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Fox Chapel's Bill Thomas of Phoenix Coyotes
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Thursday, February 7
Where are they now ? Onward and Upward - 2007 - 2008

   Every year, Pa Hockey searches far and wide for former Pa Hockey Interscholastic Hockey players who are now continuing their careers at the Junior A and NCAA Division Collegiate level. We have compiled our list and the results are in. Now we may miss a player or two on this list, so let us know if we ommitted anyone from this prestigious list for 2007 - 2008.

   We found 39 Players in Division 1 Hockey and we found 57 Players in Junior A Hockey. This is a little below the average in total than over the past five years as we usually find over 100 players. Enjoy the list of Onward and Upward for 2007-2008 ! 

 

 



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Plum's RJ Umberger of the Philadelphia Flyers
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Lebo's Matt Bartkowski now with Lincoln of the USHL
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Monday, January 8
Where are they now ? Onward and Upward 2006-2007
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Somerset's Cullen Eddy - Freshman at Mercyhurst College
Where are they now ? Onward and Upward 2006-2007
   
Once again...we at Pa Hockey have looked far and wide over the rosters of Major Junior A and NCAA Division 1 Colleges across the United States and in Canada and came up with the players from the State of Pennsylvania playing at that level. Keep in mind that this list does not include ACHA Division 1 or NCAA Division 3 [Does include Division 3 for Eastern Pa]. Now we know that when this list gets combed over that we may have omitted a player or two......so if you know of someone playing at that level, please let us know !

Here is the unoffical count:

   Players playing in Division 1 Hockey
    Total = 52 (Western Pa = 24 Eastern Pa = 28)

   Players playing in Junior A Hockey in USHL+NAHL+EJHL
    Total = 55 (Western Pa = 32 Eastern Pa = 23)

   That puts Pa Hockey over 100............Congratulations to all of the players and families for their continued dedication to making Pa Hockey # 1. And continued success for all of those players who strive to further their hockey careers and seek higher education !

    Thank you to Matt Sacks of Breakaway Magazine for his contribution to this report


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Cathedral Prep's Kyle Rogers at Niagara !

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Thursday, March 30
Where are they now ? Onward and Upward 2005-2006
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Fox Chapel's Billy Thomas at Nebraska-Omaha
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    Former Fox Chapel star Billy Thomas has become the 3rd player from Western Pennsylvania to play in the National Hockey League with the Phoenix Coyotes. Thomas, who played for the Foxes in the late 1990's, played in the Amatuer Penguins organization before moving on the Cleveland. Prior to joining the collegiate ranks, Thomas played for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He led the team in scoring in 2003-04, collecting 31-38-69 in 60 games. Thomas played in USHL All-Star Game and earned Tri-City’s team MVP award. He also led the entire USHL in playoff scoring that season with 8-6-14 in 9 games leading Tri-City into that USHL championship. He led the entire nation in scoring among freshman and earned the CCHA Rookie of the Year and became the leading scorer for in the NCAA at the University of Nebraska-Omaha of the CCHA and earned CCHA First Team All-Conference honors. Congratulations to Billy Thomas and the Thomas family on this great accomplishment !

    Once again...we at Pa Hockey have looked far and wide over the rosters of Major Junior A and NCAA Division 1 Colleges across the United States and in Canada and came up with the players from the State of Pennsylvania playing at that level. Keep in mind that this list does not include ACHA Division 1 or NCAA Division 3. Now we know that when this list gets combed over that we may have omitted a player or two......so if you know of someone playing at that level, please let us know.......the list for 2005-2006 is coming to Pa Hockey soon !





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Fox Chapel's Billy Thomas

Where are they now ? Onward and Upward 2004-2005
    Once again...we at Pa Hockey have looked far and wide over the rosters of Major Junior A and NCAA Division 1 Colleges across the United States and in Canada and came up with the players from the State of Pennsylvania playing at that level. Keep in mind that this list does not include ACHA Division 1 or NCAA Division 3. Now we know that when this list gets combed over that we may have omitted a player or two......so if you know of someone playing at that level, please let us know !



Where are they now ? Onward and Upward ~ 2003-2004
   Once again...we at Pa Hockey have looked far and wide over the rosters of Major Junior A and NCAA Division 1 Colleges across the United States and in Canada and came up with the players from the State of Pennsylvania playing at that level. Keep in mind that this list does not include ACHA Division 1 or NCAA Division 3. Now we know that when this list gets combed over that we may have omitted a player or two......so if you know of someone playing at that level, please let us know !

Where are they now ? Onward & Upward 2002-2003 !
Many Western Pa and Eastern Pa Players are going on to College and Juniors for the 2002-2003 season and just a couple of notables are:
- Bernie Chmiel of Central Catholic to Sacred Heart University
- Lou Garritan of Seton LaSalle to Bemidji State University
- Tim Henrotty of Fox Chapel to Northeastern University
- John Zeiler of Thomas Jefferson to St Lawrence University
- Kenny Trombetta of Pine Richland to Yale University
- Nate Guenin of Hopewell and JB Bittner of Seton LaSalle to Ohio State
   ............ and more to come, please let us know if you hear of more players moving on to Division 1 or Major Junior A !!!!!



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Western Pa trailblazer John Mooney played Division 1 at Colorado College !
Where are they now ? ....Onward and Upward 2001-2002 !
Many Former High School players in Eastern and Western Pa have moved on to Juniors or College.

We scanned the Juniors and NCAA looking for the former interscholastic players who are furthering their careers in Junior A and Collegiate Hockey. If you know of anyone else Junior A, NCAA Division 1 or 3 or ACHA Division 1, let us know and we will post it !

Bonus..... a list of Eastern and Western Pa Alumni who played Division 1 Hockey and some who were drafted in the NHL Entry Draft !
Here is the info I gathered on D1 players by
state/province last year:

Here are some stats provided by Mitch Hawkers of Minnesota for the number of Division 1 players by location in 2001:

1.   Ontario       251    15.2%
2.   Minnesota      221    13.4%
3.   Massachusetts 192    11.7%
4.   New York       114    6.9%
5.   Michigan       110    6.7%
6. British Columbia 104    6.3%
7.   Alberta         93    5.7%
8.   Saskatoon       53    3.2%
9.   Illinois       45    2.7%
10   Connecticut    44    2.7%
11. Alaska          40    2.4%
12. Pennsylvania    38    2.3%




PA Hockey
Click here for the PA Hockey Top 25 - 2007-2008
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Wednesday, January 16
2007-2008 PA Hockey Top 25

Every year Pa Hockey goes through the process of picking the top 25 players in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. We invite your thoughts on Pa Hockey on our selections and certainly value your opinions.

       And if that isn't enough our annual list of the top 5 Fans is here and Top 5 Freshman who have come on the scene as well as our Top 5 coaching performances [Western Pa]. Finally, if you are going to start a championship organization and need a place to start and I would guess that these kids are top notch in many people's lists.

  Enjoy it + Comments are welcome..... And if you don't like it you can always discuss in on the Roundtable ..... The Pa Hockey Top 25 is one reason why it the # 1 Interscholastic Hockey Website in the State of Pennsylvania !

     The Pa Hockey Top 25 for Eastern and Western Pa is now posted ........only on Pa Hockey !



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The Top 25 for East & West is here !!!!
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Friday, January 12
2006-2007 Pa Hockey Top 25
Every year Pa Hockey goes through the process of picking the top 25 players in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. We invite your thoughts on Pa Hockey on our selections and certainly value your opinions.

       And if that isn't enough our annual list of the top 5 Fans is here and Top 5 Freshman who have come on the scene as well as our Top 5 coaching performances [Eastern and Western Pa]. Finally, if you are going to start a championship organization and need a place to start and I would guess that these kids are top notch in many people's lists.

Enjoy it + Comments are welcome..... And if you don't like it you can always discuss in on the Roundtable ..... The Pa Hockey Top 25 is one reason why it the # 1 Interscholastic Hockey Website in the State of Pennsylvania !

    The Pa Hockey Top 25 for Eastern and Western Pa is now posted ........only on Pa Hockey !


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PA Hockey Top 25 Eastern and Western Pa is HERE !
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2005-2006 PA Hockey Top 25
      Every year Pa Hockey goes through the process of picking the top 25 players in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. Soooo....... after much anguish and paring down a list of about 100 players the Top 25 in Western Pa is here and its sister Top 25 in Eastern Pa is here as well.

       And if that isn't enough our annual list of the top 5 Fans is here and Top 5 Freshman who have come on the scene as well as our Top 5 coaching performances [Eastern and Western Pa]. Finally, if you are going to start a championship organization and need a place to start
.... our Top 10 Scholars are a great place to start and I would guess that these kids are top notch in many people's lists.

Enjoy it + Comments are welcome..... And if you don't like it you can always discuss in on the Roundtable ..... The Pa Hockey Top 25 is one reason why it the # 1 Interscholastic Hockey Website in the State of Pennsylvania !

    The Pa Hockey Top 25 is now posted on Pa Hockey !


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The Pa Hockey Top 25 is Here !
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2004-2005 PA Hockey Top 25
    Every February Pa Hockey goes through the process of picking the top 25 players in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. Soooo....... after much anguish and paring down a list of about 100 players the Top 25 in Western Pa is here and its sister Top 25 in Eastern Pa is here as well.

       And if that isn't enough our annual list of the top 5 Fans is here and Top 5 Freshman who have bolted onto the scene as well as our Top 5 coaching performances[ Eastern and Western Pa]. Finally, if you are going to battle or want to build a company the question is who would you want to be on the Board of Directors of that entity....well our Top 10 Scholars are a start and I have a sneaking suspicion some of these kids are Ivy League material and the top 10 'Green Acres Moments in Pa Hockey !

    Enjoy it ! Comments are welcome ! And if you don't like it go cry about it on PIHLWeb Discussion Forum ..... The Pa Hockey Top 25 is one reason why it the # 1 Interscholastic Hockey Website in the State of Pennsylvania !

    The Pa Hockey Top 25 is now available !


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Pa Hockey's Top 25 for 2004 is Here !
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2003-2004 Pa Hockey Top 25
   Every February Pa Hockey goes through the process of picking the top 25 players in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. So before all of you tell me how political it is............or how its one man's opinion [actually two now that Matt Sacks has chimed in from Philly].....or that I have my favorites....let me ask this question ?
Besides Tom Pandolfo....who has seen every team in Western Pa play ?

    OK after much anguish and paring down a list of about 100 players the Top 25 in Western Pa is here and its sister Top 25 in Eastern Pa is here as well. And if that isn't enough our annual list of the top 5 Fans is here and Top 5 Freshman who have bolted onto the scene as well as our Top 5 coaching performances. Finally, if you are going to battle or want to build a company the question is who would you want to be on the Board of Directors of that entity....well our Top 10 Scholars are a start and I have a sneaking suspicion some of these kids are Ivy League material !

