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Hartland’s Jake Lividini ready to help sister in a big way Michigan players make impact National Sled Hockey Team
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STATE OF THE GAME
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TOURNAMENT GUIDE 2010
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Complete Reebok Tournament Calendar and more
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Muskegon to play Chicago in USHL game at Joe Louis Arena Traverse City North Stars Sean Burke heading to Upper Peninsula Plymouth veteran RJ Mahalek looking forward to the new season
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With teams back on the ice our Coaches Guide will include drills and ideas for practices, game plans for success, a Q & A with top coaches and more. And we’ll take a look at the numerous junior teams across the state as they get ready for the new season. Look for it on arena stands, on michiganhockeyonline.com and in your e-mail In Box on September 3 Advertising copy for the next issue of MH is due on August 25 Contact Lucia Zuzga at (248) 479-1134 or lucia@ michiganhockeyonline.com or Philip Colvin at (248) 479-1136 or email@example.com for more information.
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At the press conference welcoming new Red Wings center Mike Modano back to Detroit, the Westland native had a smile on his face the size of Texas. And why not? After 20 NHL seasons with the Dallas franchise the future hall of famer gets to finish his career playing with world-class players on a team that expects to win and in a place where friends and family can watch. He acknowledged the high expectations and being a little nervous, but at 40, he still feels “great” physically, wants badly to win another Stanley Cup and will be motivated to prove the Stars wrong for not offering him a contract. And don’t underestimate the fun of practicing and playing with the highly-skilled, puck possession-style Red Wings. “It’s going to be so much better playing with those guys instead of against them, I can’t wait,” he said. Check out page 36 and 38 for more on Modano’s homecoming and what it means for the Red Wings and click on the “Only on the Web” section at michiganhockeyonline.com for photos of Modano during his career. Also inside this issue is our Tournament Guide that features over 10 pages of tournament ads and listings (page 20-31) to help you plan your season. And Michigan players made an impact at both the Under-18 Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic and the World Junior Championship evaluation camp (page 8) and will be part of the National Junior Sled Team (page 10) and the men’s Winter World University Games (page 34). Finally, we have a feature on a real youth hockey hero, 12-year old Hartland resident Jake Lividini (page 6). Lividini worked hard to make the Livingston Lightning ’97 team this season, but his biggest accomplishment could come off the ice. He is a perfect match to donate stem cells to his sister, Kendal, who was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. “I’m looking forward to helping her,” he said “She’s a great big sister.” Enjoy the rest of the summer,
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This spring, 12-year-old Jake Lividini of Hartland scored a major coup by making his first-everTravel team. His athletic feat will be overshadowed by an accomplishment that is yet to come. In as soon as a few weeks, the boy will know if he will provide the life-saving stem cells to his older sister, Kendal, who has a form of leukemia. The 16-year-old girl has mostly remained at the University of Michigan Hospital since being diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. AML, as its known, starts in the bone marrow where it causes abnormal growth of white blood cells. A stem cell transplant - opposed to a bone marrow infusion - offers the best chance of a cure, her father John Lividini says. The transplant hinges on Kendal’s latest response to chemotherapy. She needs to be in remission in order for the procedure to take place, Lividini says. The teen’s spirits are strong as are her organs despite the physically debilitating effects of chemo, her father says. Kendal’s brother is eager to reverse her condition. “I’m looking forward to helping her,” says Jake, who is entering the seventh grade at Hartland’s Oak Creek Middle School. “She’s a great big sister.” Ironically, the family learned shortly after Jake’s birth that he was a perfect bone marrow match as Kendal battled another form of the blood cancer, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, also known as ALL, 12 years ago. She remained cancer-free for 10 years after responding to 26 weeks of treatment, which made a bone marrow transplant unnecessary. Jake’s compatibility is all the more remarkable considering a sibling has a one in four chance of being a perfect match. “Considering he is the only sibling and we got a match with him, we’re very fortunate,” says John, who with wife Heather live in Hartland with their two children. “We hear stories of people having four brothers and sisters where none of them are match. We are very lucky.” Another bit of fortune is working in Jake and his sister’s favor. Unlike an invasion bone marrow transplant, which involves surgically extracting soft tissue from the donor’s tailbone, a stem cell infusion can be done with an IV. Blood is drawn from one arm where stem cells are separated from plasma and red cells before being transferred back into the donor’s. Jake would receive shots over five days to bolster cell production to prepare for the transplant, his father says. The procedure would cause Jake to miss little, if any, hockey,
which is the boy’s favorite sport, his dad says. “He can’t wait,”John Lividini says. “He can’t wait to do what in my eyes... is saving her life. He’s very excited to do his part.” Jake describes his relationship with his older sister as very close. On a website dedicated to Kendal’s battle - teamkendal. com - the siblings are pictured mugging for the camera together in several shots. The preteen’s selflessness towards his sister reflects the boy’s character on the ice, Jake’s hockey coach says. “He’s sacrificing himself every shift he is out there and he emphasizes what is important in life,” Livingston Lightning Bantam A Coach Mike DiGiacomo says. “He is willing to make the sacrifices on and off the ice.” Last year Jake didn’t make the cut when he tried out for the travel team. Rather than wallow in disappointment, the 12-year-old worked hard and the toil paid off when he made the Lightning ’97 team in the spring. His grit and determination made him a natural pick for the team’s upcoming fall campaign. “From a coaching viewpoint, you couldn’t ask for more,” DiGiacomo says.“He’s a smaller player who gives it 100 percent every time he is out there. “He’s going to have to use his speed and quickness to overcome his size. He’s got the heart that’s needed to do that. I’m happy to have him on the team.” Jake, who has been playing hockey since age 4, is up for the challenge. “I’m excited,” says Jake, who names the Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk as his favorite player because“I like all his moves and stick work and stuff.” The inspirational story of the Kendal’s second bout with leukemia and the inseparable bond between two siblings has galvanized the Livingston County community. About 300 friends and supporters were expected to attend a golf outing and dinner on Aug. 21, at Chemung Golf Course in Howell to raise money to help the family with medical bills. Kendal’s family is also encouraging people to donate to the American Red Cross and sign up for the bone marrow registry where other potential matches can be found. Families the Lividinis have met through Jake’s hockey experience were also expected to attend the Aug. 21 fundraiser. “It’s going to be a pretty emotional day to see all these people to come to support us and our daughter,” John Lividini says. Check out teamKendal for more information.
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Three Michigan players, Cason Hohmann (Plymouth), Craig Duininck (Plymouth) and Vincent Trocheck (Bingham Farms), were part of the U.S. Under-18 Select team that lost to Canada, 1-0, in the championship game of the 2010 Ivan Hlinka MemorialTournament on August 14 in Piestany, Slovakia. The American squad opened the tournament with wins over Slovakia (3-0) and the Czech Republic (3-2), before losing to Russia, 6-5, in a shootout. The U.S. rebounded with a win over Finland (5-2) and an overtime victory over Sweden in the semifinal (5-4). The second-place Team USA posted its best finish at the tournament since 2006, compiling a 3-0-1-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) overall record. “Our guys gave it everything they had,” said Tim Army, coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team. “We couldn’t have asked for anything more from these players, who really came together in a short period of time and played well against tough international competition all week.” Hohmann, originally from Arlington, Texas, led Team USA with six points (3-3) in five games at the tournament. Hohmann, who has made a verbal commitment to attend Boston University, played last season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) after spending a season with Compuware’s U16 AAA squad. After averaging over four goals a game, the U.S. couldn’t score in the finals and finished second at the Hlinka Memorial Tournament for the seventh time (1993, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2010) since the event’s inception in 1991. The tournament win was the third in a row for Canada. The U.S. Under-18 Select Team was selected following the USA Hockey Select 17 Player Development Camp in July in Rochester, N.Y. Jay Varady, associate head coach with the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips, and Chadd Cassidy, assistant coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, were the team’s assistant coaches.
