By the end of this weekend, the Capital Hockey Conference will have a champion, and the Blue Jackets Cup will have a new name on the trophy.
The event that serves as the conference championship for central Ohio hockey will run from today through Sunday, when one local team will win the crown.
Quarterfinal games in the varsity division will all take place Thursday, with three at the OhioHealth Ice Haus starting at 5 p.m. and another at the Taft Coliseum at the Ohio Fairgrounds. There is also a consolation bracket that begins Friday.
Semifinals in both divisions will be held Saturday -- on the varsity side, one will be at the Ice Haus and another at Chiller Easton -- with the varsity final Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Ice Haus and the consolation bracket final taking place beforehand at 2 p.m.
In the varsity bracket, Dublin Jerome earned the top seed thanks to a 26-2-2 overall record and 14-1-0 CHC Red mark. The Celtics are matched up with eighth-seeded, crosstown rival Dublin Coffman (7-19-0, 8-8-0 CHC White) in its tourney opener.
There will be an all-Olentangy quarterfinal as well as second-seeded Olentangy Liberty (18-11-2, 11-2-1-1 CHC Red) will take on No. 7 Olentangy Orange (14-13-1, 9-7-0 CHC White). The 3-6 matchup pits Upper Arlington (No. 3 seed, 22-8-1, 11-4-0 CHC Red) against Olentangy (No. 6, 16-10-3, 10-6-0 CHC White), while fourth-seeded New Albany (12-12-5, 7-4-1-3 CHC Red) will take on No. 5 St. Charles (14-10-3, 7-6-1-1 CHC Red).
Dublin Jerome has won the last two tournaments and eight of the last 13. Dublin Coffman has four all-time titles, including the 2016 crown.
For a full bracket and to see the consolation bracket, visit the Capital Hockey Conference's website.
Nationwide Arena's main ice will also serve as the home of the Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament. Semifinals will be March 8 with the final a day later at 11 a.m.
The central Ohio bracket for the OHSAA tournament, with most games taking place at Nationwide Arena, can be found here.