Volume 6 Issue 10 |  September 26, 2018
Illinois High School Hockey Impresses in NAPHL Showcase, Wins All Four Games

By Ross Forman - Evan Poulakidas admitted that, when he arrived in Blaine, Minn., for the four-day  North American Prospects Hockey League Showcase as the head coach for the Illinois High School team, he had no idea what to expect.
The Illinois all-star team had been selected in early-September, but didn't have a game or even a practice before they landed in Minnesota. Their first meeting was a team breakfast on the day of their first game, followed by a brief discussion on systems of play. Their second team meeting was after the first meeting.
"We certainly thought we were bringing a talented group, but our play and overall commitment to just playing as a team was a major factor in how we were able to be successful," said Poulakidas, the head coach at Glenbrook North. "I give all of the credit to the players. There were no egos in the locker roomIll, on the bench, or on the ice. Everyone pulled together; everyone played as a team. There was no one on the ice just looking for personal points. It really was a team, and for that to come from a team that had never been together, that was really shocking." READ MORE>>

AHAI's College Night set for Monday, October 8th
AHAI is proud to present the 29th annual series of Seminars on the opportunities in ice hockey on  Monday, October 8, 2018, at the Woodfield Hyatt in Schaumburg . We'll talk about Men's and Women's NCAA Division I and Division III, ACHA club hockey, Junior College, Prep Schools and Junior Programs, as well as a wide array of topics like financial aid, making the grade and much more! Attendance is a must for all players (male & female) born in 2002 through 2005. Parents are also encouraged to attend.  DETAILS & REGISTRATION>>
Photo of the Month Contest Returns October 1st!
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!
A Step aHead's Hockey Safety Symposium!
Don't miss out! Register today for our "A Step aHead Hockey Safety Symposium" on Saturday, September 29, from 9:00am to 2:30pm at the United Center Atrium. This FREE event includes local and national experts on a variety of topics that impact the health and safety of youth hockey players: emergency action plans in hockey, sleep and its role in athletic performance, performance enhancing drugs, emotional and psychological safety in youth sports, injury prevention and concussions in youth hockey. Please click HERE to view a detailed list of topics and presenters and to register.
AHAI / USA Hockey Coaching Education Program Clinics are ongoing through the first weekend in November. Please click HERE to view the complete 2018 CEP Clinic calendar.

IHOA is please to announce the addition of two Level 1 Seminars and one Level 2 Seminar to its 2018-19 Seminar Schedule. Please click HERE to view additional dates.
Ask the Official by Dave Zednik
QUESTION:  What constitutes a "line change?" ANSWER>>

QUESTION: Immediately following a stoppage of play, the home team makes a player (one to five players) "line change," following which the visiting team also makes a player change. The Coach of the home team then decides that he wants to put different player(s) on the ice to counter the change made by the visiting team. Should the Referee permit the home team to make this "last change"? ANSWER>>
Chicago Steel to Host Youth Hockey Coaches Seminar
The Chicago Steel has announced that they will be hosting a Youth Hockey Coaches Seminar on Saturday, October 6, from 12pm to 2pm, followed by the Chicago Steel vs. Green Bay Gamblers at 7:05pm. Don't miss the Steel's Greg Moore, Brock Sheahan and Mike Garman discuss practice plans, drills, individual skill development, in-game strategy, strength and conditioning, goalie development and more! Click HERE for complete details. Space is limited; reserve your spot by contacting Eric Olgaard at today.
2019 Central District Youth & Girls Championship Dates & Location Announced
USA Hockey's Central District has announced that both the Youth and Girls Central District Championships will be held March 15-17, 2019, at the St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Missouri. Please click HERE for details on hotel information and tournament registration.
USA Hockey Central District Girls' National Select Camp & Central District Girls' Development Camp Information
USA Hockey's Central District Girls' Tryout for 2019 will be held at the Fond du Lac Blue Line Family Ice Center in Fond du Lac, WI March 22-24, 2019. All USA Hockey registered female skaters that wish to try out for USA Hockey National Select Camps as well as the Central District Development Camp MUST attend this tryout to be evaluated. This is an OPEN camp; any female residing in the Central District is eligible to participate. Last year, over 395 girls participated in the tryout. Registration will take place February 1-15, 2019.Click HERE for complete details, including key dates for the 2018-19 season.

