Volume 5 Issue 21 |  February 28, 2018

By USA Hockey
GANGNEUNG, South Korea  -  Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (Grand Forks, N.D.) scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout and Maddie Rooney (Andover, Minn.) stopped 29 shots and four of Canada's six shootout attempts as the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team defeated Canada in a shootout,  3-2, to win gold at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

"For our players, I am so happy they get to experience something different," said Robb Stauber, head coach of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. "We had some trying times this year. You learn how to transform yourself, how you think about and perform the game. This is probably a classic example of how hard it should be to win a gold medal."

The victory gives the United States its second gold medal in women's ice hockey after Team USA claimed the inaugural gold medal in the event at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. The U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team has medaled in all six Olympic appearances to date (gold - 1998, 2018; silver - 2002, 2010, 2014 and bronze - 2006).   FULL ARTICLE>>

Boys' Invitees to AHAI's 2018 Player Development Tryout/Identification Camp Announced 
By Pete Humann, AHAI Player Development Chairman ~ Congratulations to the players who were nominated and selected to participate in the 2018 AHAI Player Development Camp for Midget and Bantam age players at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville, Illinois to be conducted the weekend of March 23rd - March 25th, 2018. VIEW INVITEES>>
2018 America's Showcase 'Team Illinois' Roster Announced
By Mike Mullally, Showcase Team Manager ~ For the 5th straight year AHAI will send a team to represent Illinois at the America's Showcase. AHAI congratulates the young men selected to represent Illinois and defend the Championship Title at the 2018 America's Showcase April 19-23, 2018 in St. Peters, Missouri. VIEW ROSTER>>

As the Countdown to State edges closer, we are down to the Championship Series for Tier I Youth, the Final 4 for Girls High School Varsity, the Final 8 for Tier II Youth and White Varsity High School and the Sweet 16 round for Red Varsity, Combined Varsity, Junior Varsity and Junior Varsity Combined. We are excited to announce that we will be streaming all Girls and Tier II Youth Championship games LIVE from the Edge, as well as Red Varsity and Combined Varsity semi-final games and the White Varsity Championship Game! Streaming will include play-by-play action and color commentary! Stay tuned for more details.

The Boys State Championship tilt, which begins at 3:00 p.m. at the United Center, will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Chicago and streamed live on  and via the NBC Sports app. The event will feature a full day of action with the Illinois Girls' State Championship at 11:30am), the Boys' Red Division State Championship at 3:00pm and the Boys' Combined Division State Championship at 5:00pm. DETAILS>>
Your votes have been counted and the Top 5 Photos for February have been selected! Congratulations to our winners! Click HERE to view our 18 Finalists and visit AHAI's Facebook Page to see all photos submitted in February! 
"Beautiful Sunrise in NY"
Paulie Lenci
Huskies Bantam Major Goalie
  Click  HERE  for details on the March Photo of the Month Contest! Deadline to enter is Tuesday, March 20th at 5pm.
"Visualize the Obscurity"
Nathan & Alex
Jr. Fury Minor Mites
"Different Teams, Same Family "
Austin Bullock - Vipers
Josh Becker - Northbrook
"Winning the Race to the Puck"
Zachary Porter
Sabres Squirt A5
"Mom, I've got this!"
Pierson Boisselle
Huskies Bantam Major CSDHL
Meet Jim Neville ~ Class of 2017 Builders' Category
Jim Neville has always been a coach. For the past 41 years, this 1955 Fenwick High School Alum has volunteered as a youth hockey coach. It all started in mid-1970 when Jim was coaching Mitey Mite Youth Football with his friend Jim Ray. Ray's son played for the Park Ridge Hornets Hockey Organization and he asked Jim to be his assistant coach. Jim's team won State his first year coaching, so you can say the rest is history.  FULL BIO>>
2018 Keith Magnuson Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Recipients
Chicago Blackhawk Alumni would like to proudly present the 2018 Keith Magnuson Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship recipients: Patrick Nasta (Prairie Ridge), AJ Salmon (Salmon Academy of Excellence) and Evan Wellman (Sacred Heart - Griffin). These young men have exemplified how to be great players both on and off the ice. These recipients will be honored at the upcoming Keith Magnuson Scholarship Luncheon on March 19th at the United Center Pavilion.
Metro Girls Hockey League News
By Pam Flores ~ With only a few games left in the regular season, there is very close competition in both the Founders Cup and the Scholastic Cup brackets. What a great time of year!  At the conclusion of this part of the season, the top four teams from each bracket will move on to single elimination semi-final games. The Metro playoffs will begin the first weekend of March. READ MORE>>
Fenwick Girls Looking For First-Ever State Championship 
Mason Strom Mixes Officiating, Coaching
By Ross Forman ~ His frustrations as a coach led Mason Strom to officiating.  "I approach games not only from the viewpoint of an official, but a coach as well and I try to eliminate the things that frustrate me as a coach," Strom said. "Being an official means making the tough decisions, even if they are not the popular ones because (that's) what is right and what the integrity of the game deserves." READ MORE>>
SHL Scholastic Cup Finals are set: #1 Loyola vs. #2 NTG  
By Evan Poulakidas ~ Game 1 of the Loyola, Glenbrook North series was a defensive struggle for most of the game. Loyola would score a 1 st  period power play goal that would stand up until with 22 seconds left to play Gold would score their 2 nd  goal to win game one 2-0. In game 2, Gold jumped out to a 2 goal lead, but GBN came back and scored 3 straight goals in the 2 nd  period. Gold would tie the game midway thru the 3 rd  period leading the teams into overtime. READ MORE>>
Registration Open for the Little Blackhawks Program at MB Ice Arena
The Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, between 5-9 years of age, free head-to-toe equipment, age appropriate instruction and certified coaching, with appearances by NHL Alumni. Hurry, limited spots still available at MB Ice Arena. Click  HERE  for more information and registration.
January Captains Spotlight
Robb Hallam (Homewood Flossmoor), Dominic Caponera (DeLaSalle Inst.), Ben Dirst (Lemont) and Ellie Lawrence (Latin)
January Referee Spotlight
Anthony Baffi (Shepard H.S.) and Andrew Deger (Glenbrook North)

