Volume 6 Issue 19 | January 30 , 2019
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Inducts Nine New Members into the Class of 2018!
Nearly 325 people were present as the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHF) recently inducted its 14th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The honored inductees who were inducted on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove were (pictured above from left)  Joe Corvo, Kevin Bolger, Jack Raslawski, Mary Ann Robinson, Karen Hyde, John Cerza, Derrick Stasica (for deceased Terry Stasica) and  Brett Lebda.

Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, due in large part, to the foundation laid down by these inductees. Their tireless dedication in making sure every individual who had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so. READ MORE>>
Broad Range of Discussions Highlight USA Hockey Winter Meeting
USA Hockey's annual Winter Meeting concluded last Sunday (Jan. 20) with safety, growth, player development, diversity & inclusion, and technology among the focal points of the four-day gathering of volunteer leaders from across the country representing all areas of the organization.  "We had terrific conversations on a broad range of topics related to continuing to move our sport forward," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. "We're focused on being as welcoming as we can to all that would like to be a part of our game and providing the best possible environment for everyone involved." 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. NOMINATE NOW>>
Our Countdown to State Newsletter is coming to your email inbox on Friday, February 15th!
The schedule for the 2019 Tier I Illinois State Hockey Championships has been announced. Please click HERE to view. Additionally, the brackets for the Youth and Girls Tier II have been announced. Please click HERE to view.
Tickets On Sale Now for the 2019 High School State Championships at the United Center!
AHAI, along with the Chicago Blackhawks, announce the 2019 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, will be played at the United Center on Friday, March 22, 2019.
The Boys Red Varsity State Championship tilt, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will be broadcast in high-definition on NBC Sports Chicago and streamed live on NBCSportsChicago.com. The event will feature a full day of action with the Illinois Girls State Championship at 4:30 p.m., the Boys Combined Varsity State Championship at 9:15 p.m. COMPLETE DETAILS>

Your votes have been counted and the Top 5 Photos for January have been selected! Congratulations to our 5 winners! Click  HERE  to view our 10 Finalists and visit AHAI's  Facebook Page  to see all photos submitted in January! We can't wait to see February's submissions! Click HERE for contest details.
"Falling with Style"
Brody Pederson, Kenosha Komets Pee Wee B
"All Smiles Behind the Mask"
Gabe Beltran, Chicago Horned Frogs Squirt
"My Goal is to Deny Yours"
Braydon Dever-Zoeller, MCYHA
Sharks Varsity 2

"Hockey Yoga"
Kia Bucholtz, Vipers Girls 19U
"Eyes on the Prize"
Cayden Czajkowski, Sabres 10U
Ask the Official By Dave Zednik
QUESTION: A coach indicated that his helmets did not have the fabric strap that goes under the chin. They just had straps that attached from the cage to the side of the helmet and seat the cup to the chin. Just curious if I should give a warning for lack of chin strap or not. ANSWER>>
QUESTION:  If the ref calls a penalty shot during a breakaway for a "fouled from behind" foul but the attacking player gets up and the goalie throws his stick toward the puck as the attacking player chases the puck into the corner, can you award 2 penalty shots or is it just one. ANSWER>>
Mr. and Mrs. Raslawski had their two sons out there skating early when they lived in Chicago. Jon and Jack skated at the outdoor rinks in the parks and at the old Michael Kirby rink. When Jack was in second grade, the Raslawski family moved to Park Ridge. The boys were signed up in the Legendary Park Ridge Hornets program and one of their first coaches was Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Honoured Member Harry Sator (2008). Jack played all of his amateur hockey with the Hornets and made the Maine South High School team coached by a very passionate and emotional young guy who grew up to be Jim Smith. READ MORE>>
Watch Out, West Division - Here Comes Naperville North
By Ross Forman - Naperville North is on a roll, at the right time.  The Huskies stepped on the ice Sunday, Jan. 27, for the Crosstown Showdown against archrival Naperville Central, with wins in 5 of their past 6 league games, including victories over such perennial powers as Glenbard and Waubonsie.  The Huskies are 9-12-0-4 in the IHSHL West Division. READ MORE>>
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.  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; rosters will be announced soon. Can't make the game? Watch the games live from The Edge with Game Time Broadcasting.
Eddie Olczyk Youth Hockey Award
The Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Blackhawk Foundation are proud to present an award named after U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Olczyk to support young hockey players and teams in Illinois who may not have the means to play at a competitive level. Since its inception in 2011, the Eddie Olczyk Award has distributed more than $450,000 in grants to 212 individuals and eight organizations. As the head instructor at the Blackhawks Hockey Camps, Olczyk is dedicated to the development and growth of youth hockey in Illinois. Application process will be open until May 1, 2019. Please click HERE for more information and application.
2019 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Nominees Include 7 Illinois Players!
AHAI is proud to share that Lukas Craggs, Brennan Kapcheck, Tanner Laczynski, Stefanos Lekkas, Hugh McGing, Peter Tischke and Bobby Nardella are part of the distinguished list of nominees for the 2019 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Click  HERE to cast your vote today!  The Phase I fan voting will be open until midnight Sunday, March 10. The top-10 finalists will be announced March 20, with the Phase II fan vote running until March 31 to determine the Hobey Hat Trick three finalists, which will be announced April 4. READ MORE>>
Abbey Murphy Following the Path of Fellow Chicagoan Kendall Coyne Schofield
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - When a young Abbey Murphy sought a hockey role model, she didn't have to look too far to find a perfect person in Kendall Coyne SchofieldCoyne Schofield was born in Oak Lawn and went on to be a standout for the Chicago Mission. She has been an integral member of the USA Hockey Women's National Team, winning five world championship gold medals and one Olympic gold medal. Her hockey career has been remarkable. READ MORE>>
Girls United Continues to Grow in Popularity and Success
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - Tracy Cimba had been keeping an eye on the number of players registering for the new Girls United Rec Level (GURL) Hockey, aka Girls United Hockey, program based in the suburbs of Chicago.  The first week in January the total girls who had signed up was 35 for two locations. But within one week, that number spiked to 75. "The success has exceeded our expectations," Cimba said. "I think obviously sometimes you go into things with lower expectations and hope for the best. We were hoping to get 20 girls at each location. READ MORE>>
Hockey Sense Is a Vital Skill for Both Performance and Safety
Hockey sense was once thought of something a player had or didn't.  It's a vital skill for both performance and safety, but only 10 years ago training the brain was the stuff of dreams. Thankfully that's changed.  Enter Hockey IntelliGym , a gamified software program that focuses on improving hockey I.Q. through 30-minute computer training sessions, ideally used 2 times a week during the season for on-ice results after about 6 to 8 weeks. READ MORE>>