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July 12, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 21 AMATEUR HOCKEY REPORT Oakland Junior Grizzlies help put new players on the ice Livingston Lightning wins Fox Sports Detroit contest

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MH BEAT Quest for the Best contest winner Wheelchair Hockey League caps season with all-star game Oakland Township’s Kurt Scipione passes away

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HOMETOWN HERO Farmington Hills’ Cam Fowler


GET BETTER Become a better goal scorer


TRAINING TABLE By Grant Elias Off-ice work to improve on-ice


FROM THE CREASE By Steve McKichan The Mis-Coaching of stick-on-stick defense


STATE OF THE GAME By Lyle Phair What the ADM could mean in Michigan





Helmets and concussions, sticks, skates, the Equipment Giveaway Contest and more.

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JUNIOR HOCKEY Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin leads a group of 2010 NHL draft picks


RED WINGS & NHL INSIDERS Dave Waddell: Red Wings addressing immediate needs Kevin Allen: Free agent defensemen cause a frenzy

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MH Beat Team Metro South wins gold at Meijer State Games

Junior Hockey Plymouth’s Tyler Seguin is second pick at NHL Draft

NHL Insiders Red Wings address offseason needs

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We’ll take a look at what happened in the voting on rule change proposals, have photos of the MAHA award winners and report on any other developments that come out of the annual gathering. Look for it on arena stands and in your e-mail In Box on July 23. Advertising copy for the next issue of MH is due on July 14. New digital tryout issue available July 16th on Contact Lucia Zuzga at (248) 479-1134 or lucia@ or Philip Colvin at (248) 479-1136 or for more information.

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More Equipment Buyers Guide: goalie and protective, Where to Buy and a Q & A with industry leaders.

Summer is flying by and I hope you are enjoying it. In this issue of MH’s ‘10 Equipment Buyers Guide (starting on page 20), we take a look at some of the new skates and sticks on the market and how helmet makers are striving to help prevent concussions. Check out page 26-27 for our equipment Giveaway Bonanza that includes sticks, helmets, apparel and more. Go to our website,, to enter the contest and your name could be drawn as a winner of one of the great equipment prizes! also has additional “Only on the Web” equipment content, including goalie and protective gear, a Where to Buy directory and a Q & A with industry leaders (see promo at left for more). Also in this issue, State of the Game columnist Lyle Phair describes what USA Hockey’s ADM could mean for Michigan and we take a look at Team Metro South’s gold medal win at the first ever Meijer State Games in Grand Rapids (page 30). From all accounts the hockey was great and the tournament was well organized and very competitive. And while tryouts seem to be getting earlier each year, arenas all over the state will be filled this month with kids trying to make the team, coaches looking to build their team and parents watching it all. Before tryouts check that your player’s skates and gear still fit and that their sticks are in good shape. Make sure they get enough rest to be at their best and feed them in advance so they are not hungry when they get to the rink Afterwards let them tell you how they think they did and make sure to listen. Try to be honest, fair and supportive when asked your opinion. And encourage them to take responsibility for their performance and not look to blame someone else for mistakes or things that didn’t go as planned on the ice. Supporting your player and his or her goals, helping them do their best and making sure they remember to have fun can make tryout time bearable. And maybe most importantly, tell them that you love and believe in them no matter if they make the team or not. Good luck,

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Quest Q est for the Best winner! inner! Toni Daggy of Hudsonville is the winner of Michigan Hockey’s 2010 Quest for the Best Arena contest. Daggy’s entry was randomly selected from all entrants and she won a personalized piece of sport art by Art by Arlene’s Arlene Higginson (above). Check out for more information.

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Oakland Oakland Junior Junior Grizzlies Grizzlies help help put put new new players players on on the the ice ice Working with the Salvation Army, the Oakland Junior Grizzlies helped introduce hockey to 15 children at an OJG-Salvation Army Strive skate on June 19 at the Troy Sport Center. The new players were very excited to try hockey, and several of the children had never put skates on before. Grizzlies’ players from the ‘99, ‘97, ‘96, and ‘95 teams helped the children get their skates and equipment on. After that the Grizzlies’ players hit the ice with the new Strive players and helped them with skating techniques along with shooting the puck. The new skaters used cones and training skate bars at the beginning of the skate. By the middle of the skate most of the kid’s were able to skate a little bit and they all

wanted to play a game. The Grizzlies then set up a crossice game for the last 25 minutes of the ice time and the Strive Children loved it. They were all on the ice skating, shooting and trying to score a goal. When the buzzer went off none of the Strive children wanted to leave the ice. The Grizzlies plan to conduct the program on a monthly basis with the Strive players. The Grizzlies’ coaches and players will be a part of all skates teaching hockey skills and skating to all the Strive players. The Grizzlies’goal is to introduce as many children as they can to the wonderful game of ice hockey. We hope that some of the players will move into the house programs offered at the Troy Sports Center.

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July 12, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 21


All-Stars wrap up Wheelchair Hockey League season BY SARAH ZIENTARSKI

Wheelchair hockey player Tristan Parent rolled over to his family with a glowing expression on his face and exclaimed “they made me captain!” The 14-year old finished his first season in the Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL) by leading the Red Team to a 10-8 win over the Blue Team in the league’s All-Star Game on June 12 at Ward Church in Northville. “There’s nothing that beats the look on your kid’s face when they’re thrilled about something,” Parent’s mother Cheryl Mercier said. Kyle Brodebeck was named the WCHL All-Star Game MVP and Kevin Konfara notched five goals and one assist for the Blue team. Parent isn’t able to participate in most sports geared toward wheelchair athletes because he was born with the unique condition of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, or brittle bones.

“He breaks his bones really easily and a lot wheelchair sports the kids play out of manual chairs and it’s still rough, it’s still dangerous,” Mercier said. “When we found out about the (wheelchair hockey) league and watched the videos to find out that it’s pretty much a non-contact sport, we were absolutely thrilled about the whole thing.” Parent – an avid Detroit Red Wings fan – is overjoyed to be playing the sport he has watched his winged-wheel heroes play for so long. “He just tells me ‘I never thought I’d be able to play hockey in my whole life,’” Mercier said. “I think it’s something he finally feels he fits in with. He’s accomplishing stuff, he scores goals. He actually feels like he’s accomplishing something in life really. It’s really his entire life right now.” The game featured players competing with both intensity in their eyes and huge grins across their faces and showed how the sport makes for a perfect outlet for Parent and other people in wheelchairs who face challenges in everyday life, which

much of society doesn’t always understand. “Friendships and social activities are often rare (for people with disabilities),” WCHL Commissioner Chris Lemieux said. “After high school or college, friendships as well as social interaction can quickly dissolve. The WCHL gives players a chance to meet new friends, be socially accepted, and we, as a group, share knowledge and provide support to players and their families about various daily living situations. We are more than a hockey league, we are a family.” Wheelchair games are played four-on-four with no icing and a plastic ball as the puck. There are still penalties, offside calls and shift changes. “It is rare that you find a disabled sport that is non-patronizing or one that is not so far adapted that it is unlike the real sport itself,” Lemieux said. “Wheelchair hockey is as real as it gets.” The WCHL is currently a four-team league that includes a diverse group of both men and women ranging in ages from 10-65. All of the players compete in either electric or manual wheelchairs and have a wide variety of disabilities. “Our players range from self-sufficient and independent powerhouse manual wheelchair players to players with Muscular Dystrophy who are constantly on ox oxygen or are too weak to feed themselves, yet they can play hockey,” Lemieux said. Mercier adds “they have kids in wheelchairs that have their hockey stick attached to their wheelchair because they can’t move. I mean this league really includes ev everyone. It is amazing.” Mercier first heard about the WCHL from Parent’s doctor. “If you look at the rosters there are people who drive 100 miles,” Mercier said. “I drive 80 miles one way that that tells you how important it is to do this for our kids.” Lemieux sees the WCHL helping the disabled community as wheelchair hockey has helped him since the year he started in 1990 with a team in Calgary. “When you are disabled, or a parent of a disabled child, you often focus on what you cannot do,” Lemieux said. “The WCHL allows players and their families to focus on what they can do.” The non-profit WCHL is funded by donations, sponsors and a $50 play-in fee. The season runs from late September until mid June and includes the Wheeler Cup playoffs and culminates with the All-Star Game. The league works to expand every year and is always on the lookout for new players. For more information on the WCHL check out their website at: thewchl. com or on Facebook at:

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Open to goaltenders ages 7-12, this program focuses on laying the foundation and building upon the fundamental skills of the position. The class is designed for goalies in their first three years at the position and features 40 minutes of off-ice training and an 80 minute on-ice session each day. There is a maximum studentto-trainer ratio of 4-to-1. Available at Farmington Hills and Macomb locations.

