Volume 6 Issue 11 | October 10 , 2018
Coaching Education Program has helped AHAI give its coaches all the tools they need to succeed
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - Coaching youth hockey certainly isn't for everyone.  It takes a special person who is good at working with kids, understands what it takes to help a player continue to develop on and off the ice and it also requires dedication. Those are just a few traits of a good, sound coach. 
Even if a coach meets all those standards, the person has to be able to get certified to get on the ice. The Coaching Education Program (CEP) is a prime way for coaches to get acclimated to instructing kids. 
The USA Hockey-mandated program is extremely important for the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois (AHAI). Coach-in-Chief and ADM Coordinator Jim Clare and the AHAI staff offer clinics four to five times per year - usually once a month in August, September, October and November - for coaches to earn their certification. Coaches go through a seven-hour clinic on a Saturday that prepares them for the challenges of the season.
"It's a very interactive conversation. It's not just a bunch of lectures," Clare said. "We get the guys up, we get them talking to each other. To me, the best resource and the best thing that they can get out of that seven hours is to talk to seven or eight coaches about what are they doing, what are they seeing, what drills do they use. Let's share some information. That internal communication in that class is to me the most important piece in what we do." READ MORE>>

Photo of the Month Contest Returns October 1st!
AHAI's Photo of the Month Contest returns October 1st, and the prizes are better than ever thanks to our sponsor,  FloBros Hockey ! Submit photos of your AHAI player's awesome hockey Halloween costumes and hockey inspired carved pumpkins, wicked slapshots, dekes, dangles and great saves...or of your kids just plain having fun playing hockey. Click HERE for complete contest details. We can't wait to see your pictures!
Be A Step aHead: Register Today!
We are in our 8th Year of the A Step aHead Program in conjunction with the Chicago Blackhawks, Athletico Physical Therapy and NorthShore University HeathSystem.  The goal of the A Step aHead Program is to educate the youth hockey community on concussion awareness, prevention and treatment as well as to provide FREE baseline neurocognitive testing to AHAI members ages 11-18.  Click HERE to learn more about the A Step aHead Program and to REGISTER NOW before the November 30th deadline Please note that registration is online only; do not call Athletico directly to register.
USA Hockey Insurance Has You Covered This Season
By Kelly Grover, USAH Magazine - It is the beginning of a new hockey season. Players return to the ice and brush up on fundamentals. Coaches review the basics of coaching. Referees once more read the rulebook. It's also a great time for hockey parents and administrators to familiarize themselves with the insurance available to members of USA Hockey. USA Hockey offers a complex array of insurance coverages designed to protect players and administrators while participating in USA Hockey sanctioned events. It also has an online insurance handbook that explains in detail all the coverages and what they do. Click HERE for a brief look at some of what the handbook explains.
AHAI is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2019 Illinois State Hockey Championships for Tier I, Tier II, Girls and High School. The Tier I Championship Series will take place March 2-5, 2019 at Mount Prospect Ice Arena. The Tier II Championships will be March 8-10, 2019 at The Edge Ice Arena. The Girls Championships are March 9, 2019 at The Edge Ice Arena, and the High School Red, Girls and Combined Varsity Championships will be held at the United Center in March (date TBA). Click State logo below for more detailed date information on qualifying (elimination) rounds and round robins.  Dates and locations have also been announced for the 2019 Central District Championships and 2019 USA Hockey National Championships. Please click the logos below to view dates/locations.
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AHAI / USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Clinics are ongoing through the first weekend in November. Please click HERE to view the complete 2018 CEP Clinic calendar.

IHOA is please to announce the addition of two Level 1 Seminars and one Level 2 Seminar to its 2018-19 Seminar Schedule. Please click HERE to view additional dates.
Ask the Official by Dave Zednik
QUESTION:  Opposing players are involved in an altercation. Player B removes his own helmet and proceeds to continue the altercation. Player A's helmet chin strap is not properly fastened and his helmet comes off of his head during the normal course of the altercation. The Referee determines that A's helmet was not removed as a direct result of any deliberate action committed by the opposing player. What penalties, if any, should be assessed?

