(Updated 10/31/20) - The Executive Committee of the CPIHL announced in late August it would postpone any decision related to the start of this season until November 1. It was our hope that the COVID-19 trend lines would improve and that government restrictions on indoor gatherings would be loosened, allowing us to move forward with a limited season.
While the indoor-capacity limits have, in fact, been lifted, Pennsylvania’s infection rate is as high as it’s ever been – and the counties with among the highest rates of infection include several here in Central PA. We are aware that travel hockey has had multiple teams in quarantine and USA Hockey’s Atlantic District just recently banned the use of rink locker rooms until further notice. This is not an issue unique to Pennsylvania. Massachusetts and New Hampshire both have stopped ice hockey, and the CDC recently pointed to a hockey game in Florida as a super-spreader event.
All of this is to say the challenges to a safe hockey season remain significant. At the same time, the league recognizes the importance of physical activity for children and a sincere desire to want to provide an opportunity for our athletes and their families to restore some sense of normalcy by resuming scholastic sports.
The reality, however, requires us to make some difficult choices. As it relates to game scheduling, our priority is trying to preserve a Varsity season so that senior players have one last chance to lace up the skates for their schools. It is the league’s intention to try to provide a limited Varsity season beginning no sooner than Jan. 1, 2021.This timeline is consistent with other leagues in eastern Pennsylvania that compete in the Flyers Cup tournament. To be clear, like all sports leagues, the CPIHL is not in a position to guarantee the season will begin, but the league is hopeful this can happen in early 2021 – whether that means starting in January or later.
The Executive Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel all games at the middle school and JV levels.The league encourages clubs to explore ways to keep these teams together through practices and informal scrimmages, as long as clubs follow all posted rules at rinks and the protocols established by PA state government, and all players and coaches are properly registered with USA Hockey.
The members of the league Executive Committee wish to thank all of our clubs and ice hockey families for their patience and understanding – and for their valuable input.These are unprecedented times with no easy solutions.
The CPIHL is pleased to welcome Wilson Ice Hockey back to the league! The Bulldogs last played with us five seasons ago. The club has a rich tradition in the CPIHL dating back to our earliest seasons in the 90's. Like Twin Valley, Wilson plays its home games at BodyZone.
Always exciting to see the CPIHL grow!
Please see below for a message from the Flyers Cup Committee.
The CPIHL fully supports this decision, but shares in the disappointment that our two clubs that advanced to compete in the finals - Hershey & Palmyra - will not be able to determine a champion on the ice. That said, we are incredibly proud to know that both their team names will forever be engraved on the Flyers Cup!
Palmyra Cougars players check out the Flyers Cup, which was on display Monday night at Klick Lewis Arena
It was a big night for the CPIHL again in the quarterfinals of the Flyers Cup invitational tournament Wednesday night!
Palmyra defeated Springfield 4-1. The Cougars will play WC Bayard Rustin Monday night in the semifinals.
Hershey defeated Strath Haven 5-0, for their second shutout of the Flyers Cup this year. The Trojans advance to play West Chester East on Monday in the semis.
With wins by both Palmyra and Hershey, it would be an all-CPIHL final!
Also tonight, Lower Dauphin, who was playing without several key players due to illness and injury, hung tough against WC East but lost 5-3. It marks the end of a terrific season for the Falcons.
You can find upcoming game times and other info by visiting Flyers-Cup.org.
Before more than 2,000 passionate fans at historic Hersheypark Arena, the Central Dauphin Rams and Cedar Crest Falcons won the Bears and Viola Cups!
Check out the Playoffs page for game recaps, photos and video!
Thanks to all our volunteers who helped make Championship Night a huge success!
Check out the cover of the 2020 CPIHL Official Championship Night Game Program! These will be FREE for all fans in attendance at Hersheypark Arena Friday night.
Admission for the evening is $5 and covers both games. All parking is FREE. Fans should enter through the Giant Center toll booths and then proceed to the Arena. Due to construction at Hersheypark and reduced parking spaces, fans are asked to park along the west side of Hersheypark Stadium and then make the short walk to the Arena. The few spots in front of the Arena are reserved for the players and for handicap parking.
Doors open at 5:15pm. Fans should not attempt to access the Arena prior to 5:15pm. You will go through a security screening upon entrance.
We look forward to seeing a great crowd at the Old Barn!
