Volume 8 Issue 15 | December 16, 2020
Holiday Greetings to all! 
Enjoy this time with your family and friends. Be thankful for them. These may be trying times, but we are Hockey People. We are tough and we are used to sacrificing for the success of our sport. We practice at 5:00 am and 10:30 pm on Sunday nights. We have given up our holidays for tournaments. 
This year has been different. Thanksgiving at home and now Chanukah and Christmas at home. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and pray that the vaccines get us back to our hockey lives soon!
Thank you all for your patience and understanding.

Kevin Bolger
AHAI President
Hockey Bond Strengthens Friendship of Marmion Academy Captains Greco, Galle
By Ross Forman - They have been close friends and teammates since they were in 6th grade and now, as senior captains in their fourth season on the Marmion Academy varsity, they are just as driven, supportive ... and certainly also competitive against one another. Sammy Greco and Andrew Galle, both 17 and both residents of St. Charles, are talented forwards who won a state championship together and now are looking for more memories before they head off to college next fall.

"We (have) spent years driving together to practices and most of our games, and we still continue to do so," Greco said. "Our friendship has definitely led to better performance on the ice. We like to have little competitions in practice, to see who can score the most in all the drills. We push each other to be the best. "We feed off each other's energy. The two of us play the best when we're just having fun and moving the puck around." READ MORE>>
Dear Tier 1 Families, 

It has been the most challenging of hockey seasons. I wish somehow we could change it into a "normal" year again and have all the games and tournaments as we have in the past; that would be great. As an understatement, it is not been a "normal" year. Please do continue to bear up under these circumstances and most of all, stay safe. It is my sincere hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mike Mullally
AHAI Tier 1 Committee Chair
Chicago Park District Outdoor Clinics
Sign up today for the opportunity to participate in a FREE Learn to Play ice hockey clinic! Use of skates and stick will be provided at no cost. Some prior ice skating experience is required. All participants will receive a jersey to keep. Clinics are geared towards beginner and intermediate skaters. Click here to register or for more information.

Homecoming: Olympian Kendall Coyne Schofield Accepts New Positions with Chicago Blackhawks
By Ross Forman - Kendall Coyne Schofield has dreamed of being part of the Chicago Blackhawks organization, literally, her whole life.

She was 3 when she put on her first pair of skates and started watching the Blackhawks. At 6 and again at age 8, she played JuniorHawks games at the United Center - and then even scored one of the most memorable goals of her entire career. In 2014, after her Winter Olympics glory, she was an intern in the team's media relations department - and has been an ambassador for the team since. READ MORE>>

*Photo courtesy of Chicago Blackhawks Photo
AHAI Will Host 2 Additional Virtual CEP Clinics in December
By Jim Clare, Illinois Coach-In-Chief - AHAI will be hosting two additional CEP clinics in December, a Virtual Level 2 CEP clinic on December 21 and December 23 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and a Virtual Level 1 CEP clinic on December 28 and December 30 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. We recommend registering as soon as possible as these clinics will fill up quickly. USA Hockey is also hosting many Virtual CEP Clinics at all levels. Click here to view current CEP Clinic schedule and to register! 
Fostering a Good Team Culture Starts with Building Trust
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - Creating and maintaining a great culture is an essential element for any team. Whether it's a bunch of 6-year-olds playing on a team for the very first time or 18-year-olds trying to win a state title, fostering a good team culture starts from the top at the coach and trickles down to the players, who need to keep it going strong.

Lake Forest Academy boys' hockey assistant coach Rob Klein believes there are three components that make up good team culture. The first, and most important, is trust. Secondly, it is support for teammates. And the final one is collaboration. READ MORE>>
IHHF Bio Series: Kendall Coyne Schofield - Players Category
Kendall is a longtime member of the United States Women's National Hockey Team. Over the span of her 13 years with USA Hockey, she has captured 21 medals in International Competition. She has won six gold medals at the IIHF World Women's Championships and a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics and an Olympic Silver Medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. She competed in 9 Four Nations Cups, capturing gold six times. At the age of 15, her Team USA career began when she was named to the United States Under-18 Women's National Team. She was a captain and 3-time member. She received 2 gold medals and one silver. She is currently the all-time leading scorer in tournament history with 33 points in 15 games. READ FULL BIO>>
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding an induction ceremony this year. We will be inducting this 16th class into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. More information will follow when we get closer to the event.
100+ Illinois Men & Women Are on NCAA Division I Rosters for the 2020-21 Season!
It's a testament to our Illinois players, coaches, and affiliates that so many of our young men and women from Illinois were able to realize their dream of playing NCAA Division I college hockey. Congratulations and good luck this season to the 100+ Illinois men and women continuing their hockey careers along with obtaining the ever important college degree. Please click on the buttons below to view lists of Illinois players.

 Information was obtained from rosters posted on USCHO.com and college websites. If you or someone you know was inadvertently left off the lists above, please contact AHAI Communications at communications@ahai2.org. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, most NCAA Division III rosters are unavailable at this time. We hope to highlight Illinois players on NCAA DIII rosters at a later date.

2021 U.S. National Junior Team Announced; Roster Includes Illinois' Alex Turcotte
USA Hockey has named 25 players to the 2021 U.S. National Junior Team set to compete in the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from Dec. 25, 2020 - Jan. 5, 2021, in Edmonton, Alberta. The roster includes Illinois' Alex Turcotte (Chicago, Ill.).

The group features eight members of the 2020 U.S. National Junior Team, including both goaltenders Spencer Knight (Darien, Conn.) and Dustin Wolf (Gilroy, Calif.), defenseman Cam York (Anaheim, Calif.), and forwards Bobby Brink (Minnetonka, Minn.), Cole Caufield (Stevens Point, Wis.), Arthur Kaliyev (Staten Island, N.Y.), Alex Turcotte (Chicago, Ill.) and Trevor Zegras (Bedford, N.Y.). Knight was also a member of the silver medal-winning 2019 U.S. National Junior Team. READ MORE>>
By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar
QUESTION: A player delivers a check without taking the two fast strides, but instead accelerates through the check and delivers just as much force as if he had taken two fast strides. Could this be considered charging?

ANSWER: Yes. By accelerating through the check and maximizing the force used, the player is no longer simply separating the opponent from the puck and instead is attempting to intimidate or punish the opponent. Under the Body Checking Standard of Play, this must be penalized under the charging rule.

QUESTION: A player leaves his feet and jumps at the last second to deliver a body check. Would this be considered charging?

ANSWERYes. Anytime a player jumps in the process of delivering a body check, a charging penalty must be called, even if the contact is still made by the trunk of the body to the trunk of the opponent. The jumping motion provides additional force that is not necessary to deliver a legal body check.