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Seeding meetings for the 2019 WIAA State Girls & Boys Hockey postseason are complete and brackets have been released. Regional games will begin on...
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  — Rules changes related to minimizing risk of injury in high school ice hockey are among five revisions for the 2018-19 season.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Ice Hockey Rules Committee recommended the changes at its April 23-24 meeting in Indianapolis, and all changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

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Four teams remain in contention for the State title with quarterfinal wins in the 2018 State Boys Hockey Tournament Thursday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wis.

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The 48th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State Tournament and the 17th Girls Hockey State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session. Individuals 13-years old and under will be admitted for $5 each session.

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The Board of Control reviewed and approved a number of committee recommendations impacting winter sports, gave initial review and consideration of a newly conceived divisional placement plan for basketball, and engaged in robust membership-related discussions at its June meeting today.

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           “Captain’s Choice” of Players Modified in High School Ice Hockey

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In support of ongoing efforts to minimize risk in high school ice hockey, new rules changes aim to improve how officials call and manage the game.

Five rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Ice Hockey Rules Committee at its April 24-25 meeting in Indianapolis. All 2017-18 ice hockey rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Rules 2-2-6 and 4-2-8 now state that when rules indicate a “captain’s choice of players” for serving a penalty, the captain must select a player who was on the ice when play was stopped, excluding the goalkeeper. The committee determined that it is difficult for officials to monitor the specific players on the ice during a delayed penalty call, as line changes frequently occur. This change should make it easier for officials to identify a player on the ice rather than recall who was on the ice at the moment the infraction occurred. 

“Over the past several years, the Ice Hockey Rules Committee has tackled the dangerous plays in the game – contact to the head, checking from behind and boarding – and two years ago it reformatted the rules book to allow flexibility for officials to call what they see,” said Bob Hayden, chair of the NFHS Ice Hockey Rules Committee. “Those two initiatives have proven very beneficial to high school hockey.”

A change in Rule 2-2-5 now states that the head coach must meet with the referee(s) prior to the start of the game. By clarifying this procedure, it ensures verification from the head coach that all participants are properly equipped.

Official language was added to Rule 9-1-2 stating that the official who drops the puck during a faceoff shall set the players by blowing the whistle.

“This is a standard in hockey and already in practice in the sport; however, the NFHS rules had no specific language to cover this duty during the faceoff procedure,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services and liaison to the Ice Hockey Rules Committee. 

Rule 6-1-9 is a new rule that states, “no player, coach or team personnel shall spit at an opponent, teammate or game official.” To emphasize the severity of the action, the resulting penalty is game disqualification for the offending player.

Finally, Rule 1-3-5 now requires water bottles used by goalkeepers to be secured to the top or back of the goal frame. By making this a requirement, it ensures water bottles will not fall onto the ice and interfere with the flow of the game.

According to the 2015-16 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 35,155 boys participating in ice hockey in 1,607 schools across the country, and 9,514 girls playing the sport in 642 schools.

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Contact: Dan Schuster

Written by Bryce Woodall, NFHS Intern


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Four teams advance to Friday evening’s semifinals of the WIAA State Boys Hockey Tournament with quarterfinal victories Thursday at the Veterans ...
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The 47th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State Tournament and the 16th Girls Hockey State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 2-4, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session. Individuals 13-years old and under will be admitted for $5 each session.

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The 2017 boys hockey tournament groupings are now available.  Click on the link below. Tournament Assignments
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The 46th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State Tournament and the 15th Girls Hockey State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session. Individuals 13-years old and under will be admitted for $5 each session.
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Six well-known Wisconsin hockey players and coaches have agreed to be clinicians for the Fourth Annual All-Stater Hockey Clinic held each year in conjunction with the WIAA State Hockey Championships at the Coliseum in Madison.

This year’s clinic will feature Jessie Vetter, Alex Rigsby and Scott McConnel as they join Steve Hanrahan, Vic Levine and Jeff Sauer instructing at the event.

