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Opportunities in Hockey Seminar
"Hockey After High School"


AHAI is proud to present the 28th annual series of Seminars on the opportunities in ice hockey. We’ll talk about Men’s and Women’s Division I, III, Club Hockey, Junior College, Prep Schools and Junior Programs. A wide array of topics will be discussed that will include:

  • Making a College Hockey Team - “What does it take besides hockey skills?”
  • Financial Aid - How do you apply?
  • How to pick the right school for you?
  • NCAA and the new stricter rules for admittance for athletes.
  • Making the Grades - How important is it?
  • Should I play Juniors before college?
  • Prep Schools – Should I go or Should I stay?
  • USA Hockey Camps/Festivals
  • America's Showcase
  • Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Program

There will be an Open House where there will be more than 20 colleges and Junior teams that will available for you to talk with. Attendance is a must for all players (male & female) born in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend.

Attendance will assist in consideration toward AHAI sanctioned Player Development events including, but not limited to, AHAI sponsored Clinics, America’s High School Showcase, etc. High School, Bantam & Midget age players and Girl’s who have not attended a College Night Seminar in the past are also encouraged to attend. Everyone else is invited and encouraged to attend this FREE Seminar, including parents and friends of ice hockey.

The Seminar will be held:
Monday, October 9, 2017
7:00 P.M.
at the
Woodfield Hyatt Hotel
1800 East Golf Road Schaumburg, Illinois 60173
  (847) 605-1234

If you have any further questions, please contact any member of the AHAI Board of Directors for further assistance.

In order to attend this Seminar, you must register On-Line Here
Registration for College Night will open Friday, September 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

In order to attend this Seminar, you must fill out the online Application form in its entirety. A PDF confirmation will be created after you submit your registration form on-line. This PDF confirmation will also be e-mailed to you. You MUST PRINT this confirmation and YOU MUST BRING THIS CONFIRMATION SHEET WITH YOU to the College Night Seminar. There is a bar code on the sheet which must be scanned to verify attendance.

We encourage coaches, parents and all friends of hockey to attend so that all participants in Illinois hockey will have a better understanding of the realities and numerous avenues open to hockey players as they progress.

After a joint presentation of opening remarks, the balance of the Girls Seminar will adjourn to a separate room.

Parents do not need to register on-line – Only Players!

We especially encourage all parents to find out the real facts about hockey after high school so players can better plan today for their futures.

The Seminar will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will end at 9:30 p.m.

Late arrivals WILL NOT BE ADMITTED and will constitute non-attendance.

Players MUST stay the entire length of the Seminar.  Leaving early will constitute non-attendance.

In addition, as a matter of respect for the speakers, ALL PLAYERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO STAY IN THEIR SEATS throughout the Seminar once it begins.

Re-entry into the Seminar once it begins WILL NOT BE ALLOWED and will constitute non-attendance.

Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2017-18 Season

The Tier ll Substitute Choice Application Process, Squirt through 16U/18U will begin on July 20, 2017. 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 30 and September 7, 2017. Appeal hearings will be held at 6:30pm on the aforementioned dates at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, with your preferred appeal hearing date (listed above). Deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15, 2017.

Beginning Thursday, July 20th, click HERE for online application.

AHAI Announces 2017-18 Coaching Education Program Clinics!

AHAI has announced the Coaching Education Program Clinics for the 2017-18 season. 

All ice hockey coaches as well as instructors of USA Hockey programs shall be registered 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.

The Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI, Athletico Physical Therapy and NorthShore University HealthSystem are proud to announce the 7th year of our "A Step aHead" program!

The goal of our program is to educate the youth hockey community on concussion awareness, prevention and treatment as well as to provide FREE baseline neurocognitive testing to AHAI members.

  • A Step aHead testing is available for AHAI members from Pee Wee to Midget/High School (ages 11-18).
  • Additional information is available on the AHAIAHAIeNews and Athletico Physical Therapy websites.
  • Registration is NOW OPEN; testing is July 1 through November 30, 2017.
  • This year's program will also offer new educational opportunities for both Moms and Dads, Coaches and Players. Stay tuned for additional information.

Rule Changes adopted by USA Hockey beginning in the 2017-18 season

AHAI and IHOA representatives just returned from the USA Hockey Annual Meeting in Colorado this past weekend. This year was a rule change year at USA Hockey so I am writing this note to let you know about the rule changes adopted by the USA Hockey Board of Directors.

As a backdrop to all of these changes, you must remember that USA Hockey, AHAI and IHOA are committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all participants. There are quite a number of changes applicable to playing rules and equipment so let’s get started.

The following rules will be applicable starting with the 2017-2018 playing season and will continue for the next four (4) years until the next time rule changes are permitted. I will highlight the major changes to the playing rules in this article and will issue a separate article for rules which were amended as a result of “language clarification”.  A summary of the changes to the playing rules is HERE


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