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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.

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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

AHAI Announces Date for 2016 Annual Meeting/Workshop

AHAI Announced the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Woodfield Hyatt Hotel located at 1800 East Golf Road in Schaumburg, Illinois, 60173 (847) 605-1234 (just west of Rt. 53) beginning promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Any individual who wishes to submit their name as a candidate for the position as a Board of Director of AHAI must submit their name, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Ken Michel, 8150 West 111th Street, Palos Hills, Illinois 60465 no later than Wednesday, May 25, 2016. A short biography stating the individual's background, hockey experience, etc. should be included. The Nominating Committee will then send to each team a list of all of the candidates and their biographies prior to the AHAI Annual Meeting in accordance with the By-Laws, Rules and Regulations.

Any individual who wishes to submit a new By-Law proposal or a change to an existing By-Law must submit their proposal(s), in writing, to the President of AHAI, John Dunne, 2 S 713 Grove, Warrenville, Illinois 60555, no later than Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Thanking you again in advance for all of your help and cooperation in the furtherance of youth hockey in Illinois.


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.

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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.
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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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