Volume 6 Issue 24 | April 10 , 2019
Attention Affiliate Club and League Presidents: 2019 AHAI Annual Meeting Notification Letter
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. at the Woodfield Hyatt Hotel located at 1800 East Golf Road in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Any individual who wishes to submit their name as a candidate for the position as a Board of Director of AHAI must submit their name, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Ken Michel ( kmichel@ahai2.org) no later than Wednesday, April 17, 2019. A short biography stating the individual's background, hockey experience, etc. should be included. The Nominating Committee will then send to each team a list of all the candidates and their biographies prior to the AHAI Annual Meeting in accordance with the By-Laws, Rules and Regulations. Any individual who wishes to submit a new By-Law proposal or change to an existing By-Law must submit their proposal(s), in writing, to the President of AHAI, Mike Barrett ( president@ahai2.org), no later than Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Thank you, in advance, for all of you help and cooperation in the furtherance of youth hockey in Illinois. -  AHAI Board of Directors
Chicago Mission 16U Girls Successfully Defend National Title! Highland Park Falcons Earn 2nd Place
AHAI is excited to announce that the 2018 defending National Champions, Chicago Mission Girls 16U, shut out Rochester Youth Hockey 2-0 in Irvine, California, on Monday, April 8, to earn the 2019 USA Hockey Tier I Girls 16U National Championship title.

Although the Highland Park Falcons 16U team put forth a valiant effort in their championship tilt, they ultimately lost to Cheektowaga Hockey (4-5) in a shootout in Plano, Texas, claiming 2nd place in USA Hockey's Youth Tier II 16U National Championship. 

There were a total of 11 Illinois teams competing for National Championship titles this year - 3 Tier I Youth teams (Chicago Mission 14U, Chicago Mission 15s, and Chicago Mission 16U), 4 Tier I Girls teams (Chicago Mission 14U, Chicago Young Americans 14U, Chicago Mission 16U, and Chicago Mission 19U), 3 Tier II Youth teams (Chicago Hawks 14U, Highland Park Falcons 16U and Geneva Cyclones 18U) and 1 Tier II Girls team (Northshore Warhawks 14U). READ MORE>>
Illinois' Brody Roybal's Three Goals Boost Chicago to Sled National Championship
By Tom Layberger - Chicago Blackhawks coach Derek Daniels knew that if his team ( click here for roster) keyed on the Gaylord Wolfpack's Declan Farmer and Jack Wallace, his team stood a very good chance of winning the USA Hockey Sled Hockey National Championship on Sunday. In containing the two Paralympic gold medalists, that is exactly what happened. READ MORE>>
AHAI Announces Players to Participate in USA Hockey's Central District High Performance Youth 15, 16 and 17 Player Development Festivals & Youth 14 Player Development Camp
Congratulations to the players who have been selected to participate in USA Hockey's Central District High Performance Youth 15, 16 & 17 Player Development Festivals held May 10-12 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and the 2019 USA Hockey Central District High Performance Youth 14 Player Development Camp held June 16-21 at Ames, Iowa. VIEW LISTS>>
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2019-2020 Season
The Tier II substitute choice application process, Squirt 10U through Midget 16U/18U will begin on July 19, 2019. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will only have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice.  The dates for the appeals are August 8, August 28, and September 10, 2019 at 6:30pm at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at  gregg.chudacoff@ahai2.org with your preferred appeal hearing date. The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15, 2019.

You will find helpful articles regarding the Two Choice Rule, Choice Substitutions and what you should consider before making that second choice as well as information regarding the Midget Third Choice in the articles below.
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. Click HERE to make  your reservation today...spots fill up fast! Click HERE for complete details. See you on the links!
2019 AHAI Adult State Championships
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 March have been selected! Congratulations to our five (5) winners! Click HERE to view March's 17 Finalists and visit AHAI's Facebook Page to see all photos submitted in March! The Photo of the Month Contest is taking a spring/summer hiatus, but will be back in October for the Fall 2019-20 Season with all new prizes!
"Superman Scores"
Jake Carlson
Marmion Academy Hockey
"All for One"
DuPage Stars
Junior Varsity
"Feeling the Pressure"
Jules Catuara
Sabre Girls 12U

"Just wait until I hit my growth spurt!"
Dino Vijuk, Chicago Jets
"3 Generations of Pekin Hockey Goaltenders"
Scott Hundt, Parker Hinkle, Bob Lagerquist - Pekin Hockey
Kevin Bolger - Builders' Category
Kevin was raised on the West Side of Chicago, the oldest of six children. During the 50's and 60s, there were no ice rinks or ponds in the area. Hockey was a dream and a sport that was played on the streets, alleys or sometimes in the playground if they froze it. Hockey sticks were often shared and rare to come by. They had one puck which was also shared. That was the extent of the equipment. 

