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Volume 1 Issue 17 
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If a player is on a junior hockey team, can they play on a High School team? Also, what is an "Affiliate Agreement"?



A player cannot be on both a junior team and a High School team at the same time. However, let me explain the "Affiliate Agreement" and the AHAI policy. The Affiliate Agreement allows a youth (High School) player to play as many as 7 games with a specific junior team without becoming ineligible to play youth hockey (inclusive of High School). If they play an 8th game they are stricken from the youth roster and are part of the junior team. However, the agreement must be completely executed between a Tier I or Tier II junior team, the player, parents, the youth coach and the junior coach. If all have not agreed and signed the Affiliate Agreement form then the Affiliate Agreement is not valid. This agreement is not valid for Tier III junior teams, only Tier I and Tier II. Tier III follows the AHAI Policy Below.




Editor's Note: Readers may email any questions to Ask AHAI 
to be answered in future issues. 
Central District Girls' Dates
The Central District will hold open tryouts for all Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and High School Girls on April 25-27, 2014 at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wisconsin.
The Central District will again participate in the America's Showcase in Pittsburgh, PA April 10-14.

Click HERE for more important Central District Girls' and Women's Hockey Dates.
Skating to the United Center
Road to the 2014 Illinois High School State Championship & High School Thanksgiving Tournament Wrap-Up
 By Ross Forman
The road to the United Center appears, once again, to run through New Trier Green. But plenty of other Illinois High School teams are poised to knock the defending state champions off their pedestal. Let's see, there's New Trier's arch-rival, Loyola Gold, of course; or the 2013 state runner-up, Glenbrook North; or the 2013-14 preseason No. 1-ranked Stevenson Patriots; and also perennial power Naperville Central. That's not to mention such soaring programs as Providence Catholic, Benet Academy and Waubonsie Valley. There also are, naturally, plenty of dark-horse contenders too, each shooting to skate next March for the Illinois State Championship (Red Division), including St. Rita, Highland Park and Fenwick.
*Noah Pinkus (Highland Park) is leading the North-Central Division in scoring with 17 goals and 15 assists in 14 games, including 4 power play and 3 game-winning goals. Teammate David Shapiro leads the league with 5 game-winning goals.
*Hayden Adams has 16 goals, 11 assists in the first 9 Suburban Division games for the AWF Renegades. Teammate Greg Sommesi has 11 goals, 4 assists.  Brian Sunbury has been a wall for the Renegades in goal, stopping 105 of the 108 shots he's faced in 9 league games.


Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for nearly 15 years, and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. He can be reached at Rossco814@aol.com.
Illinois High School Hockey Rankings
1.     New Trier Green

2.     Glenbrook North

3.     Providence

4.     Loyola Gold

5.     Stevenson

6.     Benet

7.     Waubonsie Valley

8.     Naperville Central

9.     St. Rita

10.  Maine Township

11.  Highland Park

12.  Rockford

13.  BG/H/W

14.  Fenwick

15.  AWF Renegades

16.  St. Ignatius

17.  Sandburg

18.  Barrington

19.  New Trier Blue

20.  CCM Tigers


Compiled by Ross Forman

The 20th Annual Chicago Blackhawks Charities High School Hockey Classic
A.K.A. Ho Ho Tourney
The 20th Annual Chicago Blackhawks Charities High School Hockey Classic is scheduled to take place December 26-29, 2013 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. 

Illinois West 2013-14 Winter Classics
By Chuck Fattore, Co-Chair AHAI High School Committee
Continuing a tradition begun eight years ago, the West Division of the Illinois High School Hockey League will once again be putting on a full slate of outdoor Winter Classic games at three local rinks. 
"We continue to try and add different things to what we do, with the intention of giving our players the best High School hockey experience possible." - Jim McKeague, President of the Illinois West Division.
The games begin on Tuesday, December 31 and run through the New Year's Holiday with the last games being played on Thursday, January 2. 




