Ross Forman’s High School Hockey

ross formanThe brackets were released in late-January for the annual Illinois State Championships.

Yes, we officially are now on the skate to State, also known as the Road To The United Center.

Let’s start in the top-tiered Red Division, where New Trier Green grabbed the No. 1-seed and now await the winner of Crystal Lake South-Glenbrook South.  I’m guessing the Trevians will trounce the Titans, 7-1.

Loyola Gold stands in the No. 2 ranking, and faces the winner of Neuqua Valley-York.  I’m guessing the Ramblers will defeat Neuqua Valley, 6-2.

Glenbrook North is the No. 3 seed, followed by Providence Catholic and Benet.  Naperville Central is No. 6, followed by Stevenson, Highland Park, Sandburg and St. Rita to round out the Top 10.

I’ll be shocked if the Trevians aren’t skating for the state championship.  The question is, who will their opponent be?  There are so many potentially great match-ups in the bottom half of the bracket, including Loyola-Stevenson, Naperville Central-Glenbrook North.  That said, I’m predicting it will be New Trier Green vs. Glenbrook North for the title.


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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