Volume 7 Issue 13 | November 20 , 2019
The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players. Awards are determined from a candidate's level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, academic performance as well as the hockey talent of the individual. Recipients will receive an annual $7,500.00 scholarship over four years for a total of $30,000.

December 1st of each year, scholarship applications are available for download on the Blackhawk Alumni website. Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, original transcripts, and scholar essays are due no later than February 1st of each year. Once all of the forms are gathered, a selection committee from the Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) will review all of the candidates and then select the three recipients.

We encourage all of the senior high school players to take the time to submit their applications. We also encourage all of the coaches, managers and team/league presidents to promote and support this effort.

Please take a minute to visit the  Blackhawk Alumni website to read more about the scholarship, view a list of past recipients and to  download the application. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please direct them to Tom Dillon at  tom.dillon@amwins.com.
Click the logos below the dates and locations of the 2020 Illinois State Hockey Championships, 2020 Central District Championships and 2020 USA Hockey National Championships.
Attention Girls Team Managers
By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair  - It's time to register for the 2020 Illinois State Girls Hockey Championships! All organizations with Girls Tier II or Tier III teams have been sent an email that includes the 2020 Girls State Tournament Invitation Packet (click  HERE  to view). Please don't delay, register early to be part of the excitement.

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 Sunday, December 1 and concludes on Sunday, December 8, 2019. Registration will begin on Sunday, December 8 and ends on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Click  HERE  for these dates and more Tier II State tournament information.
15 Things Coaches Love to See in a Player
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - Every hockey coach has certain aspects he or she likes to see in a player, whether it is being a hard worker on the ice, a dedicated student off the ice or a strong leader during a game as well as in the classroom.

When Rob Klein is putting in time as the assistant coach for the Lake Forest Academy boys' hockey team, he likes to address the guys in the preseason about what he'd like to see from them throughout the season.

Klein came up with 15 things coaches love to see, in no particular order, from their players. READ MORE>>

The holidays are just around the corner and that means it's time to start thinking about selecting the perfect hockey gifts for your family, friends, coaches and managers! If you are stumped for ideas for the hockey fan in your life, these hockey-themed gift ideas are sure to be a big hit. Click HERE to download/print the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.
Question: A goal is scored; however, before the play resumes the Linesman notifies the Referee that the play should have been called for icing. What should the Referee do? ANSWER>>

Question: A Linesman has determined that a major penalty infraction has occurred unseen by the Referee and is waiting for the next stoppage of play to report to the Referee. The next stoppage of play occurs when the offending team scores a goal, whereupon the Linesman reports his version of the infraction. The Referee concurs that a major penalty should be assessed. What procedures does the Referee follow? ANSWER>>
By Michael Svac, USA Hockey Central District Disabled Hockey Representative
Disabled Hockey Discipline Announces USA Hockey's National Special Needs Hockey Team
During the USA Hockey Special Hockey Classic at the Ice Vault Arena in Wayne, New Jersey, the U.S. National Special Hockey team was announced. Six players from the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey (CBSH) team were included on the 2019-2020 U.S. National Team roster.

