The Cherry Creek Schools Board of Education and the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) have approved a proposal to add ice hockey to the high school sports offered in the Cherry Creek School District.
“We have a history of success in high school ice hockey which includes six State Championships between 1977 and 1988, which was the last year of sanctioned ice hockey in the Cherry Creek School District,” said Larry Bull, Director of Activities and Athletics for Cherry Creek Schools. “We are excited to reestablish that tradition of excellence and provide an opportunity for our high school ice hockey athletes – many of whom play competitive club hockey – to compete on a scholastic team for the first time in 24 years. This is something our community has been looking forward to for many years.”
During the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, one All District team of up to 30 players will be based at Cherry Creek High School. The team will be open to all male and female athletes from the district’s six high schools who meet CCSD and CHSAA eligibility requirements. Tryouts will be held in late October 2012 and the season will run from November 9, 2012 through March 2, 2013.
If participation and community support warrant, additional teams may be added in the future. The CCSD team or teams will be part of the CHSAA Peak Conference, which currently has 15 teams from the southern Denver metro area, Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The CHSAA Foothills Conference currently has 14 teams from the north and west Denver metro area, northern Colorado and some mountain schools.
The CCSD high school hockey program will be classified as a participant-sponsored club under the umbrella of Athletics and will be completely self-funded with no monetary contribution requested from the district.
The Cherry Creek School District has a national reputation for excellence in academics, arts, activities and athletics. The district now offers all of the high school sports sanctioned by CHSAA, with the exception of skiing.
For more information about the CCSD high school ice hockey program, contact Cherry Creek High School Athletic Director Darren Knox at 720-554-2462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.