Santa Margarita Catholic High School will join the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League for the 2009-10 season. Santa Margarita joins the JSerra Catholic High School in the program, which launched in September 2008. Several more schools are expected to join the league next season. The Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League is the first of its kind in Orange County.
“We are very excited to offer Ice Hockey at SMCHS and work with the Anaheim Ducks in this venture,” said SMCHS Activities Director Bryan Kretzmer. “The support of the Ducks will allow us to offer yet another activity that our students can participate in and create a spark of interest in the sport.”
Established in 1987, Santa Margarita Catholic High School is a nationally recognized award-winning coeducational, college preparatory, diocesan high school with approximately 1,610 students and more than 6,100 alumni. The school is located on a beautiful 42-acre campus in Rancho Santa Margarita nestled against the Saddleback Mountains. For more information on Santa Margarita Catholic High School, please visit www.smhs.org.
“This is another step in the process of growing High School hockey in Orange County,” said Art Trottier, General Manager of Anaheim ICE and Director of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League. “We are very pleased to be able to add a school with the stature of Santa Margarita.”
The JSerra Ice Lions began play in September 2008 as the charter member. The league is designed as an extension of the Ducks’ organizational goal of growing hockey talent close to home, while also working to achieve California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) status. During the initial year, JSerra plays an independent high school schedule, skating under the Jr. Ducks banner. The club is competing against other Southern California Amateur Hockey Association (SCAHA) teams and participating in three high school hockey tournaments across the country. As the league grows, the Anaheim Ducks will continue to provide financial support for each team involved in the program.