IN THIS ISSUE
Volume 5 Issue 10 |  September 27, 2017
2017 AHAI COLLEGE NIGHT
A Road Map to Hockey After High School
AHAI is proud to present the 28th annual series of Seminars on the opportunities in ice hockey on Monday, October 9, 2017, at the Woodfield Hyatt in Schaumburg. We'll talk about Men's and Women's Division I, III, Club Hockey, Junior College, Prep Schools and Junior Programs. A wide array of topics will be discussed that will include: Making a College Hockey Team, Financial Aid, How to Pick the Right School for You, Making the Grade and much more! Additionally, there will be an Open House with more than 20 colleges and Junior teams present. Attendance is a must for all players (male & female) born in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004. Parents are also invited and encouraged to attend. COMPLETE DETAILS>> 


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ASK AHAI
QUESTION: The rule states that individuals who played for a club that does not field a team at a level will not count against the maximum for the club in which the player moves. I have a question that relates to this rule in the following scenario:  A child stays with their club through Pee Wee at Club #1 at the NIHL level but moves to Club #2 for the CSDHL league that is not offered at Club #1. Does this rule above apply or does it only apply if no Bantam team is offered at Club # 1?

ANSWER: I believe I understand your question. The rule is correct for the "level".  Tier 2 is a level. So whether or not a hockey club offers, or has a CSDHL or NIHL team, at a level, is immaterial. The aspect of the rule you site is only applicable if Club #1 offers no Bantam Tier 2 team. READ MORE>>
AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
IHHOF Seeking Nominations for Class of 2017
The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding players, organizers, coaches, managers, supporters and officials. 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 2017, you are encouraged to click  HERE for Nomination Form; please submit all assisting documentation by October 1, 2017. Click  HERE to view a list of past IHHF Inductees.  The 2017 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 28, 2018 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 .
Generate More Business with AHAI's Sponsorship & Advertising Program
AHAI offers several marketing and advertising opportunities on the following communication vehicles within AHAI: the AHAI website,  AHAI's e-news website , our bi-monthly e-newsletter, SNAPSHOT, as well as AHAI's social media sites, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Additionally, AHAI offers print advertising in the AHAI Annual Guidebook and State Tournament Programs. Click the button below to view the 2017-18 Sponsorship & Advertising Program. If you do not see a sponsorship or advertising package that meets your needs, please contact AHAI Communication Manager, Gretchen Cockey at 630.414.1107 to discuss creating a custom marketing package for your business.
USA HOCKEY & CENTRAL DISTRICT INFORMATION
Girls' National Select Camp & Girls Central District Development Camp
Dates & Information
USA Hockey Central District Girl's Tryout for 2018 will be held at the new Blackhawks Community Ice Area in Chicago, IL March 23-25, 2018. All USA Hockey registered female skaters that wish to try out for USA Hockey National Select Camps as well as the Central District Development Camp MUST attend this tryout to be evaluated. This is an OPEN camp; any female residing in the Central District is eligible to participate. Last year over 390 girls participated in the tryout. Registration will occur between February 1 and February 15, 2017. Please click HERE for eligible birth year skaters and key dates for 2018. Please contact Andy Bradford, USA Hockey Central District Girl's Section Representative at  abradford@depere.k12.wi.us or 920-676-8812 with any additional questions.
AHAI CONTESTS & GIVEAWAYS
Show Us Your Game Face on Instagram & You Could Win Hawks Tickets!
Do you go hard core with war paint or do you use your eyes to intimidate and distract your opponent?! Share a pic of your skater's game face on AHAI's Instagram page! Here are the rules to participate: 1 . Follow  @ahai_hockey  on Instagram and 2.  Use the  #AHAIGameFace Winner will receive two (2) 300-level tickets to the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild Game on Thursday, October 12, 2017. Puck drops at 7:30pm at the United Center. Contest runs through Sunday, October 1, 2017. Good luck!
AHAI's Photo of the Month Contest is Back & the Prizes are Better than Ever!
AHAI's Photo of the Month Contest is back, and the prizes are better than ever thanks to our sponsor,  Howies Hockey Tape! Submit photos of your AHAI player's awesome hockey Halloween costumes and pumpkins, wicked slapshots, dekes, dangles and great saves...or of your kids just plain having fun playing hockey.  Please email photos to AHAI Communications Manager, Gretchen Cockey at gretchen@ahai2.org. Please do NOT send your photos via Facebook message. Photos should include the following: a brief, witty caption, player's name, organization or club and age level.

