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2016 AHAI Awards and Honors

The continued growth and development of AHAI would not be possible without the contributions of dedicated volunteers. These individuals share in AHAI’s success and accomplishments year after year. Their selfless work and commitment continue to make a difference in the sport of hockey and in the lives of those who play the game.

AHAI Service Awards
Chuck Fattore
Bill Fehrman
AHAI Lifetime Achievement Award
Pete Humann

AHAI President's Award
Blackhawks Warriors

Terry Beacom AHAI Volunteer of the Year Award
Jason Habrock
Decatur Youth Hockey

USA Hockey New Leader Award
Jason Habrock
Decatur Youth Hockey
Female Honors Award
USA Hockey’s Central District
Sabre Girls Hockey

Congratulations are also extended to Don Allord on his new position as USA Hockey’s Central District Risk Manager.

Changes Made to Tier II 2 Choice Rule & Substitute Choice Application Process

Please note that there has been a change to the Tier II Two Choice Rule and Substitute Choice Application Process. The new rule reads as follows:

The 2 Choice Rules, for Bantam age divisions and below will be subject to the following timelines:

  • July 20th: Applications are open for acceptance
  • Hearings of Applications: There will be 3 hearings, two (2) in the month of August and one (1) in the early part of September, prior to September 15th. Exact dates, times and locations of hearings will be established for each season.
  • September 15th: Application process is closed and no further applications will be allowed.

Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for the 2016-17 Season

The Tier ll Substitute Choice Application Process, for Bantam age divisions and below will begin on July 20, 2016. All applications will be submitted online. 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 24 and September 8, 2016. Appeal hearings will be held at 6:30pm on the aforementioned dates at the North Shore Ice Arena located at 2111 Founders Drive, Northbrook, IL 60062. If denied please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at with your preferred appeal hearing date (listed above). Deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15, 2016.

Click HERE for Tier II Substitute Choice Online Application

You will find helpful articles regarding the Two Choice Rule, Choice Substitutions and what you should consider before making that second choice as well as information regarding the Midget Third Choice in the articles below. Should you have any further questions, please contact Gregg Chudacoff.

Tier II Two Choice Rule: Clearing Up the Confusion
What About My Second Choice: What Should I Consider?
What is the Midget Third Choice?

USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Education Program Clinic Announced!

AHAI and USA Hockey annouce they will be conducting a two day USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinic on Saturday, August 27th from 9 AM until 5 PM and Sunday, August 28th from 8 AM until 2 PM at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel located at 1551 North Thoreau Drive in Schaumburg, IL 60173 — 847.303.4100. 

The Fee is $245.00 which includes lunch on Saturday. Check-in will begin on Saturday from 8 AM to 9 AM with the Clinic beginning promptly at 9 AM. Check in on Sunday is from 7 AM to 8 AM with the Clinic beginning promptly at 8 AM. 

Register online for Clinic Here

There are a limited number of rooms available at Renaissance Marriott at the special USAH CEP Clinic rate of: $109.00 per night. Please call the Marriott Renaissance Hotel directly at 847.303.4100 to reserve a room.  We hope you take advantage of this special opportunity.

A Step aHead Registration Opens July 1, 2016!

AHAI, the Chicago Blackhawks, Athletico and NorthShore University HealthSystem are proud to announce the 6th year of the “A Step aHead” program, which provides free baseline neurocognitive testing and education on concussions to the youth hockey community. The program will run from July 1 through November 30, 2016. All AHAI players aged 11-18 years old are eligible for free baseline testing. Beginning July 1 you may register online by clicking HERE.

Additionally, the “A Step aHead” program will again provide concussion education to AHAI coaches, parents and players. Further information about the testing programs and educational opportunities will be available in the AHAI newsletter, AHAI emails and through your clubs. We look forward to another year of working with the hockey community to improve safety in the sport we all love!

