Centaurus will start a JV hockey team this season; plan in place for varsity program

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A second ice hockey program is coming to Boulder Valley Schools with the addition of a junior varsity team at Centaurus for this upcoming 2018-19 season.

The program joins Monarch as the second team in the school district.

Centaurus will become a varsity team in 2020-21 for the 2020-22 two-year cycle, according to Emerald Murphy, the school's athletic director.

"I am super excited to be able to have an opportunity to offer another program to support our kids in our community," Murphy said. "There has been interest brewing for another program in BVSD. People are excited about CHSAA hockey.

"It's great that we get to pilot a JV," Murphy said. "That's always a healthy way begin things, and I'm looking forward to the next step."

Murphy said she plans to hire a coaching staff as soon as possible, and has been in touch with Eric Gustafson at Monarch, Boulder Valley district personnel and the CHSAA office "to make sure it starts smoothly and ensure its a great opportunity for the kids and families."

The Warriors will play their home games at the YMCA of Boulder Valley in Lafayette.

When planning for the 2020-22 cycle, Boulder Valley will identify the schools that will participate at Centaurus, and the ones that will participate at Monarch. This is similar to how Douglas County handles its district programs at Mountain Vista, Castle View and Chaparral.

Monarch is among the state's most successful programs. The Coyotes went to five consecutive championship games from 2013-17, and won their first state title in 2017.