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Girls National Development Camp
AHAI Foundation Golf Outing
Secrets to Choosing the Right Summer Camp
NIU Summer Camp
ADM: What the Pros Are Saying
Hockey Canada Removes Checking from Pee Wee Level
Brendan Sheehan - ACHA Coach of the Year
What is Sled Hockey?
The Car Ride Home
June 2
AHAI Annual Meeting @ Woodfield Hyatt ~ 9am

June 5-9
USA Hockey Annual Congress @ Colorado Springs, CO

I already have my Level 1 and I only coach Mites, am I required to take a Level 2 and then a Level 3?



If you have a Level 1 certification (even if it has expired) you are not required to take a Level 2 or Level 3 as long as you remain coaching only Mites.  This rule change was put in place by USAH last season.  Once you decide to coach at another age group: Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, Midget, you will be required to resume the normal CEP Level Progression to Level 2 then 3. 


Editor's Note:  Readers may email any questions they may have to ASK THE COACH to be answered in future issues.

Twenty-four (24) Illinois girls have been invited and accepted an invitation to attend the Girls National Development Camp in St. Cloud, MN, this summer.

Erin O'Connor - D
Amanda Conway - F
Bailey Larson - F
Grace Zarzecki - F

Catherine Davis - D
Mikaela Gardner - D
Sophie Skarzynski - D
Kristin Chivers - F
Morgan Crane - F
Alyssa Gorecki - F
Rebecca Lindblad - F
Jackie Mota - F
Sonjia Shelley - G

Natalie Ryan - D
Sydney Sorkin - D
Taylor House - F
Shea Nelson - F
Andrea Renner - F
Caitlin Schneider - F

Victoria Soukup - D
Christina VonAulock - D
Nicole LaMantia - F
Lauren Severson - F
Hayley Kliczko - G
The 17th Annual AHAI Foundation Golf Outing is set for Friday, August 16, 2013 at the beautiful Indian Lakes Golf Resort in Bloomingdale, Illinois. The event will feature contest holes such as "Longest Drive", "shortest Drive", "Closet to the Pin" as we'll as some other new features for this event. All proceeds for this event go towards assisting the Tomahawks Special Hockey Program, the Hornets Youth Sled Hockey Team, the Hearing Impaired Hockey Team and the AHAI Diversity Hockey Program. Make your plans now to come out and support this wonderful event. 

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Hockey camp posters are displayed at all your local rinks, your snail mail and email are filling up with summer camp flyers and everyone is buzzing about what camp their child will be attending. Although tempting to enroll your skater in the camp their friends are attending, make sure you pick the camp that best suits your player's needs.  Here are two great articles to help you pick the right camp:


3 Tips for Choosing Camps

How to Choose the Best Hockey Camp 

NIU Hockey is proud to announce the NIU Jr. Huskies Summer Camp will be taking place this summer July 15th-18th! Youth hockey players ages 8-13, this gives you the opportunity to learn from NIU Hockey's best!  Click HERE for more information.
AHAI's new Facebook and Twitter Pages to belong to our members! We want to help you celebrate your tournament victories, your wicked slapshots, defensive maneuvers and great saves. Share your team building activities, individual, team and Club accomplishments. Don't forget to share your philanthropic efforts or community outreach programs. 
To share a photo, accomplishment or news, email Gretchen Cockey at gretchen@ahai2.org.

Featured Article


In the month of June there are two annual meetings that take place, the AHAI Annual meeting and the National USA Hockey Congress. The AHAI Annual Meeting is open to all Members and is held on June 2, 2013 at the Hyatt Woodfield at 9AM. The USA Hockey Congress is June 5-8 in Colorado Springs, Colorado (home of USA Hockey). It is at both of these meetings that rule changes, initiatives, and vital information is brought forth. At The Annual AHAI meeting this year the agenda includes:

  • Growing the game by the Chicago Blackhawks, USA Hockey and AHAI
  • An introduction of the new SafeSport program directed at education on providing and implementing a safe environment for our players, mostly off the ice
  • A STEP aHead , A concussion awareness and baseline testing program
  • AHAI Committee reports including rule changes and any other initiatives each committee might have
  • Election of AHAI Board of Directors. Each year five of the fifteen Directors are up for election

The USA Hockey Congress is a national meeting that includes all the representatives from each Affiliate (state or area) and the national USA Hockey staff. It is at this meeting that rules and guidelines are discussed and voted on. Click HERE if you would like to see additional information on the USA Congress.


This AHAI newsletter will continue to be your source of information regarding the changes and initiatives that will be presented at these meetings. Also I encourage you to send your questions to Gretchen Cockeyour Communications Director,  and see the reply in future newsletters.


John Dunne
ADM - What the Pros Are Saying


As the American Development Model (ADM) is implemented across the country, many leading hockey experts, players, and coaches have commented on the rationale and benefits that the ADM provides for our young skaters. Like many new programs, not everyone accepts the premise that the ADM is the correct way to develop our youngest players. Below are a few quotes from those that have reached the highest levels of hockey and while they may have been trained in a slightly different manner, each of them has seen the advantages of this new approach inside the United States. 


