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About the Capital Hockey Conference (CHC)

With the CHC now in its 23rd season, the Conference’s recognition further enhances what it has tried to achieve since its founding; hard, clean, competitive hockey, academic and athletic success for its teams and players, and a statewide reputation for excellence.

The 2022-23 season was amazing for the CHC. This was highlighted with Olentangy Liberty claiming the first OHSAA State Championship in league history. Coming off their Blue Jackets Cup Championship, the Patriots rolled through the Columbus bracket only giving up 4 goals total on their way to the State Final-Four. In the State Semi-Finals, they defeated Cleveland St. Ignatius by a score of 4-3. That victory advanced Liberty to their first ever Sate Championship game, and they become the second ever State Finalist for the CHC (Jerome '19). In the Championship game, Liberty defeated University School 6-2 to bring the first every OHSAA State Championship to Central Ohio. The Patriots finished the season with a record of 39-1-1.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Olentangy Liberty’s senior forward Charlie Hughes scored a state record four goals as the Patriots defeated University School 6-2 in the 2023 OHSAA Ice Hockey State Final on at Nationwide Arena on Sunday.
This was Liberty’s first appearance in the state final while University School was making their sixth state final appearance. This marked the first time a school from central Ohio has won the OHSAA ice hockey state championship in its 46 years of existence. This was University School’s fourth time receiving runner-up honors.
Liberty got on top midway through the first period as Hughes scored his first goal of the game to give the Patriots a 1-0 advantage heading into the second period.
Olentangy broke away with three goals in the span of just over three minutes. Hughes scored with just over five minutes gone in the second period before his teammate senior defender Carson Reynolds scored the Patriots third a minute and a half later. Just under two minutes later, Hughes would get his hat-trick to give Liberty a 4-0 lead with around 11 minutes to play in the second period.
University School fought back into the game with two quick goals near the end of the second period. Senior forward Samonte Martin and junior forward Luke Palmer both scored within 30 seconds of one another to make the score 4-2 in favor of Liberty heading into the final period.
The Patriots would gain that momentum back as Hughes scored his fourth goal of the match midway through the third period. Liberty scored one more goal for comfort, this time off the stick of senior defender Vinny Rengel, to give them a 6-2 victory over the Preppers.

Our History

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 Prep., Thomas Worthington, Upper Arlington and Worthington Kilbourne. Cincinnati is represented by Archbishop Moeller and St. Xavier, while Dayton is represented by Springboro.

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 Prep 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
Archbishop Moeller 2009 1982
New Albany 2015 2015
Springboro 2016 2003
Columbus Academy 2018 2018
Olentangy Berlin 2018 2018
Cincinnati St. Xavier 2019 2004

Historically, Upper Arlington is the Conference’s oldest OHSAA team, becoming a Varsity sport in 1977. In the late 1990’s, programs began at Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne (1998), followed shortly thereafter by St. Charles Prep. (1999) Teams formally played in SWOHSHL, then a Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati League. In fall 2002, SWOHSHL experienced rapid growth with the addition of Dublin Coffman, Dublin Scioto and Gahanna Lincoln. As a result of now having 7 Columbus area teams, those schools banded together to form the CHC in 2003. The Conference then added Dublin Jerome in 2004, St. Francis DeSales in 2006, Olentangy Liberty in 2007, Olentangy and Olentangy Orange in 2008, Bishop Watterson and Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller in 2009, New Albany in 2015, Springboro in 2016, Columbus Academy and Olentangy Berlin in 2018 and St. Xavier in 2019.

As indicated above, the Conference has enjoyed great growth, more than tripling since its inception and mirroring the phenomenal growth in Columbus youth hockey. The last few years have been particularly successful for the CHC on the ice as Conference members Dublin Coffman (2010, 2016), Dublin Jerome (2015, 2018, 2019), Olentangy Liberty (2011, 2013, 2017, 2023), Olentangy Orange (2012), St. Charles Prep. (2014) and Upper Arlington (2006, 2007, 2021, 2022) have advanced to the Ohio Frozen Four. In 2020 New Albany would have made their 1st Frozen Four appearance if not for the fact that the Tournament was cancelled just days before it was to begin as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Archbishop Moeller (2005) and St. Xavier (2008) both advanced to the Frozen Four before they became part of the CHC. This year, the Conference has remained in a three (3) division format based on expected squad size and recent success. Divisions and teams in the respective divisions are as follows