Vetter was a goalkeeper for the 2010 and 2014 United States Olympic Teams.  Winning a silver medal in each of these Olympics.  At the 2009 Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships, she allowed just a single goal.  In addition, Vetter was the starting goaltender when the US won the 2008 Women’s World Ice Hockey Championships.  In her four-year NCAA career, she lead the 2008-09 Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team to the NCAA title.  She was drafted 20th overall by the Boston Blades in the 2011 CWHL Draft.

Alex Rigsby became the first woman ever to be drafted in the USHL when she was selected in the 16th round, 199th overall by the Chicago Steel.  She won gold medals in the 2009 IIHF Under 18 Women’s World Championship and the 2013 &2015 IIHF World Women’s Championships.  She also lead the 2010-11 Wisconsin Badgers women’s hockey team to the NCAA title.

Scott McConnell played collegiately for the University of Denver from 2002-04.  Prior to this he played for the Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks and the Cedar Rapids Roughriders of the USHL.  Since 2005, Scott has coached in the USHL, becoming the Head Coach and General Manager of the Chicago Steel in 2010-2015.

Steve Hanrahan served 27 years as the Head Coach for Sun Prairie High School hockey team.  During his tenure the Cardinals had only four losing seasons and acquired a record of 362-231-27.   In 1997 he lead Sun Prairie to their only WIAA State Hockey Championship.

Vic Levine guided the Madison Memorial High School boys hockey team for 29 years, compiling a 512-144-20 record and winning six WIAA State Championships. He is the only Wisconsin high school hockey coach, and one of only six high school coaches in the nation, to have more than 500 career wins. He took Memorial to state in 22 of his 29 years and also five teams finished as runners-up. He is the only Wisconsin coach to be awarded the John Mariucci Award by the American College Hockey Coaches Association.

Jeff Sauer was the head hockey coach at the UW-Madison from 1982 to 2002 and Colorado College from 1971 to 1982.  While at Wisconsin, he led the Badgers to two NCAA men’s hockey championships.  He is currently the special assistant to the commissioner of the WCHA.

The clinic for players in grades 4-8 will be held on Saturday, March 5, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Coliseum on the Alliant Energy Center’s campus.  On-line registration for the event can be found by clicking on:

 http://www.wahahockey.com/scripts/wiaa/clinic_reg.php

For additional information regarding this clinic, click on the link below:

http://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Sports/Hockey/clinic.pdf

The cost for the clinic, admission to the 2016 WIAA State Hockey Championships, a snack ticket (Hot Dog, Popcorn, and Soda), along with Classroom Instruction, Strength Training, and Ice Time is only $25.00/participant.

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — In an effort to minimize risk of injury in high school ice hockey, the penalty structure has been revised to provide options for more stringent penalties when situations warrant.

The reformatting of penalty changes and revisions to four other rules were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Ice Hockey Rules Committee at its April 27-28 meeting in Indianapolis. All 2015-16 ice hockey rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

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The following winter sport tournament assignments for 2016 are now available: Gymnastics Hockey - Boys Hockey - Girls Swimming & Diving - Boys...
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The first day of the State Boys Hockey Tournament advanced for teams to the semifinals Friday at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Wausau West scored three goals during a three minute span in the second period to fuel a 4-3 win over Appleton East Co-op in the nightcap of the quarterfinals Thursday evening. The Warriors outshot United 33-22 on the game.

A goal frenzy in the first period gave Madison Memorial a 4-1 lead en route to a 4-3 win in the third semifinal. Eau Claire Memorial scored early in the third period to cut the deficit to 4-2. The Old Abes added another goal with under a minute to play to make things interesting, but the Spartan were able to hang on in the final 40 seconds of the game.

