DIRECTOR, YOUTH HOCKEY
Annie Camins is in her eighth season with the Chicago Blackhawks as Director of Youth Hockey.
Camins’ department contributes to the overall growth of youth hockey in Illinois by introducing MinorHawks Learn to Play programs, serving kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the means to play the sport. Since the 2008-09 season, Illinois has added more than 9,000 total players; the state now ranks sixth in the nation in registered youth hockey players and is on pace to top the 30,000 mark for the first time ever. In addition, the Eddie Olczyk Award (EOA) was established to provide young hockey players and teams in Illinois with the financial assistance they need to play at a competitive level. Camins was inducted into the Illinois Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.
Camins graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where she captained her team to the NCAA Division I National Championship, beating Providence College in five overtime periods, the longest recorded college game in hockey history. She went on to become a finalist for the 1998 Olympic Hockey Team and continued to play as an Inline National Team player, winning both gold and silver medals.
Camins and Michael Whittaker have a daughter, Amelia.