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TABLE OF CONTENTS

MAY 21, 2012 VOLUME 22: ISSUE 21 6 THE LOCKER ROOM Talking hockey on Facebook and Twitter

8 SLIDESHOW Photos from across the Mitten

10 SPEAKING OF HOCKEY Who do you like to watch hockey games with?

12 GET BETTER

Off-season training

14 YOU SHOULD KNOW Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Cody Milan

16 YOUTH HOCKEY News from across the state

18 PURE AS POND ICE A charity building hockey in Detroit

19 TOURNAMENT CALENDAR The latest tournament listings

20 HOMETOWN HERO Fraser’s Chad LaRose

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TRAINING AND FITNESS

22 NATIONAL TEAM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Training for next season has already started... get ready with some of these drills

29 NAHL

Four former Compuware players win gold

Texas Tornado claims Robertson Cup

30 USHL Michigan well represented in USHL Futures Draft

32 PLYMOUTH WHALERS Ryan Hartman will be in Plymouth next season

35 GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS Stanley Cup experience makes Griffins’ youth camp unique

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New jerseys for the Wolverines

Handing out report cards for the 2011-12 season

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Darren Eliot says that the 2012 NHL playoffs feel a whole lot like the 2004 ones

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FROM THE EDITOR MIHOCKEYMAG EDITOR Michael Caples

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EDITORIAL BOARD: Bob DeSpirt, Christine Knight, Derek Blair, James Jenkins, Julie Pardoski, Kirk Vickers, Linda Holland, Lisa Zarzycki, Mark Vansaw, Nyron Fauconier, Randy Paquette, Rob Mattina, Susan Bottrell, Tim Wilson, Todd Krygier LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: MICHIGAN HOCKEY® welcomes Letters to the Editor. E-mail mcaples@mihockeynow.com

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POSTMASTER: Send address changes to MICHIGAN HOCKEY®, 23995 Freeway Park Drive, Suite 200, Farmington Hills, MI 48335-2829. ©2011 by Suburban Sports Communications. All Rights Reserved. The opinions and views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of MICHIGAN HOCKEY or its advertisers. All editorial copy, photographs and advertising materials remain the property of MICHIGAN HOCKEY.

BY MICHAEL CAPLES You know, I thought that with it being the ‘off-season’ and all, things would slow down a bit at the MiHockey offices. Instead, they’re only heating up. As there is no off-season for hockey players, there is no off-season for us, either. While we haven’t sent a new issue to the printer in a while, we have still been working away on our new (can I still call it new?) site, MiHockeyNow.com. Some of the content we have in this issue originated from the website, while other parts are magazine exclusives. I hope that you check out MiHockeyNow.com whenever you can. We’re posting new articles and fresh content on the site every day. And with our new gang of writers – this would be a good time to officially welcome Stefan Kubus, Ryan Zuke, and Ben Fleck to the MiHockey team – we are going to continue to expand our coverage of our favorite sport during the summer months. There may not be any games to cover, but we’re going to be diving into the ‘lifestyle’ aspect of hockey in our state, discussing anything and everything hockey.

@michaelcaples But anyways, I hope you enjoy this issue of MiHockeyMag. A couple of the boys on the cover should look familiar – Patrick Sieloff and Jacob Trouba graced our cover in February – but their accomplishments of late deserve more recognition. Plus, they’re great guys, and I can’t wait to see what they do at the next level. It’s also our ‘training and fitness’ guide, which means we’re giving some of you players (and your parents/ coaches) some things to work on this summer. Hockey never stops, and that means you shouldn’t stop working out, either. I also hope you’re still enjoying the NHL playoffs, despite the Red Wings’ early exit. After spending many years covering Hockeytown’s team, it’s been strange to not be at the Joe much this last month. Hopefully this is a fluke year, right? Enjoy your summer everybody. See you at a rink soon,

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LOCKER ROOM POLL

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asked our Facebook friends if they Q: We thought Nick Lidstrom would return for another season. Here’s the consensus:

A: 73% said he will be back for another year 7% said he will not be coming back 20% said he should come back, but with a cheaper price tag

ON THE FLY

Top NHL prospect Jacob Trouba sent a photo to the Twitter account @NHLBromances to tell them about “the biggest bromance at the NTDP.” And we’ve gotta say, he picked a great photo to send over with his message.

Greg Spencley shared a photo of his 1976 Cheboygan rec team on our Facebook wall. Look at those haircuts… Awesome photo, thanks Greg!

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SLIDESHOW

MICHIGAN HOCKEY IN PICTURES: SOME OF OUR FAVORITE PHOTOS FROM THE 2011-12 SEASON

The Wolverines and Buckeyes stand along the blue lines during the national anthem for the Frozen Diamond Faceoff, played outdoors at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. (Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey)

A look at Michigan Stadium during the formal announcement that “The Big House” will host the 2013 NHL Winter Classic. (Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey)

Nicklas Lidstrom exchanges high-fives with fans while leaving the ice at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids during the ‘Red-White’ game during the preseason. (Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey) Justin Hoomaian (Novi), Brett Perlini, and A.J. Sturges of the Michigan State Spartans deliver stuffed animals to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. (Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey)

The 2000 Redford Royals Pee Wee A team gathers in front of their net, and under the American Flag, before a game in this photo submitted by Vanessa Preiss.

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The Wolverines gather around their net before a home game at Yost Ice Arena. (Michael Caples/MiHockey)

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THE north american hockey league PRESENTS

2012 - 13 Bantam tournament series The North American Hockey League (NAHL) proudly presents the Bantam Tournament Series (BTS), new to the NAHL for the 2012-13 season. The BTS will bring together Tier I AAA 14U teams from across North America to compete in cooperation with select North American Prospects Hockey League (PHL) events. The PHL is composed of Midget Major (18U) and Midget Minor (16U) teams that compete at the Tier I AAA level. Now entering its fourth season, the PHL has established itself as a premier training ground for development and exposure. PHL events are strategically placed across the country and designed to maximize exposure by providing an organized and competitive experience that attracts an unrivaled scouting presence from college and junior scouts.

Schedule of Events San Jose, CA October 19-21, 2012 Blaine, MN November 30 – December 2, 2012 Dallas, TX December 28-31, 2012

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SPEAKING OF HOCKEY

In the midst of the NHL playoffs, we asked…

“Who is your favorite person (or people) to watch a hockey game with?” For each issue of the magazine, we will post a question on Facebook, and one randomly selected answer will win a Warrior prize pack: hoodie, hat, and T-shirt. Good luck!

