AHAI Newsletter
Volume 1 Issue 14 
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In This Issue

Official Media
Partner of AHAI
2013-14 Central District Girls/Women Calendar
New Dates Added...

Click HERE for important Girls' and Women's calendar dates from the Central District.
Tier II State Tournament
Important Dates For Exemption Process, Registration & More...

Click HERE for important State Tournament calendar of events information.
Win A Signed Patrick Kane Puck! Register Today!
Register Today for A Step aHead FREE ImPACT Baseline Testing and WIN!

Ask the Coach

My current Level CEP certification will expire in December, and I still need to take a CEP Clinic but don't see any in Illinois. What do I do?



AHAI has conducted 11 CEP Clinics in August, September and October with over 1500 seats available for Levels 1, 2 & 3. The 2013-14 AHAI CEP Clinic Schedule was concluded on October 27th. Please click HERE to use the USA Hockey search engine on the USA Hockey website to locate upcoming clinics in nearby states at the CEP Level that you need. Enter the Level you need and click the Search Button to list all of the remaining CEP Clinics in the country. Select the Level clinic that is most convenient to you and register.



Editor's Note: Readers may email any questions to Ask the Coach to be answered in future issues. 

Where Do You Want It To Go? Vote Today!
9 Athletes; 9 Programs
A $500,000 Donation


Each Team Citi athlete has teamed up with a U.S. Olympic, Paralympic or Community program in need. Citi donated $500,000 to the U.S. Olympic Committee to help these programs Every Step of the WayWith just a click, you can help award Citi's donation to any program.  Let's help Julie Chu and Rico Roman to the finish line! Click Julie and Rico's photos to view their inspirational videos...and then cast your vote!

Julie Chu & The USA Hockey Foundation
Rico Roman & Operation Comfort

USAH Mobile Coach App
Take USA Hockey's coaching materials to the rink, on the road or wherever else you wish with the new USA Hockey Mobile Coach. 
The Mobile Coach App features Practice plans, Small Area Games, Dryland Training, Goaltending Drills & Videos and more.
Mites Jam at AHAI Mite Jamboree
View Jamboree Photos on AHAI's Facebook Page

Across the Chicagoland area this past weekend it was a flurry of activity as over 70 mite teams invaded Crystal Lake, Winnetka, Bolingbrook, and Orland Park for the first AHAI Mite Jamboree of the new season. 25 clubs sent teams to the 4 host sites to play multiple cross-ice games Saturday and Sunday. The energy level was amped up in each rink as the teams hit the ice for 20 and 30 minute cross-ice games. The kids came off the ice smiling, sweaty, and tired.




The Jamboree was sponsored by AHAI, but organized by Scott Larsen of the Northern Illinois Hockey League (NIHL). Together with 4 host site coordinators and a bevy of volunteers at each rink, the weekend went off without a hitch.


The kids had plenty of opportunity to touch the puck, experience body contact, and handle the puck in tight spaces. One of the key aspects of cross-ice hockey is working in traffic. Hockey is played in small areas, and the skills developed during cross-ice hockey will bode well for the players as they continue their hockey journey.


AHAI would like to thank those clubs that participated in the weekend festivities. Each rink did a great job hosting and the volunteers that made it possible deserve a warm thank you. Look for a feature video from AHAI media partner, NoozeBox, in the next issue of AHAI's e-newsletter.


Clubs that participated include: Yellowjackets, Chargers, Wolfpack, Leafs, Rockford, Junior Jackets Hockey League, Winnetka, Wilmette, Express, Falcons, Evanston, Stallions, Northbrook, Skokie, Sabres, Hawks, Admirals, Cyclones, Blues, Vikings, Huskies, St. Jude, Blackbirds, Bloomington, Peoria, and Joliet.  Thanks to all and we look forward to more clubs joining the next Mite Jamboree.



The Glenview Stars: It's Not Just About What'sTaught on the Ice
It's All About Family & Fun

The Glenview Stars commissioned AHAI's Media Partner*, NoozeBox.com to make this video. NoozeBox.com would love to feature your club too. Contact Michael Scholl at mscholl@noozebox.com for more information about creating a similar video for your organization.