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Scipione passes away after battle with cancer Former Honeybaked defenseman Kurt Scipione battled cancer the same way he competed against opposing forwards on the ice: with tenacity, toughness and courage. The Oakland Township resident passed away on June 11 after an almost two-year fight against rhabdomyosarcoma, a fast-growing but rare form of cancer found most often in children. He was 18. Scipione is remembered as super competitive on the ice and passionate about his friends and family off of it. “Kurt was a very talented player and couldn’t stand it when he wasn’t playing well,”said Honeybaked Hockey Club general manager Larry Knapp, who coached Scipione on the Midget Minor team in 2007-08. “He was opinionated, he worked hard and when he liked you, he loved you.” Scipione was diagnosed in August, 2008 after complaining of back pain. He underwent treatment and was declared cancer free before the cancer returned in January of this year. After being home schooled last year, Scipione earned his diploma and graduated from Stoney Creek High School in early June. He is survived by his mother Linda, father Reid, older brother Kyle and younger sister Keri. Memorial contributions may be sent to the family and will be used for the: Kurt Scipione Memorial Fund, 3885 N Ella Mae in Oakland Township, 48363. By Philip Colvin Former Honeybaked defenseman Kurt Scipione attended the Krusade for Kurt benefit on October 18, 2008 after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Scipione passed away on June 11 at the age of 18.


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Good goal scorers have a quick release and shoot often.

Be a goal scorer

For fans and especially players, the most exciting part of hockey is scoring goals. Teams and coaches at all levels are always on the lookout for a player who can finish around the net. While there is an old hockey myth that goal scorers are born not made, you can learn how to capitalize on your scoring chances. Certainly, skill is the key. If you have a quick release, a variety of shots and good balance, you should be able to “fill the net.” However, even a less skilled player can be a top scorer. Here are some good points to remember:


Stand directly in the line of the shot. Try to deflect the puck as it goes by you rather than when it is in front of you and keep your stick below your shoulders.


They are prime scoring opportunities. Always head to the net when a teammate is shooting. Be a “garbage collector.” Be the first one to the puck on a breakaway attempt by a teammate. Always expect a rebound even from your own shot and battle for every loose puck.


Shoot through a defenseman, using him as a screen.


Figure out the opposing goalkeeper’s weaknesses: weaker stick-side, vulnerable high, kicks out big rebounds, drops pucks at his feet, slow on wraparounds, a big 5-hole, etc.


The best place to aim when shooting is the Five-hole. If your aim is bad, you’ll probably “pick” a corner and be a hero. For sure, your shot should be on the net and may result in a rebound if it doesn’t go in.

TWO-ON-ONE’S If you decide to shoot rather than pass, you’d better make sure you hit the net.


In today’s game, most goalies play a butterfly style to take away the bottom of the net. In close, aim for the top corners “where grandma hides the cookies!”


Too often young players try to get the perfect scoring opportunity and often hold on to the puck too long or stick handle too much. Watch all the top goal scorers at the highest levels like Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos. They shoot all the time and from all angles.


A quick release is just as important as a hard shot. By shooting quickly, you have a better chance of getting the puck through to the net. Also, the goalkeeper often isn’t set for the shot.


It is important for young players to develop a quick stick. Offensively, forwards use a quick stick to corral passes, deflect shots and shoot quickly. Defensively, forwards use a quick stick to create scoring chances by forechecking relentlessly, intercepting passes in the neutral zone, and winning key face-offs. You develop a quick stick by: thinking quickness, playing ball hockey, deking through pylons, strengthening your wrists and practicing stickhandling and shooting on and off the ice.

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Dryland work helps on-ice performance With summer in full spring, it’s time to focus on dryland training to help improve your on-ice performance for the new season. And what we are looking for in a training program is to develop good habits and good form. Younger athletes should start with basic bodyweight movements, which emphasize major muscle groups, i.e.- core, legs, back and chest and shoulders. The primary focus needs to be on exercises that teach proper alignment and promote active flexibility. As an athlete matures, exercise programs should preferably be designed for each individual. The learning process is constantly evolving throughout an athlete’s career, which leads us back to the development of good habits. Good habits are put into motion by setting up a level of commitment which corresponds to each player’s desire to compete at a higher level. Simply put, the best athletes will work the hardest. More importantly, they want to work harder as positive results perpetuate good habits. Thus, a 12-year old player who begins training with solid basic exercises begins to see positive results. He then grows into more progressive and challenging work, set at a level where he can succeed. His habits and commitment become one in the same, and ideally, he reaches the next desired level. Movements that young athletes respond to are simple and basic. They should be taught using bodyweight until good form becomes second nature, and this can take up to a month or longer. Squats, lunges, push-ups and crunches are excellent exercises to start with.Through progression over time, resistance is used to enhance strength and flexibility. Eventually we are striving to build an extensive selection of exercises, which can then be applied


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A commitment to off-ice training over the summer can help players improve their on-ice performance next season.

in specific situations depending upon the needs of the athlete. The point is that the exercises are learned correctly from the start of training. The very first step in the formation of good habits and good form is the very act of showing up to train. The fact that there is a specific day or days when training is done creates a structure. This structure becomes the foundation on which good habits and good form begin. The next step is showing up for the training commitment and learning the movements, thereby setting the stage for more challenging exercises in the future. The best part of starting a dryland training program is that results are nearly immediate. The best part of continuing to train is that the results bring about positive changes, promotes good health, and most importantly, help athletes reach higher levels with the knowledge and confidence to succeed.

GOOD EXERCISES With younger players, especially those in their early teens, Kirk Vickers of Triad Health and Fitness opts for a high-repetition and low-weight approach. “The bottom line is what we are trying to do is get these kids to be stronger on the ice,” says Vickers, a former Detroit Red Wings trainer. “I think what is missed in a lot of this is not looking at balance and stability and control of the body.” While no one exercise can transform someone into a perfectly-fit athlete, there are few routines that offer a good return for the effort. Vickers recommends the “bear crawl,” which like the name suggests, requires


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participants to get on all fours and scramble like Yogi chasing a sardine-filled picnic basket on wheels. The total body movement works on the hip flexor, shoulder and leg muscles. Hand-held kettle bell weights can make the pedestrian journey a vigorous one. The “crab walk” is a variation on the bear romp where the exerciser gets a reverse push-up mode and moves backwards using both arms and feet. The endurance test builds triceps. “You’re going to have little problems or little injuries if we’re pushing our own body weight,”Vickers says. “With the dispersement of weight over the body, especially for young athletes, the brain is able to figure that out opposed to putting static weight on and loading up one or two joints of the body.” Variety is good and any exercise or routine is only a tool, not the complete treasure chest for fitness perfection. For example, stickhanding and then firing pucks off a smooth shooting board at targets in the corners of a net set up in your basement, driveway or back yard is a good way to improve your shot and your hands. ‘There are lots of different things you can do, and not one of them is better than the other,” said Jim Kielbaso of Wixom’s Total Performance Center. “I would hate to see someone who would say all I need to do is ‘X.’That’s not just how it is. They need to do a complete program.” With a file from Philip Colvin

From the Crease

July 12, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 21

STEVE McKICHAN From the crease The mis-coaching of sticks in the shooting lane I have recently noticed a disturbing trend that is appearing all too frequently at all levels of hockey. This trend has caused many bad goals, bad rebounds and many needless losses. As a result of this defensive zone approach that is currently being taught to position players, low percentage scoring chances are being turned into high percentage scoring chances. Why then would head coaches teach this approach if it creates more problems than it solves? What exactly are we talking about and why is this cancer creeping in the game?


