Updated: Sep 28
The Cap City Summer Elite League is getting started this summer. Founded by locals JC Campagna, Pat Cannone, Joey Nahay, and Nick Petragila, this league will have players from the NCAA all the way up to the NHL.
What is it?
All games are open to the general public, and they will be played at OhioHealth Chiller North.
“There will be plenty of opportunities for fans to meet their favorite players that play not only locally for the Blue Jackets, but also other teams in the NHL.” said part founder JC Campagna. “It will be completely open to the public… it is all about growing Columbus hockey, and charging admission for summer league is not what we wanted to do.”
Much like the Kingdom Summer League that hosts basketball tournaments for Columbus area professional and amateur players, including a handful of past and present Buckeyes, the Cap City League will have top level hockey during a period of time where hockey is hard to find. The league plans to get underway in early July and go through August.
How It Works
There will be four teams, and each team has a captain that will be announced by the league in the coming weeks. Players that are invited will put their names into a draft pool, and each team will get a turn to pick. There will be a semi-final and a grand championship in August to finish it off. It is a good way for high level players to stay in shape just before the start of their training camps.
There has been a lot of talent that has gone through Columbus, and plenty of players have lived in Columbus that play or have played in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, and various overseas teams. Notable players from Columbus include: Sean Kuraly, Jack Roslovic, Kole and Kieffer Sherwood, Carson Meyer, and many, many more. There is no word on whether any of these players have entered in their name for the summer league, so everything you hear, unless it is from the Cap City league directly, is pure speculation. Stay connected to the league on their instagram, @capcity_elite_league, or follow along with Yamo Media for coverage during the season.
-Ian Phillips for Yamo Media