Hockey was always Kevin's favorite sport and the Blackhawks his favorite team. He followed them whenever they were televised and occasionally went to the Stadium to watch his hero Stan Mikita light it up. READ MORE>>
Ask the Official By Dave Zednik
Question:  At the 10U Girls level, is checking in the back a 5 minute major with game ejection? ANSWER>>

Question: Can the referee disallow a goal after awarding and then noticing the net dislodged? We have had two instances of a referee awarding, pointing at the net, blowing their whistle, and then disallowing the goal after noticing the net was dislodged. ANSWER>>
Good Luck to Illinois' America's Showcase Teams!
AHAI wishes safe travels and good luck to our Boys and Girls America's Showcase Teams! The Boys ( view roster) are looking to recapture the championship title after a 2nd place finish in 2018, while a stronger than ever Girls' team ( view roster) hopes to bring home a championship to Illinois for the first time. Both teams will play their games April 11-15, 2019, at the St, Peters Rec-Plex in St. Louis, Missouri. Don't miss a second of the action; watch live on HockeyTV!
2019-20 U.S. National Under-17 Team Unveiled; Roster Includes Illinois' Sean Behrens and Jack Devine
USA Hockey has announced the thirteen forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders that have been selected to join USA Hockey's National Team Development Program and will compete as the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2019-20. The roster includes Illinois Sean Behrens (Barrington) and Jack Devine (Glencoe). READ MORE>>
BMO Harris Bank March Player, Coach & Volunteer of the Month
The Chicago Blackhawks and BMO Harris Bank are proud to honor members of the hockey community. Each month during the regular season they recognize the excellence of a youth hockey player, coach and volunteer. AHAI congratulates March's Award Winners: Jim Clare, AHAI and Sabre Hockey Association (Volunteer); Chris Ward, Geneva Cyclones (Coach); and Liam Dullum, Glen Ellyn Admirals (Player). 
Chicago Blackhawks Summer Camps Registration is Now Open!
The Chicago Blackhawks youth hockey camps are summer programs for youth and girls hockey players using qualified coaches and former Blackhawks players. The camps provide both on- and off-ice instruction for hockey players of all skill levels. Click HERE for complete details and registration. See you this summer!
Golden Coynes Coming to MB Ice Arena!
The Chicago Blackhawks and MB Ice Arena are excited to launch Golden Coynes, an all-girls development hockey program created in partnership with 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist, Kendall Coyne Schofield. Golden Coynes aims to create a fun and exciting environment for girls ages 6-12 who have prior experience with a learn to play program and want to continue to grow as a female hockey player. Led by an all-female staff, Golden Coynes will progress through a 3-phase program focusing on skating, stickhandling, shooting, positional concepts, and small area games. Questions? Please email Mary DeBartolo at mdebartolo@chicagoblackhawks.com or call 312-455-7607. REGISTER NOW>>
Blackhawks and United Center to Host First U.S.-Based HockeyFest on June 22-23
The Chicago Blackhawks have announced the team will host HockeyFest - Game On!, the world's largest street hockey tournament, on United Center campus parking lots from June 22-23, 2019. This marks the first time ever that this traveling event will be held in the United States. With more than 30 divisions ranging across age, gender and skill level, hockey players of all ages, including adults, are invited to participate. Click HERE for complete details and registration information.
JOG Athletics College Prospects Weekend
MB Ice Arena is proud to host a showcase highlighting local and regional talent for juniors and seniors in high school and current junior hockey players.  The goal for this event is to educate and create an opportunity for players to showcase their interest and talents in front of top ACHA Programs. With 10 of the top ACHA schools already committed, and more to come, this event will be unlike any other event in the area.  Players will have multiple opportunities to showcase their skills to various programs on and off the ice. Questions? Please contact Joe Caprio at: jcaprio@chicagoblackhawks.com  REGISTER NOW>>
Fueling the Fight: Juicing and Protein Shakes
By NorthShore University HealthSystem - What's the best way to fuel your workout and get your daily nutrients?  Juicing and protein shakes can help achieve these goals, but there are a few things to keep in mind when using these tools. Sports Medicine specialist Hallie Labrador, MD, breaks down the best practices to follow when incorporating juicing and protein shakes into your diet. READ MORE>>