Stick on stick? This is a defensive zone strategy where ill-informed coaches stress the importance of always trying to block the offensive player’s shots by placing their sticks in the shooting lane. Please don’t get me wrong. If this strategy is employed with intelligence and in the proper situations it can be very effective. But as a blanket, all-encompassing approach to every shot on net you get into trouble. This strategy should only be used when the defender is very tight to the attacker (i.e. a stick length or less) and only on shots in very dangerous locations like the slot. A shot from above the circles or near the boards on a poor angle should never be interfered with. The goalie must be given a clean look at these pucks. Any decent goalie will stop these perimeter shots at an amazingly high percentage if things aren’t complicated with unnecessary, ill-advised sticks in the shooting lane. At a pro level game last season I watched in mock horror as six of seven goals against entered the net after being slightly deflected off a defender’s stick - making

the goalie look foolish. Uninitiated, but experienced, announcers opined that the goalie “would like to have that one back,” as if it was the goalie’s fault.


Let me begin by breaking down why coaches mistakenly believe that stick on stick is the way to go. They will recall anecdotally several shots being deflected harmlessly off the defender’s stick up into the netting. These few examples resonate in their brains and they think that these cases are the rule, not the exception. In fact, a vast percentage of shots on net in a random game I recently evaluated did not go harmlessly out of play as a result of eager beavers with their floundering sticks in the shooting lane. Many of these defender’s half-hearted attempts to block the puck with their sticks managed to still make it dangerously to the net. What is specifically wrong with trying to block these shots on net with the defender’s sticks?


When a stick is placed in a shooting lane the goalie many times does not get a clear look at the most important part of a shot. The exact stick-puck relationship at the moment of release allows the goalie to assess direction, elevation and velocity. Many times the defender’s stick masks this critical moment and the goalie now becomes somewhat of a spectator, guessing at those crucial factors. The tangible results are that surprising goals go in even if the puck isn’t deflected and if the puck is stopped, precision is unlikely and needless rebounds result. We all

realize that dangerous rebounds cause immediate goals or delayed goals when the opposition scores on a power play caused by preventing the earlier rebound chance.


When a defender is several feet away from the attacker and still decides to put the stick in the lane the puck may slightly change directions and the goalie will have zero chance to respond on these pucks. Even if the change of direction happens 20 feet away, from a physiology standpoint, a human cannot physically respond with their innate reaction times.


When your goalie hears that their teammates have to attempt to block every shot with their stick it sends the message to them that the goalie can’t be trusted and they need to do his job for him. If your goalie hears this enough his confidence will suffer. Add on a couple of cheesy goals on self-induced tipped shots and your goalie is well on his way to a confidence meltdown. It would be a similar situation if you asked your goalies to play every loose puck instead of the defensemen handling them because they can’t be trusted to do their job and make a simple zone exit themselves.


I’m all for blocked shots and stern efforts to prevent goals. By definition that is what goalies do. I do however have two very simple, well-reasoned pieces of advice regarding the proper deployment of shot blocking strategies with the stick on stick approach: 1. Keep your sticks well out of the way on all shots from the perimeter and poor angles. Trust your goalie to do their job. 2. Only get your stick in the shooting lane if you are right in the opponents face and they are in a very dangerous shooting area. In simple terms we need to stop this madness of making low percentage scoring chances unnecessarily high percentage scoring chances. Steve McKichan is the owner of Future Pro goalie school and the former goaltending coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs.






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WHAT THE ADM COULD MEAN By now you would have had to have been living in a cave or be a complete newbie to the youth hockey world to have not at least heard of the American Development Model, more commonly known as the ADM. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you even remotely understand what exactly it is. Few people really do. And I am fairly sure that if you asked ten different people what it is, you would get ten different answers. The ADM is exactly that. A recommended model, a blueprint that can be used by those who choose to. It is not a mandate forced upon the hockey community. It is a model developed utilizing the principles of Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and extensive research and studies of how children learn and grow from toddlers to pre-teens to teenagers to young adults. If you have had an opportunity to see a presentation by the USA Hockey staff you had to have been impressed. It makes a lot of sense and there is plenty of supporting data. However, change is never easy and it will probably take the better part of a decade to really see any noticeable impact on the youth hockey world in this country. But not in Michigan. Noticeable changes have already started and we should be very much concerned about the effect those changes could have on the game here.

A BOTTOM UP APPROACH The ADM is essentially a bottom up approach to developing the player pool in USA Hockey. At the base, the entry level to the game, it is structured to allow for more players to get involved in playing the game by maximizing ice utilization to ultimately make the game more affordable. It’s a pretty simple concept really. More players on the ice means the cost of that ice is split up among more players, which means it is less expensive for each of them. It is a rational approach to breaking down one of the barriers to entry - the perception (and in many cases and places reality) that the game is expensive to play. From there it becomes about providing the same opportunity for all players to enjoy the game and develop their skills as they grow and mature. Which is in stark contrast to the current hockey model that demands that the biggest, most physically mature 7- and 8-year olds get promoted to the “travel” team with more ice time and “better coaching” while the remainder of the kids who were not blessed with an early-in-the-year birth date or a pre-pubescent growth spurt are thrown into the house hockey pool and treated as second-class citizens of the hockey world. Ironically enough, some of these early outcasts survive and eventually surpass the early developers who for any number of reasons (stop growing, burn-out, inflated ego, pushy parents) flame out. Unfortunately there just aren’t enough that have the chance to overcome the early odds they are subjected too. If that sounds a little like the “Tortoise and the Hare” it’s not a coincidence. The growth of a hockey player is a marathon, not a sprint. As players hit and surpass puberty, that’s when it starts to really matter. Kids have physically and mentally matured to the point where the real hockey players

start to separate themselves from those who matured early and didn’t continue to grow and evolve. High Performance Club teams are formed from the best players in a program and those teams compete against teams from other clubs. Obviously there is much, much more to it than that very simplistic overview. At the end of the day, the objective of the model is more players playing and more better players being produced. And like any model, it has its strong points and its weak points which could be debated forever.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE The biggest challenge facing the implementation of the ADM is that the majority of coaches and parents with kids in the game today really aren’t that concerned with anything other than their team (the coaches) and their player (the parents). The future really doesn’t matter to them. Other players and other teams don’t matter to them. They just don’t want to be “held back” by others. Just show me the quickest way to the finish line. According to USA Hockey registration reports there were 57,033 registered players in Michigan in the 2000-01 season and that number fell to 50,793 in 2009-10. The alarming part is in the details. In 2009-10 there were approximately 3,000 less 8 & Under players, 3,000 less 9-10 year old players, 3,000 less 11-12 year old players, and 2,000 less 13-14 year old players than there were in 200001. For those of you who are good at math, that is about 11,000 less total youth players. Yikes. To quantify, that is 25% less 8 & Under players, 38% less Squirt players, 33% less Pee Wees and 26% fewer Bantams. Ouch. And while the number of players and teams was substantially reduced in these age groups, the percentage of “travel” (A/AA/AAA) players and teams actually went up. A comparison of team registrations from the 2001-02 season with the 2008-09 season shows 608 mite teams in ‘01-02 falling to 310 in ‘08-09, 501 Squirt teams declining 327, 505 Pee Wee teams becoming 346 and 360 Bantam teams dropping to 292. Mite teams were not classified as“travel”in‘01-02 but 70 of 310 (23%) Mite teams were travel in ’08-‘09. At the Squirt level, there were 131 travel teams (26%) in ’01-02 and 121 (37%) in ’08-09. Pee Wees went from 164 (32%) to 141 (41%) and Bantams 132 (37%) to 114 (39%).

WHAT IT ALL MEANS Those of you who are still with me might be asking what all of this means. Essentially, there are substantially less players playing the game with a higher percentage of those players playing travel hockey. House hockey is shrinking and will continue to shrink unless something is done to change course. That is, if we care about the future of the game. So what effect does the ADM have on this? Right now there is a major push to implement the ADM model at the Mite level which should help to increase the size of the player pool at the younger age groups. It’s the “bottom-up” development approach and a step in the right direction. However at the same time, under the auspices of aligning themselves with the principles of the ADM, the Tier I (AAA) organizations in Michigan have begun a “top-down”approach by forming Tier II (A/AA) travel teams in their organizations. So instead of the typical Tier I organization model consisting of 8-10 AAA teams, Belle Tire, Compuware, Honeybaked, Little Caesars and Victory Honda are looking to have as many as 8-10 more Tier II travel teams, which could mean as many as 10 new travel teams at each age group. Sounds great. What’s the problem? The Tier I organizations have “a name” which attracts players (more likely their parents, but the kids do play a part, pun intended). These players will come from association-based travel teams and some will come from association-based house hockey. House players will also now have a better chance of making an association-based travel team. Still sounds great, right? Not for “house hockey”, which just might be the most important element of the long-term viability of the sport. House hockey is the entry level for the sport. In theory it is a recreational, affordable, convenient level of play for everybody. What most people don’t understand, or care to acknowledge, is that house hockey is what feeds the game. And it’s dying. Hopefully the ADM “implementation” by the Tier I organizations will not serve to accelerate the process. So what will happen first? The growth of house hockey driven by the bottom-up approach of the ADM at the Mite level? Or the complete demise of house hockey spurred by the top-down approach of the Tier I organizations? Hopefully, the former. If not, the ADM in Michigan might very well stand for Association Decimation Model.

