Volume 2 Issue 15
November 26, 2014
In This Issue
IMPORTANT DATES
State Tournament Dates,
Exemption, Registration & Liaisons' Meeting Dates
2015 Adult State Tournament Dates
2015 Girls' Dates
National Championships
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Two (2) 300 Level Tickets to the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild Game on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

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 8U 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. This event is for 8U only (7 and 8 year olds) and teams that are registered with AHAI/USA hockey. Teams can register by sending an email to miteADM@ahai2.org. Include in that email the club name, team name, level at which team currently plays, a contact person and their name and email. Clearly indicate if the team is in a league and what level they play at in that league. READ MORE>>

NOVEMBER PHOTO OF THE MONTH WINNERS
With over 30,000 votes cast, the Top 5 Photos for November have been selected! Congratulations to our winners! Click HERE to view our 20 Finalists and visit AHAI's Facebook Page to see all photos submitted in November!


1st Place
Grace Garrett ~ St. Jude Knights U12

2nd Place
Jaguar Mites


3rd Place
Emily Wissemes ~ Fury U14

4th Place
Mandi Granato ~ Fury U14

5th Place
Sean Guerin - Bruins PW Gold

IT'S TIME FOR DECEMBER'S 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. Deadline for the December Photo of the Month is Monday, December 15. We will select 10 finalists; YOUR votes will select the top 3! Voting will be conducted December 17 through 21; winners will be contacted via email and announced in the December 24th issue of SNAPSHOT! Good Luck!

AHAI NEWS & INFORMATION
IMPORTANT AHAI/IHOA SCREENING PROGRAM INFORMATION

Anyone recently fingerprinted through the AHAI/IHOA Screening Program whose Authorization to Release Information Form and WHITE copy of AHAI Screening Program Receipt that was NOT collected at the fingerprint location, please mail these forms directly to: Sports Chek, Ltd., P.O. Box 7025, Algonquin, IL 60102-7025.

IHHF INDUCTION DINNER

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. 

 

The IHHF Induction Dinner will be held in their honor on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the Belvedere Banquet Hall. Tickets are available by contacting Norm Spiegel at 847.269.2922 or e-mail Norm at jacole@comcast.netFor additional information, please click HERE. See you there!

IHHF BIO SERIES: NED FORSBERG

Ned Forsberg grew up in Winnetka and attended New Trier High School. Although he skated at local park district outdoor rinks in the winter as a youth, he graduated from high school some years before the Winnetka Ice Arena was constructed. Accordingly, he never played organized hockey while growing up. After graduating from New Trier, Ned attended Northwestern University and graduated with a major in accounting. It was at NU that he met his wife, Linda. They married in September of 1970, moved to Wilmette shortly thereafter and then to Kenilworth in the spring of 1975. READ MORE>>


Now that we're almost into December, it's time to focus on the Holiday Season. But what do you give the hockey player, coach or fan who has everything? What possibly could someone unearth that hasn't already been given? Click HERE...and Happy Holidays!
COACHING NEWS & INFORMATION
ASK THE COACH

QUESTION: I have received emails from AHAI that remind me that I have not yet taken a required Age Specific Module. I have since taken that missing Module, but I am still getting emails from AHAI telling me I will be suspended if I do not take it. What should I do?

 

ANSWER: The alerts that are being sent out are based on the most current information that we have received when each of the organizations have sent an update to the AHAI Webtool. If you have already taken an Age Specific Module, a CEP Clinic or done an online Level 3 Re-cert and you are still being notified by AHAI to do so, please ask your Club's Registrar to do an update. For the information to get into our database and onto the roster, the local organization Registrar must go into their USAH Registry program and sync at least once, then they must send an update to the AHAI Webtool. This will get the information into our database and be reflected on the rosters.  If your Registrar is uncertain how to do this, please contact Laura Johnson, the AHAI Registrar at registrar@ahai2.org for directions on how to do so.

