Volume 7 Issue 12 | November 6 , 2019
Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, due in large part, to the foundation laid down by these inductees and their tireless dedication in making sure every individual who had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so.

The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 26, 2020 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 email Norm at jacole@comcast.net.

Joining in honoring this special group of inductees will be several of the past inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year's inductees, and all of the past inductees have demonstrated, through their actions over the years, their personal commitment in making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinois youth and the Illinois hockey community.

Don Granato
Tim Stapleton

John Conenna
Jim Friberg
Chuck Linkenheld
Ken McCudden
Sylvain Turcotte
Lynne Bournazos
Tim Gabel
Rich Jecmen

Steve Drews
Randy Krawiec

"To honor the excellence of those individuals who, through their exceptional endeavors both on and off the ice, have contributed in an extraordinary way to enhance the sport and image of hockey in Illinois."
Goalie Nation Comes Together for First-Ever Goaltending Summit & Seminar in Illinois
By Jim Clare, Illinois Coach-in-ChiefRecently Steve Thompson, ADM National Goaltending Manager for USA Hockey joined 20 goalie coaches in Illinois for a Bronze Level Goalie Coach Seminar.  Bronze Level is the first step in the goaltending coach development program. The idea behind the clinics is to begin to educate more goaltending coaches across the state, develop their practice planning skills, and eventually have them progress through the Silver and Gold levels. Coaches can then take their knowledge and use it in two ways; help the state find more new goalies and better develop the ones we have. READ MORE>>
15 Illinois Rinks/Associations to Host Try Hockey For Free Events This Saturday!
On Saturday, November 9th, USA Hockey and 15 local associations/rinks across Illinois will host Try Hockey For Free Day events! 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.  Click HERE to find the Try Hockey event nearest to you. Questions?C ontact USA Hockey at comeplayyouthhockey@usahockey.org.
USA Hockey Increases Penalty for Racial/Derogatory Slurs
USA Hockey announced a presidential directive that changes the penalty for racial/derogatory slurs of any kind that fall under Rule 601 (e. 3) from a game misconduct to a match penalty.  "We continue to get reports of disturbing incidents of racial and other derogatory slurs, behavior which is reprehensible and has absolutely no place in our game, especially around our children," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. "For reasons I cannot explain or understand, the current penalty in place does not seem to be enough of a deterrent to stop this type of conduct." READ MORE>>
Your votes have been counted and the Top 5 Photos for October have been selected! Congratulations to our five (5) winners! Click HERE to view October's 12 Finalists and visit AHAI's Facebook Page to see all photos submitted in October!
"I Gotz This, I Gotz This!"
Jack Manone
Falcons 18U CSDHL
"Watching One of the Best"
Jovie Brauer
Arctic Jr. Fury
"Own the Moment"
Benny Di Fiore
HF Vikings Dynomites
"That's One Long Penalty!"
Alex Ciolini
Chicago Hawks Squirt
"You Can Dress Her Up, But You Can't Take Her Hockey Away"
Alison Blaskovich,  Cyclones Midget 16U

We can't wait to see your November photos! Submit photos of your AHAI player's cellys, saves, slapshots, dekes and dangles. Or, in the spirit of Thanksgiving submit photos of your player and their team's community service projects now through Saturday, November 23rd at 5:00 pm. Click HERE for contest details.
Attention Officials: Level 1 & 2 Seminars Added on November 27th
IHOA is please to announced that they have added a Level 1 and Level 2 Officiating Seminar on Wednesday, November 27th at Fox Valley Ice Arena in Geneva. Registration for this seminar is now open. There are still a few spaces remaining for the Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 seminars on Sunday, November 10 at Canlan Ice Sports in Romeoville. Please visit the IHOA website for complete details.
Ask the Official by Dave Zednik
Question: A team has only one goalkeeper and he is injured during the course of the game and unable to continue. May any player take up the goalkeeper's position?

Answer:  Yes. Rule References 206(b), 203(d) and Glossary.  In all games all teams are requested to have a substitute goalkeeper dressed and ready to play at the beginning of the game. In the case of a team having only one goalkeeper dressed and he becomes unable to play for any reason, the team must resume play immediately. READ MORE>>
USA Hockey Announces Dates for 2020 Advanced Officiating Symposium
The second annual Advanced Officiating Symposium will be held July 24-26, 2020, in Providence, Rhode Island. The inaugural event held last year in Bloomington, Minnesota, was the first-of-its-kind symposium open to any official who has been registered at Level 3 or Level 4 for each of the previous three hockey seasons. The symposium offers officials the opportunity to obtain "tenured" status within the USA Hockey Officiating Program upon attending. MORE INFORMATION>>
Where Do I Belong?
By Jack Weinberg, AHAI High School Committee Chairman - There seems to be some confusion as to where participants and fans belong at the rink. The player benches are restricted for safety and administrative reasons to specific numbers and types of people. A team may only have twenty players including 2 goalies for any game. A total of 4 coaches maximum are allowed on the bench.

