MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Principals' Association officials say girls hockey in the state has been in decline for the last four or five years.
VPA's associate executive director Bob Johnson said many teams "are looking at number issues."
And The Burlington Free Press reports that three schools- Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland's Mount Saint Joseph Academy- eliminated their girls hockey teams altogether. And other schools, like South Burlington and Champlain Valley, have formed co-op teams that pool hockey players together.
Colchester, Missisquoi and North Country have requested to be in lower divisions next season because of low participation.
Coach of the Burr and Burton girls hockey team Ed Lewicki called ice hockey "a tradition in the state of Vermont" and said he hopes girls ice hockey will continue.
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