Volume 7 Issue 11 | October 23 , 2019
Keeping a Close Eye on Locker Room Behavior is in Every Coach's and Player's Best Interest 
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - It's the kind of scenario that plays in the back of the mind of every coach: a player pulling out a cellphone in a crowded locker room to record a teammate dancing and goofing around while in the background an unsuspecting kid is getting undressed after a game.

The video gets posted to every social media site and quickly the embarrassing scene goes viral.  It's bad for the program, players and coaches.  "What was very innocent now becomes a much larger issue," Illinois Coach-in-Chief Jim Clare said.

The scenario really drives home the importance of having locker room supervision at all times for kids of any age. READ MORE>>
AHAI Tier II Affiliate Presidents' Council Meeting Tonight
The AHAI Affiliate Presidents' Council meetings are designed for Affiliate Leadership to discuss grassroots programs. There will be open discussions on policies, rules and other short and long range strategies that affect the day in and day out administration of a local affiliate. Please note that all meetings will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Darien SportsPlex in Darien, Illinois.  Please contact AHAI Tier II Presidents' Council Chair, Keri Zschach at  Keri.Zschach@ahai2.org  with any questions.

*Wednesday, October 23, 2019*
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
14 Illinois Rinks/Associations to Host Try Hockey For Free Events on Saturday, November 9th
On Saturday, November 9th, USA Hockey and 14 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.
AHAI's Photo of the Month Contest Is Back and the Prizes Are Better than Ever!
Submit photos of your AHAI player's awesome hockey-themed Halloween costumes and jack-o'-lanterns, wicked slapshots, dekes, dangles and great saves...or of your kids just plain having fun playing hockey.  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 prize pack with a FloBros heavy duty canvas rink bag, a Stick Bandits popsocket, an AHAI winter hat to keep you warm at the rink, In Search of Greatness Movie poster and DVD, and 2 tickets (game of your choice) to see the Rockford IceHogs in action! We will also toss in some swag from the Chicago Blackhawks and Howies Hockey Tape...WOW!  Click HERE for complete contest details. We can't wait to see your pictures!
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.
Nine years ago the Chicago Blackhawks, the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Athletico Physical Therapy and Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth created the "A Step aHead" program. The program had two stated goals: (1) provide free baseline neurocognitive testing for AHAI players and (2) to be a resource for education on concussions to the youth hockey community. However, we also understood that there are other important topics relevant to youth athletes. For this reason, two years ago we expanded the program to address a multitude of health and safety issues. We call this new program, "A Step aHead presents the Next Step."
We want to understand the needs of the youth hockey community.  We ask that you take just a moment to complete this brief survey. The results are entirely anonymous. We will publish the results in an upcoming AHAI newsletter. Thank you for your time and your interest in youth hockey safety! TAKE OUR SURVEY>>
Registration is ongoing for AHAI | USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Clinics and IHOA Officiating Seminars. Please click the buttons below for the 2019 CEP Clinic schedule and the 2019 IHOA Seminar schedule. 
AHAI to Host Illinois' First-Ever Bronze Level High Performance (HP) Goaltending Development Coach Seminar and Goalie Summit
By Jim Clare, AHAI Coach-In-Chief - AHAI is excited to offer its first-ever USA Hockey led Bronze Level High Performance (HP) Goaltending Development Coach Seminar at Darien Sportsplex on Sunday, November 3 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This seminar will include both on- and off-ice instruction for coaches and will be led by Steve Thompson, USA Hockey Goaltending Coordinator. Space is limited, therefore, we suggest interested coaches sign up early. Based on the success of our first clinic, AHAI will add more goaltending clinics in the future. 

