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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that the organization will partner with Blackhawks Television Analyst Eddie Olczyk and Blackhawks Charities for the fourth annual Eddie Olczyk Award, which supports youth hockey players, teams and organizations in Illinois that may not have the means to play at a competitive level.

Since its inception in 2011, the Eddie Olczyk Award has distributed over $100,000 in grants, raised through Blackhawks Youth Hockey Summer Camps, to 46 individuals and two organizations. Individuals and families in need of assistance for participation in an Illinois sanctioned team or organization, sanctioned teams in need of assistance for tournament expenses and Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) organizations in need of assistance to run programs which increase the participation in, and quality of, youth hockey who wish to be considered for the grant process must submit a letter of inquiry by Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Complete information can be found on blackhawks.nhl.com/youthhockey.

“It’s such an amazing privilege to be able to help our local youth hockey community through this award, which continues to grow each year due in large part to the support of the entire Blackhawks organization,” said Olczyk. “I am proud to be actively involved in the Illinois youth hockey community, which has seen extraordinary growth in recent years, and helping make a profound impact.”

A 2012 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and native of Palos Heights, Ill., Olczyk is now in his ninth season as the television analyst for Blackhawks hockey on Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN-TV Channel 9. He also serves as the Head Instructor at Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey Camps and is dedicated to the development and growth of youth hockey in Illinois.

A veteran of 16 National Hockey League seasons, Olczyk began his career as an 18-year-old with his hometown Blackhawks in 1984-85 after being chosen with the third overall selection of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Olczyk recorded 77 goals and 209 points in 322 regular-season tilts over five seasons with Chicago (1984-87, 1998-2000) and tallied 13 points (7G, 6A) in 21 Stanley Cup Playoff tilts with the Blackhawks.

Over the course of 1,031 regular-season games he scored 342 goals and recorded 794 points with Chicago, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Winnipeg, the New York Rangers and Los Angeles, winning a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in 1994, and was also a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team. Olczyk also serves as the lead television analyst for NHL national broadcasts on NBC Sports Group.

Important Information Regarding USA Hockey’s National Girls Player Development Process

USA Hockey, Girls/Women Department are making changes to the National Camp Program effective 2015.  Please take time to review the slide show  HERE in a PDF version. If you have questions/concerns after reviewing, please feel free to email me at wahadir@yahoo.com or call 920-758-3063. Remember, to be eligible for the Central District Camp you MUST register online (registration will start February 15 and close March 1) and tryout April 17th-19th, 2015. The Central District camp is for ALL registered USA Hockey players who reside in the district for birth years 1996-2001.

Legacy Class of 2014

Congratulations to Norm and Holly Spiegel on being named as recipients of the first ever Legacy Class of 2014 at the Skokie Ice Arena. The Skatium Ice Arena will officially announce its hockey Legacy Class of 2014 on December 16 at 6 p.m., in a ceremony at the venerable Skokie Park District rink. The new legends names will be engraved in brick and laid into the Skatium’s outdoor legacy brickyard. The Skatium is located at 9300 Weber Park Place in Skokie.

The class of 2014 includes: Norm and Holly Spiegel – Skatium hockey would not be the success that it is today if not for the influence of Norm and Holly Spiegel. Soon after their children, Nicki and Jason, fist donned skates at the Skatium, Normbecame Skokie Amateur Hockey Association president in the 1980s. He later became president of the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois (AHAI), and then a prominent leader in many different capacities for USA Hockey. While Norm was working amateur hockey at the national level, Holly worked as the AHAI registrar for 15 years. People in Illinois hockey had no problem putting up with the tediousness of Illinois hockey administration because of the pleasantries in dealing with Holly as the AHAI registrar. Norm and Holly are both members of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to Norm and Holly Spiegel.

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Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey

On Friday, November 28th, The Chicago Blackhawks officially welcomed Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey to their organization. The Special Hockey program received new jerseys as well as hockey socks and a letter from Blackhawks captain, Jonathan Toews. The event took place at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills, IL and the players participated in a scrimmage after unveiling the new logo and jerseys. The jerseys are Blackhawks traditional colors with a special hockey patch on the shoulder.

2014 Blackhawk Charities Holiday High School Hockey Tournament Set!

The best high school teams throughout the Midwest will compete in the 21st Annual Chicago Blackhawks Charities High School Hockey Classic, presented by Coca-Cola Zero and supported by Comcast Sportsnet which will take place at the Edge Ice Arena located at 735 Jefferson Street in Bensenville, Illinois from Friday, December 26, 2014 through Monday, December 29, 2014. This year’s tournament will feature twenty (20) high school teams.