RED (6)
BLUE (5)
Archbishop Moeller Dublin Jerome Academy / DeSales
New Albany Olentangy Orange Bishop Watterson
Olentangy Berlin Gahanna Lincoln Dublin Coffman
Olentangy Liberty Olentangy Springboro
St. Charles St. Xavier Worthington Kilbourne
Upper Arlington Thomas Worthington  

All Red and White will play 16 league games. All Blue teams will play 14 league games.    
          RED teams will play home-and-home within their division and single games with all 6 WHITE teams (16 games)
          WHITE teams will play each WHITE team once, each RED team once and eash BLUE team once (16 games)
          BLUE teams will play home and home within their division and each WHITE team once (14 games)

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

The Blue Jackets Cup Tournaments (Championship and Consolation) will have the teams drawn by Red, White and Blue Division final league standings.
For the 2023-24 Championship Tournament, the teams qualifying will be the top 5 Red division teams (seeded 1 through 5), the top 2 White division teams (seeded #6 and #7), and the winner of Red #6 vs White #3 regular season game (seed #8 seed).
All of the remaining teams will play in the Consolation Tournament.

The Conference has also been part of the OHSAA shift to Columbus. Originally, Columbus based teams were sent to their district tournaments at Bowling Green or Toledo, Ohio. The tournament was ultimately moved to Troy, Ohio. Finally, in 2006 the District Tournament was primarily moved to the Columbus Blue Jackets practice facility, the Ohio Health Ice Haus in Columbus, Ohio, and remains there today. (The Ice Haus is also the primary site of the annual Blue Jackets Cup Tournament.) The highlight of the District Tournament’s move to Columbus has been the District Final, consistently played before SRO overflow crowds at the Ice Haus.

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

Blue Jackets
Cup Titles
Final Four
Archbishop Moeller - - 1 ('05) - -
Dublin Coffman 3 4 2 ('16, '10) - -
Dublin Jerome 4 9 3 ('19, '18, '15) 1 ('19) -
New Albany - - 1* ('20) - -
Olentangy Berlin - 1 - - -
Olentangy Liberty 5 2 4 ('23, '17, '13, '11) 1 ('23) 1 ('23)
Olentangy Orange 1 1 1 ('12) - -
St. Charles Prep. 4 1 1 ('14) - -
St. Xavier - - 1 ('08) - -
Thomas Worthington - 2 1 ('03) - -
Upper Arlington 4 2 4 ('22, '21, '07, '06) - -

* Indicates New Albany would have been a State Semi-finalist in '19-'20 if the Frozen Four Tournament would have been played and not cancelled because of COVID-19.

Previous Varsity Champions
Season Regular Season Champion Blue Jackets Cup Champion
2022-23 RED - Olentangy Liberty Olentangy Liberty
WHITE - Olentangy
BLUE - Gahanna Lincoln
2021-22 RED - Olentangy Liberty Olentangy Berlin
WHITE - Dublin Jerome
BLUE - Gahanna Lincoln
2020-21 RED - St. Charles Upper Arlington
WHITE - Moeller
BLUE - Olentangy
2019-20 RED - Upper Arlington Upper Arlington
WHITE - Olentangy Orange
BLUE - Columbus Academy
2018-19 RED - Dublin Jerome Dublin Jerome
WHITE - Olentangy
BLUE - Thomas Worthington
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


League Contacts
inquiries should be directed as follows
Bruce McClary
Head Commissioner
Chris Khan
Asst. Commissioner - Scheduling
Todd Baker
Asst. Commissioner - Hockey Development
Ray Druseikis
Asst. Commissioner - Treasury
Jessica Brennan
Asst. Commissioner - Secretary
J.J. Stallsworth
Asst. Commissioner - Website
Gary Wilkins
Asst. Commissioner - Head Referee
JD Kershaw (ex-officio)
Columbus Blue Jackets VP of Operations and Development