30th Annual AHAI College Night a Huge Success!

By Mike Mullally, AHAI Director

On Monday, September 30, AHAI hosted its 30th Annual College Night: Opportunities After High School event. Prior to the open house, AHAI featured three speakers for the boys; Bill Moore, who served for 24 years as head coach of St. Mary’s College, Craig Barnett of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) and the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), and speaking to the issue of concussions in youth sports, Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, PsyD, ABPP, Associate Director of the Sports Concussion Program for NorthShore University HealthSystem. Our speakers imparted invaluable information about NCAA, ACHA and Junior hockey, as well as safely navigating a concussion.

An Open House followed the series of seminars and featured many colleges and universities in the area as well as junior hockey teams, which afforded parents and players the opportunity to talk directly to the program of their choice or interest.

Videos of each speaker are available on the AHAI website, ahaienews.com or AHAI’s YouTube page. As always, should you have any questions you are encouraged to call any of the AHAI board members; all contact information is located on the AHAI website.

By Anita Lichterman, AHAI Girls Chair

For the Girls of AHAI, we held a panel discussion featuring past hockey players who all shared their college experience and what it takes to achieve the next level … playing college hockey. Our panel of speakers have all taken different paths, but are still giving back to the sport they love so much.

Jennifer Wilson, Lake Forest College Women’s Head Coach, NCAA DIII discussed the recruiting process and what players can do now for their future. Laurie Markowski, Chicago Bruins Girls’ Hockey Director shared her knowledge about the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), a path for which many of our female players aren’t aware, including the numerous schools that have teams in this league. Michelle Lichterman, ATC, Director of Hockey Operations for Robert Morris University, spoke on the importance of listening to your body – everything from fueling your body through proper diet and hydration to injury prevention and rehabilitation.  Amanda DiNella, 2x All-American at Gustavus Adolphus College, currently serves as both the Assistant Coach and Goalie Coach for Lake Forest College Women’s NCAA DIII team. She informed the players in attendance what she did during her high school years to get ready for the college selection process, the mistakes she made trying to find the right college, and how she juggled hockey and her classes to graduate. Questions and answers were in abundance as everyone was truly focused on the night.

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