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Last season the roster of the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings had more than just players with National Hockey League experience. Eric Bechtol, the Wings’ equipment manager, spent nine seasons as an assistant equipment manager with the St. Louis Blues before coming home to work for his hometown Wings, who just completed their first season in the ECHL. Bechtol, while grateful for his time in St. Louis, said he wouldn’t trade his current situation for the world. “I was a stick boy as a kid at Wings Stadium and my parents, back in the 1970s when you could do this and not worry, would drop me off there while they did some running around and I’d play ball hockey around the rink and just be a rink rat and help out doing things there,” explained Bechtol. “Then I got a job working with the team and then the NHL, but now that I’m back home, it’s just a great situation. Not a whole lot of guys around the ECHL can say they work in their hometown, so it’s a special feeling to do what I do and where I do it. “When I was with the Blues, the team always came first. Now, I can be with my wife and son when I want, sleep in my own bed, stuff like that and nothing beats that.” Landing the NHL job was simply a case of having the right connections and being in the right place at the right time. “I was at (Wings Stadium) and a guy from BJ Sports, Rich Peach, said he’d put my name out there and the Fort Worth Fire (Central Hockey League) gave me a call and offered me the best package,” said Bechtol, 42. “Then I got invited to work at the Blues’ training camp and (then head coach) Mike Keenan called me and offered me one of the assistant’s jobs there. Mike was great to work for.” Still, nothing tops working for the Wings, where Bechtol sees himself as a little more than just an employee on the bench with towels and screwdrivers. “It might sound odd saying this, but I think my job defines who I am,”said Bechtol.

“For the most part, these guys are here to play hockey and go for a championship. I was fortunate to be part of the (United Hockey League) title we won here back in ’06.” His relationship with Wings Stadium dates back to when he played with the Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association. Bechtol went to Loy Norrix High School, where he played hockey. After graduating from Loy Norrix, Bechtol continued his education at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. In February 2009, Bechtol worked his 1,000th regular season game as an equipment manager during the K-Wings’ Pink Ice Valentine’s Day game when Kalamazoo was in the International Hockey League. “That was a great night,” Bechtol said. “My grandparents came in from Grand Ledge and the team and my wife had a cake for me. And we won the game, too. It was kind of funny because the game got changed and it ended up being the pink game, where we dye the ice pink every year for Valentine’s Day. It has to be some sort of record that I set by working my 1000th game on pink ice, doesn’t it?” During the season Bechtol helps the K-Wings players perform at their best. And when he’s not at the rink, he’s busy on the home front. “Do I sew better than my wife? Most definitely,” laughed Bechtol. “I do all the sewing and laundry and I even do the dishes. My wife loves it, and so does my mother-in-law.” As for his future, Bechtol said he’ll stay with the Wings for as long as they’ll have him, but hasn’t ruled out a return to the NHL should the ideal situation present itself. “I’d like to keep doing this as long as I can, but my son is a junior in high school, so who knows?” Bechtol said. “(Head coach Nick) Bootland is a great hockey guy and if he gets the right chance at moving up, there might be a chance I’d be able to take advantage of that opportunity, but who knows? This job is who I am and what I do. “I’ve never known anything else.”

After spending nine seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, Kalamazoo native Eric Bechtol returned home to work with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL.

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Perfect Edge’s Marc O’Keefe checks the blade of a skate sharpened using Black Stone Sports Flat Bottom V system. BY WADE LAFEVER

The Flat Bottom V (FBV) skate sharpening technology is creating a buzz in the hockey community across North America from recreation leagues to the NHL. Just as one-piece composite sticks changed the way players shoot and handle the puck, the FBV is changing the way players skate. Black Stone Sports developed the FBV and says that NHL players are swearing by it. “About four years ago we started with a different spinner system, a different way of dressing the wheel,” said Steve Wilson, co-founder of Black Stone Sports, an Ontario-based manufacturer of skate maintenance equipment. “Traditionally we’ve always had a diamond that would come down and scrape the wheel, and wherever you scraped the wheel at would be your radius.” The radius on a skate blade corresponds to a specific hollow. The larger the radius the more shallow the hollow becomes. A smaller radius leaves a deeper hollow. Knowing what type of hollow to use is important because each has benefits, but there is a trade off with picking one over the other. The FBV excels by offering players increased speed and glide found in a shallow hollow, while still maintaining the stability and bite of deep hollow. “Players want more speed but then they don’t want to give up the agility because agility is a big part of the game,” said Wilson. According to Wilson, if you’re not digging into the ice while you’re gliding, you use less energy because there is less resistance on the ice. “Players were always looking for more glide because you only have so much

energy in a game, and in a shift,” said Wilson. Florida Panthers forward Corey Stillman first tried the FBV when Wilson sharpened his skates in 2008 using a FBV sharpening prototype. Stillman loved it and has used it ever since. And word travels quickly in NHL circles. Currently 24 NHL teams are using the FBV, up from 20 the season before. “What’s been neat to Blackstone is that we’ve brought a change to an industry that has never seen a change,” Wilson said. The positive benefits experienced by players from recreation leagues to the professional ranks have been confirmed by a kinesiology research study at the University of Ottawa. “They qualified that there was a definite enhancement in skating,” said Wilson. “Now they’re trying to quantify that.” Black Stone has patents pending on their revolutionary technology and designs. “We know this has never been done in ice skate sharpening before, and we’re anticipating not having an issue getting our patents,” said Wilson. Word about the FBV has even spread across continents. Former NHL star Jaromir Jagr bought a machine and brought it over to Russia where he plays in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), according to Wilson. Jagr and some of his Czech teammates used the FBV when they won gold at the 2010 World Championships. According to Black Stone Sport’s website, 99.7% of players who try the FVB stay with it. But the only way to know is to try it for yourself. I recently stopped at Perfect Edge Hockey and Lacrosse in Howell and had owner Marc O’Keefe sharpen my skates using the FBV system. It took literally a lap around the rink for me to adjust to the FBV. The results of my personal experience concur with the aforementioned University of Ottawa kinesiology study. Black Stone Sports suggests players start with the 90/75, and from there they can adjust if they want more bite (100/75) or less bite (90/50). The first number represents the width of the flat part of the blade, in thousandths. The second number is the height between the edges of the blade and the flat area of the blade, in 10 millionths. A different angle of edge is obtained by changing the first number and keeping the second consistent; thus, producing a different feel of more or less edge when skating. Black Stone Sports has determined the 90/75 is close to the edge of a traditional 5/8 circular hollow and the 100/75 can be related to the edge of a 1/2 - 3/8 circular hollow. Perfect Edge’s O’Keefe stressed the importance of talking to the person sharpening your skates and then providing them with feedback as to how the skates felt on the ice will give them a better idea of what to do next time. “The more we know about how you like your skates to feel, the better they will be able to help you,” said O’Keefe.

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D & D FILLS LAKELAND ARENA WITH GEAR Whether you’ve grown out or worn out last year’s equipment this is the time to look for new gear if you need it. Waterford’s Lakeland Arena is full of equipment for sale as D & D Bicycles and Hockey has expanded and taken over the arena’s Blue rink for the summer and stocked it with tons of gear, skates and sticks (along with bicycles and accessories). The arena floor will be filled with hockey equipment at great prices all month long while D & D’s newest location inside Lakeland Arena is being remodeled. D & D plans to move into the new space on August 1. “We’re excited about serving this area with a new, updated and modern store,” said manager Brad Martin.

