Ross Forman’s High School Hockey

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Twenty teams will be battling for bragging rights in the 20th annual Chicago Blackhawks Charities Holiday Hockey Classic, running Dec. 26-29, at The Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville. Glenbrook North looks to defend its tournament title, while Christian Brothers College (CBC) High School hopes to take the title back to Missouri, as the Cadets have done many times in recent years. CBC, the only non-Illinois team in the Ho Ho Tournament, has won the Missouri state championship 12 times since 1983, including three straight from 2007-2009, and most recently in 2012. “This tournament is a real good measuring stick, to see where you are.  Doing well in this tournament can really help a team build momentum,” said GBN head coach Evan Poulakidas.




*Ya gotta feel for Cary Grove, which has a 1-24 record, and is 0-19 in the North-Central Division.  The Trojans’ lone victory was against Carmel, 5-3, on Nov. 24 in Crystal Lake.

*Loyola Gold stopped New Trier Green, 6-3, in Winnetka on Dec. 14.

*Providence Catholic is primed for a run deep into the playoffs, with a 31-4-1-2 record, including a 13-0-1-0 mark in the Catholic League. The Celtics had a 13-game winning streak earlier this season, and were undefeated (one tie) in a 19-game stretch. After losing to Glenbrook North, 2-1 in overtime, on Nov. 17, Providence won its next 10. 



Editor’s Note: Ross Forman has written about Illinois high school hockey for nearly 15 years, and is the only sportswriter to have covered Illinois High School hockey every year during that stretch. He played locally and then at Indiana University before becoming a referee. Ross was a referee for the State Championship game several years ago at the United Center. Contact Ross at

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