    Enjoy it ! Comments are welcome ! And if you don't like it go cry about it on PIHLWeb because I love reading uninformed nonsense and they need the 5 million [The ICSHL Website actually gets more hits than PIHLWeb for those counting over 10-15 million because they have better search engines] more hits for all that unreported income they're taking in.....The Pa Hockey Top 25 is one reason why it the # 1 Interscholastic Hockey Website in the State of Pennsylvania !

CORRECTION: Fabulous Freshman 5 should be Wes Waldschmidt whose
   brother Garrett is a Junior for the North Allegheny Tigers


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Who are the Top 25 in 2002-2003 ~ Click here to see them !
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2002-2003 ~ Pa Hockey Top 25
Each year the top 25 players are chosen and each year our esteemed Website chooses the top 5 "Fans of the League".....above is some of the favorite cartoon characters of Western Pa Hockey and Eastern Pa Hockey ......

After much lobbying and anguish and phone calls and games and trips to Johnstown and Erie and even Golden Mile and e-mails and phone calls to our Philly fanatics .........it is finally here....on Pa Hockey's

       > Top 25 Players in Eastern and Western Pa
       > Top 5 Coaching performances and
          Top 5 Freshman flashes in Western Pa
       > and the coveted top 5 'Fans of the League'
       Also included is the Top 25 from 2002 and 2001 which you can
       access by selecting the tabs of our spreadsheet

   The All Star game will be held on Febrary 9th at the Kirk Nevin Arena in Greensburg beginning at 1:00 PM........check out who made the all-stars by clicking on the logo below !
   


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See the Western PIHL All Stars ~ February 9 - Greensburg

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Look to see Pa Hockey's Top 25 in 2002 ?
2001-2002 Pa Hockey Top 25
Pa Hockey has released the much anticipated ....mouth watering ....and true blue list of the 2nd Annual Top 25 Players
of Western Pa as chosen by our esteemed panel of hockey experts !

Also included:
   > Top 5 fans of Interscholastic Hockey in
   > Top 5 Future Young Studs (Freshman)
   > Top 7 Coaching Performances

   Only on Pa Hockey !   


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Follow Tim (left) and Max (right) to Pa Hockey's Top 5 Fans
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2000-2001 Pa Hockey's West Top 25
    Pa Hockey's version of the Top 25 Players in Western Pa and brief profiles on each player and why they were chosen !

    Also Pa Hockey's Exclusive Top 5
"Fans of the League"
   


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Western Pennsylvania ALL-STAR Games
Western Pennsylvania ALL-STAR Games
Saturday January 28th 2006
Valley Sports Complex - New Kensington

Class A - Southwest Conference A 9 Northeast Conference A 2
      HIGHLIGHTS: Freeport's Patrick Spangler scores the hat trick and Sewickley's Scott
       Limbach adds 4 assists in a rout. Freeport's Beau Zack with two goals and Serra's
       Steven Gruhalla, Quaker Valley's Breton McNamara and Mars Mike Kenitz also score for
       the SW. Forest Hills Andrew Judy and Conemaugh Valley's Craig Yingling score for the
       NE.
Class AA - Southwest Conference AA 6 Northeast Conference AA 5
      HIGHLIGHTS: Moon's Chris Simoni scores a pair and Montour's Zach Perry, South Park's
      Matt Nichol and Matt Miley and Peters Township's Dustin Roux score for the SW.
      Kittanning's Justin Kovatch, GCC's Alfosno Arevalo, Latrobe's Miles Ritenour and Pine
      Richland's JOsh Fodor and Jordan Yoklic score for the NE
Class AAA - Northeast Conference AAA 1 Southwest Conference AAA 1 (OT)
      HIGHLIGHTS: Penn Trafford's Joel Sterniak, FC's Eric Thiessen and Shaler's Nick
      Bennardo combine to stop 47 of 48 shots in a 1-1 tie game. Mt Lebanon's Tyler 'the
      Terminator' Murovich and Norwin's Mike Ulicny trade goals in the opening period.
Class Open - 6:30 PM - Northeast Conference Open 4 Southwest Conference Open 1
      HIGHLIGHTS: Penn Hills Anthony Battista, State College's Kurt Collins, Kiski's Adam
      Bowman and Bishop Guilfoyle's Steffan Langguth score as the NE defeats the SW.


This is an opportunity to see the Top 25 Players as selected by PA Hockey strut their stuff with 160 of the top players in Western Pennsylvania. The unfortunate part of these All-Star games is the the Penguins Hornets WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING and again robbing these players an opportunity to represent their school for this High School event.

While that continues to happen, a great story came out of these All-Star Games thanks to John 'Just call me Chief O'Hara' Eddy of Somerset and Mary Sullivan of Woodland Hills after numerous attempts with the Villans to work out a time change with the Joker Commissioner [who has changed over 100 games in the Regular Season Schedule] would not budge on the times of the All-Star Games to accomodate several Junior B and Junior C players who were selected and ARE NOW PARTICIPATING. The Amateur Penguins Organization, who I'll call 'Luke Warm' High School Friendly changed the times of their games at Harmarville to Saturday Night to make this a reality.

When are people in Western Pennsylvania going to learn that there once was co-operation bewteen High School and Amateur......back when R.J. Umberger of Plum [Philadelphia Flyers], Ryan Malone of Upper St Clair [Pittsburgh Penguins], Martin Wilde of Forest Hills [Hershey Bears], J.B. Bittner of Seton LaSalle [Johnstown Chiefs], John Zeiler of Thomas Jefferson [St Lawrence], Kris Mayotte of Central Catholic [Union College], Bernie Chmiel of Central Catholic [Sacred Heaart], Mike Handza of Shaler [Denver University] And Louie Garritan of Seton LaSalle [Bemidji State] among many others, all played High School including All-Star Games and for the Midget AAA or Junior B teams. The result is that these players were able to use this competition and environment to excel and move on to play Division 1 hockey. Today's dilemma is a death struggle over kids cause by people, who frankly care more about lining their pockets rather than helping student athletes advance to the next level and reach higher educational and leadership roles. I know I sound like a broken record people, It's time for change......................the promises in April have just gotten worse and programs are dying !

UP NEXT: MY SOLUTION TO SAVE HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA INCLUDING THE WOEFUL
         CLASS A AND OPEN DIVISION.......STAY TUNED.........SAME BAT TIME ....SAME BAT
         CHANNEL   


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Tuesday, February 14
Plum Hockey Association - R.J. Umberger Night !
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Let's celebrate R.J. Umberger's return to Plum !
JOIN US IN CELEBRATING PLUM HOCKEY ASSOCIATION'S RETIREMENT OF RJ UMBERGER'S #20!

   Join us at Center Ice in Delmont on Friday, February 24, 2006, as Plum Hockey Association honors RJ Umberger! RJ was the 1st Pittsburgh-born player drafted in the 1st round of the NHL Entry Draft and is now playing for the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers. RJ will be on hand to greet fans, friends, old teammates and coaches and to sign autographs from 8:30PM until 9:00PM. An on-ice ceremony to celebrate Plum Hockey Association's retirement of RJ's #20 will take place before the start of the 9:20PM Varsity game between Plum and Bethel Park. All are welcome!


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See the complete Upper St Clair Program History
Upper St Clair wins 500th and Kittanning joins the elite group as well !
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See the complete Kittanning/Armstrong Program History
                                                                        
    It's always fun to take that trip down memory lane and for two programs in Western Pennsylvania, a significant accomplishment is about to take place. As Interscholastic Hockey is in the midst of its 35th season dating back to April 1970's beginnings at the Alpine Ice Chalet, Upper St Clair and Kittanning [Armstrong] have neared a great feat. Both programs are in striking distance of 500 wins overall including Regular Season, League Playoffs and Pennsylvania State Playoffs.

    One glance at the USC History recounts the programs success and two Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships in 1980 and 1987 in addition to the 1986 and 1990 Penguins Cup AAA titles for a total of four. Stories are told of the Brian Crawford game winner in 1980 in defeating Erie McDowell or of Chris Whittmore's game winner against Malvern to cap an undefeated season for the Panthers in 1987.

    The same can be said of the Armstrong / Kittanning program and the lore of the Belmont Ice Arena with rich history and many memories. The most significant the 1991 Penguins Cup championship over Meadville before falling in a nailbitter to Council Rock in the AAA final.
Once known as the Arrows, the Kittanning program has flourished as the Wildcats and is a perennial contender at the Class AA level.

    There is only one place you will be able to follow this story and its right here on Pa Hockey...................Congratulations to both programs and stay tuned as we count to history for two fine hockey programs ......Upper St Clair and Kittanning !

   Countdown to 500 ...... As of February 11, 2006:

    *****Upper St Clair - 500 Wins****
      
      Upper St Clair 9 Butler 2 AAA 02/06/06 Monday at the Ice Castle becomes the first team in Pennsylvania State History to accomplish this watershed............Congratulations to all of the current and former players, coaches, parents and supporters for a truly class organization over the past 36 years since 1971 for their leadership, sportsmanship and a true winning attitude exemplified by the Panther organization !   


   *****Kittanning / Armstrong - 500 Wins
      Upcoming Schedule
Kittanning 8 Peters Township        4 AA 02/15/06 at the Blemont Ice Complex
Read the Story in ***GAME SUMMARIES***


   


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R.J. Umberger slated # 1 pick in 2001 NHL Draft !
Click here to read about Plum's R.J. Umberger who is only two years removed from Pa Hockey ! UPDATE - R.J. was selected as the 15th Overall Selection by the Vancouver Canucks - Congrats to the Umbergers and all of Western Pennsylvania

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Plum's R.J. Umberger

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Read about Vladimir Kulikov !
Former Meadville Goaltender now in Maple Leafs System !
Former Meadville Bulldog goaltender Vladimir Kulikov has landed in the Toronto Maple Leafs farm system. He has an outstanding chance of moving on in professional hockey after playing for Kitchener of the OHL.

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Plum's Umberger signs with Philadelphia Flyers !
R. J. Umberger, the free-agent center from Plum, has accepted a contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The two-year deal calls for a $1.185 million salary if Umberger plays in the NHL and a reduced salary if he is in the minors.

Umberger was Vancouver's first-round draft choice in 2002, but the Canucks traded his rights to the New York Rangers March 9. When New York failed to sign him by June 1, Umberger became a free agent.

Toronto made an offer similar to Philadelphia's and Umberger said it was a "very tough decision" to pick between the Flyers and Maple Leafs.

"I was really impressed with both organizations," he said. "It could have gone either way."

The Penguins - Umberger was a fan of the franchise while growing up - apparently also got real consideration, even though their contract prosposal is believed to have been worth only about $600,000 per season.

"I was serious about the Penguins," Umberger said. "Right now, it just wasn't best fit for me."

