Volume 2 Issue 8
August 20, 2014
In This Issue
Tier II Two 
Choice Substitution Application Process
The application process for Tier II Two Choice Substitutions is now open through October 15, 2014. Questions? Contact AHAI Tier II Chairman, Gregg Chudacoff.

ILLINOIS HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
SEEKING NOMINATIONS
IHHF SEEKING NOMINATIONS
FOR CLASS OF 2014


The Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame (IHHF) is seeking nominations of qualified individuals to be enshrined into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame for the Class of 2014. The IHHF was established to recognize and honor the tremendous contributions of individuals who, through their dedication and tireless efforts, helped to pave the way for the future generations of kids to enjoy the great sport of ice hockey. The mission statement of the IHHF is: "To honor the excellence of those individuals who, through their exceptional endeavors both on and off the ice, have contributed in an extraordinary way to enhance the sport and image of hockey in Illinois." The IHHF Induction Selection Committee consists of all of the living, past, and present presidents of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois.

 

Click HERE for Nomination Qualifications & Procedures. If you know of someone who meets the criteria set forth in the IHHF Qualification & Procedures, you are encouraged to click HERE for Nomination Form. To view past inductees click HERE.

 

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AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
ASK AHAI

QUESTION: I know of a High School player who lived in one school district, but attended a private school and played for another team. He is now being home-schooled; what team can he play for and what are the rules regarding players that are home-schooled?

ANSWER: Actually, if I understand your question, there are two issues here:

 

1. A player lived in one school district, but attended a private school. This is really about what school the player attends. If the player is a full time student at a given school then he is eligible to play hockey for that school, or the combination of schools to which the attended school is assigned (combinations are approved according to AHAI High School rules). For example, if a player lives in Northbrook (Glenbrook North High School District), but attends Loyola High School full time, he is only eligible to play for Loyola High School. READ MORE>>

  

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ASK THE COACH

QUESTION: I registered for an AHAI CEP Clinic, but now due to a family emergency I need to transfer to another clinic date. How do I get this done?

ANSWER: Please go to USA Hockey's website and visit the "Coaching Clinics" tab or click HERE for USA Hockey's refund/transfer policy.

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BELLS, WHISTLES & PROMISES:
20 Things to Look For in a Youth Sports Organization - By USA Hockey.com

Flashy new jerseys, high-end equipment, long-distance traveling opportunities, premier competition and "guaranteed results." There are many promises and bells and whistles out there when it comes to youth sports organizations, no matter the age level.  "People are 'selling the dream' to parents in many ways," USA Hockey Coaching Coordinator Matt Cunningham said. "Many of which are unethical to downright sleazy. I think parents have to do research and look at results and past performance; see what the motives really are." It's good to have options. But which organizations and associations are right for your family? Cunningham and United States Olympic Committee Director of Coaching Chris Snyder help parents find the best fit. READ MORE>>
TIER WHAT? HELP!
What Level Should My Child Play?

Tier I (Open hockey): Designed for the top players at each age group (second year Squirt to Midget Major 18U). The average cost to play per season ranges from $4500 - $8000 plus travel expenses. Travel is generally twice a month and anywhere in the United States. Selected in the summer, Tier I teams play in the Tier I Elite League or the High Performance hockey League.

 

Tier II (Club Travel Hockey): Designed as geographically based "travel" hockey, the average cost to play ranges from $2500 to $5000 plus travel expenses.  Most Tier II Travel Clubs participate in 1 or 2 out of state tournaments. AHAI divides Tier II into two levels:  AA - The Clubs 1st team at an age level and A - All other teams for that club at an age level. READ MORE>>

CONCUSSION AWARENESS

Free Baseline Testing is now available through November 30, 2014 for all AHAI members aged 13-18. Every athlete who completes a baseline test this year will be entered to win an official Chicago Blackhawks Jersey signed by Patrick Kane!

 

Click HERE to register now!

 

COACHING NEWS & INFORMATION
 CEP HIGH PERFORMANCE CLINIC
The Admirals, an Illinois ADM Model Youth Hockey Association, will host a High Performance Clinic that will feature USA Hockey's national level speakers, Michele Amidon, Bob Mancini and Scott Paluch and focus on player development and effective in-depth age appropriate practice for ALL age groups (8U through 16U). The High Performance Clinic will be held on Saturday, October 25 at Center Ice of DuPage from 8am to 4pm. Clinic fee is $40 and includes lunch. Click HERE for detailed clinic information and registration. Contact Paul Jakubowski with any questions.
CENTRAL DISTRICT LEVEL 4 CLINIC

The USA Hockey Level 4 Coaching Clinic for the Central District will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014 at the Renaissance Hotel located in Schaumburg, Illinois. Topics will include Offensive and Defensive Player Development, Special Teams, Ethics, ADM, Teambuilding, Goaltending, Small Games, Bench Management, Practice Efficiency, Off-Ice Development. The cost is $220.00 which includes Clinic Materials, Coaches Gifts, Door Prizes, Lunch on Saturday and a Reception on Saturday Night. Click HERE to register. For more information, please contact Doug Dietz.
2014-15 CEP CLINIC SCHEDULE

AHAI is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014-15 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics. USA Hockey and the Coaching Education Program require both certification and registration in order to be eligible to coach; therefore, all coaches should ensure that they have met these requirements to be behind the bench for the upcoming season. Online registration to attend a CEP Clinic is now open. Click HERE for full CEP Clinic schedule. Click HERE to register.
USA HOCKEY'S MOBILE COACH APP

