Volume 5 Issue 25 |  April 25, 2018
Introducing...The AHAI Association Leadership Conference

AHAI will hold its annual gathering of all our Associations throughout the state on June 2nd at the Woodfield Hyatt Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois. Formerly known as the AHAI Annual Meeting, this important event is receiving a facelift. To better reflect the purpose of the meeting, it has been renamed to The AHAI Association Leadership Conference.

The conference is designed to educate Association Leaders and allow AHAI to hear from our members on a variety of topics which include player development, rules and ethics issues, referee retention, goaltender development, club communications/social media, amongst other topics. The conference will include guest speakers from USA Hockey, the legal community, website technology, and other subject matter experts. We will hold our AHAI Board Elections in our Opening Session, and a few special guest speakers will join us to wrap up the day. Just like last year, we will have pertinent vendors that serve our membership in attendance.

Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. Conference will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there so save the date and bring out all your Association Leaders. ~ AHAI Board of Directors

Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2018-19 Season
By Gregg Chudacoff, Tier II Committee Chairman ~ The Tier II substitute choice application process, Squirt 10U through Midget 16U/18U will begin on July 20,2018. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will only have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice. The dates for the appeals are August 9, August 29, and September 6, 2018 at 6:30pm at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at with your preferred appeal hearing date. The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15th, 2018.
2018 Tier I Tryout Schedules Announced
Good luck to all our players participating in the 2018 Tier I Tryouts! Please click buttons below to view schedules at all 4 Tier I clubs or click HERE to download.
Illinois Boys Take 2nd Place at 2018 America's Showcase in St. Peters, Missouri
This past weekend AHAI sent the Boys' Showcase and Girls' Showcase teams to compete at the 2018  America's Showcase at the St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Missouri.  The Illinois  Boys' Showcase team , led by Benet Academy's Jon Grzbek and assistant coaches, Nick Iaciancio (Providence Catholic), Dave Dyson (OPRF) and Steve Silvey (AHAI), was just one goal shy of bringing home their 5th consecutive Showcase title. SHOWCASE WRAP-UP>>
The 22nd Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the  Schaumburg Golf Club in Schaumburg on Friday, August 17, 2018 with  a shotgun tee off scramble at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m.  The purpose of this event is twofold. First, it creates an opportunity for coaches, referees, administrators, parents and supporters of amateur hockey in Illinois to come together for a day of fun and relaxation to kick off the beginning of the new season. Secondly, r evenues generated from this event are donated each season to specific charities as established annually by the AHAI Foundation. Click HERE for this year's recipients. We hope you will join us for this fun-filled event! Please click buttons below for more information on sponsorship and registration. See you in August!
By Robert Fiorio, Adult State Tournament ChairmanGood luck to the 20 teams participating in the 2018 AHAI Adult State Tournament at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois! Games begin on Wednesday, April 25 and will conclude with the Championship games on Sunday, April 29th. The Adult Committee would like to thank our generous sponsors: The Edge Ice Arena, Labatt Brewing Company and Bella Vista Lounge. Click HERE for game schedule and scores. Good luck, teams!
81 Illinois Girls Invited to 2018 Girls Central District Player Development Camps
Congratulations and good luck to the 81 young women invited to participate in the 2018 Girls Central District Player Development Camps!  Please reference the National Notification Timeline for details about the 2018 notification dates and player selection process. Contact Andy Bradford, Central District Girls Representative at  with any additional questions.
Spring Into Training
Spring is on its way, which means athletes everywhere are emerging from hibernation and getting active outdoors. Adam Bennett, MD, Sports Medicine at NorthShore, answers your sports-injury prevention questions , from what changes you should make to your diet if you're training, to what you should do if training starts to hurt.
By Dave Zednik, IHOA VP of Rules & Ethics
QUESTION: If a player or coach has been given a game misconduct and they are serving the suspension in the next regularly scheduled game for the same team, are they restricted from going into the locker room?