I love to watch with my Westland Warrior family. This last season our boys won State Champions and it was a feeling every parent needs to experience. It really bonded us and we are closer than ever!!! Rebecca Ryver Kolbicz I love watching hockey with my dad. He knows just about everything, and when he doesn’t I do. Plus it’s always a great bonding chance since I don’t get to hang out with him much. I’ve been watching games with him since before I was born, so it’s just natural that he’s my favorite person to watch them with. Darcy Meade My husband and son - they enhance my appreciation and understanding of the game. It goes from a game to a passion when viewing with them! Laura Bix Watching my little Mini Mite as he sees the game from a new way. I enjoy watching my son grow and the skills he is learned this year. Christopher Sorel I love watching the game with my 11-year-old goalie He tells me I yell too much. Sheri VanDamme Aquisto

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My 6-year-old sister, because she isn’t afraid to do anything to the boys in the sin bin. She goes as far as to ask them if “she needs to show them how to play hockey so they’ll stop figure skating out there.” — Tyler Myatt

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Travel Tryouts 2012

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Tuesday May 29 Wednesday May 30 Head Coach:

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Squirt AA 2002 Elite Tuesday May 29 Wednesday May 30 Head Coach:

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Mike Kaminski coachkaminski1777@gmail.com

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Bill Brewer 616-540-4860 brewerws@comcast.net

Bantam A 1999 Elite Tuesday May 29 Wednesday May 30 Head Coach:

Robert Nilsson 616-240-3243 rbnilsson@gmail.com

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Dave Clay 616-450-6623 dclay@continentalid.com

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Girls Travel Teams LCAHL Girls 12U LCAHL Tier 2 Wednesday May 30 Thursday May 31 Saturday June 2 Head Coach:

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Girls 14 & 16U LCAHL Wednesday May 30 Thursday May 31 Saturday June 2

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Joe Conners joeconners@gmail.com Katie O'Brien coach.kobrien@gmail.com

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GET BETTER

GETBETTER With summer fast approaching, it is time for hockey players to start thinking about their off-season conditioning plans. Crosstraining with other sports, hitting the gym, getting outside and running laps all have value. No matter what works for you, an appropriate program is multi-faceted to develop the following six components: FLEXIBILITY: The off-season is the perfect time to commit to a stretching program designed to increase ďŹ&#x201A;exibility. Often overlooked, ďŹ&#x201A;exibility aids in maximizing speed, strength, and power development. It is also important in reducing the risk of injury. STRENGTH & POWER: Strength is the ability to generate force. Power is the ability to generate force over time. Both are important to hockey players. To be effective, a player must be able to move quickly and explosively, with training reďŹ&#x201A;ecting both elements. BALANCE & STABILITY: Hockey requires tremendous athleticism. There are constant changes of direction, speed and tempo, along with body contact. As a result, body control is vital in playing hockey, making balance and stability exercises very important elements of any summer training regimen. SPEED & AGILITY: Hockey is a game of short bursts. The ability to get to top skating speed from a stationary position, or after a quick change of direction, can

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separate the good players from the rest of the pack. Summer time is the perfect time to get outdoors and work on your overall speed and agility as an athlete. Then you can bring that improvement to the rink and apply it to your stride as a hockey player. CORE: Core strength is essential in all aspects of hockey, with those muscle groups stabilizing the body in movement. Improve your core strength over the summer and you will now be in position to improve your on-ice strength, power, speed, balance, and agility. ENDURANCE: Endurance is the ability to maintain a prolonged, stressful effort or activity. Hockey, when played correctly, is an anaerobic activity. Athletes play at a very high intensity level each shift and then must recover before the next shift. Improving endurance, or aerobic ďŹ tness, allows a player to perform at a higher work rate longer and shortens full recovery time as well. These six components are important for athletes of every age. How you develop through training varies greatly based on age and gender. It is highly recommended that young athletes consult with a certiďŹ ed strength and conditioning professional before beginning any off season training program. Keep it safe and keep it fun, on the ice and off-ice too!

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YOU SHOULD KNOW

you should know FAVORITE SPORTING EVENT: NHL Hockey Games

FAVORITE BREAKFAST FOOD:

Breakfast sandwich on a bagel with eggs and bacon

FIRST CONCERT: Kid Rock

FAVORITE MOVIE: Miracle

FAVORITE MEAL:

Fettuccine alfredo with chicken

IF YOU WERE GIVEN $1 MILLION, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT: I would establish a hockey facility to train and skate

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE WISH GRANTED WHAT WOULD IT BE: Play in the NHL

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY:

Winning the league championship in Squirt AA with the Orchard Lake Pirates

THREE PEOPLE YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH:

Pavel Datsyuk, Patrick Kane and Rihanna

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE: I would want the power to fly so I could go anywhere I want

ONE PIECE OF TECHNOLOGY YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT: My phone

WHO WAS MOST INFLUENTIAL ON YOUR HOCKEY CAREER:

Cody Milan

Ochard Lake St. Mary’s forward Orchard Lake St. Mary’s forward Cody Milan played a crucial role in his teams run to the Division 1 State semi-finals last season. The White Lake native had six goals and 16 assists, while accumulating 46 penalty minutes in his sophomore campaign. With his impressive season came attention from scouts; the Sioux Falls Stampede selected him ninth overall in the USHL Futures Draft. Milan previously played in the Honeybaked organization before moving on to the high school ranks. He isn’t the first member of his family to garner attention from higher leagues, either; his brother, Daniel Milan, is currently property of the Tampa Bay Lightning and playing for the Victoriaville Tigres in the QMJHL.

My brother Daniel and my dad

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Michigan Amateur Hockey Association

Hockey Player Age Hometown Height Weight Team Position Coach School Grade Favorite Team Favorite Player

EXHIBITORS TABLES ANNUAL SUMMERMEETING MEETING JULY7, 138,โ€“9,15, 2012 JULY 2006

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EXHIBITORS TABLES We are in the process of planning our Summer Meeting to be held on July 13, 14, 15, 2012 at Kewadin Casino, Hotel & Convention Center, 2186 Skunk Road, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. We will be having exhibitors tables set up during this time. The cost of a table is $75.00 and is limited to 20 tables. If you are interested in a table, please complete the form and if applicable remit $75.00.

Hockey Player Age Hometown Height Weight Team Position Coach School Grade Favorite Team Favorite Player

The exhibit table can be set up from 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13th and left until Sunday morning. Our hospitality room will be centered around the exhibit tables thus giving you great exposure. We expect to have 200-225 persons present at our meetings.

Joe Watson 13 South Lyon 5'7" 115 lbs 1998 Ken. Valley Rebels Center Tom Hall Millinium Middle School 8 Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk

Forms for lodging and a tentative schedule are available on our web site at MAHA.org Kerin R. Wear, MAHA Secretary 366 Tara Drive, Troy, MI 48085 Phone: 248 879 1668 Fax: 248 879 2507 kerinwear@yahoo.com

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YOUTH HOCKEY

NOVI PREDATORS — Midget B Chi-Town Cup Champions Both teams looked tired in Game 1, and Novi was down 3 to 1 going into the third period, but they rallied back to get a tie. Game 2 was a spirited match with lots of skating. Both goaltenders saw plenty of rubber but Novi hung on to beat Shaw JV 3-1. Game 3 was a pretty even match at the end of the first. The score was 3 to 1 Novi at the end of the second period, and a quick goal in the third put the game out of reach for Novi. The championship game was fast-

GAME RESULTS Game 1 – Predators 3 vs Kings 3 - Tie Game 2 – Predators 3 vs Shaw JV 1 - Win Game 3 – Predators 8 vs Bruins 2 - Win Game 4 – Predators 2 vs Kings 0 - Win

paced with back and forth action. Both goaltenders were tested early. The Kings chose to play a rough style and quickly found themselves in penalty trouble that lasted throughout the game. The Predators took advantage of their mistakes and took a 1-0 lead. Later, the Predators scored on a 5-on-3 two-man advantage to seal the victory. Aaron Mizgalski received the tournament MVP for posting a shut-out and displaying superior goaltending throughout the tournament.

