Volume 1 Issue 1 | September 2018
By Jack Weinberg
The season has begun, and we are already playing lots of games. It is a fun and exciting time of year. There are good things such as showcase and the goalie program that are happening and a few items like safety and equipment that need to be pointed out and in some cases corrected.

The High School goalie program is up and running and thus far 33 goalies have already been placed by Bob Wagner. Bob is the coordinator of the program which finds excess goalies to fill in on teams that only have one or in a number of cases, no goalie at all. This is a vital program which enables surplus goalies to continue to play and gain experience while providing teams in need a valuable necessity, a goalie. These goalies play for one season for their adopted club and then return to the program they came from. In some cases these goalies come from high schools that do not have a hockey program to play in, still others may become back-ups (BUGS) for teams that only have one goalie. The AHAI High School rules provide for this essential program and still has some openings. There are teams in almost every geographic zone requesting a goalie. If you know a goalie that is attending high school and is not on a roster please contact Bob Wagner for more information. Please click button below to view a list of all goalies that have been placed this year.
AHAI thanks IntelligGym for their sponsorship of IHSHL Snapshot
Historic Weekend for Illinois High School Hockey
By Steve Silvey, IHSHL President - History was in the making over the weekend of September 19 – 22, 2018. For the first time, Illinois was invited to the prestigious NAHL and NAPHL event in Blaine, Minnesota. Our team showed Illinois high school hockey players belong on the national map. The Illinois Showcase team went undefeated against 3 Minnesota elite U18 Tier I AAA development teams and a high school all-star team from Washington State.
Defending state champion Loyola Gold will start the 2018-19 season as the No. 1-ranked team, but many of the perennial powers are looking to knock the Ramblers off the top spot. And that list starts with New Trier Green and Glenbrook North, who are the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams, respectively.
1. Loyola Gold
2. New Trier Green
3. Glenbrook North
4. Providence Catholic
5. St. Viator
6. Benet Academy
7. Stevenson
8. Glenbrook South
9. Wheaton West
10. BG/H/W
11. Waubonsie Valley
12. Notre Dame
13. New Trier Blue
14. Barrington
15. St. Rita
Defending State Champion Loyola Gold Goes for Repeat with No. 1 Ranking
By Ross Forman - During the 2018 Illinois High School Hockey state tournament, Loyola Gold had a simple, direct rally-cry: End The Drought. And that they did, as the Ramblers last March defeated Stevenson 4-2 in the Red Division finals for the Illinois High School Hockey State Championship, played at the United Center. The state title was the first for perennial power Loyola Gold in 22 years. Now that the 2018-19 season is here, Loyola Gold has another simple, direct rally-cry: Repeat.
BG/H/W Eyes Return To The United Center, Repeating as Combined Division State Champion
By Ross Forman - Four games into the season, the BG/H/W Stampede is a .500 team – with one-goal wins over archrival Maine Township and Edwardsville, and one-goal losses to perennial powers Glenbrook North and Providence Catholic. Well, despite 10 new players on the team, including seven underclassmen, BG/H/W looks positioned for a return run late into the Illinois High School Hockey State Tournament, anchored on their history.
JV Spotlight: Matt Barrett
By Ross Forman - Junior defenseman Matt Barrett, in his second season skating for the Glenbrook South JV team, has put archrival Glenbrook North on alert. When asked his personal goals for the season, Barrett said, “To score three goals in the rivalry game and put the team on my back.” The traditional GBN-GBS Rivalry Game on the night before Thanksgiving, played in Glenview, is one of the most noteworthy games of the season — at both the JV and varsity level.
North Central Division
The North Central Division boasts 22 varsity and 30 junior varsity teams this season, making it the largest division in Illinois High School Hockey League. Click the button below for Christopher Waters' for North Central Division report.
Metro Girls Division
The Metro Girls High School Hockey League kicked off their regular season on September 20th with 14 teams, including a newcomer from District 211-214. Click the button below for Pam Flores' full Metro Girls report.
Illinois West Division
Illinois West will kick off the 2018-19 season with 29 total teams participating, including newcomers from Oswego and Benet Academy. Click button below to read Brian Meeks' full Illinois West Division report.
AHAI is proud to present the 29th annual series of Seminars on the opportunities in ice hockey on Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Woodfield Hyatt in Schaumburg. We'll talk about Men's and Women's NCAA Division I and Division III, ACHA club hockey, Junior College, Prep Schools and Junior Programs, as well as a wide array of topics like financial aid, making the grade and much more! Attendance is a must for all players (male & female) born in 2002 through 2005. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
Photo of the Month Contest Returns October 1st!
AHAI's Photo of the Month Contest returns October 1st, and the prizes are better than ever thanks to our sponsor, FloBros Hockey! Submit photos of your awesome flo, wicked slapshots, dekes, dangles and great saves! We'll post your photos on our Facebook and Instragram pages. Click HERE for complete contest details. We can't wait to see your pictures!