MICHIGAN TRIO MAKES THE CUT AT WJC EVALUATION CAMP After the original 42 player roster at the 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp at Lake Placid, NY was trimmed to 28 players on August 2, Michigan natives Jack Campbell, Jon Merrill and Austin Watson made the cut. The trio then participated in a series of games against Sweden and Finland that ran through August 7 and served as an audition for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, Dec. 26, 2010-Jan. 5, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y. Campbell, a Port Huron native and a veteran of last year’s gold medal winning U.S. squad, joined Merrill (Brighton) and Watson (Ann Arbor) to help the U.S. take both games against Finland and earn a split with Sweden. Forward Nick Bjugstad (Blaine, MN) led all players at the camp with seven goals and forward Kyle Palmieri (Montvale, NJ) paced all camp participants with 10 points (5-5) in six games. The 2011 U.S. National Junior Team will be selected in late December following a pre-tournament camp that will begin in mid-December. The 2011 IIHF World Junior Championships will take place Dec. 26 - Jan. 5 at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., and Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena in Lewiston, N.Y. “We’re going to have some very difficult decisions over the next few months, but I’m happy with what our guys were able to accomplish here this week,” said Keith Allain, head coach of the 2011 U.S. National Junior Team. “As the World Junior Championship approaches, we’ll continue to monitor all American players who can help us win the gold in Buffalo.” In Buffalo Allain, the coach at Yale University, will be assisted by Mark Osiecki, coach at The Ohio State University, Phil Housley, coach at Stillwater (Minn.) high school and Joe Exter, USA Hockey’s national goaltending coach.
Three from state make U.S. Sled Team Three teenagers from Michigan - nineteen-year old Tyler Anderson (Jenison), 16year old Chris Melton (Zeeland) and 17-year old Alex Knapp of Macomb - are among 17 players named to the U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team for the 2010-11 season. Knapp, who plays on the Fraser-based Michigan Sled Dogs, and Melton, from the Grand Rapids Sled Wings, are two of 10 new players on the U.S. roster. Anderson, who also plays for the Sled Wings, is among seven returning players. Team USA will take part in multiple camps throughout the course of the season as well as a pair of exhibition series against Canada’s national junior sled hockey team. “We’re very excited to have so many new faces on the team this year,” said Gregg Marinari, head coach of the 2010-11 U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team. “The level of interest in our sport is clearly growing. I’m looking forward to working with these players and bringing new talent into the USA Hockey fold.” Anderson is a graduate of Jenison High School and is currently a student at Grand Rapids Community College. He has also played for the played for both the Grand Rapids Junior Pacers wheelchair basketball team and the Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association’s tennis team. Melton, a junior at Zeeland East High School, is also a multi-sport athlete. An avid hunter, he plays wheelchair tennis for Zeeland East and is a member of the Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association’s tennis and hand cycling teams. The Sled Wings are sponsored by the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation, in partnership with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. “What a proud day for these young men, the Sled Wings and the Griffins Youth Foundation,” said Bob Kaser, foundation president and Griffins vice president of community relations and broadcasting. ”Let them all serve as an inspiration for what can be accomplished in life.”
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Here are four fun drills that involve competition between individuals or groups of players. They’ll give the players a good workout and they’ll have fun at the same time:
BASEBALL Divide your squad into teams of four or five players (depending on how many you have) and have one game going at each end of the ice. The team that is “at bat” has two players in each corner behind the goal line. Batter-A puts the ball (puck) in play with a pass anywhere between the goal line and center ice red line. (It’s an automatic out if the puck is shot or passed over the red line.) After putting the puck into play, Batter-A skates up the ice between the boards and the outside faceoff circle, then cuts across the ice while staying to the outside of the faceoff dots in the neutral zone, and races back to the goal line in the opposite corner from where he started, once again staying in the lane between the boards and the outside edge of the faceoff circle. The players on the defensive side of the ball (puck), meanwhile, are spread out, as defenders are on the field in baseball. The defensive players must make two passes and score on the goalie before the batter crosses the goal line in the corner to record an out. The batter is credited with a run if he gets across the goal line before a goal is scored.
THREE-ON-THREE THREE-PUCK GAME Three players on each team line up at center ice like forwards on a regular faceoff. Three pucks are placed between the centermen and play begins when the coach blows the whistle. The game is played full-ice with goalies and the three players on each team stay on until all three pucks are scored. To encourage full intensity and effort, you may want to make the first puck scored worth one point, the second puck scored worth two, and the third, three.
PASS-THE-STICK RELAY RACE The team is divided into two groups lined up in a straight line on either edge of the center ice faceoff circle. Player-1 from each team starts on the red line and,
Drills that incorporate competition between players and small groups are fun and a good workout.
carrying his team’s stick at the coach’s command, skates one full lap at top speed. (Both players skate in the same direction.) Skaters go behind the nets during their lap and as they come around the second net on their lap the next man gets into position for the handoff on the near blueline. The player receiving the stick may start skating at anytime, but the handoff must take place between the bluelines. Goalies are included with a winner declared by the first group that completes its rotation of players.
4-ON-4 HALF-ICE, TWO-PASS DRILL Divide your skaters into four teams and play a game of four-on-four inside the offensive zone at both ends of the ice. Play is contained inside the blueline and the team with possession of the puck must make two passes before they can score. If possession of the puck changes, two passes are again required before a scoring chance can be attempted. The goaltender calls out the passes. The first team to score five goals wins. Try to make the teams evenly matched and keep the same teams matched against one another in all the competitive drills during your practice, and keep track of the points accumulated by each team in each drill. The reward for the overall victorious side might be as simple as free hot chocolate or, working from the other perspective, perhaps the losing side has to stay and clean up the dressing room.
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THE PATH TAKEN Noted philosopher and former professional baseball player Yogi Berra once said, “When you see a fork in the road, take it.” As talented, young hockey players enter their mid-teens and high school years they are presented with that very scenario. A fork in the road. And deciding which path to take can be a very difficult decision to make. On one side there is the college hockey route. And once that choice is made, there are still a number of different considerations to factor into the equation as it relates to which school to attend. College, in general, is about the experience. Young people moving away from home, gaining independence, making choices, accepting responsibility and gradually transitioning into adulthood. The majority of people who attended college will include their college years as some of the best years of their life. And that could be for a lot of different reasons, some productive, some probably very unproductive. What is common to all though is that the college experience is the bridge to adulthood. The college hockey experience includes all of those elements of the college experience, plus the opportunity to play a very high level of competitive hockey. In essence it allows the student-athlete the flexibility to pursue two career paths simultaneously, academics and athletics, and from that respect provides a great deal of flexibility for the future. Choosing the other course, major junior hockey, takes a player in a very different direction and typically on a much faster journey. The Canadian major junior hockey world is structured very similarly to the professional hockey world. Quite different from college hockey in that respect. Hockey is clearly the number one focus. Really, it is more like an apprenticeship for professional hockey. There is the opportunity to pursue academics at the same time, but the environment doesn’t really lend itself to success in that area. A player needs to be extremely disciplined and driven academically to succeed.
