Volume 6 Issue 7 |  August 15, 2018
AHAI Board of Directors pass new graduated penalty for coaches receiving penalties for "abuse of officials".
By Jack Weinberg, AHAI Director - A graduated penalty for coaches receiving penalties for "abuse of officials" has been passed by the AHAI Board of Directors. The first instance would receive the one game suspension prescribed by USA Hockey. The second occurrence in one season would require a three game suspension. A third violation in one season would require an indefinite suspension pending a hearing before the AHAI Suspension and Review Committee.

The youth hockey coach is our most visible role model in the game of ice hockey. Players and parents intently watch their every move. In recent years the behavior of some of our coaches and subsequently our players and their parents has contributed in making the job of officiating untenable. The result is the game becomes uncontrollable and unsafe. Our best coaches do not exhibit this type of behavior because they have learned from experience that the result is an undisciplined free-for-all. The relationship between coaches and the referee corps devolves into an adversarial one.

All of us in hockey are charged with the same mission, to make the game fair and above all safe. No human being is perfect, honest mistakes are made but to personally attack each other only serves to make our game unenjoyable and unsafe. Everyone in a position of authority is a teacher. The increased consequences called for in this new rule is for the most part an attempt to teach the lesson of tolerance and self-control. Coaches that can express themselves in an intelligent and civilized manner will find that they can expect the same respectful behavior of everyone else in our game. That is true of the players and fans as well.

Please support this initiative and approach each other in a positive and civil manner and keep this great game the amazing experience we all work so hard to create for our most important legacy, the kids.

By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls' Committee Chair

USA Hockey Rule: 12U Girls Playing Up on 14U Team
On June 9, 2018, USA Hockey approved a proposal to allow 12U players to play up on a 14U team with the following conditions (this is only at the Tier II level):  a.)  No more than 3 12U players with a 2006 birth year will be permitted to play up if needed to field a Girls' 14U team with a roster size recommended by the ADM (the roster size for this age group is 16 skaters & 2 goalies); or,  b.)  There is no 12U Girls team available in the local geographic area. The intent of this approval is mainly for those in more rural areas where gathering female hockey players together is more difficult & the purpose is to give more opportunities to these same females to play on an All Girls' team.

AHAI Info. Regarding Number of 12 Year Old Players Allowed on 14U Tier II Team
AHAI will allow for up to 3 players age 12 to be rostered on a 14U Girls' team if they are needed to allow an organization to field a 14U team. However, this will not be allowed at the expense of an organization's current 14U player to be cut simply to move up a 12 year old, nor at the expense of an Organization's 12U team. All Organizations will be required to submit a petition to the AHAI Girls Committee for review regardless of the number of 12 year olds playing up.
Subscribe to Our ADM, Girls & High School Snapshot Monthly Newsletters
Did you know that AHAI publishes 3 monthly newsletters in addition to our bi-monthly newsletter, SNAPSHOT? We also publish ADM Snapshot (for our 10 & under players), Girls Snapshot and new this season, IHSHL Snapshot to keep you up to date on all things High School hockey (inaugural issue will be released the end of September). Don't miss out on the latest news and HERE to subscribe or text "AHAI" to 22828.
AHAI is excited to announce the 8th Year of the A Step aHead Program in conjunction with the Chicago Blackhawks, Athletico Physical Therapy and NorthShore University HeathSystem.  The goal of the A Step aHead Program is to educate the youth hockey community on concussion awareness, prevention and treatment as well as to provide FREE baseline neurocognitive testing to AHAI members ages 11-18.  Click HERE to learn more about the A Step aHead Program and to REGISTER NOW ! Please note that registration is online only; do not call Athletico directly to register.
Save the Date: A Step aHead Hockey Safety Symposium
We are excited to announce our very first "A Step aHead Hockey Safety Symposium" on Saturday, September 29 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the United Center. This free event will include local and national speakers on a variety of topics that impact the health and safety of youth hockey players. Click HERE to view the exciting list of topics, and stay tuned to the AHAI Newsletter for more information on how you can reserve your seat at this one-of-a-kind event.
Coaches, Don't Get Benched!
By Jim Clare, Illinois Coach-in-Chief - USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program (CEP) require: USA Hockey Registration, Screening, SafeSport Training, Age Specific Module completion and the appropriate Level CEP clinic ( click HERE for 2018-19 CEP Clinic Schedule) to be eligible to coach. Why?

