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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The start of the new 2007 ice hockey season finds Southern California hockey players practicing and playing harder to become champions.

Now, there is an even more important opportunity to become a true CHAMP. The Southern California Amateur Hockey Association (SCAHA) initiated the California Hockey Athletes Making Progress Scholastically (CHAMPS) program to ensure Southern California’s great hockey players are also competitive in the classroom.

With the support of the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, the program seeks to encourage, support and reward scholar athletes who are as dedicated to their school work as much as their hockey training.

CHAMPS is the brainchild of LeAnn Doherty, the hockey mom of seven who has supported Southern California hockey for over a decade.

“The goal of the CHAMPS program was to significantly increase awareness among youth hockey players that performance in the classroom has an equal if not more important part in life than performance on the ice,” Doherty said. “It is also a stated goal of CHAMPS to generate a lasting, measurable impact on higher achievement in the classroom."

Last year, the CHAMPS program, gave student athletes a number of scholarships. In addition, hundreds of hockey playing kids from first grade through high school participated in the program proudly wearing the CHAMPS patch on their uniform for maintaining excellent grades while participating in the world’s greatest sport.

Congratulations, again to the 2006-07 winners of four $1,000 scholarships:
Andrew Hodges and Jordan Sobel - Kings winners Trevor Cochran and Ashton Blake Christian - Duck's winners

Who will be this year's scholarship recipients?

For more information on CHAMPS, visit or email

Written by Tony Rudy

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