The Lower Merion Ice Hockey Club was established in 1970 by a group of students led by former LMIHC President Matt Peskin. With the assistance of some parents and a few teachers and residents, the team entered the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League (ICSHL). At that time, the league was comprised of only 14 teams. The Western Division included Penncrest, Haverford, West Chester, Upper Merion, Lower Merion, St. James and Bonner. The Eastern Division featured Swarthmore, Conestoga, Malvern, O’Hara, Marple Newtown, St. Joseph’s and Radnor. Today, the ICSHL has grown considerably to include many teams throughout the region.
The team's first uniforms were donated by the legendary and iconic NHL hall of famer, Ed Snider, the late founder of the Philadelphia Flyers. Two of Mr. Snider's sons, Craig and Jay Snider, played on that first team.
The Lower Merion Ice Hockey Club has also grown from one varsity high school team – to an 8-team club including two High School varsity teams (boys), a girls High School team, a Middle School team, and four Elementary school teams, including two squirt and two mite teams. The 2016-17 Elementary White team under Coach Brian Hoppy captured the DSHL Upper Division Championship beating Springfield.
As of the start of the 2010 season, the boys LM/HH combined Varsity-JV program has separated, and formed two distinct Varsity high school teams, which now compete against one another in the Tri-County Varsity league of the ICSHL.
In most recent news, the Lower Merion High School Aces qualified 5 of the last 6 years for the Flyers Cup at the A level. In addition, the Harriton Rams qualified for the Flyers Cup in 2016-17. The Flyers Cup is a prestigious postseason tournament for Philadelphia-area high school hockey teams. Winners of the Flyers Cup A, AA, and AAA divisions meet the winners of Western Pennsylvania’s Penguins Cup for the Pennsylvania State Championships.
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