 

Click HERE to Ask the Coach

ONE TIMERS
5 Keys to Starting Fast at Turkey Tourneys  READ NOW >>
Touching Tribute to Coach Gregg Lee READ NOW >>
"Miracle" Team to Host Fantasy Camp in Lake Placid READ NOW >>

Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey vs. Chicago Fury Charity Event  READ NOW >>

Skate with the Greats! READ NOW >>
IHOA NEWS & INFORMATION
LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 SEMINARS
ADDED IN DECEMBER

I hope this notice finds you healthy and enjoying your season thus far. I am pleased to announce that the Illinois Hockey Officials' Association (IHOA) added another seminar date for people who wish to become officials this year. IHOA added a new level 1 class as well as a level 2 class (returning officials) for Monday, December 22, 2014, at the Leafs Center in West Dundee. These seminars were added to accommodate additional demand for level 1 spots as well as make another date available for returning officials who may have missed one of the prior IHOA seminars. The seats available for the December 22 seminar are limited in number and are open on a first come first served basis. If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested in officiating this year please let them know about this added seminar. To register, please click HERE and follow the links for seminar registration. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

Michael Barrett

Illinois Referee-in-Chief/Supervisor of Officials

YOU MAKE THE CALL
BY DAVE ZEDNIK
CONSIDER THIS: A team has only one goalkeeper and he is injured during the course of the game and unable to continue. May any player take up the goalkeeper's position?

ANSWER: Yes. Rule References 206(b), 203(d) and Glossary.

 

In all games all teams are requested to have a substitute goalkeeper dressed and ready to play at the beginning of the game. In the case of a team having only one goalkeeper dressed and he becomes unable to play for any reason, the team must resume play immediately.

 

The team may elect:

(1) To play the remainder of the game using an extra "player," thereby having six players on the ice, none of whom are designated as a goalkeeper with goalkeeper's privileges and restrictions.

ATTENTION OFFICIALS: WE WANT YOUR FUNNY STORIES!
Illinois Officials, Jody Anderson, author of Hockey Moms Aren't Crazy and The Hockey Journal, is currently writing a new book featuring the trials, tribulations and amusing stories that go hand-in-hand with officiating and needs YOUR help! Send Jody your embarrassing, funny and/or behind the scene stories and you could be featured in her newest book! Please email your funny anecdotes to jody.anderson07@yahoo.com by July, 2015! AHAI hopes to see you in print soon!
 HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY
ROSS FORMAN'S HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY

Brothers Matt and Ryan Iaciancio have different paths to prepare for games. Matt, a senior center, spends time by himself and takes an ice bath. Ryan, a sophomore goalie, is always watching video tape of past games, whether he was playing in the game or just of his next opponent.

 

"Preparation is something that always helped me as a player and something I always talked about to them, but never really pushed them into it, but they really have adapted some good pre-game habits and it has been great to watch," said Nick Iaciancio, who doubles as Dad and Coach.

 

No one enjoys the true meaning of Thanksgiving more than the Iaciancio trio, which has helped build Providence Catholic into a state powerhouse and certainly a contender to skate for state next March at the United Center. Turkey and stuffing mix with slapshots and kick-saves for this family that lives in Tinley Park. READ MORE>>

BLACKHAWK ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Dear Illinois High School Hockey Player: we wanted to make you aware of a unique opportunity for all graduating Illinois High School Players. This is an annual scholarship which is provided by the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association to three Illinois High School hockey players.
 

The Alumni Association was formed in 1987 by former Blackhawk players (Stan Mikita, Keith Magnuson, Cliff Koroll, and many others) with one of the main goals being giving back to Illinois youth hockey, High School in particular. As a part of this charge, the Alumni awards three annual $5,000 scholarships (for 4 years) to "the most deserving high school hockey players" in the state. The selection process is determined not by talent, but by the following five criteria: Academics, Financial Need, Character, Community Service and Applicant Essay. READ MORE>>

HIGH SCHOOL 
HOLIDAY HOCKEY CLASSIC 

The best high school teams throughout the Midwest will compete in the 21st Annual Chicago Blackhawks Charities High School Hockey Classic, presented by Coca-Cola Zero and supported by Comcast Sportsnet which will take place at the Edge Ice Arena located at 735 Jefferson Street in Bensenville, Illinois from Friday, December 26, 2014 through Monday, December 29, 2014. This year's tournament will feature twenty (20) high school teams.