ALL photos will be posted on AHAI's Facebook and Instagram Pages, but 5 lucky photos will be featured in AHAI's e-newsletter, SNAPSHOT and receive an awesome AHAI Baseball Cap, Howies Hockey Tape winter beanie (3 beanies to choose from), a roll of Howies hockey tape (best tape ever!) and a Howies Hockey Tape water bottle!
Photo submission deadline for the October Photo of the Month contest is Tuesday, October 31st. AHAI will select the finalists; YOUR votes will select the Top 5! Voting will be conducted Thursday, November 2 through Sunday, November 5 until 5:00pm (CST); winners will be contacted via email and announced in the November 8th issue of SNAPSHOT!
BE A STEP aHEAD OF CONCUSSION
We are proud to announce that we are in our 7th year of the "A Step aHead" program, which provides  FREE  baseline neurocognitive testing and education on concussions to the youth hockey community. Registration is now open through November 30, 2017. All AHAI players aged 11-18 years old are eligible for free baseline testing. Please note that registration will be online only; do not call Athletico directly. 

ASK THE OFFICIAL
By Dave Zednik, IHOA Rules & Ethics Chairman
QUESTION: May a Tier I 15 (only) team ice the puck during short-handed play?
ANSWER: Yes, Tier I 15 Teams technically compete in the '16 & Under' Level.

QUESTION: An attacking player shoots the puck from the neutral zone (attacking side of the center red line) which strikes off the crossbar and out of play. Where is the face-off located?
ANSWER: In the attacking zone, at the end-zone face-off spot located on the side of the ice from where the puck was shot.
COACHING CLINICS & OFFICIATING SEMINARS
Coaching Education Program
(CEP) Clinic Schedule
Illinois Hockey Officials Association
(IHOA) Seminar Schedule
HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY NEWS
Unfinished Business: Wheaton West is Motivated by Last Season's Frustrating Finish
By Ross Forman ~ The sting from last season still hurts Wheaton West.  Disappointed, unsatisfied, and frustrated is how the co-op team reflects on the 2016-17 campaign.  "We had high expectations last year and ultimately fell short," said Wheaton West head coach Keith Fahrforth. "We went through some highs and lows (last) season and did not peak when it mattered most. Looking back, I know it makes all of our players hungry this year."
Wheaton West brings back 13 seniors, all of whom are "ready to battle every day so we do not fall short again," Fahrforth said.  The West Division of the IHSHL has been warned. READ MORE>>
Metro Girls High School Hockey League Kicks Off 2017-18 Season
By Pam Flores ~ Happy hockey new year! The Metro Girls High School league season is set to kick off this week with the first game being played on September 29, 2017.  This year we have 13 teams in the Metro Girls league (one more than last year!). The teams include: Barrington, Evanston, Fenwick, Glenbrook, Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest High School, Latin School of Chicago, Loyola Academy, Maine Township, Naper Valley, New Trier Varsity, New Trier Silver and Warren. READ MORE>>
DuPage Stars Defenseman Christopher Gergits is Also a Referee - and in the School Band
By Ross Forman ~ Christopher Gergits had long wanted to play hockey, but his parents first made him take two years of figure skating to really learn to skate before he was allowed to play hockey.  So it was some learn-to-skate lessons years ago at the Darien Sportsplex.  His first game was as a squirt, and though he now doesn't remember too much about it, "I do remember that we came in first-place in our league that year and I have a puck that was signed by all of my teammates." READ MORE>>
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NEWS
Blackhawks Intermission & JuniorHawks Pregame Skates
The Blackhawks Intermission Skates and JuniorHawks Pregame registration is now open. Please fill out a form as soon as possible if you are interested in entering your team into the selection process. All youth hockey teams are selected at random to participate in the events. All teams will be notified by the end of November if they have been selected for one of the ice slots. To register: click  HERE  for JuniorHawks Pregame Skates or  HERE  for Intermission Skates.
ROCKFORD ICEHOGS NEWS
IceHogs Easterseals Youth Hockey Player of the Game
Coaches, Team Managers and Parents do you know a young hockey player who exhibits good sportsmanship, leadership and other positive traits? A young hockey player who shows their love and passion for the game on and off the ice? Nominate them now to be the Rockford IceHogs "Easterseals Youth Hockey Player of the Game!"  Players can be nominated on  IceHogs.com . The "Easterseals Youth Hockey Player of the Game" will then be recognized at an IceHogs game during the 2017-18 season. The winner will receive four (4) tickets to a game, a commemorative certificate and also be a part of the countdown before the players hit the ice. For more information please contact McKenna Ryan at 815.847.6386 or ryanm@icehogs.com.