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30th Annual AHAI All-State Games Announced

For the past 29 years, AHAI has been conducting a High School All-State game for the boys and girls varsity divisions statewide. This year will mark the 30th year of this very special event. The 2019 Boys High School All-State game and the 2019 Girls High School All-State game will be played on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. The Girls game will start at 6:40 p.m. and the Boys game will begin at 8:35 p.m. The 4th Annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award will also be given to one player from the Boys game and one player from the Girls game. Each MVP will receive a Terry J. Stasica memorial trophy, Howies Hockey Tape prize package and a 10-week off-ice training package from Tier 1 Athletic Performance. Both the Boys All-State and Girls All-State games will be broadcast live by Game Time Broadcasting.

Admission to the High School Hockey All-State Games is FREE. All-State players will be selected by the High School Varsity head coaches throughout the State of Illinois. Mark your calendars now to come watch the best play the best in both the girls and the boys divisions. Can’t make the game? Stay tuned for details on how you can watch the games live from The Edge with Game Time Broadcasting.


2019 Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Application Now Available!

We wanted to make you aware of a unique scholarship opportunity for all graduating Illinois High School Hockey Players. This is an annual scholarship which is provided by the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association to three Illinois High School hockey players. The Alumni Association was formed in 1987 by former Blackhawk players (Stan Mikita, Keith Magnuson, Cliff Koroll, and many others) with one of the main goals being giving back to Illinois youth hockey, High School in particular. 

As a part of this charge, the Alumni awards three annual $7,500 scholarships (for 4 years) to “the most deserving high school hockey players” in the state. 

The selection process is determined not by talent, but by the following five criteria:
Academics
Financial Need
Character
Community Service
Applicant Essay
 
Please take a minute to visit the Blackhawk Alumni website at www.blackhawkalumni.com to read more about the scholarship, see a list of past recipients and to download this year's application. 

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please direct them to Tom Dillon at tom.dillon@amwins.com. 
 
Thanks and good luck the remainder of the season!


2019 AHAI Coach of the Year Nomination Process Now Open!

AHAI recognizes that Illinois Hockey is comprised not only of incredible players, but also of great High School, Youth, Girls and Disabled Hockey Coaches who guide our teams both on and off the ice. Candidates for AHAI’s Boys and Girls High School, Youth, Girls and Disabled Hockey Coach of the Year Awards should embody good sportsmanship and respect toward teams, parents and officials while providing a positive experience for their players. Candidates should also teach positive life skills while demonstrating dedication, passion and commitment to community. Deadline to nominate is Friday, February 8, 2019.



Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Announces Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees!!!

The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame announced the 2018 inductees to be enshrined into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame.

They include:
Joe Corvo, Brett Lebda and Darren Pang form the Players Category —
Kevin Bolger, Karen Hyde, Mary Ann Robison and Terry Stasica from the Builders Category and
John Cerza and Jack Raslawski from the Officials Category.

The 2018 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honor on Sunday, January 27, 2019 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. 

The Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of individuals who, through their dedication and tireless efforts, helped to pave the way for the future generations of kids and adults to enjoy the great sport of ice hockey.

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.”

The IHHF Selection Committee consists of all of the living past and present presidents of the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc.
The Illinois hockey community congratulates all of this years inductees and thank them for their countless contributions to our great sport. We encourage you to attend the Induction Dinner to celebrate the accomplishments of these remarkable inductees.


SafeSport Update: USA Hockey Reporting Policy

USA Hockey’s Reporting Policy is a key part of its SafeSport Program and an effective reporting policy is crucial to preventing abuse.  Section IV of the SafeSport Handbook contains specifics on the Reporting Policy. Click HERE to download the SafeSport Handbook. Please click HERE to view the amendments to two federal statutes: (1) the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 and (2) the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.

The Policy requires that every employee or volunteer of any USA Hockey Member Program must report (1) actual or perceived violations of the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook, (2) any violations of the policies prohibiting Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Bullying, Threats and Harassment, and Hazing, and (3) suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse to the appropriate USA Hockey representatives.

Additionally, in all cases involving suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse, every employee or volunteer of USA Hockey Member Programs must also report to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

To make a report to USA Hockey, you may do so either by: (1) clicking on “Report to USA Hockey” and completing the Reporting Form, (2) emailing to SafeSport@usahockey.org, or (3) calling 800-888-4656.

Reports may also be made to the Affiliate SafeSport Coordinator. The AHAI SafeSport coordinator is Paul Jakubowski; pjakubowski@ahai2.org or 224.636.3216.

All reports involving sexual abuse and misconduct must be reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reports to the U.S. Center for SafeSport may be made by (1) completing an online report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport at “Report a Concern”, or by (2) calling 720-524-5640. For additional information on reporting to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, please click HERE.


Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Executive Director Position Available

Please submit your electronic
resume no later than January 16th to: 
administration@ahai2.org

Of if you must mail a resume:
AHAI
P.O. Box 217
Batavia, Illinois 60510


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