High school hockey is thriving in the DMV with more than 100 teams populating the three leagues in the area. The Washington Capitals are partnering with the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League (MAPHL), Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) and the Maryland Student Hockey League (MSHL) to promote amateur hockey in the Virginia, Maryland and D.C. area.
To kick off the high school season teams, friends, family and fans were given the opportunity to vote on which of the three nominated high school matchups from D.C., Maryland or Virginia would have their game covered by the Capitals. The Walt Whitman vs. Winston Churchill matchup on Friday, Nov. 30, received the most votes and will be covered by the Capitals, who will produce a segment featuring highlights, analysis and interviews of both schools.
Each week the Capitals will highlight standout teams, players and coaches from each of the three local leagues in the Capitals Amateur Hockey Roundup.MSHL
Entering play Monday Walt Whitman has a two-point lead in the standings over Winston Churchill, Bethesda – Chevy Chase and Sherwood. Dustin Gray and Lucas Karron lead Walt Whitman in points (5) in three games this season. Walt Whitman earned a 4-3 win over Huntingtown in its last contest on Nov. 20 with four different players recording goals for Whitman. Winston Churchill won its lone game so far this season in a 10-1 victory over Walter Johnson on Nov. 16. In that game Winston Churchill outshot Walter Johnson 60-3 with Ross Allen and Philip Satin each recording hat tricks. Zachary Arden tallied six assists in the victory.
Nathan Blondino (St. Mary’s Ryken) continues to lead all MSHL players in points with 11 (5g-6a) in three games. Charles Harrison (Glenelg) leads the league with eight goals in two games while Arden (Winston Churchill) is pacing the league in assists (6).MAPHL
The Mid Atlantic Prep Hockey League (AA) will kick off its season on Wednesday, Nov. 28, with a matchup between Calvert Hall and DeMatha. Six of the league’s eight teams will begin their 2012-13 season this month with Mt. St. Joseph and Spalding facing each other on Thursday (Nov. 29) and Georgetown Prep facing off against Gonzaga on Friday (Nov. 30).
The NVSHL will resume play after the holiday break with six games slated for Friday (Nov. 30). First place Freedom (2-0-0) will matchup with South Lakes (0-3-0) while Norris division-leading Stone Bridge (2-0-0) will face Dominion/Parkview (0-1-0). Battlefield/Patriot (0-1-0) and Bishop O’Connell (0-1-0) will each try to get into the win column as will both McLean (0-1-0) and Herndon/West Springfield (0-1-0). Broad Run (1-0-0) and Langley (1-0-0) will each try to run their record to 2-0-0 while Woodbridge (1-0-0) and Oakton (1-0-0) will try to stay undefeated in the young season.