Volume 7 Issue 15 | December 18 , 2019
Important Reminder Regarding the AHAI Suspension Review Process
AHAI SUSPENSION REVIEW will not take complaints from parents, players, coaches or anyone other than the club presidents. If a party thinks they were wronged in some way on the ice, the complaint MUST be submitted to the club president. If he or she reviews the matter and feels it needs to be addressed by SUSPENSION REVIEW , then they should present it to the Chair, Kevin Bolger.
Register Today for the 2020 Illinois State Girls Hockey Championships!
B y Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair - It's time to register for the 2020 Illinois State Girls Hockey Championships! All organizations with Girls Tier II or Tier III teams have been sent an email that includes the 2020 Girls State Tournament Invitation Packet -  click here to view. Please don't delay, register early to be part of the excitement.  Important note: Any player that is double rostered on two (2) National Bound level teams must declare for which team she will play in the State Tournament by Dec. 31, 2019. A player may not play on two (2) teams (e.g. one Girls and one Youth team) in the State Tournament that are at the National Bound level (14U, 16U, 19U).

Attention Tier II Presidents & Team Managers
By Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman  - Tier II club presidents and team managers, please be aware that registration for the Tier II Illinois State Hockey Championships ends on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Please  click here  for these dates and more Tier II State tournament information.
Men's & Women's 2020 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament
By Robert Fiorio, Adult State Tournament Director - The Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. is proud to present the 2020 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament hosted by the AHAI Adult Committee and The Edge Ice Arena. The Adult State Tournament will take place April 23 - April 26, 2020 with all Championship Games taking place on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at The Edge.  For more information and/or registration please click here or contact Robert Fiorio, Tournament Director at rfiorio4@yahoo.com.
Locker Room Policy: Keeping Our Skaters & Coaches Safe
By Jim Clare, Illinois Coach-in-Chief - As the season moves along toward playoffs, it is a good time for a reminder to coaches, managers, and parents about locker room policies. The number one priority we all have is to keep our skaters safe. Part of that charge is handling locker rooms.  As a former club president, I can honestly say over 13 years I never once had a locker room issue when an adult was in the locker room. All locker room incidents that crossed my desk happened when a screened adult was not present. READ MORE>>
Perspective Important When It Comes to Holiday Tournaments
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - The holidays can be a busy time for youth hockey players.  Juggling competing in tournaments and practicing hard to improve as a player are important areas to focus on.  However, AHAI Coach-In-Chief Jim Clare stresses to athletes to remember what the holidays are really about.  "It's also family time and it's also time to spend with others, not just hockey people," Clare said. "Don't overdo it. You've got a Christmas tournament, you've got a Thanksgiving tournament, you've got a Martin Luther King tournament. At some point, when is enough, enough?" READ MORE>>
John Conenna ~ Coaches' Category
John was born and raised in the village of Norridge, Illinois, during the late 1960's and through the 1970's hockey became the theme of his neighborhood. Playing on the streets was John's first introduction to the game and then on to the nearby ponds and over to his first league which was in the neighboring village of Harwood Heights. Hockey was by far John's favorite sport and it became a daily passion for him. Some of his favorite idols growing up were Tony Esposito, Glenn Hall, and the great Stan Mikita. Throughout his playing career, John was a goaltender from his start in youth hockey, continuing in high school, and also in college at Loyola University. READ MORE>>
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Ticket Information
The 2019 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 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 email Norm at jacole@comcast.net.
Attention Officials: IHOA Added Seminar on December 23rd!
IHOA is hosting one final seminar on Monday, December 23rd at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva for Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 officials. Please visit www.ihoa.com for information/registration.
28 American Officials Named to IIHF Championships and Youth Olympic Games
USA Hockey recently announced that 28 American officials have been selected to serve as referees or linesmen for International Ice Hockey Federation world championships in 2019-20, in addition to the 2020 Youth Olympic Games. The list includes Illinois' Riley Bowles (Willowbrook), Erika Greenen (Romeoville) and Shane Gustafson (Hebron).    READ MORE>>
Calling All Squirts! Join Us for the Mini 1-on-1 Challenge at Fifth Third Arena on January 3rd!
