Volume 7 Issue 7 | August 26 , 2019
By Carl Sassolino, IHOA Vice PresidentCoaches, do you want stronger officiating? It does not matter if this is your first year coaching or your twenty-fifth year as a coach. Let's work together to accomplish this.

USA Hockey, AHAI and IHOA have been working hard to continue a Mentoring Program for new officials. You may have noticed at some of the lower level games such as Mites 8U, Squirts 10U and even some PeeWee 12U games, an increase in the number of games where there is a Mentor shadowing (coaching) a new official. This is not the time to be 'working' the new official. This is when a new official is working their first or second game ever as an official and needs some help from the Mentor in the basics of officiating when it comes to offsides, icings and calling the standard of play. You as a coach can make a world of difference in the development of this new official. READ MORE>>
2019 College Night: Opportunities for Hockey After High School Seminar
AHAI is proud to present the 30th annual series of Seminars on the opportunities in ice hockey on Monday, September 30, 2019, at the Woodfield Hyatt in Schaumburg. We'll talk about Men's and Women's NCAA DI and DIII hockey, ACHA club hockey, Junior College, Prep Schools and Junior Programs. A wide array of topics will be discussed that will include: Making a College Hockey Team, Financial Aid, How to Pick the Right School for You, Making the Grade and much more! Additionally, there will be an Open House with more than 20 colleges and Junior teams present. Attendance is a must for all players (male and female) born in 2003 through 2006. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Registration opens on Monday, September 17th. COMPLETE DETAILS>>
Ask AHAI: Tier II 2-Choice Rule
Question:  Does the Tier II 2-Choice Rule apply only at the Squirt through Bantam levels? At the 16U level it does not seem to apply as players are free to play for their high school or other 16U programs?

Answer: The Tier II 2-Choice Rule applies as long as you play on a Tier II team. All players are permitted to play high school hockey (provided they are part of a high school program) and one other club team. The player is not permitted to play on two club teams.  The age you mentioned (16U) pertains only for attending a high school with a hockey program. Some high school students are as young as 13 or as old as 18 while attending high school. In either case they can play both club hockey and high school hockey provided they attend that high school.
Thank You for Helping Make the 23rd Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing a Success!
By Don Allord - AHAI Foundation Golf Outing Chairman - A HUGE thank you to all the golfers, volunteers and donors for your continued support of the AHAI Foundation Golf Outing. Each year I anxiously watch the weather night after night, and once again we were blessed with perfect weather, a great golf course and a fine meal. I would like to extend a very special thanks to our MC, Jim Smith, who never ceases to amaze me with his enthusiasm and dedication to our event. Also, special thanks to the golf outing committee who is appreciated and always there to lend a hand. READ MORE>>

Fact vs. Fiction: Concussion and Youth Athletes
Playing a sport, whether contact or not, puts your children at increased risk for injury. This includes many of the activities and sports kids and teens participate in during or after school. With any injury, especially head injuries, it's important to know the difference between fact and fiction. Elizabeth Pieroth , PsyD, ABPP, the Associate Director of NorthShore Sports Concussion Program, helps parents distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to concussion . READ MORE>>
Registration is ongoing for AHAI | USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Clinics and IHOA Officiating Seminars. Please click the buttons below for the 2019 CEP Clinic schedule and the 2019 IHOA Seminar schedule. 
Attention Coaches: Level 4 CEP Clinic at Lee Sherman Dreyfus University Center in Stevens Point Announced
The Central District Level 4 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinic will be held at the Lee Sherman Dreyfus University Center and Ice Hawk Arena in Stevens Point, Wisc., on September 7-8, 2019.  The clinic will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 7th (lunch will be provided). Day 2 of the clinic will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at 12:30 pm on Sunday, September 8th. Sun day's clinic will have both on- and off-ice components.  Coaches  MUST  attend  BOTH  Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th to receive their Level 4 certification. Click HERE for more information and/or registration. Questions? Contact USA Hockey Central District Coach-in-Chief, Doug Dietz at dougdietz04@gmail.com.
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations for Class of 2019
Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, in large part due to the tireless dedication and commitment of individuals who have helped make sure every individual who has had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so. The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding players, organizers, coaches, managers, supporters and officials. 

