CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — The Champaign Chiefs hockey team is still celebrating its championship. The team made up of high school athletes from across Central Illinois, won the Lincoln Land Cup title last week, beating Bloomington 2-1.
“It’s great being my third year in high school hockey, always wanting to win a championship,” Oakwood senior Kamden Howard said.
“It was great,” Salt Fork freshman Gabriel Horgan added. “We played hard, so did the other team. It came down to the last shot and I give props to the other team, they played hard but we played harder and I think we deserve it.”
Champaign finished the season with a 12-4 record and had five players named to the All-Star team. The IHSA does not sponsor high school hockey, meaning students who want to play the sport suit up for club teams like the Chiefs. Many of them play in the Lincoln Land Hockey League, including teams from Bloomington, Decatur and Springfield. The Chiefs have representatives from Centennial, Central, St. Thomas More, Mahomet-Seymour, Oakwood and Salt Fork high schools, among several others.