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Youth Hockey Programs
A Step aHead Concussion Awareness

Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI), AthletiCo Physical Therapy, The Chicago Blackhawks and the Midwest Center for Concussion Care came together to create the A Step aHead initiative to combat one of the most common head injury: 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.

Click here for more information.

Chicago Blackhawks Day Camps
Presented by Galaxie Construction and Fresh Wave
With the help of Blackhawks Alumni greats, Eddie Olczyk, Troy Murray and Denis Savard, the Blackhawks will run day or evening hockey clinics for youth hockey players at various rinks in Illinois.

The Blackhawks want to increase the Blackhawks brand in our local rinks, and allow kids of all ages to be taught by a Blackhawks legend! For more information, please email Nick Rocca at

The Chicago Blackhawks and AHAI have teamed up to provide free equipment and inexpensive hockey lessons to children, ages 4-8, through this program.To find a participating MinorHawks program near you, click here. For MinorHawks Learn to Play FAQ, click here.
Chicago Blackhawks Coaches Club
The Chicago Blackhawks are proud to introduce a new tool for AHAI Coaches! The Chicago Blackhawks Coaches Club is designed to give you, the Coach, an inside look into the NHL coaching ranks. Membership will include quarterly emails, coaching clinics/seminars, special ticket offers and more! This program is designed to improve coaches of every level, Learn to Skate through High School, by providing practice drills, game management advice, nutritional tips and off-ice training information.

To become a member, click here.
Please contact Eric Dumais at (312) 455-7039 or with questions.

Junior Hawks - Presented by Meijer
The Blackhawks give qualifying local youth hockey teams the opportunity to play an 80-minute game on the United Center ice prior to every home game. The Blackhawks have hosted more than 600 youth hockey teams since the program's inception.

StreetHawks Hockey Program
The Blackhawks and the NHL are proud sponsors of the StreetHawks hockey program. StreetHawks provides children ages 6-16 the opportunity to participate in sneaker hockey in a safe, supervised environment. For more information please contact Ashley Hinton at 312-455-7018 or

Special Hockey Programs
The Blackhawks are devoted to expanding chances for youth from diverse backgrounds to play hockey. This commitment is seen through Blackhawk Charities funded programs such as:
  • The RIC Blackhawks adult sled hockey program for individuals with lower body limitations
  • TOMAHAWKS, a hockey program for kids with special needs
  • American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association -
  • AHAI's Diversity task force which brings the sport of hockey to individuals who might not otherwise have the chance to play or participate
For information on any of these programs, go to