Volume 7 Issue 3 | July 3 , 2019
Important Information For Players That Are Currently 17 Or Older, Or Will Be On Or Before December 31st
By Laura Johnson, AHAI Registrar - As you may know, the United States government enacted the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and SafeSport Authorization Act of 2017 on February 14th, 2018. USA Hockey has been working on addressing the changes necessary for the USA Hockey SafeSport Program based on this Act.  Click HERE for a memorandum from Casey Jorgensen, USA Hockey General Council, which provides details about these changes.

The changes approved at the USA Hockey Annual Congress last week to comply with the government requirements will directly impact players in Illinois.  To comply with the government requirement, USA Hockey does not want players or officials turning 18 to become ineligible in the middle of a season.  Therefore, USA Hockey is requiring all players 17 years of age or older on or before December 31st of that playing season and who play on a team in a classification that allows minor aged players, to complete SafeSport Training before being added to a team and prior to participation with the team (on-ice or off-ice). This requirement applies to all teams in the age classifications Youth, Girls, High School, Junior Hockey, Flex Hockey and Disabled Hockey programs that allow both minor age and adult age players (anyone over 18 years). READ MORE>>
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2019-2020 Season
The Tier II substitute choice application process, Squirt 10U through Midget 16U/18U will begin on July 19, 2019. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will only have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice.  The dates for the appeals are August 8, August 28, and September 10, 2019 at 6:30pm at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at  gregg.chudacoff@ahai2.org with your preferred appeal hearing date. The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15, 2019.
All ice hockey coaches as well as instructors of USA Hockey programs shall be registered for the current season (before the start of the season) in order to be eligible to coach/instruct in any regular season activities (practices, clinics, games, tournaments, tryouts, etc.), state, district, regional playoff, national championships or in the USA Hockey Player Development Programs.

Please note that registration is limited in all Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics. Advanced online registration is required; no one will be admitted at the door. Check the  USA Hockey website for details about USA Hockey CEP Clinics, online age specific modules and Coaching Certification process. If you have any questions, please contact AHAI Executive Director, John Dunne at jdunne@ahai2.org.

Registration for all AHAI CEP Clinics will begin on July 5, 2019. Click  HERE to download and/or print schedule.
IHOA Seminar Registration Is Now Open!
2019-20 IHOA seminar registration is now open. For step-by-step seminar registration instructions, please click here. Please check the FAQs page for questions about seminars or the registration process (name changes, registration account mistake, etc.). If your question is not answered there, then please contact Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar, at registrar@ihoa.com. Seminar registration is on a "first come, first served basis" and registration for each seminar will be closed when the seminar reaches capacity. Register early as seminars often fill up quickly. Walk-ins are allowed IF space is available. USA Hockey registration is now open, we encourage you to register and complete your USA Hockey requirements early. SEMINAR SCHEDULE>>
Ask the Official: Use of Stick to Check an Opponent's Stick
Question: Just prior to the puck being received by an attacking  , the defensive   chops down on top of the stick and prevents him from being able to play the puck. Should this be penalized under the Standard of Play guidelines? Does it make any difference as to the angle of the stick blade when done?

Answer: The use of the stick to check an opponent's stick, or press the opponent's stick to the ice or the boards, is a good defensive play as long as it is done on the lower portion of the stick shaft and the intended purpose is to dislodge the puck or prevent the opponent from playing the puck. The angle of the stick blade (inverted or parallel to the ice), would not make a difference in this determination.  However, anytime this action is done higher up on the stick or clearly impedes the opponent with no reasonable effort to play the puck, a penalty for slashing, holding or hooking should be called.
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. 

The AHAI Foundation Golf Outing Committee is asking the hockey community to reach out to their favorite restaurants for a donation of dinner gift certificates to use in our raffles. We are also looking for donations of tickets to sporting events of any kind. Additionally, anyone with corporate connections that can get giveaways (i.e. water bottles, key chains, lanyards or any advertising leftovers, please ask them. Send gift certificates, tickets (this may also be a pledge for tickets) and/or giveaways to Don Allord, Golf Outing Chairman, at 3 Roberts Court, Woodridge, IL 60517. 

Questions? Contact Don Allord at travelmore1017@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for your support! Click buttons below for more details on the 2019 golf outing, as well as information on existing sponsorship opportunities and outing registration. We hope to see you on the links!

59 Americans Selected in the 2019 NHL Draft
Fifty-nine Americans, including New Jersey Devils first-overall selection  Jack Hughes (Orlando, Fla.), were chosen in the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks. Hughes became the eighth American all-time to be taken first overall and the fifth player from  USA Hockey's National Team Development Program to be selected with the first pick. Illinois saw 4 Chicago Mission alums chosen - Alex Turcotte, Alex Vlasic, Owen Lindmark and Cole Coskey selected in this year's NHL Draft.

The 2019 NHL Draft opened June 21 with a record-breaking first round for American hockey. For the first time in NHL Draft history, seven of the first 15 selections were American while eight American selections came directly from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, doubling the NHL Draft record of players to be taken from a single team in a single NHL Draft. READ MORE>>
Five Illinois Players Named To Initial U.S. Roster For 2019 World Junior Summer Showcase
Forty-four players have been invited to the  2019 World Junior Summer Showcase that will be held from July 26-Aug. 3 in Plymouth, Michigan, at  USA Hockey Arena, USA Hockey announced today. The invitees include Illinois'  Alex Vlasic (Wilmette),  Jack Drury (Winnetka),  Owen Lindmark (Naperville),  Jacob Pivonka (Woodridge), and  Alex Turcotte (Island Lake). The players will audition for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will compete in the  2020 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2019, through Jan. 5, 2020, in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic. READ MORE>>
USA Hockey Unveils 2019 U.S. Under-18 Men's Select Team; Includes Chicago's Donald Kempf
Twenty-two players who participated at the USA Hockey Boys Select 17 Player Development Camp have been chosen for the 2019 U.S. Under-18 Men's Select Team that will compete Aug. 5-11 at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia. The team includes Illinois' Donald Kempf (Chicago).  READ MORE>>