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About the CHC

(November 2017) – Celebrating its 15th season in Columbus, the NHL home of the Blue Jackets, the Capital Hockey Conference (CHC) continues in its quest to be the best high school hockey conference in Ohio. The conference has achieved great stability, comprised of 14 Columbus-area schools, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Dayton Springboro and at the JV level, Cincinnati St. Xavier.

This year, in 2017-18, the CHC welcomes its newest member, Columbus Academy. Academy will compete at the JV level as part of its march toward OHSAA varsity status.

Relatedly, Dublin Scioto and Worthington Kilbourne will continue to play within the CHC JV division, but play non-league games at the varsity level.

This year also, Upper Arlington, the CHC’s oldest member in Year 41, celebrates its new locker room and its new coach, ex-NHL player David Clarkson.

The 2016-17 CHC season was led by Dublin Jerome and Olentangy Liberty. Jerome first won its 7th Blue Jackets Cup over Liberty. Liberty then regrouped, however, and won its 3rd District title before losing to Toledo St. Francis in the state semifinal

The Conference has enjoyed great growth, more than tripling since 2002 and mirroring the phenomenal growth in Columbus youth hockey. The last few years have been particularly successful for the CHC as Conference members Olentangy Liberty (2011, 2013, 2017), Dublin Coffman (2010, 2016), Upper Arlington (2006, 2007), Olentangy Orange (2012), St. Charles (2014) and Dublin Jerome (2015) advanced to the Ohio Frozen Four. This year, the Conference has remained in a three (3) division format based on expected squad size and historical success. The divisions feature:

Dublin Jerome Archbisop Moeller Bishop Watterson
New Albany Dublin Coffman Gahanna Lincoln
Olentangy Liberty Olentangy St. Francis DeSales
St. Charles Olentangy Orange Thomas Worthington
Upper Arlington Springboro  

All teams will play 16 league games. Each will play home-and-home within their division and single games against all other teams, with the exception of each Red team not playing one randomly selected White team.

Moving forward, divisions will continue to be reshuffled every year. The winner of the White division will swap divisions with the 5th place Red team. The winner of the Blue division will swap divisions with the 5th place White team.

Championship Division (8)
Consolation Division (8)
#1 Red #5 Red
#2 Red #4 White
#3 Red #5 White
#4 Red #2 Blue
#1 White #3 Blue
#2 White #4 Blue
#3 White Dublin Scioto
#1 Blue .

A constant in the CHC is the fierce competition among its members. Conference highlights include:

• Continued success by

-- Olentangy Liberty (3 regular season titles, 1 Blue Jackets Cup and 3 Frozen Fours);

-- Dublin Coffman (3 regular season titles, 4 Blue Jackets Cups and 2 Frozen Four appearances);

-- Dublin Jerome (3 regular season championships, 7 Blue Jackets Cups and a Frozen Four appearance);

-- Upper Arlington (5 regular season titles, 2 Frozen Fours);

-- Olentangy Orange (1 regular season title, 1 Blue Jackets Cup and a Frozen Four appearance)

-- St. Charles (1 Blue Jackets Cup, 2 league titles and a Frozen Four appearance). The 14 Columbus-area schools are: Bishop Watterson, Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Gahanna Lincoln, New Albany, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange, St. Francis DeSales, St. Charles, Thomas Worthington, Upper Arlington and Worthington Kilbourne. Cincinnati is represented by Cincinnati Moeller and at the JV level, St. Xavier. Dayton is represented by Springboro. The Conference has a close relationship with the

Southwest Ohio High School Hockey League (SWOHSHL), which continues to thrive in the Greater Dayton/Cincinnati area.

Our History

Year team
joined CHC
Year team
became OHSAA Varsity
Upper Arlington 2003 *founding member 1977
Thomas Worthington 2003 *founding member 1998
Worthington Kilbourne 2003 *founding member 1998
St. Charles 2003 *founding member 1999
Dublin Coffman 2003 *founding member 2002
Dublin Scioto 2003 *founding member 2002
Gahanna Lincoln 2003 *founding member 2002
Dublin Jerome 2004 2004
St. Francis DeSales 2006 2006
Olentangy Liberty 2007 2007
Olentangy 2008 2008
Olentangy Orange 2008 2008
Bishop Watterson 2009 2009
Cincinnati Moeller 2009 1982
New Albany 2015 2015
Springboro 2016 2003
Columbus Academy - -

Historically, Upper Arlington is the Conference's oldest OHSAA team, becoming a varsity sport in 1977. In the 1990's, programs began at Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne (1998), followed shortly thereafter by St. Charles (1999). Teams formerly played in SWOHSHL, then a Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati league. In fall 2002, the SWOHSHL experienced rapid growth with the addition of Dublin Coffman, Dublin Scioto, and Gahanna Lincoln. As a result of having 7 teams, those schools banded together to form the CHC in 2003. The Conference then added Dublin Jerome in 2004 and St. Francis DeSales in 2006, Olentangy Liberty in 2007, Olentangy and Olentangy Orange in 2008, Bishop Watterson and Archbishop Moeller in 2009, and New Albany in 2015-16.

