Volume 7 Issue 23 | April 8, 2020
Attention Affiliate Club and League Presidents: 
2020 AHAI Annual Meeting Notification Letter & Update
The 2020 Annual Meeting of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) will NOT take place on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. at the Westin Chicago Northwest located at 400 Park Blvd., Itasca, Illinois. A new date will be published as we all navigate the current health crisis.
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, Bill Crowley at  bill.crowley@ahai2.org  no later than Saturday, April 18, 2020. 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, Michael Barrett at  president@ahai2.org , no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020. Thank you, in advance, for all of your help and cooperation in the furtherance of youth hockey in Illinois. -  AHAI Board of Directors
Now Is a Great Time to Get Your Credentials Done
By Laura Johnson, AHAI Registrar With government restrictions in place, we are finding ourselves with extra time. What a great opportunity to catch up on completing your required USA Hockey credentials. When restrictions are lifted, and life goes back to normal, our activities will rapidly ramp up, we will all find ourselves scrambling to get long overdue tasks completed.

What an opportunity to go online NOW and complete or update your hockey credentials!

First, you will need to register for the 2020/21 season by going to the USA Hockey Website. As part of the registration, you will acknowledge the USA Hockey Waiver of Liability and the Concussion and SafeSport acknowledgements.  The 2020/21 USA Hockey Registration is valid until August 31, 2021.  CONTINUE READING FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION>>
Team Registrations - Looking Ahead
By Laura Johnson, AHAI Registrar
Many have questions about the status of spring team registrations given the Covid-19 pandemic.

First and foremost, AHAI is complying with the restrictions put in place by the local and national governing bodies. Under no circumstances do we condone any type of team activities which defies government restrictions.

We are hopeful that we will all be back in the rinks soon. In anticipation of returning to playing hockey, it is helpful for you understand the season dates.

Spring and Summer Hockey Season
Spring/Summer hockey runs until August 31st. Should government restrictions be lifted allowing group activities prior to August 31st, rosters submitted that comply with the AHAI Spring/Summer registration rules will be certified. It is my intention to have 24-hour turn around for those rosters. CONTINUE READING FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION>>
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2020-2021 Season
The Tier II substitute choice application process, 10U through 16U/18U will begin on July 17, 2020. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will have (3) three appeal hearings for those denied a substitute choice. The dates for the appeals are August 13, August 27, and September 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Location will be announced at a later date.  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 13, 2020.

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 16U/18U Third Choice in the articles below.
Information Regarding USA Hockey's National Background Screening Program
While the 2020-21 playing season will not begin for several months, USA Hockey wanted to make sure you were informed of the new national background screening program that went into effect on April 1 to be compliant with updated requirements from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
When does the national background screening program begin?
The new national program begins April 1, 2020, in conjunction with the opening of registration for the 2020-21 season. USA Hockey has selected NCSI to provide its background screening, a company that is the gold standard in the industry.

Who has to get screened?
All adult coaches, officials, board members, employees, volunteers, and anyone else who will have regular contact with, or authority over, athletes under the age of 18 are required to submit to a background screen before any such contact with those athletes. READ MORE FAQs>>
Salute to 2020 USA Hockey National Championship Qualified Teams
While the 2020 Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, USA Hockey is pleased to celebrate the hard work and achievements of hundreds of youth, girls, high school players, senior women and sled players across the country who qualified for this year's Nationals.

"I grew up playing hockey and I'm also a youth hockey parent and coach," said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey, "so I can understand the significant disappointment of having the season cut short. That does not take away from the great accomplishments of teams that qualified for Nationals. This has been an unusual year and we're proud of everyone part of the USA Hockey family for how they've handled the adversity we're all facing. And when the time is right, we look forward to getting back to local rinks and on the ice to enjoy a sport that brings so much joy to our lives."  Congratulations to all the 2020 USA Hockey National Championships qualified teams (click HERE to view). 
Former coach, Illinois Suburban Hockey League founder leaves near 40-year local legacy
By Ross Forman - George Hayes, a member of the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame and the founder of the Illinois Suburban Hockey League, passed away March 29 after a long battle with diabetes. He was 68.

He started coaching locally in 1983 at the Elmhurst YMCA and was associated with the ISHL since its formation in the late-1990s. In fact, the league is now called the Hayes-Suburban Division within the Illinois High School Hockey League.

