By Joseph Knoop
Eight area high school hockey clubs are converging to form a new singular group, merging both the Cathedral Chatard Hockey Club and Noblesville Hockey Club into the Central Indiana Knights.
The new team will be part of the Hoosier High School Hockey Association and will play home games at the Fishers Forum.
“It takes a fair amount of commitment by players and their families to play hockey,” John DeWaal, co-president of the Central Indiana Knights said. “Combining our clubs affords our high school hockey players the opportunity to develop their skills and play in a supportive and competitive environment.”
The Central Indiana Knights will operate as a not-for-profit club open to students from the eight combined school clubs, including Cathedral, Bishop Chatard, Guerin Catholic, Hamilton Heights, Noblesville, Park Tudor, Pendleton Heights and Sheridan high schools.
Despite the merger, organization officials sought to stress that each clubs’ legacy won’t be erased.
“Through this merger it is important that we maintain the heritage of the former clubs and the schools they represented,” said Kevin Ward, co-president of the Central Indiana Knights. “As we build a new identity and sense of pride for the Central Indiana Knights we want be sure our individual pasts are not forgotten.”
Tryouts for the 2014-2015 season will be conducted at 7: 45 p.m. July 8 and July 15 at Fishers Forum. Applicants are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes early.