Volume 2 Issue 13
October 29, 2014
In This Issue



Congratulations Aurelio P. Garcia! He and his son, who plays for the Canlan YHL Mite Program, were the winners of two tickets to see the Hawks vs. Jets on Sunday, November 2!
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! 

 

MISS COLLEGE NIGHT? CHECK OUT OUR COLLEGE NIGHT TAB ON AHAIENEWS.COM

Were you unable to attend AHAI's College Night Seminar: Opportunities in Hockey after High School?

 

We have Mike Mullally of AHAI, Doug Christiansen of the USHL and Kyle Lawson of College Hockey Inc.'s power point presentations uploaded to ahaienews.com on our College Night tab (located under "AHAI Programs") in an easy to view slide show format. You will also find a contact list for all the organizations that were in attendance at our first ever "Hockey Fair" as well as helpful links to the NCAA, ACHA, USHL, NAHL and NA3HL websites to name a few. Additionally, for the first time, AHAI filmed the presentation portion of College Night in it's entirety, which can be found on AHAI's YouTube page. Overall the evening was a great success and AHAI hopes to further expand the "Hockey Fair" for next year's College Night; mark your calendars for October 12, 2015.

AHAI HIGH PERFORMANCE CEP CLINIC
ADMIRALS HOCKEY CLUB PLAYS HOST TO USA HOCKEY & AHAI COACHES AT 1ST EVER AHAI HIGH PERFORMANCE CEP CLINIC

 

On Saturday, October 25, 50 coaches converged on Center Ice of DuPage for AHAI's High Performance Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinic. Hosted by the Admirals Hockey Club, a USA Hockey Model Association, the AHAI High Performance CEP clinic was the first of its kind held in Illinois.

 

USA Hockey delivered several hours of updated content focusing on the American Development Model (ADM) from Mites through Midgets. As part of the instruction, the coaches watched as 35+ Squirts and PeeWees took the ice for a spirited station-based practice followed by cross-ice scrimmages. Ken Martel, Bob Mancini, Scott Paluch, and Michelle Amidon (all USA Hockey ADM staff) led the clinic as they discussed what the ADM is at each age level from U8 to U18. The smaller size class allowed for much more sharing of ideas and information among the coaches and USA Hockey staff.

 

Prior to the AHAI High Performance CEP Clinic on Saturday, USA Hockey conducted practices, coaching sessions, and parent meetings with the Admirals Hockey Club. As a USA Hockey Model Association, the Admirals enjoy the benefits of working closely with USA Hockey and its staff of professionals to implement the ADM at their club. WATCH VIDEO>>

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ASK AHAI & ASK THE COACH
ASK AHAI

QUESTION: I am a new manager of a High School team and I heard there is a consequence for playing too many games either up or down.  I don't want to make a mistake. Can you explain this to me and point me to the rule in the AHAI Guide?

ANSWER:  I am glad you asked that question.  It is a question many have but few seem to ask.  It is really pretty simple; there are basically 5 steps (Rules & Regulations: Article I, Section C, Items 11 and 12).

1. Split or "Cut" the players into Varsity OR JV (mark all Varsity players with a "V") on their rosters. READ MORE>>

ASK THE COACH

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

ANSWER: The information is located on the USA Hockey website. Click HERE for instructions on how to transfer clinics or obtain a refund.


QUESTIONS? CLICK HERE TO ASK AHAI OR CLICK HERE TO ASK THE COACH
AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
2015 YOUTH STATE TOURNAMENT DATES


 2015 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DATES


GIRLS' CENTRAL DISTRICT DATES


DATE CHANGES FOR ADULT STATE TOURNAMENT 
In order to avoid Easter Sunday, Passover and Good Friday the Men's and Women's AHAI Adult State Tournament Dates have been changed to April 9-12, 2015. The AHAI Adult Committee would also like to welcome Melanie Sodko, goaltender of #1 MsConduct, to the Adult Committee!
AHAI IS NOW PARTICIPATING IN HOWIES AFFILIATE PROGRAM

