Volume 5 Issue 24 |  April 11, 2018
At least 15 members of a Canadian junior hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos, died after a crash between their bus and a tractor-trailer. This tragedy struck at the heart of a tight knit city in rural Saskatchewan and immediately echoed through the hockey world and beyond.

The deadly crash occurred around  5 p.m.  Friday, April 6th on Highway 35 in Saskatchewan, about 150 miles northeast of Saskatoon,  according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The bus was carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey league team, on their way to the town of Nipawin for a playoff game.

"All of us in amateur hockey are saddened by this horrific accident involving several members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team from Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Illinois ice hockey community extends its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those involved. They will be forever in our thoughts and prayers" said John Dunne, president of the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc.

The international hockey community is showing their support for the friends and family of the Humboldt Broncos by wearing their team jersey to school on Thursday, April 12th. We encourage everyone to do the same.  #HumboldtStrong

Chicago Mission Brings Home 2 National Championship Titles: Girls 16U & Youth 16U
Chicago Mission Girls 16U
Chicago Mission Youth 16U

AHAI is excited to announce that we have 2 National Champions! The  Chicago Mission Girls 16U  team defeated the Selects Academy at BK 2-1 to earn the 2018 USA Hockey Tier I Girls 16U National Championship title and the  Chicago Mission Youth 16U  bested Team Wisconsin 3-1 to claim USA Hockey's Tier I Youth 16U National Championship Title! FULL ARTICLE>>
Attention All Association, Club and League Presidents: 2018 AHAI Annual Meeting Notification Letter
The 2018 Annual Meeting of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018, 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 ( no later than Saturday, April 21, 2018. 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, John Dunne (, no later than Thursday, May 3, 2018.  Thank you, in advance, for all of you help and cooperation in the furtherance of youth hockey in Illinois. ~  AHAI Board of Directors
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2018-19 Season
By Gregg Chudacoff, Tier II Committee Chairman ~ The Tier II substitute choice application process, Squirt 10U through Midget 16U/18U will begin on July 20,2018. 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 9, August 29, and September 6, 2018 at 6:30pm at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at with your preferred appeal hearing date. The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15th, 2018.  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. 
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 are looking to defend 2017 championship status and claim an impressive 5th straight America's Showcase title, while a stronger than ever Girls' team hopes to bring home a championship to Illinois for the first time. Both teams will play their games April 19-23, 2018 at the St, Peters Rec-Plex in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ask the Official
By Dave Zednik, IHOA VP of Rules & Ethics
QUESTION: On a penalty shot, the player started skating with the puck and about halfway to the goal he lost possession. He skated beyond the puck closer to the goal. He then stopped, the puck caught up to him and he grabbed it and continued. The puck remained in forward motion the whole time and did not stop. Is that legal?  ANSWER>>

QUESTION:  Our PeeWee team recently played in a hockey tournament. On day 2 of the tournament we found out that the winning team had played over-aged players on the team and obviously won due to the older players' skill. What should we do in this situation? ANSWER>>
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: AHAI cites uptick in abuse of hockey referees
By Jon J. Kerr, Pioneer Press ~  Lilly Bianchi wanted to be involved with hockey as much as possible.  She was a team captain at Lake Forest High School and was a runner-up in a USA Hockey essay contest in 2014.  Bianchi also took the ice as a referee.  "Officiating is another way to show your love for hockey," said Bianchi, now a 20-year-old attending St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. She is a sophomore on the varsity rowing team and plays club hockey at St. Lawrence.  But Bianchi's love of the game was tested when she was 15 years old. A coach of a Lake County youth team vociferously questioned a call she made during a neutral-site game at MacKenzie Ice Arena on the campus of Lake Forest Academy. READ MORE>>
Chicago Blackhawks Youth & Girls Hockey Summer Camps
Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Chicago Blackhawks Summer Camp! Camps will be held at MB Ice Arena and Mt. Prospect Ice Arena. Our last day of camp will consist entirely of fun events (cross-ice tournament games, challenges and much more!). Our girls camp will feature Olympic Gold Medalist Kendall Coyne, along with other high level players and coaches, including Blackhawks alumni, to help your son or daughter learn from the very best in the business. Please click HERE for more information.  Contact Michael Rigitano at  312-455-7662  or with any questions. REGISTER NOW>>
Registration NOW OPEN for Chicago Blackhawks 6th annual 3v3 Hockey Series
The Chicago Blackhawks will host the 6th annual  3v3 Hockey Series  on  June 23-24, 2018 . Cost is $575 per team. Teams can have 1 goalie and up to 6 skaters. Each team must have at least 3 skaters to participate.  If you are a skater or goalie without a team, we will be keeping a Free Agents list. If we receive at least three skaters and a goalie of a similar age, we will form a Free Agents team in the appropriate age group. To join the Free Agents list, email  Sam Ratty at  to add your name to the list. Click HERE for more information and/or to register today!
Be Part of the MB Ice Arena Team: Now Hiring
MB Ice Arena is currently hiring for the following positions: Part Time Ice Technician, Hockey Instructors, Scorekeepers, Skate Guards, and Instructors.  Click  HERE  to apply.