Updated 2/24/20 @ 11:15pm
The Final Four is set! With their wins Monday, Cedar Crest and Hershey advance to play in the Viola and Bears Cup Finals! The Falcons will face West Shore and the Trojans play the Central Dauphin Rams.
Be sure to check our Playoff section for the very latest. Just click on the pucks to reach that page.
And also follow the CPIHL on Twitter, which is a great way to keep in touch with the latest developments. Follow @CPIHLOfficial.
The CPIHL is proud to be sending three teams to the Flyers Cup 2020 tournament - and Central PA will host two 1st-round games at Klick Lewis Arena!
During tonight's selection show, it was announced that Palmyra (#2) Hershey (#5) and Lower Dauphin (#9) have been selected to play in the "A" division. If you missed the announcement, you can watch it by clicking here!
See below for the complete rankings, and also for a clip from the Selection Show featuring Flyers Cup President Eric Tye talking about the Flyers Cup returning to Central PA.
Finalists and nominees for the 2020 Justin Yingling Memorial Award were announced Monday, Feb. 3. Visit the Justin Yingling page by clicking here to learn more.
The National Team was a 7-4 winner in the 2020 CPIHL All-Star Game!
Congratulations to the 2020 American All-Star Team!
Fans are invited to join us Wednesday night, Jan. 22, at Twin Ponds in Harrisburg for the 2020 CPIHL All-Star Game! Admission is free. The Middle School Game starts at 6pm and the High School Game at 8pm.
Click on the All Stars tab to learn more and see the rosters. It's one of our favorite nights of the year so be sure to join us to watch some great ice hockey!
The CPIHL is pleased to unveil our 2020 All-Star Game logo! Visit the All Stars section of this website for further details. Congrats to all our middle school and high school All Stars!!!
Chris Steinbacher looks for his name on the Bears Cup
Our thanks to the Hershey Bears for hosting "CPIHL Night" at Giant Center on December 15th! A portion of the proceeds from the postgame jersey auction were donated to the CPIHL.
The CPIHL had a table set up on the Giant Center concourse. We loved visiting with so many CPIHL alumni players who brought their families to show them their names on one of our two championship cups!
The CPIHL wholeheartedly supports this effort! To read the complete letter from Jim Smith, please click below
West Shore fans at Twin Ponds on opening night!
With games in both the Bears and Viola Divisions Monday night, the CPIHL 2019-2020 season is now fully underway. We had amazing crowds across the region - great to see our fans back out there supporting our teams. Best of luck to all our players and coaches at the Varsity, JV and Middle School levels!
Middle School Play is Underway!!!
This summer, USA Hockey adopted a Declaration of Player Safety, Fair Play and Respect for the 2019-20 season. Accepted practices such as "finishing your check" will no longer be acceptable in certain situations. We encourage all players and fans to watch the below video with examples of what is and is not acceptable. The CPIHL reviewed these new rules with our head coaches across the league during a recent meeting.
All CPIHL players are now invited to register for the upcoming 2019-20 season! Players at all levels are required to register. Please click the blue registration bar below. Deadline to register is August 15!
The Registration "Home" is not currently available.
Our MSM United and Shamrocks clubs will be merging for the upcoming season. If you have played, or considered playing for these clubs in the past - and would like information about joining this club - please contact either Gay Plastina or Brigette Guyer at the email addresses below. The schools that will comprise this new club include: Boiling Springs, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Chambersburg, East Pennsboro, Mechanicsburg, Northern York, Shippensburg, Trinity and West Perry.
Gay Plastina: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brigette Guyer: email@example.com
You also can be in touch with CPIHL 3rd VP Kris Ricci, who oversees all league registration issues. She can be reached at 3rdVP@CPIHL.com.
At the April meeting of the CPIHL Board of Directors, the league voted unanimously to welcome the Susquehanna Valley Stampede to the league. Formerly with the Northeast PA Scholastic Hockey League, the Stampede rosters players from several schools in the Sunbury/Lewisburg region. While they practice at a rink in Sunbury, the Stampede will play its home games at Twin Ponds East. The Board vote allows the Stampede to play on a one-season trial, which will be reevaluated in early 2020. It is exciting to see our league grow. WELCOME TO THE CPIHL!
