Volume 7 Issue 8 | September 11 , 2019
2019 College Night: Opportunities for Hockey After High School Seminar
AHAI is proud to present the 30th annual series of Seminars on the opportunities in ice hockey on Monday, September 30, 2019, at the Woodfield Hyatt in Schaumburg. We'll talk about Men's and Women's NCAA DI and DIII hockey, ACHA club hockey, Junior College, Prep Schools and Junior Programs. A wide array of topics will be discussed that will include: Making a College Hockey Team, Financial Aid, How to Pick the Right School for You, Making the Grade and much more! Additionally, there will be an Open House with more than 20 colleges and Junior teams present. Attendance is a must for all players (male and female) born in 2003 through 2006. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Registration opens on Monday, September 17th. COMPLETE DETAILS>>

The Wait is Nearly Over! AHAI's Photo of the Month Contest Returns in October!
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!
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!
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. 
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations for Class of 2019
Illinois hockey has a very long and rich hockey history, in large part due to the tireless dedication and commitment of individuals who have helped make sure every individual who has had a desire to participate in this great sport has had the opportunity to do so. The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding players, organizers, coaches, managers, supporters and officials. 

Click  HERE for Nomination Qualifications & Procedures. If you know of someone who you believe should be a candidate to enter the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019, you are encouraged to click  HERE for Nomination Form; please submit all assisting documentation by October 1, 2019. Click  HERE to view a list of past IHHF Inductees. The 2019 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honour on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at  847.269.2922 or  jacole@comcast.net.
AHAI High School Committee Passes Rules to Expand Flexibility for Dual Roster Goalies and Female High School Players
1.5.18  Seven Up-Seven Down for High School Organizations with more than two (2) teams: (See Seven Up- Seven Down Rule Clarification)  Organizations with two (2) Varsity and one (1) Junior Varsity Teams - The number one Varsity team is frozen for movement, however, there may be movement between the number two Varsity team and the Junior Varsity team.  Organizations with one (1) Varsity and two (2) Junior Varsity Teams - The number two Junior Varsity team is frozen for movement with the exception of the goaltenders, however, there may be movement between the Varsity team and the number  one Junior Varsity team. 

Please click HERE to view all rule changes.
AHAI Announces Fall High School NAPHL Showcase Roster
AHAI congratulates the young men named to the 2019 Illinois Fall High School Showcase roster. The Illinois Fall Showcase team will complete in the 2019 North American Prospects Hockey League Showcase, sponsored by the North American Hockey League, in Blaine, Minnesota, September 19-22, 2019. Illinois will face off against the Minnesota Loons 18U, Thunder Bay Kings 18U, Minnesota Magicians 18U and Shattuck-St.Mary's 18U teams at the Schwan Super Rink and Fogerty Arena. Click HERE for schedule, and don't miss a second of the action with HockeyTV.com! VIEW ROSTER>>
Highland Park Unites To Support Illinois State Trooper Who Was Killed in January
By Ross Forman - The Highland Park community comes together on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Centennial Ice Arena, anchored around the Giants' varsity hockey team with a heart that extends throughout the state.  The Giants will be fundraising to support the wife and children of late Illinois State Trooper and Army veteran Chris Lambert.

Lambert was driving home to Highland Park this past January at the end of his shift, in a snowstorm, when he stopped on the Illinois Tollway to assist an accident that had just taken place. While comforting the families involved, he was fatally struck by a reckless driver who, despite Scott's Law, did not slow down and move over when he saw officers on the side of the road. READ MORE>>
High Hopes For Highland Park With Core Returners Back
By Ross Forman - Highland Park is loaded with returning players, including 3 of the top 4 scorers from last season, and a defensive core that is stronger than a year ago. Plus, the team is hungry to compete and win.  "We have a lot to prove this year," said Anthony Booth, in his second season as the HP head coach. "We had a good second-half last (season) as the team started to come together and buy into the new systems and culture that (was) being built. The first-year varsity players stepped up and played important roles toward the end of the season. READ MORE>>
Register Today to Become a Try Hockey For Free Host Site!
Illinois, let's help introduce new kids to the great sport of ice hockey!  USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Days are designed to provide youth hockey associations with a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport. The upcoming national events for the 2019-20 season are: Saturday, November 9, 2019, and Saturday, February 22, 2020.

Last season, nearly 25,000 kids experienced youth hockey for the first time. This opportunity targets kids between the ages of 4 and 9. For November, the goal is to have over 450 locations host a Try Hockey For Free clinic. With fall youth sports wrapping up, this event provides local associations with the perfect opportunity to introduce new families to youth hockey. Click HERE for complete details and registration.
Register Your Event for 9th Annual World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend
The World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend, October 5-6, 2019, is a global opportunity for girls to try out hockey as a new sport. In 2018, over 120 locations across the United States celebrated the 8th  annual IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend, and thousands of participants have taken part in the editions since 2011. Women's ice hockey is one of the fastest growing sports in the world thanks to events like this one and similar programs that are being run in many countries. Want to help girls in Illinois join in the fun? T his is a great and easy way to do so! Click  HERE  for more information on how your club or team can take part of this amazing celebration of Girls' Hockey.  *Events are encouraged to be focused on the 8U age group.
Former IHOA member, Kendall Hanley, is One of Four Women Officials Who Worked Games at NHL Prospect Tournaments
By NHL.comFour women officials will experience NHL action for the first time this weekend.  Referees Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke and linesmen Kirsten Welsh and Illinois' Kendall Hanley, four of the 96 officials who participated in the 2019 NHL Exposure Combine, have been selected to officiate rookie tournaments in Irvine, California; Buffalo; Nashville and Traverse City, Michigan. A total of 30 officials from the combine were selected to work the rookie tournaments. READ MORE>>
The Chicago Blackhawks have opened registration for the Youth Hockey Intermission Skates and JuniorHawks Pregame Scrimmages during the first half of the 2019-20 season.  
Intermission Relay Race / Cross-Ice Scrimmage: Click Here to Register
  • 12 Mite or Squirt Players (10 skaters and 2 goalies) participate in a Relay Race or Cross-Ice Scrimmage during the 1st intermission of the game.
  • Intermission activity to be determined by the Chicago Blackhawks
JuniorHawks Pregame Skate:  Click Here to Register
  • Two teams, max of 20 players per team, Mites, Squirts, & PeeWees
  • 80 minute ice slot at the United Center 3 hours prior to the Blackhawks Game (Can be used for scrimmage, clinic, or practice)
  • Each player receives a Blackhawks Jersey to wear during their ice slot.
Rockford IceHogs Youth Hockey Experiences
Ever wonder what it was like to skate on the Rockford IceHogs home ice in front of a packed BMO Harris Bank Center? Now is your chance, bring out your youth hockey team for a number of interactive experiences with us at the IceHogs! Our experiences include: Dream Team Skate, Pre-Game Skate, Intermission Skate, or high five the players as a Tunnel Team. For more information about these activities - click here . For questions or additional information you can also contact Seth Coffey at 815-847-6385 or coffeys@icehogs.com .