Lacey High School students lobbied Board of Education members and Superintendent Vanessa Clark for an ice hockey team this week, though school officials were not ready to commit to forming a squad.
In all, 13 students went to the school board's meeting on Monday to ask that a team be formed in time for the winter sports season, though district officials said the earliest a team could suit up and hit the ice would be next school year.
"We want to start a tradition here," said Luke Barrett, a freshman.
The students and their parents all said they would be willing to fund-raise to support the team, and provide their own transportation.
Out of 17 high schools in Ocean County, 6 do not have a hockey team, including Lacey.
Clark said she will work to arrange a meeting between parents, students and the district's athletic director to work a formal proposal that can be considered when the board makes up its budget for the 2014-15 school year.
"There are a lot of considerations in trying to bring something forward," said Eric J. Schubiger, board president. "You seem to have a good, solid support cast here with yourselves and your parents."
One parent who spoke said 101 people have signed a petition in support of starting an ice hockey team.