Volume 7 Issue 20 | February 26, 2020
Congratulations go out to  Andrew Capuano of St. Rita High School,  Olivia Turman of Lake Park High School and  Evan Wurzbacher of John Hersey High School on being named the recipients of the 2020 Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship.

The Blackhawk Alumni Association (BHAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players in Illinois. 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 who receives an annual $7,000.00 scholarship over four years.

These players will be honored at the Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. All of us here in Illinois are proud of their accomplishments in the classroom, in the community and on the ice.
The Championship Series match-ups for Tier I Youth "AAA" and Girls "AA" have been set. Good luck, teams!

CYA vs. Chicago Mission

Team Illinois vs. Chicago Fury

Team Illinois vs. Chicago Mission

Team Illinois vs. Chicago Mission
Chicago Mission vs. Chicago Fury

15 AAA
Chicago Mission vs. Chicago Fury

Chicago Mission vs. CYA

Chicago Mission vs. Chicago Fury
Girls 12U AA
Chicago Mission vs. Team Illinois

Girls 14U AA
Team Illinois vs. CYA

Girls 16U AA
Chicago Mission vs. CYA

Girls 19U AA
Chicago Mission vs. CYA
The Round Robin match-ups for Tier II Youth and Girls "A" divisions have been set. Click buttons below for match-ups. Good luck, teams!

The Girls High School Varsity  bracket has been narrowed down to the Elite 8 (view here) and the slate for the Sweet 16 rounds for Red Varsity Combined Varsity Junior Varsity  and Junior Varsity Combined  will all be complete by this weekend (view brackets). Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram for the latest State Tournament information!
In conjunction with the Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, the Chicago Blackhawks are excited to offer AHAI families a special opportunity to meet Blackhawks Alumni and two-time Stanley Cup Winner Bryan Bickell on Saturday, March 21.
To participate in the AHAI Bryan Bickell Meet and Greet, click below and purchase your $5 tickets to the Illinois High School Hockey Championships*.

The meet and greet will be held at the United Center from 3:30-5:30 P.M. before the Red Division Championship Game. All other details will be communicated via email one week prior to the game.  Please contact the Chicago Blackhawks at 312-455-7090 with any additional questions.
Illinois State High School Hockey Championships Schedule
Girls Division: 3:00 p.m.
Red Division: 
6:00 p.m.
Combined Division: 8:00 p.m.
*Please note that this offer is limited to the first 600 tickets purchased through this offer. All tickets to this event are General Admission seating.
The inaugural Central Illinois High School Varsity State Championships took place at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington, Illinois, this past weekend. Decatur defeated Kankakee and McLean overtook Champaign on Saturday, February 22 to advance to the State Championship tilt on Sunday, February 23rd. AHAI congratulates Decatur Hockey on their State Championship title. 
Decatur Hockey
Central IL State Champions
Brendan Taylor
Central IL Player of the Year
McLean Sharks
Central IL State Runner-Up
Tim Stapleton - Players' Category
Born in Oak Park, Illinois, as the youngest of three children to Chris and Berna Stapleton, Tim's passion for playing hockey was evident from the first time he put on skates at just three years old. Every winter, Tim's father built ice rinks in their backyard where Tim played incessantly. Off the ice, Tim idolized the Detroit Redwings, faithfully following the career of his idol, Steve Yzerman.  At four years old, Tim joined the youth hockey team The Oak Park Eagles. He continued his young hockey career in Oak Park, playing at Fenwick High School for the Friars. After two seasons with the Friars, Tim aspired to play at the AAA Hockey level. During tryouts, Tim's talents were recognized by Chicago Chill Head Coach Larry Pedrie, effectively placing Tim on the team for two years. READ MORE>>
Your votes have been counted and the Top 5 Photos for February have been selected! Congratulations to our five (5) winners! Click HERE to view the 21 finalists and visit AHAI's Facebook Page to see all the photos submitted in February!
"IHOA's Newest Official "
Baby Gnagni
"All Eyes on Coach "
Coach Jason Hogan, Chargers 16U
"Face of Intimidation"
Frankie Layman, St. Jude 10U
"Being a Big Brother Is Better than Being a Superhero"
Skyler Tompkins, Peoria Jr. Rivermen 14U
"Game Winning Goal"
Matthew Merchant, Huskies 12U Silver
We can't wait to see your March photos! This is our last contest before we take our Spring/Summer hiatus, but don't worry we will be back again in October with all new prizes! Click HERE for contest details.
Changing Lives Through Hockey in Minnesota
By Michael Svac, USA Hockey Central District Disabled Hockey Rep.
- Several disabled hockey players from the Central District traveled to Minnesota this past weekend to participate in the annual National Hockey Festival hosted by the  Hendrickson Foundation . Fifty-six teams from all over the country attended the event at the Schwan Super Rink located in Blaine, Minnesota, that included the Sled Hockey, Special Hockey, Blind Hockey, and Warrior Hockey disciplines. READ MORE>>
2020 America's High School Showcase Illinois Team Roster Announced
By Mike Mullally, AHAI Director & Showcase Team GM This year's America's Showcase tryout teams represented a wealth of talent, making it extremely difficult to choose players for the final 2020 America's High School Showcase Illinois Team roster. Congratulations to the 20 players on their selection to represent Illinois at the America's Showcase at the Centene Community Ice Center in St. Louis, Missouri, April 16-20, 2020. Additionally, t his year's Illinois Showcase Team will also be competing in front of NAHL and NA3HL Scouts at the NAPHL Prep Invitational Showcase March 27-29, at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois.  VIEW ROSTER>>
Carmel Hopes to Carry Strong League Schedules into Deep State Tournament Run
By Ross Forman - Carmel Catholic has played more games this season than the school has played in, perhaps, any past season.  After all, the Corsairs are skating in the Scholastic Hockey League and the Chicago Catholic Hockey League.  They are 26-30 overall, but with 5 losses in their last 6 games, heading into their Feb. 24 home game against Hinsdale Central in Vernon Hills. Carmel, with the No. 12 seed, is scheduled to play No. 5 Providence on Feb. 29 in the Red Division state tournament game in Bensenville. READ MORE>>
Registration  is now open for its  2020 Level 5 Coaches Symposium , which will be held Aug. 20-23 in Duluth, Minnesota, at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.  Typically held every other year, the USA Hockey Level 5 Coaches Symposium is for aspiring coaches seeking to attain their Level 5 coaching certification, the highest offered by USA Hockey. In addition to general sessions, coaches also have the opportunity to explore innovative approaches to coaching through intensive breakout sessions dedicated to 12-and-under and 13-and-over age groups as well as the Gold Goalie Clinic. For more information and to register online, click HERE.
When Designing a Practice, Don't Forget the Goalies
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - Goaltenders always deserve a little love.  Steve Thompson knows that firsthand having played goalie at the Division I level for the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.  These days, Thompson is trying to get goalies all the attention they need. As USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) manager for goaltending, Thompson focuses on teaching coaches around the country to feel comfortable working with young players at that position.  He crosses paths with plenty of coaches who are quick to admit they don't know much about training goalies, so they tend to exclude many goalie-oriented activities in practice. READ MORE>>
QUESTION:  During a stoppage of play, both teams change players. Immediately after the start of the play, one of the On-Ice Officials notices that one of the teams has too many players on the ice and stops play. Should the Referee assess a bench minor penalty? ANSWER>>