Don't forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, Girls Snapshot, for all things girls' hockey. Text "AHAI" to 22828 to subscribe today!
Ross Forman's Season-Opening Top 25
Defending state champion Loyola Gold will start the 2018-19 season as the No. 1-ranked team, but many of the perennial powers are looking to knock the Ramblers off the top spot. And that list starts with New Trier Green and Glenbrook North, who are the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams, respectively.

Click HERE to view Ross Forman's Season-Opening Top 25 rankings, and make sure to subscribe to AHAI 's NEW High School Newsletter, IHSHL Snapshot, for the latest league news, JV, Red and Combined Varsity Spotlights, and more! Click HERE or text "AHAI" to 22828 to subscribe today. The inaugural issue will be published THIS Friday!
Join NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute's in a Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Join NorthShore Orthopaedic Institute in a spooky scavenger hunt at Six Flags Great America during Fright Fest! Walk the park in search of hidden Skeleton Quest displays now through - October 31st and enter for a chance to win prizes along the way, including 2019 Season Passes, a VIP Experience and daily tickets. Take a selfie with each of the 10 Skeleton Displays and post on social using #NorthShoreQuest and tag @NorthShoreWeb to enter. For more information, visit , and follow @NorthShoreWeb on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for clues on where to find the displays!
NIHL Sets All-Time Record for Number of Teams Playing in League
By Ruben Medina - The 374 teams that were declared to play in the 2018-2019 season establish an all-time record for highest team count in the Northern Illinois Hockey League!  Let's do some math.... about 16 kids per team... times 374 teams... Whoa! That's just about 6,000 players in NIHL. Add to that the team managers, coaching staffs and players' parents and you have a really significant number of people who make up the NIHL community! READ MORE>>
Nick Fabbrini Talks High School, College Hockey and Coaching in Russia
By Ross Forman - Nick Fabbrini, who skated on, arguably, one of the best forward lines in Illinois high school hockey history, has been named an assistant coach for the 2019 U.S. Men's National University Team which will compete at the 2019 Winter World University Games, set for March 2-12 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.  Eric Ballard also will be an assistant coach, with Roger Grillo serving as the head coach.  "It's very exciting and very humbling to be selected to represent USA Hockey in international competition for the second time," said Fabbrini, now in his seventh season as head coach for the men's hockey team at the University of Illinois, which included an appearance in the 2018 ACHA national championship game. READ MORE>>
Few Spots Remain for the Beko Home Appliances 1-on-1 Challenge 
A few spots remain for the Beko Home Appliances 1-on-1 Challenge! The competition will take place at MB Ice Arena on October 13, 2018, and is open to squirt age boys and girls (2008, 2009). The top two goalies and top two skaters will battle for the championship in front of a sellout crowd at the United Center during intermission. Don't miss out! REGISTER NOW>>
Celebrate World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend with the Blackhawks at MB Ice Arena!
Help us celebrate World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend at MB Ice Arena on Saturday, Oct. 6! We are inviting ALL girls ages 4-14 to skate on the Blackhawks practice ice, tour the Blackhawks Locker Room and watch the Blackhawks take on the St. Louis Blues on the road in the Blackhawks weight room. DETAILS & REGISTRATION>>
Chicago Blackhawks ServICE Crew Wants YOU!
The Chicago Blackhawks ServICE Crew is designed to encourage youth ages 8-18 to take an active role in their community by volunteering and giving back. Participants of the program will be encouraged to spend their free time doing community service projects of their choosing. Click HERE for complete program details.
Become an Easterseals Youth Hockey Player of the Game
The Rockford IceHogs are inviting fans to nominate hockey players ages 18 and under to become an Easterseals Youth Hockey Player of the Game during the 2018-19 season. Those selected as winner will received access to in-game opportunities at an IceHogs game! Participates will receive: 4 complimentary tickets, an autographed puck, an opportunity to skate on the BMO Harris Bank Center ice with the Mountain Dew Ice Crew! Please click HERE for qualifications for the Easterseals Youth Hockey Player of the Game and to nominate a deserving player.