A DIFFICULT DECISION So which choice is best for aspiring hockey players as they begin their journey into hockey adulthood? It’s a great question. And it very much depends on the player, their skill sets (both academically and athletically) and their goals in life. It’s not an easy decision and very often it has to be made when a player might be too young to really understand the potential consequences. Unlike other major sports, very few hockey players jump directly from high school to college. For all but a few there is a stop in between, junior hockey. A year or two, or sometimes three, of seasoning in the junior hockey incubator allows players to mature mentally and physically to step into the college hockey world and be prepared to compete. Major junior hockey provides another alternative for players. But it comes with a price. The majority of junior hockey leagues across the United States and Canada are viewed as non-professional by the NCAA and thereby serve as the competitive training grounds for teenage hockey players in high school and in their post-grad years prior to attending college.
However, the highest level of junior hockey, the Canadian Hockey League, which is comprised of the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with approximately 60 teams spread across Canada and sprinkled throughout five American states, is considered by the NCAA to be a professional league. Players who participate in these “major junior”leagues are pretty much ineligible to play NCAA hockey. There is a limited amount of petitioning that can be done to reinstate eligibility. But in most cases, once a player has chosen the major junior hockey path there is no turning back. The college hockey door is pretty much closed. From that respect, the major junior hockey league teams have a significant advantage when competing head to head with college hockey teams for the services of a potential recruit. Major junior hockey teams are comprised mostly of 17-20 year old players but there are a few 16 year olds and even a few 15 year olds who have played. In contrast, college hockey teams are restricted by NCAA rules to initiating contact with prospective student athletes until they are entering their junior year of high school. The player/family can contact the school if they choose, but the school can not contact the player. Quite obviously, advantage junior hockey in terms of the ability to make a strong first impression.
PREDICTING THE FUTURE But this decision is really just not about first impressions. It requires a great deal of thought about the future. And predicting the future is not easy. Managing the here and now is. Being able to understand the potential long-term ramifications of today’s decisions? Again, not so easy. So how does a player choose? Succumbing to what we know today is tough not to do. A bird in hand might be more than two in the bush. It is difficult to resist temptation when someone is telling you how great you are, how much greater their program can make you and how the road to your National Hockey League dream runs through their major junior hockey program. Especially if you are 16 and the other option requires two more years of junior hockey before you can start college. Especially if you have had limited or no contact with any college hockey programs. When you boil it all down, it very much depends on the skill sets and goals of the player. A projected first-round draft pick could make a strong case for choosing major junior hockey over college. That being said, there have been many first round picks that have never played a game in the National Hockey League, let alone made a career there. Both routes provide similar athletic experiences and both have proven successful gateways to professional hockey. College hockey has a little shorter season with fewer games and more practices. Major junior hockey has more of a professional league schedule and environment, including the potential of being traded from team to team.
A BIG DIFFERENCE The biggest difference is the commitment to academics. If a player is not as committed to performing in the classroom as he is on the ice then he is probably best off to go the major junior route. As a former college hockey player, I can speak from experience in saying that the greatest benefit of college hockey is the flexibility that it provides for players for life. If they take advantage of the opportunity and are serious academically. I was fortunate enough to play professional hockey for four years. But I also had to be prepared to transition to a career for the next forty years. That’s the scary part. But that also might be one of the benefits that major junior hockey provides. Desperation to play at the professional level. While getting an education during or after a junior hockey career is possible, it is much tougher to do and the environment is not very conducive to doing so. To me the greatest factor to consider when making a choice is that there is no guarantee that a professional hockey career will happen. Even if it does, there is no guarantee that it will be long enough or lucrative enough to be able to ensure financial independence for life. The only real guarantee with a professional hockey career is that it prepares a person for absolutely nothing when it comes to the rest of your life. When facing the choice at the fork in the road, the most important consideration is not where the path will lead you at the start, but where it will take you much further on.
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COREY POTTER Defenseman Born: January 5, 1984 Hometown: Lansing Height/Weight: 6-3/205 Shoots: Right Season Team 2000-01 2001-02 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2008-09 2009-10 2009-10
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Advanced Tournaments September 24-26, 2010 Chicago, IL CHICAGO CUP Tournament Series: Chicago Preseason Challenge Mite through Midget; B, A, and AA, High School Varsity and JV\ Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments September 24-26, 2010 Chicago, IL MYHockey Rankings PreSeason Challenge Invitational Squirt Minor/A, Squirt Major/AA, Pee Wee Minor/A, Pee Wee Major/AA, Bantam Minor/A and Bantam Major/AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments September 24-26, 2010 Pittsburgh, PA Steel City Tournament Series: Pittsburgh Preseason Challenge Mite through Midget: A, and AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH September 24-26, 2010 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH October 8-10, 2010 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Hockey Time Productions Hoosier Cup Tournament Series Ft. Wayne, IN October 8-10, 2010 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Hockey Time Productions Three Rivers Cup Tournament Series Pittsburgh, PA October 8-10, 2010 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Niagra Sports Tournament Niagra Falls Columbus Day Early Bird Niagra Falls, NY October 9-11, 2010 Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees, Bantams, and Midgets B, A & AA available. 716-791-4068 www.niagratournaments.com Advanced Tournaments October 15-17, 2010 Nashville, TN Music City Tournament Series: Nashville Fall Classic Mite through Midget: B, A, and AA, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www. advancedtournaments.com
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New Jersey Thanksgiving Classic Vineland, New Jersey November 26 – 28, 2010 BOYS - 2009, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991 (Travel B,Select, AE), A, AA, AAA 888-422-6526 email@example.com canlanclassictournaments.com
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Advanced Tournaments November 5-7, 2010 Pittsburgh, PA Steel City Tournament Series: Pittsburgh Veterans CupMite through Midget: B, A, AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH November 5-7, 2010 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Hockey Time Productions Hoosier Cup Tournament Series Ft. Wayne, IN November 5-7, 2010 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Las Vegas Youth Blast Las Vegas, Nevada November 5 - 7, 2010 BOYS - 2009, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993,1992,1991 (Travel B,Select, AE), A, AA, AAA 1-888-422-6526 tournaments@ icesports.com canlanclassictournaments.com
Advanced Tournaments November 26-28, 2010 Pittsburgh, PA Steel City Tournament Series: Pittsburgh Thanksgiving Classic Mite through Midget: B, A, AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments November 26-28, 2010 Rochester, NY Empire State Tournament Series: Rochester Thanksgiving Classic Mite through Midget: B, A, AA, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments November 26-28, 2010 Washington, DC Congressional Cup Tournament Series: Congressional Thanksgiving Classic Mite through Midget: B, A, AA, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com