QUESTIONA team has only one goalkeeper and he is injured during the course of the game and unable to continue. May any player take up the goalkeeper's position? ANSWER>>
Buy Your Copy of Hockey is for Me Today!
Hockey is for Me , by Jamal Mayers, is an illustrated children's narrative that brings to life Jamal's personal journey from youth hockey to the professional hockey ranks. A native of Canada raised in a single parent home, Jamal started hockey at a young age and faced financial and emotional hurdles that almost made him give up the game. Through perseverance and hard work, Jamal became a Stanley Cup Champion and 15-year NHL Veteran. Hockey is for Me is a fun and visually appealing story that tells how Jamal followed his passion for hockey and successfully overcame those obstacles to come out on top. It's a must-read for aspiring hockey players, kids and fans of all ages! BUY NOW>>
Congratulations to the February BMO Harris Bank Youth Hockey Award Winners!
The Chicago Blackhawks and BMO Harris Bank are proud to honor members of the hockey community. Each month during the regular season they recognize the excellence of a youth hockey player, coach and volunteer. AHAI congratulates February's Award Winners - Player: Teegan Mathey, Naper Valley Warriors and Sabre Girls 19U, Volunteer: Kerrie Cleve, St. Rita High School, and Coach: Steve Poapst, Chicago Hawks Hockey Club. February's youth hockey award winners were recognized at the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Nashville Predators game on Friday, February 21st.                         

Want to nominate a deserving player, coach or volunteer? Click HERE for complete details and nomination form.
2020 Chicago Adult Classic at Fifth Third Arena
The 2020 USA Hockey/ Labatt Blue Chicago Adult Classic will be held May 21-24, 2020, at Fifth Third Arena (Chicago Blackhawks Community Ice Rink). Like all USA Hockey Classic Tournaments, all teams will be guaranteed 3 games and all players will receive a USA Hockey gift and a post-game beverage. A championship banner will be presented on-ice immediately following the championship game and additional prizing will be awarded off-ice to the champion. Click here for more information about USA Hockey's Classic Tournaments or click button below for registration. REGISTER NOW>>
Explaining USA Hockey Insurance: Part III - Catastrophic Coverage
Did you know that by registering as a member of USA Hockey you are automatically enrolled in the USA Hockey insurance program? Your participation and registration with USAH afford you insurance coverage in 5 different areas: Excess Accident, Catastrophic, Liability, Directors & Officers Liability and Crime. In this 5-part series, Central District Risk Manager, Don Allord takes an in depth look at each of the areas of coverage. Part III of our series focuses on Catastrophic Coverage.

PART III:  Catastrophic Coverage
Catastrophic injury insurance provides $2,000,000 insurance for a seriously injured member's medical, dental or rehabilitation expenses which are greater than $50,000, which is the policy deductible. An important policy benefit is the provision of case management/assistance services. READ MORE>>