Volume 6 Issue 3 |  June 20, 2018
The revamped AHAI Annual Meeting, now known as the AHAI Association Leadership Conference (AALC), set a new record with nearly 200 affiliate club presidents, board members, registrars and hockey directors in attendance.

AHAI extends a huge thank you to all the organizations that sent representatives to take part in a variety of discussions and topics. This is the Illinois hockey community's event and you made it your own with in-depth conversations around club administration, high school hockey, girls hockey, and club communications to name a few.
The well-attended event featured several notable USA Hockey speakers - Phil Osear, USA Hockey's Goaltender Manager led our Goalie Development breakout session, Dan Jablonic, USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager led discussions on Player Development and Kevin Erlenbach, USA Hockey's Assistant Executive Director of Membership led discussions on Grow the Game initiatives like the 2 and 2 Challenge and Try Hockey For Free Days, as well as Club Excellence.
AHAI and our affiliates were fortunate to be joined during our Town Hall by Spencer Montgomery and Laura Jordan, representatives from the Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey and Fan Development department. They introduced affiliate leaders to the NHL's Learn to Play initiative along with other grow the game programs they spearhead. Finally, several key sponsors joined us for the day including IntelliGym, SportSight, and Athletico. READ MORE>>
2018 AHAI Awards & Honors
The continued growth and development of AHAI would not be possible without the contributions of dedicated volunteers. These individuals share in AHAI's success and accomplishments year after year. Their selfless work and commitment continue to make a difference in the sport of hockey and in the lives of those who play the game. Congratulations to the following individuals who were recognized at the 2018 AHAI Association Leadership Conference on June 2nd: 
Wally Kormylo
AHAI Lifetime Achievement Award

West Meadows Ice Arena
President's Award
Dave Zednik
AHAI Service Award
Steve Drews
AHAI Service Award
Bill Gomolinski
AHAI Service Award
Bob Wagner
Volunteer of Year Award
Mike Svac
Volunteer of Year Award

USAH's Annual Night of Tribute & President's Awards Dinners Award Recipients
USA Hockey recently honored dedicated volunteers and affiliate leaders at its Annual Night of Tribute Dinner (June 6) and President's Award Dinner (June 8) at the 2018 USA Hockey Annual Congress in Colorado Springs, CO. AHAI congratulates Patrick Kane, Paul Jakubowski, Laura Johnson, Keri Zschach and the Central Illinois Girls Hockey Association on being honored during these prestigious annual dinners. READ MORE>>

Laura Johnson & 
Paul Jakubowski
USAH Service Award

Doug Kent, CIGHA
Female Honors Award
Keri Zschach
USAH New Leader Award
Patrick Kane
Bob Johnson Award
USA Hockey Annual Congress: Key Rule Changes for the 2018-2019 Season
USA Hockey's Annual Congress was held June 6-9 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The 4-day meeting is attended by representatives from every affiliate across the country, NHL teams' youth hockey and fan development staff, and USA Hockey's board of directors and staff. Every year AHAI and IHOA send members of their boards of directors to take part in the meetings as well.

Throughout each day various committees get together to discuss their areas of responsibility. Daily Town Halls meetings also help set the agenda for the upcoming season. The Girls Section, Youth Council, Coaches Section, Junior Council, and many others gathered to iron out new ideas for growth, rules, support, and programming to help our constituents grow and improve our game as well as ways to keep our players safe.  A few key rule changes for 2018-2019 were born from these intense discussions. READ MORE>>
Don't Miss Out...Register Today for the 22nd Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing!
The 22nd Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Schaumburg Golf Club in Schaumburg on Friday, August 17, 2018 with  a shotgun tee off scramble at 10:30 a.m. followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m.  The purpose of this event is twofold. First, it creates an opportunity for coaches, referees, administrators, parents and supporters of amateur hockey in Illinois to come together for a day of fun and relaxation to kick off the beginning of the new season. Secondly, r evenues generated from this event are donated each season to specific charities as established annually by the AHAI Foundation. Click HERE for this year's recipients. We hope you will join us for this fun-filled event! Please click buttons below for more information on sponsorship and registration. See you in August!
Tier II Substitute Choice Application Process for 2018-19 Season
By Gregg Chudacoff, Tier II Committee Chairman - The Tier II substitute choice application process, Squirt 10U through Midget 16U/18U will begin on July 20,2018. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier II Committee will only have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice. The dates for the appeals are August 9, August 29, and September 6, 2018 at 6:30pm at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied, please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at with your preferred appeal hearing date. The deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15th, 2018.
2018 National Hockey Coaches Symposium
The 2018 National Hockey Coaches Symposium is fast approaching. The event will be held Aug. 23-26 in Lake Placid, NY. In addition to a great slate of speakers, attendees will participate in on-ice sessions on the two most hallowed ice sheets in USA Hockey history: the Herb Brooks Arena (1980 Rink) and the Jack Shea Arena (1932 Rink). To register, and for more information, click on the appropriate button below. Cost is $550 when you register online. For specific questions about the event, please contact Alison Raines at

