Volume 9 Issue 1 | June 2, 2021
The continued growth and development of AHAI would not be possible without the contributions of dedicated volunteers. These individuals share in AHAI's success and accomplishments year after year. Their tireless work and selfless dedication continue to make a difference in the sport of ice hockey and in the lives of those who play the game. Congratulations to the following individuals who will be recognized at the AHAI Annual Meeting on June 5, 2021.

AHAI Lifetime Achievement Award
Carl Miller
High School Hockey

AHAI Service Awards
Jack Weinberg
Chip Spina
Brad Baumruck

AHAI Volunteer of the Year Award
Melanie Freeman
Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey

AHAI New Leadership Award
Blake Rowley
Glen Ellyn Admirals

AHAI Female Honors Award
Northshore Warhawks
AHAI will hold its Virtual Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Election on Saturday, June 5th at 9:00 AM. If you are interested in attending, please click button below to log into the Annual Meeting.

Candidates for 2021 AHAI Board of Directors Election

Eight (8) candidates have submitted their nomination in accordance with the AHAI by-laws to fill the five (5) open seats to serve a three (3) year term on the AHAI Board of Directors. Please click on each individual candidate's name to view their bio. The Board of Directors election will be held at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting on June 5, 2021. 

Notice For All Combined High School Programs
By Jack Weinberg, AHAI HS Committee Chairman - High School clubs with combined teams (teams created from more than one school) are required to electronically file a "Combined Application" with the AHAI High School Committee during the month of June. A notice to clubs will be sent out to their presidents, hockey directors and registrars shortly. ALL applications will be due by the end of June. Please be prepared.

Remember, each High School team is required to have 14 distinct skaters and at least 1 goalie to field a team. Questions will be fielded by the AHAI registrar and the Chairman of the HS Committee.
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2021-22 Season
The Tier II substitute choice application process, 10U through 16U/18U will begin on July 15, 2021. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will have (3) three appeal hearings for those denied a substitute choice. The dates for the appeals are August 12, August 26, and September 8, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at gregg.chudacoff@ahai2.org. The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 12, 2021.
2021 Blackhawks Summer Hockey Camps
Camps are at Fifth Third Arena from July 12-16th and July 26-30th. Camp is open to Boys and Girls ages 6-13. Campers will have (2) on-ice sessions per day and off-ice training will be provided in partnership with Goodman Elite. Come join us for a week of fun this summer! Click button below to register.
2021 Golden Coynes All-Girls Development Program
The Blackhawks and Kendall Coyne Schofield are excited to announce the 2021 Golden Coynes all-girls development program at Fifth Third Arena! Led by an all-female coaching staff, Golden Coynes aims to bring the girls hockey community together for fun, empowering and high-quality sessions. Click button below to register.
Like Players, Coaches Should Always Be Looking to Improve
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - The offseason is a time to review, refocus, set goals and get prepared for the fall season. Those areas of emphasis don't just apply to hockey players, but also to coaches. Now is the time for coaches - whether they just wrapped up their first season or finished off their 15th year behind the bench - to figure out how to become better at their craft.

"The art of coaching is self-improvement," USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager Joe Bonnett said. "At any level, as soon as you stop improving or thinking or reflecting, you're somewhat dead in the water in this profession. If you look at all the great coaches in any sport, it's the word 'kaizen.' A lot of European clubs use it. It's basically continual improvement. That is also tied in very strongly with good coaches, progressive coaches that have a growth mindset. READ MORE>>
AHAI to Host Level 1 & Level 2 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics

Level 1 CEP Clinic
June 1 & June 3
6:30pm to 9:30pm (CDT)
sold out

Level 2 CEP Clinic
June 15 & June 17
6:30pm to 9:30pm (CDT)
sold out

Level 1 CEP Clinic
June 28 & June 30
6:30pm to 9:30pm (CDT)
4 spots remaining

Clinics fill quickly! Please click here to register.
2021 USA Hockey Level 5 Coaches Symposium
The Level 5 Coaches Symposium will return to the State of Hockey when coaches from around the country come together in Duluth, Minn., in search of USA Hockey's highest certification. The highlight of the USA Hockey coaching calendar, the Level 5 Coaches Symposium will take place August 19-22 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center and is available to all Level 4 registered coaches.

