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Sharks Ice to Host State High School Hockey Championships

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, California - This weekend, March 1-3, Sharks Ice at San Jose is hosting the California Amateur Hockey Association High School State Championships. The event will feature J Serra and Santa Margarita High School from Southern California, and Bellarmine College Prep and Valley Christian High School representing Northern California.

The tournament will feature a series of round robin games, with the top two teams playing Sunday, March 3 at 10:30 a.m. for the CAHA High School State Championship. The winner earns a berth to represent the state of California at the USA Hockey High School National Championships in Coral Springs, Florida, March 20-24.

Several Jr. Sharks players will be representing their schools this weekend for both Bellarmine and Valley Christian. Admission is free.

March 1 7:00 p.m. Santa Margarita vs. Valley Christian
March 1 7:15 p.m. Bellarmine vs. J Serra
March 2 9:45 a.m. Santa Margarita vs. J Serra
March 2 9:45 a.m. Valley Christian vs. Bellarmine
March 2 6:30 p.m. J Serra vs. Valley Christian
March 2 6:30 p.m. Bellarmine vs. Santa Margarita
March 3 10:30 a.m. Championship

For updated results please visit the CAHA website

Hockey in the Bay Area, as well as throughout California, has seen immense growth within the past decade. When the HP High School Hockey League made its debut in 2000 at Sharks Ice, four teams comprised of players with no specific school affiliation made up the entire league. In 2010, the league grew to 25 teams with players traveling from as far north as Santa Rosa, Salinas to the south, Stockton to the east and Santa Cruz to the west.

In 2012, the Northern California High School Hockey League was formed from high schools in the Bay Area who were able to form teams comprised of their own students. Archbishop Mitty, Bellarmine, Valley Christian, and Cardinal Newman (Santa Rosa) are the participating charter members.

In March of 2012, Bellarmine, Valley Christian, J Serra, and Santa Margarita competed in the inaugural California Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) High School State Championship held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. The event was a groundbreaking moment for California hockey as it was the first time California held a state championship between high school teams. Santa Margarita defeated Bellarmine 4-1 to win the state championship, eventually advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2012 USA Hockey High School National Championship in Utah.

Sharks Ice at San Jose is located at 1500 S. 10th Street (corner of 10th and Alma) in San Jose.

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