Volume 7 Issue 14 | December 4 , 2019
Your votes have been counted and the Top 5 Photos for November have been selected! Congratulations to our five (5) winners! Click HERE to view the 14 finalists and visit AHAI's Facebook Page to see all the photos submitted in November!
"Dabbing Under the Arch"
Vipers Squirts
"Hanson Brothers 2019"
Noah Berg, Winnetka Hockey
"Blocker to the Rescue"
Harry Byers, Team Illinois PW Major
"I Knew I Could Fly!"
Marty McCauley, HF Vikings Bantam 1
"Shoot or Shoot?"
Niko Brown, Sabres 16U CSDHL

We can't wait to see your December photos! Send us pics of your awesome backyard rinks, outdoor pond hockey games, hockey-themed snowmen, or of your AHAI player's cellys, saves, slapshots, dekes and dangles. We also love photos of your player and their team's community service projects during the Holidays. Click HERE for contest details.
Click the logos below the dates and locations of the 2020 Illinois State Hockey Championships, 2020 Central District Championships and 2020 USA Hockey National Championships.
Attention Tier II Presidents & Team Managers
By Gregg Chudacoff, AHAI Tier II Chairman  - Tier II club presidents and team managers, please be aware of the following dates for the Tier II Illinois State Hockey Championships. The exemption process began on Sunday, December 1 and will conclude this Sunday, December 8, 2019. Registration will begin on Sunday, December 8 and ends on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Click  HERE  for these dates and more Tier II State tournament information.
Lynne Bournazos, Builders' Category
Lynne grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where copious amounts of lake effect snow during the winter months turned her neighborhood into a child's winter wonderland and enabled her Dad to turn her backyard into an ice rink. So, perhaps those early years foreshadowed how she would be spending many winters with her family in the future.  Lynne graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Marketing, began her first outside sales job, married her college sweetheart, and moved to Grand Haven where they got even more snow! READ MORE>>
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Ticket Information
The 2019 IHHF Induction Dinner will be held on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847/269-2922 or email Norm at jacole@comcast.net.
Question: A Coach verbally abuses an Official on the way to the dressing room at the end of a period. What is the sequence of penalties assessed to the Coach? ANSWER>>

Question: There are many different things that can be said that various people may find offensive. What judgment should an Official use in assessing a penalty? ANSWER>>
Chicago Blackhawks Claim Tier V USA Hockey Sled Classic Championship Title
The Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks each earned titles Sunday (Nov. 24) at the 10th annual  USA Hockey Sled Classic , presented by the NHL.

"Once again Chicago stood out at the USA Hockey Sled Classic with another championship title and a 2nd place banner," said Michael Svac, USA Hockey Central District Disabled Hockey Representative. A total of 19 hockey players from the Chicago Blackhawks competed during the four day event to play some great hockey. READ MORE>>
Register Today for the 2020 Illinois State Girls Hockey Championships!
By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair - It's time to register for the 2020 Illinois State Girls Hockey Championships! All organizations with Girls Tier II or Tier III teams have been sent an email that includes the 2020 Girls State Tournament Invitation Packet - click HERE to view. Please don't delay, register early to be part of the excitement.

Please note: Any player that is double rostered on two (2) National Bound level teams must declare for which team she will play in the State Tournament by Dec. 31, 2019. A player may not play on two (2) teams (e.g. one Girls and one Youth team) in the State Tournament that are at the National Bound level (14U, 16U, 19U).
Be a Part of the 2020 America's Showcase Team!
Attention all sophomore, junior or senior high school age girls! If you have not yet committed to a college/university, America's Showcase could be exactly what you need to help you reach the next chapter of your life.

If you're wanting to play hockey in college, please consider registering for the 2020 Illinois Girls' Showcase Team. Many NCAA DIII and ACHA coaches and scouts will be on hand in St. Louis looking for players to round out their teams. It's never too early to register. Please click HERE to review the invitation and Showcase information. If you have any questions, please contact Anita Lichterman, Illinois Girls' Showcase Team Manager at girls@ahai2.org or 847.414.5737.

HOHO High School Tourney Set For Dec. 28-31 at Fifth Third Arena with 18 Teams

By Ross Forman - The 26th annual HOHO High School Tourney will be held Dec. 28-31 at Fifth Third Arena in Chicago, replacing the long-running Chicago Blackhawks Foundation Tournament that was a post-Christmas tradition at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville and noted for games played with two halves, not three periods.  The HOHO event, run by Chicago-based Ultimate Hockey Tournaments and supported by AHAI and the Chicago Blackhawks, will feature 18 teams representing three states. All games will be three 16-minute periods. "Ultimate Tournaments is excited and honored," to present the premiere high school tourney for the Chicagoland area in the final days of December, said John Schwarz, owner of Ultimate Tournaments.  READ MORE>>
DuPage Stars JV Player Scores One of the Quickest Goals in Illinois High School History
By Ross Forman - Joshua Llaneta scored that one goal Saturday, Nov. 23 that he will never forget.  It was, after all, one of the quickest goals in Illinois high school hockey history.  Llaneta, a sophomore JV forward for the co-op DuPage Stars, scored about 6.36 seconds into a Stars White Team game against Neuqua Valley JV2, as timed off the LiveBarn feed. READ MORE>>
Blackhawk Alumni Association Scholarship Application Process is Now Open!
The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA)  distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players. 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. Recipients will receive an annual $7,500.00 scholarship over four years for a total of $30,000.

We encourage all of the senior high school players to take the time to submit their applications. We also encourage all of the coaches, managers and team/league presidents to promote and support this effort. The players really deserve it!

Please take a minute to visit the  Blackhawk Alumni website to read more about the scholarship, view a list of past recipients and to download the application. If you have any questions regarding the scholarship, please direct them to Tom Dillon at  tom.dillon@amwins.com.
AHAI Congratulates the November 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 November's Award Winners: Player - Olive Ryan of the Skokie Flyers, Volunteer - Jack Raslawski of Illinois Hockey Officials Association (IHOA), and Coach - Charice Wilczynski of the Glacier Avalanche. November's youth hockey award winners were recognized at the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning game on Thursday, November 21st.

Want to nominate a deserving player, coach or volunteer? Click HERE for complete details and nomination form.
Calling All Squirts! Join Us for the Mini 1-on-1 Challenge at Fifth Third Arena on January 3rd!
In partnership with AHAI, the Mini 1-on-1 Challenge allows participants to showcase their skills while contending to become the top shooter or goalie in the Squirt-age division. The competition will take place at Fifth Third Arena on January 3, 2020. The top two goalies and top two skaters will battle for the championship at the United Center during the intermission of the Chicago Blackhawks home game on January 11, 2020! The winning team (player and goalie) will win tickets to the 2020 NHL® All-Star Game in St. Louis on January 25-26, 2020. MORE INFORMATION>>
Looking for a Way to Promote Your Summer Hockey Camp?
AHAI will publish two (2) special edition hockey camp newsletters in 2020 - one in March and one in May. These newsletters will feature upcoming hockey camps throughout Illinois. Ad space will be available on a first come, first serve basis and subject to AHAI approval.

Interested in more information? Contact AHAI Communications Manager, Gretchen Cockey at communications@ahai2.org.

The holidays are just around the corner and that means it's time to start thinking about selecting the perfect hockey gifts for your family, friends, coaches and managers! If you are stumped for ideas for the hockey fan in your life, these hockey-themed gift ideas are sure to be a big hit. Click HERE to download/print the 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.
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