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HPHL Polar Bears, Valor Christian and Denver East contend for national championships in Omaha

By Thaddeus Carroll, SportsEngine, 04/15/21, 7:45AM MDT

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Hub exclusive: Forty teams, include the three from Colorado, participate in the 2021 USA Hockey High School National Championships this week.

Starting Thursday April 15, 32 boys’ teams and eight girls’ teams from across the country will compete for the 2021 USA Hockey High School National Championship in Omaha, Nebraska. Among them, three teams will try to bring the title back to Colorado.

Valor Christian will represent the state in Division I, which includes teams consisting of players from just one high school. Denver East has entered the Division II tournament and the High Plains Hockey League Polar Bears are in the girls’ division.

Each boys’ division is made up of 16 teams divided into four four-team pools. After round-robin play on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday the top two teams in each pool advance to quarterfinal play.

Valor Christian opens the tournament at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, April 15 against the Park City Ice Miners, the Utah state champion. Matchups with Minnesota-based Edina at 8 a.m. on Friday and Glenelg High School of Maryland on Saturday at 3 p.m follow.

Find more information on the Eagles, including game updates and stats, here.

Denver East begins the tournament with the Rushmore Thunder from South Dakota at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday. They play against Greenville at noon on Friday and Dayton Stealth Hockey on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. The Angels will try to bring the Division II title back to Colorado after Monarch-Boulder won it in 2019.

Follow the Angels progress in the tournament here.

The girls’ division is made up of eight teams divided into two four-team pools. After round-robin play the top two teams will advance to the semifinals.

The HPHL Polar Bears will battle Premier Prep Forest of Minnesota at 2 p.m. on Thursday, followed by matchups against the Wisconsin Blackcats and Wyoming Girls High School on Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 6:15 p.m., respectively.

Find more info on the Polar Bears here.

All games will be televised live on HockeyTV. Scores and updates can be found at USA Hockey tournament webpage.

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