There will not be a state championship for any of the Tier 1 levels this year (2021). Those were cancelled by the AHAI Board on the 19th of January. However, there will be Districts and Nationals for Tier 1, as previously announced by the Central District and USA Hockey.
There are 7 Tier 1 slots for the district playoffs: Youth 14U, 15O, 16U and 18U; for Girls 14U, 16U and 19U.
The 4 Tier 1 clubs will advise AHAI of one team per slot (7 teams in total) that will go to district playoffs. If there is NOT agreement on a slotted team, the entire age division will be cancelled and no team from Illinois will go to district playoffs for that age division. The 4 tier 1 clubs will have to notify the AHAI Tier 1 Committee Chair by March 1st at the latest.
While the dates for District (March 26, 27 and 28) and Nationals (April 28 – May 3) have been announced, only the District locations have been named. National dates are known, but locations are not. Districts for Tier 1 Girls 14U, 16U and 19U will be held in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Districts for all 4 Tier 1 Youth teams will be held in Omaha, Nebraska.
If you have any questions on any of these issues, please direct them to the President of your Tier 1 Club.
Best of luck to all!
AHAI Tier 1 Chairman