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. Six high schools field teams, all of which are located in the northern portion of the state, and all compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League.

Morgantown High School and University High School combine during the regular season to form one team, but for playoffs they are forced to separate into their respective schools.[1]

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.
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 .

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
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, WV)

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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