In partnership with AHAI, the Mini 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 Fifth Third Arena on January 3, 2020. The top two goalies and top two skaters will battle for the championship at the United Center during the intermission of the Chicago Blackhawks home game on January 11, 2020! The winning team (player and goalie) will win tickets to the 2020 NHL® All-Star Game in St. Louis on January 25-26, 2020. MORE INFORMATION>>
Be a Part of the 2020 America's Showcase Team!
Attention all sophomore, junior or senior high school age girls! If you have not yet committed to a college/university, America's Showcase could be exactly what you need to help you reach the next chapter of your life.

If you're wanting to play hockey in college, please consider registering for the 2020 Illinois Girls' Showcase Team. Many NCAA DIII and ACHA coaches and scouts will be on hand in St. Louis looking for players to round out their teams. It's never too early to register. Please  click here to review the invitation and Showcase information. If you have any questions, please contact Anita Lichterman, Illinois Girls' Showcase Team Manager at girls@ahai2.org or 847.414.5737.
Girls United Hockey is Back and Looking to Build Off Success 
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - When Girls United Recreational League (GURL) Hockey was formed last year, there were plenty of unknowns going into the first session.  Would the program be well received by the girls ages 4-10? Is having instruction solely designed for young girls' players a great route to attract new players? Would the parents approve of the unique approach with their daughters?  The answer to all these questions was a resounding, "Yes." READ MORE>>
2020 High School State Tournament Seeding, All-State & Showcase Team Selection Process
By Jack Weinberg, AHAI High School Committee Chair - As the end of the regular season approaches, AHAI receives numerous questions regarding seeding for the State Tournament, as well as the High School All-State and Showcase team selection process. There are many misconceptions that exist regarding AHAI's role in the aforementioned topics. Please click here for a synopsis of the processes in place for High School State Tournament seeding as well as High School All-State and America's Showcase team selections.
Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship Application
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. Please click here  to download the application . If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please direct them to Tom Dillon at  tom.dillon@amwins.com .
Maine Township Has Had 'Some Really Memorable Moments' This Season, Looking for More
By Ross Forman - Junior defenseman Cian Duffy secured the 3-2 victory for Maine Township over host Waubonsie/Metea on Oct. 19 in Naperville with a shootout goal.  That came in the 16th round.  "We've been lucky so far to have some really memorable moments," this season, said Maine head coach Greg Mrofcza.  There was, for instance, the game against Wheaton West on Nov. 15 in Park Ridge. "(We scored) a goal to give us the win in regulation-time, (but the goal) was waived off, ruled to have been scored just after time expired," Mrofcza said. READ MORE>>
Over 350 Kids Tried Hockey For Free in Illinois in November; Fifth Third Arena Led the Way with 100 Skaters!
Jim Clare, AHAI VP of Membership - USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day is in its 10th year with over 200,000 kids haven taken part in the event during that time. This year there were 11,500 skaters nationwide that participated in the November 9th THFF day. In Illinois, we had 15 associations/rinks participate with 358 young skaters lacing them up as part of the day's festivities. Many locations hosted parties for the kids after the on-ice instruction, all in an effort to attract new skaters to our great game.  READ MORE>>
Six Illinois Players Participating in the 2019 Deaflympics!
The USA will be competing at the 2019 Deaflympics in Valtellina - Valchiavenna, Italy through December 21, 2019! Continued good luck to Illinois' Tyler Balcerak (Elgin), Max Finley (Peoria), Anders Lindgren (St. Anne), Derek Struwing (Bartlett), Luke Peinado (Winnetka) and Ryne Krueger (Barrington)! For more information on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey and the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA), please click here.
USA Hockey Announces U.S. Women's National Team Roster
USA Hockey recently announced the 23 players who have been selected to the U.S. Women's National Team that will play Canada in the opening two contests of the 2019-20 Rivalry Series. The roster includes Illinois' Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove), Jesse Compher (Northbrook) and Kendall Coyne-Schofield (Palos Heights). READ MORE>>
2020 U.S. National Junior Team Preliminary Roster Unveiled
USA Hockey recently named 28 players to the preliminary roster of its 2020 U.S. National Junior Team. The roster includes Illinois' Jack Drury (Winnetka), Jacob Pivonka (Naperville) and Alex Turcotte (Chicago).  The group is auditioning for a spot on the final 23-player roster that will represent the United States in the 2020 World Junior Championship from Dec. 26, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020, in Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic. READ MORE>>