AHAI is now a member of Howies Hockey Tape Affiliate Program. Any sales made to customers who have clicked on the Howies logo in SNAPSHOT or on the AHAI or AHAIeNews Websites will earn AHAI a 10% commission. All monies received from AHAI's participation in Howies Affiliate Program will be donated directly to the Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey Club, which is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey. READ MORE>>

PHOTO OF THE MONTH 
FACEBOOK T-SHIRT CONTEST

Submit photos of your players' wicked slapshots, great saves, awesome Halloween hockey pumpkins and costumes or of your kids just plain having fun playing hockey to AHAI's Facebook Photo of the Month contest. Send photos to Gretchen Cockey at gretchen@ahai2.org and please include a caption with players' first names, your organization or club, and playing level. ALL photos will be posted on AHAI's Facebook Page, but 3 lucky photos will be featured in AHAI's newsletter, SNAPSHOT, and receive an awesome new AHAI/Howies Hockey Tape T-shirt. MORE DETAILS>>

ONE TIMERS
What is AHAI? New Parent Video Just Released READ NOW >>
Hockey Leads in NCAA Grad Rate READ NOW >>
Oh Behave! Can't You See the Signs? READ NOW >>
Top 10 Hockey Superstitions & Traditions READ NOW >>
How Chicago Is Diversifying Youth Hockey READ NOW >>
It's Not Just Words: 10 Smart Word Choices of Smart Athletes READ NOW >>
COACHING NEWS & INFORMATION
DISABLED CEP CLINIC

A Disabled CEP will be offered for the first time in Chicago on Saturday, November 1, 2014. If you are a Coach or a Junior Coach of any Special Needs or Sled Programs you are not only eligible, but highly encouraged to attend this FREE Clinic! Click HERE for more information.

2014-15 CEP CLINIC SCHEDULE
AHAI is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014-15 Coaching Education Program (CEP) Clinics. Online registration to attend a CEP Clinic is now open. Click HERE for full CEP Clinic schedule. Click HERE to register.
YOU MAKE THE CALL ~ BY IHOA'S DAVE ZEDNIK
CONSIDER THIS: What criteria should be used when determining whether to assess a minor and a misconduct penalty, a major and game misconduct penalty or a match penalty for Checking from Behind?

 

ANSWER: The minor plus misconduct penalty must be assessed in the following situations:

 

(1) A player, in an attempt to catch an opponent who is skating ahead of him and not near the boards, pushes the opponent from behind, causing him to fall to the ice.

 

(2) A player makes minimal body contact from behind to an opponent who is in close proximity to him, and board contact is made. This check should be called as a minor and a misconduct as the result of this "pinch" against the boards from behind. READ MORE>>

 HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY WITH ROSS FORMAN
STEVENSON'S JOHNNY DAUL
By Ross Forman ~ Johnny Daul has a love for hockey, a passion to be playing and representing his high school. And through his puck play, he gets to "show the younger guys how to make solid choices," he said. Clearly, Daul skates for all the right reasons. Daul, 18, who lives in suburban Kildeer, is a left-handed shooting left wing for the Stevenson High School JV. Yes, he's a senior on JV, his third season on the Patriots' JV team. "There are pros and cons to making any team; I just try to focus on the positives of the team that I am on today, (and) there are a lot of those," said Daul, undecided on college for next fall, though he's planning to major in business. READ MORE>>
AROUND THE RINK
By Ross Forman ~ Benet scored one of the most impressive wins in team history on Oct. 18, trouncing two-time defending state champion New Trier Green, 6-2, at Seven Brides Ice Arena in Woodridge ... Barrington took the ice Oct. 18 in Lincolnwood with the weight of a five-game losing streak.  When the final horn sounded, the Broncos had defeated Loyola Gold, 3-2.  And a few nights later, Barrington slipped past co-op Rockford, 7-6.  Both were overtime wins ... Brother Rice defeated Lemont 5-2 in Oak Lawn on Oct. 16, anchored by 2 goals each from Frank Minicino and Brett Bagus. The win pushed the Crusaders to a 5-0 mark in the Illinois Suburban Hockey League. READ MORE>>
ILLINOIS PLAYERS IN THE NEWS
IL BOASTS 4 PLAYERS ON U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Megan Bozek of Buffalo Grove

Mikaela Gardner of Plainfield

Alyssa Gorecki of  Monee

Sophie Skarzynski of Lake Forest

 

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VIDEO: STRANGER'S KINDNESS HELPS SAVE YOUNG HOCKEY PLAYER'S LIFE

A small act of kindness. A stranger steps in and changes the course for a young hockey player- near death after collapsing in front of his teammates. This is a story about heart, getting involved and saving a life. 

