Volume 8 Issue 21 | March 10, 2021
As the winter 2020-2021 Season comes to an end, we look forward to Spring Hockey and hopefully a return to normalcy.  Although we are in a constant state of flux, the positives greatly out weigh the negatives. Let's have a great spring. Practice social distancing, obey the individual rinks' requirements and enjoy hockey!
Keep your feet moving and heads up.

Kevin Bolger
AHAI President
7 Tier I Teams Selected to Represent Illinois in the USA Hockey Central District Championships March 26-28, 2021!

Youth Tier I 14U
Chicago Mission

Youth Tier I 15O
Chicago Young Americans

Youth Tier I 16U
Team Illinois

Youth Tier I 18U
Chicago Mission

Girls Tier I 14U
Chicago Young Americans

Girls Tier I 16U
Chicago Young Americans

Girls Tier I 19U
Team Illinois
The Girls Tier I National Championships will be held April 29 - May 3 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The Youth Tier I National Championships will be held April 28 - May 3 in Dallas, Texas for the 14U and 15O divisions, and the 16U and 18U divisions will be held in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
3 Tier II Girls Teams Selected to Represent Illinois in Central District & USA Hockey National Championships!
Girls Tier II 16U
Northshore Warhawks
Girls Tier II 19U
Northshore Warhawks
Girls Tier II 14U
Naperville Sabres

The Northshore Warhawks 16U and 19U teams will compete in the USA Hockey Central District Championships March 26-28, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska! The Naperville Sabres 14U team will advance directly to the Girls Tier II 14U USA Hockey National Championship which will be held April 29 - May 3, 2021 in Denver, Colorado!
Host Sites Confirmed for 2021 USA Hockey National Championships
USA Hockey has confirmed the 2021 USA Hockey National Championships host sites, including three new sites in Texas, Missouri and Colorado. Chipotle, for a fourth consecutive season, will serve as the title sponsor of High School, Girls and Youth Nationals. USA Hockey has conducted the country's ice hockey National Championship tournaments since 1938, with teams from all across the United States crowned champions across various classifications. As part of USA Hockey Nationals, more than 7,000 players compete for American hockey top honors in youth, girl's, high school and adult levels.

High SchoolOmaha, Nebraska April 15-19, 2021
Youth Tier I 14U, 15 OnlyDallas, TexasApril 28-May 3, 2021  
Youth Tier I 16U, 18UMaryland Heights, MissouriApril 28-May 3, 2021
Youth Tier II 14UDallas, TexasApril 29-May 3, 2021
Youth Tier II 16UGrand Rapids, MichiganApril 29-May 3, 2021
Youth Tier II 18UGreen Bay, WisconsinApril 29-May 3, 2021
Girls Tier I 14U, 16U, 19UWest Chester, PennsylvaniaApril 29-May 3, 2021
Girls Tier II 14U, 16U, 19UDenver, Colorado  April 29-May 3, 2021
Adult Men'sWesley Chapel, FloridaApril 15-18, 2021
Adult Women'sWesley Chapel, FloridaApril 22-25,2021

NOTES: A list of previous USA Hockey national championships dating back to 1938 can be found here. A list of USA Hockey National Champions from Illinois can be found here. For more information about the 2021 USA Hockey National Championships, click here.
Attention New & Returning Officials!!!
USA Hockey Officiating has added 2 Virtual Officiating Seminars on March 15th. If interested, don't delay registering as these seminar openings will fill quickly. The seminars listed below are the last of the virtual seminars for the 2021-21 season. Click here to register.
  • "New" Level 1: March 15 from 3-9 pm (MST)
  • "Returning" Level 1/Level 2: March 15 from 7-10pm (EST)
Ask the Official: Should a penalty for interference be called for an unavoidable collision with the goalkeeper?
QUESTION: An offensive player in possession of the puck is racing to the net with a defender trailing him. The offensive player makes a hard cut across the front of the goal immediately in front of the crease. The offensive player loses his edge (due to no action by the defensive player) and slides hard into the goalkeeper dislodging the goal (he did not get a shot off). Should a penalty for interference be called for an unavoidable collision with the goalkeeper? 

ANSWER: Rule 607(c) & (d) in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states, (c) A minor plus a misconduct or a major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to a player who body checks or charges a goalkeeper while the goalkeeper is within his goal crease or privileged area. READ MORE>>
The A Step aHead program was created to offer free baseline neurocognitive testing to youth hockey players and educational opportunities on sports safety to the hockey community. We are now planning our eleventh season and we want to continue to improve our outreach to hockey players, their parents, coaches and clubs.

Please complete this brief survey (approximately 1-3 minutes) to let us know how to best address safety issues with youth hockey players.

