Volume 7 Issue 21 | March 11, 2020
2020 ILLINOIS STATE HOCKEY CHAMPIONS
 
TIER I YOUTH & GIRLS CHAMPIONS
YOUTH 10U AAA
Chicago Mission

YOUTH 11U AAA
Chicago Fury

YOUTH 12U AAA
Chicago Mission

YOUTH 13U AAA
Team Illinois
YOUTH 14U AAA
Chicago Mission

YOUTH 15 AAA
Chicago Mission

YOUTH 16U AAA
Chicago Mission

YOUTH 18U AAA
Chicago Mission
GIRLS 12U AA
Chicago Mission

GIRLS 14U AA
Chicago Young Americans

GIRLS 16U AA
Chicago Mission

GIRLS 19U AA
Chicago Mission
   TIER II YOUTH & GIRLS CHAMPIONS
YOUTH 10U AA
Falcons

YOUTH 10U A
Falcons

YOUTH 10U B
Chicago Bruins

YOUTH 12U AA
Rockford Roadrunners

YOUTH 12U A
Falcons

YOUTH 12U B
Chicago Hawks
YOUTH 14U AA
Chicago Hawks

YOUTH 14U A
West Dundee Leafs

YOUTH 14U B
Vikings

YOUTH 16U AA
Northern Express

YOUTH 18U AA
Falcons
GIRLS 10U A
West Dundee Leafs

GIRLS 12U A
Naperville Sabres

GIRLS 14U A
Chicago Bruins

GIRLS 14U B
Evanston Wildkits

GIRLS 16U A
Northshore Warhawks #1

GIRLS 19U A
Chicago Bruins
2020 ILLINOIS STATE HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tickets On Sale Now for the 2020 High School State Championships  at the United Center!
AHAI, along with the Chicago Blackhawks, will host the 2020 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, at the United Center on Saturday, March 21 The event will feature a full evening of action with the I llinois Girls' State Championship (3:00 p.m.),  the Boys' Red Division State Championship (6:00 p.m.) and the Boys' Combined Division State Championship (8:00 p.m.) . The first 10,00 fans in attendance will receive a Bluetooth speaker, also presented by Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers. COMPLETE DETAILS>>
2020 AHAI AWARDS & HONORS
Please join AHAI in congratulating the following individuals on their achievement during the 2019-2020 hockey season. Awards will be presented to the recipients on Saturday, March 21st at the United Center during the Illinois State High School Hockey Championships.

JJ O'Connor Male H.S. Player
of the Year
Matthew Dahlke
Glenbrook North High School

Cammi Granato Female H.S. Player of the Year
Kennedy Stein
Lake Forest High School

Disabled Coach of the Year
Derek Daniels
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Chicago Blackhawks Sled Team


Youth Coach of the Year
Steve Poapst
Chicago Hawks Hockey Club

Girls Coach of the Year
Mike Campbell
Naperville Sabres

Boys High School Coach of the Year
Zak Jedlowski
Cobras

Girls High School Coach of the Year
Mason Strom
Fenwick
AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
Boys' Invitees to AHAI's 2020 Player Development Tryout/Identification Camp Announced
By Pete Humann, AHAI Player Development ChairmanAHAI recently announced the players that were nominated and selected to participate in the 2020 AHAI Player Development Tryout/Identification Camp for 14U through 18U age players. The Tryout/Identification camp will be held at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville, Illinois, the weekend of March 20-22, 2020. Please click  HERE to view player list. Good luck, players!
24th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing is August 14th
By Don Allord, AHAI Foundation Golf ChairmanJoin us for a fun-filled day!  The 24th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Schaumburg Golf Club on Friday, August 14, 2020. The outing will be a shotgun tee off scramble at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m., and a ll golfers will receive a starting package filled with special items designed just for this outing.