ANSWER:   Strictly speaking the USA Hockey National Office does not address or govern coach and player discipline. This would be the responsibility of the local governing body (League, Association, Affiliate, etc.) since they have a better understanding of all circumstances surrounding the incident. READ MORE>>
BMO Harris Bank March Player, Coach & Volunteer
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.  Honorees are selected based on several criteria including: on-ice accomplishments, off-ice community involvement and their passion for the game. AHAI congratulates the March Award Recipients: Amy Newling (Volunteer) - AWFM Renegades High School Hockey Club, Dan Deverick (Coach) - Homewood Flossmoor Vikings, and Ben Barone (Player) - Arctic Jr. Fury. They were honored during the Chicago Blackhawks vs the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center, March 29, 2018.
Chicago Blackhawks Youth & Girls Hockey Summer Camps
Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Chicago Blackhawks Summer Camp! Camps will be held at MB Ice Arena and Mt. Prospect Ice Arena. Our last day of camp will consist entirely of fun events (cross-ice tournament games, challenges and much more!). Our girls camp will feature Olympic Gold Medalist Kendall Coyne, along with other high level players and coaches, including Blackhawks alumni, to help your son or daughter learn from the very best in the business. Please click HERE for more information.  Contact Michael Rigitano at  312-455-7662  or with any questions. REGISTER NOW>>
Registration NOW OPEN for Chicago Blackhawks 6th Annual 3v3 Hockey Series
The Chicago Blackhawks will host the 6th annual  3v3 Hockey Series  on  June 23-24, 2018 . Cost is $575 per team. Teams can have 1 goalie and up to 6 skaters. Each team must have at least 3 skaters to participate.  If you are a skater or goalie without a team, we will be keeping a Free Agents list. If we receive at least three skaters and a goalie of a similar age, we will form a Free Agents team in the appropriate age group. To join the Free Agents list, email  Sam Ratty at  to add your name to the list. Click HERE for more information and/or to register today!
14th Annual Disabled Hockey Festival 'Exceeds All Expectations"
This month USA Hockey hosted the 14th Annual Disabled Hockey Festival in Chicago with the support of the Chicago Blackhawks organization, the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), Illinois Hockey Official Association (IHOA) and the USA Hockey Central District. The Disabled Hockey event lasted eight days over two consecutive weekends and was the single largest indoor USA Hockey event ever organized. With over 1800 players and coaches (plus hundreds of family members and volunteers) from the United States, Canada and even London it exceeded all expectations and was a tremendous success. READ MORE>>
Cystic Fibrosis Hasn't Slowed Down Macey Horbach On or Off the Ice
Diagnosed at age 10, the 18-year-old Horbach has thrived as a hockey player and advocate for a cure
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI ~ When Macey Horbach started playing hockey at 8 years old, she didn't have a care in the world.  Horbach's biggest worry might have been how she was going to play on her shift.  But on Jan. 28, 2010, Horbach's world was turned upside down. The 10-year-old was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF). The progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time was a hard diagnosis to swallow for Horbach and her family. READ MORE>>
Chicago Steel vs. Team USA: Clark Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals BOGO Ticket Offer
The Chicago Steel is offering a "Buy One, Get One" (BOGO) ticket special for Game 3 (Thurs. 4/26 at 7:05pm) and Game 4 (Fri. 4/27 at 7:05pm) of the Clark Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Don't delay! BOGO offer ends TONIGHT. You don't want to miss seeing the Chicago Steel take on Team USA in their quest for back-to-back Clark Cup Championship titles! Enter promo code "BOGO" to activate offer.
What's in Your Bag?!
By Don Allord, USA Hockey Central District Risk Manager ~ We have all heard the commercial, "What's in your wallet?" Hockey players have an unusual odor emanating from their hockey bag. "What's in your bag?" That unpleasant odor on hockey gear is caused by bacteria latent in the equipment and clothing. Throwing sweaty and moist equipment into a hockey bag, without properly drying it first, can increase aromas and possibly lead to serious bacterial infections. READ MORE>>
Skating, Studying a New Path at Bridgedale Academy
By Ross Forman ~ Bridgedale Academy is wrapping up its fifth school-year, with 39 students in four grade-levels ... and plenty of optimism for the future.  Bridgedale Academy is a private, all-boys school for athletes, all of whom are hockey players. Students receive a classical-curriculum education, using the academic curriculum of Hillsdale Academy, along with four weekday on-ice and off-ice hockey training sessions. (Fridays are academics-only.)  Bridgedale is deeply rooted in Illinois hockey history. READ MORE>>