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Players Invited to Attend the 2016 America’s Showcase Team Illinois Tryouts Announced

America’s Showcase will take place from April 14-18, 2016 at the Robert Morris Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The AHAI High School coaching community is honored to have the opportunity to be involved with the top High School players in Illinois. They feel that America’s High School Showcase offers players a great opportunity to be exposed to Junior, College and Professional Scouts from throughout the USA and Canada and the honor to represent Illinois in the best High School Hockey event in North America. Twenty-four boys’ teams from across the United States representing forty-three States will compete and showcase their talents to scouts from every major hockey institution in the country. MORE

Registration Information for Girls 2016 USA Hockey/Central District Development Camps

On February 15, 2016, the online registration for both the USA Hockey National Development Camp and the Central District Player Development Camp will open and will remain open until March 1, 2016. This is open to the 1998-2002 birth years, click here for an explanation to what is available for players in these birth years.

2016 Boys and Girls High School All-State Teams Announced!

AHAI salutes and congratulates each of these fine young student athletes on their accomplishment. For the past 26 years, AHAI has been conducting a High School All-Star game for the boys and girls varsity divisions statewide. This year will mark the 27th year of this very special event. The 2016 Boys High School All-State game and the Girls High School All-State game will be played on Monday, February 8, 2016 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. The Girls game will start at 6:40 p.m. and the Boys’ game will begin at 8:35 p.m. Admission is free.

Tickets for 2016 Illinois HS State Championships on Sale 2-1-16

In conjunction with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), the Chicago Blackhawks will host the 2016 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, at the United Center on Friday, March 18. Tickets for the event, which features three contests, will go on sale on Monday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m.

The Boys State Championship tilt, which begins at 7 p.m., will be broadcast in high-definition on Comcast SportsNet Chicago at 11 p.m. March 18 at the United Center will feature a full night of action with the Illinois Girls’ State Championship (4:00 p.m.), the Boys’ Red Division State Championship (7 p.m.) and the Boys’ Combined Division State Championship (9:15 p.m.).

Members of local youth hockey organizations who purchase tickets online through a special offer will also have the opportunity to partake in a group photo on the United Center ice following the Red Division Championship game (see photo above). The organization with the highest attendance at the Red Division Championship game will receive a full gameday scrimmage experience at the United Center during the 2016-17 regular season. The organization with the second-highest attendance will be invited to the United Center to tour the brand new Chicago Blackhawks locker room on a non-gameday, while the organization with the third-highest attendance will be invited to the United Center to watch a Blackhawks practice.

This marks the 29th year that AHAI will host their State Championship at the United Center/Chicago Stadium. The 2015 title was won by Glenbrook North High School in the Red Division, Glenbard High Schools in the Combined Division and Latin High School in the Girls’ Division.

General admission tickets for the event, which include parking, are available for $5, and can be purchased online at, in person at the United Center Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For more information, including group offers, please contact the Chicago Blackhawks Ticket Office by calling (312) 455-7000.

Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship


Dear Illinois High School Hockey Player:

We wanted to make you aware of a unique opportunity for all graduating Illinois High School Players. This is an annual scholarship which is provided by the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association to three Illinois High School hockey players.

The Alumni Association was formed in 1987 by former Blackhawk players (Stan Mikita, Keith Magnuson, Cliff Koroll, and many others) with one of the main goals being giving back to Illinois youth hockey, High School in particular.

As a part of this charge, the Alumni awards three annual $7,500 scholarships (for 4 years) to “the most deserving high school hockey players” in the state.

The selection process is determined not by talent, but by the following five criteria:

Financial Need
Community Service
Applicant Essay

In December of each year, scholarship applications are available to submit on the Blackhawk Alumni website. Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, original transcripts, and scholar essays are due no later than February 15th. Once all of the forms are gathered, a selection committee from the Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) will review all of the candidates and then select the three recipients.

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

Please take a minute to visit the Blackhawk Alumni website to read more about the scholarship, view a list of past recipients and to submit an application.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please direct them to Tom Dillon at

2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Nominees Include Illinois’ Compher, Kubiak & Lappin

The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois is proud to share that 
JT Compher (Northbrook), 
Nick Lappin(Geneva) and 
Jeff Kubiak (Tinley Park) are part of the distinguished list of nominees for the 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Support JT, Nick and Jeff and cast your vote today!

St. Louis to Host 2016 National Hockey Coaches Symposium

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today that registration is now open for its 2016 National Hockey Coaches Symposium, set for Aug. 11-14 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel. Click here for info and registration

Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Inducts Ten New Members into the Class of 2015!

Nearly 300 people were present as the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHF) recently inducted its 11th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. 

The honored inductees who were inducted on Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove were (pictured above top left) Derek Martin, Pete Humann, Bob Saliba, Tim Mattila, Nikos Tselios, Chris Chelios, Tom Miller, Dennis Vaske, Matt Nilles.

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 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.”

You can learn more about the long hockey history each of these individuals has contributed as each member of the Class of 2015 is in the process of being featured in the AHAI electronic newsletter Snapshot.

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 2015. They truly are in a class of their own!!! 

The AHAI 2016 Player Development Process Begins This Month

All Tier I, Tier II, Prep and High School Varsity players within the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 birth years are eligible by invitation only for the 2016 Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp held in Bensenville, Illinois, the weekend of April 8th – 10th, 2016.

This Workshop will be geared for coaches of female players but is open to all coaches. MICHELE AMIDON (USA Hockey ADM Manager) and KRISTEN WRIGHT (USA Hockey Girl’s Player Development) will be presenting on Age-Specific training for 8U-19U players.  In addition, there will be numerous presentations from other high end speakers. MORE


As the end of the regular season approaches, we receive numerous questions regarding seeding for the State Tournament, as well as All State and Showcase team selections. There are many misconceptions that exist regarding the above and AHAI’s role. The following is a synopsis of the process in place.

AHAI recognizes that Illinois Hockey is comprised not only of incredible players, but also of great Boys'/Girls' High School and Youth/Girls' Hockey Coaches that guide our teams both on and off the ice. Candidates for AHAI's Boys'/Girls' High School and Youth/Girls' Hockey Coach of the Year Awards should embody good sportsmanship and respect toward teams, parents and officials while providing a positive High School or Youth/Girls' Hockey experience. Candidates should also teach positive life skills while demonstrating dedication, passion and commitment to community. Deadline to nominate is Saturday, February 20, 2016.


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2016 Hockey is for Everyone Session

Registration Date: Tuesday, February 9,
7pm @ Oak Lawn Ice Arena,
9320 S. Kenton Ave, Oak Lawn

Session: Monday, April 4-Monday, June 27
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
All ice slots @ Oak Lawn Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave, Oak Lawn

**All Boys and Girls must be between the ages of 4-14 by April 4, 2016. No participants can also be registered on a rostered team or play in an official hockey league. No previous skating or hockey experience necessary. $25 refundable equipment deposit required if borrowing equipment.

Contact HIFE Chairman, Brit Volini, at with any questions or concerns

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