Umberger, a center, left Ohio State after his junior year and did not play during the 2003-04 season after failing to work out a contract with the Canucks or Rangers, but clearly does not regret the course he chose.

"I feel like the whole year was worth it," he said.

Umberger plans to go to Philadelphia next month to begin working out. And preparing for his first game action in well over a year.

"I'll have to refresh my memory," he said. "It will be fun, to say the least."


Tri City Storm [USHL]
Check out the USHL and Tri-City !
Local Players lead Tri-City into USHL Championship

   Bill Thomas of Fox Chapel, Jace Buzek of Hempfield and Christian Hanson of Peter Twp are currently playing for the Tri-City Storm of the USHL into the Clark Cup League Championship against Waterloo, which begins tonight. Thomas is the leading scorer for the Storm in the playoffs and was the 3rd leading scorer in the USHL Junior A league for the 2003-2004 season.



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Denver University's Mike Handza !
Shaler's Handza 2nd Western Pa player win NCCA D 1 crown ?
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Allderdice's Dee RIzzo won the National Championship with Michigan State in 1986

    Denver University will play Maine Saturday night in Boston for the Finals of the NCAA Frozen 4 for the National Championship.
Western Pennsylvania has been represented well in the NCAA's the opast few years as Cliff Loya of Mt Lebanon and Jim Abbott of North Catholic participated in the NCAA Division 1 Championship over the past few years.

    Denver's Mike Handza from Shaler plays for Denver University and whould the Pioneers win will join Alderdice's Dee Rizzo as the 2nd Western Pennsylvania player to win a National Championship at the Division 1 level.

    UPDATE: Denver defeats Maine 1-0 in a thriller .....congratulations to Shaler's Mike Handza and the Denver Pioneers !


Philadelphia Phantoms & R.J. Umberger capture the Calder Cup
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Philadelphia Phantom rookie R.J. Umberger
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    The Philadelphia Phantoms completed a four game sweep of the Chicago Wolves to capture the American Hockey Leagues coveted Calder Cup. Plum's R.J. Umberger and Archbishop Ryan's Tony Voce are believed to be the first Pennsylvania born players to ever compete on a Calder Cup Championship team. Congratulations to the Philadelphia Phantoms and R.J. and Tony for making Pa Hockey proud !

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Archbishop Ryan's Tony Voce
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Upper St Clair's own Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone ~ 1st ever Western Pa player in NHL !
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Upper St Clair puts # 1 in the NHL !
   A couple of years ago in December 1997, a lanky skinny young man wandered into the Golden Mile Ice Center for the 1997 Scholastic Showcase with dreams of becoming the first player ever to be raised and trained in Pittsburgh to reach the National Hockey League. The game was Plum vs Upper St Clair and Plum won the game 6-2 and everyone who attended that game that day swore that R.J Umberger would be in the NHL....and he will be there shortly as a member of the Vancouver Canucks.

   What we didn't know at the time was that another young man who played in that same game ....... Upper St Clair's Ryan Malone had similar visions. This Friday Night October 10th, Ryan Malone will suit up for the Pittsburgh Penguins and make history for Pa Hockey in Western Pennsylvania.   


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Visit the Pittsburgh Penguins !
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See all of the All-Star Rosters here !!
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Western Pa Hockey All-Star Games
All-Star Games ~ Sunday January 30th
Ice Castle Castle Shannon, Pa.
NorthEast Conference vs SouthWest Conference

Class A ~ Northeast 3 Southwest 2
HIGHLIGHTS: Westmont-Hilltop's Anthony DeMarco scores a pair
including the game winner with 1:19 remaining in the 3rd period.
Hilltopper teammate and goaltender Patrick Krumenacker stops all 9
shots in the final period. Deer Lake's Moritz Weissenhorn scores the
other goal for the Northeast, while Quaker Valley's Furman South and
Sewickley Academy's Trevor Heck score for the Southwest.

Class AA ~ Southwest 5 Northeast 2
HIGHLIGHTS: Elizabeth Forward's Billy Repass, Montour's Brian Dugan   
and TJ's Brock Heinauer score a goal and add an assist each and
Montour's Chad Talotta and South Park's Ryan Delvecchio score single
to lead the way for the Southwest. Hampton's Patrick Duffy and Pine
Richland's Jordan Yoklic score for the Northeast. Moon's Andrew
Slifkin is brilliant between the pipes stopping 16 of 17 shots in
the final period.

Class AAA ~ Southwest 7 Northeast 0
HIGHLIGHTS: The Bethel Park and Mt Lebanon contingent did a majority
of the scoring as BP's Conner McLean score a goal and added two
assists, Mt Lebanon's Shane Ferguson popped in a pair, Bethel's Tim
O'Brien score a goal and an assist, the Hawks Jacobus Bliek had a
goal and 2 assists, Bethel's Michael Diethorn chipped in two
assists, and Mt Lebanon freshman Tyler Murovich scored a shorthanded
goal [on a Denis Savard spin-a-rama move] to lead the Southwest.
North Allegheny's Paul Dittrich scored and the goaltending tandem of
Cathedral Prep's Ryan Zapolski, NA's Jeff Kristan and Central
Catholic's Bryan Adamczak stopped all 20 Northeast shots for the
shutout.

Class Open ~ Northeast 4 Southwest 2
Chartiers Valley boys light it up as Drew Paocelli scores the hat
trick while teammates Eddie Olczyk adds a goal and 2 assists and
Tommy Miller chips in 3 assists for the Northeast. Ringgold's Dan
Tonini and Wheeling Park's Derek Felici score a goal and an assist
apiece for the Southwest. Maybe next year these players will play
using real all-star jerseys and not cheap imitations or maybe
through my wishful thinking there will be no Open Division?

Couple of Comments:
    Great venue and Great Hospitality by the Ice Castle folks made
       these games fun for all !
Click on the logo or the TITLE to access printable rosters for Class A, AA, AAA and Open


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Denver U's & former Shaler Titan Mike Handza win D1 Title !
Denver wins NCAA Division 1 Crown again !
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Denver U's & former Shaler Titan Mike Handza win D1 Title !
COLUMBUS -

      The Denver Pioneers won their 2nd straight NCAA Division 1 title on Saturday April 9, 2005 over North Dakota 4-1. Former Pittsburgh Forge goaltender Peter Mannino is the most valuable player in the Frozen 4 for his stellar play and former Forge teammates Ryan Dingle and Mike Handza of Shaler are also members of this championship team.

    Congratulations to Peter, Ryan and Mike on a once in a lifetime championship !


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Former Forge goaltender Peter Mannino is MVPO of Frozen Four
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Visit the Forge !
Pittsburgh Forge Junior A Hockey
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Visit the NAHL !
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NAHL Junior Hockey comes to the 'Burgh !

Robertson Cup Finals
Compuware Ambassadors 4 Pittsburgh Forge 0
Compuware Ambassadors 4 Pittsburgh Forge 3 OT
Compuware Ambassadors wins Best of Three 2-0

Click to see the recap !


2004 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Stellar 6
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Check out the Stellar 6 for 2003-2004 !
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The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has named the Stellar 6 hockey players for the 2003-2004 season. Congratulations from Pa Hockey to the following players on their selection:

      Eric Sloan - Mt Lebanon - 2003-04 PG Player of the Year
      Chris Clackson - Peters Township
      Timmy Johnson - Serra Catholic
      Ryan Noone - Serra Catholic
      Matt Quigley - Fox Chapel
      Dan Zabkar - Bethel Park

      The regional Stellar 6 will be named this week and we will release those selections as soon as they become available !

   


Post Gazette
Read about the Post Gazette Stellar 6
2005 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Stellar 6
PA Hockey
The 2005 PA Hockey Stellar 6 Profiles !
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   Below are the 2005 choices for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Stellar 6
Congratulations to Mt Lebanon's Tony Valerino, who was selected Post Gazette Player of the Year.
      
Tony Valerino - Mt. Lebanon - Senior - Forward
Josh Fodor, Pine-Richland - Junior - Forward
Phil Mains, Plum - Senior - Defense
Paul Dittrich, North Allegheny - Junior - Defense
Mike Diethorn, Bethel Park - Senior - Forward
Rob Madore, Peters Township - Sophomore - Goaltender


The Post Gazette has decided NOT to publish the Stellar 6 Regional Selections. Pa Hockey has released its selections for the Stellar 6 Regional Selections in the East, North, South, West, Washington and a special Great Lakes / Nittany region........Only on Pa Hockey !

Stellar 6 - East                        
Chris Cerutti        Penn Trafford        Forward    Junior
Ryan Homanics         Greensburg CC        Goaltender Freshman
Justin Lubasch        Serra Catholic         Forward    Senior
Phil Mains        Plum                Defense           Senior
Joey Manning        Serra Catholic         Forward    Senior
Dan Sidle         Penn Trafford        Defense           Senior
Stellar 6 - North                        
Tom DiDinato        Pine Richland        Forward    Sophomore
Paul Dittrich        North Allegheny Defense           Senior
Josh Fodor        Pine Richland        Forward    Junior
Matt Pekins        North Allegheny Forward    Senior
Bryan Ross        Mars        Goaltender            Junior
Wes Waldschmidt North Allegheny Forward   Junior
Stellar 6 - South                        
Jacobus Bliek        Bethel Park         Defense           Senior
David Crockett        Upper St Clair        Forward    Senior
Rob Madore        Peters Township        Goaltender Sophomore
Tyler Murovich Mt Lebanon      Forward    Freshman
Tim O'Brien        Bethel Park         Forward           Junior
Tony Valerino        Mt Lebanon        Forward    Senior
Stellar 6 - West                        
Mario Panucci        Montour               Forward    Senior
Ryne Savisky        West Allegheny         Forward    Junior
Brian Dugan        Montour               Defense           Senior
Mark Polidor        West Allegheny         Forward    Junior
Andrew Slifkin        Moon               Goaltender Senior
Tommy Miller        Chartiers Valley Forward   Senior
Stellar 6 - Washington                        
Eric Lang        Canon McMillan         Defense   Senior
Dustin Roux        Peters Township         Forward   Junior
Drew Stanton        Canon McMillan        Goaltender Senior
Bryan Papciak        Peters Twp        Forward           Senior
Jeff Hannan        Peters Twp        Forward           Sophomore
Justin Cormack Canon McMillan        Forward           Junior
Stellar 6 - Great Lakes / Nittany [Area outside the Post Gazette in Johnstown/Indiana/Meadville/Erie]                        
Cory Mock        Bishop McCort        Defense           Senior
Joel Shriver         Kittanning        Forward    Senior
Ryan Zapolski        Cathedral Prep         Goaltender Senior
Cory Mills        Indiana               Forward           Senior
Marc Domonkos        Bishop McCort        Forward           Senior
Zach Hepler        Freeport        Defense           Junior


USC picks up # 499 with win over Plum
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USC plows Butler for 500th win of all time !
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Crushers give Bradley 200th career win
By MIKE MASTOVICH
The Tribune-Democrat

Bishop McCort High School hockey coach John Bradley earned ...