Springboro becomes the 16th member in 2016-17.

The Conference has also been part of an OHSAA shift to Columbus. Originally, Columbus-based teams were sent to their regional tournament at Bowling Green or Toledo. The tournament then moved to Troy, Ohio. Finally, in 2006, the Regional Tournament was moved to the Blue Jackets' practice facility, the Ohio Health Ice Haus in Columbus, and remains there. The Ice Haus is also the site of the annual Blue Jackets Cup Tournament. The highlight of the Regional Tournament's move to Columbus has been the Regional Final, consistently played before SRO overflow crowds. The CHC also has great depth in coaching, as head coaches Jay Graham (Bishop Watterson) played NCAA Division I hockey for The Ohio State University; Jack Hoogeveen and Kevin Alexander of Olentangy Liberty who played respectively for Bowling Green University and Illinois-Chicago and in the ECHL; Rob Sangster (St. Charles), ECHL; Pat Murphy (Dublin Jerome), Hamilton College and professionally in Europe; Mike Ross (Olentangy), Brown University and the ECHL; Darcy Cahill (DeSales), professionally in Europe; and Jean Luc Grand-Pierre (New Albany) played 269 games in the NHL. In 2017-18, former NHL player David Clarkson takes over at Upper Arlington.

League Contacts
inquiries should be directed as follows
Bruce McClary
Head Commissioner
614-729-5400 bruce.mcclary@alliancedata.com
Greg Kirstein
Asst. Commissioner - (Admin., OHSAA/CBJ Liason)
614-246-4052 gkirstein@bluejackets.com
Chris Khan
Asst. Commissioner - (Scheduling)
614-832-3647 genghis59@yahoo.com
Todd Baker
Asst. Commissioner (Hockey Development)
614-582-6007 tbaker@ohioeye.org
Ray Druseikis
Asst. Commissioner - (Treasury)
614-747-0040 druseikis.2@osu.edu
Jessica Brennan
Asst. Commissioner - (Secretary)
614-203-6931 chchockeyinfo@gmail.com
J.J. Stallsworth
Asst. Commissioner - (Website)
614-769-4617 jj_stalls@hotmail.com
Gary Wilkins
Asst. Commissioner / Head Referee
740-965-5004 gary.wilkins@mt.com
Joel Siegman
Blue Jackets Cup Director
614-246-4158 jsiegman@bluejackets.com
JD Kershaw (ex-officio)
Columbus Blue Jackets Vice President of Marketing
614-246-4159 jkershaw@bluejackets.com


Previous Varsity Champions
Season Regular Season Champion CBJ Cup Champion
2016-17 RED - St. Charles Dublin Jerome
WHITE - New Albany
BLUE - Olentangy
2015-16 RED - St. Charles Dublin Coffman
WHITE - Olentangy Liberty
BLUE - New Albany
2014-15 RED - St. Charles Olentangy Orange
WHITE - Upper Arlington
BLUE - Kilbourne
2013-14 RED - Olentangy Orange St. Charles
WHITE - St. Charles
BLUE - Bishop Watterson
2012-13 RED - Olentangy Liberty Dublin Jerome
WHITE - Olentangy Orange
BLUE - Gahanna Lincoln
2011-12 RED - Dublin Jerome Dublin Jerome
WHITE - Upper Arlington
BLUE - St. Francis DeSales
2010-11 co-Champs -
Liberty + Jerome
Olentangy Liberty
2009-10 Olentangy Liberty Dublin Jerome
2008-09 Dublin Coffman Dublin Coffman
2007-08 Dublin Coffman Dublin Jerome
2006-07 Upper Arlington Dublin Jerome
2005-06 Upper Arlington Dublin Jerome
2004-05 Dublin Coffman Dublin Coffman
2003-04 Upper Arlington Dublin Coffman
2002-03   Thomas Worthington
2001-02   Thomas Worthington