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Category Archives: High School

Colorado sees high school numbers trending skyward

October 28th, 2015

The Colorado Prep Hockey League (CPHL) continues to experience growth on various levels. Two years ago, the CPHL had just six teams and after growing to 13 teams in 2014, the league now boasts 22 varsity programs for the 2015-16 season. Four junior varsity squads have also been added to the mix this year. The…

Ex-DU coach Gwozdecky comes home, takes job at Valor Christian

September 23rd, 2015

George Gwozdecky had no idea what was next for him. He had just finished his second season as an assistant coach for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning after making it to the Stanley Cup Finals and losing to the Chicago Blackhawks and the only certainty was that he was not returning to Tampa Bay. Gwozdecky…

CPHL another worthy high school option

July 23rd, 2015

Since its inception in 2013, the Colorado Prep Hockey League (CPHL) continues to reach new heights. The USA Hockey-sanctioned circuit began with six teams – Cherry Creek, Cheyenne Mountain, Columbine, Heritage, Regis Jesuit and Resurrection Christian – and was launched in an effort to organize fall high school teams. There were a few high school…

Thriving HPHL continues to gain popularity

July 23rd, 2015

The High Plains Hockey League (HPHL) has been around for over 15 years, but only in the past few has the spring high school league blossomed to unprecedented levels. When Ralph Bammert took over as president of the circuit eight years ago, never would he have imagined the marked progress the league would make in…

Regis Jesuit back to old, championship form

February 25th, 2015

Before Ralston Valley took over the Colorado high school hockey scene the past two seasons, it was all about Regis Jesuit. The Raiders won three state championships in a five-year span and, in 2012, went on to win a USA Hockey national championship in Utah. Well, don’t forget about the Raiders quite yet. They’re back…

Tower stands tall on Res Christian’s defense

January 22nd, 2015

Typically, a position change from forward to defenseman signals the end of a hockey player’s days as a regular scorer. For John Tower, it’s been quite the opposite. The Resurrection Christian standout made the switch to defense last year and, in addition to receiving some prestigious postseason recognition, watched his offensive numbers dramatically ramp up….

Longenecker gets fresh start at Denver East

October 10th, 2014

By Paul Willis Jack Longenecker’s disappointment and uncertainly quickly turned into elation. One of the leading scorers on the Bishop Machebeuf hockey team as a junior last season, Lognenecker and his teammates were shocked at the revelation that the Buffaloes were doing away with their hockey program. “There wasn’t very much of a clear explanation…