Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), Athletico Physical Therapy, The Chicago Blackhawks and NorthShore University HealthSystem came together to create the A Step aHead initiative to combat one of the most common head injuries: concussion. These four groups pledge to educate the Illinois youth hockey community on the importance of concussion management and to be proactive with implementing baseline testing. Through A Step aHead, we will offer free baseline concussion testing, as well as educational programs, to youth hockey players in the AHAI program.
With the help of Blackhawks alumni, the Blackhawks run day and evening clinics for youth hockey players at various rinks in Illinois. The free clinics are designed to reach out to fans in local rinks and provide an opportunity for kids of all ages to be taught by a Blackhawks legend.
The Chicago Blackhawks Warrior ice hockey program was founded in 2015 in conjunction with USA Disabled hockey to give our injured military members and veterans an opportunity to play hockey in an environment that suited their needs. The program trains them in the skills needed to use hockey as a rehabilitation tool to overcome physical and mental disabilities sustained in their service to our nation.
Formally known as Streethawks, Get Out And Learn (G.O.A.L.) emphasizes the importance of exercise and healthy living while providing elementary schools with the equipment to teach hockey in P.E. Each school receives a one hour clinic from the Blackhawks youth hockey staff and P.E. teachers are invited to a training session at the United Center. This year G.O.A.L. has reached over 30,000 kids.
Our mission is to provide highly intense skill-oriented camps for local youth hockey players using top-notch coaches. The Blackhawks are committed to increasing participation and raising the platform for amateur hockey players in the Midwest.
The Blackhawks give qualifying amateur hockey teams the opportunity to experience being a pro for a day. Teams get the chance to play a game at the United Center prior to attending a home game that night. Highlights from their game are played on the jumbotron for the fans to enjoy during intermission.
The Chicago Blackhawks are excited to announce the launch of the Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program this spring! Learning to play hockey is more than just learning a game. The Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding.
Participate in the Blackhawks Mini 1v1 Shootout Competition on Dec. 22 to compete to become the top shooter and top goalie from Illinois. The winning shooter and goalie will receive two tickets each, flights and hotel to the All-Star game in Los Angeles in January 2017 to represent the Blackhawks in the NHL Mini 1v1 Shootout!
The MinorHawks Learn to Play program was launched in 2010 to allow hockey to be affordable and accessible to everyone. Through the combined efforts of the Blackhawks, AHAI and USA Hockey's OneGoal Equipment Rental program, each MinorHawks player has low-cost access to rental gear and a Learn to Play session at selected rinks around Illinois.
Chicago Blackhawks Special Hockey is dedicated to providing children and adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play hockey. Special Hockey team members range in age from 5 to 55 and include both male and female athletes. The team is comprised of players that have autism, Down Syndrome or other intellectual disabilities.