Prior to the seminar, AHAI will host a 90-minute Goalie Summit (beginning at 12:00 p.m.) to discuss how to develop the goalies we currently have and how to development/find more goalies. Our hope is that this brainstorming session will enable us to better serve our existing goalies and help our clubs find new ones. The Goalie Summit is open to any club, coach, and/or goalie instructor who wishes to participate. We welcome all thoughts and ideas.  MORE INFORMATION>>
Reminder: Coaches' Helmet Rule
Safety is a top priority for USA Hockey each and every day. In 2006, USA Hockey took a significant step forward in enhancing safety by requiring coaches and volunteers to wear helmets when they are on the ice.  While most are in compliance with the rule, USA Hockey's board of directors added a 30-day suspension from all activities involving registered programs for failure to comply with the rule.  The rule can be found on Page 100, Section 15.10 of 2019-20 AHAI Annual Guidebook Here's to a fun and safe hockey season. Thanks for all you do to make hockey the greatest game on earth!
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 will open soon. 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.
AWFM Motivated to Skate Back to the United Center
By Ross Forman - AWFM had a great season a year ago, but head coach Matt Benton admitted that, despite a 30-4 overall record and 111 goals for and only 34 against, the team "definitely came up short in the state tournament."  The co-op Renegades were the No. 7 seed in the Combined Division state tournament last season and lost their first game, 3-2 to No. 10 Latin School of Chicago.  This year's Renegades are motivated to return to the United Center. READ MORE>>
Nearly 700 Illinois Men & Women Rostered to ACHA Teams for 2019-20 Season
The American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) boasts five divisions with over 500 teams from across the nation representing 49 different states (all but Hawaii!). AHAI has compiled a list of Illinois Men and Women playing college club hockey during the 2019-20 season. There are currently nearly 700 Illinois men and women playing in the ACHA. Those numbers demonstrate the extraordinary opportunity that exists for players to keep playing beyond their high school years. The buttons below represent the over 500 ACHA Club teams across the country. The young men and women rostered * to these teams compete in leagues across the country at several different levels: Men's Division I, II and III and Women's Division I and II. 
*All lists were compiled from ACHA website rosters. In some instances, hometowns/states were not listed on a team's roster, or no roster was available. If you or someone you know plays on an ACHA team and were not listed, please contact AHAI Communications Manager, Gretchen Cockey at communications@ahai2.org.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster Announced for Joint Training Camp with Canada; Includes Illinois' Kendall Coyne Schofield and Megan Bozek 
By USA Hockey - Women's National Team that will take part in a week-long training camp with the Canadian Women's National Team at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh. READ MORE>>
The Travis Roy Foundation's Second Annual Chicago Charity Hockey Challenge
The Chicago Charity Hockey Challenge will provide a unique opportunity to skate at the United Center on the afternoon of a Blackhawks / Vancouver Canucks game. We will take the ice on Thursday, November 7th at 3 pm. As part of our thank you for participating in the event, each player will receive a ticket to watch the Blackhawks take on the Canucks from a private suite at the United Center.

Complimentary food and beverages will be provided. Players will receive NHL-style jersey and other gifts. Our goal for this fundraiser is to bring together the hockey family in Chicago to support the Travis Roy Foundation and its mission to help spinal cord injury survivors to live more independent and hopeful lives. COMPLETE DETAILS & REGISTRATION>>
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! DETAILS & REGISTRATION>>
Registration Is Now Open for the Chicago Blackhawks ServICE Crew
The Chicago Blackhawks ServICE Crew is designed to encourage youth ages 8-18 to take an active role in their community by volunteering and giving back. Participants of the program will be encouraged to spend their free time doing community service projects of their choosing. Five individual participants will be selected each month to receive Blackhawks prizes! The 10 participants who volunteer the most hours by the end of the program will be invited to volunteer alongside a Chicago Blackhawks player! Click HERE for complete details and registration.
BMO Harris Bank Youth Player/Coach/Volunteer of the Month
The Chicago Blackhawks and BMO Harris Bank are proud to honor members of the hockey community. Each month during the regular season we recognize the excellence of a youth hockey player, coach and volunteer, in addition to a Blackhawks player! Criteria is based on hockey accomplishments, volunteer activities in the nominee's community, demonstrated passion, dedication and spirit through commitment to community. In determining the Youth Hockey Player of the Month, the judges will also consider the nominee's academic accomplishments and involvement with his/her school. NOMINATE NOW>>
The CCM World Invite Opening Night is Thursday, October 31st from 3:00pm to 10:00pm at Seven Bridges Ice Arena. Don't miss your chance to see the Stanley Cup, the Hall of Fame display, Hart Memorial Trophy and the Willie O. Ree Award (NHL's newest trophy). Celebrity appearances include the Hanson Brothers, Olly & Jacob from On the Bench, and the Blues Brothers. There will also be a team contest for the best Halloween costumes. Winners will get a meet and greet with Olly & Jacob and the Hanson Brothers! Six  amazing youth hockey games (view schedule) will be played on the NHL rink . Make sure to visit the Big Top Tent for tons of interactive fun from Top Shot featuring electronic hockey nets, radar slap shots, goalie challenge, skee puck, perfect pass and bubble hockey. Click HERE for the 2019 CCM World Invite Opening Night flyer. See you there!