Volume 6 Issue 22 | March 14 , 2019
CONGRATULATIONS 2019 ILLINOIS STATE HOCKEY CHAMPIONS!
TIER II YOUTH CHAMPIONS

10 & Under AA
Jets

10 & Under A
Blues

10 & Under B
Sabres
12 & Under AA
Falcons

12 & Under A
Jets

12 & Under B
Bulldogs
14 & Under AA
Hawks*

14 & Under A
Falcons

14 & Under B
Blues
16 & Under AA
Falcons *

18 & Under AA
Cyclones *


*Teams advancing to USA Hockey Central District Championships
TIER I YOUTH CHAMPIONS

Squirt Major AAA
Chicago Fury

Pee Wee Minor AAA
Chicago Mission
Pee Wee Major AAA
Chicago Fury

Bantam Minor AAA
Chicago Mission
Bantam Major AAA
Chicago Fury**

Midget 15 AAA
Chicago Mission **
Midget Minor AAA
Chicago Mission**

Midget Major AAA
Chicago Fury **

**Teams advancing to USA Hockey Central District Championships
GIRLS TIER I & TIER II CHAMPIONS

10 & Under A
Warhawks

12 & Under A
Sabres

12 & Under AA
Chicago Mission
14 & Under A
Warhawks *

14 & Under B
CIGHA

14 & Under AA
CYA **
16 & Under A
Chicago Bruins**

16 & Under AA
Chicago Mission **

19 & Under A
Sabres**

19 & Under AA
Chicago Mission **

*
Teams advancing to USA Hockey National Championships
**Teams advancing to USA Hockey Central District Championships
2019 ILLINOIS STATE HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Girls Varsity
Fenwick vs. New Trier
United Center at 4:30 p.m.
Red Varsity
New Trier Green vs. Loyola Gold
United Center at 7:30 p.m.
Combined Varsity
Waubonsie vs. Glenbard
United Center at 9:15 p.m.


Junior Varsity
Loyola vs. St. Viator
The Edge at 8:35 p.m.

Junior Varsity Combined
Wheaton West Black vs. Prairie Ridge Black
The Edge at 6:40 p.m.
CENTRAL DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Good luck to the following teams competing in USA Hockey's Central District Championships March 15-17, 2019 at the Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Missouri! Click HERE for schedule and latest scores!

YOUTH TIER I
14U
Chicago Fury

15'S
Chicago Mission

16U
Chicago Mission

18U
Chicago Fury
GIRLS TIER II
16U
Chicago Bruins

19U
Sabres

GIRLS TIER I
14U
Chicago Young Americans

16U
Chicago Mission

19U 
Chicago Mission


AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
Join AHAI in congratulating the following individuals on their achievement during the 2018-19 hockey season. Awards will be presented to recipients on Friday, March 22nd at the United Center during the Illinois State High School Hockey Championships.

JJ O'Connor Male H.S. 
Player of the Year
Eamon O'Brien - Loyola Academy

Dave Shapiro Boys H.S. Coach
of the Year
Matt Smith - St. Ignatius

Disabled Coach of the Year
Rich Jecmen - Blackhawks Warriors
Youth Coach of the Year
Chris Cimoch, Arctic Jr. Fury
Cammi Granato Female
H.S. Player of the Year 
Madeline Babnik - New Trier

Girls Coach of the Year
Brit Volini - St. Jude Girls

Girls H.S. Coach of the Year 
Lenny Munson - New Trier
AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
Ask AHAI: State Tournament Schedule Conflicts
Question: I have heard that there are conflicts with AHAI games and events and AHAI will not move any dates? Any truth to that?

Answer:  Yes that is true. AHAI cannot move dates of games. The dates of games and events are set more than a year in advance, in April-May of the previous year. We have no idea what Clubs, teams, or players will be seeded into the State Tournament events. First, all the "seeding" of every State Tournament is based on the ranking of those teams by the coaches of the respective teams. AHAI has no influence over the positioning of the teams. READ MORE>>
Save the Date for the AHAI Foundation Golf Outing!
By Don Allord, AHAI Foundation Golf Chairman - The AHAI Foundation Golf Committee is excited to announce that the 2019 golf outing will be held on Friday, August 9, 2019, at the Schaumburg Golf Club. Mark your calendar and get a group together. We will only take 144 golfers. Click HERE to make  your reservation today...spots fill up fast! Click HERE for complete details. See you on the links!
CLASS OF 2018 IHHF BIO SERIES
Karen Hyde - Builders' Category
Karen saw her first hockey game at the Wagon Wheel in Rockford. From Wausau, Wisconsin, her dad played pond hockey growing up, often saying that the team colors were black and blue. When the family moved to Downers Grove, a pond at the end of the block afforded her mom a place a place to practice her figure skating while Karen, her brother and her sister were in school. Winter trips to Wausau included ice time and hot chocolate.  Karen got a BS in Recreation and Park Administration at WIU despite flunking out her freshman year (while having a very good time). READ MORE>>
HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY
Saint Viator Enjoys Catholic League Playoff Success, Wins Second Consecutive Kennedy Cup
By Ross Forman - In a season filled with adversity, Saint Viator has certainly accomplished a lot.  Through the team's first 54 games this season, only eight games featured all 18 skaters.  "Name a situation and we had it happen to us," said Saint Viator head coach Tim Benz, in his second season on the team's bench, his seventh season coaching high school hockey and his ninth year overall as a coach. READ MORE>>
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HEADLINES
It's Not Just a Fantasy Camp, It's the Legends Cup
Ever imagined skating alongside Blackhawks legends? Scoring an overtime winner to capture the cup? Drawing up a game saving play with Denis Savard? Now is your chance!  On March 22-24, we will be hosting the inaugural Blackhawks Legends Cup! The Legends Cup is an opportunity for adult hockey players to compete alongside Blackhawks Alumni! As part of one of the four teams participants are guaranteed to compete in four games as well as one practice and video session. Multiple Blackhawks alumni will play on each team, accompanied by a celebrity coach, in the battle to win the inaugural Legends Cup. MORE INFORMATION>>
NHL & NHLPA Establish Female Hockey Advisory Committee
As part of their commitment to gender equality, the NHL and NHLPA have convened the NHL & NHLPA Female Hockey Advisory Committee to accelerate the growth of female hockey in North America and ensure that girls can experience all the opportunities and benefits that the sport provides. Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks Senior Director of Fan Development, Annie Camins on being named to this prestigious and groundbreaking committee. READ MORE>>
Blackhawks and United Center to Host First U.S.-Based HockeyFest on June 22-23
The Chicago Blackhawks have announced the team will host HockeyFest - Game On!, the world's largest street hockey tournament, on United Center campus parking lots from June 22-23, 2019. This marks the first time ever that this traveling event will be held in the United States. With more than 30 divisions ranging across age, gender and skill level, hockey players of all ages, including adults, are invited to participate. Click HERE for complete details and registration information.
LEAGUE HEADLINES
Congratulations 2019 NIHL Blackhawks Tournament Champions!
Congratulations 2018-19 NWHL Regular Season Banner Winners & Runners-Up!
NWHL Announces 2019 Coach of the Year Award Recipients 
By Jack Wood - The NWHL Coach of the Year Award recognizes one coach from each club who demonstrates quality leadership to our youth in both the game of hockey and the game of life. This individual is highly involved with his or her players and organization, a model of good sportsmanship, and a person the players look up to. Congratulations to the NWHL who have been acknowledged by their clubs and the NWHL for their outstanding contributions to the sport of youth hockey. VIEW LIST>>
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