Volume 1 Issue 23
March 5, 2014
In This Issue
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Tier I State Champions
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AHAI Adult State Tournament
The AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament, hosted by the AHAI Adult Committee, Center Ice of DuPage, Seven Bridges Ice Arena and USA Hockey will be held April 3-6, 2014. 
 
This premier event, sponsored by USA Hockey and Labatt Blue has many new Women's and Men's Teams. Great awards, prizes, gifts and complimentary beverages will return! Register as soon as possible as the number of teams is limited. Contact Bob Fiorio- rfiorio4@yahoo.com for more details.
Girls' Central District Tryout Registration NOW OPEN through March 15
Online registration for the Central District tryouts for both USA Hockey National Development Camp (1997-98, July 9-15 and 1999-2000, July 18-24) hosted in St. Cloud, MN, and the Central District Development Camp (1996-2000, June 22- 27) hosted in Green Bay, WI, is now open through March 15, 2014. Tryouts are open to ALL registered players in the Central District. The cost of the tryout will be $125. Players wanting to be considered for an invitation to the USA Hockey National Development Camp and/or the Central District Development Camp MUST register.
 
 

CAMP INFORMATION
Congratulations Chicago Blackhawks Mini 1-on-1 Winners!
PEE WEES
Alex Tracy
Jerry Mulack

SQUIRTS
Jake Martin
Johnny Shenton
These young players each received two tickets to Saturday's snowy Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game where the Blackhawks defeated the Penguins 5 to 1.
Paralympic Games Set to Begin This Weekend
Kevin McKee
Brody Roybal
Support our two Illinois Paralympians, Brody Roybal and Kevin McKee! Don't miss a minute of NBC and NBCSN's coverage of the USA Hockey Sled Team's quest for gold.
 
2014 Scholastic Hockey League JV Champions
SHL JV Champions
Glenbrook North JV
2014 Illinois West Division Champions
WEST DIVISION
IL West Cup Champions
Warriors Varsity
Scholastic Cup Champions
Warriors JV
2014 North Central Division Champions
NORTH CENTRAL DIVISION
Top Varsity Champions
BG/H/W
Sterling Varsity Champions
Lake Forest
 
Platinum Champions
St. Patrick's
 
Top JV Champions
Crystal Lake South
 
Sterling JV Champions
Lake Forest
Charity Events & Fundraisers
Join us at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville on Saturday, March 15 for a night of great hockey fun as the Chicago Police Department takes on the Chicago FBI in the 2014 Law Enforcement Hockey Classic.

MORE INFORMATION & PURCHASE TICKETS
Support the Bolingbrook 4 Kids St. Baldrick's Event scheduled for Saturday, March 15 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm until 9:00 p.m. at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. St. Baldrick's is the world's largest participant driven fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. They welcome your support and invite you to attend the event. 

MORE INFORMATION
The Puck Cancer Showcase is a unique hockey event. The tournament is for FUN and designed to bring the hockey community together to help families battling cancer.

INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
Please consider attending the Fundraiser for Mic Mascolino, father of a goaltender for the Cobras Hockey Club, who is battling pancreatic cancer.

MORE INFORMATION

SUPER SATURDAY & SUNDAY AT 
THE EDGE ICE ARENA - GOOD LUCK!

SQUIRT AA
Falcons vs. Rockford 

SQUIRT A
Blues vs. Hawks 

SQUIRT B
Sabre A3 vs. Sabre A4 

PEE WEE AA
Falcons vs. Huskies 

PEE WEE A
Blues vs. Jets

PEE WEE B
Blues vs. Falcons 

BANTAM AA
Sabres vs. Bruins

BANTAM A
Winnetka vs. Blues

BANTAM B
Winnetka vs. Bruins 

MIDGET MAJOR
Leafs vs. Falcons

MIDGET MINOR
Falcons vs. Hawks

10 & UNDER A
Glenview vs. Winnetka

12 & UNDER AA
CYA vs. Mission

12 & UNDER A
Admirals vs. Glenview

14 & UNDER AA
Mission vs. CYA

14 & UNDER A
Glenview vs. Sabres

16 & UNDER AA
Mission vs. CYA

19 & UNDER AA
Fury vs. Mission

19 & UNDER A
Falcons vs. Sabres


ADMISSION FEES
$5 - Adults
$3 - Students
$2 - Seniors
6 & Under - Free
State Program Booklet - $1


2014 TIER I CHAMPIONS

SQUIRT MAJOR
Chicago Young Americans

PEE WEE MAJOR
Mission

PEE WEE MINOR
Mission

BANTAM MAJOR
Mission

BANTAM MINOR
Mission

MIDGET MINOR
Mission

MIDGET MAJOR
Team Illinois 

Congratulations and Good Luck in Your Quest for a National Championship Title!
2014 Coaches and Players of the Year
Congratulations from AHAI!

Join AHAI in congratulating the following individuals on their achievement during the 2013-2014 hockey season.