Advanced Tournaments November 26-28, 2010 Riverside, CA Golden State Tournament Series: Golden State Thanksgiving Classic Mite through Midget: B, A, AA, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH November 26-28, 2010 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Hockey Time Productions Three Rivers Cup Tournament Series Pittsburgh, PA November 26-28, 2010 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Niagra Sports Tournament Festival of Lights Niagra Falls, NY November 26-28, 2010 Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees, Bantams, and Midgets B, A & AA available. 716-791-4068 www.niagratournaments.com Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH December 3-5, 2010 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Gene Harrington Invitational Shootout Classic Niagra Falls, NY December 3-5, 2010 716-674-0026 www.nahockey.com New Jersey Christmas Classic Vineland, New Jersey December 27-29, 2010 BOYS - 2009, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993,1992,1991 (Travel B,Select, AE), A, AA, AAA 888-422-6526 email@example.com canlanclassictournaments.com Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH January 14-17, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Hockey Time Productions Three Rivers Cup Tournament Series Pittsburgh, PA January 14-17, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com
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TOURNAMENT CALENDAR Hockey Time Productions Hoosier Cup Tournament Series Ft. Wayne, IN January 14-17, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com
Niagra Sports Tournament Niagra Falls Blizzard Challenge Niagra Falls, NY January 15-17, 2011 Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees, Bantams, and Midgets B, A & AA available. 716-791-4068 www.niagratournaments.com
Advanced Tournaments January 15-17, 2011 Chicago, IL CHICAGO CUP Tournament Series: Chicago Midwinter Classic Mite through Midget; B, A, and AA, High School Varsity and JV Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com
Gene Harrington Invitational Winter Ice Experience Niagra Falls, NY January 28-30, 2011 716-674-0026 www.nahockey.com
Advanced Tournaments January 15-17, 2011 Chicago, IL MYHockey Rankings Midwinter Invitational Pee Wee Minor/A, Bantam Minor/A and Midget Minor Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments January 15-17, 2011 Pittsburgh, PA Steel City Tournament Series: Pittsburgh Midwinter Classic Mite through Midget: B, A, AA, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments January 15-17, 2011 Nashville, TN Music City Tournament Series: Music City Cup Mite through Midget: B, A, and AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments January 15-17, 2011 Rochester, NY Empire State Tournament Series: Empire State Cup Mite through Midget: B, A, AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments January 15-17, 2011 Washington, DC Congressional Cup Tournament Series: Congressional Midwinter Classic Mite through Midget: B, A, AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments January 15-17, 2011 Riverside, CA Golden State Tournament Series: Golden State Cup Mite through Midget: B, A, AA, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com
Michigan Senior Olympics Hockey Tournament January 31-February 3, 2011 Open to over 50’s 800-400-8161 www.michiganseniorolympics.org Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH February 18-21, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Hockey Time Productions Three Rivers Cup Tournament Series Pittsburgh, PA February 18-21, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Hockey Time Productions Hoosier Cup Tournament Series Ft. Wayne, IN February 18-21, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Advanced Tournaments February 19-21, 2011 Chicago, IL CHICAGO CUP Tournament Series: Chicago Presidents’ Cup Mite through Midget; B, A, and AA, High School Varsity and JV, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments February 19-21, 2011 Pittsburgh, PA Steel City Tournament Series: Pittsburgh Presidents’ Cup Mite through Midget: B, A, AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments February 19-21, 2011 Nashville, TN Music City Tournament Series: Nashville Presidents’ Cup Mite through Midget: B, A, and AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com
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Advanced Tournaments February 19-21, 2011 Washington, DC Congressional Cup Tournament Series: The Congressional Cup Mite through Midget: B, A, AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com
Advanced Tournaments March 11-13, 2011 Rochester, NY Empire State Tournament Series: Rochester Rumble Mite through Midget: B, A, AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com
Advanced Tournaments February 19-21, 2011 Riverside, CA Golden State Tournament Series: Golden State Presidents’ Cup Mite through Midget: B, A, AA, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com
Advanced Tournaments March 11-13, 2011 Washington, DC Congressional Cup Tournament Series: Congressional Spring Classic Mite through Midget: B, A, AA, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com
Niagra Sports Tournament Niagra Falls Presidents Day Niagra Falls, NY February 19-21, 2011 Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees, Bantams, and Midgets B, A & AA available. 716-791-4068 www.niagratournaments.com
Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH March 11-13, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com
Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH February 25-27, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com
Hockey Time Productions Three Rivers Cup Tournament Series Pittsburgh, PA March 11-13, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com
Advanced Tournaments March 4-6, 2011 Chicago, IL CHICAGO CUP Tournament Series: Chicago Showdown
Hockey Time Productions Hoosier Cup Tournament Series Ft. Wayne, IN March 11-13, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com
Mite through Midget; B, A, and AA, High School Varsity and JV, Girls U12, U14, U16 & U19 Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Advanced Tournaments March 4-6, 2011 Chicago, IL Tournament of Champions Invitational Mite through Midget; B, A, and AA, High School Varsity and JV Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 www.advancedtournaments.com Gene Harrington Invitational The Falls Classic Niagra Falls, NY March 4-6 2011 716-674-0026 www.nahockey.com
Pepsi Hockey Invitational Holiday & Leisure Rinks Buffalo, NY March 11-April 11 2011 (5 separate weekends) Mini-Mite-Bantam 716-685-3660 www.holidayrinks.com Niagra Sports Tournament Niagra Falls Championship Cup Niagra Falls, NY March 18-20, 2011 Mites, Squirts, Pee Wees, Bantams, and Midgets B, A & AA available. 716-791-4068 www.niagratournaments.com Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH March 25-27, 2011 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com
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Mites Squirts/Pee Wees Bantams Midgets
13 minutes 13 minutes 13 minutes 14 minutes
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Play in a Holland, MI tournament and receive 50% off the entry fee on a second tournament in any other location All Tournaments Four Game Minimum December 10-12, 2010
September 17-19, 2010
Squirt AA, Pee Wee AA, Bantam AA Pee Wee B, Pee Wee AA, Bantam B September 24-26, 2010
January 7-9, 2011
Squirt A, Pee Wee A, Bantam A
Mite AA, Squirt B, Bantam B
October 1-3, 2010
Mite AA, Squirt AA, Midget A, Girls U12 October 8-10, 2010
January 14-16. 2011
Mite B, Pee Wee B, Bantam AA
Pee Wee B, Pee Wee AA Midget AA, Girls U14
January 21-23, 2011
October 15-17, 2010
January 28-30, 2011
Squirt B, Squirt A, Bantam B
Mite A, Squirt B, Bantam B
Jan 21-23 = Bantam B Tourney weekend, 8 teams ($770)
October 22-24, 2010
Squirt A, Pee Wee B, Bantam A, Girls U14
Squirt AA, Pee Wee B, Midget B
Jan 28-30 = JV/Midget A Tourney weekend, 8 teams ($800)
February 4-6, 2011
October 29-31, 2010
Feb 4-6 = Mite Studio Rink Tournament, 8-10 teams ($350) 4x4 hockey played on the Ferris State Studio Rink
Pee wee A, Bantam B Midget AA, Girls U16
Squirt B, Squirt AA, Midget B
Feb4-6=Mini-Mite&IPCross-IceTournament,12-14teams($200) Feb 25-27 = Midget B/BB Tourney weekend, 8 teams ($800) All Tournaments are 4-game guarantees, with Fri/Sat/Sun games unless noted Midget and Bantam tournament games = 1.5 hours ***All participants/teams must be USA registered
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November 5-7, 2010
Mite B, Squirt B, Bantam A, Girls U19 November 12-14, 2010
February 11-13, 2011
Pee Wee B Pee Wee AA, Bantam AA, Girls U16 February 18-20, 2011
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Mite B, Squirt B, Bantam B
November 19-21, 2010
February 25-27, 2011
Mite AA, Squirt A, Bantam B
Pee Wee B, Pee Wee A, Midget B
December 3-5, 2010
March 4-6, 2011
Squirt B, Pee Wee A, Girls U12, Midget A
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Lake Orionâ€™s Kevin Albers is slated to be in the Muskegon lineup when the Lumberjacks take on Chicago on Sept. 10 at Detroitâ€™s Joe Louis Arena.
