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Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2017-18 Season

The Tier ll Substitute Choice Application Process, Squirt through 16U/18U will begin on July 20, 2017. The Tier ll Committee will ONLY have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice. The dates for the appeals are August 10, August 30 and September 7, 2017. Appeal hearings will be held at 6:30pm on the aforementioned dates at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, with your preferred appeal hearing date (listed above). Deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15, 2017.

Beginning Thursday, July 20th, click HERE for online application.

Important: Rule Change for 14 & Under Teams

At the 2017 USAH Annual Congress, USA Hockey passed a rule that will have direct impact on team registrations for the 2017/18 season. The rule stipulates that if there is a player that is 12 years or younger registered on any 14 and under or U14 team (Tier I, Tier II, House League or Girls) that team will not be eligible to participate in the District or National Championship tournaments.

Based on this rule, we have extended the restriction to the Illinois State Tournament.

If a 14 and under or U14 team is submitted for registration that has 12 and under players, the organization’s President, Registrar, team Head Coach and Manager will be notified that once the team is certified, the team will not be eligible to play in the Illinois State Tournament. There will not be any exceptions made to this restriction.

Here is the complete USA Hockey rule.


Age Classifications
(3)  Participation in Older Divisions of District or National Championships – 2017-18 Season and Beyond

Beginning in the 2017-18 season, no player 12 years of age or younger (as defined in the age classification chart for the current season) is eligible to play on a team intending or declared to compete in the District or National Championships or playoffs leading thereto. A player 13 years of age or older may play on a youth or girls’ team in an older classification at a District or National Championship Tournament only if the applicable Affiliate’s rules or decisions, and the applicable local program’s rules or decisions, permit that player to do so. A player residing in one Affiliate may not play on a team in an older classification in a different Affiliate unless both the Affiliate where the player resides and the Affiliate where the player desires to play have granted permission to play in an older classification. In the event a youth or girls player has been denied the permission to play in an older classification in the Youth or Girls’ District or National Championships on a team in an Affiliate other than the Affiliate where the player resides, the player may appeal such denial to the National Championship Appeal Committee.

All other requirements, rules, regulations, operation and procedures of all USA Hockey District and National Championship Tournaments shall be set forth in the District and National Championship Tournament Guidebook.

If you have questions about this rule change please contact Laura Johnson, AHAI Registrar, at or 224 636 3233.

AHAI Announces 2017-18 Coaching Education Program Clinics!

AHAI has announced the Coaching Education Program Clinics for the 2017-18 season. 

All ice hockey coaches as well as instructors of USA Hockey programs shall be registered 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.

The Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI, Athletico Physical Therapy and NorthShore University HealthSystem are proud to announce the 7th year of our "A Step aHead" program!

The goal of our program is to educate the youth hockey community on concussion awareness, prevention and treatment as well as to provide FREE baseline neurocognitive testing to AHAI members.

  • A Step aHead testing is available for AHAI members from Pee Wee to Midget/High School (ages 11-18).
  • Additional information is available on the AHAIAHAIeNews and Athletico Physical Therapy websites.
  • Registration is NOW OPEN; testing is July 1 through November 30, 2017.
  • This year's program will also offer new educational opportunities for both Moms and Dads, Coaches and Players. Stay tuned for additional information.

AHAI Foundation 21st
Annual Golf Outing

The 21st Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Ruffled Feathers Golf Course located at 1 Pete Dye Drive in Lemont, Illinois, Friday, August 18, 2017. The course is just 22 minutes south of 7 Bridges Ice Arena.

 The outing will be a shotgun tee off scramble at 1:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:45 p.m. Ruffled Feathers is a Pete Dye course and is one of the top 10 courses in Illinois. 

All golfers will receive a starting package worth $700, donated by SMT Golf.

The purpose of this event is twofold. First, it creates an opportunity for coaches, referees, administrators, parents and supporters of amateur hockey in Illinois to come together for a day of fun and relaxation to kick off the beginning of the new season.

Secondly, and most importantly, the revenues generated from this event will be donated each season to specific charities as established annually by the AHAI Foundation. This year, the recipients are the Special Hockey Programs, Hockey Is For Everyone Program for underprivileged kids, the Hearing Impaired Hockey Program, the youth sled hockey team called the Hornets, the IHOA Memorial Fund, the Blackhawks Warriors for our wounded veterans in combat, Blind Hockey for the visually impaired and the Catastrophic Relief Fund for players who have been catastrophically injured playing the sport we all love.

We hope your club/association will send a minimum representative delegation of at least four golfers to this fun filled event. This year we invite you to bring your son and/or daughter out on the course with you. A special fee has been arranged for all Junior golfers including college students. (Course rules mandate drivers of golf carts be 18 years of age or older).

Please contact Don Allord  - or Don Angelini, -, Co- Chairpersons of the Golf Outing listed below as soon as possible as the reservations will be on a first-come, first serve basis.

Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Rule Changes adopted by USA Hockey beginning in the 2017-18 season

AHAI and IHOA representatives just returned from the USA Hockey Annual Meeting in Colorado this past weekend. This year was a rule change year at USA Hockey so I am writing this note to let you know about the rule changes adopted by the USA Hockey Board of Directors.

As a backdrop to all of these changes, you must remember that USA Hockey, AHAI and IHOA are committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all participants. There are quite a number of changes applicable to playing rules and equipment so let’s get started.

The following rules will be applicable starting with the 2017-2018 playing season and will continue for the next four (4) years until the next time rule changes are permitted. I will highlight the major changes to the playing rules in this article and will issue a separate article for rules which were amended as a result of “language clarification”.  A summary of the changes to the playing rules is HERE


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