Volume 1 Issue 25
April 16, 2014

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Central District Level 4 CEP Clinic Announced
Saturday, June 21
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 22
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Sheraton West Des Moines

Level 3 Completion

For more information on clinic topics, fees, accommodations and registration, please click HERE.
Central District Girls' Tryout Camp Information
Attention Central District Girls registered to attend the Central District Tryout Camp in Madison, Wisconsin, April 25-27th. Complete team assignments will be emailed on Monday, April 21. 

Due to the large number of players attending tryouts this year, the Central District regrets that they will NOT be able to honor any team placement requests. We look forward to seeing you in Madison!
This week we did not have a question to answer as much as a remembrance we received from a High School player's parent, Ed Enyart of Naperville North.

"North Hockey was an awesome experience for my entire family, let alone my two boys that played. I sure wish I could have enjoyed it a little more and not been wrapped up so much on the wins and losses. In the end both my guys told me that it was an amazing experience to play for North. They remember their teammates and coaches and how much fun they had. Neither remembers what their record was. I wish we could all remember that it is about the kids and to cheer them on whatever the outcome. By the way, they still use their bags from North...Peter graduated in 2004 and Pat in 2006...at least we bought them good stuff!"

Remember...High School hockey is about the experience! ~ Ask AHAI
2014 Midwest Pee Wee Tournament of Champions

Falcons Pee Wee Major
2014 AHAI Adult State Tournament Champions

By Bob Fiorio, Adult State Tournament Director


Beginning Thursday, April 3, 2014 the AHAI Adult State Championship Tournament attracted 20 Men's and 6 Women's Teams from 10 different area Adult Leagues to compete for 7 State Titles - Men's B, C1, C2, C3, C4 Women's C and Women's B. Approximately 500 players competed in 57 games over 4 days at Center Ice of DuPage and Seven Bridges Ice Arenas.

Visit AHAI's Facebook Page to view full-size photos.
Chicago Fire
Men's B Division
Ice Age
Men's C1 Division
Team NMI
Men's C2 Division
Ice Holes
Men's C3 Division
Men's C4 Division
Illinois Stars
Women's B Division
Ms. Conduct I
Women's C Division
New Comprehensive Parent Handbook Launched Online!
USA Hockey recently created a comprehensive handbook for hockey parents that covers everything from skill development to safety to nutrition and beyond. It's filled with actionable insights and information that can help you and your child enjoy a great youth hockey experience. Check out the digital version by clicking HERE. You are encouraged to flip through the handbook and see all that USA Hockey offers to our skaters and parents. 
Tim Stapleton
Tim Stapleton

Congratulations, Tim Stapleton - LaGrange, Illinois native - one of the first 15 players chosen for the 2014 U.S. Men's National Team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.



Two Illinois Skaters Commit to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program
NTDP Announces 11 Commits for 2014-15 Season - 2 Illinois Skaters will join USA Hockey's National Team Development Program for the 2014-15 season. The players, all from the 1998 birth year, will compete as members of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. Clayton Keller, a forward from Swansea, notched 31 goals and assisted on 36 others in 45 games with Shattuck-St. Mary's (Minn.), helping his team capture the Toyota-USA Hockey National Championship. Keller has given a verbal commitment to play at Boston University. James Sanchez, a forward from Northbrook, played in 27 games for the Chicago Young Americans midget minor program of the High Performance Hockey League. The future Michigan Wolverine lit the lamp seven times and added 13 helpers, good for 20 points on the season.
2014 AHAI Annual Meeting Date Set
Sunday, June 1, 2014 ~ Woodfield Hyatt, Schaumburg

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Inc. will take place on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at the Woodfield Hyatt Hotel in Schaumburg beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m.

Any individual who wishes to submit their name as a candidate for the position as a Board of Director of AHAI must submit their name, in writing, to the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee, Mike Durkin, 1460 Notting Hill Road, Algonquin, IL 60102 no later than Sunday, April 20, 2014. A short biography stating the individual's background, hockey experience, etc. should be included. The nominating committee will then send to each team a list of all candidates and their biographies prior to the AHAI Annual Meeting in accordance with the By-Laws, Rules and Regulations.

