The Santa Margarita Eagles of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League won the USA Hockey Varsity High School Championship today, defeating Regis Jesuit (Colorado) 4-3 in overtime in Coral Springs, Florida.
Max Kilkuts scored the game-winning goal in overtime and had two goals in the game.
The team is coached by Craig Johnson, who played 13 years in the NHL, including the 2003-2004 season with the Ducks.
The Ducks launched the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League on July 1, 2008 with JSerra Catholic High School (San Juan Capistrano; Junior Varsity & Varsity squads) as its charter member. Santa Margarita Catholic High (Santa Margarita; JV & Varsity) was added in 2009 and joined by Servite High (Anaheim), Damien High (La Verne) and Lutheran High School of Orange County (Orange) in 2010-11. In the last two years, the ADHSHL grown to 14 teams with the inclusion of Bishop Amat/Upland Christian Academy, Edison High School (Huntington Beach), Long Beach Prep, Corona del Mar High School, Huntington Beach High School, Los Alamitos High School and Corona-Norco. As the league continues to grow, the Anaheim Ducks will continue to provide financial support for each team involved in the program.
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