 

Tournament play will be a round robin format with the top six (6) teams in the "A" pool and the top two (2) teams from the "B" pool advancing to the playoff round. All Tournament proceeds benefit Chicago Blackhawks Charities which supports amateur hockey as well as underprivileged and abused children. We invite you to bring the family out to watch some exciting high school hockey action during this holiday season.

 

Tickets are available for this four day tournament at the Edge, $5.00 for students and $7.00 for adults with all proceeds supporting Chicago Blackhawk Charities. We invite you and your family to come out and watch some exciting high school hockey action! READ MORE FOR BRACKETS & SCHEDULE>>

THE CHICAGO CATHOLIC HOCKEY LEAGUE
The Chicago Catholic Hockey League (CCHL) is proud to announce its inaugural Player of the Month award to Providence Catholic's senior forward Matt Iaciancio. READ MORE>>
ILLINOIS PLAYERS IN THE NEWS
CHICAGO MISSION U16 & U19 BRING HOME CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2014 Girls' World Hockey Invite presented by Bauer showcased some of the best girls' hockey played in North America. One hundred forty (140) teams participated this year, making it the largest girls' tournament in the world, featuring the best players and coaches from the US and North America. Congratulations to the Chicago Mission Girls U16 and U19 Teams for capturing the Championship Title in their respective divisions.

 


Chicago Mission U16 AA Champions
Megan Wagner MVP

Chicago Mission U19AA Champions
Mikaela Gardner MVP

 

TOURNAMENT RESULTS FOR ILLINOIS TEAMS

MAX FINLEY TO REPRESENT USA IN 2015 WINTER DEAF OLYMPICS

NIU Hockey is proud to announce that D2 forward Max Finley has been selected to represent the USA in Men's Ice Hockey for the 2015 Winter Deaf Olympics. READ MORE>>

2014 U.S. JUNIOR SELECT TEAM
ANNOUNCED

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Seamus Malone of Naperville

Bobby Nardella of Rosemont

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS NEWS
BLACKHAWK TICKET OPPORTUNITY FOR AHAI MEMBERS

As part of our ongoing partnership with AHAI, the Blackhawks are pleased to offer AHAI members the opportunity to purchase Blackhawks tickets for select games during the second half of the 2014-15 season. Fans will receive $5 off of tickets purchased in the 300 level. An email will be sent out to all AHAI Members with a link and password on December 1, 2014 at 10am with instructions inside. You may purchase up to 4 tickets total (4 tickets to one game or 2 tickets to 2 games). If you have any questions, please contact Matt Brooks at 312-455-7039 or mbrooks@chicagoblackhawks.com.



HAWKEY DAY IN CICERO

Celebrate Hawkey Day in Cicero on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at the Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink! You can register for events such as a hockey game and a family or instructional skate, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Eddie Olczyk Award. MORE INFO>>

 

ADULT HOCKEY CLINICS

Presenting Adult Hockey Clinics by Coach Matt Smith at the brand new Iceland outdoor hockey rink in Niles!  Seventeen (17) weeks of hockey clinics for adults on Monday nights beginning November 17th 2014 and ending March 9th 2015. This great newly renovated outdoor rink is refrigerated with a rooftop and locker rooms. It is located adjacent to the Iceland indoor rink. MORE INFO>>

AHAI FAMILIES: SPORTS AUTHORITY HOLIDAY SAVINGS COMING TO YOUR EMAIL INBOX NEXT WEEK!
Check your inbox next week to receive your 20% Savings coupon! Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th all AHAI Players and Families will receive 20% OFF your entire purchase at your local Sports Authority store! Don't miss your chance to stock up on all holiday needs and any other sporting good needs you may have as the 20% savings is good on any purchase so you can stock up the whole family! Get your running shoes, fleeces and jackets for the cold weather, toys for the kids, and anything else you need to make your holiday complete!  Sports Authority looks forward to serving AHAI Players and Families!  Please note, the store will have copies of the coupon. Please be ready to show the email to a manager to receive the coupon. Sports Authority looks forward to serving you and Happy Holidays!

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