Volume 2 Issue 14
November 12, 2014
In This Issue
Important Dates
State Tournament Dates
2015 Adult State Tournament Dates
2015 Girls' Dates
National Championships
MID-SEASON CLASSIC: MITE CROSS-ICE TOURNAMENT AT THE UNITED CENTER

On December 28, USA Hockey and AHAI will take over the United Center for the Mid-Season Mite Cross-Ice Classic Tournament. AHAI Mite U8 teams will have the opportunity to participate in a cross-ice tournament that will include a minimum of 3 games, a championship, and lots of giveaways, including t-shirts and awards for the winners to name just a few. Participating teams will also get to watch a Chicago Blackhawks practice right in the middle of the tournament!

 

The United Center ice will be transformed into three ice surfaces with teams competing in three divisions: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The concourse will be hopping; concession stands will be open and lots of activities available between games. Due to the amount of United Center ice secured, there will be a limit of 6 teams at each level. Registration will open soon and will be announced in the next issue of SNAPSHOT. If part of your team is not available due to the holidays, you can create a tournament team from within your organization. Details will be sent to each AHAI mite U8 team once finalized.

 

This promises to be a "can't miss event"! With the support of USA Hockey and the Chicago Blackhawks, there is no doubt it will be a great day of hockey at the United Center.


STINKY HOCKEY GEAR VIDEO CONTEST
GRAND PRIZE WINNER

 

Congratulations go out to Josh Thomas, who plays on an in-house mite team at Canlan Ice Arena; he was the winner of AHAI's Stinky Hockey Gear Video Contest. Josh, and his dad, Tony Thomas, will get to watch the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Dallas Stars this Sunday at 6pm at the United Center. Josh also received an AHAI/Howies Hockey Tape T-shirt, 2 bottles of ReVitalize to keep his gear smelling like fresh linen and an Ultimate Hockey Fan Dryer courtesy of B&R Sports! Congrats again and enjoy the game! WATCH ALL VIDEOS>>

 

CONGRATS TO OUR RUNNERS-UP

"My Hockey Gear Stinks!"

Tyler Pruszewski

St. Jude PeeWee Gold A

"Stewie the Pug"

Scott Knusta 

St. Rita HS Varsity

Dylan Knusta

Chicago Jets PeeWee 1

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AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
COME HELP CELEBRATE THIS YEAR'S 
ILLINOIS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Illinois has a very long and rich hockey history due in large part to the foundation laid down by this year's Hall of Fame Inductees which include Builders Ray Berens, Derek Denoyer, Ned Forsberg and Rocky Wirtz; Players Lisa Chesson, Steve Cromie and John Murphy and Referees Sjoukje Brown and Jon Raslawski.

 

Joining us in honoring this special group of Inductees will be several past Inductees into the Hall of Fame. This year's Inductees, as well as past Inductees, have demonstrated through their actions over the years their personal commitment in making a difference in the lives of thousands of Illinois youth and in the Illinois hockey community.

 

The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honor on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall located at 1170 West Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village beginning at 5:00 pm. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847.269.2922 or e-mail Norm at jacole@comcast.net.

 

We encourage you and members of your hockey association to come out and join us in welcoming the Class of 2014 into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame. For additional information, please click HERE. See you there!

TIER II STATE TOURNAMENT INFO, DATES & LOCATIONS
The Illinois Tier II State Hockey Championships begin in early February with the Elimination Rounds and concludes with the Championship Games in all Divisions in early March. Please see below for upcoming dates regarding the Exemption Process, Registration and Liaison's Meeting. Questions? Contact Tier II Chairman, Gregg Chudacoff at 773.315.4973.

Exemption Process: December 6 - December 15, 2014
Registration: December 14, 2014 - January 8, 2015
Liaison's Meeting: January 21, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at The Edge Ice Arena

Click HERE for State Tournament Dates and Division Locations
REGISTRATION ENDS NOV. 30!

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! 

 

 

 

PHOTO OF THE MONTH CONTEST
Nearly 250 photos have aleady been submitted! Don't be left out! 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. Click HERE for more details. VIEW PHOTOS>>
GREGG LEE: MARCH 8, 1961 ~ NOVEMBER 8, 2014

The Chargers and Bolts families are saddened by the passing of Midget NIHL Coach Greg Lee. Gregg was the Midget NIHL coach for the Chargers the past 5 seasons. His teams won 2 League Championships and a 2nd place finish along with one Presidents' Cup Banner. Gregg also worked as a personal trainer for the Wheeling Park District. When Gregg wasn't at the rink or the gym, he spent his time with his daughter Jasmin on the golf course. Gregg will be deeply missed by the Illinois hockey community. READ MORE>>

ONE TIMERS
Over 200 Illinois Kids Try Hockey For Free READ NOW >>
Host Sites Announced for Toyota-USAH 2016 National Championships READ NOW >>
The Benefits of a Mirror Test READ NOW >>
Hockey Leads in NCAA Graduation Rate READ NOW >>
Play it Safe: Learn to Diagnose Common Injuries READ NOW >>
COACHING NEWS & INFORMATION
ASK THE COACH
QUESTION: My Level 3 is expired or expiring this December. What do I need to do?