In the second afternoon quarterfinal, Grant Hanson scored a Superior goal at 4:38 of the third period to break a 2-2 tie, and Beau Reder added an empty-net goal with under a minute to play to give the Spartans a 4-2 victory over Janesville Parker/Craig to advance to the State semifinals.

Cedarburg comes back from an early deficit to win the first State quarterfinal of the WIAA State Boys Hockey Tournament, 3-2, over Reedsburg Co-op. The game-winning goal was scored by James Furey at 3:17 of the third period. Dylan Brown scored a pair of goals for Reedsburg to lead the offensive attack.

Reedsburg will play Superior in one semifinal, starting at 5 p.m. Madison Memorial will duel Wausau West in the second semifinal at approximately 7:15 p.m. The girls semifinals begin action Friday with Onalaska Co-op versus University School Co-op at 11 a.m. followed by Hayward Co-op against D.C. Everest Co-op at approximately 1:15 p.m.

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The 45th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State Tournament and the 14th Girls Hockey State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session. Middle school-aged individuals wearing their hockey team apparel will be admitted for $5 each session.

The single elimination boys tournament features eight teams. The girls tournament features four teams. There were 90 boys teams and 33 girls teams at the beginning of the championship tournament series this year. 

BOYS SCHEDULE: (* approximate times)

Thursday, March 5
Game-1:   Reedsburg Co-op (22-3-2) vs. Cedarburg (23-2-2) - 11 a.m.
Game-2:   Superior (11-15-1) vs. Janesville Parker/Craig (17-8-2) - 1:15 p.m.*
Game-3:   Eau Claire Memorial (19-5-3) vs. Madison Memorial (21-5-1) - 5 p.m.
Game-4:   Wausau West (20-4-3) vs. Appleton East Co-op (22-4-1) - 7:15 p.m.*

Friday, March 6
Game-5:  Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - 5 p.m.
Game-6:  Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 - 7:15 p.m.*

Saturday, March 7
Game-7:  Championship Game - 2:15 p.m.*

GIRLS SCHEDULE:

Friday, March 6
Game-1:   Onalaska Co-op (16-6-3)  vs. University School Co-op (25-2) - 11 a.m.
Game-2:   Hayward Co-op (22-4) vs. D. C. Everest Co-op (19-6-1) - 1:15 p.m.*

Saturday, March 7
Game-3:  Championship Game - 12:10 p.m.

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More stringent penalties for boarding and checking from behind in high school ice hockey have been approved for the 2014-15 season.

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Following are the tournament assignments for the sports of gymnastics, boys & girls hockey, and boys swimming & diving. Wrestling assignments...
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In their 5th trip to State, Verona is taking home the gold trophy with a 6-1 victory over Onalaska in the final of the State Boys Hockey Tournament Sa...
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The first day of the 44th Annual State Boys Hockey Tournament produced four teams advancing to Friday's semifinals at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.


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The 44th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State Championships and the 13th Girls Hockey State Championships will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 6-8, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session. Middle school-aged individuals wearing their hockey team apparel will be admitted for $5 each session.

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Boys and girls hockey, gymnastics, and boys basketball begin practice on Monday, November 11.  Boys swimming & dive, wrestling and girls basketball begin on Monday November 18.  All 10-12th graders must report to practice on time and once any athlete begins practice on with a school team, they cannot continue nonschool competition. 

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The 2013-14 boys and girls hockey tournament brackets are now available.  Use the link below to check the groupings for the 2013-14 tournament se...
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Eau Claire Memorial 6, Verona Area 1 Eau Claire Memorial defeated Verona 6-1 Saturday to win its second State championship. In the first period, Ver...
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The 43rd Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State Championships and the 12th Girls Hockey State Championships will take place Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session. Middle school-aged individuals wearing their hockey team apparel will be admitted for $5 each session.

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 A new $5 admission rate is available this year for students in grades 5-8 wearing a hockey jersey.  This new price is applicable for each s...
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(MADISON) At a news conference today, The Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and the Madison Area Sports Commission (MASC) unveiled a new logo and comprehensive WIAA tournament package.