Turning A Dream Into A Reality
Hard Work, Sacrifice and Dedication Pays Off for United States' Youngest Olympian

Every young hockey player, from the time they strapped on a pair of skates and felt the breeze as they whisked down the ice for the very first time, has dreamed about standing on the blue line during the flag raising ceremony at an Olympic Gold Medal game as they play their country's national anthem. Very few have ever been able to realize that dream and have been able to feel the pride of representing their nation by winning that Gold Medal.


Brody Roybal, from Northlake, Illinois, will have that chance next March at the 2014 Winter Paralympic games in Sochi, Russia. As the youngest player ever to be selected to the United States Paralympic Sled team, and possibly the youngest ever chosen for any nation's Paralympic sled team, Brody's selection to the team did not come without a lot of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.


Brody was born without any legs . . . to make matters more difficult, he is unable to wear prostheses since he has no femur bones. This perfect abnormality hasn't stopped Brody from pursuing his dream - in fact it has empowered him. At the age of five his first attempt at sports was wheelchair basketball - a sport he tried and didn't like. He then tried horseback riding which also wasn't something that captured Brody's interest. Then, his parents Bob and Michele heard about sled hockey for kids with physical disabilities and they thought he should give it a try. That was all it took. He was directed by Patrick Byrne, a member of the 2002 United States gold medal sled team to go the Hornets Youth Sled team, a program available at no charge for any youngster with a physical disability who can propel himself or herself on a sled. 




Editor's Note: Kevin McKee from RIC Blackhawks also made 2014 Sled Squad. Kevin, from Chicago, Illinois, will be featured in the next edition of the AHAI Newsletter.

2014 Illinois State Hockey Championship Information
Tier II & Girls

Illinois State Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, and sponsored, in part, by the Chicago Blackhawks begin in early February with the Elimination Rounds and concludes with the Championship Games in all Divisions in mid-March.


Click HERE for full listing of dates and locations


Editor's Note: The Tier II and Girls' State Championship Committees are working diligently with Host Sites to schedule all games prior to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 1 so as not to conflict with the Blackhawks vs. Penguins game at Soldier Field.

South Elgin High School Essay Nets More Than Just A Good Grade
Donation to Tomahawks Special Hockey Foundation

When Jared Prince was given the task of writing an argumentative essay concerning a foundation he felt strongly about by his Health Teacher, Ali Peltz at South Elgin High School in South Elgin, IL, little did he know that his essay would reap more benefits than just a good grade. After reading all submitted essays, Peltz presented the top three essays to her 9th and 10th period health classes to vote on which most compelled them. Prince's essay, Tomahawks Special Hockey Foundation was deemed the winner and a week of raising awareness and fundraising for the Tomahawks with fellow students, family members and teachers ensued, culminating in a very nice donation to the Tomahawks.

"The Tomahawks are an all around great foundation. Nothing can beat some good old hockey and the feeling of success when you skate around the rink for the first time. Just seeing that smile on their face...will stick with you forever!" - Jared Prince

Click HERE for more information on Tomahawks Special Hockey

Bench Management Part II
How Do I Show Value in Equal Playing Time?

In the second installment of our Bench Management series, we take a look at playing time.  The following article by Michele Amidon, highlights some areas for coaches to think about as they divvy out playing time.  Keep in mind, league rules may dictate certain equal ice time rules such as NWHL does.  But in general, there are some valuable points to be taken away from Michele's article:


Recently a Hockey Director asked me "How do I get my coaches and parents to understand the importance of equal playing time?"  Endless studies show the number one reason why kids play sports is because IT IS FUN!  They play for the pure enjoyment and love of being around their buddies. They also play to feel part of the team and enjoy competing. Conversely, studies also tell us the number one reason kids leave sports is because they aren't having fun. I think we can all agree that sitting on the bench is not an enjoyable experience for anyone, which raises the issue of equal playing time.




