The Northern Virginia Scholastic Hockey League (NVSHL) is a non-affiliated high school ice hockey league composed of teams from the Northern Virginia Area including Fairfax County, Prince Georges County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, Stafford County, and the Cities of Manassas and Alexandria. The NVSHL staff and Board of Directors includes a combination of coaches, parents, team representatives, referee, and rink supervisors. There are also many members who are not affiliated with and particular team or organization. The current league Executive Director is Grey Bullen. Assistant Executive Director is Jeff Nygaard. Bullen joined the league after Bud Sterling served the same capacity for the previous two seasons. Prior to that, the league was headed by Nygaard who brought the league from being a part of the MSHL to its very own distinction, the NVSHL. Teams play a ten game regular season followed by a multi-round single elimination playoff tournament to determine the league champion.

History Edit

The NVSHL was created in response to a growing number of varsity-level teams in Northern Virginia. Until the inaugural 2001-2002 season, teams from Northern Virginia competed in the similar Maryland Scholastic Hockey League (MSHL).

The inaugural season consisted of two conferences of twelve varsity and provisional varsity (Tier-I) teams each, as well as a junior varsity (Tier-II) league. Since that season, the league has expanded to include twenty-two Varsity, five Provisional Varsity, and nine Junior Varsity teams in the 2005-2006 season. The 2005-2006 season saw the change of Tier-II to Junior Varsity to more closely reflect the standard of traditional high school sports. Additionally, the league attempts to structure the divisions within the Varsity classification to closely reflect the "Districts" used by the Virginia High School League.

NVSHL teams are not officially recognized as varsity school sports by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Only one team, Osbourn High School, has been officially recognized by its local school board, Manassas City Public Schools.

Teams Edit

Teams are divided into three levels: Varsity, Provisional Varsity, and Junior Varsity. Varsity teams are further divided into five divisions. Four of these divisions include only varsity teams composed of players from a single school, and are divided by geographical area. These divisions are the Concorde (North) Division, Liberty (East) Division, Cardinal (South) Division, and the Dulles (West) Division. In addition, the fifth division is reserved for all provisional varsity teams (those consisting of players from more than one school). The Provisional Division includes teams from all geographical areas. Provisional teams may not qualify for season-ending playoffs, but do compete in regular season games versus other varsity teams. The games count towards each team's record equally with that of a game played between two varsity teams or two provisional teams. This is a matter of controversy, however, because a talented provisional team may spoil a varsity team's chance to qualify for the league playoffs by defeating them or putting the varsity team at a statistical disadvantage for the purposes of tiebreakers.

Junior Varsity teams play in the Junior Varsity Division, a separate division from varsity and do not compete in regular games versus varsity or provisional varsity teams. There is no distinction between Junior Varsity teams composed of players from single or multiple schools. There currently aren't playoffs for junior varsity teams. The last time playoffs were held came in 2003-2004 when Forest Park defeated Paul VI. The champion is determined by season record. In years past, there have been playoffs for the Junior Varsity Division. This division was formerly known as the Nygaard Division, named after the first Executive Director of the NVSHL, Jeff Nygaard.

The teams participating are (note that the 2006-07 season has a significant realignment of teams and is divided among the North Conference, South Conference, West Conference, and Junior Varsity - some of these revisions are reflected below):

Norris DivisionEdit

Battlefield IceCats
Chantilly Chargers
Freedom/John Champe Eagles/Knights
Patriot Pioneers
Stone Bridge Bulldogs

Adams DivisionEdit

Herndon/West Springfield Hornets/Spartans
James Madison Warhawks
Langley Saxons
McLean Highlanders
Oakton Cougars

Smythe DivisionEdit

Briar Woods Falcons
Broad Run Spartans
Loudoun Valley/Woodgrove Vikings/Wolverines
South Lakes Seahawks
Westfield/Heritage Ice Dogs/Pride
Yorktown Patriots

Patrick DivisionEdit

Bishop Ireton Cardinals
Bishop O'Connell Knights
Forest Park/C.D. Hylton Bruins/Bulldogs
North Stafford/Colonial Forge Wolverines
Osbourn Park Yellow Jackets
Woodbridge Vikings