Click  HERE for Nomination Qualifications & Procedures. If you know of someone who you believe should be a candidate to enter the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019, you are encouraged to click  HERE for Nomination Form; please submit all assisting documentation by October 1, 2019. Click  HERE to view a list of past IHHF Inductees. The 2019 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at  847.269.2922 or  jacole@comcast.net.
Welcome to the 2019-20 Season!
By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair - Welcome to another season of Girls' hockey! Summer is quickly coming to an end, school is starting, and tryouts are complete. Make sure to subscribe to our monthly Girls Snapshot to stay up-to-date on all things girls' hockey! Did you miss our August issue? It outlined all the changes in place this season and a list of important dates for the 2019-20 season. Click HERE to check it out, and text "AHAI" to 22828 to subscribe today!
AHAI Fall Showcase Team to Participate in NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota
By Mike Mullally, AHAI Director - AHAI will again form and host a Fall High School Showcase team that will participate in the 2019 NAPHL Showcase at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota.  The Fall Showcase Team will be comprised of high school junior and seniors who will compete against some of the best teams in the country at the NAPHL Showcase while being scouted by NA3HL, NAHL, USHL junior coaches as well as scouts from the ACHA and NCAA. This premier event is the best opportunity for our high school players to advance their position in the hockey world. READ MORE>>
It's Game-Time, Already.
By Ross Forman - The 2019-2020 season kicks off with the annual Pre-season Invitational, a 16-team tournament hosted by Wheaton West and held Sept. 5-8 at Center Ice of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.  New Trier Green and Waubonsie Valley, the defending Red Division and Combined Division state champions, are participating, along with perennial powers Glenbrook North, BG/H/W, Providence, Glenbrook South, Stevenson, York and Benet Academy, among others. READ MORE>>
Team NAHL Prepares For 2019 Sirius Junior Club World Cup; Roster Includes Illinois' Conroy, Murray & Feczko
Team NAHL ( North American Hockey League ) is ramping up to represent the United States at the  2019 Sirius Junior Club World Cup , which is being held Aug. 23-31, 2019, in Sochi, Russia, at the home of the XXII Olympic Winter Games. The Team NAHL roster includes Illinois' Jack Conroy (Odessa Jackalopes | Chicago), Alex Murray (St. Cloud Blizzard | Glenview) and Billy Feczko (Shreveport Mudbugs | Palos Heights). READ MORE>>
Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey Team Travels North to Minnesota
By Michael Svac, USA Hockey Central District Disabled Hockey Representative - The Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Wild Foundation, Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey proudly hosted the USA Hockey Blind Hockey Summit at TRIA Rink in downtown St. Paul, MN, the weekend of August 22 - 25, 2019. Several Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey players and coaches were in attendance at the sixth annual event which featured games for all sizes and skill levels, a coaching clinic, and a "try-it" session for local newcomers.
The Chicago Blackhawks have opened registration for the Youth Hockey Intermission Skates and JuniorHawks Pregame Scrimmages during the first half of the 2019-20 season.  
Intermission Relay Race / Cross-Ice Scrimmage: Click Here to Register
  • 12 Mite or Squirt Players (10 skaters and 2 goalies) participate in a Relay Race or Cross-Ice Scrimmage during the 1st intermission of the game.
  • Intermission activity to be determined by the Chicago Blackhawks
JuniorHawks Pregame Skate:  Click Here to Register
  • Two teams, max of 20 players per team, Mites, Squirts, & PeeWees
  • 80 minute ice slot at the United Center 3 hours prior to the Blackhawks Game (Can be used for scrimmage, clinic, or practice)
  • Each player receives a Blackhawks Jersey to wear during their ice slot.