Volume 8 Issue 22 | March 24, 2021
Boys' Invitees to AHAI's 2021 Player Development Tryout/Identification Camp Announced  
By Peter Humann, AHAI Player Development Chair - The following players have been nominated and selected to participate in the 2021 AHAI Player Development Tryout/Identification Camp for 14U through 18U age players at the AHAI Hockey Center in Bensenville, Illinois, to be conducted the weekend of April 9-11. Please click on buttons below to view player lists by birth year. Good luck!

3 Youth Tier II Teams Selected to Represent Illinois at USA Hockey National Championships!

Youth Tier II 14U
Chicago Bulldogs
Youth Tier II 16U
Chicago Jets
Youth Tier II 18U
Orland Park Vikings

USA Hockey National Championships for the Youth Tier II 14U will be held in Dallas, TX, Youth Tier II 16U in Grand Rapids, MI and Youth Tier II 18U in Green Bay, WI. Good luck, teams!
7 Tier I Teams Selected to Represent Illinois in the USA Hockey Central District Championships!

Youth Tier I 14U
Chicago Mission

Youth Tier I 15O
Chicago Young Americans

Youth Tier I 16U
Team Illinois

Youth Tier I 18U
Chicago Mission
Girls Tier I 14U
Chicago Young Americans

Girls Tier I 16U
Chicago Young Americans

Girls Tier I 19U
Team Illinois
The Girls Tier I National Championships will be held April 29 - May 3 in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The Youth Tier I National Championships will be held April 28 - May 3 in Dallas, Texas for the 14U and 15O divisions, and the 16U and 18U divisions will be held in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
3 Tier II Girls Teams Selected to Represent Illinois at Central District & USA Hockey National Championships!

Girls Tier II 16U
Northshore Warhawks
Girls Tier II 19U
Northshore Warhawks
Girls Tier II 14U
Naperville Sabres

The Northshore Warhawks 16U and 19U teams will compete in the USA Hockey Central District Championships March 26-28, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska! The Naperville Sabres 14U team will advance directly to the Girls Tier II 14U USA Hockey National Championship which will be held April 29 - May 3, 2021 in Denver, Colorado!
QUESTION: What is the referees' responsibility for maintaining a positive environment for players, when the venue allows alcohol consumption and the players report harassment by fans who are visibly consuming alcohol? 

ANSWER: The USA Hockey Playing Rules regard the rules of playing the game and therefore do not address spectator behavior. Your situation is an unfortunate one that places the players, coaches, and officials in a very difficult situation. Obviously, the drunk spectator behavior is detrimental to the game, but at the same time how do you argue with a drunk and emotional parent? READ MORE>>
Multi-Sport Athlete Kevin Parham Brings 'Competitive Drive' to the Co-Op North Stars
By Ross Forman - It's no coincidence that junior Kevin Parham, a 2-year varsity goalie for co-op North Stars Hockey Club, sports uniform No. 33: his all-time favorite goalie is Patrick Roy.

