AVON, Dec. 5 – A new sport debuts at Avon High on Wednesday night at Veteran’s Memorial Rink in West Hartford.
The Avon/Southington co-op girls hockey team makes their debut against the West Hartford co-op team from Conard and Hall at 7:30 p.m. The club team has 15 players including eight from Southington, five from Avon and one each from RHAM and East Granby.
The team will play a 17-game schedule and is part of the Southern Connecticut Conference’s North Division. The Avon/Southington team will practice and play their home games at Newington Arena.
Avon/Southington will play a home-and-away series with Simsbury, East Catholic/Glastonbury/South Windsor co-op, the Hall/Conard co-op, the Northwest Catholic/Mercy co-op and the Suffield/Granby/Enfield/Housatonic co-op team. Four of the SCC North’s six teams will qualify for the league’s post-season tournament.
The CIAC doesn’t recognize girls hockey as an official sport. So, the Connecticut Girls Hockey Association hosts the state tournament. Eight girls hockey teams play in the FCIAC while another 15 play in the SCC.
Darien is the two-time defending state champion. Simsbury and East Catholic co-op shared the state title in 2015 after skating to a 2-2 double overtime tie.
While Avon and Southington help out with scheduling and insurance, the parents of the players are footing the cost of the team including ice time and coaching. Both schools consider the team a club team – not a varsity sport, which are funded by the Board of Education in both towns. Avon is the host of the co-op.