 

JJ O'Connor Male High School Player of the Year
Brian Callahan - Loyola

Cammie Granato Female High School Player of the Year
Nicole Diesing - New Trier

Youth Coach of the Year 
Chuck Linkenheld - Team Illinois

Boys High School Coach of the Year 
Evan Poulakidas - Glenbrook North

Girls High School Coach of the Year 
Jeff Bruns - Upper Fox Valley
Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Awards
27th Annual High School Scholarship Awards Luncheon
 
Keith Magnuson Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship Awards
Grace Hwang, New Trier
Daniel Lorden, Jones College Prep
Elek Wellman, Sacred Heart/Griffin Prep

The "Gunzo" Award
Giancarlo Turano

Jack Fitzsimmons "Chief Blackhawk" Award
Joel Quenneville

Blackhawk "Player of the Year" Award
Patrick Kane

Billy Reay "Coach of the Year" Award
Jeff Nelson
 
Illinois High School Showcase Team
April 10-14, Pittsburgh, PA
 
The Illinois High School Showcase Team will compete in the 2014 America's Showcase Thursday, April 10 through Monday, April 14 at the Robert Morris Island Sports Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The purpose of this historic event will be the continuation of traditions established over the past twenty-six years. The Showcase is designed to allow high school hockey players from around the country the opportunity to compete against the best of the best during this five-day period with the prospect of being seen by every major hockey institution in North America. We wish this year's High School Showcase Team good luck as they seek to again bring home the National Title to Illinois.
 
Illinois High School State Championship Tickets On Sale Now!
Thursday, March 20, 2014 ~ The United Center

In conjunction with the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), the Chicago Blackhawks will host the 2014 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships at the United Center on Thursday, March 20. For the fourth consecutive year, the Boys' State Championship game will be broadcast live in high-definition on Comcast SportsNet Chicago at 6:30 p.m. with Judd Sirott and Steve Konroyd on the call. 

 

Illinois H.S. State Championships Schedule 

4:00 p.m.: Girls' Division

 6:30 p.m.: Boys' Red Division - Live on Comcast SportsNet

8:45 p.m.: Boys' Combined Division 

 

General admission tickets for the event are available for $5.00 online at chicagoblackhawks.com, in person at the United Center Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Parking is FREE in all official United Center parking lots. For more information, including group offers, please contact the Chicago Blackhawks Ticket Office by calling (312) 455-7000.

It Is Just A Game
By Steven Drews, IHOA President

As parents, coaches, officials and players all come together to play the game we all love and expect the most from each other; some of us struggle to hold back or feel we have the right to express ourselves in ways that are detrimental to the game. After all we are human in nature, and we all see things in a different way when it comes to our loved ones. Let's face it, the amount of experience or knowledge of the game we feel we may have may not be the same as the person next to us. What we believe to be a rule may have been a rule before, but is no longer. In the past USA Hockey has made rule changes every two years, but as of last season they have elected to make rule changes every four years.
 
Video: From Child's View, Adults Find Full-Ice No Fun
By USA Hockey

Ever wonder how a full-sized sheet of ice looks through a child's eyes? USA Hockey put adult players on a hockey rink scaled to simulate what a child experiences when they play full-ice hockey. The results weren't pretty, but they were captured in a new video released last week. Ken Martel, technical director of USA Hockey's American Development Model took it all in and sat down for the following Q-and-A on the topic.

  


Q: What was the inspiration for building the up-scaled hockey rink at the Pond Hockey Championships this year? 

 

Martel: As adults, it's hard to imagine or remember what it was really like trying to play the game on a full-sized ice sheet. And for as much as we try to explain the benefits of cross-ice hockey for skill development and fun among young players, there's nothing that conveys that message better than having adults actually experience the challenges of this up-scaled full-ice environment for themselves. So that was our inspiration - and it says something that we needed an eight-acre lake to do it.

 

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2014 NIHL Wolves Cup Champions & President's Cup Recipients
Congratulations NIHL Teams on a Great Season!

Congratulations to all 2014 NIHL Wolves Cup Champions on a great season. The NIHL Banner Presentation will be held on Sunday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. at All State Arena during the Chicago Wolves vs. Texas Stars game. Click HERE for more information.

Each year after the regular season concludes, NIHL's Member Club Presidents formally award the President's Cup to the top ranked team in each playing division. Congratulations teams on winning this distinct honor.

Video: It Takes Dedication, Commitment & Sacrifice to Be a Champion
NIHL Bantam Girls on Their Quest for Wolves Cup

Meet Mark Kurzawski, Players' Category
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHF) Inductee Series

Mark Kurzawski was born February 25, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised in Burbank, Illinois, and attended St. Laurence High School for his first three years. Mark currently lives in the South Suburbs of Chicago in Hickory Hills with his wife Lori, his son Erik and his two Labs, Jade and Ruby. He is Co-owner of Klass Electric Co., with as luck would have it, another "hockey player", Mr. Bill Glass.

 

Mark's hockey career started at Oak Lawn, where as a four year old, he played in the State Playoffs. He spent time with the Spartans as a Mite and then the Saints for three years where he won two AA State Championships. 

 

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Illinois Youth Participate in Auxiliary Skate at Soldier Field
By Michael Durkin

A total of 22 kids, ages 9-12 years old, participated in auxiliary pond activities on Saturday, March 1, before and during intermissions of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series Game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Michael Durkin and Jim Clare of AHAI , Bob Mancini and Kevin Erlenbach from USA Hockey and Annie Camins, with her staff Matt Brooks, Stephanie Dubin, Sean McMahon and Louis Bisceglie, provided on-ice assistance and instruction. 

 

The children were divided into two teams wearing Blackhawks and Penguins uniforms and played 2 on 2 and 3 on 3 games for two hours before the National Anthem.  They also had the opportunity to skate in between periods. Kevin Ackerman from the Hornets Youth Sled team also participated.  Special thanks to Annie Camins from the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL for a great event.

 

 

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Wear the Ring of a Champion!
Chicago Blackhawks Charities

Wear the ring of a champion! Win your very own authentic, personalized 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Ring! Be a part of Blackhawks history and wear what the players wore to celebrate the historic 2013 season. One winner will be chosen March 21, 2014 and will receive the customized ring at the April 6, 2014 game. Tickets are only $2 each (with a minimum purchase of 5 tickets). All proceeds will benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities.


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