The last time the Level 5 was in Minnesota more than 600 coaches attended the event. This year is no different with USA Hockey expecting to see above 600 again. At this event coaches can expect to see a star studded lineup of speakers from NHL coaches to College Coaches and even USA Hockey's ADM staff from around the country. Each presentation will be an hour in length. The topics presented will deal with all aspects of the game of hockey. Please click here for Level 5 FAQs or click here for registration.
Attention Officials: Important Information from IHOA for the 2021-2022 Season
The 2021-2022 hockey season is fast approaching and when the hockey season begins it is anticipated that youth and adult games will be USA Hockey sanctioned with no Illinois Department of Public Health restrictions. The only way to work sanctioned games is to be completely registered.

USA Hockey will open its registration sometime in June and IHOA registration will begin on July 6th; the seminars will be starting soon after that. The Level 1 seminar this year will be a hybrid of virtual and on-ice with ALL safety practices in place. The Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 seminars will all be done via Zoom. It will be in your best interest to have your seminars and USA Hockey requirements completed as soon as possible. Therefore when competitive play begins, you will be ready to hit the ice skating. Let us look forward to a healthy and great hockey season. - Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar
Golf Outing Honors Late Local Official, Supports Illinois Charity
By Ross Forman - The local officiating community has renamed their second-annual summer-time fellowship golf outing, honoring a late official who was celebrated at the inaugural event last summer. The Mark Gore Memorial Golf Outing will be held Friday, July 23, at the Bloomingdale Golf Club, with a scramble format 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Gore - a popular, ever-giving former local referee and coach, who officiated an Illinois High School Hockey state championship game in 2010 - passed away Jan. 29, after a lengthy battle against cancer. He was 59. READ MORE>>
Ask the Official by Dave Zednik
QUESTION: A penalized player is injured and is unable to take his proper place on the penalty bench. The team places a substitute on the penalty bench for the injured player and prior to the penalty expiring, the injured player recovers and returns to participate in play. What penalty, if any, should be assessed? ANSWER>>

QUESTION: If a player on the penalty bench remains there after the expiration of his penalty (while his team is entitled to return to full strength), may his team place another skater on the ice as long as the originally penalized player remains on the penalty bench? ANSWER>>

Congratulations to the 25 Illinois players selected in Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the 2021 USHL Draft! Click buttons below to view the 2021 Draftees.

Roster Announced for 2021 U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp
By USA Hockey - USA Hockey announced today the 40 players (24 forwards, 12 defenders, four goaltenders) invited to its 2021 U.S. Women's National Team Selection Camp, June 1-6 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The roster includes Illinois' Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove), Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove), Nicole LaMantia (Wayne), Jesse Compher (Northbrook), Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights) and Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park). The camp will be utilized to assist in selecting the 28 players who will train together as part of a residency program anticipated to commence in October in Blaine as part of preparations for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. READ MORE>>
2021-22 U.S. National Under-17 Team Announced
By USA Hockey - Thirteen forwards, eight defensemen and three goaltenders have been selected to join USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, it was announced today. The list includes Illinois players Gabriel Perreault (Hinsdale), Carter Slaggert (South Bend, IN - Chicago 15O), Paul Fischer (River Forest) The players, all from the 2005 birth year, will compete as the U.S. National Under-17 Team during the 2021-22 season. READ MORE>>
Celebrating Steel: Chicago Captures 2021 USHL Clark Cup, the Second in Team History
By Ross Forman - In an unprecedented season that no one will ever forget, the Chicago Steel delivered memories to always remember. The Steel defeated the host Fargo Force 3-1 in Game 4 of the 2021 Clark Cup Final on Saturday, May 22, to capture the second Clark Cup title in team history as champions of the United States Hockey League (USHL).

Chicago is the first team since the 2012-2013 Dubuque Fighting Saints to win the Anderson Cup (regular season title) and Clark Cup in the same season.  The Steel won their only other Clark Cup Championship in 2017. READ MORE>>
Ryan Hardy Named USHL General Manager of the Year
By Chicago Steel - Chicago Steel general manager Ryan Hardy has been named GM of the Year in the United States Hockey League, as voted on by his peers, the league announced Friday.

"While Ryan's feisty competitive spirit, keen eye for talent and absolute commitment to player development are well known, I am most impressed by Ryan's humanity, patience and mentorship with our staff, players and families away from the ice," said Steel Owner Larry Robbins. "In a year filled with unimaginable turmoil and strife in the world around us, I applaud the USHL on providing a safe and productive environment for all players to elevate, and on behalf of the Steel team and family I congratulate Ryan Hardy on once again earning the recognition of his peers as USHL General Manager of the Year." READ MORE>>
Mark Your Calendars! The 2021 AHAI Foundation Golf Outing Set for Friday, August 13
Join us for a fun-filled day! The 24th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Schaumburg Golf Club on Friday, August 13, 2021The revenues generated from this event will be donated to Special Hockey, 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. We hope you can join us for this great annual event!