PERFECT EDGE NOW BIGGER AND BETTER When Howell’s Perfect Edge Hockey and Lacrosse needed to expand their store, they didn’t have to look very far. Perfect Edge moved just four doors down to 3621 E. Grand River into a space three times bigger than their previous store. And the move came just in time for the store’s huge Anniversary Sale on July 24-25. The sale includes special prices on just about everything in the store – in addition to free raffle prizes of skates, sticks, helmets and apparel. Manufacturer’s sales reps will be on hand for custom fitting and you can bring in your USA Hockey card to get a free Flat Bottom V skate sharpening.

BIG PERANI’S SALE MOVES TO FARMINGTON HILLS While the location of the 17th annual Perani’s Hockey World summer Warehouse Sale has changed, the sale’s appeal hasn’t. The world’s largest hockey equipment sale is set for July 22 – August 1 at a new location, the Farmington Hills Ice Arena. The arena floor will again be chocked full of all brands of gear, skates and sticks – and most are offered at or below cost. “The best selection is early but the prices are right all the time,” said Mike Sander, Perani’s Hockey World Vice President of Operations. “We try to give good value to the customer.” In addition, Perani’s Livonia Superstore’s floor plan has been completely revamped and the equipment selection has been expanded and reorganized. The north side of the store – which had previously been equipment manufacturer’s kiosks – now is home to the store’s skate wall and wide array of goaltending gear (see photo above). And the area’s back wall now has clear panels so you can view the artificial ice practice rink in the far back of the building. Perani’s also has a new store in Waterford in a strip mall on the north side of M-59, located just west of their old location in Lakeland Arena. By Philip Colvin

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The quest for the perfect hockey stick continues as manufacturers attempt to address players’ various wants and desires. And players want it all: A light, one-piece composite stick with a shaft and blade strong enough to withstand the game’s rigors and put some heft into their shots without sacrificing feel or balance. With prices topping out in the $200 range, one can argue they are entitled to all those attributes with the premium-priced piece of equipment. “The game is getting so fast and in a lot of cases, specifically in the NHL, the ice surfaces aren’t the best,”says Mike Mountain, Easton product manager for sticks.“You see such hard passes and these guys are kind of knocking the puck down, keeping control of it. They want to be able to make the play – whether it’s making another pass or getting a shot off on net. “Where we see this going is ‘Lets get the sticks to be able to work in favor of the player and have a better feel, gain better control and improve the pace of the game.’” To address durability, stick makers are using Kevlar wraps and intricate carbon fiber weaves while blades are embedded with resins and high density foams

to enhance overall feel. Sticks are also lighter – ranging 430 to 460 grams – due to a multitude of emerging technologies.

BAUER SUPREME TOTAL ONE The Greenland, N.H.-based company’s newest entry - which hits stores in October -incorporates all the hallmarks of its popular Supreme 195 stick, including the Dual Density blade, an amplified mid-kick and simple graphics. Weighing in at 430 grams, the Total One is 30 grams lighter than its Supreme 195 predecessor. The Total One is infused with the same textured carbon fiber material found in Bauer’s other popular signature stick, the Vapor X: 60, to maintain its whip action. The X:60 is also one of the company’s most durable sticks, and features monocomp technology that improves the balance and weight of the stick by removing excess weight where the shaft meets the blade. The Total One uses a patented carbon fiber textured weave as well as a new resin system. In the blade, Bauer’s Dual Density technology uses stiffer and lighter Aero Foam in the lower region that comes in contact with the puck while the remainder is fortified with Power Core epoxy. “For those people who are old enough to remember a wood stick, (Dual Density is) what gives it that wood feel,” says Evan Baker, Bauer category manager for sticks. “Upon receiving passes, the puck just sticks to the blade really, really well.” The Total One will come in Grip Tac and non-grip versions. The new release will spawn a line of lowerpriced Supreme 180, 150, 130 and 120 versions, which incorporate similar features of the Total One.

EASTON SYNERGY ST AND STEALTH S19 The ST, which stands for “Super Tough,” is the 2010 version in the enduring Synergy line, which has also morphed into a separate SL (Super Light) series. Like the name suggests, the ST is for the player who puts some bite in his shot. The stick’s patented Shox Technology transfers resin directly into the blade, which makes the puck adhere to the blade during impact, Easton’s Mountain says. Resin content in the ST blade is near 50 percent whereas other manufacturers use 30 to 35 percent, he adds. “It’s a heavier blade, but it’s got much more of a cushioned feel for the puck,” Mountain says. “That’s what allows the puck to stay on the blade and how you generate a more powerful shot with it.” The ST’s compression molded shaft also gives it a consistent wall for energy transfer. Additionally, the handle is Kevlar wrapped to enhance durability while also eradicating


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vibration, Mountain says. Boston’s Zdeno Chara, New Jersey’s Brian Rolston and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla are among those using the Synergy ST stick. “All of these guys have incredibly heavy shots and this is the reason why,” Easton’s product manager adds. While the ST is geared for players who rely on brute force, Easton’s Stealth S19 is for those who thrive on guile, a deft touch and quick release. The S19 owes its lightning-quick release characteristics to the composite piece’s Torx Elliptical Technology, which harnesses torque and flex so they occur in concert. What results is a venomous shot. “In terms of geometry, the toughest structure to twist is the cylinder, because as you are twisting you have continuous walls which apply pressure in the other direction,” Mountain says. “So it really pulls from that philosophy and, by removing the corners, you get better torsional control and the blade stays closed and you are able to utilize more of the energy you generate into your shot.” The S19’s Dual-Core blade construction enhances puck control by using a higherdensity foam on the lower part that comes in contact with the biscuit. The end result is players who snake through traffic can do so while keeping their head up, Easton’s product manager says. As with the Synergy, the S19 shaft is Kevlar wrapped to make it last longer. “Durability is always a focus,” Mountain says. “Anytime you talk about a stick with the weight in the category we’re in and the abuse it really needs to stand up to, it’s always a huge focus of ours regardless of the product.”

REEBOK 11K The 11K is a step up from Reebok’s highly praised 10K stick, which features patented SicKick and Guided Blade technologies for explosive release and precision. The 11K will be available in October. “(The 11K) is really taking the performance and durability of the 10K, which is a very successful stick for us, and taking it to the next level,” says Corry Kelahear, Reebok CCM director of Product Management. “We really wanted to focus on the performance of the stick.” With Dual Matrix Technology, the shaft incorporates two different carbon fiber weaves that create a spring-loaded effect when taking a shot. Dimples on the blade add a rigid surface, which keeps the blade straight and square during shot impact. The Opti-balance system has moved the equilibrium further up the shaft. Through a stringent quality control process, every stick will be checked at the factory to ensure the balance point is in the proper position, Kelahear says. “There is a stick for every level of player,” the CCM Reebok product manager says. “It’s really up to the players to head into their local stores and make sure they talk to the floor staff about their level of hockey and how much they are playing, and (store staff ) can suggest the best model for them.”

WARRIOR DOLOMITE SPYNE Chubby Checker liked to twist, but hockey players hate it when their stick blade does it when cranking out a shot. The result is a loss of energy (known as “slop”) and a feeble attempt on goal, says Keith Perera, Warrior Hockey product manager whose company’s Dolomite Spyne stick counteracts that trend. Spyne Technology keeps the blade stick square and compact as it makes puck contact, resulting in the pop that players prefer. The Dolomite Spyne also features a new linear taper flex profile that allows more of the stick to load during a shot, “meaning the stick is not merely loading at the bottom ... like most low-kick sticks on the market,” Perera says. The gradual increase in flex load allows the player to have a much more natural flex arc in the shaft, which results in a consistent and accurate shot, Warrior’s product manager adds. The fused one-piece carbon fiber stick is also reinforced withWarrior’s 5-Skin Impact Protection to improve durability. With its X-ray chrome finish and goth graphics, the Dolomite stands out on the stick rack.

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The hockey skate continues to evolve as manufacturers try to strike the perfect balance between comfort and performance. One-piece composite construction, which provided better fit and lighter weight, was the industry’s major breakthrough a few years ago. Yet the tinkering continues. Whether it’s shaving a few grams off the runner or developing form-fit tongues, the push is to have the player become one with the skate. “You see it sticks, you see it in other sports where technology and innovation has led to player improvement,” says Keith Duffy, Bauer product manager for skates. “Innovation in science correlates to sport.”