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Wednesday, February 15
Mission Accomplished …..# 500 is reached on a magical night in Kittanning !
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KITTANNING -

       On my way up route 66, which was the old route we used to take in the 1970’s, the mind began to wander back to my first game at the Belmont in 1972 to see the Armstrong Arrows take on my favorite team, the Churchill Chargers in a West Penn High School Hockey League tilt attracting a packed house, a band, two of Western Pa Hockey’s top teams and even television. This was High School Hockey in Kittanning and things haven’t changed much over the 35 years in between.

       Sure the teams, the players, the coaches and the fans have come through the gates, but the Armstrong and Kittanning program has been winning hockey games consistently over that time period. Pat McCue, the first great player for Armstrong, returned to participate in the Alumni game this year, as do many others like Scott Patterson, Andy Walbert, current Head Coach Jon Yackmack, his assistants Lee Grafton, and Jamie King, who are just some of the players who have donned uniforms starting in the excellent in-house programs tutored by folks like John Wilson and Dave Crain and finishing their careers with Armstrong or Kittanning. Some outstanding coaching including Jon Spangler, the late Bob Patterson, Joe Ritchey and more recently Al Stipp and Jeff Smouse have engineered the program along with others to 499 wins in Regular Season, League playoff and Pennsylvania State Playoffs to this point over 35 seasons and tonight is the first opportunity to reach 500.

       The flipside of the equation for this evenings contest is Peters Twp, who have won 3 out of the past 4 Pennsylvania Class AA titles. Head Coach Rick Tingle’s squad enters with a 13-4-0 record tied for 3rd seed with Canevin and facing a tough stretch with Kittanning, West Allegheny, Canevin and Indiana for the final four contests. The Indians
are again one of the favorites to be in contention and after a year ago when they proved everyone wrong by going on a magical playoff run there is no question anyone will count them out until they are eliminated from the playoffs. The unfortunate part for Peters is that their team only plays together when ALL of their players are in attendance. Due to the extortionist policies of the ‘Penguins’ Hornets, Peters has been without a half dozen players for many games this season and for Peters sake hopefully all will get ten games in necessary for the Pennsylvania High School playoffs. And hopefully, the league in which they play in will have their act together to avoid the fiasco, which took place a year ago surrounding the Peters Twp – Canon McMillan Penguins Cup semi-final at Harmarville, which was a great hockey game, with a sour taste for many including the winners and the losers.

         So before and packed house at the Belmont, Kittanning and Peters 66, not to be confused with Lebo 66 [their neighbor down Route 19], locked horns in what has been a great rivalry over the years and with a little piece of Western Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania High School Hockey history at stake as the Wildcats look to become the 2nd program in two weeks time to achieve their 500th all-time victory.
   
      With 12:00 remaining in the opening period Wildcat goaltender Joey Mecurio stopped Chris Papciak from in close for the games first big save. With 9:50 left in the opening period, Steven Phelps scored on a rebound beating Mike Mastaracci, from the right side of the crease to give Kittanning a 1-0 lead. Justin Kovatch lit the lamp on a breakaway with 7:00 left on the clock to give the Cats a 2-0 lead. Forty seconds later it was Kovatch, who collected a rebound with 6:20 to go and chipped it past Mastracci to make it 3-0. Then at 5:57, after Mastracci was chased in favor of Fitzgerald, Nick Troup made shot # 1 against the new Peters goaltender count beating him low to the stick side to make it an amazing 4-0 advantage for the home team in a little over 6 minutes. With 2:17 remaining, Evan Blodgett threaded a perfect pass on the back door to Colin McKelvey, who made no mistake and increased the score to 5-0.      

         On to the second period and Kittanning continued the onslaught at 14:17 as Justin Kovatch tipped in a Kyle Adams shot from the point to make it 6-0. At 12:35 Brandon Tingle got the Indians on the board on the power play and then lit the lamp again at 12:04 to give Peters its second goal and make it 6-2. With 9:26 remaining in the second, Brandon Tingle completed the hat trick with a rocket snapshot high over the glove hand side of Joey Mecurio to make this a hockey game at 6-3. Mike Mastracci returned to the game after the 6th Kittanning goal and made a huge save on Lee Heilmann on a breakaway at 6:32 and keep his team within range at 6-3. Peters went on the power play with a little over 4 ½ minutes to go and a chance to cut the lead again and with 3:17 left in the second Dustin Roux unleashed a wrist shot beating Mecurio on the stick side for a power play goal and now a 6-4 hockey game with 4 unanswered goals. With 1:54 remaining, Brandon Tingle followed the bouncing puck over the Kittanning defenseman’s stick and was in on a breakaway, but this time Joey Mecurio stopped him with a big league save.

       After the ice cut, Kittanning went on the power play at 13:34, but Peters was able to kill it off. The Wildcats would settle into a tight checking third period and with 1:38 left in the period, when Lee Heilmann scored from on the doorstep, a hush fell over the Belmont crowd of relief and then a collective roar of the ‘Concerned Citizens of Kittanning’ as the score read Kittanning 7 Peters Twp 4 and Joey Ford added an empty netter in the waning moments, the celebration began as 35 years and 500 wins was a reality for a great hockey program, a great hockey town, who was able to come cheer a great accomplishment for everyone who has stepped on the ice as a player, coach, referee [you too Larry !] and the fans, young and older, like myself who enjoy making the trip to the Belmont !   


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Monday, January 8
King Arthur captures 400th !
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Westmont Hilltop's Art McQuillan
    Westmont Hilltop's Art McQuillan is nearing his 40oth overall victory and can capture it this Thursday Night against Center. Effectionately known as 'King Arthur' will now be know as 'King Arthur McArthur of the Mighty Hilltoppers' McQuillan, who took over the Hilltop program early in the 1987-88 season and has guided the Hilltoppers to 16 appearances in the Penguins Cup playoffs and 17 winning campaigns.
On behalf of Pa Hockey, we would like to congrulate Art McQuillan on his years of service to the Westmont Hilltop Hockey Program and hockey in Western Pennsylvania !

    Read the article of Mike Mastovich of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat

      UPDATE 1/11/07 - Westmont Hilltop 8 Center 3 and coach Art McQuillan captures his 400th All-Time victory


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Read about King Arthur's Conquest

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Quaker Valley's Zac Zinger PG Athlete of the Week
Thursday, January 18
Quaker Valley goaltender honored by Post Gazette
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Congratulations to Quaker Valley & Zac Zinger
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   The Pittsburgh Post Gazette has named Zac Zinger the Athlete of the Week for January 16, 2007. Zac has been a four year starter for the Quakers and was one of the key components to the 2006 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Class A Championship team for QV. Most recently Zac helped lead the Quakers to the Pa Hockey Scholastic Showcase Director's Cup final and was named to the Director's Dozen. The Quakers are currently undefeated at 12-0-1, ranked # 1 in the Post Gazette in Class A and # 1 in Pennsylvania in the Pa Hockey Elite 8 poll for Week 10. Congratulations to Zac Zinger and the Quaker Valley Hockey Club.

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Read about John Zeiler's NHL Debut with LA Kings !
Friday, March 2
Thomas Jefferson's John Zeiler signs with Los Angeles Kings
   Thomas Jefferson's John Zeiler, member of the 3-time Pennsylvania State Champions Jaguars scored his first National Hockey League goal against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday February 22nd. Zeiler, who attended St Lawrence University and went on to play with Manchester of the American Hockey League was signed to a one year contract with the Kings. He becomes the 5th player from Western Pennsylvania to play in the National Hockey League joining R.J. Umberger, Ryan Malone, Billy Thomas and Nate Guenin. Congratulations to John Zeiler on this great accomplishment !

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Friday, January 12
McQuillan achieves win # 400 as Mighty Hilltoppers defeat Center !
CENTER
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Westmont Hilltop 8 Center 3

BEAVER –

             The Center Hockey program returned to Class A from a 4 year absence from Varsity competition, when the program exited after the 2002-2003 season. The Trojans have not faired too well with a 0-10-0 mark scoring 24 goals and surrendering 107. With only 13 schools in Class A and the majority of the teams being above average, Center will likely go this season with no wins and if they do claim victory, it will likely be against a doormat team out of the playoff picture. The unfortunate part about it is that Center is a prime candidate to play developmental hockey or Junior Varsity, which is what the Open Division was supposed to be and not a feasting ground for the sandbagging AAA sized schools & West Virginia schools to pile up statistics so they can see them in the Post Gazette. Quigley, who Center leading scorer Sean Wormald played for two seasons, opted to go to the Open Division and use players from outside the Quigley School District, which should be considered an amateur team and like the other 8 impure teams in the Open Division have no business competing in High School Hockey.

         Westmont Hilltop began play in the 1980-81 season at the War Memorial shortly after the Johnstown area lost the Jets professional and the name McQuillan shortly made an impact in the player ranks with the program …………………although Art McQuillan did not play for the Hilltoppers, brothers Pat, Mickey and Kevin did and some played for their brother, which is very interesting and I am not sure happens a lot. The Mighty Hilltoppers have been traditionally winners and they do it their way a/k/a Art McQuillan’s way. The Westmont family has tradition, have loads of fun, a long line of brothers who have come through, a Penguins Cup in 2003, a great rivalry with Bishop McCort [which is maybe one of the best of all of Interscholastic Hockey] and they have Art McQuillan, who is in rare company of coaches, who have last 15 + years including Meadville’s Jamie Plunkett, Shaler’s Ron Steedle, Chartier’s Valley’s Eddie Schultz and maybe a handful of others who don’t come to mind. The opportunity to win 400 games is an important milestone, not only for the coach, but for the program, the has two more McQuillans on the way in Art’s sons Lane 6 and Cullen 9 to carry the tradition of their father. So sludgin trudging the Mighty Hilltoppers hit the ice and there was something special in the air at Beaver Ice Complex at Brady’s Run Park with the Tribune Democrat’s Mike Mastovich and the Super Techno Doug Heck making the trip to Beaver County, all the way from Johnstown, and the Super Techno also sampled the freshly baked Chocolate Chip cookies from the Beaver County Ice Complex’s refreshment stand.

         In the opening period, Westmont and Center traded goals as Center’s Sean Wormald scored just 30 seconds in to give the Trojans a 1-0 lead. Alex Rohal tied it for Westmont on the power play at 8:53 to tie the score 1-1. Center regained the lead as Zach Morrison scored less than a minute later at 7:56. Kyle Harnish tied the score at 6:16 for the Hilltoppers at 2-2. Shots were surprisingly 8-7 in favor of the Trojans.