ANSWER: A match penalty plus game misconduct penalty is assessed to Player B and game misconduct to Player A. Rule Reference 615(c). READ MORE>>
USA Hockey Announces Inaugural Advanced Officiating Symposium and New Tenured Official Program
USA Hockey has announced that it will host its first-ever Advanced Officiating Symposium July 26-28, 2019, at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott in Bloomington, Minnesota. The first-of-its-kind symposium is open to any official who has been completely registered at Level 3 or Level 4 for each of the previous three hockey seasons and is seeking to obtain "tenured" status within the USA Hockey Officiating Program. READ MORE>>
York Looks to Shake Things Up at Top of SHL
Key Returners Paschen, Lee Anchor Dukes' Drive for Success
By Ross Forman - York graduated 10 seniors off last year's team that finished 18-24, including both varsity goalies, but the 2018-19 Dukes have much better depth than previous York teams. All of their JV players making the jump to varsity have a high level of skill and ability to contribute offensively.  But defense is where this group needs to step up its game, especially with the talented teams York faces throughout the Scholastic Hockey League, starting with defending Illinois state champion Loyola Gold. READ MORE>>
Chicago Blackhawks ServICE Crew Wants YOU!
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. Click HERE for complete program details.
Few Spots Remain for the Beko Home Appliances 1-on-1 Challenge 
A few spots remain for the Beko Home Appliances 1-on-1 Challenge! The competition will take place at MB Ice Arena on October 13, 2018, and is open to squirt age boys and girls (2008, 2009). The top two goalies and top two skaters will battle for the championship in front of a sellout crowd at the United Center during intermission. Don't miss out! REGISTER NOW>>
Over 130 Illinois Men & Women on NCAA DI Rosters for 2018-19 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 College Hockey. Congratulations and good luck this season to the over 130 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 and college websites. If someone you know was inadvertently left off the lists above, please contact AHAI Communications Manager, Gretchen Cockey at We will be posting NCAA Division III rosters as soon as that information is available.
Illinois Has 29 Players on 2018-19 USHL Rosters 
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL is the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The 2018 NHL Draft marks the seventh consecutive year that 40 or more players that played in the USHL have been selected at the NHL Draft. With 700+ USHL Alumni on NCAA Division I rosters, the USHL continues to establish itself as the world's foremost producer of junior hockey talent. Congratulations to the 29 Illinois men currently rostered on USHL teams for the 2018-19 season. VIEW LIST>>
27 Illinois Men Rostered to NAHL Teams for the 2018-19 Season
Celebrating its 44th season in 2018-19, the NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 24 teams in 13 states from across North America. The NAHL offers junior hockey players the opportunity to develop, learn, train, grow and succeed, while playing for free. The NAHL is unique in the fact that a vast majority of players begin their NAHL careers without an NCAA opportunity, but earn one through the course of their development in the league. VIEW LIST>>
Chicago Blackhawks Warriors Are 'B' Division Champs at 2018 USA Hockey Warrior Classic
The Buffalo Sabres and Chicago Blackhawks warrior hockey teams each earned titles yesterday at the  2018 USA Hockey Warrior Classic, presented by Terry FatorThe three-day event took place in Las Vegas at City National Arena, the practice facility of the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights. The field included a record seven teams and 100 players while the event itself marked the first time a disabled hockey tournament was held in Las Vegas. READ MORE>>
'Seeding' is Believing
By Bob Apter, NIHL President - The Seeding Round for the 2018-2019 season is at its midpoint. Many people want to know why NIHL utilizes a Seeding Round in it's best populated divisions.  The philosophy is this... by having teams play an 8-game Seeding Round we are able to gauge, through team performance on the ice, whether the teams' organizations and hockey directors have made the proper decisions in placing their teams. Seeding also permits teams that are unsure if they can compete at a certain Metallic Level to have a chance to try it before being stuck there the entire year. The league knows that a season full of easy wins or lopsided defeats does not serve anyone well. READ MORE>>