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KAHA league to host 3-state ‘festival’


Knoxville Amateur Hockey Association High School League is hosting a high school hockey league Invitational festival spanning two weekends in January to include teams from Georgia, North Carolina and Nashville.

Ten games are scheduled the weekends of Jan. 5-6 and Jan. 19-20 at the Cool Sports, LLC, Icearium at 110 South Watt Road in Farragut. For the Knox County teams, these games count toward the regular season statistics and standings.

Visiting teams will include Winston-Salem North Carolina Raiders, Columbus Middle-Georgia Snakes, North Gwinnett Bulldogs (Suwanee, Ga.) and Mount Juliet High School Golden Bears (Nashville).

All visiting teams are serious perennial contenders for state championships.

The Snakes and Golden Bears play against Knoxville Metro Pirates and the Bearden/Karns team Jan. 5-6. Bulldogs and Raiders play the Farragut Admirals and Metro Warriors Jan. 19-20.

If all goes well, the festival will become an annual event. KAHA President Scott Ingmand was very pleased with the response to the invitational festival. “Local high school hockey in Knoxville and East Tennessee is growing nicely at this point,” he said. “Most of our teams are at their maximum roster size which means we may have to expand our league in 08-09 ahead of our older projection.

“We even have players in our program from Chattanooga.”

KAHA High School league director Mark Beyer said, “Playing teams from outside of your own region gives all players the chance to see a wider variety of playing styles and prepares them for our own state championship Predators’ Cup.”

The Predators’ Cup (sponsored by the Nashville Predators NHL hockey team) is awarded to the top team in Tennessee each year following a state championship showdown and will be played March 22 on NHL regulation ice in Nashville.

Knox County’s championship will be played the first weekend in February at the Icearium.

 

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