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A can't miss event! Blind Hockey - Saturday, November 14 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at All Seasons Ice Rinks in Naperville.

Blind Hockey is the same exhilarating, fast-paced game that gets spectators out of their seats with only one main difference – all of the players are legally blind! The sport features an adapted puck that makes noise, and is both bigger and slower than a traditional puck. Players’ levels of vision range from legally blind – approximately 10% vision or less – to totally blind, with the lowest vision athletes playing defense or goal. Blind Hockey is an excellent spectator sport as it is easily recognizable to the average hockey fan, with minimal rule adaptations to help with gameplay and player safety. 

If you, or someone you know is blind or visually impaired, and would like to try the fun and inclusive sport of Blind Hockey, please contact Amy LaPoe at amylapoe@gmail.com. For more information about Blind Hockey visit www.courageusa.org


AHAI’s Hockey is For Everyone Program (HIFE) Receives Grant from USA Hockey

The USA Hockey Foundation recently awarded the AHAI “Hockey Is For Everyone” Program with a grant in the amount of $10,000. The Hockey Is For Everyone program (formerly Diversity 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.

The goal is to provide our athletes with a safe environment allowing them to learn the basic skills of ice hockey, regardless of age or skill level. Unlike other youth sports programs, there is not a strong emphasis on winning. Coaches encourage dedication, hard work and mutual respect for their teammates and celebrate individual accomplishments.

AHAI’s Hockey Is For Everyone program is one of almost 40 programs throughout North America. The AHAI program receives support through the financial support of Chicago Blackhawk Charities, Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, the National Hockey League and the USA Hockey Foundation and other private monetary donations. The incredible generosity of the Illinois hockey community has selflessly donated gently used equipment for our athletes to use. Most notably, the efforts of the Chicago Steel, New Trier Hockey Club and Hinsdale Central Hockey Club have sponsored specific equipment drives for our program.

Testimonials

“My daughter has undergone quite a change during her time in the HIFE program. Not only has her ability to skate improved tremendously, but her confidence has grown at the same time. What a wonderful transformation for parents to witness” -HIFE Parent

“Our son cannot wait to get on the ice! Each class brings a new experience and challenge, and the opportunity to work with so many talented coaches and skaters has motivated him to do his best.”  – HIFE Parent

“Over the years, the AHAI HIFE program has built a foundation of dedication and shared passion. People sign up and fall in love with the concept of equality no matter who you are or where you come from. On the ice, in the eyes of HIFE we are all the same.” – HIFE Parent/Volunteer

Hockey is For Everyone practices at the Homewood-Flossmoor Ice Arena in Flossmoor. For information on how to participate or to make donations, please contact Brit Terry, HIFE Director at bvolini@fpparks.org.



Requirements for Bidding on Girls USA Hockey/Central District National Camps/Central District Camp Tryouts April 8th-10th, 2016

1.     MUST have two (2) sheets of ice in same building

2.     Ice hours that are needed:

Friday, April 8            5:00-9:30 pm
Saturday, April 9        7:00 am-9:00 pm
Sunday, April 10        8:00 am-2:00 pm

3.     Need a number of hotels in the rink vicinity, and if awarded will need you to hold rooms at these hotels.  Also when working with the hotels see how many “comp” rooms we can get.

The times could change, they are based on the numbers we had last year (a little over 330 players), 

Registration will be online and will open February 15th and will close March 1st, so by March 10th, the organization awarded will know the exact ice time needed.

Please include the ice rate per hour and the names of hotels that you have contacted in this bid.  The host for this event will be awarded September 19th and will receive a phone call to confirm from Mary Ann.

BIDS ARE TO BE EMAILED TO:  wahadir@yahoo.com, and are to be received by September 10.  Any additional questions/concerns please call 920-758-3063 or email Mary Ann


Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Nominations Now Being Accepted!

Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, in large part due to the tireless dedication and commitment of individuals who have helped make sure every individual who has had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so.

The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding players, organizers, coaches, managers, supporters and officials.

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.”

If you know of someone who you believe should be a candidate to enter the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015, you are encouraged read through the information and place your candidate into the nomination process. You must submit all assisting documentation by October 1, 2015.


