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Volume 6 Issue 13 | November 7 , 2018
ILLINOIS HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the 2018 inductees to be enshrined into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame.

PLAYERS CATEGORY
Joe Corvo
Brett Lebda
Darren Pang

BUILDERS CATEGORY
Kevin Bolger
Karen Hyde
Mary Ann Robinson
Terry Stasica

OFFICIALS CATEGORY
John Cerza
Jack Raslawski

The 2018 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or e-mail Norm at jacole@comcast.net.

The Hall of Fame was established to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of individuals who, through their dedication and tireless efforts, helped to pave the way for the future generations of kids and adults to enjoy the great sport of ice hockey.

The IHHF Selection Committee consists of all of the living past and present presidents of the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. Please click  HERE for further information.
THANK YOU SPONSORS!

AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
Illinois Girls Get an Up-Close Look at U.S. Women's National Team Heroes
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - Illinois is making its imprint on the national stage for women's hockey.  If it wasn't already clear the state was producing some of the top female American players, it certainly was when the U.S. Women's National Team arrived in Chicago at the end of October.  Of the 23 players selected to compete with Team USA in the 2018 Four Nations Cup, three are from Illinois: Kendall Coyne Schofield (Palos Heights), Megan Bozek (Buffalo Grove) and Mikaela Gardner (Plainfield).  Coyne and Bozek got to play host when the WNT held its pre-camp at the Chicago Blackhawks' flashy practice facility, MB Ice Arena. READ MORE>>
16 Illinois Rinks/Associations to Host Try Hockey For Free Events on Saturday, November 10th
On Saturday, November 10th, USA Hockey and 450 local association across the country will host Try Hockey For Free Day! Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey as part of Come Play Hockey Month. All locations will have limited equipment available for use.  Help grow our great game and spread the word! Click HERE to view the 16 Illinois locations. For any questions, please contact us at (719) 538-1124 or email comeplayyouthhockey@usahockey.org .
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OCTOBER TOP 5 PHOTOS
Your votes have been counted and the Top 5 Photos for October have been selected! Congratulations to our winners! Click  HERE  to view our 16 Finalists and visit AHAI's  Facebook Page  to see all photos submitted in October! We can't wait to see all the photos submitted for November's contest!
"Moment of Prayer"
Colin Reis (PC) & Andrew Capuano (St. Rita)

"Don't touch my biscuit!"
Anthony Patrone, Chicago Blues
"A little ice won't sink this ship"
Alex Ciolino, Chicago Hawks
"Girls can change the world!"
Madison, Glacier Avs In-House
"Playing for those who no longer can"
Katie Bell, Fury U14 & Wheaton West

Email photos for the November contest to Gretchen Cockey at gretchen@ahai2.org. Please include a witty caption, player's name, age and hockey club. Photo submission deadline for the November Photo of the Month contest is Sunday, November 25th . Click HERE for complete details.
FINAL MONTH TO REGISTER FOR A STEP aHEAD PROGRAM!
Fact vs. Fiction: Concussion & Youth Athletes
Sports concussion is something that everyone is talking about - how to avoid or reduce the risk, how to recognize concussion symptoms, and what return to play should look like. With any injury, especially head injuries, it's important to know the difference between fact and fiction. Elizabeth Pieroth, PsyD, Neuropsychologist and Associate Director, Sports Concussion Program at NorthShore discusses common misconceptions surrounding concussion. READ MORE>>
We are in the final month of the A Step aHead Program! The goal of the A Step aHead Program is to educate the youth hockey community on concussion awareness, prevention and treatment as well as to provide  FREE baseline neurocognitive testing to AHAI members ages 11-18. Everyone completing the free ImPACT baseline test will receive an awesome pair of Chicago Blackhawks sunglasses! Don't delay - registration ends on November 30th! REGISTER NOW>>
2019 STATE, DISTRICT & NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES
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.
Attention Tier II Presidents & Team Managers
By Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman - Tier II club presidents and team managers, please be aware of the following dates for the Tier II Illinois State Hockey Championships. The exemption process begins on Saturday, December 1 and concludes on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Registration will begin on Sunday, December 9 and ends on Sunday, January 6, 2019. There will be a liaison's conference call meeting on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:00pm. Click HERE for these dates and more Tier II State tournament information.
ASK THE OFFICIAL BY DAVE ZEDNIK
QUESTION: Which team's center must place the stick first on the ice for any face-off conducted at the center ice face-off spot? ANSWER>>

QUESTION: The White team scores a goal that is unobserved by the Referee so play continues. At the next stoppage of play, which happens to be a goal scored by the Blue team, the Linesman informs the Referee of the White goal and it is determined that White did indeed score the goal. What actions should the Referee take in this instance? ANSWER>>
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HEADLINES
BMO Harris Bank's October 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 October's Award Winners: Player:  Matthew McDonald, Joliet Jaguars, Coach: Keith Fahforth, Wheaton West Hockey, and Volunteer: Jane Boyle, Wilmette Braves. October's award winners were recognized at the Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Rangers on Thursday, October 25th. Click HERE to nominate a deserving player, coach and/or volunteer!
HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY HEADLINES
First-Year Head Coach Nick Madonia Helps Revive Crystal Lake South
By Ross Forman - Crystal Lake South is one of the great stories so far this season.  The Gators tied their first two games of the season, against Benet Academy and Hinsdale Central in their own Gator Cup, held in West Dundee. They then won their next nine games, giving up more than two goals only once in that stretch, which included wins over Naperville Central, Warren, Fox Valley and others.  CLS lost its first game of the season on Wednesday, Oct. 24, falling 5-1 to LZMW in Vernon Hills. READ MORE>>
AROUND THE BOARDS
Illinois Boasts 3 Champions & 8 Finalists in the 2018 CCM World Invite in Chicago
Three (3) Illinois teams claimed CCM World Invite Championship titles on Sunday, November 3rd. Over 1,220 games were played in a myriad of rinks throughout the Chicagoland area by 526 teams and nearly 10,000 players. Illinois also had eight (8) second place finishes and numerous teams advanced through to the quarter final and semi final rounds (click HERE for a complete list). Congratulations to all our Illinois teams for their excellent showing at the 2018 CCM World Invite in Chicago!
16U AAA Champions
Highland Park Falcons
2007 Elite Champions
Chicago Mission
2009 Elite Champions
Chicago Young Americans
USA HOCKEY HEADLINES
Three U.S. Teams in Action During Upcoming International Break
The U.S. Women's National Team and USA Hockey's National Team Development Program's Under-18 and Under-17 Teams will all compete in tournaments beginning this week during the first international break of the 2018-19 season.

2018 Four Nations Cup:  The U.S. Women's National Team will compete in the Four Nations Cup Nov. 6-10 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. READ MORE>>

2018 U18 Five Nations Tournament:  The U.S. National Under-18 Team will compete in the Under-18 Five Nations Tournament Nov. 7-11 at Buly Aréna in Kravaře, Czech Republic. READ MORE>>

2018 World U17 Hockey Challenge:  The U.S. National Under-17 Team will compete in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Nov. 4-10 at Harbour Station and qplex Ice Arena in Saint John and Quispamsis, New Brunswick. READ MORE>>