The majority of high school sports games feature two schools going head-to-head to see which team has the better program. Sometimes, however, it takes teamwork between different schools to build a successful program — especially in hockey.
In smaller divisions, it has become common for two or more schools to join forces and form a co-op high school hockey team. Normally, the purpose of this is to allow two schools who have hockey programs to stay afloat when their participation numbers are low. This in itself can result in smaller teams with just enough players to get by. However, in recent years, there have been a number of co-op programs who have not only enjoyed bits and pieces of success, but thrived.