In some cases there will be an adult in the penalty box to open and close the door; they may not be coaching, interfacing with on-ice officials or cheering. They are minor officials as are the scorekeeper and clock operator. They cease to be allowed to do anything but the specific task for which they are in those areas. If they do, they will be removed from those special areas. READ MORE>>
Chicago South Meteors Have Taken Off This Season in Hayes-Suburban Division
By Ross Forman - The Chicago South Meteors, a co-op of players from DeLaSalle Institute, Jones College Prep and Wolcott Schools, have shined so far in Hayes-Suburban Division JV play.  Nick Holmes, 29, a Chicago resident who is a teacher at DLS, is in his second season as the team's head coach, his third season overall coaching. READ MORE>>
Loyola Girls 'Have High Expectations,' Want to Skate at the United Center
By Ross Forman - The Loyola Girls Hockey Team has been dominant, so far.  After tying Barrington 4-4 in its season-opener, the Ramblers went 4-0 in October.  "This season, we have most of our skill players back from last season. We also have a little more depth than last season with a fairly strong group of freshmen who have stepped in right away," said Loyola head coach Rob Messner, who noted the team carries a "a high skill-level, high hockey IQ and a lot of experience." READ MORE>>
2020 U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team Unveiled
USA Hockey has announced the 23-player roster for the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team that will compete for its 13th-straight medal at the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship Dec. 26-Jan. 2 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The roster includes Illinois' Ella Huber (Northfield), Lyndie Lobdell (Aurora) and Abbey Murphy (Evergreen Park). READ MORE>>
Limited Dates Remaining for Blackhawks Intermission Skates & JuniorHawks Pregame Scrimmage for the 2019-20 Season!
The Chicago Blackhawks have a limited amount of dates remaining for the youth hockey Intermission Skates and JuniorHawks Pregame Scrimmage for the 2019-20 season. If you are interested in bringing your youth hockey team out to skate at the United Center, please click on the buttons below for complete details and registration.
5 Spots Remaining!
10 Spots Remaining!
Registration Now Open for the Chicago Blackhawks Mini 1-on-1 Challenge
In partnership with AHAI, the Mini 1-on-1 Challenge allows participants to showcase their skills while contending to become the top shooter or goalie in the Squirt-age division. The competition will take place at Fifth Third Arena on January 3, 2020. The top two goalies and top two skaters will battle for the championship at the United Center during the intermission of the Chicago Blackhawks home game on January 11, 2020! The winning team (player and goalie) will win tickets to the 2020 NHL® All-Star Game in St. Louis on January 25-26, 2020. MORE INFORMATION>>
Congratulations to the October BMO Harris Bank Youth Hockey Award Winners!
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 - Derek Peters of the Glen Ellyn Admirals, Volunteer - Melanie Freeman of the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Team, and Coach - Paul Burns of the Champaign Chiefs. October's youth hockey award winners were recognized at the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers game on Thursday, October 24th.  Want to nominate a deserving player, coach or volunteer? Click  HERE  for complete details and nomination form.
The Blackhawks Legends Cup
Ever imagined skating alongside Blackhawks legends? Scoring an overtime winner to capture the cup? Drawing up a game saving play with Denis Savard? Now is your chance!  On March 19-22, the Chicago Blackhawks will be hosting the second annual Blackhawks Legends Cup ! The Legends Cup is an opportunity for adult hockey players to compete alongside Blackhawks Alumni including Denis Savard, Chris Chelios, Eddie Olczyk, Jamal Mayers, Brian Campbell, Ben Eager, Scott Foster and many more! MORE INFORMATION>>
Illinois Boasts 9 Champions and 9 Finalists in the 2019 CCM World Invite in Chicago
Nine (9) Illinois teams claimed CCM World Invite Championship titles on Sunday, November 3rd. Over 1200 games were played in a myriad of rinks throughout the Chicagoland area by 528 teams and over 10,000 players.  Illinois also had 9 second place finishes and many more teams advanced through to the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds (click HERE for a complete list). Congratulations to all our Illinois teams for their excellent showing at the 2019 CCM World Invite in Chicago!