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Rule Changes Coming in High School Hockey

By 05/16/2018, 11:15am EDT

Risk Minimization Highlights Changes

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 16, 2018) — Rules changes related to minimizing risk of injury in high school ice hockey are among five revisions for the 2018-19 season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Ice Hockey Rules Committee recommended the changes at its April 23-24 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

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Three members of 2015-16 Cleveland Jr. Barons Make NHL Central Scouting List

By Scott Harrington for Ohio Hockey Digest 10/07/2017, 9:15am EDT

List of 2018 Draft prospects includes North Olmsted’s Warmuth, Medina’s Felton

North Olmsted native Quinn Warmuth, who skated in the Great Lakes Hockey League for Saint Ignatius High School and then the Cleveland Jr. Barons U16 team for a year, made the Preliminary Watch List for NHL Central Scouting.

The list, which identifies likely prospects for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, also included two of Warmuth’s teammates from the 2015-16 Jr. Barons:  Curtis Hall of the Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) and Medina’s Christian Felton who is playing this season for Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire.

Warmuth was a freshman on Patrick O’Rourke’s 2014-15 Saint Ignatius team, and is currently in his second season of junior hockey with the Amarillo Bulls of the Tier II North American Hockey League (NAHL). 

O’Rourke pointed out it's tough for freshmen to make the varsity team in any sport at the school.

“Quinn was very coachable, very positive, had prototype size, especially height, and had really wicked hands.” said O’Rourke.  “We have followed Quinn from afar as he's progressed in the NAHL and are rooting for him to make it big.”  

The 6’3, 187-pound defenseman collected eight assists and 36 penalty minutes in 54 games played for Amarillo last year.  In seven games this season, he has his first NAHL goal and has accrued 17 penalty minutes.

Warmuth’s teammates in Amarilo, this season and last, include another pair of Jr. Baron alums:  former St. Edward forward Colin Price (North Ridgeville) and Mercyhurst recruit Steven Ipri (Broadview Heights).

Following his time with the Barons, Felton moved to the Skipjacks AAA program for a year before moving east to KUA.  He is also a draft pick of the USHL’s Madison Capitols.

Hall is the highest-touted prospect of the trio.  The 6’2, 195-pound center, who was invited to participate in the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, NY last month, will play this season for the Phantoms before heading to Yale.


#2 OHIO Opens 60th Season vs. John Carroll University

By 09/20/2017, 9:30pm EDT

Bobcats are 11-1-0 in last 12 meetings

The #2 OHIO Bobcats hockey team will be hosting John Carrol University Friday and Saturday night to open the 60th Season of OHIO Hockey at Bird Arena. This is the sixth straight season OHIO has hosted JCU to open the season. OHIO has gone 11-1-0 during that span, the lone loss coming in 2013, a 5-4 overtime loss to visiting JCU. Last season OHIO defeated John Carroll 7-0 and 13-0.

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