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Join us for the 2014 Skate with the Greats on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Bobby Hull Community Rink located at 3400 S. 53rd Avenue in Cicero, IL 60804! The afternoon will include fans skating with Blackhawks legends from the past and former Blackhawk greats such as Cliff Koroll, Eric Daze, Murray Bannerman, Reggie Kerr, Dave Mackey, Phil Russell, Rocky Saganiuk, Steve Dubinsky, Troy Murray, Brian Noonan, Grant Mulvey and Peter Marsh. Get autographs from Andrew Shaw and Kris Versteeg. 

Tickets are $100 for adults and $75 for children 12 years old or younger. Each ticket will provide attendees a 30-minute skate and a 30-minute autograph session. Fans may bring their own skates or can rent skates at the event.


Mid-Season Classic: Mite Cross-Ice Tournament at the United Center!

On December 28, USA Hockey and AHAI will take over the United Center for the Mid-Season Mite Cross-Ice Classic Tournament. AHAI Mite 8U teams will have the opportunity to participate in a cross-ice tournament that will include a minimum of 3 games, a championship, and lots of giveaways, including t-shirts and awards for the winners to name just a few. Participating teams will also get to watch a Chicago Blackhawks practice right in the middle of the tournament!

The United Center ice will be transformed into three ice surfaces with teams competing in three divisions: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The concourse will be hopping; concession stands will be open and lots of activities available between games.

Due to the amount of United Center ice secured, there will be a limit of 6 teams at each level. This event is for 8U only (7 and 8 year olds) and teams that are registered with AHAI/USA hockey. Teams can register by sending an email to miteADM@ahai2.org. Include in that email the club name, team name, level at which team currently plays, a contact person and their name and email. Clearly indicate if the team is in a league and what level they play at in that league. The cost is $50 per player and teams will consist of 12 skaters and a goalie.

AHAI and the Blackhawks will review all applications and create 3 divisions of equally skilled players; Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We will also try and be sure that as many clubs as we can are represented. We expect that the competition at each level will be strong and our goal is to make the Mid-Season Mite Cross-Ice Classic a great experience for all the players. We realize all teams cannot participate in this event, with that in mind we will work on future events where we can incorporate other teams and skill levels.

If part of your team is not available due to the holidays, you can create a tournament team from within your organization. Details will be sent to each AHAI mite 8U team that is accepted into the tournament.

This promises to be a “can’t miss event”! With the support of USA Hockey and the Chicago Blackhawks, there is no doubt it will be a great day of hockey at the United Center.


New Level 1 and 2 Officiating Seminars Added in December!

The Illinois Hockey Officials’ Association (IHOA) added another seminar date for people who wish to become officials this year. IHOA added a new level 1 class as well as a level 2 class (returning officials) for Monday, December 22, 2014, at the Leafs Center in West Dundee.

These seminars were added to accommodate additional demand for level 1 spots as well as make another date available for returning officials who may have missed one of the prior IHOA seminars.

The seats available for the December 22 seminar are limited in number and are open on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested in officiating this year please let them know about this added seminar.

To register, please head to http://www.ihoa.com and follow the links for seminar registration.

Hawkey Day in Cicero

Celebrate Hawkey Day in Cicero on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink! You can register for events such as a hockey game and a family or instructional skate, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Eddie Olczyk Award.


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Changes & Dates for the USA Hockey National Development Camp & the Central District Girls’ Development Camp

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Chicago Blackhawks Coaches Club (CBCC)

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have partnered with Ice Hockey Systems to launch the Chicago Blackhawks Coaches Club (CBCC), which offers coaches over 400 comprehensive animated drills and practice plans via computer, tablet or smart phone.

CBCC membership benefits include exclusive tips from the Blackhawks coaching staff, behind-the-scenes videos of the Blackhawks practices and locker rooms and monthly Blackhawks ticket giveaways. Coaching videos will feature Head Coach Joel Quenneville, Assistant Coaches Mike Kitchen and Kevin Dineen, Goaltending Coach Jimmy Waite and Blackhawks Hall of Famer Denis Savard, in addition to guest college and youth hockey coaches; Blackhawks Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Goodman will provide off-ice training tips. Additionally, members can submit questions to the Blackhawks coaching staff online via the Coaches Blog.

Proceeds from the membership will benefit the Eddie Olczyk Award, which offers funding to youth hockey players in Illinois who may not have the means to play otherwise. To become a member of the CBCC, please visit blackhawks.nhl.com/coachesclub.

The Coaches Club will officially launch with a welcoming event on Friday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m. at the United Center. Coaches can register online for the event.



AHAI is now a member of Howies Hockey Tape Affiliate Program

AHAI is now a member of Howies Hockey Tape Affiliate Program. Any sales made to customers who have clicked on the Howies logo in SNAPSHOT or on the AHAI or AHAIeNews Websites will earn AHAI a 10% commission. All monies received from AHAI’s participation in Howies Affiliate Program will be donated directly to the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Club, which is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey.


Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Inductees!

The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame announced the 10th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The honored inductees this year are:

Builders Category            Players Category        Referee Category
Ray Berens                        Lisa Chesson            Sjoukje Brown
Derek Denoyer                  Steve Cromie            Jon Raslawski
Ned Forsberg                    John Murphy
Rocky Wirtz

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 25, 2015 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 jacole@comcast.net. 

We congratulate this year's Class of 2014 into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame. They are in a class all of their own!



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.


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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