Tournament play will be a round robin format with the top six (6) teams in the “A” pool and the top two (2) teams from the “B” pool advancing to the playoff round. All Tournament proceeds benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities which supports amateur hockey as well as underprivileged and abused children. We invite you to bring the family out to watch some exciting high school hockey action during this holiday season.

Tickets are available for this four day tournament at the Edge, $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults with all proceeds supporting Chicago Blackhawk Charities.

We invite you and your family to come out and watch some exciting high school hockey action!

Mid-Season Classic: Mite Cross-Ice Tournament at the United Center!

On December 28, USA Hockey and AHAI will take over the United Center for the Mid-Season Mite Cross-Ice Classic Tournament. AHAI Mite 8U teams will have the opportunity to participate in a cross-ice tournament that will include a minimum of 3 games, a championship, and lots of giveaways, including t-shirts and awards for the winners to name just a few. Participating teams will also get to watch a Chicago Blackhawks practice right in the middle of the tournament!

The United Center ice will be transformed into three ice surfaces with teams competing in three divisions: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The concourse will be hopping; concession stands will be open and lots of activities available between games.

Due to the amount of United Center ice secured, there will be a limit of 6 teams at each level. This event is for 8U only (7 and 8 year olds) and teams that are registered with AHAI/USA hockey. Teams can register by sending an email to miteADM@ahai2.org. Include in that email the club name, team name, level at which team currently plays, a contact person and their name and email. Clearly indicate if the team is in a league and what level they play at in that league. The cost is $50 per player and teams will consist of 12 skaters and a goalie.

AHAI and the Blackhawks will review all applications and create 3 divisions of equally skilled players; Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We will also try and be sure that as many clubs as we can are represented. We expect that the competition at each level will be strong and our goal is to make the Mid-Season Mite Cross-Ice Classic a great experience for all the players. We realize all teams cannot participate in this event, with that in mind we will work on future events where we can incorporate other teams and skill levels.

If part of your team is not available due to the holidays, you can create a tournament team from within your organization. Details will be sent to each AHAI mite 8U team that is accepted into the tournament.

This promises to be a “can’t miss event”! With the support of USA Hockey and the Chicago Blackhawks, there is no doubt it will be a great day of hockey at the United Center.

New Level 1 and 2 Officiating Seminars Added in December!

The Illinois Hockey Officials’ Association (IHOA) added another seminar date for people who wish to become officials this year. IHOA added a new level 1 class as well as a level 2 class (returning officials) for Monday, December 22, 2014, at the Leafs Center in West Dundee.

These seminars were added to accommodate additional demand for level 1 spots as well as make another date available for returning officials who may have missed one of the prior IHOA seminars.

The seats available for the December 22 seminar are limited in number and are open on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested in officiating this year please let them know about this added seminar.

To register, please head to http://www.ihoa.com and follow the links for seminar registration.

Hawkey Day in Cicero

Celebrate Hawkey Day in Cicero on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink! You can register for events such as a hockey game and a family or instructional skate, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Eddie Olczyk Award.

Chicago Blackhawks Coaches Club (CBCC)

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have partnered with Ice Hockey Systems to launch the Chicago Blackhawks Coaches Club (CBCC), which offers coaches over 400 comprehensive animated drills and practice plans via computer, tablet or smart phone.

CBCC membership benefits include exclusive tips from the Blackhawks coaching staff, behind-the-scenes videos of the Blackhawks practices and locker rooms and monthly Blackhawks ticket giveaways. Coaching videos will feature Head Coach Joel Quenneville, Assistant Coaches Mike Kitchen and Kevin Dineen, Goaltending Coach Jimmy Waite and Blackhawks Hall of Famer Denis Savard, in addition to guest college and youth hockey coaches; Blackhawks Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Goodman will provide off-ice training tips. Additionally, members can submit questions to the Blackhawks coaching staff online via the Coaches Blog.

Proceeds from the membership will benefit the Eddie Olczyk Award, which offers funding to youth hockey players in Illinois who may not have the means to play otherwise. To become a member of the CBCC, please visit blackhawks.nhl.com/coachesclub.

The Coaches Club will officially launch with a welcoming event on Friday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m. at the United Center. Coaches can register online for 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!

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