The revenues generated from this event will be donated to Special Hockey, Hockey Is For Everyone, AHIHA (deaf/hard of hearing hockey), the Hornets Sled Hockey program, the IHOA Memorial Fund, the Blackhawks Warriors, Blind Hockey and the Catastrophic Relief Fund for players who have been catastrophically injured playing the sport we all love. We hope you can join us for this great event! INFORMATION & REGISTRATION>>
2020 Adult State Championships Tournament Registration Now Open!
By Robert Fiorio, Adult State Tournament Chairman The Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. is proud to present the 2020 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament hosted by the AHAI Adult Committee and The Edge Ice Arena. The Adult State Tournament will take place April 23 - April 26, 2020 with all Championship Games taking place on Sunday, April 26, at The Edge.  Questions? Please contact Tournament Director, Robert Fiorio at rfiorio4@yahoo.com. INFORMATION & REGISTRATION>>
CENTRAL DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Good luck to the following teams competing in USA Hockey's Central District Championships March 13-15, 2020. Click HERE for schedule and latest scores! The Tier I Youth and Tier II Girls 19U championships will be held at Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The Girls Tier I and Girls Tier II 16U championships will be held at the Blue Line Family Ice Center in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.

TIER I YOUTH 14U
Chicago Mission

TIER I YOUTH 15
Chicago Mission

TIER I YOUTH 16U
Chicago Mission

TIER I YOUTH 18U
Chicago Mission


TIER II GIRLS 16U
Northshore Warhawks #1

TIER II GIRLS 19U
Chicago Bruins

TIER I GIRLS 14U
Chicago Young Americans

TIER I GIRLS 16U
Chicago Mission

TIER I GIRLS 19U
Chicago Mission


NOTE: The Tier II Girls 14U A Champions ( Chicago Bruins ) will advance directly to the Girls Tier II 14U USA Hockey National Championships in West Chester, Penn., April 2-6, 2020. The Tier II Youth Illinois State Hockey Champions at the 14U AA ( Chicago Hawks ), 16U AA ( Northern Express ) and 18U AA ( Falcons ) divisions also advance directly to USA Hockey's National Championships April 2-6, 2020. 

The 14U Tier II Youth National Championships will be held in Kalamazoo, Mich., the 16U Tier II Youth National Championships are in Troy, Mich., and the 18U Tier II Youth National Championships are in Irvine, Calif.  The Girls Tier I National Championships will be held April 2-6, 2020, in Blaine, Minn. The Youth Tier I National Championships will be held April 1-6. 2020, in Chicago, Ill., for the 14U division, in Plymouth, Michigan, for the 15-only division, and the 16U and 18U divisions will be held in Rochester, Mich. Good luck, Teams!
2019 ILLINOIS HOCKEY HALL OF FAME BIO SERIES
Steve Drews - Officials' Category
Steve grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and found a liking to the game of "hockey" from his days of watching the Chicago Blackhawks games on TV and playing it in the kitchen with the red and yellow plastic blades with the BLACK and WHITE shafts against his parents who took turns playing goalie. He began playing in 1974 when a local rink (Carol Stream) opened its doors. He played in different youth organizations growing up and was a member of his high school team's (Glenbard North) inaugural year.  After graduating from high school, and while attending the College of DuPage, his not so little brother took a liking to the game as well. Steve was asked to help on the bench with that team. READ MORE>>
Randy Krawiec - Officials' Category
Randy was born in Chicago, Illinois, and moved out to the western suburb of Schiller Park when he was very young. Little did Randy know that the building of the 294 Tollway in his backyard would be his introduction to ice skating; there was a small creek that ran alongside the ramp. Santa brought Randy a pair of hockey skates that Christmas. His dad laced the skates up, and Randy walked over to the creek; his ankles were bent almost to the ground when he got off the ice. Within a few weeks, he was almost able to skate. He knew skating was something he really wanted to do. A short time later, after being persistent, Randy was cruising down the creek, hockey stick in hand, chasing the 'rubber biscuit'. He was hooked! READ MORE>>
IHOA NEWS & INFORMATION
IHOA Announces That The Ben Allison Legacy Memorial Scholarship Application Is Now Available
This year marks the 5th anniversary of Ben Allison's Legacy Memorial Scholarship. Ben was a member of the Illinois Hockey Officials Association and USA Hockey's Officiating Development Program. He aspired to officiate in the NHL and was a student at Illinois State University where he studied broadcasting and journalism. Unfortunately, Ben was tragically taken from us in January of 2015, at the age of 20. 

