2015 AHAI & USA Hockey Annual Meeting Recaps

AHAI and USA Hockey held their annual meetings over the last week or so. Here are brief recaps and highlights.


ahaienews ahai logo2AHAI hosted a new format this year focusing on member educational information. There were nine different sessions geared toward the AHAI affiliate clubs’ leadership and Hockey Directors. We believe the AHAI Annual meeting was good step in AHAI’s continuing goal of assisting the club volunteers perform their duties efficiently. AHAI intends to continue with this new format, improving the content and structure based on feedback provided by the AHAI club members.

The closing session included electing five AHAI Board of Directors and celebrating the achievements of a select few AHAI volunteers.

AHAI Board Members voted in for 3 year terms are as follows:

John Dunne

Bill Gomolinski

Greg Chudacoff

Gino Cavallini

Don Angelini 

AHAI is also pleased to announce that Bill Crowley has accepted an appointed AHAI Board position to fill out an unexpired term of an open AHAI board position.

AHAI Service Awards for dedication and service to AHAI were presented to:

Mike Durkin

Tony Cachey

USA Hockey Award for Outstanding Girls Program

Chicago Young Americans

USA Hockey New Leader Award

Anita Lichterman

AHAI also presented two Lifetime Achievement awards to individuals who have dedicating each more than 30 years of volunteer service to AHAI members.

AHAI Lifetime Achievement Awards

Bob Mathson*

Rich Becker

*Bob Mathson was also presented with a 15 Year Service Award at USA Hockey’s “Night of Tribute” dinner at the USA Hockey Annual Meeting



ahaienews usa hockey logoUSA Hockey held its Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, home of USA Hockey. Full days of meetings were conducted which included sessions on growing the game, safety (both on and off the ice), officiating, registrations and other topics that help volunteers run the grass roots programs.

USA Hockey introduced the Club Excellence Program. This is a program designed to assist local clubs in the operations of their clubs. Everything from how to write by-laws to job descriptions for board members and task lists on how to run club programs. This will be a very beneficial program for all USA Hockey and AHAI Clubs.

USA Hockey hosted a banquet, “Memories & Milestones” that included celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Miracle On Ice. Many of the members of the 1980 Olympic Hockey team were on hand to truly make the evening memorable. However, the main reason for the celebration was the retirement of USA Hockey’s President for the last 12 years, Ron DeGregorio. Mr. DeGregorio “Digger” has helped transform USA Hockey into a leader of national governing bodies not only here in the United States, but within the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). He accomplished all that while still focusing on the grass roots volunteers and programs to assist us in the day in and day out duties of a club volunteer.

With the retirement of Ron DeGregorio, a new USA Hockey president was voted into office. Jim Smith, of Mount Prospect Illinois is the new USA Hockey President.

Other USA Hockey elections were held at the annual meeting and the following Illinois volunteers were voted into the following positions:

JJ O’Connor: USA Hockey Disabled Section Chairman

Bob Mathson: USA Hockey High School Section Chairman

Norm Spiegel: Central District Director

Mike Mullally: Central District Director

Rich Becker: Director Emeritus

These people along with the AHAI Board of Directors will continue to strive to provide the best possible programs and support for the AHAI Clubs and AHAI members. Even though it’s summer the planning by the local clubs, leagues, USA Hockey, AHAI and IHOA does not stop.

Have a safe summer!

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