It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary Mount Carmel coach, Tom Kurow. Tom lead the Caravan to 9 Kennedy Cup championships and 4 State titles in his 11 year career (1980-1990) at Mount Carmel. Tom is a member of the Mount Carmel Hall of Fame and was also inducted into the AHAI Hall of Fame in 2008. The CCHL Most Outstanding Player award is named after Tom, and is voted upon by the league's head coaches. Tom was not only an outstanding coach, but a highly respected man in the Illinois hockey community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
All series are best of three with the higher seed having home ice in Game 1 and Game 3.
Congratulations to the following players who were selected to represent their schools and the CCHL in the All-State Game on Monday, February 10th
Liam Casto - Benet Academy
Tom Davis - Providence Catholic
Sean Herber - St. Ignatius
Anthony Klos - Benet Academy
Luke Napleton - St. Rita
Max Pasiennik - St. Ignatius
Zach Stafiej - Carmel Catholic
The Chicago Catholic Hockey League (CCHL) was established in 1963. . The league consists of eleven Chicagoland Catholic schools offering high school hockey as a school sponsored sport. The CCHL is the oldest youth hockey league in Illinois and is administered and operated by current and former league coaches. The Kennedy Cup playoffs have been the highlight of each season making the Kennedy Cup one of the most coveted trophies in high school athletics in Illinois.
The CCHL maintains a rich history of talented student athletes that have gone on to play collegiately, internationally and professionally. Notable alumni include former NHL players Chris Chelios (Mount Carmel), Ed Olczyk (Br. Rice), Bates Battaglia (Fenwick), Joe Corvo (Fenwick) and Tim Stapleton (Fenwick). Former NCAA standouts Gary Kruzich (DeLaSalle, 1984 NCAA Champion at Bowling Green 1984 and Finals MVP) and Scott Paluch (St. Rita and Bowling Green 1988 All American ). The CCHL has produced current and former collegiate coaches: George Roll (Br. Rice and Nazareth College), Joe Augustine (St. Rita and Rhode Island University) Mark Opstipina (Mount Carmel and Milwaukee School of Engineering) and John Micheletto (Mount Carmel and U-MassAmherst).
The head coaches of the CCHL member programs are proud to announce the 2019-2020 CCHL Awards.
Most Valuable Player - Zach Stafiej (Carmel Catholic)
Most Valuable Defenseman - Luke Lawrence (Brother Rice)
Most Outstanding Player - Max Pasiennik (St. Ignatius)
Coach of the Year - Jon Grzbek (Benet Academy)
The head coaches of the CCHL member programs are proud to announce the 2019-2020 CCHL All-Star Team:
Peyton Botich (Providence Catholic)
Joe Davis (Carmel Catholic)
Tom Davis (Providence Catholic)
Sean Doyle (St. Ignatius)
Sam Greco (Marmion Academy)
Patryk Hawryla (Mount Carmel)
Luke Napleton (St. Rita)
Max Pasiennik (St. Ignatius)
Brendan Sise (Marist)
Zach Stafiej (Carmel Catholic)
Owen Vander Leest (Benet Academy)
Kyle Walch (Benet Academy)
Ryan Cleve (St. Rita)
Adam Fitch (Mount Carmel)
Sean Herber (St. Ignatius)
Anthony Klos (Benet Academy)
Luke Lawrence (Brother Rice)
Tom Zschach - Providence Catholic
Luke Brzezinski (Providence Catholic)
Liam Casto (Benet Academy)
Michael Fischer (Marist)