Be a Part of the Disabled Hockey Festival Vendor Fair!
Welcome to the USA Hockey 2018 Disabled Hockey Festival Vendor Fair. As a celebration of our abilities, all applicants must be owned or operated by a person(s) with a disability. The Vendor Fair will be held April 6-7 and April 13-14, 2018 at the Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee. Please click HERE for more information and registration. We hope to see you there!
Men's & Women's 2018 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament
By Robert Fiorio ~ The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Adult Committee is proud to present the 2018 Adult Illinois State Championship Tournament hosted by the AHAI Adult Committee and The Edge Ice Arena. The Adult State Tournament will take place April 25 - April 29, 2018 with all Championship Games taking place on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at The Edge.  MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION>>
Black Ice Brings Back Title from Pond Hockey Championships
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI ~ Hockey builds lifelong friendships.  The guys from the pond hockey team Black Ice have experienced that firsthand. Now, they have a hockey story they will be sharing with family and friends for the rest of their lives.  Black Ice, which is comprised of six guys from around the Glen Ellyn area, made its third trip to compete in the annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships on Feb. 9-11 in Eagle River, Wisconsin.  The team used its on-ice chemistry and took advantage of a fortunate bounce to win the championship in the 60+ Division. FULL ARTICLE>>
8 Illinois Teams Bring Home Championship Banners From Eagle River!
The 13th Annual Labatt Blue/USA Hockey Pond Hockey National Championships concluded on Sunday, February 11th with 8 of the 19 division titles coming home to Illinois. The 3-day tournament, held on Dollar Lake in Eagle River, Wisconsin, had 131 Illinois teams participate this year. Congratulations to all the Illinois Champions! Click   HERE to read a wrap of the event and view more pictures.
Team Pfiffner ~ Int. 21+
Squigglies ~ Int. 30+
Moosejaw ~ 40 Tier II
Top Shelf ~ Bronze 21+
WC Ice Hogs ~ 50 Tier II
Black Ice ~ 60+
Creeps ~ Beginner
Flying W ~ 40 Tier I
Vikings 16U forward Noah Neiheisel: 'Hockey is my happy place' 
Lockport freshman leans on hockey to help cope with tough personal life
By Ross Forman ~ Hockey is his happy place, where Noah Neiheisel is comfortable, always relaxed and content, always striving to improve.  "I go on the ice and just think of hockey," he said. "Of course there are all sorts of life lessons hidden in the game of hockey ... you just need to figure out what they are."  Neiheisel, 15, who lives in Homer Glen and is a freshman at Lockport High School, is a forward for the Vikings 16U team, his first season with the Orland Park organization. READ MORE>>
Top-10 Finalists Named for 2018 Patty Kazmaier Award - Includes Illinois' Savannah Harmon 
The USA Hockey Foundation announced the top-10 finalists for the 2018 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award. The honor is bestowed annually upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, and this year will be unveiled at a brunch ceremony at McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Saturday, March 17, as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend hosted by the University of Minnesota. READ MORE>>
14 Illinois Associations to Host Try Hockey For Free Events on March 3rd
On Saturday, March 3rd, USA Hockey and 14 Illinois associations/rinks will host Try Hockey For Free Day events! Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey as part of Hockey Weekend Across America celebration. All locations will have limited equipment available for use. Click HERE to register today!

Sabre Hockey, Decatur Youth Hockey, Peoria Youth Hockey, St. Jude, Leafs, Evanston Youth Hockey,  Rolling Meadows Renegades, Cyclones, Franklin Park Ice Arena, Kankakee Youth Hockey, Admirals Hockey Club, Firewagon Hockey, Glacier Ice Arena & Center Ice of DuPage
NAHL 2018 Top Prospects Rosters Includes 6 Illinois Players 
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the rosters that will represent each team at the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, which will be held from February 27-28, 2018 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. AHAI Congratulates the following Illinois players on their selection to participate in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament: Brendan Aird, Thomas Ferrell, Ethan Stewart, David Kaplan, Peyton Frantii and Calvin Dybicz. READ MORE>>