High school ice hockey in Wisconsin

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Ice hockey is a popular sport in the state of Wisconsin. 90 high schools field sanctioned varsity teams competing in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). 8 "club" non-sanctioned Wisconsin High School Hockey teams compete in the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association.

WIAA[edit]

The sanctioned teams compete from the beginning of November until the end of February with maximum number of practices and games. The sanctioned varsity teams are divided into sections used by every sport under WIAA. However, unlike the state tournaments of other prep sports, hockey is not divided into divisions according to the size of the participating schools. All schools, whether the size of a district one or district seven school, compete against one another in state playoffs. Because of this, there are many Wisconsin players and fans from lesser-sized communities who hope that divisions will be instituted for state tournament play.

WAHA[edit]

The "club" teams

Spooner High School B State Champions 1990

Spooner High School C State Champions 1984

State Tournament[edit]

The WIAA began sponsoring a tournament program in boys hockey in 1971. Superior won the first championship, defeating Madison West, 7-3, in the championship game.

The first State Tournament was held at the Dane County Coliseum in Madison. The tournament has been conducted in Madison every year except in 1974 and 1975 when it was held in Green Bay. The Hartmeyer facility in Madison has been the site of some of the State Tournaments, but the Coliseum has been used exclusively since 1980.

Superior leads in most State championships won with 12. Madison Memorial has won eight, and Madison East has won four titles.

Sixteen different schools have won State championships. Superior is the only program to win three consecutive State titles (1994-96). Superior and Madison Memorial are the only programs to win back-to-back titles. Superior has done it twice including its string of three championships (1981-82) and Madison Memorial has accomplished this feat twice (1976-77, 1979-80).

Superior leads in State Tournament appearances with 35. Madison Memorial is next with 29. Northland Pines is third on the list of appearances with 18, and Stevens Point has been to State 17 times. Madison East has made 14 appearances and Madison West has made 12.

Prior to official WIAA involvement in hockey, the Madison schools conducted an invitational from 1964 to 1970 (except for 1966). Eagle River (now Northland Pines) won the first championship, Madison East won the next three, and Superior won the last two." - quoting the WIAA website.

History[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Every season, a "Mr. Hockey" award is given to the most outstanding player in the state as voted upon by the WHCA.

Historical timeline[edit]

WIAA Teams[edit]

School Nickname Colors Conference Championships
Altoona Railroaders Red and Black Independent
Amery Warriors Red and Black Middle Border
Antigo Red Robins Maroon and White Wisconsin Valley 1993
Appleton United Badgerland
Aquinas/Holmen/GET Avalanche Maroon and Yellow Mississippi Valley
Arrowhead Warhawks Classic Eight 2009
Ashland Oredockers Purple and Gold Lake Superior (MN)
Ashwaubenon Jaguars Green and White Fox River Classic
Baldwin-Woodville Blackhawks Black, White & Red Middle Border
Baraboo Thunderbirds Badger
Barron Golden Bears Maroon and Gold
Bay Port Pirates Navy and White Fox River Classic
Beaver Dam Golden Beavers Grean and Gold Badgerland
Beloit Memorial High School Purple Knights Purple and White Big Eight 1999
Black River Falls Tigers Black and Orange
Brookfield Stars Classic Eight
Cedarburg Bulldogs Black and Orange North Shore
Chequamegon/Phillips SEALs (Screaming Eagles and Loggers) Green and White Independent
Chippewa Falls Cardinals Red and White Big Rivers
D.C. Everest Evergreens Green and Gold Wisconsin Valley
De Pere Voyageurs Black and Red Fox River Classic
DeForest Norskies Purple and Black Badger North
Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes Purple and White Big Rivers 2008, 2013
Eau Claire North Huskies Columbia Blue and White Big Rivers
Fond du Lac Cardinals Cardinal and White Badgerland
Germantown Ice Bears North Shore
Grafton Ice Hawks Orange and Green North Shore
Green Bay United Gryphons Fox Rivers Classic
Greendale Ice Force Black and Silver Classic Eight
Hayward Hurricanes Black and Gold Independent
Homestead Highlanders Red and White North Shore
Hudson Raiders White and Blue Big Rivers 2001, 2004
Janesville Bluebirds Green, Blue and White Big Eight
Lincoln High School Red Raiders Red and White Wisconsin Valley
Kenosha Thunder Classic Eight
Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago Lasers Blue and Gold Classic Eight
La Crosse Red Rangers Red, Blue and White Mississippi Valley
Lakeland Thunderbirds Yellow and Black Great Northern
Madison Edgewood Crusaders Maroon and Gold Badger
Madison Lafollette Lancers Maroon and Gray Big Eight
Madison Memorial Spartans Green and White Big Eight 1976–1977, 1979–1980, 1985, 1988, 1998, 2000
Madison West Regents Maize and Blue Big Eight 1983
Manitowoc United Red and White Fox River Classic
Marquette Hilltoppers Blue and Yellow Classic Eight
Marshfield Tigers Orange and White Wisconsin Valley
Medford Raiders Red and Black Great Northern
Menomonie Indians Maroon and Gold Big Rivers 1991
Merrill Bluejays Blue and Red Great Northern
Middleton Cardinals Red and White Big Eight
Monona Grove Silver Eagles Blue and Silver
Monroe Co-op Avalanche Blue and Maroon
New Richmond Tigers Black and Orange
Notre Dame Academy Tritons Royal Blue and White Fox River Classic 2012
Northland Pines Eagles Red, White & Blue Great Northern 1984, 1986, 1989
Northwest (Spooner, Cumberland, Barron, Chetek co-op) Icemen Red, Light Blue, Black, White Independents
Onalaska Hilltoppers Purple and Black West Central
Pius XI High School Popes Navy, Gold & White Classic Eight
River Falls Wildcats Blue and Gold Big Rivers
Somerset Spartans Red, White and Black
Sparta Spartans Red, White, Gold, and Black Mississippi Valley Conference
Stevens Point Panthers Red and Black Wisconsin Valley 2002
Stoughton Vikings Purple and White Badger
Sun Prairie Fightin' Cardinals Red and Gold Big Eight 1997
Superior Spartans Columbia Blue and White Lake Superior (MN) 1971, 1972, 1974, 1981, 1982, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2005
Tomahawk Hatchets Blue and Gold Great Northern
University School of Milwaukee Wild Cats Navy and Gold independent 2006, 2010
Verona Wildcats Black and Orange
Viroqua Blackhawks Black and Orange West Central
Waukesha Wings Black, White and Blue Classic Eight
Wausau East Lumberjacks Red and White Wisconsin Valley
Wausau West Warriors Blue and Gold Wisconsin Valley 2011
Waupun Warriors Black and Gold Badgerland
WNS Storm Red, White, and Blue North Shore

WAHA Club Teams[edit]

School Nickname Colors Championships
De Pere Voyageurs Blue and Bronze 1983,1986,1989,1990,1991,1993,2000,2002,2003
Ashwaubenon Jaguars Green and Gold 1988, 1992, 1998, 2001
Wisconsin Rapids Bulldogs Red, Black and White
Sheboygan Lakers WAHA Varsity Blue, Silver (old); Navy, Gold (new) 2001 (B-Division)
West Bend Ice Black, White, North Dakota Green (old); Black, Green (new) 2004, 2005, 2006

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