Congratulations to 21 Illinois players invited to attend USA Hockey’s Select Camps this summer! All camps will be held at the North Town Center in Williamsville, New York. Click HERE to view invitees.
Congratulations to the 31 players who have been invited to attend the 2018 USA Hockey Central District High Performance 14 Player Development Camp in Ames, Iowa, June 17-22, 2018. Their selection was based on their performance and ratings at the AHAI Player Development Evaluation Tryouts held March 23-25, 2018 at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Click HERE to view invitees.
Six (6) candidates have submitted their nomination in accordance with the AHAI By-Laws to fill the five (5) open seats to serve a three (3) year term on the AHAI Board of Directors. Please click on each individual candidate's name to view their bio. The Board of Directors election will be held after the Town Hall during the Opening Session of the 2018 AHAI Association Leadership Conference.
By Jack Weinberg, AHAI High School Committee Chairman
June 1st is the deadline for filing Combined applications for the Fall 2018-2019 season. Applications will need to be filed electronically by the organization’s registrar using the AHAI Web tool. The application is being updated and will be active soon. Full information for all contacts at your club including: name, mailing address, email address and phone number must be updated immediately so that they will receive all correspondence and instructions for all High School activities. If you have questions on how to update your contacts, contact the AHAI Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have other questions for the High School Committee, email to email@example.com.
Over the past seven years the “A Step aHead” program has been focused on educating the Illinois Youth Hockey community about concussion awareness and treatment. The four organizations that make up “A Step aHead”, the Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI, Athletico, and NorthShore University HealthSystem, will be offering a free seminar this year on a broader range of health and safety topics, as well as other issues important to youth hockey. We would very much like to know about the specific needs of players, coaches, parents and others involved in youth hockey. Please complete this very brief survey so we can tailor the educational seminar to these needs. Additional information, including date, location and presenters will be announced when available.
The 2018 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament took place April 25-29, 2018 at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville with 20 Adult Men's Teams from 12 area Adult Leagues participating. Click HERE for a complete wrap-up by the AHAI Adult State Tournament Chairman, Bob Fiorio.
AHAI will hold its annual gathering of all our Associations throughout the state on June 2nd at the Woodfield Hyatt Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois. Formerly known as the AHAI Annual Meeting, this important event is receiving a facelift. To better reflect the purpose of the meeting, it has been renamed to The AHAI Association Leadership Conference.
The conference is designed to educate Association Leaders and allow AHAI to hear from our members on a variety of topics which include player development, rules and ethics issues, referee retention, goaltender development, club communications/social media, amongst other topics. The conference will include guest speakers from USA Hockey, the legal community, website technology, and other subject matter experts. We will hold our AHAI Board Elections in our Opening Session, and a few special guest speakers will join us to wrap up the day. Just like last year, we will have pertinent vendors that serve our membership in attendance.
Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. Conference will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there so save the date and bring out all your Association Leaders. ~ AHAI Board of Directors
Congratulations and good luck to the 81 young women invited to participate in the 2018 Girls Central District Player Development Camps!
Click HERE to view Invitees.
AHAI is excited to announce that we have 2 National Champions! The Chicago Mission Girls 16Uteam defeated the Selects Academy at BK 2-1 to earn the 2018 USA Hockey Tier I Girls 16U National Championship title and the Chicago Mission Youth 16U bested Team Wisconsin 3-1 to claim USA Hockey’s Tier I Youth 16U National Championship Title!
By Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman
The Tier II substitute choice application process, Squirt 10U through Midget 16U/18U will begin on July 20,2018. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will only have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice. The dates for the appeals are August 9, August 29, and September 6, 2018 at 6:30pm at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred appeal hearing date (listed above). The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15th, 2018.
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.
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
Congratulations to the following players who have been selected to participate in USA Hockey’s Central Player Development Camps May 11-13th at Cedar Rapids Ice Arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Central District Boys’ Bantam Camp June 17-22nd at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Please click HERE to download/print player selections.
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 High School Coach of the Year
Tim Benz - St. Viator
Girls High School Coach of the Year
Steve Hamelin - Glenbrook South Girls