MICHIGAN ICE HAWKS RED ’00 TEAM wins Spring Rumble The Grosse Pointe-based Michigan Ice Hawks Red team surprised an arena full of hockey observers when this newly-assembled team won the 2012 Spring Rumble Gold Division Championship on April 22 at Great Lakes Sports City Arena. The team beat Little Caesars’ Tier II 4-3 in a rousing final. The Ice Hawks opened against the Farmington Fire and played like they have been together for years. The Hawks raced out to a 3-1 lead after one period but left many opportunities on the ice. Unfortunately for the Hawks, the Fire had a lot of fight left in them and scored five unanswered goals in the second to take a 6-3 lead. Despite a furious charge at the end, the Hawks suffered their first loss of the spring season, 7-6.

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Entering the second day of the tournament, the Hawks understood that they had to win both games to make it to the semifinals. They faced a strong Rochester Rattlers team on Saturday morning. After a tight 0-0 first period, the Ice Hawks opened up the game in the second period, out-scoring the Rattlers for a 4-2 lead. Then the Hawks got really busy, putting in three more goals in the third period to make the final score 7-2. Next up was Summit Plastics. The game started a bit rough for the Ice Hawks who went down 4-1 in the first minute of the second period. But that didn’t stop the team as they then scored six unanswered goals to go up 7-4. After a bit more back and forth, the Ice Hawks prevailed 9-6.

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In the early morning game on Sunday, the Hawks jumped out to a 2-1 lead after one period over the Birmingham Rangers. The Rangers carried the play in the second period, however, to take a 3-2 lead after two. Again, the Ice Hawks came out strong in the third period and scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-3 lead. The Rangers appeared to close the gap to 5-4 later in the game on a delayed penalty call, but the goal was waived off as a player left the Rangers bench before the goalie had reached the bench. After that, the Ice Hawks’ defense clamped down and the Ice Hawks held on for a 5-3 win and a trip to the finals. The Ice Hawks met an experienced Little Caesars Tier II team in the championship. LC jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one, with their goalie stopping many Ice Hawk chances. The Ice Hawks would not be deterred, and like they had done all weekend, they had a spirited rally, scoring four goals in the second period (with two goals scored in the last 16 seconds of the period) to take a 4-3 lead into the third. Both teams tried to put another puck in the net but neither team was successful, thus allowing the Ice Hawks to win their first tournament together. As can be expected, the kids were excited beyond belief – and so were the coaches. “I am so proud of the team,” said head coach Greg Cheesewright. “They came back in four of the five games. It showed what heart these kids have. For having been together for all of three weeks and three practices, and to win a competitive tournament, I can’t wait for what lies ahead. “What a way to start. Outstanding!” added coach Paul Fox. Fall tryouts are June 9 and 10. To learn more about the 2000 Red team, visit the website at www.00mihred.com

Note: These articles are reader submissions from a parent, coach, or player. Have your team highlighted on our website and in MiHockeyMag by e-mailing editor Michael Caples at mcaples@mihockeynow.com.

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YOUTH HOCKEY

CONGRATS TO THE HOWELL JV HOCKEY CLUB The Howell JV squad topped Northville 6-5, in double overtime, to capture the Division II state title. From everyone here at the MiHockey offices, congrats to Howell on a terrific season!

2012/13 SPRING TRYOUTS 2005 STARS

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YOUTH HOCKEY

PURE AS POND ICE aims to educate Detroit youth about hockey BY MATT MACKINDER There are instructional hockey clinics and then there is Pure As Pond Ice. An organization that started in 2009 in the lakes area of Oakland County with a group of passionate hockey players from the surrounding communities, the group saw an opportunity to make a change and spread the joy of pond hockey to Detroit by bringing their passion for the game to underprivileged inner-city kids. “The saying ‘pure as pond ice’ was first used during a late night skate under the lights,” said Pure As Pond Ice co-founder and director of executive operations Timothy Hooker. “We realized that pond hockey was more than a game, but a chance to connect with nature, share it with your friends and pass down the tradition to your children to leave a legacy behind.” It wasn’t always like that, though. The group originally started as an apparel company and video epilogue that was involved in sponsoring youth teams, but quickly evolved into a team with a mission – to bring a youth hockey revolution to the city of Detroit. Founders Aaron Schneider, Brian Smith and Hooker all put together their knowledge of business, the game of hockey and took off on an entrepreneurial adventure. Teaming up with the Blackstone Launchpad consulting firm at Wayne State University, Pure As Pond Ice then connected with Think Detroit PAL, the cities largest youth athletic organization and then the Detroit Hockey Association to form the Grassroots Hockey Coalition of Detroit. Everyone involved with the organization is in their early 20s and played hockey either at the high school or junior level in metro Detroit. “We took on the most passionate people about the game who had experience and knowledge,” said Hooker. “It’s easy to tell if someone has passion for what they’re doing because they will sacrifice their time to give back to

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a game that gave them so much. We have a great group of guys with a diverse background who are now college and professional hockey players, junior players and former players who are now business majors in school.” Back on April 14, Pure As Pond Ice staged a free clinic at the Jack Adams Arena in Detroit that was well-received by the players and parents. “The kids loved it and the parents were thoroughly impressed with our hockey knowledge,” said Hooker. “We brought a professional and fun attitude to deliver a superior product for no cost. We teach fundamentals and Individual skills to build strong team players. We hope to continue developing our programs and host a variety of camps teaching different skills building character in the youth of Detroit.” Hooker, who played junior hockey in Waterford for the Metro Jets along with instructors David Merkle, Jonathon Elliott and Morgan James, said Pure As Pond Ice is a

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way to give back to the game that gave him so many opportunities. “We see the joy of kids learning to play hockey just like our instructors taught us,” said Hooker. “We’re basically passing down the game of hockey like our former coaches and instructors did for us.” Looking ahead, Hooker sees a bright future for his group, especially south of 8 Mile Road. “The future of Pure As Pond Ice is limitless in Detroit,” Hooker said. “We plan to build a sustainable youth hockey presence in the inner city and plan on hosting several clinics throughout the summer and developing a large house hockey league at Jack Adams Ice Arena next season. “The barrier for entry in an area like Detroit is very minimal and to be an agent of change is easy with positive action. We saw an opportunity to be a catalyst of change and spread the game of hockey to underprivileged children by subsidizing the sport. We are working alongside other non-profits who support our mission and that makes it easier when you’re working with other teams.” Next February, Pure As Pond Ice will be hosting the first annual Pond of Dreams Championship, a major fundraising event to be played on Cooley Lake and hosted by the Cooley Lake Inn. “This has been quite the venture spent with weekly meetings, pitches to partners, late night whiteboard sessions, hours of pond hockey and educating ourselves on non-profit management,” said Hooker. “Our mission is to provide youth development through the game of hockey by building character and leadership in kids. Pure As Pond Ice is an action and lifestyle something that proves good things are happening in this world. “I hope it inspires all hockey players to do good in their communities and be a successful individual on and off the ice.” For more information, visit www.pureaspondice.org.

