Ashburn & Reston, VA (March 12, 2016) — Seven teams from greater Washington are among 40 high school clubs from across the country set to compete at the 2016 USA Hockey High School National Championships, March 17-21 at Ashburn Ice House and SkateQuest Reston.
Three Loudoun County teams – the Stone Bridge Bulldogs, Loudoun/Heritage, and Rock Ridge/Riverside – join host club, the McLean Highlanders, representing Virginia. Maryland teams competing are the Winston Churchill Bulldogs (Potomac), Annapolis/Old Mill (Anne Arundel County), and Marriotts Ridge Mustangs (Howard County).
Two winners will be crowned at the tournament: one for “Pure Teams” comprised of players from the same high school and the other for “Combined Teams,” with players from two or more high schools. Host McLean joins Stone Bridge, Churchill and Marriotts Ridge in the Pure Team competition.
“We made it this year! This is the first time ever a team from our town has qualified,” said Armando DiFerdinando, Head Coach of Marriotts Ridge. “We made it to the league semifinals last year, so we are very proud to be going to Nationals this year.”
Every team will play one game each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with quarterfinal and semifinal action contested on Sunday. The championship games are set for Monday morning in Ashburn at the Ashburn Ice House.
“It is always an honor to be at a national level,” according to Stone Bridge team manager Peggy Balla. “Our team has been to the championships once before in, 2011. All of our players are absolutely excited to be back again this year.”
Since 1940, USA Hockey has awarded national championships to top youth teams from throughout the county, adding a high school championship in 2010.
Jennifer Leibold, Team Manager of the combined Rockridge/Riverside said “this is the first high school championship that our team has been to, and some of our kids may never have this chance again.”
All games are open to the public with tickets available for purchase at the rinks. Week-long passes are $40 for adults (18 and over), $25 for seniors (65 and over), and $15 for youth (11 to 17). Single day passes are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for youth. Children 10 and under are admitted free.
The hockey event schedule can be found at: http://nationals.usahockey.com/page/show/2153801-high-school