 

Take USA Hockey's coaching materials to the rink, on the road or wherever else you wish with the USA Hockey Mobile Coach featuring Practice Plans, Small-Area Games, Dryland Training, Goaltending Drills & Videos, Body Contact Instruction, USA Hockey Manuals, Skills and Drills Videos, Custom Practice Plans and much more! READ MORE>>

ILLINOIS PLAYERS IN THE NEWS
U.S. UNDER-17 NATIONAL TEAM
Forwards Clayton Keller of Swansea and James Sanchez of Northbrook were recently rostered to the 2014-15 U.S. Under-17 National Team. READ MORE>
U.S. WOMEN'S UNDER-18 SELECT
Forwards Alyssa Gorecki of Monee and Sophie Skarzynski of Lake Forest have been rostered to the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team. READ MORE>
U.S. UNDER-18 NATIONAL TEAM
Forwards Mike Floodstand of Hinsdale and Christian Fischer of Wayne were rostered to the 2014-15 U.S. Under-18 National Team. READ MORE>
PATRICK KANE SURPRISES ST. JUDE KNIGHTS
Patrick Kane recently teamed up with Gatorade to renovate a locker room at Southwest Ice Arena in Crestwood, Illinois. Members of the St. Jude Knights - a nonprofit youth hockey organization with multiple teams - were in the locker room as Kane entered. As reported by the Southtown Star, the two-time Stanley Cup champion was just as nervous as the kids he had just surprised. "I was nervous because I thought they wouldn't know who I was," Kane said. "When I walked in, obviously, they were pretty excited. They probably were shocked a pro athlete would show up here." Danny Reardon, 13, of Oak Lawn, is an alternate captain with the Knights. "This is amazing. This is the best thing I've seen in my life," Danny said. "I couldn't think of anything because my brain flatlined."
USA HOCKEY NEWS
2014 DISABLED HOCKEY WORKSHOP ANNOUNCED

The 2014 Disabled Hockey Workshop will be October 3-5 in Washington, DC. New and existing program administrators from around the country will come together for a weekend of educational sessions and networking. The best part is that the workshop is FREE! Participants will be responsible for transportation and hotel cost, but the actual educational sessions will be covered by the USA Hockey Disabled Hockey Section. This year the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will play an exhibition game with the USA Warriors program. In addition, there will be a lunch with keynote speaker on Saturday. MORE DETAILS>>

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NEWS
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 3v3 HOCKEY SERIES CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to The Chicago Blackhawks 3v3 Hockey Series Tournament Champions. The 3v3 Tournament took place Friday, August 15 through Saturday, August 16 at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge. Click HERE to view full-size photos, and check out AHAI's Facebook Page for even more tournament photos.


HurriKanes - Mite House

H2 Hockey - Mite Travel

Titans - Squirt Division

Chicago Young Pucks
Pee Wee Division



Tomahawks
Bantam Division
JUNIORHAWKS & INTERMISSION RELAY RACE/SHOOTOUT DATE REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN!

If you have a Mite or Squirt team within your organization who would like to skate on the ice at the United Center, you will need to fill out a lottery form on our website. Last season alone, 42 clubs were able to showcase their talents on our ice. Don't miss out on your opportunity to play here in 2014-15!

 

JuniorHawks presented by Meijer

The JuniorHawks program provides an experience to skate on the same ice surface as the Chicago Blackhawks. Teams will receive an 80-minute ice slot, typically four hours prior to a Blackhawks home game. All players will also receive a Blackhawks practice jersey to wear during the game and take home! Click HERE for more information.

 

Intermission Relay Race/Shootout

The Intermission Relay Race or Shootout takes place in front of 20,000 fans during the first intermission of our home games.  Teams consisting of 10 skaters and 2 goalies will wear their club jerseys on the ice during this once in a lifetime opportunity. Click HERE for more information. If you have questions, please call Matt Brooks at 312-455-7039 or email at mbrooks@chicagoblackhawks.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS
NORTHSHORE UNIVERSITY HEALTHSYSTEM PRESENTS A FREE SYMPOSIUM: "KEEPING YOUNG HOCKEY PLAYERS HEALTHY"


NorthShore University Health System is presenting a FREE symposium titled "Keeping Young Hockey Players Healthy." This symposium will feature experts in sports medicine presenting on nutrition, concussion awareness, common hockey injuries, and injury evaluations/return-to-play considerations. All attendees will be entered to win an official Chicago Blackhawks hockey stick signed by the team! Click HERE to register for this FREE event. Questions? Contact Donna Brown at 847.570.2830 or dbrown@northshore.org

 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

7:00pm to 8:30pm

New Trier High School - Room C234

Happ Road, Northfield, IL

ENTER TO WIN!
ENTER TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF MICHAEL BETCHERMAN'S LATEST HOCKEY THRILLER, FACE-OFF!
Michael Betcherman, award winning author of Breakaway, captivates hockey enthusiasts again in his second novel, Face-Off, which has just been released in the United States. Enter to win a signed copy of Face-Off! Contest ends on Friday, August 29. Winners will be notified by email and announced in the September 3rd edition of AHAI's e-newsletter, SNAPSHOT.
 

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