January 25, 2021
Although we have not been cleared to play, I truly believe it will happen very soon. Unlike the past, positive changes are occurring daily if not hourly. It would appear that sanctioned play in February is not a stretch.
AHAI is in contact with the IDPH to confirm the IDPH interpretation of the updated guidance regarding game and Tournament play within Illinois for High-Risk sports.
Until we are cleared by the State of Illinois however, per USA Hockey, we must abide by the Governor’s mandate.
With that being said, AHAI is working with the Illinois leagues and clubs to send representative teams to USAH Nationals. We have received a great deal of cooperation from USA Hockey to make adjustments to get our players to district and nationals.
If sanctioned games are cleared to be played, I believe it will assist in this goal. If we are not cleared or not cleared soon enough, AHAI is working with the leagues and clubs, and with the guidance of USA Hockey to ensure our players have the opportunity to have sanctioned games and participate in USAH events.
We will update you immediately as the situation changes.