By Kim McCullough, MSc, YCS ~ I'm already seeing a disturbing pattern emerge with many of the girls' hockey players I am working with this season - and the regular season has just started. Whether during practices, games or off-ice training, every single day I hear players saying the most dangerous four-letter word in girls’ hockey - "can't." "I can't crossover that way". "I can't shoot a backhand". "I can't do push-ups". To be honest, "can't" is one of the most frustrating words to a coach. It's not that the players can't do the skills at all; they just can't do them as well as they would like to be able to quite yet. As soon as a player uses the word "can't," they are giving themselves permission to underachieve. After all, if they already know they can't do it, why even try? FULL ARTICLE>>
AHAI Moms had heir night, now it's your turn! Join the A Step aHead concussion program for a fun Dads' Night at the United Center on January, 18, 2017. Information on concussions, injury prevention and safe body checking will be presented. All of the dads will get to tour the Chicago Blackhawks locker room and weight room facilities. Four tickets to a Blackhawks game will be raffled off. This is a dads only event, no children. Click on the logo above to register for this FREE event.
On Thursday, December 22nd, NTGH held its annual Alumni Game. Click on the Multimedia tab for pictures.
The Blackhawk Alumni Association (BHAA) distributes college scholarships annually to the three most deserving high school hockey players. Awards are determined from a candidate's level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship, academic performance as well as the hockey talent of the individual. Recipients will receive an annual $7,500 scholarship over four years for a total of $30,000.
Applications will be available starting December 1st and must be completed online by going to www.blackhawkalumni.com. Fully completed applications including letter of recommendations, and scholar essays are due no later than 11:59 PM on February 1st. Original school transcripts may be requested. A selection committee from the Blackhawk Alumni Association (BHAA) will review all of the candidates and then select the three recipients.
Click on the link below for a recent North Shore Weekend article on Varsity captain Isabelle Sennett.
NOVEMBER CAPTAINS SPOTLIGHT
The Captain Spotlight is a youth hockey initiative that features four local high school hockey captains per month. These captains are invited to a Blackhawks game and are interviewed on the defining characteristics of what makes a good leader. Congratulations to Isabelle Sennett (New Trier), Zack Meeker (Marist), Jack Connolly (St. Ignatius) and Mark Young (St. Viator)! MEET THE CAPTAINS>>
In an effort to help control inappropriate spectator behavior, AHAI has implemented a rule regarding parent/spectator behavior.
Any time the on ice officials stop a game due to a spectator displaying disruptive or inappropriate behavior, the violator will receive a minimum mandatory 3 game suspension from that team's games, and may be subject to further disciplinary action. Click on the link below for more information.
In what has become a Homecoming weekend tradition, New Trier hockey players once again joined forces with the local communities in the fight against pediatric cancer. On Saturday, October 15th, players from the boys’ and girls’ teams spread out in Winnetka, Glencoe, Wilmette and Northfield to collect donations for the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Established in 1992 and named in memory of eight-year-old Barrett "Bear" Krupa, who died after a courageous five-and-a-half-year battle with Wilms Tumor, the Foundation’s mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. Through its “Bear Discoveries” and “Bear Hugs” programs, the Foundation funds cutting-edge research and provides for the immediate needs of the children and families battling the disease.
New Trier Hockey’s efforts on October 15th, combined with an online challenge (won by the Blue Team!), raised a remarkable total of $16,500, which easily surpassed last year’s record total. One hundred percent of the money collected went directly to Bear Necessities and will be used to brighten the lives of Chicago area pediatric cancer patients and to provide essential support for their families.
As in prior years, the success of this year’s fundraising event would not have been possible without the generous support of residents in the New Trier communities, players’ families and friends, and the following local businesses where players collected donations on October 15th: Dunkin Donuts in Glencoe, the Wilmette French Market, the Grand Food Centers in Winnetka and Glencoe, No Man’s Land Pizza & Grill in Wilmette, Once Upon a Bagel, Panera Bread in Wilmette, Ridgeview Grill, Starbucks in Winnetka, Glencoe and Wilmette, Three Tarts Bakery and Café, and Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Wilmette. Please remember to support those who support the Club and its philanthropic activities!
The New Trier Hockey Club and New Trier Girls Hockey joined together at area stores on Saturday, October 3rd, to raise money for Bear Necessities, a Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Through their efforts, and online donations, a total of $16,500 was raised! Thank you to everyone who volunteered, and to everyone who contributed, to help make this year's project a huge success.
Aurora University is establishing a Varsity level Girls hockey program beginning with the 2017-18 season. Aurora expects to field three mens teams next season, an NCAA DIII team and ACHA club teams at the Division II and III levels. Click HERE for the announcement. Contact the Director of Athletics for more information:
To help membership understand just who AHAI is and the many benefits offered through its affiliation with USA Hockey, AHAI has created a "Parent Video". Please click on the link below to view this informative video.
2014 State Champions!
2012 State Champions!
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