"George Hayes always had the best interests of the Illinois high school players first and foremost. Every decision he ever made had that premise in mind," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. "He truly was a first-class individual (who) will be deeply missed. We extend our sincere sympathies to his family." READ MORE>>
IHOA Announces That The Ben Allison Legacy Memorial Scholarship Application Is Now Available
This year marks the 5th anniversary of Ben Allison's Legacy Memorial Scholarship. Ben was a member of the Illinois Hockey Officials Association and USA Hockey's Officiating Development Program. He aspired to officiate in the NHL and was a student at Illinois State University where he studied broadcasting and journalism. Unfortunately, Ben was tragically taken from us in January of 2015, at the age of 20.

Ben was an outstanding official and an even better friend. Anyone that knew Ben would agree that he was the hardest working official both on and off the ice, and he always provided a positive outlook on life and officiating. In his honor and to celebrate his life and legacy, Ben's parents set up a scholarship for officials within the Central District who are either graduating high school or are within their first year of college. If you meet this criteria, we strongly encourage you to apply for this very prestigious scholarship. If you have any other questions please contact ADP@IHOA.COM. Please click  HERE to download the Ben Allison Legacy Memorial Scholarship application.

Upcoming USA Hockey Webinars
  • Bob Mancini & Markus Akerblom - "Environment is everything. How to foster player development by being player-centered." (4/8 at 3:30pm EST)
  • Mike Buckley & Steve Thompson - "Goaltending: Working and Communicating with Your Goalies" (4/9 at 3:30pm EST)
  • John Hynes & Bob Mancini - "Coaching from Youth to Professional Athletes" (4/10 at 3:30pm EST)
Past USA Hockey Webinars
  • Dr. Amanda Visek - "What is FUN? The Fun Integration Theory!" (4/7)
  • Dean Kriellaars & Heather Mannix - "What is Physical Literacy? How Will It Enhance Performance for Your Athletes?" (4/3) 
  • Maria Mountain & Steve Thompson - "Goaltending: At Home Training Strategies" (4/2)  
  • Tara Connelly - "Shooting Mechanics and Scoring Concepts" (4/1)
  • Zack Nowack - "Games Based Approach to Practice Design" (3/31)
  • Bill Beaney & Roger Grillo - "What is the Game Asking Us to Do? Using Small Area Play to Shape Way Players See the Game" (3/27)
  • Justin Goldman - "Goaltending: Embracing a Creative Mindset (3/26)
  • Marty St. Louis - "Offensive Zone Play: Youth to NHL" (3/25)
Watch all USA Hockey Webinars on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/AmericanDevelopmentModel !
Making Up Some At-Home Games Can Be Just the Ticket for Locked Down Hockey Players
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - The coronavirus pandemic has wiped out this year's Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships and has closed rinks for hockey players who would ordinarily be out on the ice skating with friends.  Kids are antsy not being able to play the game they love.  Even though hockey players are on lockdown - confined to their houses with their parents - there are still plenty of fun activities young skaters can do to continue to develop their skills. READ MORE>>
2020-21 U.S. National Under-17 Team Announced
Thirteen forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders have been selected to join USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. The roster includes Illinois Lane Hutson (North Barrington, Ill.). The 23 players, all from the 2004 birth year, will compete as the U.S. National Under-17 Team during the 2020-21 season. 

"We're thrilled about the bright, young talent that will make up our U17 roster next season," said Kevin Reiter, director of player personnel for the NTDP. "While we weren't able to hold our typical evaluation camp because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's just one component of our overall process. We're fortunate to have a terrific network of scouts, along with our own staff, in place to help in selecting the team. In the end, it's never easy to get to the final roster as there are so many talented players in our country." READ MORE>>
24th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing is August 14th
By Don Allord, AHAI Foundation Golf ChairmanJoin us for a fun-filled day!  The 24th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Schaumburg Golf Club on Friday, August 14, 2020. The outing will be a shotgun tee off scramble at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m., and a ll golfers will receive a starting package filled with special items designed just for this outing.

The revenues generated from this event will be donated to Special Hockey, Hockey Is For Everyone, AHIHA (deaf/hard of hearing hockey), the Hornets Sled Hockey program, the IHOA Memorial Fund, the Blackhawks Warriors, Blind Hockey and the Catastrophic Relief Fund for players who have been catastrophically injured playing the sport we all love. We hope you can join us for this great event! INFORMATION & REGISTRATION>>