Volume 8 Issue 24 | April 21, 2021
18 Illinois Teams To Compete At USA Hockey National Championships!!!

Girls Tier I
Chicago Mission 14U
Chicago Young Americans 14U*

Chicago Mission 16U
Chicago Young Americans 16U

Chicago Mission 19U
Chicago Young Americans 19U
Team Illinois 19U
Girls Tier II
Glenview Stars 14U
Naperville Sabres 14U

Northshore Warhawks 16U*

Northshore Warhawks 19U

High School
New Trier Green Varsity
Youth Tier I
Chicago Mission U14

Chicago Mission 15s
Chicago Young Americans 15s

Youth Tier II
Chicago Bulldogs U14

Chicago Jets U16

Orland Park Vikings U18

Notes: The Girls Tier I National Championships will be held April 29 - May 3 in West Chester, PA. The Girls Tier II National Championships will be held April 29 - May 3 in Denver, CO. Youth Tier I U14 & 15s will be held in Dallas, TX and the Youth Tier I U16 & U18 will be held in Maryland Heights, MO April 28 - May 3. USA Hockey's National Championships will be April 29 - May 3 in Dallas, TX for the Youth Tier II U14, Grand Rapids, MI for the Youth Tier II U16 and Green Bay, WI for the Youth Tier II U18 Division. Finally, High School National Championships were held April 15-19 in Omaha, NE. Click here for more information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a daily wrap-up! Watch all the action live on HockeyTV.

*Denotes 2021 Central District Champion

Attention Affiliate Club and League Presidents: 2021 AHAI Annual Meeting Notification Letter
The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) will take place virtually on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Further information regarding the Annual Meeting schedule will be distributed to Affiliate Presidents.

Any individual who wishes to submit their name as a candidate for the position as a Board of Director of AHAI must submit their name, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Bill Crowley at bill.crowley@ahai2.org no later than Saturday, April 24, 2021. A short biography stating the individual's background, hockey experience, etc. should be included. The Nominating Committee will then send to each Affiliate a list of all the candidates and their biographies prior to the AHAI Annual Meeting in accordance with the By-Laws, Rules and Regulations
(Interim Rule C:
Any individual who wishes to submit a new By-Law proposal or make a change to an existing By-Law must submit their proposal(s), in writing, to the President of AHAI, Kevin Bolger at president@ahai2.org, no later than Thursday, May 6, 2021. Thank you for all your help and cooperation in the furtherance of youth hockey in Illinois. - AHAI Board of Directors
AHAI Announces Players Selected for USA Hockey's Central District High Performance Youth 15, 16 and 17 Player Development Festivals & High Performance Youth 14 Player Development Camp 

Congratulations to the players who have been selected to participate in USA Hockey's Central District High Performance Youth 15, 16 & 17 Player Development Festivals held May 7-9 at the Cornerstone Community Center in De Pere, Wisconsin and the USA Hockey Central District High Performance Youth 14 Player Development Camp held June 14-19 at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Click here to view full list of selectees.

2021 Blackhawks Summer Hockey Camps are OPEN for registration!

Camps are at Fifth Third Arena from July 12-16th and July 26-30th. Camp is open to Boys and Girls ages 6-13. Campers will have (2) on-ice sessions per day and off-ice training will be provided in partnership with Goodman Elite. Come join us for a week of fun this summer! Click button below to register.
IHOA and AHAI Mourn the Loss of Dedicated Volunteer James Edward Rushing
It is with great sadness that AHAI and IHOA announce the passing of longtime AHAI volunteer, coach and Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Official James Edward Rushing. Jim passed away April 12, 2021 at Kindred Hospital in Albuquerque, NM surrounded by his family.

Jim built a deep history of volunteering for a variety of causes. He coached youth hockey for 20 years in Northbrook Ill., including Glenbrook North High School Varsity. Jim was also a dedicated referee and was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding refereeing contributions. He consistently led with sportsmanship, kindness, and generosity. He worked hard. He made friends easily. There was no mistaking his presence with his generous laugh and big smile. He was strong to the very end. Jim will be so very missed by everyone who knew him. READ MORE>>
Ask the Official by Dave Zednik
Question: Team 'A' Player returns to the ice (minor penalty) prematurely when Team 'B' scores. Does the goal count? Answer>>