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NTDP

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Four Michigan natives play their last tournament together and win gold BY MICHAEL CAPLES Patrick Sieloff says the photo on the cover of this magazine is one he and his family laugh about from time to time. Yet according to the 18-year-old, it describes his feelings on the subject perfectly. When Sieloff, now an alumnus of the National Team Development Program, was asked how he would describe his last two years, he brought up the photo of him yelling into the camera after Team USA captured gold in the Czech Republic. “That picture basically, I think describes it,” said Sieloff, an Ann Arbor native. “It’s what you worked for, for two years, and once you get that, you are so jacked up and ready to go, it feels so good. It’s the greatest feeling.” Last month, the top U.S.-born players represented their country at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Under-18 Championship. They posted a perfect 6-0 record – including a 7-0 thumping of a talented Sweden squad in the finals on April 22 - to capture gold for the U.S. for the fourth straight year at the prestigious tournament. It was the final set of games the NTDP’s U18 squad will ever play together. “Great,” said defenseman Jacob Trouba, a Rochester native, when asked to describe how the tournament went. “I mean, there’s no other way to finish it off with the program because that’s what you work for, for two years, and I couldn’t imagine finishing it any other way.” For Sieloff, Trouba, Andrew Copp, and Riley Barber, it was more than just concluding their last tournament as members of the NTDP. The four Michigan natives – Copp

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is from Ann Arbor, while Barber is from Livonia – are quite familiar with one another; the foursome played on the same Compuware team growing up in metro-Detroit before reuniting on the NTDP. Sieloff, Trouba, and Copp all played two seasons with the U.S. squad in Ann Arbor, while Barber played one season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL before joining his former teammates on the NTDP for the 2011-12 season. “It’s been a lot of fun,” Copp said. “I know them well, and they’re a great bunch of guys. It’s been fun to play with them for six or seven years now.” As Sieloff pointed out, the four Compuware alums weren’t sure if they would all be spending three weeks together in the Czech Republic at earlier points in the season. “It was cool you know,” Sieloff said. “You couldn’t ask for a better end here. No spots are guaranteed in the World [Championship], and all four of us ended up making it. For how long we have been together and how far we’ve grown, you couldn’t have asked for a better ending for us. I’ll be with all of them this summer still training and stuff around the rinks, but from a team point-of-view , like being on a team together, you can’t ask for a better ending. It was awesome, something I’ll never forget.” The foursome excelled during their time across the pond. Trouba had one goal and two assists, with a plus-5 rating, while serving as an assistant captain. Sieloff also donned an ‘A’ for the tournament, and finished plus-3 on the blue line. Barber had a goal and two assists, while

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Copp chipped in an assist as well. The U.S. team only allowed four goals during the entire tournament, three of which came in a 5-3 win over Canada. The U.S. squad topped their rivals to the north twice in their six games played. “It’s amazing representing your country,” Copp said. “To win it was exactly what we deserved, working hard for two years. Beating Canada twice was awesome, too. I think we were the only team to ever do that, and then obviously beating Sweden 7-0 in the finals for the gold was pretty special.” The 2012-13 season will bring new locker rooms for the players to adjust to; however, if all goes according to plan, they won’t be doing it alone. Copp recently committed to the University of Michigan, a team in which Trouba is also expected to play for next season. Meanwhile, both Barber and Sieloff have committed to Miami University. Until then, the players’ attention will be shifted towards the upcoming NHL Draft. Analysts have Trouba going anywhere in the first round, and the Rochester native could crack the top-10. Sieloff is ranked No. 40 in TSN’s latest scouting report, and both Barber and Copp should expect to hear their names called at some point during the draft weekend. Trouba said he’s not nervous about the latest step in his hockey career. “No, it’s all excitement,” the 18-year-old said. “There’s not much I control now on who picks me, so I’m just going to go there and have some fun.”

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Nutrition, stretching, strength and conditioning are crucial in maintaining a healthy fitness level this offseason. MiHockey has compiled a list of drills and tips to help you gain that extra edge for next season. Remember, it is imperative to properly warm up before any workout. Performing repetitive dynamic warm-up movements will allow your muscles to stretch and increase tendon flexibility which regular static stretching does not.

FORWARD/BACKWARD SPRINTS— Place two cones 30 yards apart. Sprint forward, concentrating on acceleration to the cone. When you reach the cone, quickly start to backpedal while keeping your shoulders and bodyweight forward and low.

EFFICIENT WARM-UPS INCLUDE: KNEES TO CHEST— While walking, pull one knee into your chest while holding your knee, or around your knee, with both hands. Step, and repeat with your other leg until you perform between 5-10 repetitions with each leg. FORWARD LUNGES WITH TWIST— Lunge forward as far as you can without allowing your front knee to pass over your toe. While in a deep lunge, twist your back as far as you can in one direction, and repeat twist in the other direction, keeping the same lunge. Step forward with the opposite foot and complete 5-10 repetitions with each leg. HIGH KNEES— Use short quick steps and emphasize your stride frequency. This will help develop muscles needed for a fast stride and also improve flexibility in the hamstrings.

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BUTT KICKS— Use quick and smooth movements while generating movement at the knee joint. This will help you develop quadriceps flexibility.

DRILLS TO IMPROVE AGILITY: 5-10-5 DRILL— Mark three lines, five yards apart. Start in a two-point stance at the middle line. Sprint to either your left or right and touch the outside line with your hand. Quickly make a turn and sprint across the middle line to the far line and touch it with your hand. Make another quick turn and sprint back to the middle line. Try to improve your time with every run. FIGURE-8 CONE DRILL— Space two cones about ten yards apart. Start in a two-point stance and run a figure-8 around the cones, placing your inside hand on the cone while you make the turn. Once again, try and improve your time every set.

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GEARS— Space five cones ten yards apart. Vary your running speeds between cones; it will teach you to accelerate and shift between various speeds. You can use more cones if you wish for a longer conditioning workout.

PLYOMETRIC EXERCISES: LATERAL CONE HOPS— Space out three to five cones based on your ability. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart at one end of the cones. Jump sideways down the line of cones, landing as softly as possible on both feet. After clearing the last cone, land on the outside foot and push off to change direction. SQUAT JUMPS— Using a 6-pound medicine ball, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and the ball on your shoulders. Squat to a parallel position and then explode vertically. Perform between 10-15 repetitions. BOX JUMPS— Use a box between 12 and 30 inches high, based on your ability. Stand facing the box with both your feet shoulder-width apart and hands behind your head. Jump up and land with both feet on the box and step back down. Repeat between 20-40 seconds.

