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About the CHC

(November 2018) – Entering its 16th 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 16 Columbus-area schools, Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller, Dayton Springboro and at the JV level, Cincinnati St. Xavier.

This year, in 2018-19, the CHC welcomes its 2 newest members, Columbus Academy and Olentangy Berlin. Also, Dublin Scioto has made the move back to the Varsity division after a few years of growing in the JV division.

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

The 2017-18 CHC season was led by Dublin Jerome. Jerome first won its 8th Blue Jackets Cup over Olentangy Liberty and continued its quest and won its 2nd District title, defeating Liberty again, before losing to Clevland St. Ignatius 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, 2018) 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:

RED
WHITE
BLUE
Archbisop Moeller Bishop Watterson Columbus Academy
Dublin Jerome Dublin Coffman Dublin Scioto
New Albany Olentangy Gahanna Lincoln
Olentangy Liberty Olentangy Orange Olentangy Berlin
St. Charles Springboro St. Francis DeSales
Upper Arlington - Thomas Worthington

All teams will play 15 or 16 league games.
- RED teams will play home-and-home within their division and single games against all WHITE teams (15 games).
- WHITE teams will single games against all teams (16 games).
- BLUE teams will play home-and-home within their division and single games against all WHITE teams (15 games).

Moving forward, divisions will continue to be reshuffled every year. The winner of the White division will swap divisions with the 6th place Red team. The winner of the Blue division will swap divisions with the 5th place White team.

Championship Division (8)
 
Consolation Division (9)
1. #1 Red   1. loser of reg. season game between #6 Red vs #3 White
2. #2 Red   2. #4 White
3. #3 Red   3. #5 White
4. #4 Red   4. #1 Blue
5. #5 Red   5. #2 Blue
6. #1 White   6. #3 Blue
7. #2 White   7. #4 Blue
8. winner of reg. season game between #6 Red vs #3 White   8. #5 Blue
.   9. #5 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 Jerome (4 regular season titles, 8 Blue Jackets Cups and 2 Frozen Four appearances);

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

-- 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 16 Columbus-area schools are: Columbus Academy, Bishop Watterson, Dublin Coffman, Dublin Jerome, Dublin Scioto, Gahanna Lincoln, New Albany, Olentangy, Olentangy Berlin, 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

Team
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 2018 2018
Olentangy Berlin 2018 2018
     

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, New Albany in 2015-16, Columbus Academy and Olentangy Berlin in 2018.

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 (Upper Arlington) played for Bowling Green State University, Kevin Alexander of Olentangy Liberty who played at 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 begins coaching at Upper Arlington.


League Contacts
inquiries should be directed as follows
Bruce McClary
Head Commissioner
740-965-2618 bmcclary12031@gmail.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
Asst. Commissioner - Clinics, Blue Jackets Cup
614-746-1220 joelssiegman@gmail.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
2017-18 RED - Dublin Jerome Dublin Jerome
WHITE - Moeller
BLUE - Bishop Watterson
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