"We've are so thrilled to be able to put together a first class fan experience," says Deb Archer, President and CEO of the GMCVB and MASC.  "We've worked closely with many of our critical partners such as the UW and the City of Madison to create an all-inclusive package that will create an amazing and memorable experience for the student athletes and their family and friends and of course, the loyal fan base that exists within our community," 


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The 2013 boys and girls hockey tournament brackets are now available.  Click on SPORTS > Hockey - Boys or Hockey - Girls > Tournament Infor...
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This past year NFHS Rule 6-23-4 was updated allowing attacking players to be in the crease so long as they don't make incidental contact with the goal...
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School Administrators of Ice Hockey programs are reminded that NFHS Rule 6-7-2 for Checking from Behind has been given a more severe PENALTY for the 2...
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As the 2012-13 WIAA Ice Hockey campaign opens with practices starting today, November 5, 2012, awareness of one WIAA regulation is crucial for student-athletes who are participating in nonschool programs.

WIAA Sr. High School Handbook, Article VI, Section 1, 2), indicates:  "A student who was a member of a school team in a given sport during the previous year may not delay reporting for the school team beyond the school's official opening day of practice in order to continue nonschool training or competition."

This regulation review is just a friendly reminder that hockey student-athletes must report to their school team for the first day of practice if they were a member of the school team the previous year.

Questions regarding this student eligibility regulation can be directed to Tom Shafranski, WIAA Ice Hockey liaison, via email at tshafranski@wiaawi.org or by calling (715) 344-8580.
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The new NFHS goalie equipment rule sizes go into effect with the start of the 2012-13 Ice Hockey season.  These rule changes, found in NFHS Rule 3-3-2 and 3, have been identified in the NFHS Rule Book during the past three years. 

Each of the goalkeeper's leg pads shall not be wider than 11 inches (27.94 cm), nor longer than 38 inches (96.5 cm).

The blocker glove must not exceed 8 inches (20.32 cm) in width at any point, nor shall it exceed 15 inches (38.1 cm) in length.

The goalkeeper's catching glove shall have a maximum circumference of 45 inches (114.3 cm).  The distance from the heel of the catching glove to the outside edge of the glove shall not exceed 18 inches (45.72 cm). The wrist cuff of the goalkeeper's catching glove shall not exceed 4 inches (10.16 cm) in height and 8 inches (20.32 cm) in width across the wrist.

Per NFHS Rule 3-3-4, if a team challenges the opposing team's goalkeeping equipment, under articles 2 and 3 of this section, no measurement is required and the officials should report the challenge to the state association.
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The swim/dive, ice hockey, basketball and wrestling rules videos are now available.  Coaches and officials should login and access the videos under either the SCHOOLS TAB or OFFICIALS TAB on the menu bar. 

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Login Information

If you are a licensed official, coach, and/or athletic director, you will use the same username and password to access information for any and all of the roles you play in high school sports.

In this website structure, your access to content is based on privileges assigned to us as a user.

If you are not seeing or getting access to information you believe you need, contact the WIAA for assistance.

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control approved relatively few winter sports coaches’ recommendations that affect the season regulations to be in effect for 2012-13 at its June meeting Thursday.    

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 42nd Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State Championships and the 11th Girls Hockey State Championships will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3...

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STEVENS POINT,Wis. – TheWIAA Board of Control approved a five-year extension of the agreement with the Alliant Energy Center in Madison as the host venue of the State Boys and Girls Hockey Tournaments at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at its May meeting...

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 41st Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State
Championships and the 10th Girls Hockey State Championships will take place Thursday-Saturday,
March 3-5, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis...

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THE CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 40th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Hockey State
Championships and the ninth Girls Hockey State Championships will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 4-6, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at theAlliant Energy Center in Madison,Wis...

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