Volume 6 Issue 15 | December 5 , 2018
GURL Hockey Designed to Get Young Illinois Girls to Love the Game
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - The number of girls playing hockey in Illinois is at an all-time high.  However, when Tracy Cimba was conducting extensive market research on the number of registered girls' hockey players compared to nearby Wisconsin and Michigan, one figure looked glaringly out of place. Illinois has a hard time getting girls ages 6-8 involved with the sport. But by the time they hit 10 years old, the numbers significantly spiked.  One solution to attract girls in the 6-8 age group: start a girls-only program.

"Right now in the state, when they're little the only option they have is the learn-to-play hockey or if they sign up with their local youth ADM program, the ratio of boys to girls on the ice is 10-to-1," Cimba said. "So, if there are two girls on the ice for some kind of learn-to-skate, there are 20 boys. While that's good and they're learning how to play hockey, they're not getting a unique girls experience. We thought that because there isn't an option like that in the market, we could create a statewide, AHAI-sanctioned kind of program. We could run through AHAI a girls-only intro-to-hockey - providing them a learn-to-play, learn-to-skate program, but also providing camaraderie of a girls experience with on-ice games, a social afterward to really get them loving the game." FULL ARTICLE>>

Your votes have been counted and the Top 5 Photos for November have been selected! Congratulations to our 5 winners! Click  HERE  to view our 21 Finalists and visit AHAI's Facebook Page  to see all photos submitted in November! We can't wait to see your photos for December! Click HERE for contest details.
"Team Love"
Vipers U10 A1
"Let It Snow!"
Tony Diamond Jr. - Chicago Blues Squirt
"You Never Forget Your Teammates"
Vipers Bantam A1
"No Pucks Allowed!"
Finn Rossi, Jaguars Pee Wee 4
"You Don't Have to Be Teammates to Be Friends"
Johnny Carney (TI) & Aidan Kaiser (CYA)
Click the logos below the dates and locations of the 2019 Illinois State Hockey Championships, 2019 Central District Championships and 2019 USA Hockey National Championships.
Host Sites Announced for 2020 USAH National Championships
USA Hockey announced the host sites for its slate of 2020 USA Hockey National Championships. Champions will be crowned in 11 cities nationwide, with each tournament being contested in March/April 2020. The Chicago Mission is set to host the 2020 Tier I 14U Youth Division. READ MORE>>

December is here!!! Which means that it is time to start thinking about purchasing the perfect hockey gifts for your family, friends, coaches and managers! If you are stumped for ideas for your hockey lover, these hockey-themed gift ideas are sure to be a big hit. Click HERE  to download/print the 2018 AHAI Holiday Gift Guide.
2019 America's Showcase Illinois Girls Team Information
By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair - Attention all high school sophomore, junior and senior girls! It's never too early to think about college and your desire to play hockey at the collegiate level. Click HERE for information, player requirements and registration form for the 2019 America's Showcase Illinois Girls' team. This year's America's Showcase will be held April 11-15, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Road Trip East for Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Team
By Michael Svac, USAH Central District Disabled Hockey RepresentativeThe Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey team loaded up the vans this past month and headed East to compete in the first annual Special Hockey Summit that was hosted this year by the Pittsburgh Penguins and Hockey Sticks Together foundation. READ MORE>>
Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship
The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players. 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. Recipients will receive an annual $7,500.00 scholarship over four years for a total of $30,000.  Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, and scholar essays are due no later than February 1st of each year. MORE INFORMATION & APPLICATION>>
25th Annual Chicago Blackhawks Foundation High School Holiday Hockey Classic
By Mark Mullally - In its 25th year, the Chicago Blackhawks Foundation High School Holiday Hockey Classic is excited to be bringing some of the states's top High School talent, including Glenbrook North, Stevenson, New Trier Green, Providence Catholic, and Benet. We are also excited to add some returning out of state teams by welcoming back Christian Brothers College High School, and a familiar, but not so recent face with Chaminade College Prep School - both teams from St. Louis, Missouri. SCHEDULE & BRACKETS>>
New Trier Gray Continues To Win, Despite Fourth-Varsity-Team Label
By Ross Forman - New Trier Gray is the school's fourth varsity team, behind Green, Blue and White, but don't think for a moment that these Trevians can be taken lightly.  Or Gray will win.  More like it, continue to win. Gray skated into Thanksgiving with a 13-2-1 overall record, riding a 7-game winning streak. Gray lost its season-opener 3-1 to Evanston in a preseason tournament, and then didn't lose again until Oct. 18, when Leyden slipped past Gray, 6-5, in Wilmette. READ MORE>>
BMO Harris Bank's 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 November's Award Winners:  Player: Jonathan Vodnik , Cyclones,  Coach: Scott Thick , Chicago Hawks, and  Volunteer: Keeli Mickus , Oak Park Ice Bears. November's award winners were recognized at the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings game on Sunday, November 16th. Want to nominate a deserving player, coach or volunteer? Click  HERE  for complete details.
Chicago Blackhawks Learn to Play Program
The Little Blackhawks Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first-time participants between the ages 5-9 head-to-toe equipment, age-appropriate instruction and certified coaching led by local rink staff and NHL Alumni in a fun and safe atmosphere. Registration opens in December and sessions begin in the spring! MORE INFORMATION>>
Meet the Beko Home Appliances 1-on-1 Challenge Winners!
Congratulations to Peter Chlebowski, Colin Simpson, John Muehlfelder, and Liam Lucey (left to right) for competing in the Beko Home Appliances 1-on-1 Challenge Finals at the United Center on November 27th ! Peter and Colin, who both play for Team Illinois, move on to compete against teams from around the league at the NHL All Star Weekend in San Jose. Good luck!
Josh L. Strutz "Hockey Is Life" Memorial Hockey Game
The 9th Annual JLS Hockey is Life Event will take place at MB Ice Arena on December 7th, 2018 at 7:30pm. All proceeds generated from this event will go back to those who cannot afford to play the sport they love. Click HERE for the online silent auction form. We hope to see you there!
When to Go to Immediate Care, the Ortho Clinic or the Emergency Room
NorthShore offers same-day, convenient care for everything from the common flu to urgent sports injuries. Having options is great, but how do you decide which facility is the right choice for your needs? Athletic Trainer Dan Goggin discusses how to choose between visiting an Immediate Care center, Ortho Walk-In Clinic or the Emergency Department. READ MORE>>
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