Volume 1 Issue 6 | February 2019
America’s High School Showcase Illinois Team Roster Announced
This year’s tryout teams represented a wealth of talent, making it extremely difficult to choose players for the final 2019 America’s High School Showcase Illinois Team roster. Congratulations to all the players on their selection to represent Illinois at the America’s Showcase in St. Peters, Missouri, April 11-15, 2019.
Blackhawk Alumni Announce 2019 Scholarship Recipients 
Congratulations go out to Richard (Rocky) Araujo from Hinsdale Central High School, Luke Carter from Carl Sandburg High School and Brett Wiseman from Mount Carmel High School on being named the recipients of the 2019 Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship.

The Blackhawk Alumni Association (BHAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players in Illinois. 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 who receives an annual $7,000.00 scholarship over four years.
As the Countdown to State edges closer, the slate for the Sweet 16 Rounds for Red Varsity, Combined Varsity, Junior Varsity and Junior Varsity Combined are all nearly set, and the Girls High School Varsity bracket is close to having the semi-final match-ups decided. Follow AHAI on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest State Tournament information!

AHAI is also excited to announce that Game Time Broadcasting will be streaming all Red, Combined and Girls Varsity semi-final games as well as the Junior Varsity and Junior Varsity Combined Championship Games LIVE from the Edge! Streaming will include play-by-play action and color commentary! Good luck, Teams!!!
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 Red Varsity State Championship at 7:30 p.m., and the Boys Combined Varsity State Championship at 9:15 p.m.
Ross Forman peers into his crystal ball and gives us a look at his predictions for the Illinois High School State Tournament finals...

Red Varsity Division
New Trier Green defeats Glenbrook North 3-2 in overtime, with JT Travis scoring the game-winning goal less than a minute into OT. Darkhorse: York

Combined Varsity Division
Glenbard topples No. 1 Waubonsie Valley, 5-2, with a 2-goal night from forward Brett Quinn. Darkhorse: Wheaton West

Click the button below to view Forman's predictions for all High School divisions.
No. 1 Fenwick Looks To Make History In State Tournament 
Fenwick is shooting for the first girls’ hockey state championship in school history, and many around Illinois not wearing the Friars’ black and silver attire are well aware of the team’s strengths. Fenwick is the No. 1-seed in the state tournament, with its first game set for March 7 at the Edge Ice Arena, starting at 6:40 p.m., against the winner of the Latin School of Chicago/D211/214 game.
Defenseman John Temple Helps Lead York, Which ‘Likes Flying Under The Radar’
He learned to skate at age 5 at the YMCA in Elmhurst, and in his first hockey game, John Temple was stuck playing goalie and could barely skate. “It was brutal … I can’t imagine how many I let in,” said Temple, laughing, who is now ready to wrap up his high school hockey career – and envisioning a skate at the United Center in his final game at York.
No. 8-seed Lane Tech Looks to ‘Make a Deep Run in State’
The moment that might have defined the season for Lane Tech came late last October, when the Indians played host to New Trier White at McFetridge Ice Rink in Chicago. The Trevians were undefeated at the time, yet Lane Tech triumphed, 5-2. The win “gave us a lot of confidence moving forward,” said Lane Tech head coach Jason Newman.
Spotlight on Michael Matz, GBN
The York JV team had a 3-0 lead over Glenbrook North in Northbrook last December. The Spartans came alive in the third period with four goals and grabbed the W. It might have been the most memorable moment for the Spartans in a season filled with memories. And it’s not over yet for the GBN JV. They are the No. 1-seeded team in the state tournament, and now await either Naperville North or Lyons Township for a state game on March 1, starting at 6:40 p.m. at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.
Metro Girls League
By Pam Flores - It is hard to believe, but the 2018-1029 season is close to winding down. Currently Fenwick, New Trier and Loyola are on top of the Scholastic Division, while Lake Forest, Warren and Glenbrook lead the Founders Division. Click button below for the latest college commitments, senior night celebrations, and other league happenings.
Illinois West
By Brian Meek - Illinois West has crowned two varsity champions! Waubonsie/Metea claimed the Varsity West Cup and Carl Sandburg captured the Varsity Scholastic Cup. Illinois West Playoffs are ongoing and schedules can be found on the Illinois West website. Click button below to read more about our 2018-19 award winners and much more!
Scholastic Hockey League
By Gary Larsen - Loyola Gold’s Declan Darcy was honest when asked what he saw when he looked up from the puck, just before scoring a series-ending goal in double overtime against Glenbrook North. “I didn’t even see the net, really,” Darcy said. “I just knew we didn’t have a lot of time so I took a rip at it.” Two Scholastic Hockey League semifinal playoff series that kept hockey fans strapped into a roller coaster ended in identical fashion on Sunday, Feb. 24.
As You Skate Toward the Championships, Raise Your Game to the Next Level with IntelliGym

Championship games will soon be upon us. To prep for the exciting, and stressful, time, adding a cognitive training program to your player development model will help fill some voids in player’s deficiencies. In the words of USA Hockey ADM Manager for Female Hockey, “so much of our sport replies on Hockey IQ and recognition skills. The players who have hockey awareness and hockey sense set themselves apart from the others.”