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TRAINING AND FITNESS DRILLS TO IMPROVE YOUR CORE: Your core is critical while on the ice. Having a strong core allows you to maintain a stable base while skating and helps absorb impact from checks. It is also provides rotational power during activities such as shooting and passing. Here are some key core training exercises: STANDARD PLANKSâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Keep your core tight and do not allow your back to sag or arch. Keep your elbows and hands below your shoulders to minimize stress on the shoulders. Hold for as long as you can until your back begins to sag/arch. There are also other variations such as the shoulder touch plank, leg lift plank, up and down plank and walking plank. TOE TOUCHESâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; While lying down, raise your legs so they are straight up. Hold the medicine ball with straight arms

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NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE Tornado takes home 2012 Robertson Cup championship in dramatic fashion BY MATT MACKINDER Texas native Justin Greenberg pounced on a rebound and put a shot over St. Louis Bandits goaltender Spencer Viele 4:36 into overtime to give the Texas Tornado the Robertson Cup national championship as they defeated the Bandits 4-3 at the Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Tex., on May 8. It marked the third time a host team has won the tournament (Texas in 2004 and St. Louis in 2008) since the format was introduced in 2003-04. The Tornado also won in overtime in the semi-finals as a Drew Allen goal knocked out the defending champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs. As overtime started, the Tornado attacked from the start, not allowing the Bandits a shot on goal. After Viele stopped Jack Prince on a shot from in tight, Prince got the puck down the right wing and centered a pass to Jordan Greenberg, Justin’s older brother, whose shot was denied by Viele, but the rebound came right to the younger Greenberg who lifted a backhanded shot over an outstretched Viele for the Cup clincher. Marc Biggs scored in the first period for Texas and Mitchell McPherson added a goal for the Tornado in the second period before Jordan Lovick tied the game at 3-all at 14:26 of the third period to send the game into overtime. NAHL regular-season MVP Joe Kalisz, a Davison native, Stephen Bopp and Drew Kariofiles scored for St. Louis, with Kariofiles’ tally late in the second giving St. Louis a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes. Texas goalie and Lone Star State native Hunter Leisner, acquired at the trade deadline in February from the Aberdeen Wings, made 19 saves for the win, while Viele finished with 34 stops. Texas played in a playoff-high six overtime games during the 2012 playoffs, including four in the Robertson Cup tournament on their way to winning the fifth crown in team history. Only the Compuware Ambassadors (11) and the Paddock Pools Saints (seven) have won more Robertson Cups 2012 ROBERTSON CUP ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM Forward: Joe Kozlak, Amarillo Bulls Forward: Joe Kalisz, St. Louis Bandits Forward: Jordan Lovick, Texas Tornado Defense: John Kirtland, Texas Tornado Defense: Anton Racklin, Fairbanks Ice Dogs Goaltender: Spencer Viele, St. Louis Bandits Tournament MVP: Jordan Lovick, Texas Tornado

NAHL DOLES OUT HARDWARE AT BANQUET OF CHAMPIONS The NAHL handed out its 2011-12 season-ending awards at the annual Banquet of Champions on May 6 at the Frisco Convention Center. Most Valuable Player: Joe Kalisz (Davison), St. Louis Bandits Forward of the Year: Joe Kalisz (Davison), St. Louis Bandits Defenseman of the Year: John Rey, Amarillo Bulls Goaltender(s) of the Year and Rookie(s) of the Year: Connor Hellebuyck (Commerce Township), Odessa Jackalopes and Robert Nichols, Wenatchee Wild Coach of the Year: Bill Warren, Port Huron Fighting Falcons General Manager of the Year: Rob Proffitt, Fairbanks Ice Dogs Academic Achievement Award: Alex Globke (West Bloomfield), Port Huron Fighting Falcons Community Service Award: Brooks Behling, Amarillo Bulls Mark Messier Leadership Award: Jack Prince, Texas Tornado Organization of the Year: Amarillo Bulls 2011-12 ALL-NAHL TEAM Forward: Gabe Levin, Fairbanks Ice Dogs Forward: Joe Kalisz, St. Louis Bandits Forward: JT Osborn, Fairbanks Ice Dogs Defense: John Rey, Amarillo Bulls Defense: Sean O’Rourke, Fairbanks Ice Dogs Goalie: Connor Hellebuyck, Odessa Jackalopes TEAM EAST TAKES NA3HL TOP PROSPECTS CROWN The North American 3 Hockey League (3HL) Top Prospects Tournament also took place in Frisco at the beginning of May and the team from the East Division took home the title with a 3-1 record, which included a 2-1 win over the West Division Team in the championship game on May 6. Bryan Hovanec (Pittsburgh Jr. Penguins) had the game-winning goal and James Odom (Flint Jr. Generals) also scored in the East win. The East team, which was composed of players from the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, Jr. Generals, Waterfordbased Metro Jets and Jr. Penguins, got 25 saves from Pittsburgh’s Tyler Stepke in the win. Kyle Bonstrom (Minnesota Flying Aces) had the lone goal in the loss for the West Division. Team Central’s Jeremy Edwards (Chicago Hitmen) led the tournament in scoring with five points (three goals, two assists) in four games, while Stepke finished as the

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top goaltender with a 0.50 goals-against average and a .977 save percentage. In the consolation game, the North Division defeated the Central Division 3-1 for the North’s first win of the tournament. Andrew Benyo (Toledo Cherokee) scored twice and Joey Lioy (Battle Creek Jr. Revolution) added the other goal. Robert Hintz (St. Louis Jr. Blues) scored the only goal for the Central, who finished with a 2-2 record, as did the West Division. Over 50 college and junior scouts, including all 28 NAHL teams, were in attendance during the event. WESTERN NAPHL SQUAD WINS TOP PROSPECTS Team White took home the NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament title with a 4-3 win over Team Yellow in the Championship game on May 6, also in Frisco. Team White, which was composed of PHL players from the California Titans, Orange County Hockey Club, Phoenix Firebirds and San Jose Jr. Sharks, went through the tournament undefeated with a perfect 4-0 record. Titans forward Chandler Madry led the tournament in scoring with seven points in four games. Roy Grandov (San Jose) scored twice in the championship game. In the consolation game, Team Red defeated Team Blue.

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MICHIGAN WELL REPRESENTED AT USHL FUTURES DRAFT BY MATT MACKINDER Aside from the six players the Muskegon Lumberjacks selected during Tuesday’s United States Hockey League Futures Draft, the state of Michigan was well-represented as several Michigan-based players were drafted by other USHL teams. In the first round, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s forward Cody Milan went ninth overall to the Sioux Falls Stampede and then six picks later, the Tri-City Storm tabbed Belle Tire midget minor forward Dylan Pavelek. Honeybaked forward Dakota Joshua saw his name come across the computer screen in the third round as he became the property of the Stampede. The Lincoln Stars grabbed Little Caesars forward Gordon Helmuth in round four, a round that also saw Compuware

forward Roman Gaudet go to the Chicago Steel and Belle Tire forward Anthony Petrella get picked by the defending USHL champion Dubuque Fighting Saints. Belle Tire forward Austin Kamer was taken in the fifth round by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and River Rymsha from St. Mary’s went to the Fargo Force. Every one of the 78 players selected in the Futures Draft is automatically placed on the affiliate list of the USHL team that selected him. The club retains the draftee’s rights for three years and can add the player to its active roster at any point during the season. In general, players selected in the USHL Futures Draft have not reached the level to play in the USHL for the next season. This season, 42 players selected in 2011 USHL Futures Draft took the ice for at least one USHL game.

