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The Hockey Is For Everyone program (formerly Diversity Program) is an AHAI supported vehicle providing young athletes from socio and economically 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 is held at the Oak Lawn Ice Arena in the spring and Fox Valley Ice arena in the fall.

The HIFE initiative leverages the sport of hockey as a catalyst to help children learn essen al life skills, educa on and the core values of hockey: commitment, perseverance, and teamwork.


Aidan Brock
P: 630-880-9019

Jackson Hicks
P: 630-877-1699

AHAI Announces 2016-17 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics!!!

The Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) announced the 2016-17 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics to be conducted at various locations over the next few months.

IHOA Announces 2016-17 Officials Seminar Program!!!

The Illinois Hockey Officials Association (IHOA) announced the 2016-17 Officials Seminar Program to be conducted at various locations over the next few months.

The Central District and USA Hockey have announced the following important Girls’ Development dates for 2017.

Central District Playoffs for USA Hockey Nationals
March 17-19, 2017

Central District/USA Hockey Girls’ Development Camp Tryouts (Wisconsin)
March 24-26, 2017

USA Hockey Girls Tier I & Girls Tier II National Championships
April 6-10, 2017

America’s High School Showcase (Pittsburgh)
April 20-23, 2017

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)


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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