’s will be required to attend next year. 

Click here for more information and
instructions on how to register online

"Miracle On Ice” Hockey Team member, John Harrington Speaking Oct. 9

(Hoffman Estates, IL). The Bancroft School will welcome 1980 Olympic Gold Medal “Miracle On Ice” Hockey Team member, John Harrington, as the keynote speaker at the First Annual Bancroft Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at DePaul University. Please go to www.thebancroftschool.org or call 630-283-5046 for additional information and to purchase tickets. More


The Illinois Hockey Officials’ Association (IHOA) is looking for YOU to officiate this season. IHOA just added a new seminar in Northbrook on September 27, 2014. Are you up for the challenge?

I am sure you are wondering what you have to do to become a referee. Hopefully, this article will provide you with some insight into the registration process. Click Here


OCTOBER 15, 2014
Final day for all Tier I/II and Women’s teams that are National tournament bound to declare for the Central District.  You must let Tom Hansen (thansen@klengineering.com) and Mary Ann Robinson (wahadir@yahoo.com) know via email that your team is vying for the Central District spots.

DECEMBER 31, 2014
All rosters must be finalized and sent to your affiliate registrar by today.  No changes to National tournament bound teams after this date.

MARCH 13-15, 2015
Tier I and Tier II (if necessary) Central District playoffs for all National bound teams in St. Louis, MO.

MARCH 25-30, 2015
USA Hockey National tournaments. The tournament games start on Thursday, March 26, but there is a mandatory meeting that all teams must be represented at on Wednesday evening, March 25.

APRIL 9-12, 2015
High School Showcase, Pittsburgh, PA. This tournament is available for any high school Junior and senior that plays high school hockey. For additional information contact Mary Ann Robinson at wahadir@yahoo.com.

APRIL 17-19, 2015
Central District will be hosting a try out for any USA registered players born between 1998 through 2001. This tryout is for both the USA Hockey National Development Camp and the Central District Development Camp. If you want to be considered for a spot at the USA Hockey National Development or the Central District Development you MUST tryout. The location will be announced late September.

JUNE 21-26, 2015
Central District Development Camp in Green Bay, WI. Remember you MUST tryout April 17-19 to be considered for either camp.

AHAI 1st TIME EVER OFFERED CEP High Performance Clinic!!

This is a high performance workshop featuring staff from USA Hockey, focusing on player development and effective, in depth age appropriate practices for ALL age groups - 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U.  Coaches will learn what is important at each age level of your player’s development.  

You can use this High Performance Clinic to move to the next certification levels 1 to 3. 

  • Any coach without any CEP cert. will obtain a CEP Level 1
  • Any coach with a CEP Level 1 cert. will obtain a CEP Level 2

  • Any coach with a CEP Level 2 cert. will obtain a CEP Level 3

  • This clinic does not satisfy the requirements for a CEP Level 3 re-certification

  • This clinic does not satisfy the requirements for a CEP Level 4 certification. 

It will feature USA Hockey national level speakers including Michele Amidon, Bob Mancini and Scott Paluch.  

Hosted by the Admirals, an Illinois ADM Model Youth Hockey Association

Date: October 25th, 2014
Place: Center Ice of DuPage
Time: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Arrive 30-45 minutes early to check in) Lunch will be served.   
Cost: $40.00, the same price as the individual Level 1, 2 or 3 Coaching Education Program Clinics.
Maximum Seating: Limited to a total of 60 attendees on a first come, first served basis

Registration for this & all AHAI CEP Clinics must be done ONLINE here
Select: CN Glen Ellyn, IL HP/ADM Clinic October 25, 2014

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Jakubowski

USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Education Program!

The USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Clinic for the Central District will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel located in Schuamburg, Illinois.

Topics will include Offensive and Defensive Player Development, Special Teams, Ethics, ADM, Teambuilding, Goaltending, Small Games, Bench Management, Practice Efficiency, Off Ice Development.

The cost is $ 220.00 which includes Clinic Materials, Coaches Gifts, Door Prizes, Lunch on Saturday and a Reception on Saturday Night. 

All registration will be done at www.usahockey.com under the Coaches Section.  Just click on Clinics and search for Level 4 clinics. 
For further information, please contact Doug Dietz at dougdietz04@gmail.com.

Applications for Choice Substitutions 
Open July 15 and Close October 15, 2014
Still Have Questions?  Contact:
Gregg Chudacoff
AHAI Tier II Chairman

For the fourth consecutive year the Chicago Blackhawks, NorthShore University HealthSystem, AHAI, and Athletico Physical Therapy have teamed up to offer FREE baseline concussion testing through the "A Step aHead" program. Collectively, these four organizations have also committed to providing education on concussion awareness and management to the youth hockey community. "We want to ensure the safety of each and every athlete before they step onto the ice," states Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, Board Certified Neuropsychologist and Associate Director of NorthShore University HealthSystem's Sports Concussion Program.
This year's theme for the A Step aHead program is 'baseline before blue line' because we want to emphasis the value of being tested prior to participating in a contact sport. Testing will be available to youth hockey players ages 13-18 in the state of Illinois from July 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014. Testing is being offered at 29 Athletico clinics across Chicagoland. Baseline cognitive testing provides information on a child's brain function prior to an injury. If an athlete were to receive a concussion, the baseline test can then be compared to a post-injury test. This provides objective data to better assess recovery from a concussion.
If you have additional questions about the A Step aHead program visit www.athletico.com/impact or contact us at baselinetesting@athletico.com.
Remember to get tested this season, and share this program with your friends, family, and teammates.

2014-15 Mite Hockey Update:

NIHL will have a 12 game full-ice season with 4 half-ice games totaling 16 game regular season. They will have an 8 game half-ice tiering round beginning October 1st.

Organizations that have committed to NIHL as of June 28, 2014, include*:

Sabres, Bruins, Hawks, St. Jude, Leafs, Peoria, Falcons, Bloomington, Cyclones, Jets, Jaguars, Blues

*List will be updated as more organizations are added.

AHAI Announces Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics for 2014-15 Season!

AHAI announced the schedule for  the 2014-15 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics. Please make sure if you are a coach you have met the requirements to be behind the bench for the 2014-15 season.

USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration to be eligible to coach. All ice hockey coaches as well as instructors of USA Hockey programs shall be registered annually as individual Participants of USA Hockey for the current season (before the start of the season) in order to be eligible to coach/instruct in any regular-season activities (practices, clinics, games, tournaments, try-outs, etc.), state, district, regional playoff, national championships or in the USA Hockey Player Development Programs. 

Online registration to attend a CEP clinic begins July 16, 2014.

All ice hockey coaches and instructors of registered USA Hockey Youth 18 & Under and below, high school, girls’/women’s 19 & under and below, and disabled programs must properly wear an approved ice hockey helmet during all on-ice sessions, including practices, controlled scrimmages and all Coaching Education Program clinics and/or workshops.

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