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Top players head out of state for BY MATT MACKINDER
When it comes to college hockey, there is never a shortage of Michigan players leaving the state to hone their talents at the Division I level. This year, that trend will continue as a slew of players who played in the North American Hockey League and the United States Hockey League and even high school will move out of the Mitten State to campuses across the country. Here is a look at some of those players: Patrick Brown, F, Bloomfield Hills, Boston College (Cranbrook HS) Making the very rare jump from high school to college with no junior hockey in between, Brown, the son of former Red Wings and Eagles forward Doug Brown, is a rare breed, according to Cranbrook coach Andy Weidenbach. “I don’t know if there have been a lot of players who have done that in high school,”Weidenbach said to the Oakland Press.“There have been a few in the history of high school hockey in Michigan. If there’s anybody who can make that big of a jump, I’d put my money on Patrick Brown.” Brown put up 48 points, including 23 goals, in 30 games last season Traverse City native Sean Burke is headed to Finlandia University in Hancock this season.
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Sean Burke has been an avid outdoorsman since he was old enough to hold a rod and reel. Now the former Traverse City North Stars forward and Grand Traverse Hockey Association product will be able to hunt the plentiful bounty and fish the well-stocked waters of the northernmost reaches of the Upper Peninsula – and get to play college hockey in Copper County. Burke, who spent the last three seasons with the North Stars after a decorated high school career at Traverse City West High School, is headed to Finlandia University in Hancock, where he’ll study business and skate for the Lions. “It felt like there was a weight off my chest when it finally became official,” said Burke, who finished his junior career with 33 points in 137 contests.“I mean, there was no way I was going to go to college and not play hockey. I’m pretty excited about it.” Burke was an All-State selection at TC West in 2007 and had a career-high nine goals last season before breaking his kneecap against Motor City on Jan. 23. He returned for the season finale and saw action in the team’s Robertson Cup playoff run, but didn’t return to full strength until the summer. “That was hard because I had seen some interest from some schools, but when I was out injured – I had lost a lot of opportunity time,”Burke explained.“I hadn’t talked to Finlandia, but I got a text one day from (current TC West) coach Jeremy Rintala asking me what I thought about it. It kind of came out of nowhere, but I’m glad it did.” North Stars head coach/GM Anthony Palumbo says the Lions are getting the total package in Burke, and he should know – he’s coached Burke for the last eight seasons. “I coached him as a bantam, in high school, and for the past three years in juniors,” Palumbo offered. “I know they’re getting a great kid and a great teammate with a tremendous work ethic. He’s earned everything he’s gotten at every level, and I have no doubt he’ll do the same up there.” Burke, who plans to study business at the 500-student private college on the rugged Keweenaw Peninsula, will join a pair of fellow TC West alums who are also set to play at Finlandia this year: forward Shane Totten and defenseman Vinny Pietrangelo. Former North Stars goalie Ryan Donovan and ex-Marquette Rangers forward Colin Saint-Onge are also on the Lions roster. Burke will also get to see some familiar faces on opposing benches this year by virtue of playing in the NCAA Div. III Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association, including former North Stars Matt Hughes, Jameson Raymond, and Jonathan Sheridan at Lawrence University, and Ben Plocar and Mike Schenfeld at Milwaukee School of Engineering. “It’s exciting to move on to the next step of your career, to know you’re going to get a great education in a comfortable setting,” Burke said. “I think (playing) juniors – at that level, that pace – helps you mature as a player. You’re around good players who help you raise your own game.”
Luke Eibler, D, Pinckney, Northeastern (Youngstown/USHL) Eibler was a mainstay on the blue line for the expansion Phantoms and racked up 16 points and 76 penalty minutes in 44 games after playing for Victory Honda the year before. “Luke is a big defenseman with a lot of range and physicality,” Northeastern assistant coach Albie O’Connell said. “He will instantly add some size to the blue line. One of his biggest assets is his hockey sense. He is a very smart player with good offensive instincts.” Will Ford, F, Ann Arbor, Princeton (Marquette/NAHL) Ford, a member of the famous auto family, scored three goals last season for the Rangers, who are now the Flint-based Michigan Warriors. Ford played for Compuware prior to that and earned the Gold Midwest Elite Hockey League Academic Achievement Award in both the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. He also lettered in lacrosse in high school. Nickolas Gatt, D, Farmington Hills, Alabama-Huntsville (Topeka/NAHL) Even though Chargers will play as an independent team next year, Gatt is still excited to have the chance to play D-I hockey. “I chose UAH because I think it’s an up and coming program that had great success by making it to the (NCAA) tournament (last) year,” he said. “I’m also thrilled about the competitive schedule it’ll have.” Gatt totaled two goals among 16 points in 54 games for the South Division champion RoadRunners last year along with a plus-18 rating. He plans to major in psychology and a foreign language at UAH in hopes of pursuing a career with the FBI. Kevin Gravel, D, Kingsford, St. Cloud State (Sioux City/USHL) Selected by Los Angeles in the June NHL Draft, Gravel committed to SCSU two seasons ago and will arrive on campus this fall. Gravel scored three goals and three assists for Sioux City in 2009-10 and the year before skated for Marquette in the NAHL. “My dad played at St. Cloud and I really like the school and the WCHA,” he said. “So I went for a visit (during the summer of 2008) and I knew right then that it was where I wanted to go.” Jim Gravel played for the Huskies from 1977-81 and led the Huskies in scoring his senior season. Alexander Krushelnyski, F, Bloomfield Hills, Colorado College (Sioux City/USHL) A two-year veteran of the USHL, Krushelnyski collected 41 points in 58 games between Chicago and Sioux City last season. He served as an assistant captain during Sioux City’s 12-1-3 run to end the regular season, logging 16 of his points after being traded to the Musketeers. His father, Mike, is a former NHL standout who won three Stanley Cups as a player with Edmonton and another as an assistant coach with the Red Wings.