Attention Coaches: Level 4 CEP Clinic at MB Ice Arena Announced
We are pleased to announce that there will be a Level 4 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinic on Saturday, August 18th at MB Ice Arena , home of the Chicago Blackhawks practice facility. The clinic will run from 8:45am on Saturday, August 18 through 1pm on Sunday, August 19. Coaches must attend both days to receive their Level 4 certification. Lunch will be provided on Saturday, and all coaches will also receive a tour of the Chicago Blackhawks practice facility. Please note that Sunday's clinic will include both on- and off-ice components. Click HERE for more information/registration. Questions? Contact USAH Central District Coach-in-Chief, Doug Dietz at
USA Hockey Launches Mobile Coach Desktop Version
For the first time, USA Hockey coaches can now design a custom practice plan on their desktop computer and sync in real time to their mobile devices.  The days of scrambling to put together a plan are over. Build your plan on the new USA Hockey Mobile Coach Desktop Companion and your content is ready immediately on your linked mobile devices. READ MORE>>
2018-2019 IHOA Officiating Seminar Schedule Announced
Online registration for both IHOA and USA Hockey will commence on August 1st. ALL officials must be registered with IHOA to attend a seminar and it is highly recommended that officials register with USA Hockey and complete the open book test and online modules BEFORE attending their seminar. Please note:  USA Hockey has various requirements for each certification level. Please visit the USA Hockey and IHOA websites for information. To be completely registered, you must meet both IHOA and USA Hockey requirements. SEMINAR SCHEDULE>>
Ask the Official by Dave Zednik
QUESTION:  Is a team allowed to play a game with six players and no goalkeeper? ANSWER>>

QUESTION: The Referee stops play for an apparent injury to a player. If the player is not injured, must he leave the ice? ANSWER>>
Olympic Gold Medalists Kendall Coyne, Hilary Knight and Alex Rigsby will be at the Blackhawks Girls Hockey Camp at MB Ice Arena July 23-27! Sign up today to secure your spot! Camp is open to girls ages 5-16 years old. There will be two on-ice sessions per day, off-ice training with TPD and rapid shot, and a jersey, t-shirt, lunch bag and giveaways for every camper. NEW THIS YEAR: Friday is gameday! Morning session will feature small area and cross-ice games, the afternoon session will be a full-ice game. REGISTER NOW>>

Can't make it to camp? Click HERE to check out MBIA's Blackhawks Girls Summer Clinics.
Hockey Weekend Across America Expands to "Hockey Week Across America"
USA Hockey announced today that its yearly nationwide initiative Hockey Weekend Across America - now in its 12th year - will expand to a week-long celebration and take place from Feb. 17-24, 2019.  "We are thrilled to expand Hockey Weekend Across America to a full week moving forward," said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. "Two years ago, we commemorated the 10th anniversary of Hockey Weekend Across America with a week-long format that was received extremely well and having an entire week provides further opportunity to do some fun and creative things to celebrate and advance the sport." READ MORE>>
Giant Memories: Sean Freeman Reflects on 17-Year Career Coaching Highland Park 
By Ross Forman - When Sean Freeman arrived at Highland Park as the Giants' varsity head coach in 2001, he found a program with nine skaters and no goalie.  "When I left (the program), there were eight coaches, 60-plus players, a healthy budget, money in reserves, and the ad book and sponsors had never been larger," Freeman said of an HPHS team that is now a top 10 program on and off the ice.  Freeman built a team, make that, teams to be proud of. He built a legacy - past, present and future. READ MORE>>
4 Illinois Players Named to Initial U.S. Roster For 2018 World Junior Showcase 
USA Hockey announced today the  42 players  that have been invited to the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase that will be held from July 28-Aug. 4 in Kamloops, British Columbia, at the Sandman Centre. The roster includes Illinois' Joe Keane (Chicago), Cole Coskey (Zion), Sean Dhooghe (Aurora) and Jack Drury (Winnetka). READ MORE>>
Congratulations to the 2018 SWSL Champions & Runners-Up!
By Jim Arhontas, SWSL President - On June 9th, the Southwest Spring League (SWSL) held their Championships at Darien Ice Arena crowning 19 division winners, 8U Mite through 14U Bantam. Ten clubs, Blackbirds, Blues, Bruins, Cyclones, Hawks, Huskies, Jaguars, Leafs, Sabres and St. Jude Knights, participated in the league this year. The league plays a 6-game tiering round before teams are seeded for the season and ends with a round robin tournament and championships. The SWSL is looking to expand; interested clubs should send inquiries to VIEW CHAMPIONS>>
4 Illinois Players Drafted by NAHL on June 5th!
Congratulations to the 4 Illinois players drafted by the NAHL on June 5th - Joseph Abate (Bloomingdale), John Johnson (Naperville), TJ Koufis (Palatine) and Dylan Dent (Loves Park). Click HERE for full 2018 NAHL Entry Draft Results. Good luck in the 2018-19 season, players!
Rockford IceHogs Home Opener is October 13th!
The Rockford IceHogs have locked in 6 guaranteed dates for their 2018-19 season with their home opener on Saturday, October 13th at the BMO Harris Bank Center! Bring out a group for one of the listed dates and receive group tickets to a future IceHogs game (TBD):  Saturday, Oct. 13  (home opener),  Saturday, Dec. 8,  Friday, Feb. 1,  Saturday, Feb. 16,  Saturday, March 2, or  Saturday, March 16.  To reserve your seats and receive additional information about this offer and other youth hockey experiences with the IceHogs call McKenna at 815-847-6386 or email  today.