By Pam Flores
It’s hard believe summer is in the rear view mirror. For hockey families that means: Happy Hockey New Year!
Girls, have you checked out the option to play high school hockey in the Metro Girls High School league? Even if your school does not have a girls’ team, there are plenty of options to jump on a team that combines with several schools. The school combinations are set, but many of the current teams are looking for additional players and goalies especially are much sought after by quite a few teams.
Planning to play for another Tier I or Tier II team? No problem. The large majority of girls that play high school hockey are double rostered.
Ask anyone that plays in the league and they will tell you what fun it is. It is very competitive, but less stressful than the travel programs. Girls of all skill levels come together to support each other, and teammates on travel teams get the opportunity to face off against each other. Every game is filled with smiles on both sides of the ice!
A little about the Metro league…
This year we will have between 12 to 15 teams in the Metro Girls league! Each high school team will meet for one contest and then the league will be divided into two divisions, Scholastic and Founders. The tiers will be decided just before the holidays. Each team will then have a home and away contest with every other team in their division in the New Year. The teams then enter the Metro League playoffs and championship series. In addition, all eligible teams will compete in the Illinois Girls High School State Championship in March.
The three “pure” teams are New Trier, Loyola and Lake Forest Academy, all of the rest of the combined teams are grouped together geographically.
We are actively looking for more girls to bolster our rosters across the league. All skill levels and all years of high school are welcome!
If you have questions or are interested, please contact Matthew McCutcheon, president of the Metro Girls league at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we are able to match you with a local team, we are happy to do so.