Volume 6 Issue 21 | February 27 , 2019
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.

These players will be honored at the Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. All of us here in Illinois are proud of their accomplishments in the classroom, in the community and on the ice.
As the Countdown to State edges closer, we are down to the Championship Series for Tier I Youth. The Elite 8 for Tier II Youth has been set and so have the Round Robin match-ups for Girls Tier I and Girls Tier II. The Girls High School Varsity bracket is filling up and the slate for the Sweet 16 rounds for Red Varsity, Combined Varsity, Junior Varsity and Junior Varsity Combined will be complete by this evening. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram for the latest State Tournament information!

AHAI is also excited to announce that Game Time Broadcasting will be streaming all Girls and Tier II Youth Championship games  LIVE from the Edge during the "Super Weekend of Champions" as well as Red, Combined and Girls Varsity semi-final games and the Junior Varsity and Junior Varsity Combined Championship Games! 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. and the Boys Combined Varsity State Championship at 9:15 p.m.  COMPLETE DETAILS>

Boys' Invitees to AHAI's 2019 Player Development Tryout/Identification Camp Announced
By Peter Humann, AHAI Player Development Chairman - AHAI is pleased to announce the players who have been nominated and selected to participate in the 2019 AHAI Player Development Tryout/Identification Camp for Midget and Bantam age players at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville, Illinois. The Tryout/Identification Camp will be conducted the weekend of March 22-24, 2019. Please click buttons below to view invitees by birth year, or click  HERE  to download complete list. Congratulations and good luck, players!
2019 America's High School Showcase Illinois Team Roster Announced
By Mike Mullally, AHAI Director & Showcase Team General Manager - 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 the 20 players (click HERE  to view roster) on their selection to represent Illinois at the America's Showcase in St. Peters, Missouri, April 11-15, 2019.
Save the Date for the AHAI Foundation Golf Outing!
By Don Allord, AHAI Foundation Golf Chairman - 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. We will only take 144 golfers. You can reserve a spot NOW by sending an email to Don Allord at  travelmore1017@gmail.com , and pay later. Make your reservation today...spots fill up fast! Stay tuned for more details!
2019 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament Registration Now Open!
The Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. is proud to present the 2019 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament hosted by the AHAI Adult Committee and The Edge Ice Arena. The Adult State Tournament will take place April 25 - April 28, 2019 with all Championship Games taking place on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at The Edge.  Click HERE for more information and/or registration, or contact Robert Fiorio, Tournament Director at rfiorio4@yahoo.com. Click HERE  to download/print flyer and registration form.
Your votes have been counted and the Top 5 Photos for February have been selected! Congratulations to our 5 winners! Click  HERE  to view our 18 Finalists and visit AHAI's  Facebook Page  to see all photos submitted in February! We can't wait to see March's submissions! Click HERE for contest details.
"That's Using Your Head"
Jason Castaneda
Leafs CSDHL 14U
"Bobby Orr Moment"
JR Sobecki
'06 Midwest Blackbirds
Isaac Hsu
DuPage Stars JV2

"Darn! I forgot to stretch."
Caroline "C$" Hurst - Sabres Squirt NIHL 1
"Batting Practice Hockey-Style"
Ian Campbell - Decatur Flames
John Cerza - Officials' Category
John Cerza always enjoyed the thrill of his dad taking him to the "Madhouse on Madison", the old Chicago Stadium, and seeing Keith Magnuson be the first one up the stairs onto the ice. They had seats in the first balcony, second row, right on the Blackhawks' blue-line. John began skating early and by 10 he was playing for the Palatine Norsemen. At 12, John saw an advertisement about becoming a hockey official and the opportunity to make some spending money. Passing the requirements, he became an approved official for the Amateur Hockey Association of the United States in 1975. READ MORE>>
QUESTION: During the shootout, the player skated up to pick up the puck at center ice and missed it. He then circled back to center ice, picked up the puck, and scored. Or did he? Does it count if the player skates pass the puck initially and then circles back to pick up the puck at center ice? One could argue it made the goalie leave his crease prematurely, which he did. It seems to me that the official should have blown the shot dead, cited the goalie for leaving his crease early, and made the shooter shoot again. ANSWER>>

QUESTION: In lieu of a goalkeeper is the use of a "goalie board" allowed either within the playing rules or purely from a safety and liability perspective to address the shortage of goalies in a sanctioned league? ANSWER>>
Homestretch of the 2018-19 Season Mixes Emotion, Excitement and Adrenaline
By Ross Forman - There's something about this time of the season - the energy, the excitement, the bragging rights, even the agony of defeat.  About a month to play in the 2018-19 season, hard to believe ... this is hockey, the best hockey!  The  Road to the United Center  is lined with snow and ice, but perfectly paved for a few teams.  Will Loyola Gold repeat as State Champions or will the Ramblers' arch-rival New Trier Green win another state title to add to coach Bob Melton's amazing run? READ MORE>>

Click HERE to check out Forman's 2019 High School State Tournament Predictions!
It's Not Just a Fantasy Camp, It's the Legends Cup
Ever imagined skating alongside Blackhawks legends? Scoring an overtime winner to capture the cup? Drawing up a game saving play with Denis Savard? Now is your chance!  On March 22-24, we will be hosting the inaugural Blackhawks Legends Cup! The Legends Cup is an opportunity for adult hockey players to compete alongside Blackhawks Alumni! As part of one of the four teams participants are guaranteed to compete in four games as well as one practice and video session. Multiple Blackhawks alumni will play on each team, accompanied by a celebrity coach, in the battle to win the inaugural Legends Cup. MORE INFORMATION>>
Little Blackhawks Learn to Play Program
Registration for the 2019 Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program is now open! First time hockey players ages 5-9 can sign up for learn to play lessons and receive a full set of gear to keep! Chicago Blackhawks and MB Ice Arena are also excited to host the first ever GIRLS ONLY Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program starting in March. More information for both programs can be found on the Youth Hockey page of the Blackhawks website.
Top-10 Finalists Named for 2019 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award; Includes Illinois' Jesse Compher 
The USA Hockey Foundation announced the top-10 finalists for the 2019 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, which includes Illinois' Jesse Compher (Northbrook).  The honor is bestowed annually upon the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey, and this year will be unveiled at a brunch ceremony at Cascade Fine Catering in Hamden, Connecticut, on Saturday, March 23, as part of the NCAA Women's Frozen Four weekend hosted by Quinnipiac University. READ MORE>>
Illinois Natives Evan Giesler and Tucker DeYoung Thriving On and Off the Ice with Service Academies
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - The paths that  Evan Giesler and  Tucker DeYoung have taken during their hockey careers have almost been a mirror image.  The two Illinois natives faced off against one another while playing junior hockey in the NAHL: Giesler with the Bismarck Bobcats and DeYoung for the Aberdeen Wings.  When it came down to choosing a college to earn an education and play hockey, the two went nontraditional routes.  READ MORE>>
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." READ MORE>>
Common Sports & Exercise Injuries (And How to Prevent Them)
Participation in physical activity has great health benefits, but also can increase your risk for an exercise-related injury. The benefits outweigh the risks, but learning to recognize common sports injuries and learning how to prevent them can help you maximize your workouts. Learn more from the Common Sports & Exercise Injuries (And How to Prevent Them)  infographic  that gives helpful tips for getting fit and staying safe.