Garrett Ladd, F, Fenton, Bemidji State (Marquette/NAHL) Ladd captained the Rangers to the North Division regular season title a year ago and will play for one of the two new WCHA teams. “Ladd is a dynamic skater that possesses very good playmaking skills and has played a lot of junior hockey,” stated BSU assistant coach Ted Belisle. “He will bring experience and speed to our program.” Ladd skated in 168 games over three seasons in Marquette and recorded 49 goals and 91 assists. Last year, his 23 goals and 63 points had him fifth in NAHL scoring. He’ll also be the fourth Michigan native to play for BSU and the first since Tom Heaviland played for the Beavers from 1975-79. Mike Montrose, D, Howell, Bowling Green (Tri-City/USHL) Another player who committed two seasons ago, Montrose is set to make his NCAA debut this fall for the new-look Falcons under new head coach Chris Bergeron. “Mike is a really good skating, mobile defenseman,” said former BGSU coach Dennis Williams. “Mike sees the ice well and makes a good first pass. He plays with an edge and we expect him to compete and make our ‘D’ core better. We really expect Mike to come in and compete for ice time as a freshman.” Montrose had a goal and 13 points last season for the Storm. Adam Phillips, D, Farmington Hills, Massachusetts (Indiana/USHL) The first-ever signee of the NOJHL’s Soo Eagles in 2008, Phillips moved up to the USHL last year and the 6-foot-6 blueliner recorded a goal and 12 points in 47 games. Phillips notched his first point, an assist on the game-winning goal, in just his third USHL game, a 7-0 victory against Waterloo last October 31. He followed that up with a two-assist performance in his next game, a 4-2 win over Sioux City. Jon Puskar, F, Grosse Ile, American International (Waterloo/USHL) Puskar scored 11 goals and 21 points in 44 games a year ago with Waterloo. He started the season with Lincoln, playing in 26 games before going to the Black Hawks. Puskar played for the Alpena IceDiggers of the NAHL from 2007-09. “I’m very excited for Jon,” said Waterloo coach P.K. O’Handley. “We were thrilled to bring his experience to our roster late in the season, and from the time he arrived, he set a great example for our younger players with his hustle and work ethic.” Ryan Rashid, F, Farmington Hills, Niagara (Sioux City/USHL) Rashid will be playing for one of two new Atlantic Hockey teams thiss fall with the Purple Eagles. Last season, he posted 11 goals and 22 points for the Musketeers. He ended the regular season with a goal in three of his last four games. Rashid earned his first USHL point, an assist, in just his second game, a 3-1 loss against Cedar Rapids back on Oct. 9. Joe Rogers, G, Marysville, Notre Dame (Albert Lea/NAHL) A unique story, Rogers was born without a full right hand. He hasn’t let et that deter him and he will bring a winning pedigree with him to the Irish. sh. “Andy Slaggert recruited Joe a couple of years ago based on his experience nce with him at one of the USA Hockey camps,”said Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson. son. “He came back and said that this is the kind of kid we want in our locker ocker room, not just from a talent perspective, but from a character perspective. ctive. He’s overcome a lot of obstacles in his life and for him to make it all the way to Division I college hockey is a testament to his attitude.” Following this past season, Rogers helped the U.S. to a bronze medal al at the 2010 Amputee Hockey World Championships and was named the MVPP of the tournament. In 2008-09, Rogers played for the NAHL’s Motor City Machine ne (now Metal Jackets). In 2006, he helped Belle Tire to the Under-16 national championship mpionship with a 34-1-2 record. Bryan Rust, F, Bloomfield Hills, Notre Dame (U.S. NTDP/USHL) The younger brother of Michigan senior Matt Rust, the two brothers will compete against each other in CCHA play this season. Bryan Rust won a gold medal at the World Under-18 Championships this past spring in Minsk, Belarus, with Team USA. He also played the past two seasons with
Division I opportunities the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor and was selected by Pittsburgh in June’s NHL Draft. “Bryan has developed into a strong offensive player over the past year,” said Jackson. “We always knew he had great hands and was extremely good down low in the offensive zone. His physical development has helped his game and has helped his skating to the point where he is now a solid two-way contributor.”
coaching staff. He has an amazing work ethic and dedication to not only the success of the team, but to his day-to-day performance as a person. No matter what Ryan chooses to do in life, we’re going to see great things from him.”
Tony Thomas, F, South Lyon, Air Force (Topeka/NAHL) A former Detroit Catholic Central standout and member of the 2009 state champs, Thomas ranked third in the NAHL last year with 11 power-play goals. “Tony has met and exceeded every character standard we expect of a RoadRunner,” said Topeka coach Scott Langer. “Air Force is not only getting a solid player with a very good hockey IQ, but an even better young man. I have always held the staff at Air Force in very high regard. They did a great job recruiting Tony and I know it will work out well for everyone.”
Michael Voran, F, Livonia, Notre Dame (Sioux Falls/USHL) Another Fighting Irish recruit, Voran will attend Notre Dame this fall. “Michael is an extremely smart player who has great instincts and makes good decisions on the ice,” Jackson said. “He draws comparisons with Erik Condra as a competitive kid who’s not a great skater, but has the same tendencies as Erik as far as his mind for the game and his hands. He had a very good year offensively for Sioux Falls and we’re expecting Mike to come in and make an immediate impact with his ability to make plays.” Voran was fourth in USHL scoring with 74 points last season.
Ryan Timar, F, Novi, Air Force (Wenatchee/NAHL) Timar started the season in Alpena, but went to Wenatchee, the NAHL’s regular season champions, at the trade deadline in February. He tallied 41 points in 48 games between the two teams. Timar also played in Alpena during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. “Ryan had an amazing impact on the (IceDiggers) organization,” former coach Jack Fritsche said. “He’s a leader by example and through good times and bad, he’s been a positive influence on his teammates, not to mention the
Cam Wojtala, F, Trenton, Bowling Green (Omaha/ USHL) The 2009 Mr. Hockey award winner at Trenton High, Wojtala played for the West Division champs in Omaha this past season and though he only had 19 points, Falcons’ head coach Chris Bergeron sees many positives. “He had to change his game at Omaha,”Bergeron told the Oakland Press. “He has really good offensive instincts, but he had to play more of a checking role last year and he was good at it. He won a lot of faceoffs and I think he grew as a player.”
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Patterson Ice Center in Grand Rapids was the hot place to be for over 120 college hockey players on August 6-8. The facility hosted the 2010 USA Hockey Winter World University Games Evaluation Camp. Men and women that play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) competed at the camp. The men’s camp included 80 players divided into four teams and the women’s side had two teams. From the camp 22 men and 22 women will be selected for the U.S. men’s and women national university squads that will compete in the 2011 Winter World University games Jan. 27-Feb. 6 in Erzurum, Turkey. Saline’s Dave Debol, the coach at University of Michigan-Dearborn, will coach the U.S. men’s team while Mo Stroemel, the women’s coach at Penn State, is skipper for the women’s national university squad. It’s the first time the U.S. is sending a women’s squad to the games. Stroemel said he’s been coaching in the ACHA since 1994.
first year with “I started out in the men’s program at Penn State and this is my first the women,” he said. “Last year, there was a women’s elite team that went to Europe to play. This year, we sort of graduated into the World University Games with USA Hockey. I put my name in the hat for it and got the call. “When we first got the list of applicants, I felt the names I expected to be on the list were on the list. The talent level is very good and what we hoped for. We have a good shape to the team right now. We just have to finalize a few things.” Dr. Alan Murdoch, the head coach at Iowa State, coached the 2001 World University Games squad and is the general manager of this year’s men’s squad. The women’s GM hasn’t yet been announced. “This is a good central location and a nice building,” he said. “It’s a pretty good place to fly into. There are good hotels and good food.”
