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Boys Player Development

The Boys Player Development Process in Illinois

2022 Player Development Opportunities

The Boys Player Development Process in Illinois

2022 Player Development Opportunities

It is important to understand that different entities are involved in the development process for youth hockey in the United States. USA Hockey is the governing body for the sport of ice hockey in the United States. USA Hockey is divided into twelve geographic districts. The States of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin comprise the Central District. AHAI, the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, is a sanctioned affiliate of USA Hockey and the governing body of Illinois amateur hockey. USA Hockey, the Central District and AHAI work in concert with one another to promote the development of youth hockey players. You can get the latest information online from the USA Hockey website (www.usahockey.com), and the AHAI website (www.ahai.org).

This outline describes various player development opportunities available through AHAI, the Central District and USA Hockey. AHAI sponsored events include the “Opportunities in Hockey” Seminar, America’s Showcase for High School aged players and the AHAI Boys’ Development Camp. The Central District hosts the Central District Development Camp and USA Hockey presents National Development Camps.

AHAI/USA Hockey Player Development Events In Chronological Order:

March 18-20, 2022
USAH/AHAI Boys Player Development/Identification Camp
(2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008 birth years)
AHAI Hockey Center, Bensenville, Illinois

May 6-8 at Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park, IL
USAH Central District Boys Player Development Camp Tryouts
(2005, 2006 & 2007 birth years)
 

June 12-17, 2022
USAH Central District (IL, MO, MW, WI)
Boys Bantam Camp (2008’s only)
Iowa State University — Ames, Iowa

USA Hockey will host more than 1,100 hockey players at seven player development camps over a six-week period beginning in June of 2022. The events will be split between various locations around the United States.

Each of the Boys' Select Player Development Camps will feature teams of 18 players. The Boys' Select 17 (2005) and Select 16 (2006) Player Development Camps will have 10 teams, while the Boys' Select 15 (2007) Player Development Camp will feature 12 teams.

The Boys' Select 14 (2008) USA Hockey Central District Player Development Camp will have 8 teams.

In addition, the Sled Hockey Player Development Camp will offer instruction to more than 60 disabled athletes.

The 2022 USA Hockey Player Development Camp Schedule Dates and Locations for all the Boys, Girls and Sled Camps will be determined and announced shortly by the USA Hockey Player Development Committee.

2022 USA Hockey Player Development Camp
Schedule‚Ä® Dates & Player Development Camp Locations
in Chronological Order:

Opportunities in Hockey (College Night) 

The Hockey Season begins with this seminar held during September every hockey season. The Seminar designed for all Bantam, Midget and High School age players who have not attended an AHAI College Prep Seminar in the past. This seminar is important for those players wishing to participate in AHAI Player Development events, and/or players who wish to tryout for the prestigious America’s Showcase team when they become Juniors and Seniors in High School. All other High School age players as well as parents and coaches are welcome and encouraged to attend this very informative event.

March 18-20-2022- AHAI Player Development Camp
AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville, Illinois

The AHAI Player Development Camp will be held at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville. Players invited to this camp are selected from the list of players recommended by the coaches in Illinois as well as from previous evaluation records. This year we will be inviting (68) players at each of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 & 2008 age levels to participate in several games to evaluate their skills and talent at this point in the season. Some of the players who participate in this AHAI Camp will be invited back to try-out for the Select 15, 16, and 17 USA Hockey National Development Camps. Those try-outs are May 6-8 at Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park, IL.

A certain number of players born in 2008 will be selected from this Camp to attend the In-District Bantam Development Camp June 12-17, 2022 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

May 6-8, 2022 - Central District Development Camp Tryouts
Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park, IL

The Central District will hold tryouts for the Select 15, 16, and 17 USA Hockey Development Camps on May 6-8, 2022. Each Affiliate sends its best players at pre- determined positions to tryout for the USA Hockey Development Camps. The players are placed on four teams and play a series of games as well as participating in specific skills drills. The coaching staff and District evaluators select the best players to represent our District at the Development Camps and the USA Hockey Select Camps which are held at a location to be determined shortly by the USA Hockey Player Development Committee. Players from these teams may be selected to participate on the USA Hockey National Teams or the USA Hockey Standing Team based in Plymouth, Michigan. Costs associated with this process include a player fee for tryouts, transportation, rooming and meals during the tryouts, and a nominal player team fee if the player is selected for a team. USA Hockey sponsors the housing and meals for the players and staff at the Festivals. AHAI subsidizes a portion of the cost for this Camp.

June 12-17, 2022 - In-District Bantam Camp
Iowa State University — Ames, Iowa

The Central District holds its own player development camp during the summer. The location of the Central District’s Boys Bantam Development Camp varies from year to year and this coming summer will be held at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The 2021 Central District Boys Bantam Development Camp will be June 12-17, 2022. The goal of the Central District Boys In-District Bantam Development Camp is to provide a week-long skill development program for boys 14 years of age. Each State within the Central District is allotted a number of spots in the Central District Boys In-District Bantam Development Camp depending on the overall number of boys registered in such State. Each State is responsible for selecting boys who will represent that State at the Central District Boys In-District Bantam Development Camp. From AHAI’s Player Development Camp on March 18-20, 2022 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois, 2008 birth year Boys will be selected to represent Illinois at the Central District Boys In-District Bantam Development Camp and will be notified directly by AHAI shortly after their selection. Illinois players selected to participate in the Central District Boys In-District Bantam Development Camp pay a bus fee (TBD) for their transportation and also pay a player fee (TBD) which includes the cost of lodging and meals at the Camp.

National Development Camps — Various Dates and Locations:

https://teamusa.usahockey.com/news_article/show/1197761

Boys 17 (2005) Player Development Camp
Northtown Center at Amherst, Williamsville, NY 
June 22-27, 2022

Boys Select 16 (2006) Player Development Camp
Northtown Center at Amherst, Williamsville, NY
July 7 – 13, 2022

Boys Select 15 (2007) Player Development Camp
Northtown Center at Amherst, Williamsville, NY —
July 15 – 20, 2022

Sled Hockey Player Development Camp
Northtown Center at Amherst, Williamsville, NY —
Date TBD

Girls U18 National Development Select Camp
July 15 – 21, 2022 @ St. Cloud, Minnesota

Girls U16/17 Player Development Camp
June 25 – July 1, 2022 @ St. Cloud, Minnesota

Girls 15 Player Development Camp
July 9 – 14, 2022 @ St. Cloud, Minnesota