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As they continue to establish themselves in the USHL, the Muskegon Lumberjacks are also loading up for the future. The junior team added six 1996-born players to their roster during the USHL Futures Draft Tuesday night. “We love great players from great programs and that’s what we have in this draft,” said Lumberjacks owner/GM Josh Mervis in a release. “In addition to that excitement, we have an outstanding hockey operations staff and it’s phenomenal to see all their work pay off. These guys did a lot to get ready.” With their first selection, the ‘Jacks selected Dylan Malmquist, a winger from Edina High School in Minnesota, at 10th overall. Malmquist, who is listed at 5-foot-10-

Hockey League last year. With their fourth-round selection, Muskegon took Quebec native Raphael Maheux. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound defenseman played for Team Ulysse last season. The Lumberjacks continued to build their blue line depth in the fifth round, selecting Tristan Rostagno at No. 70 overall. The 6-foot-1-inch defenseman played for Arrowhead (Wisc.) High School last season. In the sixth round, Muskegon went back up to the forwards, selecting John Peterson of Holy Family Catholic in the Minneapolis area. The 5-foot-9-inch prospect had 22 goals and 41 assists in 26 games last year.

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inches, recorded 23 goals and 26 assists in 30 games last year. Muskegon scout Chris “Frenchy” LaCombe says Malmquist is “a highly-skilled forward, the best forward in Minnesota in our opinion. His best attribute is his playmaking. He makes other players better.” The Lumberjacks took another Edina native in the second round (21st overall) – Chase Phelps, a center who played at the prestigious Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school last year. Phelps is listed at 5-foot-11. Muskegon added a little East Coast flavor to their roster with their next pick, selecting Boston Jr. Bruins forward Conor Garland in the third round. The native of Scituate, Mass., scored 42 goals in 40 games in the Empire Junior

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PLYMOUTH WHALERS

HARTMAN SEES PLYMOUTH, OHL AS “BEST OPTION” FOR NHL DEVELOPMENT BY MATT MACKINDER Ryan Hartman was drafted by the Plymouth Whalers in the 2010 Ontario Hockey League draft already committed to the U.S. National Team Development Program along with Miami University three years down the road. Still, the Whalers felt a fifth-round choice was worth the gamble and earlier this month, it paid off as Hartman reneged on his NCAA commitment to the RedHawks and signed with Plymouth. “Because of my birthday (Sept. 20), I would have had that extra year before going to college and I sat down with my family and we really looked at the pros and cons of coming to Plymouth or going a different route,” said Hartman, a 17-year-old forward from the Chicago suburb of West Dundee. “I really wanted it to be a family decision and in the end, we decided that the OHL would be the best option to develop and prepare for my (NHL) draft year. My goal is obviously to play in the NHL and not just a few games just so I can say I made it. I want to get to the NHL and stay in the NHL.” “It was a tough phone call to (Miami head coach Enrico Blasi) and I procrastinated for a few days, and he was disappointed, but I think realized in the end that it was a business decision and was done in the best interests for my future.” Last season in Ann Arbor with the Under-18 team, Hartman finished second in team scoring with 16 goals and 41 points with 136 penalty minutes in 59 games. He scored two goals with four assists for six points for the gold-medal winning United States team in this spring’s World Under-18 Championship. Hartman played for the NTDP Under-17 program in 2010-11, scoring 22 goals with 12 assists for 34 points and 88 penalty minutes in 52 games. The Whalers originally drafted Hartman out of the Chicago Mission AAA program, where he scored 25 goals in 2009-10. The offensive numbers aside, Hartman said he patterns his game after St. Louis Blues’ captain David Backes and likes to play physical. “This year in Plymouth, I want to be an impact player,” boasted Hartman. “I’ve learned that if you play physical enough, the plays will come. If you give a big hit, the puck usually finds a way to your stick. Once I made the NTDP, I kind of started to realize that I could make a career out of hockey. My dad used to ask me all the time if I could see myself doing this my whole life and I would always say, ‘Absolutely.’” The fact the Whalers are an American-based team also helped in Hartman’s decision to play in the OHL, though he admitted he didn’t know a whole lot about the team and league until the last year or so. “I had a good chance to see the arena when I was with the Mission and we’d come up here to play Compuware,” said Hartman. “My dad knew some things about the

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organization and when Plymouth drafted me, I kind of kept coming here in the back of my mind. If any other team had drafted me, I would have looked at those teams, but being that Plymouth isn’t too far from Chicago, my family can come watch me play, so that will be a good situation for me. “The Whalers have great coaching, great players who have really welcomed me, and such a great facility. This is really where I want to be.” And it’s not as if Hartman is joining the team as a stranger. Second-year forward Danny Vanderwiel is from Hartman’s hometown and Tom Wilson, a forward who may hear his name called in the first round of next June’s NHL draft, has kept in touch with Hartman for the better part of the last two years. “I played against Wilson in the World Under-17 gold medal game (in 2011) and he would call now and then and ask me if Plymouth was ever an option,” said Hartman. “He basically told me all about the organization and how he felt I’d be a good fit.” Another current Whaler, forward J.T. Miller, played two seasons with the NTDP from 2009-11 and had a scholarship offer to North Dakota, but after getting drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round last June, he signed and later reported to Plymouth. “Seeing the kind of year J.T. had stayed in my mind, too, when I was looking at coming to Plymouth,” Hartman said. “The only difference he and I had is that he would have gone to college straight from the NTDP and I would have had to wait a year. I know J.T. a little bit, but not much. If I saw him at the rink, we’d talk and stuff like that.” Miller, being that he was drafted out of the NTDP and not juniors, has the option to start his pro career this fall.

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With the summer fast approaching, Hartman has the next few months planned out leading up to training camp in Plymouth at the end of August. “Once the school year ends, I’m going down to South Carolina for a two-week break just to get away from everything,” explained Hartman. “Then I’ll be going up to the Minnesota Hockey Camps. I went there for the first time last year and the staff there really helped me get into shape and stay in shape. I’m also hoping for invites to the NHL research, development and orientation camp and the U.S. World Junior camp, so we’ll see. “I just want to be on the ice as much as I can and get ready for what I hope will be an impact year with Plymouth.”

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“It can be tough to play hockey and balance your academics, but in the end you are rewarded with a college degree and you get to pursue your hockey career.”

