Ice Hockey - Varsity
2018-2019 Bishop O'Connell Varsity Ice Hockey Team
**2018 NVSHL Champions**
NEWS, VIDEOS AND LINKS
Danny Bessette - Coach of the Week
WJLA7 highlights our assistant coach.
Posted Apr. 11, 2018
Video Highlights from the NVSHL Championship Game
Ice Hockey Takes Home the Crown
Posted Mar. 5, 2018
After the lights go out, O'Connell flips a switch and wins NVSHL title
Washington Post, March 2, 2018
Bishop O'Connell wins NVSHL
NVSHL News, March 3, 2018
Ice hockey Top 10: Battle-tested O’Connell turns its attention to Northern Virginia
Washington Post, Feb. 21, 2018
Bishop O'Connell competes in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) and the Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League (MAPHL), one of the highest levels of hockey competition for high school-age players in the Mid Atlantic. This upcoming season the Knights will skate three team's for the first time in school history with a Varsity, Varsity 2 and an all-freshmen teams. Knights hockey players have developed a reputation as being a hard working team that plays with passion and good sportsmanship.
This past season the varsity team participated in the USA Hockey High School Nationals in Cleveland, Ohio, advancing to the quarterfinals before losing to the national champions Santa Margarita Catholic HS.
The Knights skate at the Medstar Capitals Iceplex, the official practice facility for the Washington Capitals located less than four miles from campus. The close proximity allows for over 35 practices immediately after classes on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Friday’s at 4:00 p.m. Practices are designed to help players improve their individual skills as well as becoming better team players. One goal of the program is to prepare the student-athletes for their futures in hockey and in life.
This is Coach Collins's fourth season as hockey director and head coach at Bishop O'Connell High School.In his first season he guided the Knights to the state semifinals and the following year the Knights played in the NVSHL state championship game.
Coach Collins has also been active in local youth hockey. He is currently the head coach of the Washington Little Caps 2004 AAA team. He previously coached with the Ashburn Xtreme, where he guided the U16 AA #2 teams for birth years 1995-96 and 1998-99 to the PVAHA state championship games. All four of his Xtreme teams reached the CBHL post seasons.
Coach Collins grew up in Springfield, Mass. and played prep hockey at Trinity Pawling Prep School in Pawling, New York.
Danny Bessette '02
Brian Griffin '04
Max Heimerman '07