Summer Hockey School

Stan Mikita Hockey School For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

Established by Stan Mikita - NHL Hockey Hall of Fame Member

  • DATES*

    August 1 through August 8, 2020
    *Note the new date change.

  • ICE RINK

    The EDGE Ice Arena
    735 E Jefferson Street
    Bensenville, IL 60106
    Click here to visit website.

  • HOST HOTEL

    Hyatt Place Chicago/Itasca
    1150 N Arlington Heights Rd
    Itasca, IL 60143
    630-875-1400
    Click here to visit website.

During the week of hockey school, AHIHA will provide bus transportation daily to transport the hockey players and their families, to and from the ice arena from the host hotel and back. AHIHA also provides three evening meals during the week and a buffet breakfast every morning. There is a Closing Reception following the Awards Ceremony on the last day (Saturday) of the hockey school. Estimated hotel room cost: $109 per night (plus taxes). Each room will house up to 4 guests.

Hockey School Participants are responsible for travel and accommodations, meals (that are not provided by AHIHA) and transportation other than the bus.

Although no fees are assessed for hockey players to participate in our summer hockey school, we do ask that each family sell a minimum of four raffle tickets in support of our program. Please watch your mail for these tickets.

AHIHA HOCKEY SCHOOL QUALIFICATIONS FOR PLAYERS:
  1. Male or female hockey players with 40db or greater hearing loss.
  2. First time hockey school attendees are required to provide a current audiogram in support of their hearing loss.
  3. Age: youth beginner through college level athletes.
  4. Players under the age of 21 must be accompanied to the hockey school by a parent. In the event a parent cannot be present, additional documentation will be required before a player is approved to participate in the hockey school.
  5. Player must be a current member of USA Hockey.
  6. Player must be currently participating in an organized hockey program (with the exception of beginners).
  7. Returning Players - must be in good standing with AHIHA to attend hockey school.

For additional information on our Summer Hockey School:

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Below is a brief summary of the daily schedule during the week of the hockey school. (This schedule is subject to change without notice.)

Saturday, August 1, 2020
New Parents Meeting (4:00pm - Hotel)
General Meeting and Dinner (6:30pm - Ice Rink)

Sunday, August 2
On-Ice Practice (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Off-Ice Workout (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Parents Meeting (4:00pm - Hotel)
Bar-b-que (6:00pm-Hotel)
Staff Meeting (8:00pm - Hospitality Suite at the Hotel)

Monday, August 3
On-Ice Practice (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Off-Ice Workout (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Hockey games (5:00pm to 9:15pm - Ice Rink))
Pizza Party in Hospitality for Staff, parents & Varsity players (10:00pm)

Tuesday, August 4
On-Ice Practice (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Off-Ice Workout (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Family Fun Skate, and Pizza Party (4:00pm to 5:00pm - Ice Rink)
Hockey Games (5:00pm to 9:15pm - Ice Rink)

Wednesday, August 5
On-Ice practice (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Off-Ice Workout (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Picture Day (starting at 9:00am - Ice Rink)
Clean Locker Rooms, Laundry Day (1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Banquet and Raffle Drawing (6:30pm - Hotel)

Thursday, August 6
On-Ice Practice (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Off-Ice Workout (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Children's Auction (2:00pm - Hospitality Suite)
Hockey Games (5:00pm to 9:15pm - Ice Rink)
Adult Auction (11:00pm - Hospitality Suite)

Friday, August 7
On-Ice Practice (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Off-Ice Workout (8:00am to 1:00pm - Ice Rink)
Hockey Games (5:00pm to 8:00pm - Ice Rink)
Parent's Party

Saturday, August 8
Hockey Games (10:00am to 1:15pm - Ice Rink)
Awards Ceremony (1:15pm - Ice Rink)
Closing Reception (following Awards Ceremony)

During the week of hockey school, AHIHA provides bus transportation between the hotel and ice arena for all events associated with the organization. Hockey players are expected to ride the bus, and parents are encouraged to do so also. It's a great way to meet everyone, and save on gas.

Players attending the hockey school have the opportunity to work with a number of USA Hockey qualified coaches in on-ice skills, systems of play and fundamentals of skating, along with off-ice conditioning. The players are placed on a team based on age, ability and experience. All the teams play games against outside competition during the week of the hockey school. There is also a program for beginning players. They concentrate on skating skills and beginning hockey skills.

AHIHA was proud to announce the development of a women's team in 2010 - the first time in AHIHA's history. The team had the opportunity to play against other women's team during the week. It was proven to be successful and the AHIHA staff is looking forward to continuing with the women’s team.

Players that attend the hockey school, often state that "this is the best week of my life". Each player (under 21) must have a parent or guardian accompany them during the week. Families have the opportunity to share experiences and learn from each other concerning the challenges they encounter raising hard of hearing children. AHIHA offers information on medical advancements, and has access to hearing aids at little or no cost to the families.

Players from all across the United States, attend the hockey school. This allows families to gain new friends, collect contact information and exchange experiences from different areas of the country. This experience alone, opens a new world of friends for families. Check into our organization - you will be impressed, encouraged, motivated, and educated in the great sport of Hockey.