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2015 AHAI Awards & Honors: Boys and Girls High School Players of the Year & Coaches of the Year

Join AHAI in congratulating the following individuals on their achievement during the 2014-2015 hockey season. Awards will be presented to recipients on Sunday, March 22 at the United Center during the Illinois State High School Hockey Championships.

AHAI Annual Meeting & Association Board Member Seminars

The AHAI Annual meeting will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2015, at the Hyatt Woodfield starting at 8:30 a.m.

This year the meeting format will be different and will include association board membership seminar sessions. These seminar sessions will be geared toward the education of Association Board of Directors, Hockey Directors and Coaches and other interested members. Instructors will be from AHAI and USA Hockey; each session will be 40 minutes in length.

AHAI Announces Players Invited to 2015 Player Development Camp!

AHAI recently announced the players to be invited to the 2015 AHAI Player Boys Development Camp for Midget and Bantam age players at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville, Illinois to be conducted March, 20-22, 2015. 

For the past 36 years, USA Hockey in conjunction with the U.S. Olympic Committee, has been conducting Player Development Camps at their facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lake Placid, New York, Buffalo, New York and St. Cloud, Minnesota, as well as other designated United States Olympic training facilities for the purpose of identifying and training the top Midget and Bantam age players nationally whom they feel have the potential to play on future United States National Teams in international competition.

The AHAI Player Development/Evaluation Camp is conducted each year in spring for the purpose of selecting the players from Illinois who will attend these various USA Hockey Camps and Select Team Festivals. The Camp is designed so that players can demonstrate their skills in game conditions. Attendance at the Camp is for United States Citizens registered with USA Hockey, currently not on suspension, and is by invitation only. Walk-ons are not permitted as the Camp format requires a pre-assignment to a team and jersey number for evaluation. Nominations are accepted by the Player Development Committee from coaches of High School, Midget and Bantam teams from throughout Illinois. These nominations are reviewed by a selection committee and invitations are mailed to the players selected to participate in the AHAI Player Development/Evaluation Camp.

All games are played in front of evaluators. The evaluators come from college programs, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni, and respected members of the Illinois Hockey Coaching Community. 

Congratulations Tier I State Champions!!!!!!!

Your complete guide to the 2015 IL State Championships.

Central District Playoff Schedules Released!

The USA Hockey Central District playoff schedule for the Tier I and Girls playoffs has been released. All games will be played at Hardee's Iceplex in Chesterfield, Missouri from March 13-15, 2015

We wish all the participating teams from Illinois Good Luck in their quest for the national championship crown.

Congratulations to the BMO Harris Bank
Coach, Player and Volunteer of the Month for January!
The recipients were honored on Feb. 24th
at the Hawks vs. Panthers game!

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USA Hockey High Performance Clinic with a concentrated focus on age-appropriate training for 14U, 16U and 19U college-aged female players.

Clinic registration is open to all coaches who influence the development of all Division I and Division III, High School and Association players.

March 21-22, 2015

Club Room – Mariucci Arena – Minneapolis, MN

$85 – includes Patty Kaz Brunch

Register at http://www.usahockey.com

Coaches attending will receive CEP credit one level above their current certification up to a Level 4

Want to be a part of history? Purchase tickets to Illinois High School Hockey Championships and have the Opportunity to be a part of Youth Hockey On-Ice Photo on UC Ice!

In conjunction with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), the Chicago Blackhawks are excited to announce the first ever Youth Hockey On-Ice Photo at the 2015 Illinois High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers. The 2015 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships tickets are on sale now.

Want to be a part of history? We need the support of  your organization. This Youth Hockey On-Ice Photo will take place around the Blackhawks logo at center ice after the Red Division Championship game on March 22 at 12 p.m. Please share this with players and parents in your hockey community.

All players wearing a current youth hockey jersey will be allowed to go on the ice for the largest youth hockey photo in Illinois history.


Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Inducts Nine New Members
into the Class of 2014!

Blackhawk Alumni Announce Scholarship Winners!

The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni announced the recipients of this year's annual Alumni Scholarship Award.

The recipients are Margot Werner from Latin School of Chicago, Joseph Orecchio from St. Viator High School and William Spell from Brother Rice High School.

The Alumni Association was formed in 1987 by former Blackhawks players (Stan Mikita, Keith Magnuson, Cliff Koroll and many others) with one of the main goals being giving back to the Illinois youth hockey, high school in particular. As part of this charge, the Alumni awards three annual scholarships in the amount of $7,500.00 per year for four years totaling $30,000.00. 

Congratulations to these fine young student athletes
on their accomplishments!

Illinois High School Showcase Team

The Illinois High School Showcase Team will compete in the 2015 America’s Showcase April 9 through 13 at the Robert Morris Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The purpose of this historic event will be the continuation of traditions established over the past thirty-one years. The Showcase is designed to allow high school hockey players from around the country the opportunity to compete against the best of the best during this five-day period with the prospect of being seen by every major hockey institution in North America. We wish this year’s High School Showcase Team good luck as they seek to again bring home the National Title to Illinois.

Congratulations AHAI Allstate Teams

Important Information Regarding USA Hockey’s National Girls Player Development Process

USA Hockey, Girls/Women Department are making changes to the National Camp Program effective 2015. 

The major change is that there will no longer be a 14U National Development Camp, but the Central District will continue to offer a 6 day/5 night development camp for 2001 birth years. You MUST register and tryout April 17-19, in Fond du Lac, WI. Registration will be online and will open February 15 and close March 1. The Central District camp will consist of 6 teams of 2000 and 2001 birth years and 2 teams for 1996-1999. This camp will be hosted in Green Bay, WI, beginning June 21 and concluding June 26.  In addition, USA Hockey is adding a new camp - the U18 Camp starting June 27-July 3, 2015. This camp will consist of 66 players and players will be invited by the National office staff, more details should be made available at the USA Hockey Winter Meeting on January 15-18.  An additional email will be sent to all registered players with the registration link the week of February 8.

The AHAI 2015 Player Development Process Begins This Month

All Tier I, Tier II, Prep and High School Varsity players within the 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 birth years are eligible by invitation only for the 2015 Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp held in Bensenville, Illinois, the weekend of March 20 – 22, 2015.