BAUER SUPREME TOTAL ONE The legacy company is touting the TotalOne as the most advanced skate in its storied 82-year y history.y Bauer’s si signature i gnature skatee weighs debuted in Aprill aand ndw w e ghhs ei

in at a paltry 695 grams, which is 90 grams less than its comparable high-end Supreme One95 boot. About 33 of those grams were lost through a new runner technology, Tuuk LS Fusion, which is 27 percent lighter than the LS2 steel used in other Bauer skates. Another key feature is the TotalOne’s customizable tongue, which through the use of inserts can offer three levels of stiffness. To address comfort, additional padding has been placed over the boot’s forefront to alleviate foot abrasions that occur during break-in. “It’s a good feature we have been doing through custom skates as well as for the majority of our NHL players,” Bauer’s Duffy says. “We just took it and rolled out into a catalog model.” While bearing the same construction as the Supreme One95, a new liner and an adjustable tongue provide “a different sensation” when sliding a foot into the TotalOne, Duffy says. “Through our 3D lasting process in addition to the live composite quarter material we use, we’re basically providing players with the best anatomical fitting skate in the game,” Bauer’s product manager says. The TotalOne headlines a complete overhaul of the Supreme line, which also includes a new One100 model that features a new 52-ounce thick felt tongue. A new Supreme One80 also premieres with the same tech-mesh quarter used in Bauer’s Vapor X60 marquee skate and incorporates the same anatomical fit properties of the TotalOne and One100. “It’s a fantastic skate and a great skate for the value,” Duffy says.


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CCM U+ CL The latest skate’s development in the Canadian hockey company’s arsenal was a painstaking process, but that’s only so players wouldn’t feel any discomfort when stepping into a pair. The Canadian-made U+ CL, which includes an all white version, will launch in October. In designing the U+ CL, CCM sought input from seven focus groups, including ones in Finland as well Minnesota, Vancouver, ass Min inn inn Calgary aand Toronto. Feedback was also solicited from CCM endorsees in the NHL. endo “One of the areas we really wanted to improve is the outof-the-box comfort,” says Corry Kelahear, CCM Reebok product manager. “We worked extremely hard on that. It was almost an obsession to really nail that out-of-the-box fit, so the skate feels great.” The highly anticipated U+ CL skate will feature CCM’s patented U+ foam, which envelopes the contours of the player’s foot. An additional comfort foa feature is a new tongue comprised of U+ foam on the outside to reduce lace fee bite with traditionally felt on the interior. To disperse sweat and heat, the U+ CL incorporates a new integrated ventilation system between the foot bed, mid- and outsole. “Players are playing so much now,” CCM’s Kelahear says. “They need their skates to dry quickly so they are ready to go the next time.” The U+ CL’s sleek look and metallic tone is one of the best looking skates in the company’s storied history, Kelahear says. “Every single component of the skate was treated like an individual design product,” he says. “So whether it’s eyelets, the laces... every single piece has been carefully looked at and it’s really those little things that add to the overall package.” CCM will also introduce a U+ 12 model, which contains many features of its higherpriced sibling U+ CL. The U+ 12 was tested in Canadian junior hockey circles as well as being worn by a few NHL’ers to measure the skate’s overall sturdiness, Kelahear says. “It’s a great option for all levels,” CCM’s product director says.


STEALTH S17 In releasing an All White version of its premier Stealth S17, the Van Nuys, Calif.-based sporting goods company is breaking the unwritten fashion rule that calls for a halt to wearing white footwear after Labor Day Easton already has a Limited Edition black Stealth S17 on shelves and has an all-black version of its lowerpriced Stealth S12 in the works. “ We ’ v e f o u n d

players like to have a unique look,”says Chris Norqual, Easton director of product management. “They tend to define themselves by how they look obviously. “So we’ve given them another option and it’s something that’s worked well in the past, and the pros have picked up on it as well.” The S17 - as well as the S12 model - features onepiece composite construction that makes it lightweight (under 700 grams), responsive and yet strong enough to repel impact from shots. The S17’s comfort foam molds to the foot while the Stealth Padlock fastens the heel for projected power. The comparable Stealth S12 harnesses many of the marquee model’s features but at a lower price point. “That’s going to be a huge seller for us,” Norqual says about the Stealth S12. For budget conscious players, Easton’s Synergy line, including the EQ3 model, continues to offer a cost-effective alternative. The skate’s uni-body construction provides a molded composite outsole while the liner also offers many foot-hugging characteristics, Norqual says. “The market trend has always been about fit, guys wanting to be comfortable in their skates,” Easton’s product manager says. “And they also want them to be great looking and lightweight.”

REEBOK 11K PUMP After debuting at the NHL Winter Classic in Boston, the company’s signature skate was so well-received by some NHL players they switched to the 11K in mid-season, Reebok CCM’s Kelahear says. D e t ro i t R e d Wi n g s D a r re n Helm, Jonathon Ericsson and Drew Miller are among the pros wearing the 11K, which features Reebok’s patented Pump technology. The Pump infuses air to eliminate gaps around the ankles and provide a form fit. The skate weighs 856 grams in a Size 9D. “Right now, on the skate market, it’s the leader in terms of step-in comfort,” Reebok’s Kelahear says. “That’s what the pros have been talking about. We’ve had guys who put them on in the afternoon and use them in games that night.” The 11K is reinforced with a Pro Armor IV quarter package with an abrasion zone at the forefoot, which reduces cuts and abrasions. The skate’s Flexon zone is designed to increase energy transfer while the Spinal zone supports the Achilles tendon. Reebok also redesigned the Last with a narrower heel fit that allows for gradual widening.

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Team Metro South went undefeated and won the gold medal at the Meijer State Games with a 5-3 win over Team South on June 27 at Griff ’s Ice House in Grand Rapids.


Team Metro South earns gold medal at Meijer State Games in Grand Rapids BY WADE LAFEVER

It wasn’t just normal summer hockey for the players and coaches involved in the inaugural Meijer State Games of Michigan, held June 24-27 in Grand Rapids. Eight teams of high school players in grades 9 -11, each representing a region in the state, played the type of hockey you would expect to see during a March playoff run. The chance to play for their region, much like an Olympian plays for their country, made for a weekend of exciting, competitive hockey. The four-day Olympic style tournament culminated at Griff ’s Icehouse on June 27 with Team Metro South defeating Team South, 5-3, to capture the gold medal and state-wide bragging rights. “It was such a satisfaction for me to see all the players come together from their respective schools and for one weekend put that aside and get on the same page,” said Ron Baum, head of the State Games Hockey Steering Committee and former East Kentwood head coach. “What impressed me the most was even when teams were down by several goals, they never quit. They just kept coming.”

METRO SOUTH RULES Team Metro South, comprised of players from Detroit’s downriver area, cruised through the tournament with five straight wins and scored at least five goals in each contest. Team Metro South previously beat Team South, 6-1, in round-robin play. In the final, Team Metro South opened the scoring when Tyler Groat (Wyandotte) broke free in the slot and found the net behind Team South’s goaltender Ruben

Medrano (Holt). Team Metro South took a 3-0 lead on goals from Gerald Mayhew (Wyandotte) – assisted by Dominic Antonelli (Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central) and Ryan Westfall (Grosse Isle) - and Jeremy Klotz (Woodhaven), with assists going to Gordey Howey (Grosse Isle) and Jimmy Prevost (Divine Child). To start the second period, Brighton’s Eric Lipton relieved Medrano, who stopped 16 of 19 shots in the opening period. After Team South’s Luke Dmytro took a major penalty for checking from behind late in the first period, Mayhew scored his second of the game early in the middle period on the powerplay to make it 4-0. Team South finally got on the board in the second period with goals from Anthony Catalina (Chelsea) - assisted by Sean Nelson (Brighton) – and Sean Gaffney (Novi Catholic Central), whose low shot beat Team Metro South goaltender Luke DuBois (New Boston) along the ice. But Mac Howey (Grosse Isle) answered quickly to regain Team Metro South’s three-goal cushion. Brad Hepler (Chelsea) scored to close the gap to 5-3, but that was as close as Team South could get. “We weren’t the most talented [team] by far but we were the most cohesive,” said Metro South coach Skip Howey, head coach of Grosse Isle. “We were able to incorporate a system that the kids picked up very well. We stuck to the system, and we did a very good job. The kids really gelled together as a group.”

