If you are interested in playing for the CPIHL for the 2022-2023 season and you are not sure if your school has a team or who to contact, please email Kris Ricci, League Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Outgoing President Steve Aaron welcomes new CPIHL President Frank Nemshick (right)
At its April 2022 Board of Directors meeting, the CPIHL unanimously approved Frank Nemshick as its new league President. Frank previously served as the league's 2nd VP.
Frank succeeds Steve Aaron, who stepped down after serving as President for 5 years.
The CPIHL is again well represented in the Flyers Cup, with the Palmyra Cougars and Hershey Trojans advancing to the 'A' Division semifinals. They will play back-to-back games on Tuesday, March 15 at IceLine in West Chester. If you're not able to make it, be sure to tune into the Flyers Cup YouTube Channel for live game action.
The CPIHL wishes Palmyra & Hershey best of luck as they seek to return to the Flyers Cup Finals!
The 2022 Bears Cup Champion Central Dauphin Rams!
The 2022 Viola Cup Champion Elizabethtown Bears!
The CPIHL is pleased to announce the three finalists for the 2022 Justin Yingling Memorial Award! The winner will be announced between games on Championship Night.
Cumberland Valley Eagles
Learn more about the Award and Justin Yingling's impact on the CPIHL by clicking here.
Varsity players were selected for the two CPIHL 2021-22 All-Star teams during a special Draft Event held on Sunday, Jan. 9 in Lancaster.
The Varsity All-Star Game will be played at 8pm Wednesday, Jan. 26 at Klick Lewis Arena. The Middle School All-Star Game will take place at 7pm, also at Klick Lewis Arena.
Admission to both games is free!
Congratulations to these high school players for being selected to participate in the 2021-22 CPIHL All-Star Game!
The All-Star Draft Event, when players will be selected to represent one of two teams and receive their jerseys, will be held at 5pm Sunday, Jan. 9, at Klick Lewis Arena. Players and their families are invited to join us for what is always a fun event! Refreshments will be served.
The 2021-22 All-Star Game will be played on Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Klick Lewis Arena. Admission is free.
The future is bright for the CPIHL, as evidenced by these extremely talented Middle School players named to the 2021-22 All-Star Game!
The game is set for Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Klick Lewis Arena. Admission is free!
The leadership of the CPIHL will be presenting players with their game jerseys during pregame ceremonies throughout the month of January. It's a great photo opportunity for families!
December 8, 2021
This week the Executive Committee of the CPIHL took what we believe was appropriate action to protect the health and safety of our hockey players and to send a clear message that we will no longer tolerate student-fan behavior that violates our Code of Conduct. We have suspended for four games each the student-fan sections from two clubs: the combined Hempfield/Manheim Twp. club and Hershey.
The EC voted unanimously to suspend these student sections after coins were thrown on the ice during game action. This behavior could have easily resulted in a significant injury to a player or referee who skated over the coin. It is outrageous behavior that cannot and will not be tolerated. The coin-throwing was followed by obscene and abusive language at both games.
Let us be clear: The instances of unacceptable student-spectator behavior are sharply on the rise this season and is far from limited to just these two teams. And we are prepared to take similar action moving forward should that be necessary. It was for this very reason why the EC called an emergency meeting of our 10 Bears Division clubs just last week – to reinforce our existing rules and to stress the need for all of our clubs to crack down on dangerous and lewd behavior.
Here is what we are routinely seeing at our rinks this season:
The on-ice official who filed his report after one of the games where coins were thrown onto the ice wrote the following:
As an 11-year veteran official, I have never experienced this kind of behavior in the hundreds of games I have officiated. This behavior is not only disrespectful to the game of hockey, but is extremely dangerous behavior that could have caused potential SERIOUS injury to officials and players on the ice. This behavior CAN NOT BE TOLERATED BY USA HOCKEY OR THE CPIHL.
We must and will demand more from those who come into our games. The students who misbehave know they are not on school property and therefore feel they can do whatever they wish with no repercussions. No longer. We are saying enough is enough. We also will hold club leadership accountable. They have been required to submit a written plan detailing how they intend to prevent similar problems from happening again.
We realize that not all students behave this way, and we feel badly that they are being penalized due to the actions of others. But it is going to take pressure from other students to get the bad actors to stop their behavior. That is why we invited team captains to join our recent call to ask that they be part of this process to improve student-fan behavior. After all, they stand to lose the most. We told them that the league wants large, loud and engaged student sections cheering them on. It’s what makes high school hockey so special and differentiates it from travel hockey. But those student-fan sections must follow our playing rules and Code of Conduct which can be found on our website and which clearly state our expectations for fan behavior.
We already have heard from parents of these two clubs who have said we are taking a “safe gathering environment away from them on a Friday night” and that they would “feel better knowing the children are engaging in a safe activity” at the rink. There was nothing safe about what took place at these games. The actions of those who threw the coins – and of their friends who laughed and looked the other way – jeopardized the health and safety of their classmates playing in the game. Until we hold our fan sections accountable for their behavior, which is the primary reason for these sanctions, we do not see anything changing.
CPIHL Executive Committee
Steve Aaron, President
We now invite all CPIHL Scorekeeper's to register for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
You can access the registration page by clicking here.
The CPIHL is excited to return for the 2021-22 season.
As we have seen with other fall high school sports, including football, games continue to be impacted by COVID-19. It is not unreasonable to anticipate the virus will also impact our ice hockey season to some degree.
For that reason, we have stressed with all of our hockey clubs the need for communication throughout the season. Each club has been instructed to identify a single point of contact within their organization that families can contact to share important health updates about their player, including those who test positive for COVID-19 or who have potentially been exposed. Likewise, the CPIHL has established a single contact person on the league Executive Committee who our clubs can contact directly with any urgent updates.
The CPIHL will follow federal and state rules and guidelines which may impact crowd size, rules for indoor gatherings, game play, etc.
We now invite all CPIHL coaches to register for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
You can access the registration page by clicking here.
All CPIHL players are now invited to register for the upcoming 2021-22 season!
Players at all levels are required to register with the CPIHL (in addition to their individual teams). Please click the blue registration bar below to get started.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS AUGUST 10, 2021!
CPIHL Board of Directors Meets in Hummelstown, 5/13/21
At its meeting of the league Board of Directors May 13 in Hummelstown, the CPIHL announced its intent to play a full season beginning October 2021. This was the first in-person meeting of the BOD in well over a year.
Clubs are required to submit their "Form 1s" -- declaring their rosters and level of play -- by August 1, 2021.
A full middle school season is scheduled to start in mid-October, with JV/Varsity seasons beginning shortly after.
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!
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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: email@example.com
Brigette Guyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.