The 16th edition of the Adam Allgeyer Memorial Showcase, an event hosted by the three Dublin schools, takes place Thursday through Sunday. The six-team field features five members of the Capital Hockey Conference: the Dublin Coffman Shamrocks and CHC White Division rivals Olentangy Orange, in addition to CHC Red Division members Dublin Jerome, New Albany and 2017 state semifinalist Olentangy Liberty.
Padua Franciscan of the Great Lakes Hockey League rounds out the group.
Jerome comes in with the hot hand, having won four of their first five games of the season, including a 3-0 win over New Albany in their opening game of the Chiller Thanksgiving Classic last week. The Celtics were last year’s CBJ Cup winner and advanced to the Columbus District semifinal.
The Eagles, meanwhile, have a chance to avenge last week’s loss in today’s tournament opener when they go head-to-head with the Celtics.
The Shamrocks of Dublin Coffman are hoping to use this tournament as a spark after a 1-4-1 start. They have played a challenging schedule, playing two Red Division opponents, as well as the Saint Ignatius Varsity Blue squad, at the Chiller Thanksgiving Tournament. The Rocks play division rival Orange in a re-match of last year’s tournament championship game, as well as Red Division power Jerome and Padua, in the preliminary round here.
Olentangy Liberty opened their season at the 38th annual Bowling Green Thanksgiving Tournament last week, going 2-0-1 with wins over a pair of Northwest Hockey Conference members – Bowling Green and Findlay.
The Olentangy Orange Pioneers come in on a four-game winning streak, having claimed the varsity Red Division title at the Chiller Thanksgiving Classic with a 4-3 shootout win over Olentangy. They would like nothing more than to defend this tourney title as well, having defeated Coffman by a 7-2 score in the final a year ago.
Padua is looking to get some momentum going before their open their GLHL slate next week. They have managed just three goals in their first four games – all losses at the Walsh Jesuit Thanksgiving Tournament.
All six teams will play three preliminary round games using the five-point system (two points for a win, plus one point for each period). The two teams that collect the most points will meet in Sunday’s 2:30 p.m. championship game while the others will be paired off in consolation games.
There is also an eight-team JV division as part of the event.
Although there is always a good deal of intensity when local high school hockey rivals are brought together to compete in an event like this, there is a bigger picture that is not lost on tournament director Keith Willis.
“The Adam Allgeyer Memorial Showcase provides an opportunity for the players to reflect on the friendships they've made through the game hockey,” Willis said. “And, best of all, the event raises money to ensure that kids in the area that can't afford to play this great game still have the opportunity.”
Adam Allgeyer lost his life in an automobile accident when he was a Junior at Dublin Coffman High School.