 

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WILMETTE TEAM INSPIRED TO VOLUNTEER

Last month SNAPSHOT published an article on Chicago Fury's U14, Julia Sinople. She is to be featured in USA Hockey Magazine in November for her dedication to serving those in her community. SNAPSHOT recently learned that her story has inspired other Illinois teams to volunteer their time and talents during the upcoming Holiday Season. READ MORE>> 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NEWS
BLACKHAWKS LAUNCH "G.O.A.L." PROGRAM

By Spencer Montgomery

 Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey Coordinator

On Saturday October 25th, The Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey Department hosted a welcoming and training event at the United Center for Chicago Public School P.E teachers and Principals. The event served as a launching point for the new G.O.A.L. (Get Out and Learn) program. The objective is to introduce the game of hockey to as many students as possible while also supplementing Chicago Public Schools' 30-20-10 wellness and fitness initiative. CPS representatives went through hockey training, learned about G.O.A.L, and received a locker room tour. READ MORE>>

AN OPPORTUNITY TO SKATE WITH LEGENDARY BLACKHAWK ALUMNI
Join us for the 2014 Skate with the Greats on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Bobby Hull Community Rink in Cicero! The afternoon will include fans skating with Blackhawks legends from the past and former Blackhawk greats such as Cliff Koroll, Eric Daze, Murray Bannerman, Reggie Kerr, Dave Mackey, Phil Russell, Rocky Saganiuk, Steve Dubinsky, Troy Murray, Brian Noonan, Grant Mulvey and Peter Marsh. Get autographs from Andrew Shaw and Kris Versteeg. Tickets are $100 for adults and $75 for children 12 years old or younger. Each ticket will provide attendees a 30-minute skate and a 30-minute autograph session. Fans may bring their own skates or can rent skates at the event. FULL DETAILS & TICKET INFORMATION>>
NHL HISTORY MADE SUNDAY NIGHT: HAWKS VS. SENATORS

NHL history was made when the puck dropped at 6pm at the United Center on Sunday, October 26. Two Illinois born goaltenders, Scott Darling (Lemont) and Craig Anderson (Park Ridge) were charged with minding their respective nets during the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Ottawa Senators game Sunday evening. The Blackhawks and Darling ultimately claimed a 2-1 victory over the Senators. Oddly enough...the last Chicagoan to mind the net for the Blackhawks? Anderson, who stopped 43 of the 45 shots on goal Sunday night. Darling made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks after being recalled from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) on Tuesday, October 21. READ MORE>>

 

STINKY HOCKEY GEAR VIDEO CONTEST! ENTER TODAY!
YOUR STINKY HOCKEY GEAR COULD BE
YOUR TICKET TO SEE THE HAWKS!

We know stinky hockey gear and bags are a great sense of pride for most hockey players. Heck, Jack O'Callahan, part of the "Miracle On Ice" 1980 US Olympic team that upset the mighty Russians, once wrote in an e-mail. "It's like the line in 'Apocalypse Now,' modified a bit: 'I love the smell of my stinky hockey bag in the morning. It smells like Victory.'" We also know that Mom does NOT feel the same! So...we challenge you to send us your funniest video proving why you have the stinkiest hockey bag in Illinois! One smelly winner will receive:

2 tickets (Section 311; Row 12) to Hawks vs. Stars game on Sunday, November 16 at 6pm

1 super cool AHAI/Howies Hockey Tape T-shirt

Ultimate Hockey Fan Equipment Dryer courtesy of B&R Sports

2 Bottles of ReVitalyze to help keep your gear smelling like Fresh Linen


Click HERE for Instructions on How to Enter!


 TWO CAN'T MISS EVENTS!

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