March 23, 2020
Dear Illinois Hockey Community:
Our sport, along with every other professional and amateur sport association and the rest of the world, is facing an unprecedented situation. The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every one of us.
The AHAI Board of Directors had to make the extremely difficult and heart-wrenching decision to terminate the ongoing state playoffs. Progressing into the end of the season and the beginning of spring, our decision-making is guided not only by USA Hockey, but also by the very best medical professionals in the world.
Please know that every AHAI Director considers the directions and advice of these health professionals, USA Hockey directives, and government officials regarding whether to proceed with or cancel an event. We know that each Illinois hockey organization also takes these factors into consideration when deciding whether events should happen.
While these decisions are difficult, AHAI will continue to always prioritize the safety and well-being of its players, officials, coaches, administrators, and fans above all else.
Eventually and hopefully, the hockey world will return to normal and we will look back and discover we garnered a better understanding of the hockey community and the ways people came together to solve problems big and small.
Let’s always remember that while we may play for different organizations and compete against each other on the ice, in the end, we all share the same goals in life: family, friends, and hockey.
Between now and the time we gather together to watch the next puck drop, stay healthy and safe, and remember to look in on your family, friends, teammates, opponents, and neighbors.
March 16, 2020 | 10:45 a.m. CST
Due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and the mandates from the Governor of Illinois and public health officials, the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) is strongly encouraging all hockey organizations to curtail operations for the time period identified by the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”).
Because large events can fuel the spread of the disease, the CDC said gatherings of 50 people or more should be canceled or postponed throughout the country for the next eight weeks. Of course, as information becomes more readily available, that number may very well decrease.
The safety and well-being of our athletes, their families, friends and fans will always take precedent over everything else.
We sincerely hope that our hockey participants, fans and organizations follow the lead of the medical community and not place anyone in jeopardy of infection or the spread of infection and will further recognize that safety must always come first.
Update 3/13/20 | 10:00 a.m. CST
AHAI Cancels High School State Tournament
Due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and the recommendation from the Governor of Illinois, public health officials and following the actions of the IHSA cancelling all of their winter State Series post season tournaments, the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois, Inc. (AHAI) has cancelled the remaining games of the Illinois High School State Championships.
“The safety and well-being of our athletes, their families, friends and fans will always take precedent over everything else. Our Board of Directors has decided we will not put at risk any members of our hockey family,” stated Mike Barrett, president of AHAI.
“We are very disappointed we will not be able to crown a champion at the various high school levels this year and share the feelings of the players and coaches, but safety must always come first.”
We wish everyone a very safe and enjoyable spring and summer season.
Update 3/12/20 | 9:00 p.m.
USA Hockey Central District Tryouts: COVID-19 Update
After a great deal of deliberation, a unanimous decision has been made by Central District Directors and Affiliate Presidents to postpone the Girls Central District Tryouts March 20-22, 2020 and Boys Central District Tryouts May 8-10 at Arctic Ice in Orland Park, IL. A revised date and plan for tryouts will be determined within the next two weeks and will be communicated to participants as soon as possible.
Additionally, all boys affiliate tryouts in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Midwest have been cancelled. Alternative plans are underway to identify players to participate in Boys Central District Tryout, date TBD.
Decisions like this are never easy and the health and safety of our players & parents is paramount – hence our decision. Thank you for your continued support of hockey in the Central District. For questions, reach out to Girls Player Development representative Andy Bradford or Boys Player Development representative Mike Connor.
Andy Bradford – USA Hockey Girls Central District Player Development
Mike Connor – Boys Central District Player Development
Central District Directors
Al Deming – WAHA
Mike Barrett – AHAI
Patt Culiberk – Missouri
Sean Spencer – Midwest
March 12, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. CST
Per USAH Statement:
There are games/tournaments being played throughout the U.S. at the local level that include USA Hockey members that are not national-level events and are operated by districts, affiliates, local associations or even private operators. The decisions relative to those events are made at the local level. We continue to encourage all involved to engage with local health and medical professionals, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, in making educated decisions.
Currently all local AHAI events are continuing as currently scheduled.
Individual Counties, Municipalities and Clubs may have stricter requirements and can have an impact on Club level activities including Spring hockey.
AHAI will continue to provide updates regularly on the coronavirus situation at www.ahai.org.
March 11, 2020
USA Hockey Cancels National Championships, Disabled Festival
“Safety of our participants has always been our top priority and with the current coronavirus situation, our executive committee unanimously decided to cancel these national events,” said Jim Smith, president of USA Hockey.
“We felt it was important to get the news of the cancellation out immediately,” said Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey. “We’re sure there will be many questions and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we together work through this unprecedented situation.
“While we’re disappointed that we had to make this decision, we celebrate the success of USA Hockey teams across the country this year, as well as the time and effort so many people invested into these signature events. We’re thankful to our national sponsors, tournament directors, volunteers and so many others for their support in making hockey an enjoyable experience for all.”
USA Hockey will continue to provides updates regularly on the coronavirus situation here.
NOTE: There are games/tournaments played throughout the U.S. at the local level that include USA Hockey members that are not national-level events and are operated by districts, affiliates, local associations or even private operators. The decisions relative to those events are made at the local level. We continue to encourage all involved to engage with local health and medical professionals, and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, in making educated decisions.
March 11, 2020
USA Hockey is closely monitoring the evolving situation and reviewing updated materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on a daily basis. Currently there are no travel restrictions in place for district and national tournaments. We encourage our members to follow the recommendations of USA Hockey published on March 10 (click HERE to view). AHAI will continue to update our members as new information is released.
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