The Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League released their alignment for the 2020-21 season and there were some notable changes as the league heads into its 50th season of operation. Thirty-four schools will ice teams next season and they are arranged in five divisions.
“It went a lot smoother than usual,” GCHSHL president Ryan Kelber said of the re-alignment process, which could not be done at a live in-person meeting due to the COVID-19 situation. Teams made requests individually, then he put together the new divisions and it went to the group of 34 athletic directors for approval.
The Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League will hold their 2019-20 Senior All-Star Event Friday, March 6 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse beginning at 3:00 p.m.
4 “mini” games
4 v 4 tournament format
14 skaters per team, 2 goalies per team
All-Star Game coaches assembled teams based upon
a Player Draft on Thursday, February 27
Two (2) 10 min halves for all the games,
with a brief intermission
One goalie playing per half
The Aurora Greenmen, the #11 seed in the Kent District, had to win a play-in game earlier in the week just to get to the field of 16. Aurora won that game, 5-3, over #9 Solon on Monday. I will not use the word “upset” here as the Greenmen and Comets were seeded very closely together and finished in third and second place, respectively, in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League’s White South Division standings.
On Friday, however, Aurora extended their post-season when they knocked out #8 Cleveland Heights, 3-2, in a legit upset of a GCHSHL Red Division team.
The rest of the Kent bracket went by without much fanfare. #7 Kenston and their super sniper Val Carriero gave #5 Walsh Jesuit a run for their money, but the Warriors prevailed, 4-2, over the Bombers in the only other game that was decided by fewer than five goals.
Quarterfinal play resumes at KSU Ice Arena on Tuesday:
Tuesday 6:00 p.m. #2 Mentor vs. #11 Aurora
Tuesday 8:00 p.m. #3 Shaker Heights vs. #5 Walsh Jesuit
Wednesday 6:00 p.m. #1 Gilmour Academy vs. #12 Orange
Wednesday 8:00 p.m. #4 University School vs. #6 Hudson
The winners will advance to the semis on Saturday.