The 2017-2018 Central Penn Interscholastic Hockey League varsity season is almost here.
The new campaign is set to start Monday, Oct. 30.
The league will include three York County teams this season: Central York, Dallastown and Susquehannock.
This year’s CPIHL schedule features 44 teams, 58 schools and more than 500 players participating in 350 games across six regional rinks — 190 games at the varsity level, 160 at the junior varsity and 160 at the middle school level.
The middle school and JV seasons started earlier this month.
In previous years, the league was divided in tiers. Now they will be called divisions. The move was done, according to a league news release, to more accurately reflect the level of play.
What was previously known as Tier I is now the Bears Division. Tier II is now the Viola Division. And Tier III is the Rothrock Division. The names of each division match the name of the championship cup each division winner will receive.
All three York County schools will compete in the Rothrock Division. Dallastown did not have a CPIHL varsity team last season, but did have a team previously. Central York was in Tier II last season, going 11-5-2 in the regular season. Susquehannock was 12-4-2 last season in Tier III.
Following are few key league dates: All-star draft, Jan. 7, 2018; All-star game, Jan. 24, 2018; Last day of regular season, Feb. 2, 2018; and Championship Day, March 3, 2018.
This year’s CPIHL All-Star Game will be played outdoors at Hersheypark Stadium, on the same ice that will be used by the Hershey Bears. The league will play both its middle school and varsity all-star games on the outdoor rink on the evening of Jan. 24.
The Championship Day, featuring three games, will be at Hersheypark Arena.