The Hershey Trojans' thrilling run to the Flyers Cup Championships fell short, losing to top-seeded West Chester Bayard Rustin, 5-1. The Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia saw a strong turnout from Hershey fans and the underdog Trojans played the favorites tough, trailing just 3-1 after two periods. While it wasn't the result they were looking for, Hershey gave the CPIHL plenty of thrills during their postseason run!
In front of a packed house at the historic Hersheypark Arena, fans were treated to two games that weren't decided until the final minutes. In fact, the Bears Cup final needed overtime.
In the end, Warwick defeated West Shore 5-3 to win the Viola Cup. And Hershey beat longtime rival Palmyra 4-3 to take the Bears Cup.
Thanks to all our fans who came out to support these four outstanding teams! Scroll down for great video from Championship Night!
It was quite a night for Warwick's Logan Hann. Shortly after backstopping his Warriors to a Viola Cup Championship, Logan learned that he was selected winner of the CPIHL Justin Yingling Memorial Award. Presented to Logan by Justin's parents, Jane and Jack Yingling, Logan was recognized for his many outstanding qualities both on and off the ice.
Also honored were award finalists, Jake Jesberger from Penn Manor and Kirk Patti with the Shamrocks.
Logan received a $500 scholarship from the CPIHL!
Be sure to grab your awesome (and free!) game program as you enter the Arena!
The Red Area Indicates Where Parking is NOT Available
We are excited to welcome fans to Championship Night this Friday, March 1, at historic Hersheypark Arena!
Gates open at 5:15pm. Admission is $5, except for children 11 and under who are admitted for free, and covers both games. The Viola Cup game featuring West Shore and Warwick begins at 6:15, and the Bears Cup game featuring Hershey and Palmyra begins at 8:30.
Due to construction at Hersheypark, Arena staff have provided us with the following parking information to share with our fans:
Enter at the main complex entrance at Giant Center and proceed through the booths following signs for Hersheypark Arena. There is no parking charge; booth attendants will wave spectators through for free when you tell them you are attending high school hockey.
Due to the construction there is limited parking available in the eastern part of the lot between Hersheypark Stadium and Hersheypark Arena. All other parking is in the lot along the west side of the Stadium, as noted on the map. Once parked along the west side of the stadium, spectators should walk along the south end (box office) of the Stadium and then turn south toward the Arena, entering in Entrance Four.
There are marked handicapped spaces in the lot directly across from Entrance 4 of the Arena.
Please allow extra time due to a 7pm concert at Giant Center that night.
Hershey Fans Celebrate Moving on to the Bears Cup finals!
Congratulations to the Hershey Trojans and Warwick Warriors for advancing to the Bears Cup and Viola Cup finals thanks to their wins Monday night! Click here for the latest playoff details and updated divisional brackets.
The CPIHL congratulates Logan Hann, Kirk Patti and Jake Jesberger -- named finalists for the 2019 CPIHL Justin Yingling Memorial Award. The three will be honored between games on Championship Night, March 1, and we will learn the winner of the $500 scholarship during that on-ice ceremony!
Congratulations to West Shore who advanced to the Viola Cup finals with their 4-0 win over Warwick tonight! They join Palmyra as the two teams that have secured spots on Championship Night next Friday.
The Executive Committee of the CPIHL is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018-19 CPIHL Justin Yingling Memorial Scholarship Award. Congratulations to the following three young men who were selected from among 14 outstanding nominees:
Jake Jesberger, Penn Manor
Kirk Patti, Shamrocks
Logan Hann, Warwick
The winner, who will receive a $500 scholarship, will be named between games on CPIHL Championship Night at Hersheypark Arena, March 1. Click here to learn more about Coach Yingling and his remarkable legacy.
In addition to the three finalists, the nominees were:
Payton Takoch, Annville-Cleona
Gavin Fidler, Cedar Crest
Nicholas Schuck, Cumberland Valley
Joseph Szymanski, Elizabethtown
Paul Gettle, Hershey
Brendan Ward, Hempfield
Brody McCulley, Lower Dauphin
Hunter Neiss, Manheim Township
Bert Shaffner, MSM United
Ben Cupo, Twin Valley
TJ Meanor, West Shore
The Palmyra Student Section Turns Out on Wintry Night!
Congratulations to Palmyra who has advanced to the Bears Cup Finals with their 6-2 win over Hershey Monday night. In the Viola Division, Warwick advanced to the next round with a hard-fought victory over rival Hempfield, which remains alive in the double-elimination format.
