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Staples Hockey Moves Up to Division II

A trip to the finals was all it took to convince the powers that be that the Staples-Weston-Shelton boys hockey team should be playing at a higher level. According to published reports, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys hockey committee voted last week to change the divisional structure of Connecticut boys high school hockey. Staples Co-Op was one of six teams chosen for a new division for the 2011-12 season. Staples was promoted from Division III to Division II.

Staples went 14-6 this season, getting all the way to the Division III championship where it lost to Watertown-Pomperaug, 4-0. Staples had been undefeated against Division III opponents before the state finals. Four of Staples' six regular season losses came against Division I opponents; the other two were against Division II foes.

The move is not official yet as teams can appeal the decision before the boys hockey committee meets again April 26. Other teams changing divisions include Division II champion Cheshire moving to Division I; Watertown-Pomperaug, Newtown and Windsor-East Granby-Avon moving from Division III to Division II; and New Fairfield-Immaculate dropping from Division II to Division III. No teams dropped from Division I to Division II.

Do you agree with the Staples Co-Op's move to Division II? Will it help or hurt the team next season? Start the discussion below!

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