THE PROCESS For the skaters to make it this far, they had to fill out an application, Murdoch noted, and submit statistics and other pertinent information for a selection process. “There were a lot of applicants for the people that are now here,” Murdoch said. ”For the men, there were 150 to 200 applicants for the 80 spots. We have a board that reviewed the applications and elected those with good statistics and good backgrounds.” Murdoch explained the criteria evaluators used to pick the team. “Obviously, they have to be good skaters,”he said.“At the World University Games, on the International level, they play on the larger sheet of ice, the Olympic sheet. It is 15 feet wider so there’s a lot more room to move and wheel and deal. The best skaters do better on the big ice. They have to be able to handle the puck and you can’t shy away from contact. “On offense, we want people who can put the puck in the net. All the teams in the World Games are very good. So when they don’t have the puck, they have to be able to play good positional hockey. Chances are very good most of the opposing teams will handle the puck more than we will. So we have to be good defensively.” The event is second in size only to the Winter Olympics, Murdoch noted. “Other countries take it seriously and send their very best student athletes,” he said. “I had the gall to field the teams that beat the Russians. I had fans coming out from the stands the last few minutes of the game in Poland, chanting USA, USA. That gave us instant credibility. You beat Russia and you must be doing something right.” The World Games are offered every two years and offer an opportunity for ACHA players, who are all non-scholarship athletes, to travel and compete internationally. “I told both teams we’re not going to just participate,” Murdoch said. “We’re going to medal. The hockey program in the U.S. is growing fast. These players are all from the ACHA. That’s the fastest growing association, I think, in the country right now
count.” with 421 schools at last count” Among the players was right forward Anthony Olson of West Bloomfield, who played for Northern Michigan University last year and is now with Michigan-Dearborn. “We go out there and show them what we can do,” he said. “You try to show off a little bit and do a little extra. It’s great competition. It’s really fun. I lived in Europe for four years. It’d be cool to go back.”
PICKING THE TEAM Ashley Bevan, the director of adult hockey for USA Hockey, was the team leader for both the men’s and women’s teams for the fifth consecutive Winter World University Games. “This weekend is designed to evaluate players from across the nation from the ACHA so USA Hockey can send the very best team to compete at the World University Games in 2011,”said Beven. “There’s three games and three practices and an optional practice. We’ve seen the players quite a bit in the past three days, which gives us a great opportunity to look at all the players and evaluate their skills and pick the right team for international play, as well as evaluating goaltenders.” When Bevan was watching the games at Patterson, he was looking for special types of qualities from the players. “We do look at the player’s puck handling ability, what they do on the ice without the puck,” he said. “We’re looking for the total package. We’re also trying to fill certain roles. We’ve been over to (this event) five different times and it really gives you a good sense on what you’re looking for and the types of players you need for these types of games. “European or international hockey is really a finesse type of game instead of being fairly physical. So you’re looking at players who can move on the ice without the puck. What are they doing without the puck? That’s a key.” Bevan enjoyed his trip to Grand Rapids. “Michigan has a lot of good hockey here and a lot of good facilities,” he said. ”I’ve come to Michigan for many years. The ice arena here is fantastic. They do a great job. We’ve used both sheets while practices take place. All the games are on the Olympic sheet. The rinks over there are international size. We practice on what we will play. Most of them are not used to Olympic-sized sheets. It’s really a different game. So we need to make sure they have the stamina, energy and proper positioning on the ice. With the Olympic sized rink, it changes everything. We need to see the players practice and perform on that sheet of ice before we make selections. “We learn something different each time that we implement for the following year. Hopefully, it gives us a better opportunity to evaluate the players. We’ll have this camp, a Christmas camp and a camp just prior to leaving for Turkey So they’ll be on Olympic size sheet at least three times prior to departing for Turkey.”
August 23, 2010, Volume 21 : Issue 2
Whalers’ Mahalak excited about upcoming season BY BY MATT MACKINDER
After suffering a shoulder injury last season, Plymouth Whalers forward RJ Mahalak is feeling 100 percent with training camp right around the corner. The 18-year old Monroe native had surgery in late April and wasn’t cleared to train until August 1. But he had no problem staying busy. “I took a trip early in the summer to celebrate my grandparent’s 50th anniversary and that kept my mind off of training,” he said. “Then two weeks before August 1, my brother (and rookie Plymouth goalie), Matt, my sister, Anna, and I went backpacking in Europe for 10 days. Using trains we visited Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Amsterdam and the Netherlands.” Being on the same team with his younger brother should be a highlight of RJ’s fourth season in Plymouth. PHOTO BY WALT DMOCH/PLYMOUTH WHALERS
to assistant general manager, a new position created within the organization. Sommariva joined the Whalers as a volunteer assistant coach in 2006 and has since worked in a variety of jobs for the team, including video analysis and player development. He was an assistant coach at Notre Dame Prep for three years prior to joining the Whalers and played ACHA hockey at Michigan State before that. “Brian deserves this chance,” Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci explained. “I have been looking to fill this position for the last few years and we’re confident in Brian’s abilities. He’ll be assisting me with daily duties and be in charge of our scouting and drafts. We want to stay connected with our prospects and will be watching those players and maintaining those relationships.” Sommariva is excited about his new gig. “I’ll be assisting Mike and (associate coach Joe) Stefan with immigration and billet issues,” he added. “I’ll be helping Mike with player personnel decisions. I plan to be out on the road more this year, scouting as well as keeping in touch with our prospects. “I feel privileged over the last four years to have seen so many players from our league continue their careers at the NHL level. I’m excited to talk to prospective players about the benefits of the OHL, the Plymouth Whalers and our community. This job is a natural extension for me to continue to work with the coaches and current scouts.”
MEURS WINS GOLD Second-year Whalers forward Garrett Meurs and Canada defeated the United States, 1-0, in the finals of the Memorial of Ivan Hlina Tournament August 14 in Piestany, Slovakia. Import draft selection Rickard Rakell and Sweden beat the Czech Republic, 6-1, to win the bronze medal. ”Playing with my brother is definitely the thing I’m most excited for this season,” the elder Mahalak said. “We played together when we were kids and it will be a blast to be scoring on him in practice again.” Being on the shelf is one place Mahalak wants to avoid this year. He thinks taking it slow should be to his advantage. ”I have had three operations in the past 12 months and am taking every precaution to ensure a full recovery before returning to play,” said Mahalak. Mihalak wasn’t selected in June’s NHL draft, but that didn’t surprise him. “I missed a majority of the season due to injury and it was a bummer to miss out, but you have to keep a positive attitude,” admitted Mahalak. “It was awesome to see my teammates Tyler Seguin, Austin Levi and Scott Wedgewood get drafted, though. That’s just more incentive to keep working and get drafted myself.” With the 2010-11 season his fourth go-round, Mahalak put it all in perspective. “It goes by too fast,” said Mahalak. “Our team this year will be young. We had a stellar team last year with a ton of older guys, but now they are all gone. I look around and I am now an older guy.”