JUSTIN ABDELKADER Michigan State University

Wolverines to debut new jerseys for 2012-13 and Great Lakes Invitational BY MICHAEL CAPLES Fans of the Maize and Blue might need to upgrade their wardrobe before puck drop at Yost this fall. The University of Michigan ice hockey team announced plans for a redesign of their maize and blue uniforms for the upcoming season. The redesigned blue jerseys will feature the white jersey’s “Michigan” text across the chest, with the home white jersey left unchanged. The team also announced that they have planned a set of commemorative jerseys for the 2012 Great Lakes Invitational tournament, which will take place at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich., on Dec. 28-29. “We wanted to pay tribute to the great tradition of our hockey program by redesigning our jerseys to honor teams of the past,” said hockey coach Red Berenson in a statement released from the team. The word “MICHIGAN” across the chest with the famous “Block M” logo will now be displayed on both jerseys. The official media release for the announcement says that the designs were inspired from a combination of the mid1950s and early 1960s Michigan sweaters. “This season’s uniforms will recognize the heritage and success of the Michigan hockey program,” said Michigan AD Dave Brandon. “We hope that our fans enjoy the retro designs as much as the current and former players.” Michigan’s redesigned maize jersey (pictured in the table of contents) – an alternate jersey – is the same uniform that the Wolverines wore in the “Big Chill at the

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Big House” game vs. Michigan State on Dec. 11, 2010. The jerseys were modeled after jerseys from 1940s – featuring blue and white shoulder stripes, Wolverine artwork and the word “MICHIGAN” written across each player’s chest. The Wolverines also announced commemorative jerseys for the 2012 Great Lakes Invitational tournament, held for the first time at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich. The team will don unique blue and maize sets for the GLI, with both jerseys featuring the iconic “Block M.” The jerseys also will house the “M” on the shoulders, as well as striping around the base of the jersey – a nod to the jerseys from the 1970s Michigan teams. Spartans, Wolverines land commits It was announced by his junior team that David Bondra, son of former NHL star Peter Bondra, has committed to play for Tom Anastos and the Michigan State Spartans for the 2012-13 season. Bondra scored 63 points last season for the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League. He is the latest in a long line of Chiefs to join the Spartans – Shawn Horcoff, Brad Hodgins, Brian Maloney, Jeremy Jackson, Kevin Estrada and Derek Grant all played for the Green and White after Chilliwack. Chiefs GM and head coach Harvey Smyl is also a Spartan alum. AnnArbor.com reported that Andrew Copp (also featured in our NTDP article) committed to Red Berenson and the Wolverines on May 10. The Ann Arbor native was a two-sport star in high school, also playing quarterback for Skyline High School. He will join NTDP teammates Jacob Trouba (Rochester) and Connor Carrick on the UM roster.

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STANLEY CUP EXPERIENCE MAKES GRIFFINS YOUTH HOCKEY CAMP UNIQUE BY KYLE KUJAWA Late July is an uncertain time on the hockey calendar. The bulk of the excitement of free agency has passed, but just over a month remains until training camp kicks off another season. While some hockey players opt to soak up some sun on the beach or take a vacation during this time of year, many choose to give back to the game through youth hockey camps. Walk through a professional hockey team’s locker room and you’d be hard-pressed to find any players who don’t fondly remember a summer hockey camp, where they developed the fundamental skills they still use today. Such is the case in West Michigan, where the Grand Rapids Griffins’ annual youth hockey camp will be held from July 30-Aug. 3. What makes the Griffins’ camp unique from the hundreds of other hockey camps around the world is the Stanley Cup-winning experience. The camp’s lead instructor, Griffins assistant coach Jim Paek, had his name engraved on hockey’s most precious trophy in 1991 and 1992 while with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Also scheduled to make one-day appearances are Detroit Red Wings center and Muskegon native Justin Abdelkader, who was a part of Detroit’s 2008 Cup team, and Washington Capitals right wing and Kentwood native Mike Knuble, who earned two Stanley Cup rings earlier in his career on Detroit’s 1997 and 1998 championship clubs. “Especially with Mike and Justin, they’re local guys that all the kids can relate to,” said Paek. “It’s great that they can come for a day to give back to the community and remember where they started from.” While all of the camp’s instructors are happy to sign autographs and spend time with the camp’s attendees, their priority is to keep the camp fun while making sure the kids – who range in age from 6-16 with a variety of skills and experiences, are getting the highest quality coaching possible.

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“We do the best we can with every age group, from the kids who are just learning to play to the older ones who have played hockey for a few years,” said Paek. “We have a wide variety of talent level, and we have a pretty big staff that does their best with these young players.” The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. each day, comprising of a total of 12 hours of ice time and 12 hours of dry-land training and off-ice video sessions. Children are separated into groups by age and participate in a variety of drills to improve their skills, learning basic stride development and advanced skating techniques while practicing stickhandling, shooting and passing. “Just putting the Griffins’ name on the camp naturally draws interest from a lot of youth hockey players,” said Bob Kaser, the Griffins’ vice president of community relations and broadcasting and one of the camp’s organizers. “But when you support the camp with outstanding hockey personalities, it becomes an even bigger draw. “Jim Paek is not just a name with an excellent hockey background; he is outstanding at directing all that goes on both on and off the ice during the week. He demands hard work so the kids get as much out of the camp as they can, but he keeps it fun,” said Kaser. For a veteran coach like Paek, who just completed his seventh season behind the Griffins’ bench, watching the players develop, both during the camp and from summerto-summer for the returnees, is the most rewarding aspect. He shared the story of Kyle Manning, a 15-year-old player who’s used the resources of the camp to make a run at high-level hockey. “Kyle’s been coming to the school for many years, and

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he travels all the way from England,” said Paek. “Over the years, he’s emailed me and asked me different questions, and now he’s applying to a hockey academy over in Austria. He’s waiting to get in; he just had tryouts. It’s rewarding to see the young players like that who come from all over the world do those things and really take to the sport.” Contributions from area businesses and sponsors continue to make the camp successful. Last year, six sponsors paid for a total of 12 kids from the Griffins Youth Foundation to attend, an experience those players would not have had the opportunity to do on their own. The Griffins Youth Foundation enables 300-plus kids, many of whom are underprivileged or underserved, to participate in the foundation’s programs, including first-through-12th grade hockey, girls hockey and sled hockey, at no cost. “It’s always fulfilling to see the smiles on the kids’ faces, day in and day out,” said Kaser, who serves as the foundation’s president. “But the best part for me is when I deliver photos and thank you letters from our Youth Foundation participants to the sponsors. Reading some of those letters helps you understand how much the camp means to them, not to mention the joy our sponsors clearly get from sending them.” The camp will take place in Grand Rapids at Griff ’s IceHouse at Belknap Park. The cost of $300 per child includes a camp jersey, t-shirt, hat and a daily lunch provided by popular local eateries. Visit griffinshockey. com for a registration form and direct any questions to the team offices at (616) 774-4585.

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RED INSIDER JUNIORS PREVIEW RED WINGS WINGS INSIDER

RED WINGS GET THEIR FINAL REPORT CARDS...SOME WOULD BE GROUNDED BY DAVE WADDELL Nothing points to the future like when the Detroit Red Wings’ brass hold their amateur scouting meetings and attend the NHL combines in the last two weeks of May. However, as they do mull over their future, the Wing’ management does so with an eye on the past. After another playoff flop this spring, there are some significant question marks and obvious needs to be addressed. FORWARDS Henrik Zetterberg: It was a tale to two half seasons for the Swedish center. After a dreadful start, which he called the worst of his career, Zetterberg regained the best form he’s displayed since 2008. Zetterberg finished the regular season with 22 goals and 69 points to lead the Wings. GRADE: B Pavel Datsyuk: The Wings’ season came off the rails when Datsyuk had to undergo knee surgery for minor repairs in late February. He finished with 19 goals and 67 points and remains the game’s best all-around forward. GRADE B-plus Valtteri Filppula: He had a breakout season offensively after being shifted to left wing alongside Zetterberg. However, Filppula faded down the stretch offensively and was disappointing in the playoffs. GRADE: B-minus Johan Franzen: The man called Mule has become the lightning rod for the fans’ frustrations with his inconsistent performance last season. He had a team-high 29 goals, but there’s always a sense there’s more there. GRADE: C Jiri Hudler: A bounce back year for Hudler with a career-high 25 goals should earn him a decent contract as he enters free agency. His demands will dictate his Wings’ future. GRADE: B-minus Todd Bertuzzi: A useful player with his shootout skills. Detroit needs his size in the line-up. GRADE: C-plus Dan Cleary: A season to forget for Cleary, largely due to injuries. The winger is an extremely versatile player and clubhouse leader and his physical ailments all season dinged Detroit badly. GRADE: C-minus 36

