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ATTENTION ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS — Apply for the 2016-17 Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship

The Blackhawk Alumni Association (BHAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players. Awards are determined from a candidate’s level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, academic performance as well as the hockey talent of the individual. Recipients will receive an annual $7,500.00 scholarship over four years for a total of $30,000.

Starting December 1st of each year, scholarship applications are available for online entry at Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, and scholar essays are due no later than February 1st of each year. Original school transcripts may be requested. A selection committee from the Blackhawk Alumni Association (BHAA) will review all of the candidates and then select the three recipients. 

Thank you to all of the High School players who take the time to submit applications. Thank you also to the coaches, managers and team/league presidents who promote and support this effort. The players really deserve it!

All Applications must be done online by going to

All applications must be by complete by Feb. 1, at 11:59PM.

We encourage all seniors in high school to take advantage of this exciting opportunity

The AHAI 2017 Player Development Process Begins this Month

All Tier I, Tier II, Prep and High School Varsity players within the 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 birth years are eligible by invitation only for the 2017 Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp held in Bensenville, Illinois, the weekend of March 24th – 26th, 2017.

The process began last week 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 online to rank ONLY those players they saw play during this season. The due date for these rankings to be completed is by 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.

After these online rankings are compiled by the web tool software (in a weighted average verses the number of votes a player receives), the AHAI Player Development Committee conducts a Web Tool Ranking Evaluation Meeting. This meeting will be held in February and will be broken into four different groups for the four eligible birth years. During this meeting, consisting of the Player Development Committee members, along with select Head Coaches from Tier I, Tier II, Prep and High School Varsity, we will review the web tool rankings of the players. All nominated players are reviewed, in each birth year, in the order they were ranked in an unbiased manner, regardless of what club/association the different Head Coaches are affiliated with. This process determines the final selection of players who are to receive an invitation to the AHAI Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp. The invitation goes out to 36 forwards, 24 defensemen and 8 goalies within each of the eligible birth years.

Special Note: This review process also includes Illinois players who are playing on high level teams out-of-state or on the highest level Junior teams.

After these invited players are selected, this committee then moves on (at this same meeting) to choose the alternate players, by birth year, by position and assign them in a ranked order of who gets presented with the opportunity to participate if an invited player can’t attend.

The AHAI PD Camp evaluators do not know who was an initially invited player and who was a selected alternate. All players are judged fairly only on their on-ice skills and effort shown during this Player Development Camp.

The players invited to attend the AHAI 2017 Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp will then be notified by AHAI by the end of February by email. They will be given 5 days to respond. If a player does not respond or cannot attend for any reason, the alternates will be contacted in their ranked order.

Again, only Head Coaches within the applicable birth years will be able to nominate and rank the players from Illinois for consideration to participate in this year’s AHAI Player Development / Identification Camp.

2017 Illinois High School State Championship Games at Unied Center Announced!

The Illinois High School Hockey State Championships in the Red Varsity, Combined Varsity and the Girls Varsity have been confirmed to be conducted on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Games times will be determined at a later date.

USA Hockey/Central District Girls Player Development Tryout Information for 2017

The Central District will be host its annual Player Development Camp Development Camp June 18-23, 2017. The camp will be held in Green Bay, WI and will include on-ice, dryland, classroom and team activities. All registered USA Hockey players that are USA citizens are eligible for an opportunity to attend this camp. Players born between 2000-2003 who tryout will be considered for an invitation to both the Central District development camp or one of USA Hockey’s development camps (click HERE for dates).

Any player interested in this opportunity MUST register and tryout. Registration will be online only and will open on February 1st and close on February 15th. All USA Hockey registered players will receive the registration link the week of January 22 via email. Also in this email will be hotel information. The email address to which the registration link is sent is the one you used for your USA Hockey registration. We are looking at posting the schedule for the tryout on all affiliate websites by February 20, 2017.

Tryouts will be held March 24-26, at Hobbs Municipal Ice Center in Eau Claire, WI.

For additional information please call or email Mary Ann Robinson at or 920-758-3063.

New Trier Green Captures Holiday Hockey Title!

The 23rd Annual Chicago Blackhawks Charities High School Hockey Classic recently took place at the Edge Ice Arena located at 735 Jefferson Street in Bensenville, Illinois from Monday, December 26, 2016 through Thursday, December 29, 2016. This year’s tournament featured twenty (20) high school teams.

Tournament play will conducted in a round robin format with the top six (6) teams in the “A” pool and the top two (2) teams from the “B” pool advancing to the playoff round. The quarter-final games featured Providence edging out Fenwick 2-0, Glenbrook North beating Glenbard 6-0, New Trier Green walloping Naperville Central 13-0 and CBC on top of New Trier Blue 6-2.

The semi-final games were very exciting as Providence outlasted Glenbrook North 5-3 and New Trier Green beat CBC 8-1 to set-up a very entertaining Championship game between Providence and New Trier Green. New Trier Green outlasted Providence 4-0 to become the champions for 2016.

We congratulate all twenty teams on being part of the extraordinary event during the holiday season. 

All Tournament proceeds benefited the Chicago Blackhawks Charities which supports amateur hockey as well as underprivileged and abused children.

Click above for Team Application

2017 USA Hockey Girls Player Development Camps

For more information on the camps below, including player eligibility, please reference the 2017 USA Hockey Girls Player Development Camp Guide (available December 2016): 

Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2016 Inductees!

The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame recently announced the 12th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The honored inductees this year are from the Player’s Category — Megan Bozek and Steve Konroyd, from the Builder’s Category — Linda Becker, Myles Gottainer, Dave Loughnane, Mike Mullally and Mike Rohdenburg and from the Officials Category — Dick Sharp and Dave Siatta.
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 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 29, 2017 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 

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.

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 2016. They truly are in a class of their own.


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