Any individual who wishes to submit a new By-Law proposal or a change to an existing Bi-Law must submit their proposal(s), in writing, to the President of AHAI, John Dunne, 2 S 713 Grove St., Warrenville, IL 60555, no later than Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Thank you in advance for all of your help and cooperation in the furtherance of youth hockey in Illinois.
USA Hockey National Championships

Mission Bantam Major
Providence Catholic Varsity

Falcons Midget Minor
Falcons Midget Major
Mission Girls 14U
Mission Girls 16U
Mission Girls 19U

Bruins Bantam
Leafs Midget Major
CYA Midget Minor
Mission Midget Minor
Sabre Girls 19U
High Praise for Providence Catholic
Letter from USA Hockey National Championship Volunteer

Dear AHAI,


I had the privilege of being a volunteer this past week in Omaha for the USA Hockey High School Nationals tournament. I am writing this note to share with you the incredible experiences I had with your team both on and off the ice. My responsibilities for the tournament included maintaining team security as well as overseeing all locker rooms. While there were teams there from across the country, PC stood out as having the classiest athletes and coaches of them all. In a time when teens so often are lambasted for their behavior, PC should take great pride in the future leaders they are producing. Every single person associated with the PC Hockey program that was present carried themselves with complete dignity, confidence, and class. As PC moves forward from this incredibly successful week, let me wish you nothing but the best. PC is obviously a world-class organization raising world-class people and I am a better person for having interacted with them.


Editor's Note: The Providence Catholic Hockey Players have an excellent role model from which to learn class as evidenced by Head Coach Nick Iaciancio's thank you letter to AHAI after participating in USA Hockey's High School Nationals. Click HERE to read Coach Iaciancio's letter.

AHAI Mite ADM Program: A Unique Opportunity for '06 and '07 Birth Years!
Registration Will Open June 1, 2014 ~ Stay Tuned!

This coming Fall season AHAI is offering the AHAI Mite American Development Model (ADM) Program as a unique opportunity for 7 and 8 year-old mite players. The AHAI Mite ADM Program will be administered by the four AAA Tier I Organizations (Fury, Chicago Young Americans, Mission and Team Illinois) and will offer a 25-week development program run by the Tier I coaches. Participants will be evaluated in late August and 44 players will be selected per Tier I organization. These skaters will be trained under a strict and fully compliant ADM development structure consisting of station-based skills practices, small-area games, and half-ice hockey games. Each player in the program will be tested before, during, and after the season. Players and parents choosing this Mite ADM option will agree not to participate in full-ice hockey games during the program. Each group of 44 players will be broken down into four teams and will play games each weekend against the other AAA organizations in Illinois. No full-ice games will be played or allowed by these skaters. If a skater does not make a team, they can return to their local association for September 1st tryouts or evaluations.

2014 AHAI Player Development - Identification Tryout Camp Concludes
By Doug Becht, AHAI Player Development Chairman

The 2014 Amateur Hockey Association Player Development/Identification Tryout Camp concluded the weekend of April 11, 2014.  As determined by the ranking process which started in January, the Head Coaches of Tier I, Tier II and High School Varsity teams assembled the top Illinois players in the 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 birth years for this Player Development Camp. The players who participated should be very proud of their accomplishments as only 36 Forwards, 24 Defensemen and 8 goalies were selected per birth year to participate in this AHAI Player Development Camp.


The camp started on Friday night with a position specific "practice". This was followed by a total of 3 games per birth year for the players to compete in, which were held on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday morning, April 12th, prior to the players' first game, we brought U17 Head Coach, Don Granato, from USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP) to deliver an important message about the impact of a players' off-ice character, conduct and appearance (both personally and in social media) which will play a role in their potential advancement. 




Click HERE for a list of players receiving an invitation to attend the Central District Player Development Camps/Festivals.


Illinois Captures America's Showcase Title for 2nd Consecutive Year!
By Terry Stasica

Illinois and California met in the Championship Game on Monday morning. After a scoreless first period, California opened the scoring early in the second, but Illinois would go on to score four unanswered goals (Kellner from Ernst, Brandau from Cappuccitti and Nelson, Dillman from Trapp and Brandau and Harris from Kellner and Ernst) to win the game 4 to 1. Junge in net faced 21 shots. Look for a full wrap-up of Team Illinois' road to victory in the next issue of SNAPSHOT!

Team Central Claims America's Showcase Championship...Again!

Congratulations Team Central on claiming the America's Showcase Championship for the 2nd Consecutive Year!