ANSWER: You must complete the online Level 3 re-certification (Track 1 or Track 2) or attend a Level 4 clinic AND complete the online Age Specific Module for each age level you are coaching if not previously taken prior to December 31 of the current playing season. You can no longer attend another Level 3 clinic to recertify your Level 3 certification. Coaches of National Tournament Bound Tier I 14U, 16U, and 18/19U and Tier II 16U and 18/19U teams must complete Level 4 the first year they are able to do so. Mite (8 and Under) coaches may remain at their current level (even if it is expired) until they move to another age level of play. You can determine which recertification track by looking at your information on the online certification list. Click on your name and you will see your full information. If there is one Level 3, then you would complete Track 1. If there are two Level 3s, then you would complete Track 2. If there are three or more Level 3s, then you must attend a Level 4 clinic. Questions? Click HERE to Ask the Coach.
HIGH PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP:
GIRL'S/WOMEN'S SYMPOSIUM

A High Performance Workshop: Girl's/Women's Symposium will be held January 11-12, 2015 in Amherst, NY. This High Performance Workshop is a specialized clinic for coaching the female player ages 8U through 19U! 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.
 HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY WITH ROSS FORMAN
GOALIE SCOTT FOSTER TALLIES

By Ross Forman Scott Foster had that one moment on the ice he never will forget, one that certainly ranks among his most memorable hockey memories ever, and it added even more joy to New Trier White's 6-3 win over Deerfield on November 1 in a North Central Division game played in Buffalo Grove. Foster, 15, a sophomore who lives in Glencoe, is in his first varsity season after playing for the Trevians' JV team last season. Foster's White Trevians kicked off November with a road win. They led 2-0 after the first and 4-1 after two.  At 11:51 of the third period, Foster made it 5-1. Yes, Foster the goalie made it 5-1; he scored his first career goal as a netminder. READ MORE>>

AROUND THE RINK
By Ross Forman Bill Busby had 2 goals and an assist, while Michael DeSalvo chipped in 3 assists as BG/H/W stopped Highland Park 4-2 for a home victory. DeSalvo has 12 goals, 11 assists in his first 10 games played, while teammate Patrick Myers has 10 goals, 8 assists. DeSalvo also has 3 power play goals... Michael Cutro, a junior forward for Carmel Catholic, has 3 power play goals among his first 6 in league play ... Junior defenseman Tim Larue has 10 assists in his first 9 league games played.  CLS teammate Matt Kinker, a senior forward, has 10 goals in 9 games... READ MORE>>

IHSHL NORTH CENTRAL DIVISION NEWS

By Greg Mrofcza The first weekend of November capped the final weekend of preliminary seeding play for the IHSHL North Central Division and the final divisions have been determined. Varsity teams will now be formed into 2 main divisions: the Champions and the Sterling division. With six teams locked into the Champions division based on 2013 season performance, there were 5 spots open. Each spot was hotly contested with the final spot being decided on the last day of seeding play as Evanston defeated CFHS 8-5 with a 5 point effort from Rocco Matera (2G, 3A) to claim the last remaining spot in the Champions division. READ MORE>>

YOU MAKE THE CALL ~ BY IHOA'S DAVE ZEDNIK
CONSIDER THIS: A player who is about to come onto the ice plays the puck with his stick. However, that player has either one or both skates still on the bench. What penalty, if any, shall be assessed?

 

ANSWER: A minor penalty. Rule Reference 625(a.9). A player's skates must not be in contact with the bench in order for him to participate in the play. This ruling would apply whether or not the team has the correct number of players on the ice. In the case of a player entering or leaving the players' bench who intentionally plays the puck with one or both skates on the bench, the same ruling would apply. For previous You Make the Call articles, click HERE.

