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OK Conference Preview

By Craig Peterson, 11/01/23, 1:45PM EDT


The West’s Best Still Belongs to Byron Center

Michigan High School Hockey’s largest league in terms of members, the OK Conference is made up of 18 teams across three different divisions. Not only is there a large number of teams, but an incredible amount of parity between the top, middle and bottom.

The three divisions — Fischer, Baum and Rue — are structured similar to that of soccer in Europe. Based on season-end standings, top teams in lower divisions are ‘promoted’ while bottom teams in upper divisions are ‘relegated.’ That format splits the top 12 programs into two divisions: Rue and Baum. The remaining six compete in the Fischer Division. Win the Fischer Division and get promoted to the O-Show. Finish last amongst the big boys, and drop down to the Fischer. This makes for highly competitive league-play across the board for all teams involved.

For the upcoming season, Hudsonville earned itself a promotion to the Rue after going 10-3-0 in Fischer Division action in ‘22-23. West Ottawa, on the other hand, was relegated for the first time since ‘17-18.