"We should always strive to do the right things for kids andthe American Development Model does just that. I think as hockey has evolved in our country, coaches and parents have certainly tried to do the right thing in regard to development. But we haven't had a national blueprint for associations to use - something that is based on solid research - until now. This is a major step forward and USA Hockey is to be commended for its leadership." - RON WILSON, 2010 U.S. Olympic Men's Hockey Coach 7th All-Time Winningest Coach in NHL History


Within Illinois, many Associations have continued to develop their own ADM programs. Several key ingredients that make up a strong ADM program in your association include; Hard Board rink dividers, cross-ice jamborees, coaching education, parent education, proper practice planning, maximizing ice usage, making game days special, and finally no lines, no laps, no lectures.....keep the kids moving. 


Click HERE to read what the experts have to say about the ADM.

Hockey Canada Federations Remove Checking From PeeWee
The Canadian Press

Hockey Canada's Annual Meeting concluded this week with a ruling on checking at the Pee Wee level that USA Hockey implemented last year. Beginning in 2013-14 season the body checking age will be moved to bantam for all Associations governed by Hockey Canada. In addition, a committee will be formed to create a national body-checking standard. A move similar to what USA Hockey has developed for its Associations. As the article states, the studies done showed the increase in injuries amongst Province's that had checking at Pee Wee versus those that have already raised the age to bantam.


Click HERE here to learn more about ruling
Brendan Sheehan 
2013 ACHA Greg Stathis ACHA Men's Div. 3 Coach-of-the-Year
The 2013 American Collegiate Hockey Association [ACHA] Men's Division 3 Greg Stathis Coach-of-the-Year Award, presented by Harrow Sports, goes to Brendan Sheehan of Iowa State University, as selected by the ACHA Men's Division 3 Awards Committee, which includes Regional Ranking Coordinators and former winners of the Coach-of-the-Year. Prior to coming to Iowa State University, Sheehan coached numerous youth teams in the greater Chicago area and most recently served as the Head Coach of the Naperville Sabre's Bantam Major AA team and as the Assistant Coach for the Sabre's Midget Minor and Major AA teams in the Central States Developmental Hockey League. Sheehan also coached Illinois High School hockey for Waubonsie Valley and Naperville North and served as an Assistant Coach for the Robert Morris University Illinois' Women's Division 1 team. 

Click HERE to read full article
What is Sled Hockey?

Sled (sledge as it's referred to outside the US) hockey was invented at a Stockholm, Sweden rehabilitation center in the early 1960s by a group of Swedes who, despite their physical disability, wanted to continue playing hockey. Sled hockey follows most of the typical ice hockey rules with the exception of some of the equipment. Players sit in specially designed sleds that sit on top of two hockey skate blades. There are two sticks for each player instead of one and and the sticks have metal pics on the butt end for players to propel themselves. Goalies wear basically the same equipment but do make modifications to the glove.  Metal picks are sewn into the backside to allow the
goalie to maneuver.  A few rinks around the country are sled accessible.  Sled accessible rinks allow players to remain in their sleds and skate off the ice into the bench area.  This requires that the bench area is flush with the ice and there is clear plexiglass replacing the white boards.  Sled hockey provides opportunity for many types of disabilities and there are opportunities available in local areas for recreation/competition all the way to the National Sled Team that plays in the Paralympics. Sled hockey is rapidly growing in the US and players are "hooked" once they touch the ice the first time.  

AHAI will cover the 2013 USA Sled Hockey Select Camp which will take place July 13-18, 2013 in an upcoming newsletter.  Click HERE for more information on AHAI Sled Player Development.
The Car Ride Home
Leave it On the Ice - by Susan Caminiti 

The silence was deafening. Driving home after a loss has never been a pleasant trip with either of my hockey-playing sons, but this particular defeat was brutal. Nicholas's team had made it to the division semi-finals and the next game had looked to be an easy victory. It was not-final score: 4-0-and my brooding son was proof of it. He slammed his hockey bag into the trunk of the car, stomped around to the passenger side, and got in the back seat. All I could see in the rear-view mirror was his 13-year-old furrowed brow. "So that was a tough game," I offered. Nothing from Nick. I tried another approach. "Well, you skated well." Still nothing. My brain raced to find the exact right thing to say to snap my son out of his post-loss funk. It was achingly clear that my repertoire of comforting Mom words was falling short. What should I have done on that car ride home? Insist that he talk to me, or simply endure the silence? Nearly every parent has been in the same situation after a son or daughter has suffered a loss on the field (or rink, court, or in the pool.) What you say (or do) in the moments afterwards can go a long way in helping your budding athlete learn how to handle these inevitable defeats-both in sports and in life. Dr. Larry Lauer, director of coaching, education, and development at the  Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, says the first thing parents need to remember is timing. "A sporting event is intense for a student-athlete and there are a lot of emotions running through them in the moments afterwards," he says. "Kids are being evaluated on their talent in a very public forum and the fact that parents are watching only increases the pressure. You can easily make things worse by not thinking before you speak." To navigate that future car ride home in (relative) peace.  


Click HERE for a few tips from Dr. Lauer