California continues its development as a hockey hotbed, with the latest step in that journey coming at the scholastic level.
The Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League will feature 28 teams for the 2013-14 season, twice as many as the previous season.
Entering its fifth season, teams from schools in San Diego and San Jose have entered. They'll join Santa Margarita Catholic High, which last season won the USA Hockey Varsity High School national championship.
"The Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League has flourished beyond our expectations, being only 5 years old," said Art Trottier, vice president of The Rinks. "Having our league grow so quickly to 28 teams, including a defending national champion, is very exciting for the organization."
Teams will be split into three divisions, with an all-star game planned for each division in January, and playoffs in March. Most regular-season games will be played at The Rinks - Anaheim Ice, but those special events will be played at Honda Center, home of the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks provide financial support for each of the league's teams.