Junior VarsityEdit

Bishop O'Connell/T.C. Williams Knights/Titans
Briar Woods/Thomas Jefferson Falcons/Colonials
Broad Run/Oakton Spartans/Cougars
Centreville/Fairfax High School (Fairfax, Virginia) Wildcats/Rebels
Dominion/Potomac Falls High School Titans/Panthers
Flint Hill Huskies
George Mason/Edison Mustangs/Eagles
Lake Braddock/George C. Marshall Bruins
Loudoun County Raiders
Paul VI Panthers
Stone Bridge Bulldogs
Tuscarora Huskies
W.T. Woodson Cavaliers
Washington-Lee/T.C. Williams Generals/Titans West Potomac Wolverines
Yorktown Patriots

Middle School DivisionEdit

Arlington Admirals (Arlington)
Arlington Knights (Arlington)
Battlefield/Patriot (Prince William)
Briar Woods (Loudoun)
Broad Run (Loudoun)
Central Loudoun HC (Loudoun)
Eastern Loudoun County HC/Herndon (Loudoun/Fairfax)
Fauquier Bulldogs (Fauquier County)
Freedom/John Champe (Loudoun)
Lake Braddock (Fairfax)
Mary Ellen Henderson (Falls Church)
Stone Bridge (Loudoun)
Sully/Hunters Mill (Fairfax) Western Loudoun County HC (Loudoun)
Woodbridge Gold (Prince William)
Woodbridge Green (Prince William)

Past champions Edit

NVSHL Varisty (Capitals Cup) ChampionsEdit

2012-2013 - Briar Woods
2011-2012 - Stone Bridge
2010-2011 - Stone Bridge
2009-2010 - Woodbridge
2008-2009 - Bishop O'Connell
2007-2008 - Stone Bridge
2006-2007 - Osbourn Park
2005-2006 - Woodbridge
2004-2005 - North Stafford/Robinson (Co-Champions)
2003-2004 - North Stafford
2002-2003 - Stone Bridge
2001-2002 - Stone Bridge

Records Edit


Goals: (81) Chris Howland - 2008/09-2011/12 - Chantilly
Assists: (71) Nicky Grose - 2008/09-2012/13 - Fairfax
Points: (121) Bill Day - 2003/04-2005/06 - Madison/Marshall
Hat Tricks: (15) Bill Day - 2003/04-2005/06 - Madison/Marshall
Penalty Minutes: (178) Kyle Ward-Dahl - 2001/02-2004/05 - Oakton

Goals Against Average: (1.50) Robbie Kunka - 2001/02-2004/05 - Langley
Saves: (713) Nick Bottorff - 2001/02-2004/05 - Centreville
Save Percentage: (.937) Chris Felinski - 2003 - Loudoun County
Shutouts: (3) Robert Kunka - 2001/02-2004/05 - Langley
Wins: (15) Daryl Anthony - 2001/02-2003/04 - Robinson
Record: (14-2) Bryan Lynch - 2001/02-2003/04 - Stone Bridge

Single SeasonEdit

Goals: (36) Bobby Surdam - 2002-03 - West Springfield
Assists: (31) Christian Litscher - 2011-12 - Battlefield/Patriot
Points: (55) John Litscher - 2011-12 - Battlefield/Patriot
Penalty Minutes: (65) Miles Miller - 2012-13 - Potomac Falls/Heritage

Goals Against Average: (.80) Chris Wingo - 2006-07 - Langley
Saves: (438) Nick Bottorff - 2004-05 - Centreville
Save Pct.: (.952) Chris Wingo - 2006-07 - Langley
Shutouts: (5) Chris Wingo - 2006-07 - Langley
Wins: (10) Dominic Mezappesa - 2001-02 - Broad Run

Single GameEdit

Goals: (8) Brad Surdham - vs. Oakton - West Springfield - Jan 18, 2006
Assists: (7) Steven Csutoros - vs. Osbourn - Osbourn Park
Points: (11) Brad Surdham - vs. Oakton - West Springfield - Jan 18, 2006

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