         Westmont coach King Arthur McArthur McQuillan made a switch between the pipes inserting Ian O’Brien for backup Brock Rozich. The Mighty Hilltoppers opened the period on the power play and Chad O’Brien beat the Center goaltender Justin Gantz on the short side to give WH the lead 3-2. At 7:45 Kyle Hardish scored a nice goal on a drop pass from Chris Reid, which is typical Art McQuillan hockey to make it 4-2. Brendan Boyle circled around in the Center end and the lofted a wrist shot past Trojan goaltender Justin Gantz with 6:23 to make it 5-2. WH held a 22-4 shot advantage in the middle period.   

          On top the third period and Steve Kohlers wrist shot clanged off the left post and trickled past Gantz to make it 6-2. At 11:46 Center scored as Sean Wormald picked up his second goal. At 11:31, Will Page converted a nice pass from Brendan Boyle on the power play to make it 7-3. Boyle closed out the scoring with 1:13 to play beating Justin Gantz on a wrist shot from in between the circles to make it an 8-3 final. All of the Hilltoppers contributed and gave their coach his 400th victory of all-time.

READ THE TRIBINE DEMOCRAT'S MIKE MASTOVICH's Story by clicking on Icons


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Saturday, January 27
2007 Western Pa Hockey All-Star Game
PIHL All-Star Event
Sunday January 28th
Valley Sports Complex

Class A Game - Southwest 7 Northeast 4
   HIGHLIGHTS: Serra's Josh Werner scores twice as SW races to a 5-1 lead after two
       periods and cruises to victory.

Class AA Game - Southwest 10 Northeast 4
   HIGHLIGHTS: West Allegheny's Ryan Kumpfmiller and Peters Twp's Chris Papciak
       score a pair of goals each as SW pound NE with five first period goals.

Class AAA Game - Southwest 10 Northeast 2
   HIGHLIGHTS: Bethel Park's David Spadacene scores four times and Kenny Lehmann
       picks up 5 assists and Meadville's Patrick Leone scores twice as SW scores
       four times in the 2nd and four more in the 3rd period for an easy win.

Open Class Game - Southwest 5 Northeast 2
   HIGHLIGHTS: Morgantown sophomore forward Kyle Richards collected two goals as SW
       defeats NW



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Northeast Conference vs Southwest Conference

Class A   Game ...


2004 Western Pa Hockey All Star Game
   The results of the 2004 PIHL All-Star games played 1/31/04 @ the Mellon Arena

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Mt Lebanon vs Bethel Park - Winter Classic II
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Friday, February 22
Winter Classic too !
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Mt Lebanon's Rob Behling & Chris Cummings
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   Bethel Park and Mt Lebanon will play their regular season finale at the South Park outdoor hockey rink on February 28th at 8:00 PM. Both schools have clinched playoff spots in the upcoming Class AAA Penguins Cup playoffs and will be looking to replicate the Buffalo - Pittsburgh game played on New Year's day.

  The paths of Interscholastic Hockey began 37 years ago when I first met Jamie Cummings, who was a goaltender for Mt Lebanon playing at the Alpine Ice Chalet in the first season. At the time, Mt Lebanon hockey prided itself on defense and great goaltending and that tradition continues today as the # 2 seed Blue Devils prepare to take their run at the 2008 Penguins Cup AAA title. Tonight, another first in Western Pennsylvania High School Hockey as Cummings son, Chris and teammate Robbie Behling [pictured above], owner of eight shutouts this season will take on rival Bethel Park in an outdoor Charity Classic at South Park OUTDOOR rink off Corrigan Road.

   The idea came from the Pittsburgh Penguins / Buffalo Sabres Winter Classic game in January in Buffalo. Blue Devils coach Paul Taibi and Hawks coach Jim McVay headed up the effort to have the game benefit Junenile Diabetes, so the $ 5 admission will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, headed by Jamie Cummings, who son Chris is a diabetic, along with coach McVay and Taibi. Pa Hockey is donating $ 58 to the effort and will be on hand to cover the action ! 

   

 



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Mt Lebanon vs Bethel Park - Winter Classic II

Penguins Cup
If the Penguins Cup Playoffs Started Today and Division Titles are here !
Friday, January 18
If the Penguins Cup Playoffs Started Today and Division Titles
Pa Hockey History
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   The Penguins Cup Playoffs are headed down the stretch run at Class AAA, Class AA and Class A as the teams in Western Pa all begin to prepare to make a run for the Penguins Cup.

Check out the feature you will see 'Only on Pa Hockey!' as we bring to the wire of the regular season into March Madness and the Western Pa Hockey Playoffs.

We will also keep tabs on the Team as they clinch playoff berths and Division titles:

Congratulations to the following teams for clinching a berth in the Penguins Cup Playoffs:

Class AAA - Pine Richland - Mt Lebanon - North Allegheny - Seneca Valley - Bethel Park - Central Catholic - Meadville - State College - Shaler - Norwin - McDowell - Upper St Clair - Fox Chapel - Penn Trafford - Canon McMillan

Class AA - Latrobe - Canevin - Franklin Regional - West Allegheny - Peters Twp - Thomas Jefferson - South Park - Montour - Moon - Greensburg CC - Indiana 

Class A - Mars - Quaker Valley - Serra Catholic - Freeport - Bishop McCort  - Beaver - Westmont Hilltop - Sewickley Academy - Somerset - Hampton - Richland Cambria   

And to the 2008 Division title winners 

Class AAA - Pine Richland - Mt Lebanon - North Allegheny - State College 

Class AA - Latrobe - Franklin Regional - Canevin - South Park

Class A - Mars - Quaker Valley - Bishop McCort - Serra Catholic

 



Thursday, January 8
Where are they now ? Onward and Upward - 2008 - 2009
Where are they now ? Onward and Upward - 2008 - 2009

   Every year, Pa Hockey searches far and wide for former Pa Hockey Interscholastic Hockey players who are now continuing their careers at the Junior A and NCAA Division Collegiate level. We have compiled our list and the results are in. Now we may miss a player or two on this list, so let us know if we ommitted anyone from this prestigious list for 2008 - 2009.

   We found 39 Players in Division 1 Hockey and we found 57 Players in Junior A Hockey. This is a little below the average in total than over the past five years as we usually find over 100 players. Enjoy the list of Onward and Upward for 2008-2009 ! 

 



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Peters Townshp's Christian Hanson !
Wednesday, April 1
Christian Hanson signs with the Toronto Maple Leafs
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Peters Townshp's Christian Hanson on ESPN !

 

     Peters Townshp's Christian Hanson  signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. Christian played for the Indians in the 2001 and 2002 Season and was a member of the 2002 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Class AA Championship Team. Hanson went on to play in the USHL Junior Hockey for the Tri-City Storm and then played for the Notre Dame Fignting Irish until landing with Toronto. Christian's father is the Manager of the RMU Island Sports Center and a Coach in the Pittsburgh Hornets organization ......Congrats to Christian Hanson and good luck in the National Hockey League ! 

  

Story from Toronto Maple Leafs Website

 http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=416108

Story on ESPN

http://videos.espn.com/m/video/20919965/christian_hanson_son_of_slap_shot.htm

 



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Chicago Showcase Website
Wednesday, April 1
2009 Chicago Showcase
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Team Pittsburgh - 2009
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Team Pittsburgh Schedule (Pool A)
Day Date Rink Time Home Visitor
Wed Apr 15 Jefferson East (Bensenville) Blackhawk rink 7:00 PM Pittsburgh Michigan

Michigan 5 Pittsburgh 2

HIGHLIGHTS: Quaker Valley's Colin South and Latrobe's JeffJoe Regula  score for Team Pittsburgh

Thu Apr 16 Jefferson East (Bensenville) Blackhawk rink 9:00 AM New Jersey Pittsburgh


New Jersey 3 Pittsburgh 1

HIGHLIGHTS: New Jersey breaks a 1-1 ties scoring with a little over two minutes remaining and adds an empty netter. Bethel Park's Tommy Whetsel scores for Pittsburgh

Fri Apr 17 Jefferson East (Bensenville) Blackhawk rink 3:30 PM Pittsburgh Minnesota

Minnesota 4 Pittsburgh 1

Pittsburgh 3 Colorado 3

Mt Lebanon' Brooks Behling, QV's Colin South and Latrobe's JeffJoe Regula score for Team Pittsburgh


TEAM PITTSBURGH - 2008-2009 CHICAGO SHOWCASE
             
          HIGH SCHOOL  
  LEAGUE CLASS   PLAYER TEAM POSITION
             
  PIHL AAA   TOMMY WHETSEL BETHEL PARK F
  PIHL A   TODD THOMAS BISHOP MCCORT F
  PIHL AAA   NILAN NAGY CANON MCMILLAN D
  PIHL AAA   MICHAEL KRETZ CENTRAL CATHOLIC D
  PIHL AAA   ALEX GALBRAITH CENTRAL CATHOLIC F
  PIHL AA   PATRICK COYNE FRANKLIN REGIONAL F
  PIHL A   MICHAEL LUONGO HAMPTON F
  PIHL AA A BRODY AUKERMAN LATROBE D
  PIHL AA   JAYSON ANGUS LATROBE F
  PIHL AA   JEFFJOE REGULA LATROBE F
  PIHL AA   BRANDON MAGEE MEADVILLE D
  PIHL AA   MATT WREGGETT UPPER ST CLAIR G
  PIHL AAA   BROOKS BEHLING MT LEBANON F
  PIHL AA   MATT MADORE PETERS TWP G
  PIHL AAA   KYLE ADAMS PINE RICHLAND D
  PIHL A   COLIN SOUTH QUAKER VALLEY F
  PIHL AAA   KALEB SCHWAB SENECA VALLEY D
  PIHL AAA   LOGAN PFEFFER SENECA VALLEY F
  PIHL AAA   MICHAEL ROHM SENECA VALLEY F
  PIHL AAA   ZAC LYNCH SHALER F
             
        JIM MCVAY BETHEL PARK HEAD COACH
            ASSISTANT
            ASSISTANT
        GINA COLLIGAN   GENERAL MANAGER

                   Team Philadelphia Schedule (Pool B)

Wed Apr 15 Jefferson West (Bensenville) AHAI rink 4:00 PM Philadelphia Illinois

Illinois 5 Philadelphia 3

HIGHLIGHTS: Conestoga's Alex Smith, Parkland's Michael Kozza and Sam Ladyzinski score for Team Philadelphia

Thu Apr 16 Jefferson West (Bensenville) AHAI rink 8:00 AM Philadelphia North Dakota

North Dakota 6 Philadelphia 4
Fri Apr 17 Jefferson East (Bensenville) Blackhawk rink 11:30 AM Texas-Oklahoma Philadelphia

Philadelphia 3 Texas - Oklahoma 0

Highlights: Kevin Meers, Sam Ladyzinski and Michael Kozza score for Team Philadelphia and Ryan Ashby earns the shutout in goal