USA Hockey/Central District Announces Girls’ 2015-16 Important Dates


Need Help Finding the Perfect Fall Program?

Attention Parents:  Looking for the perfect fall hockey program? Check out the “Affiliate Club Hockey Program” tab located on the top navigation bar of AHAIeNews.com website. Simply mouse over the tab and select from the drop-down menu. We currently have fall programs listed for Adults, Girls, Tier II, Tier III, High School and Learn-to-Skate programs.

Attention Club Presidents & Hockey Directors: AHAI can help promote your fall program! In order to better help our Tier I, Tier II, Tier III, Girls, High School and Adult Clubs, as well as our Learn-to-Skate programs promote their fall hockey programs, AHAI has created a new tab on the AHAIeNews.com website: “Affiliate Club Hockey Programs”. When AHAI families mouse over this tab they will be able to choose a program(s) to view. With nearly 70,000 people visiting AHAIeNews.com on a monthly basis, this is a great opportunity to promote your hockey programs. This tab will be promoted to our membership via AHAI’s e-newsletter, SNAPSHOT, ahai.org, Facebook and Twitter. The Affiliate Club Hockey Program Tab will take the place of direct zip code emails to our members through the AHAI Registrar, Laura Johnson.

If you would like your club’s information included on the Affiliate Club Hockey Program Tab, email your program flyer (PDF format please) to Gretchen Cockey, AHAI Communication Manager at gretchen@ahai2.org.


The Application Process for Tier II 2 Choice Substitutions is NOW OPEN.

Tier II Choice Substitution: Examples & Information Regarding Application Process  

Situations That May Lead to the Rare Substitute Choice 

EXAMPLE:  If neither Member Association the player has played for has a Tier II team at that player’s age level, the player will receive a substitute choice based on the approval of AHAI.  AHAI will grant a substitute choice that makes sense geographically (travel distance from home to practice).  A player will NOT be given an “open choice”; the exemption is a substitution requiring approval.

EXAMPLE:  A player leaves their 1st Member Association and goes to a second. They encounter a problem at the new club that invokes a Rules & Ethics investigation with a finding that the Member Organization did not deal fairly with the player.  As long as the 1st club they played for has a viable Tier II team at the appropriate age level, the player must try out for that club if they desire to play Tier II.  If they are then cut (from ALL the teams in that age division), then they may apply for a substitution.  AHAI will determine if the substitution request is within geographic guidelines as associated with “community based” hockey.

NOTE:  A change of residence which significantly impacts the distance a player needs to travel to their closest viable choice (after the relocation) MAY be considered.

Applications for Choice Substitutions Close October 5, 2015
Click HERE to Apply

Still Have Questions?  Contact:
Gregg Chudacoff
AHAI Tier II Chairman
gregg@generaltruckparts.com


AHAI/USA Hockey Announce 2015-15 CEP Clinic Schedule!

The Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc (AHAI) announced the Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinic Schedule for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. 

All coaches are required to be certified at the appropriate level for the upcoming season.

All 2015-16 AHAI/USA Hockey CEP Clinics are now open for registration ONLY on the USA Hockey website at www.usahockey.com.


Girls, did you know that officiating is a great way to improve your skills as a hockey player? Officiating improves your rule knowledge, overall awareness of the game, skating ability AND allows you to make money while doing what you LOVE! IHOA is pleased to announce that they will be hosting two All Girls Seminars this summer. Click HERE for more information. Questions? Contact Erin Blair or Nicole Davis at girlsjustwannaref@gmail.com!


IHOA Seminars

The Illinois Hockey Officials’ Association (IHOA) is pleased to announce the release of its officiating seminars for the coming season. All USA Hockey/AHAI officials are required to attend a seminar each season and in Illinois all seminars are conducted by IHOA and its certified instructors.

The dates and locations are attached below. In order to attend a seminar, all officials must have attained 14 years of age before December 31, 2015.

The registration period commences August 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Please head to www.ihoa.com on August 3, 2015  to select the seminar of your choice. Please note that seminars fill quickly and it is a first come first served registration process. All officials must be completely registered by November 30, 2015.

We look forward to seeing everyone during seminar season!!!

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