Volume 6 Issue 18 | January 16 , 2019
The AHAI 2019 Player Development Process Begins This Month
By Peter Humann, AHAI Player Development Chairman - All Tier I, Tier II, Prep and High School Varsity players within the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 birth years are eligible by invitation only for the 2019 Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) Player Development | Identification Tryout Camp held in Bensenville, Illinois, the weekend of March 22nd through the 24th.

The process will start this month with an online ranking of each of the age appropriate players.  AHAI has developed a web tool that allows ALL the Illinois Head Coaches, from each of the above divisions, to go online to rank ONLY those players they saw play during this season. The due date for these rankings will be early February. These Head Coaches will be ranking the "best" players from this State, NOT JUST THEIR OWN PLAYERS, within a specific birth year, by position, starting with number 1 as the best and so on down the line. READ MORE>>
Nominate Your Coach for AHAI's Coach of the Year Award!
AHAI recognizes that Illinois Hockey is comprised not only of incredible players, but also of great High School, Youth, Girls and Disabled Hockey Coaches that guide our teams both on and off the ice. Candidates for AHAI's Boys and Girls High School, Youth, Girls and Disabled Hockey Coach of the Year Awards should embody good sportsmanship and respect toward teams, parents and officials while providing a positive experience for their players. Candidates should also teach positive life skills while demonstrating dedication, passion and commitment to community. Deadline to nominate is Friday, February 8, 2019.
2019 NAHL Combine Registration
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced the dates and locations for the 2019 Combines. The NAHL Combines are driven by the North American Hockey League and operated by the NAHL's professional staff in order to serve the most valuable asset to hockey... the players. The goal is to provide the aspiring hockey player a one-of-a-kind experience that is designed to maximize exposure at grand-scale events that provide a true look and feel of the genuine NAHL Experience. NAHL Combines are carefully designed to provide an experience, education, and exposure for prospects that strive to advance their hockey development at the junior hockey and college level. MORE INFORMATION>>
Attention Clubs: Register to Host a Spring 2019 Try Hockey For Free Day!
The Spring 2019 Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by SportsEngine, will take place on February 23, 2019. This is a national effort with over 350 local rinks and association introducing kids between the ages of 4 and 9 to youth hockey. Participating host locations will receive jerseys, promotional items, marketing tools, USA Hockey sanctioning and online registration to maximize participation. Click  HERE to register as a February 23rd Try Hockey Host Site.  For questions, please email ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org
Click the logos below the dates and locations of the 2019 Illinois State Hockey Championships, 2019 Central District Championships and 2019 USA Hockey National Championships.
The schedule for the 2019 Tier I Illinois State Hockey Championships has been announced. Please click HERE to view.
2019 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament Registration Now Open!
The Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. is proud to present the 2019 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament hosted by the AHAI Adult Committee and The Edge Ice Arena. The Adult State Tournament will take place April 25 - April 28, 2019 with all Championship Games taking place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at The Edge.  Click HERE for more information and/or registration, or contact Robert Fiorio, Tournament Director at rfiorio4@yahoo.com. Click HERE  to download/print flyer and registration form.
Ask the Official By Dave Zednik
Question: Seven seconds remaining in a one goal game. The faceoff is in the defending zone of the team leading by one goal. The center for the team in the lead at the puck drop, immediately falls to the ice and gathers the puck underneath him. What is the call?
Answer: Rule 614  (a) - A minor penalty for delay of game shall be assessed to a player other than the goalkeeper who deliberately falls on or gathers the puck into his body, deeming the puck unplayable and causing a stoppage of play. READ MORE>>
Brett Lebda was born and raised in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, on January 15, 1982. He is the oldest child of Steve and Nanci Lebda. He has two younger siblings, brother Arik and sister, Amanda.  Brett's hockey journey began with his father's desire to have him learn to skate so he could enjoy the winters at their cottage in Wonder Lake, Illinois. He began learning to skate with the Schaumburg Kings mini mites at just four years old. Both his parents realized his love and talent for hockey and decided to keep him active in the sport.  Brett continued playing with the Glenview Stars as a mite, moved on to the Chicago Young Americans organization as a squirt major through bantam major (was part of the pee wee major national championship team), and finished his minor hockey career with Team Illinois as a midget major. READ MORE>>
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Ticket Information
The 2018 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or e-mail Norm at jacole@comcast.net.
30th Annual AHAI All-State Games Set for February 11th
The 30th Annual AHAI All-State Games will be  played on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Edge Ice Arena. The Girls game will start at 6:40 p.m. and the Boys game will begin at 8:35 p.m. The 4th Annual Terry J. Stasica MVP Award will also be given to one player from the Boys game and one player from the Girls game. Each MVP will receive a  Terry J. Stasica  memorial trophy,  Howies Hockey Tape  prize package and a 10-week off-ice training package from  Tier 1 Athletic Performance

Admission to the High School Hockey All-State Games is FREE. All-State players will be selected by the High School Varsity head coaches throughout the State of Illinois. Mark your calendars now to come watch the best play the best in both the girls and the boys divisions. Can't make the game? Stay tuned for details on how you can watch the games live from The Edge with Game Time Broadcasting.
Leyden Looks to Skate among Elite in North Central Division
By Ross Forman - Leyden ended 2018 with 3 consecutive league wins, including a 4-2 home victory over New Trier White, which is tied for first-place (with Lake Forest) in the Champions League of the IHSHL North-Central Division.  Leyden continued its winning ways in 2019, with 4 consecutive wins - over PREP, BG/H/W and Libertyville (twice). READ MORE>>
Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship
The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players. Awards are determined from a candidate's level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, academic performance as well as the hockey talent of the individual. Recipients will receive an annual $7,500.00 scholarship over four years for a total of $30,000.  Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, and scholar essays are due no later than February 1st of each year.  APPLICATION>>
Little Blackhawks Learn to Play Program
The Chicago Blackhawks are excited to be able to offer hockey at a low cost for another season! Registration for the 2019 Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program is now open! First time hockey players ages 5-9 can sign up for learn to play lessons and receive a full set of gear to keep! More information can be found on the Youth Hockey page of the Blackhawks website.
BMO Harris Bank's Player, Coach & Volunteer of the Month
The Chicago Blackhawks and BMO Harris Bank are proud to honor members of the hockey community. Each month during the regular season they recognize the excellence of a youth hockey player, coach and volunteer. AHAI congratulates December's Award Winners:  Player - Rocky Araujo, Hinsdale Central Coach - Dean Opper, Dean Opper Goalie Clinics , and  Volunteer - Linda Proctor, OPRF High School . Want to nominate a deserving player, coach or volunteer? Click  HERE  for complete details.
Girls United Hockey kicked-off two successful sessions with 75 'supergirls' this past weekend at Oaklawn and Carol Stream Ice Arenas. Girls United Hockey is a new AHAI initiative designed to introduce the game of hockey in a fun, low cost, low key, no pressure, all-girls environment. Go to www.gurlhockey.com for more information and visit us on Facebook and Instagram for tons of fun photos and videos!

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