Philadelphia 3 Florida 1

Highlights: Luke DeHart, Eric Brawley and Sam Ladyzinski score for Philly

TEAM PHILADELPHIA - 2008-2009 CHICAGO SHOWCASE
             
        HIGH SCHOOL    
LEAGUE CLASS   PLAYER TEAM POSITION GRADE
             
  3   CHAD GURNEY ACADEMY OF NEW CHURCH F SR
  12   ALEX SMITH CONESTOGA F JR
  7   PETER MALAMUD COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH F JR
  2   SCOTT LANG HERSHEY F JR
  9   JIMMY PRIVITO HIGHLAND REGIONAL F JR
  8   JORDAN HANTH OWEN J ROBERTS D JR
  5   MICHAEL KOZZA PARKLAND F SR
  1   PAUL MENTA PENNCREST G JR
  10   SEAN NIELSEN PERKIOMEN VALLEY D SR
  14   SCOTT WALLACE RIDLEY F SR
  6   ERIC BRAWLEY SPRINGFIELD F SR
  35   RYAN ASHBY STRATHHAVEN G JR
  4   KEVIN MEERS TWIN VALLEY D JR
  11   LUKE DEHART WEST DEPTFORD D SR
  15   GREG STEERS WEST DEPTFORD F SR
             
      GUMP WHITESIDE GERMANTOWN ACADEMY HEAD COACH
      DAVE BAUN   ASSISTANT  
      GREGG MARGINARI   ASSISTANT  
      KEN HAAS   GENERAL MANAGER
      NANCY HUGHES   GENERAL MANAGER
             


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Christian Hanson of Peters Twp leads # 1 Notre Dame in 08-09
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Thursday, January 22
Onward and Upward - 2008 - 2009
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Radnor's Colby Cohen competes for Boston University
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   Every year Pa Hockey searches high and low for the former Pennsylvania Interscholastic talent that has moved on to play Junior A in the USHL, NAHL, EJHL and Collegiate Hockey in the NCAA Division 1 in the Atlantic Hockey, CCHA, College Hockey America, ECAC, Hockey East,  and WCHA.

     We found 95 players from Pennsylvania including 51 from Western Pennsylvania and 44 from Eastern Pennsylvania who made our coveted list. Now we know some of you have the inside information that we may have missed a couple of players, so please let us know.

      Onward and Upward we go for 2008-2009 and enjoy the list ! 

 

 



PA Hockey
2009 Pa Hockey Top 25
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Tuesday, February 10
2008-2009 PA Hockey Top 25
2008-2009 PA Hockey Top 25

          Every year Pa Hockey goes through the process of picking the top 25 players in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. We invite your thoughts on Pa Hockey on our selections and certainly value your opinions.

          We really couldn't validate our annual list of the top 5 Fans since the lack of attendance and lack of participation on our forum has been a realative disappearing act. The Top 5 Freshman who have come on the scene and some pretty good Top 5 coaching performances [Western Pa].  Finally, if you are going find a group of top 25 players from under a rock, you will not have to look far because we left no stone unturned.

          Enjoy it + Comments are welcome..... And if you don't like it you can always discuss in on the Roundtable ..... The Pa Hockey Top 25 is one reason why it the # 1 Interscholastic Hockey Website in the State of Pennsylvania !

          The Pa Hockey Top 25 for Eastern and Western Pa is now posted ........only on Pa Hockey !

 www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PAHOCKEY0809TOP25.xls

 



Under Construction
2009 - 2010 Western PA Hockey Schedule is HERE !
Wednesday, September 30
2009 - 2010 Western PA Hockey Season

   The 17th Annual Western Pennsylvania Hockey Coaches Pre-Season Poll will be tallied and the results will be posted prior to the start of the Regular Season.

 

    PA HOCKEY - PRE-SEASON
PENGUIN CUP ELITE "8" ~ COACHES POLL
2009-2010  "AAA AA & A" DIVISION  
CLASS DIVISION TEAM VOTE %
AAA 1 SENECA VALLEY 8.94
AAA 2 SHALER 8.00
AAA 3 NORTH ALLEGHENY 5.25
AAA 4 UPPER ST. CLAIR 5.13
AAA 5 PINE-RICHLAND 4.00
AAA 6 CANON MCMILLAN 3.69
AAA 7 BETHEL PARK 3.69
AAA 8 MCDOWELL 1.75
OTHER SCHOOLS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION:    
  MT LEBANON - FOX CHAPEL - CENTRAL CATHOLIC    
       
AA 1 PETERS TOWNSHIP 8.08
AA 2 LATROBE 7.83
AA 3 MONTOUR 6.00
AA 4 MEADVILLE 6.00
AA 5 CANEVIN 5.58
AA 6 WEST ALLEGHENY 3.58
AA 7 FRANKLIN REGIONAL 3.25
AA 8 MOON 1.58
OTHER SCHOOLS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION:    
  GREENSBURG CC - CATHEDRAL PREP    
       
A 1 MARS 8.89
A 2 SERRA CATHOLIC 6.78
A 3 KITTANNING 6.67
A 4 BISHOP MCCORT 6.22
A 5 HAMPTON 4.33
A 6 WESTMONT-HILLTOP 2.89
A 7 KNOCH 2.78
A 8 QUAKER VALLEY 2.56
OTHER SCHOOLS RECEIVING CONSIDERATION:    
  SEWICKLEY ACADEMY - SOUTH FAYETTE  

 

    Also, keep an eye here for the PA Hockey Weekly Standings and Rankings for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Top 5 and the Pa Hockey Elite 8 Statewide Rankings throughout the 2009 - 2010 Season.

     The Elite 8 Previews are coming soon !    

 

   

 

  



Wednesday, October 21
2009-2010 Western PA Hockey Previews

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Preview ~ Courtesy of Chris Adamski with contributions from Pa Hockey

 http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09289/1005813-364.stm 

 

Western Pa Hockey 2009 – 10 Interscholastic Preview

 CLASS AAA  

     Seneca Valley’s Logan Pfeffer can convert a breakaway or wide open chance nine out every ten times in his head and  is also pretty good at doing it in person as well. For that one time he missed the open opportunity in overtime at the Mellon Arena against Shaler and then Shane Shiring scored to propel the Titans to their 1st Penguins Cup title in 38 years, it has made the Raiders a hungrier team in the two pre-season contests and also influence the coaches to rank Seneca Valley the # 1 Team in Western Pa Hockey. The Raiders return Pfeffer, goaltender Ryan Schutte, Brandon Platt, Tyler Messica and others in an attempt to return to the Penguins Cup in 2010. Shaler fell short and they were closer than many think to unseating LaSalle as Pennsylvania Class AAA Champions and return Zac Lynch, Patrick Schaefer and Shane Shiring to try to repeat.  Upper St Clair returns e Matt Wregget to bolster its Semi-Final appearance from a year ago with James Kline and rising underclassmen Justin Selep and C.J. Murray to raise the Panthers chances for a Penguins Cup.  North Allegheny has Lindsay Holdcroft back between the pipes and Tyler Wright and James Ogle to lead a stong contingent for the Tigers in 2010.

Pine Richland lost a little luster from a year ago missing the Penguins Cup for the first time in four years, but Nolan Trombetta, Bryan Watt and goaltender Dan Szymnaski will lead Richland this year to return to form. Bethel Park, McDowell, and Canon McMillan round out the Elite 8 in Class AAA.

 

Pa Hockey 2009-2010 AAA Penguin Cup Champions = Seneca Valley Raiders

Pa Hockey 2009-2010 AAA Penguins Cup Darkhorse =  Canon McMillan Big Macs

 

CLASS AA

  Latrobe has ruled the Pennsylvania Class AA crown for the past two years and according to the coaches that reigh is coming to an end. The Wildcats return Zach LaDuke, Jayson Angus and Dillon Hunter and shoud be a very good team in Class AA.

Peters Township is the coaches choice to unseat Latrobe and the Indians will have Matt Lison from Canevin joining a potent attack with Kevin Hough and Jake Boss in front of goaltender Matt Madore. Montour returns Michael Zagari, Zach Milnarcik and Andy Beck to try to lead the Spartans back to the Penguins Cup final. Meadville will have to regain the scoring touch with returnees Bill Espy, Dean Wisinski and Drew Finton leading the Bulldogs who are now on a 7 year drought since their last State Championship. Canevin is a team that keeps knocking on the Penguins Cup door and will rely on Vince Nicollella, Frankie Vance and Jon Kostial to lead another run at the Penguins Cup. West Allegheny, Franklin Regional and Moon round out the Elite 8.

 

Pa Hockey 2009-2010 AA Penguin Cup Champions = Peters Twp Indians

Pa Hockey 2009-2010 AA Penguins Cup Darkhorse = Canevin Crusaders

   CLASS A

     Mars won their first Penguins Cup in school history a year ago after some mid-season turmoil and a coaching change. The Planets appear to be favored again as goaltender Tyler Stepke, Michael Mazzotta and Tyler Whiteford lead a strong team in to the Class A season. Serra Catholic returns Erik Manetta and Jarrett Ruchka to a team that fell short to rivals Bishop McCort in the Semi-Finals. The Crimson Crushers will lean on the goaltending of Jimmy Stenger and offense of Bryan Scott, Zach Barto and Dane Domonkos and should be a strong final 4 candidate. The newcomer to Class A is Kittanning and the Wildcats are an interesting choice in their first season in this classification with Willy Koster and brothers Jurgen and Deiter along with Troy Schall to run the table against a stronger Class A field. Hampton’s hopes rest with the goaltending of Sam Wilson and an offense led by Alex Mueller to round out the top 5. Westmont-Hilltop, Knoch and Quaker Valley are all teams who should finish in the Elite 8 in 2009-2010.

 

Pa Hockey 2009-2010 A Penguin Cup Champions =  Mars Planets 

Pa Hockey 2009-2010 A Penguins Cup Darkhorse =  Kittanning Wildcats 



PA Hockey
Click here to see the 10th Annual Pa Hockey Top 25 Players !
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Wednesday, February 10
PA Hockey Top 25 2010

 

   Every Year Pa Hockey picks the top 25 Players in its annual list of players in Class AAA, AA and A. The List includes players we think make a difference on their team from their outstanding play throughout the season. We also include our top 5 Coaching Performances, top 5 Freshmen and the schools with the top 5 fans. Enjoy the list ! 

www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PAHOCKEY0910TOP25.xls



Kenny Reiter UMD Plum
Plum's Kenny Reiter of Minnesota Duluth
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Sunday, April 10
Plum's Kenny Reiter becomes 3rd Western Pa Player to win NCAA Division 1 title

   Plum's Kenny Reiter played outstanding between the pipes to lead Minnesota Duluth to their first ever NCAA Division 1 Hockey Title. Reiter joins Dee Rizzo [Allderdice] Michigan State and Mike Handza [Shaler] Denver University as players from Western Pennsylvania to win an NCAA Division 1 Ice Championship Hockey. Congrats to Kenny Reiter and the Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth ! 

