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For the 12th consecutive year, the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Ice Hockey Semifinals and Championship games will be held at Nationwide Arena. The Semifinals are slated for Friday, March 7 at 1PM & 4PM. The Championship game will be played Saturday, March 8 at 2PM. The Senior All-Star Game will be played at 10AM on Saturday.
The 37th Annual OHSAA state hockey tournament, which begins with 80 teams, will feature the winners of each regional district – Columbus St. Charles Preparatory, Sylvania Northview, Cleveland St. Ignatius, & Mentor Lake Catholic.
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Ohio High School Hockey
Once a player enters into high school they have the option of playing high school instead of (or as well as) playing for their youth organization. There are currently three different levels of high school hockey in the Columbus area. Teams play at the varsity, club or junior varsity level.
Varsity hockey is officially recognized by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) and teams must adhere to the rules set forth by this governing body. Varsity hockey is officially recognized by the school they represent. Club hockey is not officially recognized by the OHSAA or the school and they receive no formal support from their individual schools. In most cases the junior varsity teams are secondary teams for the existing varsity and club programs, making some of them officially recognized by the OHSAA. In many cases, there is not a tremendous difference in caliber between a varsity team and a club team; the difference is simply the club team has not obtained varsity status.
For more information on the OHSAA, visit www.ohsaa.org
The local varsity teams play in the Capital Hockey Conference. For more on this league, visit www.capitalhockeyconference.com.
PRPC Ice Prowlers (Pickerington/Reynodsburg)
All of the aforementioned club teams play amongst themselves in the Greater Columbus High School Club Hockey League. For more information on this league, visit www.columbushighschoolhockey.com.
Dublin Green, Dublin White, Gahanna Lincoln, Hilliard, Newark, Northeast Storm, Olentangy, Pickerington/Reynoldsburg, St. Charles, St. Francis DeSales, Troy, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Worthington
The Columbus Blue Jackets are proud to support and work with the local high school hockey teams to host the Blue Jackets Cup. Established in 2002, the Blue Jackets Cup is an annual season ending three division tournament for varsity, junior varsity, and club level teams in the Columbus area. Championship teams have their school name engraved on the trophy, which is on display year round in Nationwide Arena.Dublin Jerome became back-to-back champions by defeating the Olentangy Orange Pioneers 2-0 in the 2013 Blue Jackets Cup.
Dublin Jerome kept Olentangy Liberty from back-to-back Blue Jackets Cup titles February 12, 2012 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. A tight game throughout, the lone goal for the Celtics came with just 4.3 seconds left on the clock to earn a 1-0 victory and the 2012 Blue Jackets Cup.
Seven teams participated in the club division tournament that was held February 2011. The teams that participated included Athens,
The junior varsity tournament was held February 16-21, 2010. The competition included 15 teams: Archbishop Moeller, Dublin (Green and White), Gahanna Lincoln, Hilliard, Newark, Northeast, Northwest, Olentangy, Olentagny Liberty, Olentangy Orange, PRPC, St.Charles, Upper Arlinton and Westerville.
In a thrilling Championship Game Olentangy Orange defeated Archbishop Moeller in overtime 3-2 on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.