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A ‘GREAT EXPERIENCE’ The State Games gave players who compete against each other during the high school season the opportunity to come together and represent their part of the state. “The thing that made us a team was the togetherness the players showed from the very beginning,” said Team Metro South coach Brian Dallas of Divine Child. “Guys that are natural rivals put all of it aside in order to be successful and it was a pleasure to watch.” Former U.S. Olympian and East Kentwood native Mike Knuble of the Washington Capitals presented bronze medals to Team West after they defeated Team Metro North, 4-2, in the Bronze Medal game. “It was a great experience for the kids,” said Knuble, who also participated in Friday’s opening ceremonies. “The event was very organized and I thought the competition was good.” The weekend reflected the Olympic ideals of sportsmanship, fair play, perseverance, and respect among athletes. And while Baum and the Steering Committee helped plan the hockey competition, everyone involved, including the referees, scorekeepers and volunteers that kept the games running smoothly, all donated their time and efforts. “This was out of appreciation for the game. Everybody here gave back to the game by doing things for kids and parents at no cost,” Baum said. “It was like your first at bat in the Major Leagues and hitting a walk-off grand slam in the World Series. That’s what just took place for hockey in West Michigan.”

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Plymouth’s Seguin ‘happy to be a Bruin’ PHOTOS BY AARON BELL/OHL IMAGES


Tyler Seguin started last season pegged as a probable first round pick in the 2010 NHL draft, but after a dominant year with the Plymouth Whalers, it wasn’t a question of if he would be a first-rounder, but rather if he would go No. 1. Seguin and Windsor Spitfires’ stud Taylor Hall were the favorites to go first overall to Edmonton on June 25 in Los Angeles. Hall won the individual honors when the Oilers drafted him first, but as a huge consolation prize, the Boston Bruins grabbed Seguin with the second pick. Seguin, who tied with Hall for the OHL scoring lead with Hall and also won league MVP honors, said he wasn’t disappointed in being taken second. “I wasn’t surprised or disappointed,” said Seguin, Plymouth’s first pick in the 2008 OHL draft. “I didn’t have any expectations. I think everyone has their own opinion. Edmonton decided to select Hall first overall and good for him. He deserves it. I’m happy to be a Bruin.” Seguin has elicited comparisons to Steve Yzerman, the player that was Seguin’s idol growing up in the Toronto area.

“Just the way he was on the ice, he had to mature as a player like I did,” Seguin said. “Getting better in the D zone and stuff like that. And he turned into an allaround good guy. He’s phenomenal off the ice and a true leader – something that I want to be like myself.” Whether Seguin sticks in Beantown or comes back to the Whalers for another year of junior hockey, the 18-year-old said his ability to play center or the wing should make him a valuable asset. “I’ve always been a natural centerman,” said Seguin. “But when I came into the OHL as a rookie, I had to adjust to wing because I was playing with better players, and I was more of a playmaker that year. This past year I got moved to center, and turned out to be more of a goal scorer.” Last season Seguin put up big stats while working on improving his play in the defensive zone. “I knew I had to mature as a player and get better in my own end,” said Seguin. “It started working out that when I was doing better in my ‘D’ zone, I was getting more chances in the offensive zone.” When asked what he expects next season in Boston should he make the team, Seguin said getting advice from veteran Mark Recchi and going one-on-one with monstrous defenseman Zdeno Chara would be ideal. Seguin reflected on the entire draft saga and gave props to the important people that helped him attain his NHL draft goal. “Number one, my family – my dad first and foremost,” Seguin said. “He played for the University of Vermont, which is by Boston, so he’s happy about that. And he taught me my whole life about passion, desire, sacrifices. And I have so many supporters – my mom, my family, my sister.” Seguin is the first Whaler to be selected in the first round of the draft since Stephen Weiss was taken fourth overall by the Florida Panthers in 2001. The last Whaler taken second overall was David Legwand, taken behind Vincent Lecavalier in 1998. Seguin wasn’t the only Plymouth player drafted as goaltender Scott Wedgewood and defenseman Austin Levi were both taken in the third round in consecutive selections. Wedgewood went 84th overall to the New Jersey Devils and Levi, a Farmington Hills native, was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes at No. 85.

OTHER OHLERS FROM MICHIGAN DRAFTED In addition to the three Whalers and Saginaw Spirit forward Ivan Telegin, other current and future OHL players with Michigan ties were drafted by NHL clubs. Port Huron native Jack Campbell, who played the past two seasons with the USA Hockey NTDP in Ann Arbor and idolized former Michigan goalie Marty Turco, was selected by Dallas 11th overall. Campbell could be Turco’s replacement in a year or so with the Stars after playing next season with Windsor. “(Dallas was) one of the teams that I talked to a little bit more,” said Campbell. “It’s a team that I really wanted to go to. Marty Turco has been my idol my whole life. Dallas is such a first-class organization. It really is a dream come true.”

One pick after Campbell, current Spitfires defenseman and Farmington Hills native Cam Fowler was nabbed by the Anaheim Ducks. “No matter what, the wait is always hard,” said Fowler. “When you have high expectations for yourself and people are saying certain things and it doesn’t end up working out, it’s tough. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I think I came to a great organization who was excited to have me. That’s all that really matters. You want somebody that’s confident in you and somebody that’s happy to have you aboard.” Ann Arbor native Austin Watson then heard his name called by the Nashville Predators with the 18th overall pick. The oldest of nine kids (and a 10th due this month), Watson won an OHL title and Memorial Cup in 2009 with Windsor before being traded to Peterborough at the OHL trade deadline last January. He said he’d like to help out his parents financially once he signs his first NHL contract. “I play hockey because I love the game. I wouldn’t play for any other reason,” Watson told ESPN. “But at the same time, it will be nice in a couple of years to be able to help out. It’s not a burden, it’s a blessing. It’s something that drives you a little bit more personally to keep at it.” With the second pick of the second round, Battle Creek’s Jared Knight, who plays with the London Knights, was drafted by Boston. Knight elected to stay home and watch the draft with a large contingent of friends and family. “I was watching on TV just after second round coverage started and I heard my name called out and all of us just got up and started screaming,” Knight told the Battle Creek Enquirer. “This is probably the greatest moment of my life.” Knight, who found out last season he is diabetic, is the first Battle Creek native to be drafted by an NHL team. Port Huron defenseman Brandon Archibald, who plays for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, was taken by Columbus in the fourth round.

SAAD SIGNS WITH SAGINAW The Saad saga is over. The two-year process officially came to an end when the Spirit’s 2008 first round OHL draft pick Brandon Saad signed with Saginaw in early June. “This is a big day for the franchise,”Craig Goslin, Spirit President, told the Saginaw News.“It looks like Saginaw can make a run and certainly Saad will be an integral part.” After drafting the 17-year old, Gibsonia, Pa. native in 2008, Saad decided to play in the North American Hockey League. He played one season with the Mahoning Valley Phantoms and scored 47 points in 47 games and was named rookie of the year. Saad then joined the USA Hockey NTDP in Ann Arbor and had another outstanding season with 29 goals and 49 points. Saad agreed to join the Spirit reaching a contract agreement in early June. Spirit coach and general manager Todd Watson credited Scouting Director Jim Paliafito with landing the coveted prospect. “Brandon is a terrific all round player and brings a lot to the table,” said Saginaw coach and GM Todd Watson. “He can play in all situations. He has good hands, can score and he can play a physical game. He will be a great asset to our team.” With a file from Carl Chimenti

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The Red Wings resigned forwards Drew Miller and Todd Bertuzzi (right) and have made offers to Patrick Eaves, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm and Derek Meech.