2016 Tier I Midget Tryouts & National Festival Camps

The 2016 Midget Tier I tryout dates are listed below. Please note that this year there will be a U15 age division. The exact times and locations of tryouts will be released shortly by the Tier I clubs. For your convenience, the dates of the National Festival Camps (invitation only) have also been included below, confirming conflict avoidance with Midget tryouts. Should you have any question please direct them to Mike Mullally, Tier I Chair, at

 – July 24 – 30, 2016 – VIEW SCHEDULE
16U – July 17 – 23, 2016 – VIEW SCHEDULE
18U – July 10 – 16, 2016 – VIEW SCHEDULE

15 Festival Camp – July 16-20 (2001)
16 Festival Camp – July 8-14 (2000)
17 Festival Camp – June 24-30 (1999)


2016 USA Hockey Central District Select 14 Player Development Camp

Congratulations to the 32 Illinois players invited to attend the 2016 USA Hockey Central District Select 14 Camp to be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, on June 19-24, 2016.

This program is specifically designed for the experienced and highly motivated hockey player. Intensive on-ice instruction emphasizing advanced skating techniques, individual and team skills as well as games will be included in the three hours of ice per day plus specialized off-ice classroom sessions.

The coaching staff will be directed by Iowa State’s legendary Head Coach, Dr. Al Murdoch along with several other college and junior coaches. Players will be evaluated by the USA Hockey National Office Player Development/Coaching staff. Player evaluations will be recorded and maintained at the national office for future national camp considerations.

This year’s camp will have approximately 102 players at the 2002 age level from Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska at this Camp. The players are assigned to one of six teams for an intense week of skill development which includes a mini round robin tournament for the players. Congratulations, players and good luck!

Illinois Players Grab 27 of 55 Spots Allocated for Central District Select 15, 16 and 17 Players To Attend the USA Hockey National Camps!

The Central District 2016 Player Development Process

The USA Hockey Central District is comprised of six (6) states, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin (Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska are called the Midwest States).  Mr. Mike Conner is the USA Hockey Central District Player Development Coordinator who oversees the Central District Camp.

Click Here For More Details & Invitees

USA Hockey May 16 Girls’ National Camp Invitees

TO: All USA Hockey/Central District National Development Camp participants

FROM: Mary Ann Robinson, USA Hockey, Central District, Girls’ Rep

RE: USA Hockey May 16 National Camp Invitees:

At this time, any player who has been selected to attend (or who is still in consideration for) one of the three National Girls’ Player Development Camps has been notified of her status.

Only players who have been cleared to attend one of the three National Girls’ Player Development camps as of May 16 are listed here. If there is a change in status for any player who is currently “in consideration” as of May 16th, that change will be communicated directly to the player in accordance with the National Notification Timeline. If a player who is “in consideration” is cleared to attend a National Girl’s Player Development Camp, her name will be added to this list, which will be updated on future National Notification Timeline dates, next notification date is June 1st.  Click Here For Invitees


Join the Cyclones Amateur Hockey Association as they remember and honor one of their own, John Jaloway, at their inaugural “John Jaloway Memorial Classic” on Saturday, June 18th, which will start with an open skate and autograph session and end with a Chicago Blackhawks Alumni v. Chicago Wolves Alumni charity hockey game. 

John Jaloway passed away from a tragic construction accident in Chicago. John was a dedicated, hard working father, parent and member the Cyclones who left behind his wife Jennifer and their four children. In an effort to help support the Jaloway family, the Cyclones have launched the John Jaloway Memorial Classic charity benefit hockey game. Click HERE for ticket information.

Fire Fighter Face-Off Adult Hockey Tournament Announced!

The Bolingbrook Fire Fighters will host the 6th Annual Fire Fighter Face-Off Adult Hockey Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, July 23rd and 24th at the Rocket Ice Arena in Bolingbrook, Illinois. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  The event will feature many firefighters, but all adults are welcome and you do not have to be a firefighter to be in the tournament.

For additional information please visit:   

2016 Adult State Champions Crowned

The 2016 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament concluded Sunday May 1, 2016. Five hundred players and twenty-eight Men’s Adult Teams from 12 different Adult Leagues in Chicagoland and Rockford competed for six Men’s Adult Titles for 2016. After 5 days and 64 games the Champions were crowned. The B Final showcased a 2-1 win by Northbrook Chiefs over the Rockford Redmen, the C1 Final featured a 2-1 win by defending Champ Fox Valley Ice Bison over the Addison Motorheads, the C2 Final tilt was a 6-5 OT win by the 7Bridges Hahn House Team Beer League over the Geneva Spotted Fox, and the Rec Division featured a barn-burner 9-7 win with an empty netter late by Romeoville Healthy Scratch over Rolling Meadows Cobra. This fantastic event featured many new Teams from Leagues not previously represented and many returning Teams. Click Here

2016 Girls Central District Development Camp Invitees

Congratulations to all girls receiving invitations to attend USA Hockey’s Girls Central District Player Development Camp June 19-24 in Green Bay, WI.
⇒Click here for list

AHAI Completes Boys Player Development Camp!