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Darren Helm: A somewhat mixed season for Helm until the second half. His absence was keenly felt after he injured his knee late in the year. GRADE: C-minus Drew Miller: Solid season for Miller, though the ending was quieter than he would’ve hoped. He upped his offensive contributions and remained effective on the PK. GRADE: B-minus Tomas Holmstrom: Time and a diminished role appear to have caught up with the master of net-front mayhem. GRADE: C-minus Justin Abdelkader: Appears to have settled into a bottom-six role. Wings hoped he’d offer a little more offensive punch, but led the team in hits. GRADE: C Cory Emmerton: The challenge for Emmerton is to carve out a role for himself on this team. He’s running out of time to do so. GRADE: C Gustav Nyquist: Clearly a talent, but in need of more physical strength. He’ll be in Detroit next season. GRADE: INC. Jan Mursak: A broken ankle wrecked his season. He had a great camp, but never got back on track when returned to play 25 games. GRADE: D Patrick Eaves: He played only 10 games due to injury and is being counted on for next season. GRADE: Incomplete DEFENSE Niklas Kronwall: Best offensive numbers of his career, but his defensive game wasn’t as sharp. He finished minus-two. GRADE: C Nick Lidstrom: Another solid year for the ageless Swede. Produced 11 goals and was a plus-21 in 70 games. GRADE: B-plus Ian White: Detroit got good value for the money when they signed White to fill some of the hole left by Brian Rafalski’s retirement. He faded down the stretch a bit, but a useful player in the right role. GRADE: B-minus Kyle Quincey: Acquired at the trade deadline for a firstround, Quincey had mixed results settling in Detroit. He’ll provide some cover if Brad Stuart departs via free agency. GRADE: C-minus MiHockeyNow.com

Brad Stuart: Brings a physical game and a good effort every night. He provides Detroit with an element of size and physical play that’s much needed. GRADE: C-plus Jakub Kindl: Started the season well, faded and ultimately lost his job in the starting line-up. Needs to show he’s willing to compete every night. GRADE: C-minus Jonathan Ericsson: Another polarizing figure amongst the fan base, but his value was proved when he broke his wrist late in the season. His presence was keenly missed, especially on the PK. GRADE: C-plus Brendan Smith: A potential star in the making with his multi-dimensional skill set. In his 14 games, he showed he was NHL ready. GRADE: Incomplete GOALIES Jimmy Howard: Earned an invite to the All-Star Game and was on track for a spectacular season. Injuries messed up the final third of the campaign. GRADE: B-plus Ty Conklin: A dreadful season forced the Wings to bring in Joey MacDonald form Grand Rapids. GRADE: F Joey MacDonald: Filled in admirably for Howard when he was hurt to earn an NHL job. Question marks about next season have cropped up though because of a sore back. GRADE: B-plus Coaching Staff: Struggled to sort out the special teams most of the year, but we were able to improve the team’s defensive stats. Comments from some players about the need to rediscover the fun in the game should be warnings that there are some issues to sort out. GRADE: C-minus GENERAL MANAGER: Ken Holland opted to keep his powder dry for free agency this summer after taking this season to assess what the organization’s youngsters offered. His season starts now. GRADE: C

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oes anyone get the feeling that this is 2004 all over again? It is the Stanley Cup playoffs, the pinnacle of the NHL competition, yet there is such an unsettled feeling to this year’s proceedings – as was the case eight years ago. The similarities, as I see them, are: - A collective bargaining agreement about to expire - Unforeseen playoff runs by unlikely teams - Much ado about a boring brand of hockey Let’s debate, shall we… By ’04, the lack of offensive flow spawned the term “obstruction,” as players away from the puck were nonfactors due to defensive tactics that eliminated them as options for the puck-carrier. This is the spring of the blocked shot, as all five players pack in around their net, stay in shooting lanes and deny any clear shots on goal. The N.Y. Rangers have taken the shot-block mentality to new heights, to where that aspect of the game has come to define them. Leading the Eastern Conference during the regular season and reaching the Eastern Conference finals serves to validate the Rangers’ commitment to the B.S. (blocked shot abbreviation…among other things). Hockey Night in Canada opened the Eastern Conference finals with their fine panel discussing the numbers, as analyst P.J. Stock recited that the Rangers have blocked “467 shots.” His point had to do with the toll that exacts and that style of play might wear on them over the course of the series versus the N.J. Devils. Well, it hasn’t slowed their success yet and in fact, the Washington Capitals, the team the Rangers defeated in seven games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, went to much the same game plan – leaving us lauding Alex Ovechkin for his “sacrifice” as he awkwardly blocked a few shots from the point. Once known for his breathtaking open-ice forays and bonecrunching checks, the “Great 8” fell in line, dropped to the ice as one of 18. “I was asked to be a plumber, so I was a plumber,” summed up Ovechkin during his exit interview with local media. I know, I know, coach-at-the-time Dale Hunter needed 100 percent buy-in from everyone. He needed to change the culture in the Caps’ locker room and prove what it takes to win in the postseason. He espoused the “uplifting effect theory” when explaining the importance of having the captain and best player committing to the unselfish act of blocking shots. And Hunter and the Caps came close to advancing. So, again, you cannot fault the coach and you have to applaud the players’ conviction to do whatever it takes to win the Stanley Cup. But, this playoff has the look of a slowed-down game due to the muck and mire along the boards and in front of the net. Look, I love what Darryl Sutter and the L.A. Kings are doing. And I know this sounds like so much complaining to those who have a rooting interest in the Rangers, Devils, Kings and Coyotes. To all of you the action is riveting. To too many, though, close is not necessarily compelling. The endless board scrums of six or more players at a time and crease pile-ups, with the occasional puck making it through to the goaltender, aren’t exciting enough on their own – especially to the degree we’re seeing this spring. The balance of play in the open ice and play in the trenches –both necessary components in the proper amounts to show the game at its best – is tipping too much towards the trenches.

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ARE THE 2012 NHL PLAYOFFS A REPEAT OF THE 2004 PLAYOFFS? BY DARREN ELIOT Not that any of the current participants care, especially coach John Tortorella and the Rangers. He is unapologetic by nature anyway. He could care less if his body-blocking, puck-stopping Blueshirts stifle the Devils to the point of frustration. As a matter of fact, Tortorella hopes it turns

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@Darren_Eliot out just like 2004 when he led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup. He knows firsthand, style points don’t factor into winning.

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