 Read Article below

http://www.sctimes.com/article/20110410/SPORTS0401/104100047/0/ENT01/Men-s-college-hockey-NCAA-championship-took-OT-Bulldogs-champs?odyssey=nav|head



Matt Bartkowski
Matt Bartkowski of Mt Lebanon
Thursday, December 23
Onward and Upward - 2010-2011
Every year Pa Hockey searches high and low for the former Eastern and Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic talent that has moved on to play Junior A in the USHL, NAHL, EJHL and Collegiate Hockey in the NCAA Division 1 in the Atlantic Hockey, CCHA, College Hockey America, ECAC, Hockey East,  and WCHA.

     We found over 118 players from Pennsylvania from Western Pennsylvania and from Eastern Pennsylvania who made our coveted list. Now we know some of you have the inside information that we may have missed a couple of players, so please let us know.

    Also included in our list is the players from Eastern and Western Pennsylvania that have gone on to play in the National Hockey League. This past week, Mt Lebanon's Matt Bartkowski got the call from the Boston Bruins and made his debut at Consol Energy Center aginst the Pittsburgh Penguins. Matt completed his HS Career at Mt Lebanon earning a State Championship and then went on to play at Ohio State, which proves YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LEAVE PITTSBURGH to make the NHL.   

    Onward and Upward we go for 2010-2011 and enjoy the list !

  www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PIHLCOLL11.xls

 



PA Hockey
See the Pa Hockey Top 25 for 2010-2011
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Tuesday, March 8
Pa Hockey Top 25

www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PAHOCKEY1011TOP25.xls

Pa Hockey Top 25

Our Annual Listing of the Top 25 Players in Class AAA, AA and A and includes top 5 Freshman and Top 5 Coaching Performances.  

 

 



Pa Hockey History
PA Hockey Top 25
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Monday, January 31
PA Hockey Top 25

 

    Another time tested tradition is the Pa Hockey Top 25, which honors the top 25 Players in Eastern and Western Pennsylvania. This coveted list will be coming to Pa Hockey over the next week or so

 



Under Construction
PA Hockey - West Final 2010-2011 Standings & Rankings
Wednesday, November 3
2010-2011 Western Pa Hockey Standings and Rankings

2010-2011 Western Pa Hockey Standings and Rankings

    Pa Hockey will begin the PA Hockey Post Gazette Top 5 Rankings and the Elite 8  Western Pa Rankings at Class AAA, AA and A beginning this week on Pa Hockey

www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PAHockey1011Week18Standings.xls

 

             
    PA HOCKEY
POST GAZETTE TOP 5 
2010-2011  "AAA AA & A" DIVISION        
    FINAL - WEEK 18        
CLASS DIVISION TEAM W L T PTS
AAA 1 FOX CHAPEL 18 2 0 36
AAA 2 CANON MCMILLAN 15 4 1 31
AAA 3 UPPER ST CLAIR 13 6 1 27
AAA 4 BETHEL PARK 14 4 2 30
AAA 5 STATE COLLEGE 11 7 2 24
             
AA 1 PETERS TOWNSHIP 17 2 1 35
AA 2 CHARTIERS VALLEY 15 5 0 30
AA 3 LATROBE 15 4 1 31
AA 4 CANEVIN 16 4 0 32
AA 5 MONTOUR 12 6 2 26
             
A 1 KITTANNING 20 1 0 40
A 2 MARS 20 1 0 40
A 3 WESTMONT HILLTOP 16 4 1 33
A 4 QUAKER VALLEY 15 6 0 30
A 5 SERRA CATHOLIC 16 4 1 33

 



Penguins Cup
Western Pa Hockey Division Titles
Monday, January 31
Western Pa Hockey Division Titles

    Western Pa Hockey would like to congratulate the following schools on capturing Division Titles:

The Complete History of Western Pa Hockey Division Titles

 www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PIHLDivisionChampions2011F.xls

AAA 

Fox Chapel Foxes - Foxes clinch first division title since 2004

North Allegheny Tigers - 7th Division Title in 10 Years 

State College Little Lions - 4 Division Titles in a row

Canon McMillan Big Macs - 1st Ever Division Title in Class AAA

AA

Latrobe Wildcats - Latrobe wins their 5th Division Title in a row

Peters Twp Indians - 6th in the last 9 years for PT

Canevin Crusaders - 4 in row for Canevin

Montour Spartans - First Division Crown since 2005

  A

Mars Planets - Mars wins 5th Divison Title in a row and 8th in the last 11 years

Hampton Talbots - Talbots make it two in a row

Serra Catholic Eagles - 11 Titles in 12 years for the Eagles

Kittanning Wildcats - 2 Division Crowns in a row &13th in the history of the program



Saturday, March 5
Western Pa Hockey Division Titles - History
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Division Titles (2000-2015)
             
Class Class AAA Class AAA Class AAA Class AAA Class AAA Class AAA
Division EAST NORTHEAST NORTH SOUTH SOUTHWEST WEST LAKE
             
Class AAA            
2000 Hempfield Gateway Allderdice Bethel Park North Allegheny Cathedral Prep
2001 Gateway   Central Catholic Bethel Park   North Allegheny
2002 Plum   Central Catholic Bethel Park   Meadville
2003 Franklin Regional Latrobe Central Catholic Bethel Park   Meadville
2004 Penn Trafford   Fox Chapel Mt Lebanon   Meadville
2005 Penn Trafford   Plum Bethel Park   North Allegheny
2006 Penn Trafford   North Allegheny Mt Lebanon   Meadville
2007 Plum   North Allegheny Bethel Park   McDowell
2008 State College   Pine-Richland Mt Lebanon   North Allegheny
2009 State College   Shaler Upper St Clair    Pine-Richland
2010 State College   Shaler Upper St Clair    Seneca Valley 
2011 State College   Fox Chapel Canon McMillan   North Allegheny
2012            
2013            
2014            
2015            


Saturday, March 5
Western Pa Hockey Division Titles - History
Class AA            
2000 Greensburg CC Kittanning Pine-Richland Thomas Jefferson Canevin Beaver
2001 Greensburg CC Indiana Pine-Richland South Park  Montour Beaver
2002 Latrobe Indiana Pine-Richland Peters Twp Montour Beaver
2003 Greensburg CC   Kittanning Peters Twp Canevin Canon McMillan
2004 Kittanning   Montour Thomas Jefferson   Peters Twp
2005 Indiana   Pine-Richland Canon McMillan   Montour
2006 Kittanning   Pine-Richland Canon McMillan   West Allegheny 
2007 Latrobe   Pine-Richland Thomas Jefferson   Moon
2008 Latrobe   Franklin Regional South Park    Canevin
2009 Latrobe   Meadville Peters Twp   Canevin
2010 Latrobe   Meadville Peters Twp West Allegheny  Canevin
2011 Latrobe   Montour Peters Twp   Canevin
2012            
2013            
2014            
2015            
Class A            
2000 Bishop McCort   Mars Serra Catholic   Quigley
2001 Bishop McCort   Somerset Serra Catholic   Quigley
2002 Bishop McCort   Mars Serra Catholic   Quaker Valley
2003 Bishop McCort   Mars Serra Catholic   Quaker Valley
2004 Bishop McCort   Somerset Serra Catholic   Quaker Valley
2005 Bishop McCort   Westmont Hilltop Serra Catholic   Quaker Valley
2006 Bishop McCort   Westmont Hilltop Serra Catholic   Quaker Valley
2007 Conemaugh Valley   Freeport Mars   Quaker Valley
2008 Bishop McCort   Serra Catholic Mars   Quaker Valley
2009 Bishop McCort   Serra Catholic Mars   Quaker Valley
2010 Kittanning   Serra Catholic Mars   Hampton 
2011 Kittanning   Serra Catholic Mars   Hampton 
2012            
2013            
2014            
2015            


PA Hockey
PA Hockey's Top 25 + History of Top 25
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Thursday, January 12
Pa Hockey Top 25 - 2011-2012
Pa Hockey's - Western Pa Top 25 Players of 2011-2012  
     
     
AAA Michael Ambrose Upper St Clair 
AAA Alexander Baskerov Canon McMillan
A Nick Blaney  Mars
AA Shane Brudnock Latrobe 
AA A.J. Coleman  Moon
AA Chris Coombs Cathedral Prep
AAA Scott Cromling  Norwin 
A Austin Heakins  Mars
AAA Jake Hetz Shaler 
A R.J. Kendi  Serra Catholic 
A Kevin Kenny  Quaker Valley
A Willy Koster  Kittanning 
AA Jason Kumpfmiller West Allegheny 
AAA Dalton Landman North Allegheny
A Luke Leya Hampton 
AAA Dan Maier  Penn Trafford
AAA Alex Margraf  McDowell
A Noah McQuillan Westmont Hilltop
AAA Zack McKown Canon McMillan
AA Justin Sabilla Chartiers Valley 
A Nick Schultz  South Fayette
AA Josh Singley  Latrobe 
AAA Conlon Sodrosky  Penn Trafford
AA Matt Walsh  Canevin
AA Andrew Walters  Plum
AA  Alec Zaphiris Cathedral Prep
     
     
Note: Well over 100 names were considered for the Top 25 and each of the Top 25 brought a little something extra to distinguish themselves
     
     
Pa Hockey's - Western Pa Top 5 "Coaching Performances " -2011-12
     
AAA Dave Hornack  Mt Lebanon
AAA Brian Lehneke Penn Trafford
A Kevin Quinn  Quaker Valley 
AA Jeff Tebaldi Cathedral Prep
AA  Tim Veach West Allegheny
     
     
Pa Hockey's - Western Pa Top 5 "Future Young Studs " -2011-2012 (Top Freshman)
     
  Christian Miller  Kittanning
  J.R Oddi  Canon McMillan
  Austin Tonkovich Canon McMillan
  Brett Berner  North Hills
  Trevor Faulkner  Cathedral Prep 
     


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Kenny Reiter - NCAA D 1 National Champ
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Saturday, January 14
Onward and Upward - 2011 - 2012

   Onward and Upward - 2011-2012

    We have gone through the NCAA Division 1 Rosters and the Junior A Rosters in the USHL, NAHL and EJHL to find 132 Eastern and Western Pennsylvania Hockey Players who have advanced their hockey careers to the next level.

