Volume 7 Issue 17 | January 15, 2020
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - With New Year's Day barely in the rearview mirror, it's a great time for players and coaches to think about hockey resolutions for 2020.  Players can re-evaluate how they've played in the first half of the season and set goals on how to make the rest of the season a success.  AHAI Coach-In-Chief Jim Clare has some direction players can take.

First, Clare stresses players should figure out how to be the best teammate they can be. Encourage teammates and work together in the locker room and on and off the ice. Just be supportive regardless of the player's stature on the team.  "All the personal accolades are great, but if you're the only one taking the puck up and down the ice, that's nice but it's not going to make your team better and at the end of the day it's not going to help you achieve any of the team goals you want," Clare said. "It has to be team first and then the individual." READ MORE>>
The AHAI 2020 Player Development Process Begins This Month
All Tier I, Tier II, Prep and High School Varsity players within the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 birth years are eligible by invitation only for the 2020 Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) Player Development / Identification Tryout Camp held in Bensenville, Illinois, the weekend of March 20-22, 2020.

The process will start this month with an online ranking of each of the age appropriate players.  AHAI has developed a web tool that allows ALL the Illinois Head Coaches, from each of the above divisions, to go online to rank ONLY those players they saw play during this season. The due date for these rankings will be early February. These Head Coaches will be ranking the "best" players from this State, NOT JUST THEIR OWN PLAYERS, within a specific birth year, by position, starting with number 1 as the best and so on down the line. READ MORE>>
Nominate Your Coach for AHAI's Coach of the Year Award!
Click the logos below for the dates and locations of the 2020 Illinois State Hockey Championships, 2020 Central District Championships and 2020 USA Hockey National Championships.
2020 Tier I Illinois State Hockey Championships
The 2020 AHAI Tier I Boys and Girls Illinois State Hockey Championship round robin schedules have been announced. Click on the buttons below to view, download or print schedules.  Good luck, Teams!
Kenny McCudden ~ Coaches' Category
Kenny McCudden was born in Chicago, Illinois. His older brother, Brian, was instrumental in his developing a passion and love for the game of hockey. He started skating on ponds and river overflows and then at park district outdoor rinks. He also played at an early age indoors at local rinks like Michael Kirby, Oak Park and Franklin Park Ice Arena, which eventually changed his life not only as a player, but in his hockey future. At a young age, Skip Thayer and Lou Varga, legendary trainers for the Chicago Blackhawks, allowed Kenny inside the ropes to help set up and pack up when the Blackhawks practiced at Franklin Park when the Stadium was unavailable. They eventually brought him to Chicago Stadium as a stick boy when Kenny was 17 years old. The following year, the Blackhawks hired him as an assistant trainer as he became the staff's first-ever third man. READ MORE>>
Sylvain Tucotte ~ Coaches' Category
Sylvain Turcotte was born and raised in Ile-Bizard, Montreal, and is the oldest of two siblings. His parents, Yvan and Micheline allowed him to begin playing hockey at a very early age and started enrolling him in organized hockey by the time he was five years old. In the late 60's, indoor rinks were uncommon in Montreal, so most practices and games were played outdoors. Only on special occasions were hockey games played inside.  Sylvain's Uncle Real, who attended Michigan State on a hockey scholarship, started an instructional hockey school called The Turcotte Stickhandling Hockey School. As a result, Sylvain spent the next fourteen summers first attending and then instructing at his Uncle's hockey schools. He was given the opportunity to travel all over the United States and Canada developing his coaching skills. READ MORE>>
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Ticket Information
The 2019 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or email Norm at jacole@comcast.net.
Be a Part of the 2020 America's Showcase Team!
Attention all sophomore, junior or senior high school age girls! If you have not yet committed to a college/university, America's Showcase could be exactly what you need to help you reach the next chapter of your life.  If you're wanting to play hockey in college, please consider registering for the 2020 Illinois Girls' Showcase Team. Many NCAA DIII and ACHA coaches and scouts will be on hand in St. Louis looking for players to round out their teams. It's never too early to register. Please  click here to review the invitation and Showcase information. If you have any questions, please contact Anita Lichterman, Illinois Girls' Showcase Team Manager at girls@ahai2.org or 847.414.5737.

Good luck to all the teams in the Illinois Girls State Hockey Championships! Check out the January issue of Girls Snapshot on Thursday, January 23 for the Tier II ("A") Girls State Tournament rankings. Don't receive our Girls Snapshot newsletter? Text "AHAI" to 22828 to subscribe.
Girls United Hockey kicked-off their second season this past weekend at Triphahn Center Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates. Girls United Hockey is an AHAI initiative designed to introduce the game of hockey in a fun, low cost, low key, no pressure, all-girls environment. In additon to the Triphahn Center, we have programs beginning Saturday, January 25 at the Robert Crown Ice Arena and Sunday, February 2 at Southwest Ice Arena. Registration is ongoing, so i t's never too late to join the fun!  Go to www.gurlhockey.com  for more information and registration. Make sure to visit us on Facebook and Instagram for tons of fun photos and videos!