Question: A goalie makes a butterfly save with his leg pad and in doing so the puck came to rest under his left pad; some of the puck was visible under the pad, but the puck was not moving or loose. My question is when does the referee blow his/her whistle and consider the play dead? 1.  Does the puck need to be under the pad and not visible for the ref to blow his whistle? 2.  Does the goalie need to put his glove on the side of the pad to cover the puck up, assuming he can see it, remember he's in the butterfly position? Answer>>
The schedules for Tier I Youth, Girls & Midgets have been announced. Please click here to view schedule. Good luck, players!!!
New Trier Green Claims 2nd Place at USA Hockey Division I High School National Championship
New Trier Green Varsity claimed 2nd place in Division I of USA Hockey's High School National Championship on Monday, April 19. The Trevians went undefeated in pool play with wins over Edwardsville, the Brookings Rangers and Lake Central Blue Varsity. New Trier went on to defeat Jesuit College Prep in the quarterfinals and Santa Margarita in the semifinals to advance to the title game against the Springfield Cardinals of Massachusetts. Unfortunately, the previously undefeated Trevians came up bit short dropping their final game 0-3 to the Cardinals. Congratulations to New Trier Green on an outstanding showing at the 2021 USA Hockey High School National Championships!
It has always been my belief that the 'Student' in Student Athlete is the most important part of all of our athletes; it's not called Athletic Student for this reason! In a year unlike maybe any other year we will ever experience in our lifetime. Where pressures, anxieties and unknowns were prevalent in all of us, especially in kids, a big outlet for many is playing sports. While we sadly were not able to hold a normal season for our Athletes, it is truly amazing to see how many of our athletes were able to continue their excellence in the classroom (virtual or in person). Congratulations to the 134 girls who have qualified to receive the Metro Girls Academic Award. When compared to last year, the percentage of girls who qualified is much greater. In a year where everything was worse, our girls did better. I could not be more proud of our Student Athletes. Please click here to download list. -Claire O'Connor, Metro Girls Hockey President
US Blind Hockey Team Recognizes Three Volunteers Who Have Made a Positive Impact During Covid 
Doris Donley, USA Hockey Blind Hockey Representative and Michael Svac, USA Hockey Representative for the Central District, recognized three individuals for their outstanding leadership in supporting the United States Blind Hockey organization - Gretchen Cockey (AHAI Communications Manager), John Enders (CABVI) and Dan Phillips (CABVI). READ MORE>>
Nicole LaMantia Helps Wisconsin Win NCAA Women's Hockey National Championship  
By Ross Forman - Erin Rourke-Smith was on the bench, helping coach the Chicago Mission 14U girls' team for a game March 21, which was the day after the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team won their second national championship in three years with a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory over Northeastern. A Mission defenseman turned to Rourke-Smith to comment on the Badgers' victory. Rourke-Smith smiled and said, "Isn't that exciting?!" The player answered, "I want to be just like Nicole LaMantia." READ MORE>>
UMass Mission Complete: Chicago Native Josh Lopina Captures NCAA National Championship  
By Ross Forman - Gino Cavallini remembers many magical moments Josh Lopina brought to the Chicago Mission during his 6- or 7-year run with the AAA program, dating back to his squirt major season, and a U16 National Championship. But the thing about Lopina that really stood out to Cavallini was off-ice: "He had a smile on his face when he came to the rink, always," said Cavallini, the Mission hockey director who played 593 regular-season games in the NHL. Lopina was, and still is, a rink rat, the best possible player. "You never had to coach effort out of him; that came automatic," Cavallini said. And the Lopina smile is certainly still ear-to-ear, particularly this season. READ MORE>>
2021 U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team Roster Announced
USA Hockey recently announced the 25-player roster for the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team that will compete at the upcoming 2021 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men's World Championship from April 26-May 6 in Frisco and Plano, Texas. The roster includes Illinois natives Sean Behrens (Barrington), Lane Hutson (Barrington) and Jack Devine (Glencoe). READ MORE>>

Plan for U.S. Goalie Dominance Starts in Youth Hockey
By Greg Bates, Special to AHAI - Ken Dryden, Jacques Plante and Patrick Roy are three of the best NHL goalies of all time. But that's not all that lumps these goal-robbers together; they all were born and raised with a stick and glove in Canada. Having non-American-born goalies dominate the NHL has been an all-too-familiar theme since the league's infancy. The vast majority of all minutes logged by goaltenders are by foreign-born players. USA Hockey wants to change that. READ MORE>>
Mark Your Calendars! The 2021 AHAI Foundation Golf Outing Set for Friday, August 13
Join us for a fun-filled day! The 24th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing will be held at the Schaumburg Golf Club on Friday, August 13, 2021 pending COVID restrictions on gatherings. The revenues generated from this event will be donated to Special Hockey, AHIHA (deaf/hard of hearing hockey), the Hornets Sled Hockey program, the IHOA Memorial Fund, the Blackhawks Warriors, Blind Hockey and the Catastrophic Relief Fund for players who have been catastrophically injured. We hope you can join us for this great annual event!