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The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), announced today along with the Chicago Blackhawks the 2018 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, will be played at the United Center on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The Boys State Championship tilt, which begins at 3 p.m. at the United Center, will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Chicago and streamed live on and via the NBC Sports app. The event will feature a full day of action with the Illinois Girls’ State Championship (11:30 a.m.), the Boys’ Red Division State Championship (3 p.m.) and the Boys’ Combined Division State Championship (5:00 p.m.).

This marks the 31st year that AHAI will host their State Championship at the United Center/Chicago Stadium. The 2017 title was won by New Trier Green in the Red Division, Addison Trail/Fenton/Montini Catholic/Willowbrook High Schools in the Combined Division and Glenbrook South High School in the Girls’ Division.

Tickets for the event, which features three contests, will go on sale on Monday, January 29, at 10 a.m. The 2018 Illinois High School Hockey Championships will feature a set of Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman Bobblehead Magnet giveaway to the first 10,000 fans, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers. General admission tickets for the event, which include parking, are available for $5, and can be purchased online at, in person at the United Center Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. For more information, including group offers, please contact the Chicago Blackhawks Ticket Office by calling (312) 455-7000.

Let the games Begin!

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

Congratulations to all State Champs!

2018 AHAI Awards & Honors: Boys and Girls High School Players of the Year & Disabled, High School, Youth & Girls Coaches of the Year

Join AHAI in congratulating the following individuals on their achievement during the 2017-18 hockey season. Awards will be presented to recipients on Saturday, March 24th at the United Center during the Illinois State High School Hockey Championships.

JJ O’Connor Male High School Player of the Year
David Rubin - Glenbrook North

Cammi Granato Female High School Player of the Year
Madison Itagaki - Glenbrook South Girls

Disabled Coach of the Year
Steve Drews - Blackhawks Special Hockey

Youth Coach of the Year
Ryan Taylor - Highland Park Falcons

Girls Coach of the Year
Nick Lavalle - Glenview Stars

Dave Shapiro Memorial Coach of the Year
Tim Benz - St. Viator

Girls High School Coach of the Year
Steve Hamelin - Glenbrook South Girls


Chicago Blackhawk Alumni would like to proudly present the 2018 Keith Magnuson Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship recipients. These individuals have exemplified how to be great players both on and off the ice. These recipients will be honored at the upcoming Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon on March 19th at the United Center Pavilion.

From left to right: 

Patrick Nasta - Prairie Ridge 
Aaron Salmon - Salmon Academy of Excellence
Evan Wellman – Sacred Heart-Griffin 

2018 America’s Showcase Roster Announced

AHAI congratulates the players selected to represent Illinois and defend our Championship Title at the 2018 America’s Showcase which will take place April 19-23, 2018 in St. Peters, Missouri. Good luck, Players! Click Here

Boys’ Invitees to AHAI’s 2018 Player Development Tryout/Identification Camp Announced

The following players have been nominated and selected to participate in the 2018 AHAI Player Development Camp for Midget and Bantam age players at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville, Illinois to be conducted the weekend of March 23rd – March 25th, 2018. Click Here

29th Annual AHAI All-State Games

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 marked the 29th year of this very special event.

Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Inducts Nine New Members into the Class of 2017!

Nearly 250 people were present as the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHF) recently inducted its 13th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The honored inductees who were inducted on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove were (pictured above back row top left) Rich Blight, Jackie Juliar (for deceased Terry Juliar), Peter Moffat, Gino Cavallini, Harrison Aybar (for Rafe Aybar), Steve Poapst (Front row Left, Jerry Ballard, Carla Juliar (for deceased Terry Juliar), Sheri Wolfe, Made Aybar (for Rafe Aybar) and Jim Neville.

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.”

You can learn more about the long hockey history each of these individuals has contributed as each member of the Class of 2017 is being featured in the AHAI electronic newsletter Snapshot or here.

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 all their own!

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