SHSHL Concluding 50th Season

Thursday night’s SHSHL National Division final between Council Rock South and Pennsbury brings down the season on the SHSHL’s 50th season.

High school hockey has evolved substantially over the past half century. But Kenny Haas, who has been involved with the SHSHL for over two decades as a coach, referee, referee assigner, scheduler, and now as the SHSHL’s commissioner, note that some constants remain.

“For us, it’s all about the students.” he said. “It’s about having the students be good kids in the classroom. Attend class regularly and get good grades.”

For much of its history, the SHSHL had a reputation for pugnaciousness on the ice but that mindset has faded away in recent years.

“To me the most important thing and you see it more and more every year, is the discipline I see on the ice,” Haas said.

“We can count on one hand how many major penalties we had this year and that’s just so far above what happened in the 70s and 80s, and 90s.”

While the SHSHL and USA Hockey have strengthened rules designed to prevent misbehavior in recent seasons, Haas says the bulk of the credit for the new mindset belongs to the league’s coaches.

“Our coaches are outstanding,” he said. “High school hockey is very friendly for the family. We have some of the best coaches in the Delaware Valley. Really, hats off to the coaches, it really comes down to them.

“Our coaches have been around longer than me.”

SHSHL History: Can You Help?

A query from SHSHL President Kenny Haas

Hopefully most of you saw our Varsity Championship trophy during the playoffs.  It lists all the past champions since the formation of our league.  However, we are missing a few years.

I am asking for a favor that will require some work.  Please dig into your Club archives, check past trophies, articles, banquet programs, call past Presidents and coaches.  We need to determine the Playoff Champion for the following dates.  We will only place a team’s name on the trophy if the championship can be confirmed by a trophy, news article, program, etc.


Varsity A division from 2003-2004 back to 1973-1974 (I don’t think we had a VarA division much before this)

1995-1996 both AA & A

Anyone with information should contact Kenny Haas or contact us here at Hockey Happenings. Thank you for helping us to document the history of the SHSHL.

SHSHL Cracking Down on Fan Behavior

The Suburban High School Hockey League is taking a stand against inappropriate behavior by student spectators. SHSHL Commissioner Kenny Haas issued a directive on Tuesday that states studentswho behaves inappropriately at an SHSSL game will, without warning, be banned from attending league games for the balance of the season.

Inappropriate behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of alcohol, intoxication, profanity, ejection and/or discipline from the on-ice officials, altercations in the stands, trash talking opponents on the ice or opponent spectators off-ice.

A number of spectators were removed from last Thursday’s game between Council Rock South and Central Bucks South at Hatfield Ice Arena.

Start of SHSHL Season to be Delayed

 The start of the upcoming Suburban High School Hockey League season will be delayed until January 3, 2021. SHSHL President Kenny Haas said the19 clubs that will skate under the SHSHL umbrella this season are committed to doing so in a safe manner.

“We all agree that the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, officials and their families is most important,” said. “Unfortunately, the current trend of this pandemic requires us to delay the season at this time.”

“I am very proud that 100 percent of our member clubs have made the difficult decision to delay the season and place the safety of our participants and their families as the highest priority.”

Traditionally, the SHSHL Season commences in late October or early November. This year’s season was originally scheduled to begin on Thanksgiving Eve, November 25.

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