     Enjoy the list and please let us know if we missed someone

 www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/onwardupward20112012.xls



Tuesday, February 28
Western Pa Hockey - Division Titles

AAA

Penn Trafford ~ Penn Trafford wins first division title since 2006

Central Catholic ~ First Division Title since 2003

Canon McMillan ~ 2nd in a row for Big Macs

North Allegheny ~ Two in a row for NA

AA

West Allegheny ~ West A wins 2nd Division Title in 3 Years

Gateway ~ First Division Title since 2001 [Division Title was in AAA]

Chartiers Valley ~ First Division Title since 1990  

Latrobe ~ 6 Division Titles in a row for Wildcats

A

Hampton ~ Talbots win 3rd Straight Division Crown

Kittanning ~ Three Titles Straight for Kittanning

Quaker Valley ~ QV breaks Mars string with 9th title in 11 Years

Serra Catholic ~ 5 in a row and 12 out of 13 Years for Serra



Sunday, March 11
Pa Hockey - Western Pa Hockey 2011-2012 Season

 Pa Hockey - Western Pa Hockey 2011-2012 Season

Thanks to the Pittsburgh Penguins, High School Hockey now has 24/7/365 Coverage through Pointstreak. Game Stories, Live Game Updates and More !

Pa Hockey will continue its weekly coverage with Elite 8 and Post Gazette Top 5 Rankings every week from Week 2 through the final Week of the Regular Season. Beginning in November, we will also provide the Statewide Rankings to track schools all the way to the Pennsylvania Cup in Pittsburgh in March.

Pa Hockey Files of Standings, Scores and Post Gazette and Elite 8 Rankings - FINAL Weekly

www.eteamz.com/pahockey/files/PAHockey1112Week18Standings.xls

Check out Pointstreak Coverage of Western Pa Hockey.

http://pihlsite.pointstreaksites.com/view/pihlsite

    PA HOCKEY          
    POST GAZETTE TOP 5           
    2011-2012  "AAA AA & A" DIVISION          
    FINAL - WEEK 18          
CLASS DIVISION TEAM W L T PTS  
               
AAA 1 PENN TRAFFORD 19 2 1 39 22
AAA 2 BETHEL PARK 14 7 1 29 22
AAA 3 CANON MCMILLAN 19 3 0 38 22
AAA 4 NORTH ALLEGHENY 16 5 1 33 22
AAA 5 MT LEBANON 15 6 1 31 22
               
AA 1 CHARTIERS VALLEY 17 4 0 34 21
AA 2 CATHEDRAL PREP 15 5 1 31 21
AA 3 WEST ALLEGHENY 18 3 0 36 21
AA 4 CANEVIN 15 5 1 31 21
AA 5 LATROBE 13 7 1 27 21
               
A 1 QUAKER VALLEY 17 1 1 35 19
A 2 MARS 17 2 0 34 19
A 3 KITTANNING 13 5 1 27 19
A 4 SERRA CATHOLIC 12 5 2 26 19
A 5 HAMPTON 12 4 2 26 18


Wednesday, January 16
PA Hockey Top 25 - 2012-2013

Each year the top 25 players are chosen Western Pa and includes:
  > Top 5 Coaching performances and Top 5 Freshman -players in Western Pa
and the coveted top 5 'Fans of the League' Also included is the Top 25 from 2001-2013 which you can 
access by selecting the tabs of our spreadsheet

Pa Hockey Top 25   

AAA Brian Baker Peters Twp
AA Brett Berner  North Hills 
AA Jimmy Bufalino Cathedral Prep
AAA Austin Cassidy Upper St Clair 
AAA Carmen D'Allesandro Canon McMillan
A Ryan Dickson Quaker Valley
A Hunter Grafton Kittanning 
AA Trevor Handlovich Moon
A Cole Hepler Freeport
AAA Srefan Horgos State College 
A Zack Kosick Hampton 
AAA Harry Kramer North Allegheny
AAA Derek Lesnak Bethel Park
AA Cullen McMahon Chartiers Valley 
AAA Danny Merz Norwin 
A Christian Miller Kittanning 
AAA Anthony Parrucci Central Catholic
AAA Tanner Pfeffer Seneva Valley
A Adam Pilewicz Quaker Valley
AAA Trevor Rectenwald Peters Twp
AA Zach Richey Pine Richland
AA Josh Singley  Latrobe 
AAA Chris Siak Bethel Park
AA Noah Stevenson Chartiers Valley 
A Zach Uhlyar Thomas Jefferson



 



Monday, February 25
Western Pa Hockey - 2012-2013 Division Titles

Western Pa Hockey - 2012-2013 Division Titles

Class AAA

State College Icers - State College wins 5th Division Title in 6 Years

Central Catholic Vikings - Second straight for CC

North Allegheny Tigers - Three in a row and seven times in past nine years for NA

Peters Twp Indians - 6th Crown and first in Class AAA

Class AA

Latrobe Wildcats - Seven straight Division Crowns for Wildcats

Pine Richland Rams - First Division title since 2008 for Rams

Moon Tigers - Tigers win first title since 2007

Canevin Crusaders - 5 crowns in 6 years for Crusaders

Class A

Westmont Hilltop Hilltoppers  - first title since 2006 for Hilltoppers

Quaker Valley Quakers - 10 Titles in 12 Years for QV

Freeport Yellow Jackets - first title since 2007 for Freeport  

Thomas Jefferson Jaguars - 4th PIHL Division Crown

  Western Pennsylvania High School Hockey Division Titles              
  Period from ~ 1971 - 2013               
  School  From To Total  PIHL WPIHL SHIHL LKSHL
                 
1 Meadville Bulldogs 1979 Present 17 6     11
2 Kittanning Wildcats / Armstrong Arrows 1972 Present 16 7 9    
3 Pine Richland / Richland Rams 1973 Present 16 8 8    
4 Bethel Park Blackhawks 1972 Present 14 6 1 7  
5 Bishop McCort Crimson Crushers 1985 Present 14 9 5    
6 Canevin Crusaders 1973 Present 13 7 1 5  
7 Latrobe Wildcats 1981 Present 12 9 3    
8 North Allegheny Tigers  1973 Present 12 8 4    
9 Upper St Clair Panthers 1972 Present 12 2 1 9  
10 Serra Catholic Eagles 1987 Present 12 12 0    
11 Central Catholic Vikings 1973 Present 11 5 6    
12 Beaver Bobcats 1985 Present 9 3 1 5  
13 Cathedral Prep Ramblers 1973 Present 9 1     8
14 Mt Lebanon Blue Devils  1972 Present 9 3 4 2  
15 Chartiers Valley Colts  1973 Present 8 2 1 5  
16 Churchill Chargers 1972 1986 8 0 8    
17 Fox Chapel Foxes  1973 Present 8 2 6    
18 Gateway Gators  1973 Present 8 3 5    
19 McDowell Trojans 1973 Present 8 1     7
20 North Catholic Trojans 1973 Present 8 0 8    
21 Shaler Titans 1972 Present 8 2 6    
22 Greensburg CC Centaurians 1982 Present 7 3 4    
23 Plum Mustangs 1987 Present 7 2 5    
24 South Park Eagles 1973 Present 7 1 1 5  
25 Peters Twp Indians 1974 Present 7 6 1 0  
26 Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 1976 Present 7 4   3  


Pennsylvania Cup AAA
Visit Champions Gate on Facebook !
Thursday, April 11
Pa Hockey – Pennsylvania Hockey History Restoration Project



Pa Hockey – Pennsylvania Hockey History Restoration Project   

  The Pa Hockey Foundation is beginning a lifetime project in 2013 to rebuild the History of Hockey in the State of Pennsylvania and bringing this project to the Internet including Pictures, Videos, Periodicals and Stories of Pennsylvania Hockey from 1969 to the present. The Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships have crowned 99 Pennsylvania State Champions at the Class AAA, Class AA and Class A levels since 1975 and began in Erie, Pennsylvania at the Glenwood Rink. Pa Hockey Hub will begin to compile the history of the  Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships to the Pa Hockey Hub www.pahockey.net and Pa Hockey History Hub www.pahockey.org Websites in unprecedented fashion with the Championship Teams, the Stories including the journey of the development, the championships runs and the moment captured with Video Footage, Press Articles, Pictures and most importantly the stories before, during and after those championships.  

      The beginning of this project will begin additional projects including the first games in Eastern Pennsylvania in 1969 and Western Pennsylvania in 1971, the Leagues and their Championships, the Pacesetter Players, Coaches and Programs, All-Time Records and Milestones and begin many Reunions of Championship Teams, Players, Coaches and Families.        

     The project has begun with a Facebook Page called Champions Gate - Pennsylvania Hockey Champions  https://www.facebook.com/jeffreycmauro?ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/190907268730/  and I have begun to compile pictures of the Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions from 1975 thru the present. Out of the 99 Pennsylvania High School Hockey Champions, I have uploaded pictures from 2000 to the present and now I am attempting to bridge the gap from 1975 to 2000, with the Archives I have collected plus elicit help from anyone who has pictures of these State Championship Teams.         

      Send me any pictures, articles and videos you may have collected to Pa Hockey Foundation PO Box 10598, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15235 or jeffmauro@aol.com. This is a great project with the outline below and I look forward to working with all of you to bring back the History of Pennsylvania Hockey for us all to enjoy !               

Champions Gate – Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championships

Mission: “To Capture Championships before, during and after they happen”

Pa Hockey Hub www.pahockey.net Pa Hockey History Hub www.pahockey.org  CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR

Compilation and Recording of Historical Moments of High School Hockey

Ø 1 ~ The Champions ~ Championship Picture and Article 

Ø 2 ~ The Team ~ Listing of Members of the Championship Team

Ø 3 ~ The Coaches ~ Listing of Coaches of the Championship Team

Ø 4 ~ Pacesetters ~ Key Players to the Championship Team

Ø 5 ~ The Story ~ Championship Story / Game Tape or Footage / Preview

Ø 6 ~ The Moment ~ Interviews/Quotes/Pictures

Ø 7 ~ The Journey ~ Periodicals and Articles of Playoff Run

Ø 8 ~ The Season ~ The Teams Record /Standings/Games of Regular Season

Ø 9 ~ The Program ~ History and Development of the Championship Team

Ø  10 ~ The Reunion ~ Championship Reunions of Team (After 5-10-15-20-25 Years) 

 



PA Hockey Hub
Visit 'Champions Gate' in Team Websites Section
Wednesday, October 10
Western Pennsylvania HIgh School Hockey 500 Club

After winning their 2nd game during the 2012-2013 Season, Canevin will become the 6th Western Pennsylvania High School Hockey Program joining Upper St Clair (2007) Kittanning / Armstrong (2007), Mt Lebanon (2009), Bethel Park (2010) and Central Catholic (2010) to accomplish 500 Wins in their history. This mark includes League Regular Season and Playoff Games and Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship Playoffs.  

       On November 1. 2012, Canevin defeated Plum 7-0 to capture their 500th win in school history.  

 

      Next in line of schools with over 450 wins includes:

       

                          North Allegheny                           Shaler                           Pine Richland                           Fox Chapel

                          Westmont Hilltop    

All of the Western Pa School Records [through 1996] are in the Championships Gate Section of Team Websites of Pa Hockey. Please visit the complete history of  Leagues and Pennsylvania High School Hockey Championship Playoffs on Pa Hockey History Hub at www.pahockey.org




 
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