The answer is rather simple; the kids deserve it. What do I mean by that? As parents, you turn your children over to their coaches for several hours a week. After parents and teachers, your kids spend more time with coaches than probably anyone else during the season. USA Hockey and AHAI want that experience to be the best and safest it can be. Only properly educated coaches can help in the development of your skaters both on and off the ice. Coaches have a massive responsibility. Most of us remember our coaches; both the good and the bad. The effect they have on players can be immense and with that comes great responsibility. SO WHAT'S REQUIRED>>
Become an Official! Registration is Now Open!
By John Dunne, Illinois Referee-in-Chief & Supervisor of Officials - The Illinois Hockey Officials' Association (IHOA) is looking for YOU to officiate this season. Are you up for the challenge? Online registration for both IHOA and USA Hockey began on August 1st. We have put together a comprehensive guide to make registration a snap. Click HERE to view our comprehensive step-by-step guide to becoming an official and the 2018-19 IHOA Seminar Schedule.
Ask the Official - By Dave Zednik
QUESTION: During a stoppage of play, a coach calls the referee over to the bench and attempts to question the ruling of the officials by utilizing an electronic device. The team is assessed a bench minor for an equipment violation according to the rule. While the bench minor penalty is still being served, a team official now starts verbally abusing the referee. What penalty should be assessed to the coach? ANSWER>>

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>>
Successful Tryout Tips from a Longtime Local High School Coach
By Ross Forman - Rob Malstrom is set for his 20th season coaching, though he's mostly been on the bench for a team no one wants to play on.  At least during tryouts.  Malstrom, you see, is the head coach for New Trier Blue, the school's second varsity. Obviously all Trevians want to skate for New Trier Green - not Blue.  "The dynamic of our program has certainly changed over the last several years and that has caused me to have to change my approach to coaching Blue," said Malstrom, whose New Trier coaching run also has included time leading White, JV and all spring teams. READ MORE>>
Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp Invitees Announced!
By USA Hockey - The 11th annual Warren Strelow National Team Goaltending Camp, which features many of the top United States goaltenders eligible for international play, opens Tuesday (Aug. 14) in Plymouth, Michigan, at USA Hockey Arena. The list of invitees includes Illinois' Jackson Bernard (Huntley), Jonathan Mor (Highland Park) and Cameron Rowe (Wilmette). READ MORE>>
U.S. Under-18 and Under-22 Women's Select Teams Named For 2018 Series vs. Canada
By USA Hockey - Forty-four players who participated in the 2018 USA Hockey Women's National Festival have been chosen for the 2018 U.S. Under-18 and Under-22 Women's Select Teams that will compete in a pair of three-game series against Canada occurring simultaneously Aug. 16-19 at Markin MacPhail Center in Calgary, Alberta. The rosters include Illinois'  Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park - U18 Select Team),  Mikaela Gardner (Plainfield - U22 Women's Select Team) and Jesse Compher (Northbrook - U22 Women's Select Team). READ MORE>>
You know the routine for maintaining a healthy mouth, and encourage kids to brush and floss regularly. For athletes, preparing for sports also includes protecting their mouths from trauma during play. Help prevent injury to the jaw, teeth, entire mouth, head and neck -- see your participating Chicago Dental Society (CDS) dentist for 50% off a custom-fit mouthguard for your young athlete.  Click HERE  for more information.
Registration is Now Open for the Beko Home Appliances 1-on-1 Challenge
In partnership with AHAI and Beko Home Appliances, the Beko Home Appliances 1-on-1 Challenge allows participants to showcase their skills while contending to become the top shooter or goalie in the Squirt-age division. The competition will take place at MB Ice Arena on October 13, 2018. The top two goalies and top two skaters will battle for the championship in front of a sellout crowd at the United Center during the intermission of the Chicago Blackhawks home game on November 27, 2018! The winning team (player and goalie) will accompany the Chicago Blackhawks Fan Development staff to the 2019 NHL® All-Star Game in San Jose from January 25-26, 2019 to compete against other Squirt-age winners from around the NHL. REGISTER NOW>>
Registration Now Open for Blackhawks Intermission Relay Races & JuniorHawks Ice Slots!
The Chicago Blackhawks have opened registration for the 2018-19 Intermission Relay Races and Pregame JuniorHawks ice slots during all home games. Due to popular demand, teams will be selected at random to participate. If you have questions, feel free to contact Matt Brooks at Please CLICK HERE for complete details, including registration information, for the Blackhawks Intermission Relay Races and JuniorHawks Pregame Ice Slots.
Rockford IceHogs VIP Hat Trick Experience Available Now!
Have your team get the VIP Hat Trick experience with the Rockford IceHogs during October, November or December of 2018. Lock in your team's spot now within these 3 months and receive special discounted tickets! The VIP Hat Trick experience includes sitting on the IceHogs bench during warm ups, standing on the blue line during the National Anthem and then scrimmaging on the ice during intermission all with team recognition! To get availability and more information contact McKenna at 815-847-6386 or  today.