IHOA OFFICIALS DONATE TIME TO IL SPECIAL OLYMPICS STATE FLOOR HOCKEY TOURNEY

By Ross Forman The hockey action wasn't just intense and exciting on the ice November 8 when the annual Bauer World Invite circled around the area. The Illinois Special Olympics, also that Saturday held its State Floor Hockey at Northeastern Illinois University, one of nine state sports competitions. Many area ice officials volunteered their time to referee the games in their standard black and white striped jerseys, of course. "Your participation, talent and dedication made (the) tournament/event for the Illinois Special Olympics a huge success," said referee Jack Raslawski, who was joined at the event by his brother (Jon) and other family referees.  "It's all about the athletes and the game (and) I couldn't be prouder of you guys and your dedication." READ MORE>>

CENTRAL DISTRICT  INFORMATION
IMPORTANT CHANGES AND DATES FOR USAH & CENTRAL DISTRICT GIRLS' DEVELOPMENT CAMPS
Letter from Mary Ann Robinson, USAH Central District Representative
I want to apologize for the delay in getting this information out to everyone. USA Hockey is currently in the process of making some changes to the National Development Camp program, and like any change, in order to make them effective with the least amount of "hassle", it takes time. Please click HERE to read more about the upcoming changes to both the USA Hockey National Development Camp and Central District Development Camp as well as important dates for the 2014-15 season.
ILLINOIS PLAYERS IN THE NEWS
2014 BAUER WORLD INVITE: CYA BRINGS HOME 2002 ELITE CHAMPIONSHIP

The World Invite presented by Bauer is home to the largest youth ice hockey tournament in the world. This year 428 teams and 7,704 players competed in 959 games in over 25 rinks in the Chicago area.

 

The tournament kicked-off in grand style on Thursday, November 6 at Seven Bridges Ice Arena. An Opening Night Team Reception, sponsored in part by the Chicago Blackhawks, welcomed players and their families to Chicago while allowing them to try latest Bauer gear during the Bauer Experience and participate in skill competitions and interactive exhibits and booths.

 

TOURNAMENT RESULTS FOR ILLINOIS TEAMS

JACK McERLEAN
Jack McErlean, a member of the Providence Catholic High School hockey team, has been named a Finalist for Positive Coaching Alliance-Chicago's 5th Annual Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship. McErlean will be honored with 30 other local high school student-athletes for their accomplishments both on and off the field/ice during the Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship and Awards Dinner tonight. READ MORE>>
CHRISTIAN FISCHER
Members of the National Team Development Program wear Team USA jerseys throughout the season. But the red, white and blue sweaters carry special meaning during international play."It's the biggest honor to put on the jersey and play against other countries," forward Christian Fischer said. "Once you put it on and represent your country, you just can't describe the feeling. You are playing for pride." READ MORE>>
USAH SLED CLASSIC
The RIC Blackhawks, representing the Chicago Blackhawks, will be participating in the USA Hockey Sled Classic presented by the NHL. Brody Roybal and Kevin McKee from the USA National Sled team are on their roster, along with Erica Mitchell from the USA Women's National Sled team. READ MORE>>
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NEWS
BMO PLAYER, COACH & VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

 

Player of the Month

Claire Sammons - Sabre Hockey

 

Coach of the Month

Brian Boll - Northern Express

 

Volunteer of the Month

Emily Petersen

 

The Chicago Blackhawks and BMO Harris Bank are committed to honoring our hockey community by congratulating each month during the season, a Youth Hockey Player, Amateur Hockey Coach and a Hockey Volunteer. Click HERE for more information and nomination form.

 

Pictured left to right: Pam Piarowski-Senior Vice President Finance, BMO Financial Corporation, Grey Small-Oak Park River Forest player saved by Emily Petersen, Emily Petersen-Volunteer, IHOA, Claire Sammons-Player, Sabres Hockey Club, Brian Boll-Coach, Northern Express, Spencer Montgomery-Youth Hockey Coordinator, Annie Camins-Youth Hockey Director

BLACKHAWKS LAUNCH
COACHES CLUB

The Chicago Blackhawks have partnered with Ice Hockey Systems to launch the Chicago Blackhawks Coaches Club (CBCC), which offers coaches over 400 comprehensive animated drills and practice plans via computer, tablet or smart phone. CBCC membership benefits include exclusive tips from the Blackhawks coaching staff, behind-the-scenes videos of the Blackhawks practices and locker rooms and monthly Blackhawks ticket giveaways. Coaching videos will feature Head Coach Joel Quenneville, Assistant Coaches Mike Kitchen and Kevin Dineen, Goaltending Coach Jimmy Waite and Blackhawks Hall of Famer Denis Savard, in addition to guest college and youth hockey coaches; Blackhawks Strength and Conditioning Coach Paul Goodman will provide off-ice training tips. Additionally, members can submit questions to the Blackhawks coaching staff online via the Coaches Blog. Proceeds from the membership will benefit the Eddie Olczyk Award, which offers funding to youth hockey players in Illinois who may not have the means to play otherwise.
 


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