*AHAI was not involved in selecting the organization or producing this video. 
Role of Registrar
What Does the Registrar Do For Your Organization?

Each AHAI affiliate organization has an important position within their organization - the Registrar. Many members are not aware of just what a Registrar does for their organization. The Registrar is the person that gathers all the USA Hockey registration confirmation numbers so that the players, managers and coaches can be registered on a team. The registrar creates the team in the USA Hockey approved software program called Cybersport. They are responsible for making sure that the USA Hockey and AHAI rules have been followed when submitting a team to be registered. They then transmit the team electronically to AHAI for the roster to be certified. Every time a player, manager or coach is added to a team, the registrar must complete the process in the system before a player may participate with a team. 



Chicago Tomahawks in 14th Season!
Artwork by Tomahawk Evan Madsen 

The Chicago Tomahawks are starting their 14th Season and are always looking for new players. 
The Tomahawks are a hockey team for players with developmental disabilities. They range in age from 5 to 60. Practice is at three locations, McFetridge, Orland Park Arctic Ice, and Glen Ellyn Center Ice. You don't have to know how to skate to be a Tomahawk, just have the enthusiasm to join the fun. For more information about how to become a Tomahawk, contact Amy LaPoe at amylapoe@gmail.com.

Try Hockey For Free Day
November 2, 2013

On November 2, 2013, USA Hockey and over 500 local programs across the country will encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come to a local participating rink and try youth hockey as part of the NHL's Come Play Hockey Month. All locations have a limited amount of equipment available for use.


Click HERE to view participating Illinois Rinks/Hosts 

Click HERE to Register


Please contact the local participating host site with any questions or USA Hockey at ComePlayYouthHockey@usahockey.org.

Taking ADM Off The Ice
Thinking Outside the Box

Imagine your rink being closed for mechanical reasons at the beginning of the season. No ice, but lots of kids waiting to play hockey. That is what happened to an Association in Southeastern Connecticut (No Rink? No Problem, Thanks to ADM).  Having implemented the ADM on the ice the year before, a group of creative coaches decided to use those practice plans and transport them to the parking lot. But whether it is the parking lot or a spot inside the rink, the principles of the ADM can still be achieved with some outside-the-box thinking and some help from the Dryland Training Cards.



Put The Brakes On Dangerous Play!

AHAI/Blackhawks Jersey Campaign

The AHAI "STOP" Sign campaign involves placing an actual "STOP Sign" embroidered patch on every player's home and away jersey to serve as a reminder for opposing players that if you are close enough to read this patch, you have no business checking your opponent from such a close, and likely dangerous distance. AHAI believes this FREE program will increase the safety of the game for all youth players. 


Click HERE to learn more about how to participate.

Paluch Enshrined in Bowling Green State University Hall of Fame
By USAHockey.com

Chicago native, Scott Paluch, a 2008 Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and regional manager for USA Hockey's American Development Model, was inducted into Bowling Green State University's Athletics Hall of Fame this past weekend. Congratulations, Scott!
Blackhawks Salute
TODAY at Seven Bridges Ice Arena
~ Stanley Cup ~ Clarence S. Campbell Bowl ~ President's Trophy ~ Conn Smythe Trophy ~ Frank J. Selke Trophy
 ~ William M. Jennings Trophy ~
The Bauer World Hockey invite and 200 x 85 LLC are teaming up to host a public viewing of the "Blackhawks Salute" at Seven Bridges Ice Arena TODAY from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.mAs the Stanley Cup wraps up its Blackhawks Tour, this may be your last chance for some one-on-one time with Lord Stanley. If you haven't been lucky enough to see the cup yet, now's your opportunity to see and be seen with the best trophy in sports along with many other ones! Visitors are welcome to take a photo with the trophies, although you must bring your own personal camera. A professional photographer will be provided on site if you wish to purchase photos as well (optional).

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