Volume 8 Issue 9 | September 23, 2020
We are pleased to announce that Kevin Bolger will serve as President of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc. Kevin's vast experience in the Illinois hockey community will serve our membership well during these unique and trying times.
Kevin began coaching in the House League at Winnetka 27 years ago. He progressed through the Winnetka Program serving on the Board of Directors as Wishbone Tournament Director, Director of Development, Legal Consultant, Director of Personnel, Coaches Selection Committee, All Star Committee, Vice President and President.
From 2004 to 2011 he served on the Loyola Academy Hockey Board holding positions as Registrar, Chairman of R&E, Coaches Selections Committee and Secretary. In 2003 Kevin was appointed to the AHAI Board of Directors to fill the vacancy of Sarah Teuting.
Prior to taking the helm as President, Kevin most recently served AHAI as Vice President of Hockey Operations and Chairman of the Suspension & Review Committee. Kevin has also served on the Tier II, Showcase, Screening and Appeals Committees.
Additionally, Kevin's experience as a Criminal Defense Attorney, former Cook County Assistant State's Attorney and Chicago Police Officer provides him with the broad experience necessary to fulfill the role of AHAI President and achieve the goals of Illinois Hockey.
Kevin was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018 for his myriad contributions and exceptional dedication to hockey in Illinois.
"There are many ways we can improve this great game and grow our sport in the coming years. I look forward to serving the Illinois hockey community and representing your interests in the State of Illinois." - Kevin Bolger, AHAI President

AHAI is pleased to announce that the Reapers Tier I organization will be joining us in the 2021-22 season. 

Welcome aboard, Reapers!

Jeremy Langbein Driven to Push Notre Dame Deep in Catholic League Playoffs
By Ross Forman - Jeremy Langbein and his Notre Dame College Prep teammates are motivated by the misery of the 2019-2020 season. The Dons finished last in the 11-team Chicago Catholic Hockey League this past season, with a 1-17-2 record and only 4 points. The team's lone league win was a 2-1 overtime victory over Fenwick last Nov. 24 in Mount Prospect. Langbein scored the game-winning goal and assisted on the team's other goal, scored by Andreas Zorn. Langbein finished the season with 3 goals, 5 assists in 19 league games. "It obviously wasn't the season we wanted or expected. Getting three wins and two ties wasn't too fun," said Langbein, 17, who lives in Chicago and skates in jersey No. 15. READ MORE>>
AHAI to Host Level 3 Virtual CEP Clinic
By Jim Clare, Illinois Coach-In-Chief - AHAI will be hosting a Level 3 Virtual CEP Clinic over 2 evenings, September 29 and October 1, 2020, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. We recommend registering as soon as possible as this clinic will fill up quickly. USA Hockey is also hosting many Virtual CEP Clinics at all levels. Click here to view current CEP Clinic schedule and to register! We are working with the Central District to schedule several additional CEP Clinics at multiple levels. We will announce those dates once they are finalized.
AHAI | IHOA Advanced Development Program
The AHAI | IHOA Advanced Development Program plans on restarting in the near future via virtual Zoom meetings. The dates for the program are still being determined; however, anyone interested in the Advanced Development Program should contact Brad Baumruck at adp@ihoa.com

2020 IHOA Officiating Seminars
Please click here to view the remaining dates for IHOA Officiating Seminars for the 2020-21 season. If you are unsure of the requirements, please visit www.ihoa.com for complete details.
Ask the Official by Dave Zednik
Question: Is it acceptable for a player to take one hand off of the stick and use it as a shield to maintain space between the two players? ANSWER>>

Question: I am a defensive player that is responsible for patrolling the front of my goal. What am I allowed and not allowed to do in playing the attacking player before the puck arrives? ANSWER>>
Rethinking the Recommendations after Concussion
By Elizabeth M. Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP - If you polled 100 people about the treatment for concussion, I would guess that 99 would say "rest." Some might add that you "have to be in a dark room for a couple of days" or others would comment that you "cannot look at a TV, computer or phone at all." My favorite is the advice to "not think" after concussion, although I have yet to figure out how that is actually accomplished. These ideas are quite prevalent in the lay public and even in the medical community. The problem with these recommendations is that none of them were based on empirical data.

Ask any concussion specialist and they will tell you the misinformation about rest and when to return to activity is the most frequent problem they encounter. The value of rest is so ingrained in everyone's mindset that it's almost heretical to say that it is the wrong approach, but I am here to tell you that strict rest post-concussion is, in fact, the wrong approach. READ MORE>>
YouTube Live with Elizabeth Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP
Do you have questions about concussion? On September 24th at 7:00 pm, Elizabeth M. Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP, Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and Director of the Concussion Program at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and Rush University Medical Center will provide a live Q&A session on YouTube. She will share her research-based insights on this hot topic. Questions may be submitted through the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush social media pages or through the YouTube Live chat. CONNECT TO LIVESTREAM>>
A Step aHead Registration is Now Open!
The A Step aHead partners are excited to announce the 10th year of our program! We are proud of the work that has been done to educate our youth hockey community about sports safety and provide free baseline neurocognitive testing. We look forward to another 10 years of working to keep our athletes safe while they play the game they love.

This year the free baseline testing will be offered through November 30, 2020. We will continue to offer the testing at select Athletico clinics. REGISTER NOW>> 

Downers Grove Native, Tony Granato Named to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020!
Dean Blais, Tony Granato, Jenny Potter and Jerry York will be enshrined into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2020. "The Class of 2020 is an extraordinary group whose remarkable contributions to our game will be felt for generations to come," said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey. "As fans, we've had the great pleasure of watching them play or guide teams to championships at all levels of the game. We are thrilled to welcome Dean, Tony, Jenny and Jerry to the list of immortals who have so positively impacted our sport." READ MORE>>
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations for Class of 2020
Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, in large part due to the tireless dedication and commitment of individuals who have helped make sure every individual who has had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so. The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding players, organizers, coaches, managers, supporters, and officials.

Please click here for Nomination Qualifications & Procedures. If you know of someone who you believe should be a candidate to enter the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020, you are encouraged to click here for Nomination Form; please submit all assisting documentation by October 1, 2020. Click here  to view a list of past IHHF Inductees. The 2020 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honor on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847.269.2922 or jacole@comcast.net.
Are you a parent or coach of a youth athlete and live in Illinois? Please complete a brief and anonymous survey on various health and safety topics relevant to youth hockey players. Dr. Beth Pieroth (Rush University Medical Center) is developing a program to address safety issues in youth sports*.
*Please click here for more information regarding the Youth Sports Safety Questionnaire.