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Shop Wednesday, September 30 through Sunday, October 11 for Nike high performance AHAI golf shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hoodies and 3/4 zips! Show your Illinois Hockey pride and help support AHAI’s Special Hockey Programs! 100% of the profits will benefit Illinois’ Special Hockey Programs! Click HERE to view AHAI Apparel Flyer.

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AHAI & Seven Bridges to Host 2016 Girls Central District Development Camp Tryouts

The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, in conjunction with Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Girls Central District Development Camp Tryouts for USA Hockey’s National Camp the weekend of April 8 through April 10, 2016.

We believe that in hosting the Camp locally we will be providing a significant benefit to our Girls and their families.

Seven Bridges and their staff have a long history of hosting important events in a professional manner.

Many more details to follow but AHAI and Seven Bridges appreciate the confidence Central District has shown in selecting AHAI and Seven Bridges to host an important Girls hockey event this coming Spring.

August of 2016 will mark the 20th anniversary that the Illinois Hockey Community came together when one of our own suffered a broken neck. Proceeds from our inaugural golf outing went directly for his rehabilitation and to assist the young man’s family with the enormous expenses they faced.

Over the years, the AHAI Foundation Golf Outing has added other charitable causes to the Foundation – Special Needs Hockey (Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey, Sled Hockey (Hornets), Wounded Warrior Sled Hockey (to be added in 2016), Deaf Hockey (Stan Mikita’s Hearing Impaired Hockey – AHIHA), and Diversity Hockey. 100% of the proceeds go directly to these causes.

The AHAI Foundation Golf Committee is looking for a few volunteers to solicit raffle items and prizes, such as hotel overnight stays, weekend getaways, dining discount coupons, sports and event tickets, corporate logo giveaways, etc.

If you would like to help, please contact Don Allord at 630.464.5910 or

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for August 12, 2016 for the 20th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing at Indian Lakes. You don’t have to be a golfer, no one appears to be, just someone who wants to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s a great time to golf with your son or daughter, spend a day in the sun and have their undivided attention for 4 hours! –  Don Allord, AHAI Foundation Golf Outing Chairman

A can't miss event! Blind Hockey - Saturday, November 14 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at All Seasons Ice Rinks in Naperville.

Blind Hockey is the same exhilarating, fast-paced game that gets spectators out of their seats with only one main difference – all of the players are legally blind! The sport features an adapted puck that makes noise, and is both bigger and slower than a traditional puck. Players’ levels of vision range from legally blind – approximately 10% vision or less – to totally blind, with the lowest vision athletes playing defense or goal. Blind Hockey is an excellent spectator sport as it is easily recognizable to the average hockey fan, with minimal rule adaptations to help with gameplay and player safety. 

If you, or someone you know is blind or visually impaired, and would like to try the fun and inclusive sport of Blind Hockey, please contact Amy LaPoe at For more information about Blind Hockey visit

USA Hockey/Central District Announces Girls’ 2015-16 Important Dates

The Application Process for Tier II 2 Choice Substitutions is NOW OPEN.

Tier II Choice Substitution: Examples & Information Regarding Application Process  

Situations That May Lead to the Rare Substitute Choice 

EXAMPLE:  If neither Member Association the player has played for has a Tier II team at that player’s age level, the player will receive a substitute choice based on the approval of AHAI.  AHAI will grant a substitute choice that makes sense geographically (travel distance from home to practice).  A player will NOT be given an “open choice”; the exemption is a substitution requiring approval.

EXAMPLE:  A player leaves their 1st Member Association and goes to a second. They encounter a problem at the new club that invokes a Rules & Ethics investigation with a finding that the Member Organization did not deal fairly with the player.  As long as the 1st club they played for has a viable Tier II team at the appropriate age level, the player must try out for that club if they desire to play Tier II.  If they are then cut (from ALL the teams in that age division), then they may apply for a substitution.  AHAI will determine if the substitution request is within geographic guidelines as associated with “community based” hockey.

NOTE:  A change of residence which significantly impacts the distance a player needs to travel to their closest viable choice (after the relocation) MAY be considered.

Applications for Choice Substitutions Close October 5, 2015
Click HERE to Apply

Still Have Questions?  Contact:
Gregg Chudacoff
AHAI Tier II Chairman

AHAI/USA Hockey Announce 2015-15 CEP Clinic Schedule!

The Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc (AHAI) announced the Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinic Schedule for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. 

All coaches are required to be certified at the appropriate level for the upcoming season.

All 2015-16 AHAI/USA Hockey CEP Clinics are now open for registration ONLY on the USA Hockey website at

Girls, did you know that officiating is a great way to improve your skills as a hockey player? Officiating improves your rule knowledge, overall awareness of the game, skating ability AND allows you to make money while doing what you LOVE! IHOA is pleased to announce that they will be hosting two All Girls Seminars this summer. Click HERE for more information. Questions? Contact Erin Blair or Nicole Davis at!

IHOA Seminars

The Illinois Hockey Officials’ Association (IHOA) is pleased to announce the release of its officiating seminars for the coming season. All USA Hockey/AHAI officials are required to attend a seminar each season and in Illinois all seminars are conducted by IHOA and its certified instructors.

The dates and locations are attached below. In order to attend a seminar, all officials must have attained 14 years of age before December 31, 2015.

The registration period commences August 3, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. Please head to on August 3, 2015  to select the seminar of your choice. Please note that seminars fill quickly and it is a first come first served registration process. All officials must be completely registered by November 30, 2015.

We look forward to seeing everyone during seminar season!!!

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