(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|
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|
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.
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|
|St. Francis DeSales||2006||2006|
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.
inquiries should be directed as follows
Asst. Commissioner - (Admin., OHSAA/CBJ Liason)
Asst. Commissioner - (Scheduling)
Asst. Commissioner (Hockey Development)
Asst. Commissioner - (Treasury)
Asst. Commissioner - (Secretary)
Asst. Commissioner - (Website)
Asst. Commissioner / Head Referee
Blue Jackets Cup Director
|JD Kershaw (ex-officio)
Columbus Blue Jackets Vice President of Marketing
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|
Liberty + Jerome
|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|