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Red Wings roster is ‘more set this year’ BY DAVE WADDELL

With the distant future addressed at the June 25-26 NHL draft in Los Angeles, the Detroit Red Wings will tend to more immediate needs this summer. For the record, the Wings took in order center Riley Sheahan (Notre Dame), center Calle Jarnkrok (Sweden), center Louis-Marc Aubry (Montreal Jrs.), forward Teemu Pulkkinem (Finland), goalie Petr Mrazek (Ottawa 67’s), center Macek Brooks (Tri-City Americans) and defenseman Ben Marshall (Minnesota High School). None will see Detroit for another three or four years, but in Sheahan and Aubry the Wings have drafted a pair of rangy six-foot-two centermen. Sheahan in particular has a history of scoring big while Aubry, son of former Wing Pierre Aubry, describes himself as more of a two-way defensive player in the mold of Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal. The three European forwards are typical of the Wings selections in the past – a little undersized but skilled. Pulkkinem could be the sleeper pick of the bunch after an injury-filled season deflated his draft status. Judging by the fact the Wings took five forwards, a defenseman and a goalie with their seven draft picks it was obvious the forward position has caught the eye of Detroit general manager Ken Holland as a looming need. They’re not likely to find much help there in the free agent market that opened for business July 1. This year’s crop of unrestricted free agents is quite frankly the weakest since the lockout five years ago. However, the salary cap limits the Wings to being peripheral players in the bidding. “No doubt, we’ll explore,” Holland said. “The type of money we’ve got, I don’t see us being player on July 1, 2 or 3. As the summer wears on, we’ll look at what’s out there. That’s how we got Bert (Todd Bertuzzi), (Jason) Williams and (Patrick) Eaves last year.’’ Bertuzzi and Eaves proved good value for the money and both will be back. Bertuzzi recently re-signed for two years and Drew Miller signed a one-year deal on July 6. Detroit also made qualifying offers to Eaves, Justin Abdelkader, Darren Helm and Derek Meech. Detroit currently has 19 players signed for $54.85 million.The salary cap next year is $59.4 million leaving about $4.5-million to sign the group of restricted free agents and search the market for a fourth-line grinder and a third paring defenseman. Holland figures to have up to $1.5 million to spend on those


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two needs with his desire to keep $500,000 available under the cap for short-term injury call ups.“We’re in a different situation now than last year,” Holland said. “Our team is a little more set this year than last year. Our players are signed. We don’t have a lot of cap space. “We’ve got two or three wants we’d like to fill, not really needs. We can’t fill every need. You have to prioritize your wants and needs, try to fill as best as possible.” Of the two positions, Holland sees finding a veteran partner for Jonathan Ericsson as the priority. However, Holland didn’t rule out bringing back Andreas Lilja either considering the dearth of choices. “I made an offer a month ago and haven’t heard back from them,” Holland said. “I’m assuming they didn’t like it. “I’ll touch base with them. Maybe Lils will get a better team (on the market). You can always get together after July 1.” The Wings also may look within to fill that final defenseman’s spot. Jakub Kindl will be on the roster because he’s run out of minor-league options, but there’s no guarantee he’ll get the job. Holland said veteran Doug Janik, who played mostly in Grand Rapids last season, and the recently signed Brendan Smith will also get looks. The 21-year-old Smith was a Hobey Baker Trophy finalist last season for the top college player, and he had an outstanding season that has the Wings intrigued. His offensive gifts could also fill the need for someone to play the point on the second power-play unit with Jason Williams departure. “If there’s a defenseman between now and September available at a price that fits in we’ll look at doing something,” Holland said. “The coaches like Janik. We’ve got Smith. Ideally you’d like the player to play a little bit (in the minors) but he’s not a 19-year-old in juniors. We want to see where he’s at. “If we don’t do anything on defense we’re OK. Not as deep as we’d like to be.’’ Holland said with his club’s nucleus in place, he’ll be patient in filling the last couple of spots on the roster. He hasn’t ruled out waiting until next season’s trade deadline to do it. ”We like our team,” said Holland, pointing out Jiri Hudler will also be back in the mix. “I don’t have the desire to trade anybody, but if someone is sitting out there later in the summer, we’ll look at options. “We got things in place. If we do nothing between now and September we like our team. We’ve done our work, now we’re moving slowly.”

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NHL GMs have to rush to sign free agent defensemen

When the NHL free agent signing period started at noon on July 1, the stampede to sign defensemen was hockey’s answer to the California Gold Rush. Instead of panning for nuggets of precious metals, NHL general managers were looking for walls of granite to play on their blue line. “The surprise was how quickly everything happened,” New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello said. “Ottawa acted immediately. It almost looked like 12:05. There were decisions more quickly than normal.” Within about 14 minutes it was reported Sergei Gonchar had left the Pittsburgh Penguins to sign a three-year deal worth $16.5 million. By dinner time, the four other blue chip defensemen - Zbynek Michalek (Pittsburgh), Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver), Paul Martin (Pittsburgh) and Anton Volchenkov (New Jersey) - had all signed long-term deals worth at least $20 million. After losing Gonchar, Penguins general manager Ray Shero reacted aggressively by signing Michalek for $20 million over five years. Later, he signed Martin for $25 million over five years. “It’s tough to replace Gonch, but I think our defense today is a more rounded group,” Shero said. The Coyotes had tried desperately to re-sign Michalek until 11:59 ET. Phoenix general manager Don Maloney said“we were close, but not close enough.” “I don’t know if people realize what a really good player Michalek is for being 27,” said Shero. “By being coached by Wayne Gretzky and then Dave Tippett, (Michalek) has matured into an excellent defensive player.” Lamoriello tried to re-sign Martin even after he became unrestricted at noon. When Martin signed elsewhere, the Devils signed Henrik Tallinder for four years at an average of $3.35 million per season. With or without Martin, the Devils had always planned to go aggressively after Volchenkov. He was considered the most unique defenseman in the group because he is among the league’s top shot blockers. Plus, he offers a physical edge to his shutdown role. “He is going to do something in our zone that we have not had recently,” Lamoriello said. “(Not) since Scott Stevens left. He is going to make it very difficult to play in our zone.” Tallinder’s former Buffalo teammate Toni Lydman signed with Anaheim. Both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh had traded early for Hamhuis’ rights in an attempt to sign him early, but he went to Vancouver where the Canucks are trying to re-design their defense. At the draft, they had traded for Keith Ballard. The Sabres responded to the loss of Tallinder and Lydman by signing former Penguins defenseman Jordan Leopold. The Coyotes were able to re-sign Derek Morris, which will help them overcome the loss of Michalek. “Some of the signings were a little bit higher than I thought,” Maloney said. There was also a goaltending scramble that left Evgeni Nabokov and Marty Turco without starting jobs. Dan Ellis

went to Tampa Bay where he will compete to be No. 1. Chris Mason became Atlanta’s No. 1, and San Jose signed Antero Niittymaki to be its No. 1. Here are the winners on the opening weekend of the free agent signing period: Winner No. 1: As of this writing the Devils were on the verge of re-signing Ilya Kovalchuk. If that is true, they are the biggest winner of the free agent derby. No one expected the Devils to be able to keep Kovalchuk. Also, they significantly improved their defense by landing Volchenkov and Tallinder. Winner No 2: Pittsburgh Penguins. After losing Gonchar in the first 15-20 minutes of free agency, GM Ray Shero landed two of the top five defensemen in the marketplace in Michalek and Martin. Although Gonchar is an elite power play quarterback, the Penguins today are better defensively because of the Michalek/Martin signing. Winner No. 3: Vancouver Canucks: With the hope of upgrading their team top to bottom, the Canucks outbid the Los Angeles Kings to land Hamhuis and then signed Manny Malhotra, one of the NHL’s better role players. Remember, also that they also traded for defenseman Keith Ballard during the NHL draft. Winner No. 4: Atlanta Thrashers: Mason fell into their lap because of a tight goaltending market and they acquired Andrew Ladd to complete their transformation into the Atlanta Blackhawks. Mason is a bargain at $3.7 million over two years and he could be a difference in making the playoffs. Before the free agent period, they acquired Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel from Chicago. Winner No. 5: Tampa Bay: Former Detroit Steve Yzerman, now Tampa’s GM, signed Ellis essentially to be the team’s No. 1 goalie for $3 million over two years, although officially he will compete for the job. He gets Martin St. Louis to extend his contract by four years. He also rid himself of the Andrej Meszaros contract, which was hurting his flexibility to make over the team. Meszaros hadn’t been the player the Lightning had wanted him to be. Yzeman also recruited Pavel Kubina to stabilize the defense. Winner 6: Ottawa. The signing of Gonchar changes the look of this team because he is the difference-making offensive defenseman they are lacking. Absent from this list of course are the Detroit Red Wings who are trying to move ahead by keeping what they have. Plus, Jiri Hudler is coming back. But don’t rule out Detroit making a splash. The Wings are talking to Mike Modano. He may be 40, but the Michigan native is among the league’s top skaters. His skating ability would be a nice fit for this organization.

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Michigan Hockey July 12, 2010  

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