The IceHogs Are 1 Point Away from Clinching a Spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs!
The IceHogs are 1 point away from clinching a spot in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Gather your hockey team, friends and family and come watch the IceHogs battle it out for the Calder Cup at the BMO Harris Bank Center (Time and Date TBA). Use the code "AHAI" for exclusive game day experiences such as the Tunnel Team. Act fast as experiences are limited. Contact McKenna at 815-847-6386 or for discounted group tickets and information today! 
2018 USA Hockey Disabled Festival Concludes this Weekend
By USA Hockey ~ The largest disabled event of its kind and one of USA Hockey's most significant events each season, the  2018 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival will  conclude this weekend (April 12-15) with sled hockey, including the  USA Hockey Sled Hockey National Championship.  The Leafs Ice Centre in West Dundee, Ill., will serve as the primary facility both weekends, while nearby Fox Valley Ice (Geneva, Ill.) and Triphahn Ice Arena (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) will also be utilized.  USA Hockey, in partnership with  HockeyTV , will provide live streaming coverage of all games at the Leafs Ice Centre, including the Sled Hockey National Championship.  For a complete schedule of the 2018 Toyota-USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival, click  HERE .
2018 Disabled Hockey Festival Series: Part IV - Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey
We have previously featured the disciplines of  Blind Hockey Special Hockey  and  Warrior Hockey . In Part IV we will shine the spotlight on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey and two of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) players, Stewart DeLange and Hannah Garcia. This discipline is for the individual who has been diagnosed with a hearing loss. The ability to communicate with coaches and other players regardless of their method of communication is a huge focus. Whether a player utilizes sign language, lip reading, hearing aids, or cochlear implants, etc. interpreters are there to make sure they understand the instruction. MEET STEWART & HANNAH>>
Illinois West High School Hockey Leagues Completes Another Successful Season
By Brian Meek ~ Illinois West High School Hockey has completed another successful season. All twenty-eight teams competed well, and eleven players were recognized as "All State". Illinois West had two teams advance to the State finals, Waubonsie in the Combined Varsity bracket and Wheaton West in the Combined Junior Varsity bracket. Wheaton West Combined Junior Varsity produced a State Champion effort. Congratulations to Wheaton West! In addition to the many accolades the players received for their on-ice efforts, West awarded over sixty four percent of all players Academic Achievement awards. READ MORE>>
Men's & Women's 2018 AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament
By Robert Fiorio ~ The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Adult Committee is proud to present the 2018 Adult Illinois State Championship Tournament hosted by the AHAI Adult Committee and The Edge Ice Arena. The Adult State Tournament will take place April 25 - April 29, 2018 with all Championship Games taking place on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at The Edge.  MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION>>
Patrick Kane to Serve as Captain of 2018 U.S. Men's National Team
By USA Hockey ~ Patrick Kane  (Buffalo, N.Y.), a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks who has twice represented the U.S. in the Olympic Winter Games (2010, 2014), including helping Team USA to a silver medal in 2010, will serve as captain for the  2018 U.S. Men's National Team  it was announced today by USA Hockey. The squad will compete in the upcoming IIHF Men's World Championship set for May 4-20 in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark. READ MORE>>
Illinois' Mor, Pivonka & Turcotte Named to 2018 U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Roster 
By USA Hockey ~ USA Hockey today announced the 23-player roster, including  Joel Farabee  (Cicero, N.Y.) and  Oliver Wahlstrom  (Quincy, Mass.) who helped lead the U.S. to the gold medal in last year's event, for the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team that will compete at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men's World Championship April 19-29 in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk, Russia. The roster also includes Illinois'  Jonathan Mor  (Highland Park),  Jake Pivonka  (Naperville) and  Alex Turcotte  (Island Lake). READ MORE>>
A Bishop, Some Lawyers and a CEO Walk Into a Locker Room
For The Lawyers Hockey Team, it's not a joke; it's just another game
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI ~ As the guys lace up their skates, the discussions intensify.  It is not uncommon for The Lawyers Hockey Team to be late getting on the ice for the start of their weekly adult hockey game because they are engaged in riveting dialogue.  The team, which plays in the Masters Hockey League out of the McFetridge Sports Center in Chicago, is comprised of 17 players: 14 of whom are lawyers, along with two local television personalities and a CEO of a technology company. READ MORE>>
Kyle Herbster: 'Just Fun To Watch Him Play'
Former Local Forward Captures NOJHL Scoring Title
By Ross Forman ~ Kyle Herbster had a breakout season in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League - with a lot of credit going to his off-the-ice dedication last summer here in his native northwest suburbs.  Herbster, a right wing who lives in Cary, spent last summer in the suburbs skating at least three times a week with longtime friends who also are playing juniors. Plus, they were focused during their gym workouts. Herbster added about 10 pounds of muscle to his 5-foot-11,185-pound build.  READ MORE>>
Inaugural CPD Memorial Hockey Jamboree a Huge Success
By Martin Foley ~ The inaugural CPD Memorial Hockey Jamboree held on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the MB Ice Arena was a huge success! We were able to raise nearly $5000 for our Gold Star families and it's because of your support!  Thank you to everyone who volunteered, donated and participated to honor our CPD Memorial Gold Star families. It was an amazing day. We had over 80 skaters and 12 goalies compete for this very important cause. READ MORE>>