Roy was, arguably, the greatest goaltender in NHL history, a 2006 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame. And Roy's number 33 jersey is retired by both the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. READ MORE>>
Speed Is the Key for Colin Young, a 2-Year Varsity Center for Co-Op Kings  
By Ross Forman - Senior Colin Young bring a mosquito approach to the ice for the co-op Kings High School Hockey Club. "My mom likes to think that I play like a mosquito... I am fast and irritate, but I don't get stung because of my speed," Young said. "I'm not the biggest guy out there, so I tend to shy away from trying to go for big hits. But I like to put my all out there; I can chase you down the ice and get something going down at the other end." READ MORE>>
Former Figure Skater Chyne Lewis Has 'Fun' Playing Hockey, Wins Scholarship to Continue Scoring Goals  
By Ross Forman - Chyne Lewis was a figure skater who, when she finished practicing, saw hockey players at the rink, ready for their practices or games. She was intrigued, as she has three older brothers, so physicality was commonplace and part of her interest in hockey. She had wanted to play football, but her parents rejected that request. But she got the green-light for hockey - and played her first year (fall and spring seasons) for boys' teams for the St. Jude Knights youth hockey program. She has played the last three seasons for girls' teams, this season for the 14U Knights. READ MORE>>
Playing for Team Illinois 'For Sure' Helped Goalie Grosenick Make His Way to the NHL
By Ross Forman - When the Los Angeles Kings defeated the host Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on March 10, goalie Troy Grosenick made 33 saves in his first NHL appearance since 2014. He last stopped NHL shots in two games for the San Jose Sharks in November 2014. "It was good," Grosenick said of the W. "I've felt for a long time like I could play in the NHL, was just waiting for an opportunity. I treated it like any other game, just kind of went out and did my thing, prepared the same way, all that type of stuff. READ MORE>>
2 Illinois Women Capture NCAA National Title!
The second-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team claimed its sixth NCAA title thanks to a dramatic 2-1 overtime win over Northeastern Saturday night in Erie, Pennsylvania. Congratulations to Caitlin Schneider (CYA) and Nicole LaMantia (Mission) on their National title, and a huge shout out to Northeastern players Andrea Renner (CYA), Emma Jurusik (Mission), Katie Cipra (Mission).

In all 10 former Girls Tier I players competed in the 2021 NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Championship, including JoJo Chobak (Minn. Duluth | CYA), Eleri Mackay (Colgate | Mission), Delani Mackay (Colgate | Mission), Tatum Skaggs (Ohio State | Mission), Cecily Hetzel (Boston College | Culver).
Rosters Set for 2021 BioSteel All-American Game; Includes Illinois' Sean Behrens, Jack Devine & Hank Kempf
USA Hockey announced the players who will compete in the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game, set for April 7 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. The contest will feature the U.S. National Under-18 Team, which includes Illinois' Sean Behrens (Barrington) and Jack Devine (Glencoe), from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and a roster comprised of 22 players from other USHL teams, which includes Illinois native, Hank Kempf (Chicago) of the Muskegon Lumberjacks. READ MORE>>
46 Players Invited to U.S. Women's National Team Evaluation Camp, List Includes 7 Illinois Women
USA Hockey has invited 46 players to its U.S. Women's National Team Evaluation Camp that will be held from March 24-30 in Blaine, Minnesota, at the National Sports Center. The list of invited players includes Illinois' Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove), Savannah Harmon (Downers Grove), Nicole LaMantia (Wayne), Hannah Brandt (Buffalo Grove), Jesse Compher (Northbrook), Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights), and Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park). The camp is part of the process in selecting the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship May 6-16, in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia. READ MORE>>
NIHL Introduces the Premier Select Level
Starting in the 2021-22 season, the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL) is introducing the Premier Select level, a new and higher level of play. Teams will play in birth-year Major and Minor divisions, playing periods will be longer, and the Premier Select divisions will play a new Double Elimination tournament format that will include more exciting games to determine a worthy champion. Both NIHL and the majority of its member organizations agree that on-ice performance should decide which teams deserve to play at the highest level of Tier II hockey in our state. READ MORE>>
CSDHL Announces Squirt Minor Division
The CSDHL is pleased to announce that for the 2021-2022 Season we will be adding a Squirt Minor Division. If you are not currently part of the CSDHL and would like to apply, please send an email by Thursday, April 15, 2021, to CentralStatesHockey@gmail.com and include the following information: (1) club name; (2) age division(s) for which you are applying; (3) name of person to whom to send application; and (4) email of person to whom to send application.
Off the Ice Is the Place to Be for Offseason Training
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - Jeff Blindauer stresses to his athletes the importance of off-ice training during the offseason. It's a critical part of any athlete's plan to stay in shape when it's not time to lace up the skates. Blindauer - who is the director of strength and conditioning for the Chicago Fury organization - makes sure that when the hockey season is over, he's giving players a complete rundown on what dryland training they should focus on in the spring leading up to tryouts in the fall. Blindauer uses a five-phase approach. Each step can typically run for three to four weeks. READ MORE>>