High school ice hockey in West Virginia

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Ice hockey is a fairly new high school sport in the state of West Virginia. Eight high schools field teams, all but two (Vipers and Wild) are located in the northern portion of the state, which compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League.

Morgantown High School and University High School combine during the regular season to form one team and during state championship. representing Morgantown high school,University high school,and all other schools in the Morgantown area.[1]

Eastern Panhandle and Charleston recently created teams to allow their sections of the state have representation in West Virginia.

Competition format[edit]

West Virginia has no organized league, and all five teams participate in Western Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. Starting in 2005, a state championship began featuring all of the state's teams. In the first championship was held in 2005, Wheeling Park defeating Wheeling Central Catholic 2-1.

Historical timeline[edit]

1995 - Wheeling Park adds Ice Hockey
2002 - Linsly adds Ice Hockey
2005 - First West Virginia State Championship is held - in overtime Wheeling Park beats Wheeling Central 2-1.
2010 - Second overtime championship game. Wheeling Central beats Wheeling Park 2-1 on a Joey Baker goal.Joseph Baker went on to play D1 club hockey at West Virginia University.
2011 - Wheeling Central wins 11-3 over John Marshall. The win avenges Centrals only loss of the season to win their third state championship. Chas McFarland named playoff MVP.
2012 - Wheeling Central wins their third straight state championship (2010-2012) 3-2 over John Marshall. Harry Lee named playoff MVP.
2013 - Linsly defeats Wheeling Park 8-5 to win Bob Otten Cup .
2014 - Linsly defeats Wheeling Park 8-2 to win second straight Bob Otten Cup .
2015 - Linsly defeats Wheeling Park 5-3 to win third straight Bob Otten Cup. 2016 - Wheeling Central's Derek Death scores a hat trick to help Wheeling Central win their first Bob Otten cup in 3 years 2016 - Vipers Hockey WV add Ice Hockey
2017 - Wheeling Central wins second straight Bob Otten cup as they mount a comeback of 4 goals and Brian Courts nets the overtime winner making the score 8-7

2018-Morgantown Mohawks defeats Martinsburg Vipers 9-6 for the midam West Virginia State Hockey Championship.

2018 - Wheeling Central defeats Wheeling Park 6-2 to win their third straight Bob Otten cup.

West Virginia teams[edit]

School Location Nickname Colors Established League State championships
The Linsly School Wheeling Cadets Orange and Black 2002 ISHL 2013, 2014
Morgantown High School Morgantown Mohigans Blue, Gold, White, and Red PIHL
University High School Morgantown Hawks Blue, Gold, White, and Red PIHL
Wheeling Central Catholic High School Wheeling Maroon Knights Maroon and White PIHL 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018
Wheeling Park High School Wheeling Patriots Red and Blue 1995 PIHL 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
John Marshall High School Glen Dale Monarchs Brown and Gold PIHL
West Virginia Wild Charleston Wild unknown unknown none
Vipers Hockey WV Martinsburg Vipers Yellow and Blue 2016 none

References[edit]

PA Hockey. PA Hockey
PA Hockey History. PA Hockey History
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League
Linsly Hockey. Linsly Hockey

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