SEE YOU AT THE UC: Glenbard
WHERE: Lombard, Illinois
CLUB COLORS: Black, Red, White
FAMOUS ALUMNI: Former NHL player Nikos Tselios (Glenbard South), NFL player Justin Jackson (Glenbard North), Actor Sean Hayes (Glenbard West)
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Glenbard has a proud history of winning state championship. But in recent years, the Combined Division team has also gotten a little too familiar with the feeling of coming agonizingly close to another title.
After winning the state tournament in 2012 and 2015, Glenbard lost the state final in overtime in 2016, again in 2017 and lost by one goal to Waubonsie/Metea in the seminfinals a season ago. This year, a #2 seed Glenbard club will look to succeed where those teams failed.
The Blackhawks will host the 2019 Illinois State High School Hockey Championships, presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers, at the United Center on Friday, March 22. Fans can purchase tickets here to watch Waubonsie/Metea battle Glenbard in the final game of the tournament at 9:15 p.m.
The United Center scoreboard feed of the Girls' Division and Combined Division games will be streamed live on Blackhawks.com and the Blackhawks mobile app.
In their three wins in the 2019 state tournament, Glenbard cruised past Prairie Ridge before surviving Latin School 4-3 in overtime. After overcoming an early push from Maine in the state semifinals, Glenbard pulled away in the third period to punch their ticket to the United Center for the first time since 2016.
With six straight appearances in the state tournament's final four, Glenbard is no stranger to the big stage. But a win over top-seeded Waubonsie/Metea and their first state title since 2015? That would be another historic moment for one of the Combined Division's most succesful clubs.