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Volume 5 Issue 4 | July 3 , 2017
A STEP aHEAD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
The Chicago Blackhawks, AHAI, Athletico Physical Therapy and NorthShore University HealthSystem are proud to announce the 7th year of our "A Step aHead" program!
 
The goal of our 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.

  • A Step aHead testing is available for AHAI members from Pee Wee to Midget/High School (ages 11-18).
  • Additional information is available on the AHAI, AHAIeNews and Athletico Physical Therapy websites.
  • Registration is NOW OPEN; testing is available now through November 30, 2017.
  • This year's program will also offer new educational opportunities for both Moms and Dads, Coaches and Players. Stay tuned for additional information.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS




AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
CHICAGO TO HOST 2018 DISABLED HOCKEY FESTIVAL!
By Michael Svac, USAH Central District Rep ~ The USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Festival is coming to Chicago in April of 2018! Athletes from the United States and Canada will be competing at all ages and skill levels in six (6) Disabled Hockey disciplines: Sled Hockey, Special Hockey, Blind Hockey, Warrior Hockey, Standing/Amputee Hockey and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Hockey.

The Disabled Festival will be hosted at the Leaf Center in West Dundee over two weekends, and attendance is expected to bring over 1000 players to the Chicago area for this exciting annual event. All Disabled Hockey disciplines, except Sled, will be held April 5-8, 2018. The Sled Hockey competition will be held the following week, April 12-15, 2018.
NEW RULES FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON YOU NEED TO KNOW
NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON:  Coaches will not be able to be added to a Youth/Girls/HS Roster until the required Age-Specific Coaching Module has been completed. Coaches will not be allowed to participate with their teams until this requirement is met and processed through the USAH Registry. It can take a few days for USAH to process the information and the member will be able to be added to the team roster. We encourage you to plan accordingly.

NEW FOR THE 2017/18 SEASON: Coaches and Managers will not be able to be added to a Youth/Girls/HS Roster until their SafeSport training has been completed. USA Hockey has an extensive SafeSport program that provides resources to ensure the safety of all involved in the game both on and off the ice. READ FULL RULE>>

NEW FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON: The Consent to Treat form is no longer a required form. Managers will no longer have each team participant complete a Consent to Treat form.

For information or clarification of these rules please contact Laura Johnson, AHAI Registrar at registrar@ahai2.org or 224 636 3233.
2017 REGISTRAR TRAINING SESSIONS
TIER II SUBSTITUTE CHOICE PROCESS
Dates are set for the Registrar Training Sessions for the 2017-18 Season. These training sessions are intended for those individuals that are the Registrars for their respective AHAI Affiliate Organizations. It is mandatory that Registrars attend  one  of the sessions. Other administrative members of your organization are welcome to attend. All sessions, with the exception of Bloomington, will begin at 7 PM, and will last less than 2 hours. All sessions will provide the same information. Registrars do not need to register to attend a session. More information as well as copies of the training materials will be sent to Registrars prior to the training. Questions? Contact AHAI Registrar, Laura Johnson at registrar@ahai.2.orgVIEW SCHEDULE>>
The Tier ll Substitute Choice Application Process, Squirt through 16U/18U will begin on July 20, 2017. All applications will be submitted online. The Tier ll Committee will  ONLY  have (3) three appeal hearings this year for those denied a substitute choice.  The dates for the appeals are August 10, August 30 and September 7, 2017 . Appeal hearings will be held at 6:30pm on the aforementioned dates at the North Shore Ice Arena. If denied please email Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman, at  gregg@generaltruckparts.com  with your preferred appeal hearing date (listed above). Deadline for applying for a substitute choice will be September 15, 2017.
2017 TIER I TRYOUT SCHEDULE
Please click on buttons below to view individual tryout schedules. Good luck, players!
ILLINOIS HOCKEY HEADLINES
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NEWS
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS YOUTH HOCKEY CAMPS: ATTENTION GIRLS...
Hey Girls, there are still openings at the West Meadows Ice Arena Camp (ages 9-15) August 7-10th!
Click HERE for more information and/or registration.
IHOA ANNOUNCES 2017 SEMINAR SCHEDULE
The Illinois Hockey Officials' Association (IHOA) is pleased to announce the release of its  officiating seminars  for the coming season.  If you are unsure of the requirements, please read  Register with IHOA . Registration opens on August 1, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. Questions? Contact  Jameson Gronert , IHOA Registrar or any of the  IHOA Board members . VIEW SCHEDULE>>
USA HOCKEY NEWS
NHL, USA HOCKEY & USHL ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
With the 2017 NHL Draft as a backdrop, three of the most significant organizations on the hockey landscape in the United States announced a multi-year partnership geared toward maximizing developmental and business opportunities throughout the country.  Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL, joined senior leadership from USA Hockey and the United States Hockey League in announcing a long-term agreement that will provide financial support and other resources in furthering development of players, coaches and officials participating in the nation's top level of junior hockey - a primary springboard to NCAA Division I and professional ice hockey. FULL ARTICLE>>
UPCOMING EVENTS
HELP US SUPPORT OUR WOUNDED WARRIORS & HORNETS SLED HOCKEY!

Blackhawks Warriors vs. Team Pareti
Hockey Tournament ~ Twin Rinks Ice Arena
Saturday, July 15, 2017
1:30pm to 9:00pm

Hornets Sled Hockey Game at 4:30pm
Twin Rinks Ice Arena

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event to support the Chicagoland Hornets sled hockey team, a hockey team comprised of physically disabled players ages 5 and older. The Blackhawks Warriors Hockey team, sponsored in part by the Chicago Blackhawks, is comprised of our veteran soldiers who have been injured in combat. We encourage everyone to support the Blackhawks Warriors by coming out to their games and events and cheering them on to victory or by contributing in some way so that these heroes may participate in the game we all love.

CLICK  HERE  FOR EVENT FLYER