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BMO Harris Bank Coach, Player, and Volunteer of the Month for October! The recipients were honored on Tuesday, October 28 during the Blackhawks game vs. Anaheim game. Congratulations!

Pictured left to right: Pam Piarowski—Senior Vice President Finance, BMO Financial Corporation, Grey Small—Oak Park River Forest player saved by Emily Petersen, Emily Petersen—Volunteer, IHOA, Claire Sammons—Player, Sabres Hockey Club, Brian Boll—Coach, N

Watch the Team Jouney of Illinois Gold Medalists Brody Roybal and Kevin Mckee

Take a sneak peak at the new documentary ICE WARRIORS and participate in a live online discussion: Friday, November 7th at 12pm EST / 11am C. This half-hour presentation includes clips from the upcoming documentary Ice Warriors, which premieres on PBS Monday, November 10th at 9pm EST / 8pm C (check local listings), special behind-the-scenes footage, and a conversation with current US Sled Hockey forward Luke McDermott.

McDermott will be joined by Ice Warriors Executive Producer Judith Vecchione and Zachary Bell, a US Marine veteran who served with McDermott in Afghanistan. The screening invites you to watch and live chat with Vecchione, McDermott & Bell, as well as with viewers across the country, about veterans, disability sports, and more.

Join the discussion on what it takes to overcome adversity and find success in a new reality!

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.

First Ever Disabled Hockey Coaching Clinic

A Disabled CEP will be offered for the first time in Chicago.  If you are a a Coach or a Junior Coach any Special Needs or Sled Program you are not only eligible but highly encouraged to attend this FREE Clinic!  You must currently be registered with a Disabled Hockey Program to participate. 

You can use this Clinic to move to the next certification levels 1 to 3. 

Any coach without any CEP cert. will obtain a CEP Level 1
Any coach with a CEP Level 1 cert. will obtain a CEP Level 2
Any coach with a CEP Level 2 cert. will obtain a CEP Level 3

This clinic does not satisfy req. for a CEP Level 3 re-certification
This clinic does not satisfy req. for a CEP Level 4 certification. 

It will feature Central District USA Hockey Coach in Chief - Doug Deitz

Hosted by the Chicago Blackhawk Special Hockey Coaches

Date: November 1, 2014
Place: Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center - 800 St, Charles Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 - Classroom time from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Arrive 30-45 minutes early to check in) Lunch will be served and an an instructional on-ice-time at Glen Ellyn Center Ice from 1:20 PM to 2:20 PM will follow.  Going on the ice will be optional. If you choose to go on ice, please provide your own equipment. 
Cost: Free
Maximum Seating: Limited to a total of 30 attendees on a first come, first served basis.

Click here to register (Use the CEP Clinic SEARCH & enter the CITY/Glen Ellyn, DISTRICT/Central, STATE/IL , DATE 11/01/2014)

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.

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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