Carroll County joins hockey league

April 20, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll County is getting a chance to enter a high-school ice hockey program this fall.

The team, to be coached by Matt Todd, will compete in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League and play a 10-game regular season schedule, which will extend from November through late February.

For the first two years, the Carroll team will be considered a recreational program. The team will be allowed to use players from any school, as long as those schools don't have hockey programs.

After that, the Carroll entry must be a team with players from the same school.

An informational meeting about the program will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Eldersburg Branch Public Library.

The MSHL, which began in 1989 with nine teams and now has 32 in Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties, is a self-funding program, which is not affiliated with the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Todd, who lives in Woodbine and first began playing ice hockey when he was 6, said the starting cost would be in the range of $250 per player and incudes home and away jerseys, practice time and league registration.

He added the team probably will practice and play games at a Howard County rink in Columbia and at a rink now being constructed in Frederick.

"We're getting a lot of support," said Todd, who was first approached of the idea by Eileen Murray, whose son plays ice hockey and will be a freshman at Liberty next fall.

"The $250 is not that much when you consider the time frame. There's been strong interest. The meeting will orient the players and parents on what to expect with fees, where to buy the needed equipment at good prices and what our goals and objectives are for the program for the years to come."

Of the potential players who have shown interest, 30 of them come from Liberty High.

The majority have played roller hockey and Todd said three from Liberty have skated on youth ice hockey programs.

"Most have played roller hockey and there's not too much of a difference in skating styles," Todd said.

"It will just take some time on the ice. You have to start somewhere and this gives kids a chance to skate."

The MSHL is a co-ed program, but Todd said he hasn't heard from any girls interested in playing.

In the league's past two seasons, he coached the Howard High School team. He had four girls on the team in the first season.

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