High school ice hockey in New Jersey

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Ice Hockey is a popular and growing sport in New Jersey. Approximately one-hundred sixty one high schools currently field varsity teams, with new teams being formed almost every year. Teams are divided into the following Conferences: Gordon Conference, Big North Conference, New Jersey Ice Hockey League, Morris County Secondary School Ice Hockey League, Union County Ice Hockey League, Skylands Conference, Greater Middlesex Conference, Colonial Valley Conference, Shore Conference, Independents, and Prep Schools. Most of these leagues are divided into divisions. A State Championship Tournament is organized at the end of the season by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[1]

Divisions[edit]

Hockey is one of the few sports in the state with "rolling divisions". The divisions can change every year depending on the performance of the teams and new teams formed. The divisions are arranged by geography and skill level. Typically, the last place team in a higher division will be moved into the lower division, with the first place team of the lower division moving into the higher division.

Gordon Conference[edit]

American Division
National Division

Big North Conference[edit]

Gold Division
Green Division
Silver Division
White Division

New Jersey Ice Hockey League[edit]

Northern Division
Western Division

Morris County Secondary School Ice Hockey League[edit]

Mennen Division
Halvorsen Division
Haas/Charette Division

Union County Ice Hockey League[edit]

(no divisions)

Skyland Conference[edit]

(no divisions)

Greater Middlesex Conference[edit]

(no divisions)

Colonial Valley Conference[edit]

Colonial Division
Valley Division

Shore Conference[edit]

Shore A North
Shore A South
Shore B North
Shore B South

Independents[edit]

(no divisions)

Independence League (prep)[edit]

(no divisions)

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State Tournament[edit]

The NJSIAA crowns state champions in three categories; Private, Public A, and Public B. Through 1994, public and private schools played in one state tournament; however, private schools dominated the tournament due to their ability to recruit the best players in the state without geographical limitation. Beginning in 1995, the NJSIAA held separate private and public tournaments, crowning a private and public champion, with these champions playing each other for the overall state championship. In 2005, the NJSIAA eliminated the overall state championship game because a public school had won only once, in 1997. Similarly, in 2008, the Public Tournament was divided into A and B categories based on school enrollment as the smaller schools generally were unable to compete with the larger schools. http://www.njhockey.org/

To qualify for the State Tournament, teams must have played a minimum of 10 games and compiled a record of .500 or better record by a date set by the NJSIAA, usually around February 15. Teams within four games of .500 may petition for an at-large selection to the Tournament. The NJSIAA may select a maximum of 3 public and 2 private teams for an at-large birth. All members of the Gordon Conference earn automatic entry to the Private Tournament. http://www.njsiaa.org/SPORTS/Icehockey.aspx

In recent years, Delbarton and Randolph have been the dominant private and public hockey programs in the state. Delbarton has appeared in 13 of the last 19 Private School Championships, winning 8 of the last 12; while Randolph has appeared in 11 of the last 15 Public A Championships (8 of the last 9), winning 7 of the last 11. Coincidentally, these two schools are located just seven miles apart in Morris County. http://www.njhockey.org/

State Championship History[edit]

State Championship Finals
1976-Brick 3, Chatham Township 2 (OT)
1977-Brick 3, Livingston 2
1978-West Essex 6, Livingston 3
1979-Brick 2, Seton Hall Prep 1
1980-Livingston 1, Brick 0 (OT)
1981-Montclair 6, Brick 5
1982-Livingston 4, Montclair 2
1983-CBA 3, Seton Hall Prep 0
1984-St. Joseph (Montvale) 7, Brick 6
1985-St. Joseph (Montvale) 4, Brick 2
1986-Brick 2, Delbarton 1
1987-Montclair 4, Delbarton 2
1988-Montclair 2, St. Joseph (Montvale) 1
1989-Delbarton, St. Joseph (Montvale) - Game Cancelled/Co-Champions See Frozen Flashback
1990-Brick 2, Montclair 1
1991-ST. JOSEPH (Montvale) 3, Delbarton 2 (OT)
1992-Delbarton 3, St. Joseph (Montvale) 2 (OT)
1993-Toms River North 6, Delbarton 2
1994-CBA 6, Don Bosco Prep 1
1995-CBA 4, Montclair 1
1996-CBA 5, Brick 0
1997-Brick 4, Seton Hall Prep 0
1998-Seton Hall Prep 3, Brick 2
1999-Seton Hall Prep 3, Brick 1
2000-Hudson Catholic 4, Bayonne 2
2001-Bergen Catholic 8, Clifton 1
2002-Delbarton 1, Brick 0
2003-Bergen Catholic 6, Randolph 4
2004-Seton Hall Prep 8, West Essex 0

Public Finals[edit]

1995-Montclair 2, Chatham 1 (OT)
1996-Brick Township 5, Chatham 4
1997-Brick Township 2, Brick Memorial 1 (OT)
1998-Brick Township 2, Montclair 1
1999-Brick Township 5, Randolph 1
2000-Bayonne 6, Summit 3
2001-Clifton 2, Bayonne 1
2002-Brick Township 5, Randolph 1
2003-Randolph 7, Brick Memorial 0
2004-West Essex 0, Ridge 1
2005-Morris Knolls 4, Randolph 1
2006-Randolph 2, Montgomery 1 (OT)
2007-Randolph 5, Bridgewater-Raritan 4 (OT)