Miss Part I? Click HERE for Bench Management: It's a Crucial Part of the Game


The week of January 6, AHAI will be hosting a USA Hockey ADM Chicago World Tour. Modeled after similar events held in Boston, New York, and Michigan, USA Hockey's ADM Regional Managers and National Staff will be scattered throughout the Chicagoland area hosting informational meetings about the American Developmental Model (ADM) for Association Parents and Coaches. These sessions are designed to be both informative and conversational. 


USA Hockey will cover a myriad of topics from how the ADM is being rolled out and received around the country to how it applies at all levels, not just mites. Each night, we will host 3 to 4 different meetings throughout the area and attempt to reach 12-16 different locations during the week.  There will be raffles at each site and one grand prize winner for tickets to a Blackhawks game. Please stay tuned for additional information including dates and locations.  We hope you take this opportunity to listen, understand, and ask the questions you have concerning the ADM. The events in other states proved to be very valuable and informative to those who attended.

Meet William Buddy Meyers, Builders' Category
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHF) Inductee Series

William Buddy Meyers, a principal owner of the Wolves who founded the franchise with Don Levin and Grant Mulvey in January 1994, has been involved in the world of hockey for more than 35 years. He is a former certified agent of the National Hockey League Players' Association and is past attorney for the Soviet Red Army Hockey Team (CSKA).Presently a director of the Israeli National Hockey board and founding principal of Game7Seven LLC. Both of his sons were members of the Deerfield Falcons, playing hockey from Mites through Bantam levels - both started in the house league and then on to travel teams. 



Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association
2014 Scholarship Award Information

The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the most deserving high school hockey players. Awards are determined from a candidate's level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, as well as hockey talent of the individual who receives $5,000.00 annually over four years.


In December of each year, scholarship applications are available for download. Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, original transcripts, and scholar essays are due no later than February 1st of each year. Once all of the forms are gathered, a selection committee from the Blackhawk Alumni Association (CBAA) will review all of the candidates and then select the three recipients.





AHAI Sets Lofty Goal for Illinois' Try Hockey For Free Day On March 1st
15 Host Sites Confirmed

At the recent GROW Illinois Hockey Summit, AHAI set an ambitious goal of 50 participating Host Sites for USA Hockey's Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by CCM, which is highlighted by a national Try Hockey For Free Day on Saturday, March 1st.
"We see a big jump in new players every time the Winter Olympics occur.  After the last Winter Games in Vancouver, we saw a 15% jump in new players and enjoyed our largest  total of 8 & under players in USA Hockey history. March 1st will be a unique opportunity for local youth hockey associations and rinks to capitalize on that interest and drive more new families to their programs. We are looking for local programs to commit to be a March 1st host site so that together we can hit new participation records." - Kevin Erlenbach, Director, Membership Development

The FIRST 500 associations to register as a host site will receive jerseys, giveaway items, marketing tools, USA Hockey sanctioning and much more. Click HERE to learn more/view FAQs.




AHAI/Blackhawks Team Up
14th Annual Coaching Clinic!

In the continuing effort of assisting and developing amateur hockey in Illinois, AHAI, in conjunction with the Chicago Blackhawks, will host the 14th Annual Blackhawks/AHAI Coaching Clinic on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the United Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville along with Assistant Coaches Mike Kitchen and Jamie Kompon, Goaltending Coach Steve Weeks and Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Goodman will be on hand to discuss different techniques in coaching, as well as field questions from the AHAI Coaches in attendance. Topics of discussion will include best use of ice time, running a practice, proper conditioning and nutrition; good sportsmanship; proper equipment and having fun within the game of hockey.




Before You Drop The Puck
Essential Stretching Exercises From JP Bordeleau

Exclusive AHAI Ticket Offer
Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks are excited to offer all AHAI hockey families the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets to upcoming games during the second half of the 2013-14 NHL season. All AHAI players will receive a discount off of each single-game ticket. You may purchase up to four tickets for one game only. 

To purchase, click HERE and enter promo code: AHAI


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