The 2016 Amateur Hockey Association Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp concluded the weekend of April 8th.  As determined by the ranking process which started in January, the Head Coaches of Tier I, Tier II. Prep and High School Varsity, assembled the top IL players in the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 birth years for this Player Development Camp.  The players who participated should be very proud of their accomplishments.  Only 36 Forwards, 24 Defensemen and 8 goalies were selected per birth year to participate in this AHAI Player Development Camp.

The format for the 2002 birth year players stayed the same as in the past few years with one (1) very important skill specific practice held on Friday night and a total of three (3) games played between Saturday and Sunday. 

The format for the 1999’s, 2000’s and 2002’s was one (1) game on Friday night and two (2) games on Saturday.  After their last game on Saturday, all the evaluators met to select 34 players, within each of these three (3) birth years, to see who will play in the “Final 34” game held on Sunday.  Players checked the AHAInews website, Facebook and Twitter on Saturday night as the names were posted of those selected players along with their game times.  

There was a mandatory meeting for ALL players (and parents) held on Saturday, April 9th, prior to the players first game.  After a formal welcome and congratulations was offered to all the players (and parents), a video was played that delivered important messages directly to these IL players from the past Head Coach of the USA Hockey Nation Team Development Program (NTDP), U17 team, Coach Don Granato.  He delivered messages about the impact of the choices they make off the ice, regarding character, conduct and appearance (both personally and in social media) which will play a role in their potential advancement.  He also spoke on numerous other topics as well, to include not allowing the disappointment of not being selected to advance to define a player.  The responses about Coach Granato’s video were overwhelmingly positive. 

As one parent stated, “For my son to get that advice and direction at this camp from Coach Granato, makes it all worthwhile … even if he were unable to skate the rest of this weekend”.  Another parent stated, “The messages delivered by Coach Granato were a parents dream.  They were 100% on target.  They will not only serve help my son be a better person while developing in the game of hockey, but also prepare him for the real world … outside of playing this sport”.

This year, at the AHAI Player Development Camp, we had on average 10 unbiased, high quality evaluators per birth year to evaluate these players over the 3 days of this camp.  Close to one half (½) of these evaluators had not coached at the birth year they were evaluating.  These independent evaluator’s were made up of ex-professional (NHL, AHL, OHL) players, high level College / Junior Coaches and current / former Scouts.  They all have a very keen eye and undisputable ability to recognize a player’s skill and talent level.

Not to my surprise – as in the past years, all the evaluator’s player rankings were very consistent and similar in their assessments of the skill level of the players they selected to move on to the Central District Festival / Camps.

The AHAI allocation for the 1999 2000 & 2001 birth years to advance is 2 goaltenders, 7 defensemen and 11 forwards for each of these three birth years. 

The USA Hockey Central District Player Development Select 15, 16 & 17 Festivals will be held May 6th -8th at the Darien Sportsplex Arena in Darien, Illinois.  These players will compete against the very best players selected from the 6 States (to include IL) that makes up the USA Hockey Central District.  From this camp, players will be selected for the privilege to attend the week long USA Hockey National Camps.

The AHAI allocation for the 2002 birth year to advance is 4 goaltenders, 9 defensemen and 15 forwards. 
These players selected from the AHAI Player Development Camp are invited to attend the USA Hockey Central District Select 14 Camp held June 19th – 24th at Iowa State University and ISU Ice Arena in Ames, Iowa

As you can imagine, the evaluators had some very difficult decisions facing them in light of this extremely skilled and very deep talent pool of players they had to select from.  It takes a lot of time, effort and dedication.  I'm very proud of each and every one of them who have devoted themselves to make this truly an unbiased process that works so well.

Congratulations to all the elite players selected for participation in this year’s Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp and the very best of luck to those who were selected for the privilege to participate in the Central District Player Development Camps.

Most sincerely,
Doug Becht
Player Development – Chair Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI)

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