Ice Hockey



The SMCHS Eagles Ice Hockey program was established in 2009 and competes in the 45-team Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL) consisting of teams from throughout Southern California. SMCHS is the current 2017 California State High School Champion and the Eagles are the only California high school to have appeared in the USA Hockey National High School Championship Game; finishing in 2nd place in 2017 and 2015, while winning the national title in 2013.

SMCHS currently has two varsity teams:
  • VARSITY D1. The Varsity D1 team competes in the ADHSHL's Division 1.
  • VARSITY D3. The Varsity D3 team competes in the Coast View Conference of the ADHSHL's Division 3.

The SMCHS Ice Hockey Program is a proven launching pad to play hockey at the next level having sent over 40 players on to the Professional, College, Junior, and Hockey Prep School levels.


The Varsity D1 team's accomplishments include:

  • National HS Champions (2013) National HS Championship Silver Medalists (2017 & 2015)
  • National HS Championship 3rd Place (2011)
  • Three-Time California State HS Champions (2012, 2013 & 2017)
  • Two-Time ADHSHL Varsity Division Championships
  • Three ADHSHL Varsity Division Regular Season 1st Place Finishes
  • Record of 168-71-15 over last five full seasons

The Varsity D3 team's accomplishments include:

  • 1st Place Finish in 2013-2014 Season JV Standings
  • Winner of 2013-2014 JV Division Championship
  • 1st Place Finish in 2014-2015 Season JV Standings
  • Moved to Varsity Division 3 in 2015 after Outscoring Opponents 25-0 in First 3 games
  • 2nd Place Finish in the 2015-2016 and 3rd Place Finish in the 2016-2017 Varsity D3 Season Standings
  • Advanced to Championship in Five Straight Tournaments from 2013-2015; Winning 2 Titles
  • Record of 97-45-4 Over Last Four Full Seasons in the JV and Varsity D3 Divisions


Head Coach: Craig Johnson

Coach Craig Johnson began his Eagles coaching career in 2009 -10 when Santa Margarita joined the Anaheim Ducks High School League. Prior to that time, Coach Johnson played 10 seasons in the NHL with St. Louis, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Toronto and Washington from 1994-2004, collecting 75-98=178 points with 260 penalty minutes in 557 career games. He began his NHL career with the Blues in 1994-95 before being acquired by the Kings as part of the Wayne Gretzky trade on Feb. 27, 1996. Coach Johnson appeared in 39 games with the Ducks during the 2003-04 campaign, scoring 1-2=3 points with 14 PIM.

"Craig Johnson brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience to Santa Margarita," said Art Trottier, General Manager of Anaheim ICE and Director of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Johnson helped prestigious Hill-Murray reach the Minnesota State High School Championship game and then played three years at the University of Minnesota. He was a member of Team
USA at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway and represented the United States in four World Championships from 1993-2001 and the World Junior Championship in 1990. Johnson also played professionally in Europe for four years before retiring at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Coach Johnson led the Eagles to the USA Hockey High School Hockey National Championship in 2013, the first California team to win the prestigious title.

Johnson resides in Orange County with his wife and three children, one of whom attends Santa Margarita Catholic High School.

Assistant Coach: KC Groon

Coach Kaelin "KC" Groon is a graduate of Santa Margarita Catholic High School and is the co-head coach of the JV team while assisting the varsity team. Coach Groon brings 20 plus years of hockey experience to the program. In addition to playing ice hockey, Coach Groon participated on the school's roller hockey team while at SMCHS. He was team captain and led the league in scoring all four years. He graduated in 2009, and has since represented the United States in the Junior Olympics in Varese Italy where he won a bronze metal. Coach Groon also won two national titles during his roller hockey career. In addition, Groon played ice hockey at the junior and collegiate level. He played for the NY Metropolitan Fighting Moose in the MJHL before joining the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth NCAA Div III team. Coach Groon currently lives in Aliso Viejo.



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