Natalie Warnes, Junior at Lake Forest Academy
Gabrielle Mejia, Senior at William H. Taft High School 
Jadie Mercille, Junior at Columbia High School 
Logan Harper, Junior at Carmel Catholic High School
Reagan Lynn, Sophomore at Lane Tech High School 
Kirstin LaBelle, Junior at Nazareth Academy

Over 200 Illinois Young Men & Women Roster to D1& D3 College Teams
Special to SNAPSHOT

We often read about the Illinois kids who move on within the USA Hockey system. While their accomplishments are worth the praise, there are many more Illinois hockey players that enter the ranks of Division 1 and Division 3 college hockey that sometimes go unnoticed. AHAI has compiled a list, based on the rosters posted on USCHO.com, of all our young Men and Women who played NCAA Division 1 and Division 3 hockey this past season. In fact two of these players, Alex Sakellaropoulos and Theo DiPauli, recently won the NCAA Frozen Four with Union College. George Malliaras and Pijus Rulevicius won the Men's Division 3 Championship with St. Norbert's and Jenny Kistner and Giovanna Senese won the Women's Division 3 title with Plattsburgh. Illinois boasts 58 Division 1 Men's players, 25 Division 1 Women's players, 73 Men's Division 3 players and 50 Women's Division 3 players. It is worth noting that some of our Illinois Women were part of the Olympic team this season and did not play with their respective colleges. Congratulations to all those rostered this year.






Editor's Note: All rosters were pulled from the USCHO.com website, the pre-eminent college hockey site.
Don Granato Selected as Asst. Coach for 2015 U.S. National Junior Team
By USA Hockey

Don Granato (Downers Grove, Ill.) will serve as an assistant coach on his first U.S. National Junior Team. Granato is currently in his third season as a head coach ...for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He directed the U.S. National Under-17 Team in 2013-14. Last season, he led the U.S. National Under-18 Team to the silver medal at the 2013 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championship. Granato also has coaching experience at the NHL, AHL, ECHL and USHL levels. Granato won an NCAA national title as a player at the University of Wisconsin, where he was a teammate of Osiecki from 1987-90.
Meet Bud Monaco, Officials' Category
Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHF) Bio Series

Bud Monaco has been a referee for the past 40 years. He's officiated games at every level imaginable - from the mites leagues, to the AAA midget level elite league, as well as Chicago area high school hockey leagues - and even a league called the Continental Hockey League, which was popular in the 70's and 80's and was made up of former semipro players. 


Monaco has refereed many contests all around the Midwest, but his home base has been the Chicago area, where he is considered one of the most knowledgeable and respected officials. Recently, Monaco decided to hang up his whistle, striped shirt and skates, and retire from officiating. 



How Parents (and Their Lawyers) Are Killing Minor Hockey
Inside the Madness that Is Driving Kids, Volunteers and Referees Out of Canada's Game

Kasey Dennis is a rarity among minor hockey parents, not because she loses her temper, but because she admits it. "It's the adrenalin," says Dennis, whose nine-year-old son, Evan, plays for the Winter Hawks, a minor atom AA team from Innisfil, Ont. "It's a team sport. You want them to win. You get caught up in the moment, and I'm the type of person who doesn't take stuff sitting down." She recalls an incident last season that brought her as close as she's been to physical confrontation at a children's sporting event. The Hawks were playing a tournament game in Richmond Hill, Ont. She could hear parents of players on the opposing team calling to their youngsters. "Take 'em out!" they were saying.

BMO Harris Bank Player, Coach & Volunteer of the Month Recipients
This season BMO Harris Bank, in partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks, is honoring one youth hockey coach, youth hockey player and youth hockey volunteer each month for outstanding achievements both on the ice and in their communities. Each candidate was nominated by teammates, coaches, family or friends through the Chicago Blackhawks' website and chosen by an amateur hockey committee. AHAI congratulates the following recipients on this honor, and celebrates their achievements both on and off the ice. 
Evan Torbica - Midwest Blackbirds

Brian Cafarelli - Champaign Urbana Chiefs

Jill Hall, Chicago Bulldogs

Left to Right: Zach Lazar, Regional Marketing President of BMO Harris Bank, Jill Hall (Volunteer of Month), Evan Torbica (Player of Month), Brian Cafarelli (Coach of the Month) and Annie Camins of the Chicago Blackhawks

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