Public A

2008-Ridge 5, Watchung Hills 0
2009-Randolph 1, Ridge 0
2010-Toms River South 2, Randolph 1
2011-Randolph 1, Montgomery 0
2012-Randolph 3, Morristown 1
2013-Randolph 4, Bridgewater-Raritan 1

Public B

2008-Kinnelon 5, Jefferson 1
2009-Ramsey 2, Kinnelon 0
2010-West Essex 3, Hopewell Valley 0
2011-Chatham 7, Middletown South 3
2012-Summit 2, Tenafly 1
2013-Chatham 3, Morristown 0

Private Finals[edit]

1995-CBA 5, Delbarton 0
1996-CBA 4, Seton Hall Prep 3
1997-Seton Hall Prep 4, Delbarton 2
1998-Seton Hall Prep 3, Delbarton 1
1999-Seton Hall Prep 1, Delbarton 0 (OT)
2000-Hudson Catholic 2, Seton Hall Prep 1
2001-Bergen Catholic 3, Christian Brothers 2
2002-Delbarton 2, Seton Hall Prep 1
2003-Bergen Catholic 2, Seton Hall Prep 1
2004-Seton Hall Prep 3, St. Peter's Prep 1
2005-CBA 2, Delbarton 1 (OT)
2006-Delbarton 3, Seton Hall Prep 1
2007-St. Augustine Prep 3, St. Peter's Prep 1
2008-Delbarton 5, St. Augustine Prep 1
2009-Delbarton 7, Christian Brothers 0
2010-Delbarton 7, Gloucester Catholic 2
2011-Delbarton 3, St. Augustine Prep 2 (OT) 
2012-Delbarton 3, Christian Brothers 2
2013-Delbarton 4, Don Bosco 0
2014-Christian Brothers 4, Morristown-Beard 4 (Co-Champions) 
2-Jim Dowd, Brick (1987) 375 189 186
3-Mike Grabowski, Cranford (1996) 316 190 126
4-Chris Bellino, Verona (1993) 315 203 112
5-Pat Verney, Hudson Catholic (1999) 301 117 184
6-Adam Shemansky, Notre Dame (2007) 278 137 141
7-Dave Barbossa, Hudson Catholic (1987) 276 155 121
8-Brett Conrads, Newton (2014) 275 171 104
9-Phil Infusino, West Essex (1990) 273 166 107
10-Bryan Bowser, Notre Dame (1997) 273 139 134
11-Dale Scherholz, Hightstown (2000) 271 153 118
12-Bobby Acropolis, Brick (2000) 265 131 134
13-Chris Ohlweiler, Chatham Township (1983) 258 124 134
14-John Demers, Notre Dame (1989) 257 179 78
15-Andrew Redvanly, Pascack Valley (2004) 256 156 100
15-Pat DiMarco, TRN (2) & Peddie (1990-4th year) 256 n/a n/a
17-Andy McLaughlin, Seton Hall Prep (1988) 248 113 135
18-Dale Reinhardt, Delbarton (2004) 246 119 127
19-Derek Maguire, Delbarton (1990) 242 110 132
21-Dave Bodson, Bayonne (2000) 241 114 127
21-Elie Klein, Watchung Hills (2007) 241 129 112
22-Dave Infantino, St. Joseph Regional (1989) 238 118 120
22-Mike Kronfeld, Tenafly (2006) 238 114 124
23-Charlie Mule', TRE (2014) 237 137 100
24-Ryan Enrico, St. Peter's Prep (1998) 237 141 96
25-Derek Scheuer, Paramus Catholic (2000) 236 102 134

Scoring Champions

Year Name, School Points Goals Assists
1979 John Hanifin, Don Bosco Prep 98 62 36
1980 Ed Towers, Morristown Beard 98 53 45
1981 Don Julich, Livingston 89 44 45
1982 Don Julich, Livingston 91 40 51
1983 Chris Ohlweiler, Chatham Township 88 30 58
1984 Bruno Bisiacchi, Hudson Catholic 111 66 45
1985 Jim Dowd, Brick 113 58 55
1986 Jim Dowd, Brick 98 47 51
1987 Jim Dowd, Brick 115 62 53
1988 Jeff Ohlweiler, Chatham 112 67 45
1989 Ken Blum, St. Joseph Montvale 109 50 59
1990 Casey Kutner, Dwight-Englewood 90 55 35
1991 Casey Kutner, Dwight-Englewood 119 75 44
1992 Casey Kutner, Dwight-Englewood 110 64 46
1993 Paul Giblin, Bergen Catholic 116 76 40
1994 Brian Martin, Roxbury 84 42 42
1995 J.J. Picinic, Bergen Catholic 104 59 45
1996 Pat Slocum, Cranford 115 67 48
1997 Dave McKenna, Bayonne 81 36 45
1998 Adam Dilly, Mendham 102 70 32
1999 Dave Bodson, Bayonne 99 40 59
2000 Tyler Reinhardt, Livingston 111 52 59
2001 Tyler Reinhardt, Livingston 96 51 45
2002 Adam Tousant, Hightstown 82 49 33
2003 Andrew Redvanly, Pascack Valley/ Matt Feinbloom, Montville 92 49 43
2004 Jacob Simon, West Orange 84 30 54
2005 J.T. Baxter, Morris Knolls 89 47 42
2006 Anthony Yelovich, Clifton 99 52 47
2007 Dean Combos, Jefferson 95 51 44
2013 Grant Jozefek, Mendham 103 51 52

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