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29th Annual AHAI All-State Games Announced

For the past 28 years, AHAI has been conducting a High School All-State game for the boys and girls varsity divisions statewide. This year will mark the 29th year of this very special event.The 2018 Boys High School All-State game and the 2018 Girls High School All-State game will be played on Monday, February 12, 2018 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. The 3rd Annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award will also be given to one player from the Boys’ game and one player from the Girls’ game. Each MVP will receive a Terry J. Stasica memorial trophy, Howies Hockey Tape prize package and a 10-week off-ice training package from Tier 1 Athletic Performance.

Admission to the High School Hockey All-State Games is FREE. The players will be selected by the High School Varsity coaches throughout the State of Illinois. Mark your calendars now for you and your family to come watch the best play the best in both the girls and the boys divisions. Unable to attend? Thanks to our sponsor, Tier 1 Athletic Performance, AHAI will once again stream both games via The Cube on Monday, February 12th live from The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.


The AHAI 2018 Player Development Process Begins This Month by Peter Humann, AHAI Player Development Chairperson

All Tier I, Tier II, Prep and High School Varsity players within the 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 birth years are eligible by invitation only for the 2018 Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp held in Bensenville, IL the weekend of March 23rd through the 25th.

The process will start this month with an online ranking of each of the age appropriate players. AHAI has developed a web tool that allows ALL the Illinois Head Coaches, from each of the above divisions, to go on line to rank ONLY those players they saw play during this season. The due date for these rankings will be early February. These Head Coaches will be ranking the “best” players from this State, NOT JUST THEIR OWN PLAYERS, within a specific birth year, by position, starting with number 1 as the best and so on down the line.  MORE


Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Applications Open

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:

  • Academics
  • Financial Need
  • Character
  • Community Service
  • Applicant Essay

In December of each year, scholarship applications are available for download on the Blackhawk Alumni website. Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, original transcripts, and scholar essays are due no later than February 1st of each year. 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!

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION

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

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please direct them to Tom Dillon at tom.dillon@amwins.com


Hockey Is For Everyone (HIFE) Registration Set for Monday, February 5, 2018

The Hockey Is For Everyone program is an AHAI supported vehicle providing young athletes from socioeconomically diverse backgrounds the opportunity to use the sport of ice hockey to promote academic achievement, responsibility, respect, teamwork and good character. We provide 200+ young athletes per year the opportunity to learn to play this great sport. The Program provides each athlete with full equipment, ice time, USA Hockey registration and a premier volunteer coaching staff, at no charge to them or their families.

Hockey is For Everyone practices at the Oak lawn Ice Arena. For information on how to participate or to make donations, please contact Brit Volini, HIFE Director.


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SKATE WITH THE GREATS

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2018, 2-4 P.M.
PARKWAY BANK PARK ICE RINK, ROSEMONT

Hey hockey fans!  Join us for a family fun-filled afternoon skating around the rink with Chicago Blackhawk Alums, and meet current Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp.

Alumni scheduled to appear: Cliff Koroll, Troy Murray, Dan Carcillo, Grant Mulvey, Reg Kerr, Peter Marsh, Ben Eager, Steve Konroyd, Murray Bannerman, Reid Simpson, Greg Gilbert & Jack O’Callahan*.

Presented by Dr Pepper, in partnership with the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association.



Be Part of Something HUGE...2018 Disabled Hockey Festival in Chicago!

Sponsorship Opportunities: The Disabled Hockey Festival is only five months away and the Festival Planning Committee is asking for your help in identifying and securing sponsorship opportunities to support the financial needs for this USA Hockey National Event for hockey players with disabilities. The Sponsorship Committee is looking to raise $100,000 and we need your help to achieve our goal. This request is open to corporate sponsors, individual sponsors and our local hockey clubs throughout Illinois. All proceeds will go to the 14th Annual Disabled Hockey Festival and will directly benefit ALL Hockey Players with a disability in Illinois.

Volunteer Opportunities: The Festival Program Committee is looking for volunteers to assist in running the 2018 Disabled Hockey Festival which will be hosted in Chicago over two weekends in April. This is projected to be the largest disabled hockey festival event in the past 14 years bringing over 1000 players to the Chicago area for this exciting annual event.

If you would like to become a sponsor or make a personal donation, or if you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Michael Svac, USA Hockey Central District Representative for Disabled Hockey, at msvac4@icloud.com.


2018 Illinois State Championships Information Released!

HIGH SCHOOL
Elimination Play
February 1-24, 2018 — Various Locations

Playdown & Championships
February 28-March 16, 2018
The Edge Ice Arena — Bensenville, Illinois

Varsity Red, Girls & Combined State Championships 
United Center
Date & Times TBA 

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TIER I
Playoff Series 
February 22-25, 2018
Various Locations - TBA

Championship Series
Mount Prospect Ice Arena
March 3-6, 2018 

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TIER II
Elimination Round 1
February 9-16, 2018

Elimination Round 2
February 17-25, 2018 

Round Robin Series
March 1-4, 2018

10 & Under - Darien Sportsplex * 12 & Under - Canlan Ice Sports Arena

14 & Under - Addison Ice Arena * 16 & Under/18 & Under - Leafs Ice Centre

“Super Weekend” Championships
The Edge Ice Arena — Bensenville, Illinois
March 8-11, 2018

All “Super Weekend” Championship games will be live-streamed via The Cube!

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GIRLS
Round Robin Series
February 28 – March 5, 2018
Girls A (Tier II): Triphahn Center – Hoffman Estates
Girls AA (Tier I): Seven Bridges – Woodridge
Click HERE for Girls AA Round Robin Schedule Grid

Girls A & Girls AA “Super Saturday” Championships
The Edge Ice Arena
March 10, 2018
All “Super Saturday” games will be live-streamed via The Cube!

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ADULT
Men’s & Women’s – All Divisions
April 25-29, 2018

***Please note that game dates, times & locations are subject to change***


AHAI Foundation Announces Inductees into the 13th Class of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame!

The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame today announced the 13th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The honored inductees this year are:

►Player’s Category - Gino Cavallini and 
Steve Poapst
►Builder’s Category - Rafe Aybar, 
Jerry Ballard, Rich Blight, Terry Juliar,
 Jim Neville and Shari Wolfe.
►Officials Category - Dave Edwards and Peter Moffat.

The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 28, 2018 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

Joining in honoring this special group of inductees will be several of the past inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees, and all of the past inductees have demonstrated, through their actions over the years, their personal commitment in making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinois youth and the Illinois hockey community.

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.”

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 2017. They truly are in a class of their own.

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