The following CBSH team members will join Team USA and compete in the inaugural International Disabled Hockey World Cup scheduled for May 2020: Jared Muka, Steven Schamberg, Nikolai Krumrey, Joey Hodge, Eric Vlasic and Ryan Mueller In addition to the CBSH players that were announced last week, CBSH Head Coach Steve Drews was included in the excitement and will join the team on the bench as the assistant coach to the National team.  READ MORE>>
Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Team Road Trips East to the USA Hockey Special Hockey Classic
The Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey (CBSH) team packed up their cars and made a long road trip east to Wayne, New Jersey to compete in the USA Hockey Special Hockey Classic, hosted by the Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association. Eighteen players and many coaches and volunteers participated in the 12-team event where games were played at the Ice Vault Arena November 8-10, 2019. READ MORE>>
Team USA Brings Home a Silver Medal in International Blind Hockey Competition
The USA National Blind Hockey Team traveled to Ottawa, Canada, the weekend of November 8th as part of the Canadian Blind Hockey Eastern Regional Tournament. Games were played at the TD Place Arena which is the home to the Ottawa 67's of the OHL.  Anthony Chesrow and Luke Miller, both from the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey Team , represented Team USA and brought home a Silver Medal from the event. Chesrow, a resident of Carol Stream, scored three goals for Team USA.  We are extremely proud of our two athletes that not only represented our hometown of Chicago, but represented our country...the USA! READ MORE>>
Disabled Hockey Jumps in to Support USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day
Try hockey is for every BODY and that includes those with disabilities. The Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey team, led by team manager, Stephanie Sim, was recently very busy as they prepared for yet another successful Try Hockey For Free event. The Try Hockey For Free clinic was held as part of Come Play Hockey Month on Saturday, November 9 at Center Ice of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill.  READ MORE>>
Turkey, Pumpkin Pie & Plenty of Slapshots
By Ross Forman - The day before Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the Illinois High School Hockey season. Always is, probably always will be.  That Wednesday night is when the season really gets rolling.  Sure, teams have been skating for about three months, with games for about two months, but late-November is traditionally when the season really kicks in.  Players who were busy with football or soccer commitments are mostly now skating full-time and focused on goals and hockey glory. And teams are gearing up for Thanksgiving Tournaments. READ MORE>>
Homewood Flossmoor Looks to Skate among the Elite in Hayes-Suburban Division
By Ross Forman - Junior forward Nick Sline, the top goal-scorer last season in the Hayes-Suburban Division, is once again an offensive force for Homewood Flossmoor. He's leading HF with 14 goals and 11 assists in 10 league games, as the team carries a 6-4 record.  Sline tallied his first hat trick of the season Oct. 25, in a 10-1 win over Plainfield, along with 1 assist in that victory. Sline and teammate Eric Gerecke (10 goals, 4 assists) each had 2 goals, 1 assist in the team's 6-2 rematch win over Plainfield on Nov. 15. READ MORE>>
Nearly 300 Illinois Men & Women Are on NCAA DI & DIII Rosters for 2019-2020 Season
It's a testament to our Illinois players, coaches, and associations that so many of our young men and women from Illinois were able to realize their dream of playing NCAA Division I and NCAA Division III College Hockey. Congratulations and good luck this season to the nearly 300 Illinois men and women continuing their hockey careers along with obtaining the ever important college degree. Please click on the buttons below to view lists of Illinois players.

PLEASE NOTE: Information was obtained from rosters posted on USCHO.com and college websites. If you or someone you know was inadvertently left off the lists above, please contact AHAI Communications Manager, Gretchen Cockey at communications@ahai2.org.
2019 U.S. Junior Select Team Roster Includes Illinois' Luke Reid and Josh Lopina
USA Hockey has announced the 21 players named to the U.S. Junior Select Team that will participate in the  2019 World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 7-15 in Dawson Creek, B.C. The roster includes Illinois' Luke Reid (Geneva) and Josh Lopina (Minooka).  All skaters on the 21-player roster (which includes 12 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders) currently play in the  United States Hockey League , the lone Tier I junior league in the U.S. READ MORE>>
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>>
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>>
Thanksgiving Tournaments: Eat for Peak Performance
By Jayson Hron - What's on the menu? Turkey, stuffing and hockey tournaments.  That's the plan for thousands of players and parents next weekend, as Thanksgiving shifts hockey season into high gear. But with all that tryptophan in the system, achieving peak performance can be a formidable feat. Click HERE for five tips for getting your fill without feeling like a turkey on the ice afterward.
5 Keys to Starting Fast at Turkey Tourneys
By Minnesota Hockey - It's officially turkey time.  That means hundreds of teams and thousands of kids are getting revved up for their first tournament of the youth hockey season.  Before they take the ice though, they get to enjoy likely their most anticipated meal of the year - Thanksgiving dinner. If your kids' goal is to be ready to go right when the puck drops on Friday, it's important for them to start the day off right Thursday morning. READ MORE>>
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