31st Annual AHAI All-State Games Set for Monday, February 10
By Ned Forsberg, AHAI All-State ChairmanFor the past 30 years, AHAI has been conducting a High School All-State game for the boys and girls varsity divisions statewide. This year will mark the 31st year of this very special event. The  2020 Boys and Girls High School All-State games  will be played on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. The Girls game will start at 6:40 p.m. and the Boys game will begin at 8:35 p.m. Admission to the High School Hockey All-State Games is  FREE . Can't make the game? The SHL Network on YouTube Live* will be streaming both games with Max Anderson, Taylor Rammelt and the rest of the SHL Network's great crew! READ MORE>>

*The SHL Network is sponsored by CCTY Bearing, OPRF Hockey, Stormy's Tavern & Grill, Cognitive College Advising, GBN Hockey, Carmel Hockey and Brink Personalized Nutrition.
Glenbrook North Captures Holiday Hockey Classic Title with Fairy Tale Finish
By Ross Forman - Drawing an overwhelming double thumbs-up, the HOllywood HOckey movie - with an emotion-filled, slap shot-packed script - played out on New Year's Eve, hours before the customary midnight celebration.  The stage actually was set less than 24 hours earlier, on Dec. 30, when Glenbrook North moved into the following day's semifinals of the 26th annual post-Christmas high school tournament, run this year by Ultimate Hockey Tournaments and held at the Fifth Third Arena in downtown Chicago, with 18 teams competing from three states. READ MORE>>
Central Illinois Prep Hockey League Showcases Rural Hockey in Illinois 
By Ross Forman - The Central Illinois Prep Hockey League (CIPHL) is having one of its best seasons in years, based on the number of players and game competition.  "Two years ago, we employed the play-in format to create better parity," said Dann Rawls, CIPHL President. "In the past, our high school teams would declare the varsity or JV designation, or were forced to when only fielding one team, (leading to) numerous blow-out games. Many teams would never win a game and lose (games) by double-digits.  "This was starting to influence the number of high school players choosing to participate, and frankly you can understand not wanting to play in a league where the wins and losses are so lopsided." READ MORE>>
Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship Application
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. Please click here  to download the application . If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please direct them to Tom Dillon at  tom.dillon@amwins.com .
Registration is Now Open for the Little Blackhawks Learn to Play Program!
The Chicago Blackhawks are excited to announce another year of the Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program! Learning to play hockey is more than just learning a game. More than skating, passing and stick-handling, hockey is about responsibility, respect and teamwork. The Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program offers participants, between 5-9 years of age, free head-to-toe equipment, age appropriate instruction and certified coaching, led by NHL Alumni. MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION>>
Congratulations Caroline & Tyler - Blackhawks Mini 1-on-1 Champions!
Congratulations to Caroline (Sabres) and Tyler (Mission) for winning our Mini 1v1 Shootout and earning a VIP package for the All-Star game in St. Louis! Dawid (Vikings) and Zach (TI) were fierce competitors but came up short in the final. Good luck to all four players as they head towards their respective playoffs!

Question: During the course of the game the referee is notified that Players or Team Officials that have received a previous suspension are participating in the game. These players did not sit out or fulfill their obligated suspension time. Should the referee penalize the offending team? ANSWER>>

Question: During the course of the game, a team no longer has a properly registered coach available to them on the bench. Can the game continue? ANSWER>>
Looking for a Way to Promote Your Summer Hockey Camp?
AHAI will publish two (2) special edition hockey camp newsletters in 2020 - one in March and one in May. These newsletters will feature upcoming hockey camps throughout Illinois. Ad space will be available on a first come, first serve basis and subject to AHAI approval.

New this year: Our "Hockey Camps & Schools" tab on www.ahaienews.com.  For just $100, your  camp will receive its own page (subject to AHAI approval) which will be listed on the drop-down menu under the "Hockey Camps & Schools" tab. Camps are allowed 2 different flyers per year. Any additional flyer changes are $50 per flyer. Interested in more information? Contact AHAI Communications Manager, Gretchen Cockey at communications@ahai2.org .
Register for the 2020 NAHL Combines Today!
Registration is now open for the 2020 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Combines. The NAHL Combines are driven by the North American Hockey League and operated by the NAHL's professional staff in order to serve the most valuable asset to hockey... the players.  The goal is to provide the aspiring hockey player a one-of-a-kind experience designed to maximize exposure at grand-scale events that provide a true look and feel of the genuine NAHL Experience. NAHL Combines are carefully designed to provide an Education, Exposure, and Experience for prospects that strive to advance their hockey development at the junior hockey and college level. MORE INFORMATION & REGISTRATION>>
USA Hockey Announces Free Hockey Registration Systems
USA Hockey proudly announces the release of Free Hockey Registration Systems [USAH Member Organizations Only]. As part of our digital transformation road map we are now able to provide free solutions to our member organizations helping them manage local events and saving them thousands in processing fees. Email us at: myevents@usahockey.org to sign up! WATCH VIDEO>>
Attention Clubs: Register to Host a Spring 2020 Try Hockey For Free Day!
The Spring 2020 Try Hockey For Free Day will take place on February 22, 2020. February provides a great opportunity to attract new families who are thinking about hockey because it's winter. With a goal of 350 host locations, this event is part of the Hockey Week Across America celebration. Participating host locations will receive jerseys and giveaways, marketing tools, USA Hockey sanctioning and online registration to maximize participation. Click  HERE to register as a February 22 Try Hockey Host Site.  Questions? Email ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org