Washington Post's DMV Top-10 Ranking: 2020, 2019
#8 in DMV (2020)
CSHL Final Four: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2016
The Washington-Liberty (formerly Washington-Lee) Generals hockey club currently features a varsity team competing in the Capital Scholastic Hockey League (CSHL). The club calls MedStarCapitals Iceplex its home ice arena and fellow Arlington, VA high school, Yorktown, is W-L's top rival.
The inaugural season for the club was 2007-08. The club only had five players and to field a team, W-L partnered with Fairfax High School and competed in the NVSHL’s JV-level league.
The next season, Fairfax was able to roster a full squad, and thus W-L began a five-year partnership with the T.C. Williams’ hockey club. The joint club adopted the informal nickname The Blue, which was derived from the all blue, logo-less jersey that the club wore during their first two seasons.
Fortunes began to turn during the 2010-11 season (and the uniforms improved too). The club won seven games, its first winning season, and finished fourth in the twelve-team league. The 2012-13 team posted eight wins and the first of back-to-back second-place finishes in the league, while the 2013-14 club recorded a club-best 13 wins. That year also marked a new milestone for the club as W-L fielded a full roster for the first time.
For the 2014-15 season, W-L became a charter member of the CSHL, a new varsity hockey league comprised of high school teams from northern Virginia. That year, W-L finished the regular season in second place before a disappointing loss in the first-round of the playoffs.
The 2015-16 and 2016-17 teams both finished #2 in the North Division and were the only team able to beat the eventual league champion, West Potomac, each season. The 2016-17 club also defeated arch-rival Yorktown by a score of 2-1 in front of a standing room only crowd at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in their annual season finale.
The program had a historic season during their 2018-19 campaign. The club finished with a record of 12-2-1, won the program's first CSHL Championship, and defeated Yorktown. It was also the first time in the club's history that they cracked the Washington Post's top-10 ice hockey rankings, which considers over 100 high schools in the DMV (District, Maryland, and Virginia) area. The Generals finished the season as The Post's #5 ranked team in the region and the highest ranked team in Virginia!
The Generals followed up their championship season in 2019-20 with another strong effort, ranking up double-digit wins, reaching their third CSHL Final Four in the program's history, and defeating Yorktown, again. For the second season in a row, W-L finished the season ranked in the Washington Post's DMV Top-10 at #8.
W-L achieved "dynasty" status after adding back-to-back CSHL titles in 2021 and 2022, making it three championships in four seasons!