Hockey Is Family for Fenwick Defenseman Elizabeth Mack
By Ross Forman - Elizabeth Mack, a junior defenseman at Fenwick in her third year on the school's varsity team, is following a family path for the Friars. Her dad and both of her brothers went to Fenwick and all played hockey during their time at the Chicago Catholic Hockey League (CCHL) powerhouse.

"My dad has been the biggest influence on my hockey career," said Mack, 17, who lives on the northwest side of Chicago. "When I was 2, he was the one who got me into my first pair of skates and went to almost all of my early games. Then, the older I got, the more I knew how much he loved the game and that made me love it even more. It only mattered that we had fun on the ice and played the best game we could. It didn't matter how our team played; if we played the best we could, that's all that mattered. My dad has always known how to make me a better player." READ MORE>>
Grant Salanty Is A Lake Forest Standout, On & Off The Ice
By Ross Forman - Grant L. Salanty was in his first big game - in goal for his mite gold Falcons team about 10 years ago, playing for the state championship against a team that had already defeated the Falcons three times that season. The opposing team featured Colby Saganiuk, who now skates for the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Simon Motew was the main defenseman for the Falcons, and he is now a forward for the Chicago Cougars of the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL).

During warm-ups, the opposing team's coach said, "Easy 4 goals on this goalie." But that didn't happen, not even close. Salanty led the Falcons to a 2-0 victory, which included a late empty-net insurance goal.
Salanty was on his way to goaltending glory. READ MORE>>
Time Is Running Out ~ Application Deadline is March 15th!
The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players. Awards are determined from a candidate's level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, academic performance as well as the hockey talent of the individual. Recipients will receive an annual $7,500.00 scholarship over four years for a total of $30,000. Fully completed applications are due no later than March 15, 2021

Click here for more information about the scholarship and to download an application. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please direct them to Tom Dillon at tom.dillon@amwins.com.
The Show: Former Barrington High School, Team Illinois Player Connor Mackey Makes His NHL Debut
By Ross Forman - Connor Mackey - with No. 3 emblazed on the back of his road white Calgary Flames jersey - took to the ice Saturday, Feb. 13, at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, marking his NHL debut, a dream-come-true for the son of a former NHL player.

Mackey, who skated for the Barrington High School JV Team as a freshman about 10 years earlier, was one of six defensemen that night for the Flames who ultimately lost 3-1, as Vancouver ended a six-game losing streak with two third-period goals. He was minus-1 for the night in the plus/minus column, but still thrilled with the moment, a magical experience that sent smiles throughout Illinois, particularly Chicago's northwest suburbs. Another one of our own has had made it to the pinnacle of hockey. READ MORE>>
Fighting On: Former Hockey Player Danny Oganovich In Need Of Kidney Transplant
By Ross Forman - The past five years have been a struggle, at best, for Danny Oganovich, a three-year varsity player for the co-op Cobras Hockey Team and a 2019 graduate of Bremen High School in Midlothian, where he lives. It all started when he drank a knock-off red Gatorade at school, he said. He had lower abdominal pain and doctors told him he had kidney issues. He was diagnosed with kidney disease early in his sophomore year after blood tests came back abnormal. 

"It was my sophomore year and I had just found out that I made the varsity team; I was psyched and couldn't wait for the season; we had a great team," said Oganovich, who skated for the Cobras JV team as a freshman and was a varsity newcomer on defense as a sophomore. READ MORE>>
Illinois' Dryden McKay Is a Finalist for the 2021 Mike Richter Award
By NCAA.com - The Hockey Commissioners Association has announced the finalists for this year's Mike Richter Award, given annually to the top goalie in men's NCAA Division I hockey since 2014. Nine goaltenders (including Downers Grove native Dryden McKay) from a "Watch List" of 35 were singled out by a panel of voters from across the hockey community. The winner of this year's Mike Richter Award will be announced in April during the NCAA Frozen Four. READ MORE>>
For Young Hockey Players, Failure Isn't Only Inevitable, It's Helpful
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - It's inevitable that every hockey player who hits the ice is going to mess up at least once in his or her career. How a coach or parent reacts and finds a rational solution for the kid that "failing" on the ice is ok will go a long way in that player's development.

"Every human learns by failing," said Guy Gosselin, a USA Hockey ADM regional manager and Paralympic gold medal-winning head coach of the U.S. National Sled Team. "We all make mistakes and we learn from them. In human development and youth sports or any kind of sport, you're going to make mistakes out there and the way you react to your fails essentially is going to control your destiny. Our players need to understand that from a skills standpoint, you can always get better and from a mental standpoint you can always get better. You don't want to have too many peaks and too many valleys. You don't want to go in the tank when you fail; you want to understand what happened and, can you come to a solution for that?" READ MORE>>