Visit our Playoff section by clicking here for the results and the updated playoff brackets!
West Shore Fans are Ready for Playoff Action!
The last night of the CPIHL 2018-19 Regular Season featured some fantastic games. Goaltenders stood on their heads, goal scorers scored clutch goals and our fans were treated to some great hockey.
Congrats to Hershey and West Shore which go into the postseason as the Bears and Viola Division #1 seeds.
It all gets underway this Wednesday with the Bears Division Play-In Game. You can find all of your playoff info in our new Playoff Section which you can get to by clicking here.
The sports department at Pennlive has created this terrific gallery featuring our High School All Stars. Click here to check it out!!
This is the week we pause - briefly - from the push to the postseason to honor our All-Star student-athletes. On Wednesday night, Jan. 30, the CPIHL will focus its attention on York Ice Arena where our middle school and high school players will shine in this always-fun exhibition. See you there!
Middle School game at 6:15pm
High School game at 8:15pm
The CPIHL is mourning a member of our hockey family. Kelly Soule, mother of Shamrocks player Michael Soule, lost her battle with cancer. Kelly was a proud 'hockey mom' who was so excited that Michael was drafted for the 2019 All-Star game. She was able to see him in his All-Star jersey. The hockey community is a strong one that comes together at times of celebration and times of great sadness. A moment of silence was held at our varsity games, including this one between the Shamrocks and Twin Valley. The CPIHL sends thoughts and prayers to Michael and his father, George.
The CPIHL is proud to unveil our All-Star Game logo! This 25th Anniversary logo will be worn by our Varsity and Middle School All-Stars on Jan. 30 when the All-Star games are played in York. Varsity teams will be chosen during the annual CPIHL All-Star Draft on Sunday, Jan. 6 in Hummelstown. Middle School All-Stars will be presented with their All-Star jerseys prior to games throughout the month of January. All-Star apparel is now available for purchase. Just click the logo!
On Sunday, Dec. 23, Mechanicsburg alumni gathered at Twin Ponds West for a holiday game. By the end of the night they had raised more than $500 for the CPIHL Justin Yingling Memorial Award. Thanks to all involved for showing the strength of our hockey community!
At the November CPIHL Board of Directors meeting, the 2018-19 Varsity postseason format was approved.
The Top 3 teams at the conclusion of the regular season automatically qualify for the playoffs. The teams ranked 4th and 5th in points will play a one game 'play-in' game to qualify as the 4th playoff team. Those four teams will then play a double-elimination format as they compete for the Bears Cup!
The Top 6 teams at the conclusion of the regular season automatically qualify for the playoffs. The 1st and 2nd seeds earn a first-round bye. Those six teams will play a double-elimination format as they compete for the Viola Cup!
CPIHL players past and present, along with league founders, gathered at Giant Center Saturday, December 8, and were recognized on-ice between periods. CPIHL families also had the chance to take to the ice before the game for a free skate session. So great to see so many CPIHL-ers at Giant Center!
The 2018-19 season marks a huge milestone for the CPIHL, our teams and our players -- 25 years of scholastic ice hockey! And our league has never been stronger. This year will feature nearly 45 Varsity, Junior Varsity and Middle School teams.
For the first time in our 25 year history, the league now will feature games played between our "pure" teams and teams that feature skaters from more than one school. It is a change embraced league-wide that will result in exciting new matchups and a chance for our fans to see talented players they have not had a chance to watch in previous seasons.
We really like our 25th Anniversary logo and hope you do, too. Now available for purchase is Limited Edition 25th Anniversary CPIHL apparel. Click on the logo to be directed to our online store!
The CPIHL welcomes the Twin Valley Ice Hockey Club for the upcoming 2018-19 season! Located in Berks County, Twin Valley has made the move from the EPSHL to the CPIHL and will roster teams at the Varsity and Middle School levels.
New for our 25th Anniversary Season, the CPIHL has approved 3-on-3 Sudden Death Overtime for the 2018-19 regular season. The five-minute period promises to bring the excitement featured in NHL overtime games to the CPIHL!
Welcome to the online home of the CPIHL! Here you will find information about our league, teams, schedule, special events and much more.
The CPIHL is proud to feature talented student-athletes from across Central Pennsylvania in both Middle School and High School. Our hockey players compete for the Bears and Viola Cups -- the pinnacle of high school hockey in the region.