Ben was an outstanding official and an even better friend. Anyone that knew Ben would agree that he was the hardest working official both on and off the ice, and he always provided a positive outlook on life and officiating. In his honor and to celebrate his life and legacy, Ben's parents set up a scholarship for officials within the Central District who are either graduating high school or are within their first year of college. If you meet this criteria, we strongly encourage you to apply for this very prestigious scholarship. If you have any other questions please contact ADP@IHOA.COM.

Please click HERE to download/print the Ben Allison Legacy Memorial Scholarship application.
QUESTION:  When deciding on a major penalty, what constitutes "with injury" in the rules. Is it a player that needs to leave the ice or is it also when a player is down for a couple minutes but is able to return to the game? ANSWER>>

QUESTIONA team has 21 listed players on the roster (18 skaters and 3 goalies). Before the game the coach is informed that he would need to remove a player from the roster and the game due to illegal roster size. Can the player remain on the bench or once removed must the player exit the bench and playing surface? ANSWER>>
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HEADLINES
Buy Your Copy of Hockey is for Me Today!
Hockey is for Me , by Jamal Mayers, is an illustrated children's narrative that brings to life Jamal's personal journey from youth hockey to the professional hockey ranks. A native of Canada raised in a single parent home, Jamal started hockey at a young age and faced financial and emotional hurdles that almost made him give up the game. Through perseverance and hard work, Jamal became a Stanley Cup Champion and 15-year NHL Veteran. Hockey is for Me is a fun and visually appealing story that tells how Jamal followed his passion for hockey and successfully overcame those obstacles to come out on top. It's a must-read for aspiring hockey players, kids and fans of all ages! BUY NOW>>
LEAGUE NEWS & INFORMATION
Congratulations 2020 NIHL Blackhawks Champions!

Bloomington AA1
18U Elite

Rockford AA1
16U Elite

Northbrook AA1
14U Elite

Jaguars AA1
12U Elite

Rockford AA1
10U Elite

Admirals AA1
14U Gold

Chicago Hawks A2
12U Gold

Timberwolves AA1
10U Gold
Chicago Bruins A1
14U Silver

Chicago Jets A2
12U Silver A
Bloomington AA1
10U Silver A

Chicago Hawks A4
12U Silver B

Glenview Stars A2
10U Silver B

Chicago Stallions A1
14U Bronze
St. Jude A2
12U Bronze

Sabres A5
10U Bronze

Chicago Bulldogs AA1
8U Toews

Chicago Bulldogs A1
8U Kane

Northshore Warhawks
Girls 16U/19U

Chicago Bruins
Girls 14U

Sabre Girls
Girls 12U

West Dundee Leafs
Girls 10U
GREAT READ
Why Playing Other Sports Can Make You a Better Hockey Player
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - It's become common these days for young athletes to specialize in one sport.  And yes, a single-sport player could become extraordinarily good at that sport. But it's not a given, said AHAI Coach-in-Chief Jim Clare, and there are many benefits to being a multi-sport athlete.  "To me, the most important part of it is not necessarily what sport you play, it's that you do something else," Clare said. "That at 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 years old, you're not dedicating 12 months of the year to being on the ice." READ MORE>>
USA HOCKEY NEWS & INFORMATION
2020 Chicago Adult Classic at Fifth Third Arena
The 2020 USA Hockey/ Labatt Blue Chicago Adult Classic will be held May 21-24, 2020, at Fifth Third Arena (Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Rink). Like all USA Hockey Classic Tournaments, all teams will be guaranteed 3 games and all players will receive a USA Hockey gift and a post-game beverage. A championship banner will be presented on-ice immediately following the championship game and additional prizing will be awarded off-ice to the champion. Click here for more information about USA Hockey's Classic Tournaments or click button below for registration. REGISTER NOW>>
Explaining USA Hockey Insurance: Part IV - Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and Crime Coverage
Did you know that by registering as a member of USA Hockey you are automatically enrolled in the USA Hockey insurance program? Your participation and registration with USAH afford you insurance coverage in 5 different areas: Excess Accident, Catastrophic, Liability, Directors & Officers Liability and Crime Coverage. In this 5-part series, Central District Risk Manager, Don Allord takes an in depth look at each of the areas of coverage. Part IV of our series focuses on Directors and Officers Liability Insurance and Crime Coverage.   READ MORE>>