Volume 6 Issue 12 | October 24 , 2018
SafeSport Update: USA Hockey Reporting Policy
Paul Jakubowski, AHAI Executive Director & SafeSport Coordinator

USA Hockey's Reporting Policy is a key part of its SafeSport Program and an effective reporting policy is crucial to preventing abuse.  Section IV of the SafeSport Handbook contains specifics on the Reporting Policy. Click HERE to download the SafeSport Handbook. Please click HERE to view the amendments to two federal statutes: (1) the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990 and (2) the Amateur Sports Act of 1978.

The Policy requires that every employee or volunteer of any USA Hockey Member Program must report (1) actual or perceived violations of the USA Hockey SafeSport Program Handbook, (2) any violations of the policies prohibiting Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Bullying, Threats and Harassment, and Hazing, and (3) suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse to the appropriate USA Hockey representatives.

Additionally, in all cases involving suspicions or allegations of child physical or sexual abuse, every employee or volunteer of USA Hockey Member Programs must also report to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

To make a report to USA Hockey, you may do so either by: (1) clicking on " Report to USA Hockey" and completing the Reporting Form, (2) emailing to, or (3) calling 800-888-4656.  Reports may also be made to the Affiliate SafeSport Coordinator. The AHAI SafeSport coordinator is Paul Jakubowski; contact him at or 224.636.3216.

All reports involving sexual abuse and misconduct must be reported to the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Reports to the U.S. Center for SafeSport may be made by (1) completing an online report to the U.S. Center for SafeSport at " Report a Concern", or by (2) calling 720-524-5640. For additional information on reporting to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, please click  HERE.

With the Help of Dan Jablonic, AHAI Kids Learning Hockey the ADM Way
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - Dan Jablonic isn't going to sit back and watch from a distance, he's a hands-on instructor. He strives to achieve positive results.  So, when the new USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager was on the ice working with coaches and hockey players at Franklin Park in September, parents, coaches and players got a taste of what's to come for the future.  "I saw his energy, his excitement on the ice," AHAI American Development Model (ADM) Coordinator Jim Clare said. "That translates to the other coaches and the kids."  READ MORE>>
16 Illinois Rinks/Associations to Host Try Hockey For Free Events on Saturday, November 10th
On Saturday, November 10th, USA Hockey and 450 local association across the country will host Try Hockey For Free Day! 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.  Help grow our great game and spread the word! Click HERE to view the 16 Illinois locations. For any questions, please contact us at (719) 538-1124 or email .
We are in our 8th Year of the A Step aHead Program in conjunction with the Chicago Blackhawks, Athletico Physical Therapy and NorthShore University HealthSystem.  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. 

Everyone completing the free ImPACT baseline test will receive an awesome pair of Chicago Blackhawks sunglasses! Don't delay - registration ends on November 30th!  Please note that registration is online only; do not call Athletico directly to register. REGISTER NOW>>
Click the logos below the dates and locations of the 2019 Illinois State Hockey Championships, 2019 Central District Championships and 2019 USA Hockey National Championships.
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.
Reminder: Coaches Helmet Rule
Safety is the top priority of 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, this past June, 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 144 Section A, of USA Hockey's 2018-19 Annual Guide Here's to a fun and safe hockey season. Thanks for all you do to make hockey the greatest game on earth.
Chicago Blackhawks To Host 2019 USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL
By USA Hockey - The Chicago Blackhawks will host the ninth annual  USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the NHL. The four-day event will take place Feb. 7-10, 2019, at MB Ice Arena, the practice facility and community rink of the Blackhawks.  First staged in 2010, the USA Hockey Sled Classic is an annual round-robin format tournament between sled hockey teams associated with certain NHL clubs. READ MORE>>
Chicago Blackhawks & MB Ice Arena's Girls Hockey Experience
The Chicago Blackhawks and MB Ice Arena are offering an exclusive ticket package to the October 28 home game versus the Edmonton Oilers. The Package includes a pregame event at MB Ice Arena, a meet and greet with special guests, a Chicago Blackhawks winter hat, admission to the game and an in-game recognition (specific details will be sent prior to the event).  Tickets are $85 each and require a (2) ticket minimum purchase. Game tickets will be distributed at check-in. PURCHASE NOW>>
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.
Over 700 Illinois Men & Women Rostered to ACHA Teams for 2018-19 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 2018-19 season. There are currently over 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 was not listed, please contact AHAI Communications Manager, Gretchen Cockey at
The Roar of the Huskies Is Back at Naperville North
By Ross Forman - Naperville North is looking to build on the momentum established last season during Bill Driscoll's first season as head coach.  The team finished by winning the Founders Cup of the Illinois West League, and perhaps more important from a school perspective, it was the first time that the seniors beat their crosstown rival, Naperville Central. "I was really happy for the seniors because they, and club president Chris Hall, came a long way from restarting the program after a hiatus due to low numbers," said Driscoll, who spent seven years coaching in the Sabres organization and was the NWHL Coach of the Year during the 2015-2016 season. READ MORE>>

Don't miss the October Issue of IHSHL Snapshot! It will be packed with the latest high school league news, Red Varsity, Combined Varsity, Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity features, as well as Ross Forman's latest high school rankings. Text "AHAI" to 22828 to subscribe.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster Announced for 2018 Four Nations Cup
By USA Hockey - The 23-player roster for the U.S. Women's National Team that will compete for its fourth straight title at the  2018 Four Nations Cup  from Nov. 6-10 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan has been announced. The roster includes Illinois'  Megan Bozek  (Buffalo Grove),  Kendall Coyne Schofield  (Palos Heights) and  Mikaela Gardner  (Plainfield). READ MORE>>
USA Blind Hockey Team Wins Silver Medal in Pittsburgh
By USA Blind Hockey - This past month the Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the first International Blind Hockey series where the U.S. Blind Hockey team competed against the Canadian National Blind Hockey team during a final three game series. Team USA was successful in bringing home the Silver Medal with the help of three Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey team players, Anthony Chesrow of Carol Stream and brothers Luke and Matthew Miller of Elmhurst. READ MORE>>
Champions Crowned at 2018 USA Hockey Warrior Classic, Presented by Terry Fator
By USA Hockey - 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>>
What You Need to Know About Regenerative Medicine
By Dr. Trevor Michael Bullock, NorthShore University HealthSystem  - You may have heard of regenerative medicine as a new, non-invasive way to treat sports or other injuries. But what is it exactly, and how is it being practiced today? Dr. Trevor Bullock, Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist at NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute, answers some commonly asked questions on the topic and explains how he uses this type of innovative therapy. READ MORE>>
CCM World Invite Opening Night
Mark your calendars! The CCM World Invite Opening Night is Thursday, November 1st from 3:00pm to 10:00pm at Seven Bridges Ice Arena. Don't miss your chance to meet Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz and Hall of Fame goalie Tony Esposito for a book signing of "The Breakaway: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family Business." Other celebrity appearances include the Hanson Brothers, Olly & Jacob from On the Bench, Bobby Hull & the Blues Brothers. 

Six amazing youth hockey games will be played on the NHL rink ( view schedule), and you can visit the Big Top Tent for tons of interactive fun. Click HERE for a complete list of the evening's festivities. See you there!