SOMMARIVA PROMOTED The Whalers promoted assistant coach Brian Sommariva
SAGINAW PROMOTES PALIAFITO In early August the Spirit promoted former director of scouting Jim Paliafito to assistant general manager. Paliafito, who lives in Kentucky but spends considerable time on the road watching young players, has been instrumental in bringing Garret Ross, Michael Kantor, Dalton Young, Ivan Telegin and Brandon Saad to Saginaw. “Jim contributions have been significant. He has recruited and scouted vigorously in Ontario and the United States trying to improve our team,” said Saginaw coach and general manager Todd Watson. “Since he joined the Spirit he has held two very good drafts and has played a critical role with player acquisitions.”
OHL NOTEBOOK Saginaw acquired ’91-born forward Micky Sartoretto from Kitchener in exchange for defensemen Cody Sol and Matt Braun. Saginaw also received Kitchener’s second round pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection and their third round pick in 2013… London signed defenseman Jarred Tinordi earlier this month. Tinordi, Montreal’s first round pick in June and the captain of the U.S. National Under-18 Team last season, was the Knights’ fourth round selection in the 2008 OHL draft … Sault Ste. Marie has hired Seamus Kotyk as their new goalie coach. Kotyk and the Ottawa 67’s beat the Whalers in the 2001 OHL final.
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Modano excited about the chance to come home
Detroit general manager Ken Holland (left) and owner Mike Ilitch (right) join new Red Wings center Mike Modano on August 6 at Joe Louis Arena. BY PHILIP COLVIN
Although it was early August, the buzz in the Olympia Room at Joe Louis Arena before the press conference to welcome Mike Modano was almost like playoff time. And when the Westland native was introduced and pulled a No. 90 Red Wings jersey over his head, Hockeytown couldn’t have written a better script. The 40-year old Modano grew up playing for the Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club and, after 20 seasons with the Dallas Stars franchise, is coming back home to finish his career with the Red Wings. “I am thrilled about this,” said a smiling Modano, who signed a one-year deal worth $1.25 million plus incentives with Detroit. “It’s an Original Six team with tons of history and world class players. “And it’s something special that your family and friends can now watch you. I couldn’t think of a better place to be.” An eight-time All-Star, Modano is the top American born scorer in NHL history with 557 goals and 1,359 points. He led Dallas to the Stanley Cup in 1999 and played in three Olympics and helped the United States win the silver medal in 2002. But the Stars missed the playoffs the last two seasons and Modano didn’t fit into the team’s rebuilding plans. And while Dallas didn’t want him, Detroit did. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland called Modano on July 1, the day he became a free agent and, along with Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, applied the full-court press. Modano and his parents Karen and Mike Sr. joined Holland, Babcock and Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch in a suite at Comerica Park to watch a Detroit Tigers game in early July. “Kenny and Mike really sold the chance to come home and play with some great players, have some fun and win,” said Modano. “It really opened my eyes that they thought I had more hockey left in me.” “We just thought it was a great fit and coming home would energize him,” said Holland. “There isn’t any pressure on him to carry the team. We have a lot of different weapons in the locker room that on different nights can give us a chance to win. Mike will be one of those guys.” “We’re excited he’s coming to Detroit. We think he can still skate and has a lot of good hockey in him.”
THINKING IT OVER Modano’s last two seasons in Dallas were “draining” so he took some time to make sure he had enough drive left to continue playing. He went on a golf trip to Scotland and thought things over. “I needed time to get away,” he said. “I was emotionally and mentally finished with the game after last year. If Detroit didn’t come calling I think I was done.” But the idea of returning home – his parents still live in his boyhood home in
Westland – to play on veteran team with a chance to compete for a Stanley Cup was too good to pass up. “When this opportunity came along it really lit a fire under me,” Modano said. “I think a fresh start will rejuvenate me. As you get to the middle of July, early August you get excited again because you know (training) camp is close. I’m really excited to get started here. This is a clean slate - just go out there and have a great maybe final year and hopefully win.” Detroit has had past success with older players, including Igor Larionov, Luc Robitaille, Chris Chelios and Brett Hull, who all helped the Red Wings win Stanley Cups at the end of their careers. Rave reviews from Hull, Chelios and current Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi helped Modano make up his mind to continue his career in Detroit. “Those three guys had a big impact,” Modano said. “There wasn’t one guy I talked to that had a bad word to say about anything here. “Older players come here and have great success and they seem to get a second wind. I hope it goes that same way for me.”
LOTS OF MEMORIES Modano’s return to Motown made for a happy Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, who sponsored the Little Caesars youth teams that Modano played on growing up. “I had him as an amateur and that was great,” Ilitch said. “He starts here, he ends up here. It’s a big thrill for us.” Ilitch followed Modano’s career closely and compared him to Steve Yzerman“from the standpoint that you’ve never heard anything bad about him. Highly respected by everybody. He’s a down-to-earth, sincere person and he’s been such an exceptional player, a hall-of-fame type of player, so he never leaves your mind when you start out with him and he does well. “So I’m very, very happy as an owner to have Mike back and relish this year. I don’t want to talk too much, but ‘Cuppy, Cuppy, Cuppy,’ I do feel it.’’ One of Modano’s fondest hockey memories came as an 11-year old when he got to wear the Red Wings jersey when his Little Caesars team played in the prestigious International Pee Wee Tournament in Quebec. “I just remember having the Red Wings jersey on and it was the greatest thing in the world,” said Modano. Growing up in suburban Detroit, Modano watched Red Wings stars Dale McCourt and Reed Larson and played with and against future NHL players Pat LaFontaine, Al Iafrate, Jimmy Carson and Dan Keczmer. Modano remembers going into the Red Wings locker room after his Little Caesars squad practiced at Joe Louis Arena. “We were able to get the sticks the guys were getting rid of. Those were great
memories,” he said. As a 15-year old, Modano’s Little Caesars squad won the 1985 USA Hockey Midget National Championship. “We went nuts,” said Illitch. “In all America, we were the best. The coach kept raving – this kid is going to make the NHL.” That coach, Chris Coury, remembers Modano’s talent, but also his focus on getting better and making it to the NHL. “We saw it right away,” said Coury, who coaches the Belle Tire Midget AAA squad and is starting his 43rd season behind the bench. “Even back then he was a great skater with terrific hockey sense. He knew what he wanted to be.”
HIGH EXPECTATIONS Coury believes that Red Wings fans will enjoy watching No. 90 cruising on the ice at Joe Louis Arena. “Detroit is such a good place for him to finish his career,” said Coury. “The Red Wings play a great style and have so many talented players. And good players need good players around them. They feed off each other. It should be fun to watch.” Modano joins a deep group of forwards in Detroit that includes Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen, and is expected to center the Red Wings third line, between Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler, and play the point on the second power-play unit. “It’s easy to play with guys like that and I can’t wait for that chance,”said Modano. “You can’t go wrong with any of the guys on this team, anybody can play with anybody and the way they skate and move the puck makes the game easier. “The last little while (in Dallas) it felt like it was a lot of work and we really didn’t get a lot accomplished. The game looks simple when you watch these guys and you don’t waste a lot of energy. At 40, I don’t want to waste a lot of energy.” Modano has represented the United States in three Olympic Games (1998, 2002 and 2006), three world championships (1990, 1993 and 2005), two world cup of hockey tournaments (1996 and 2004), the 1991 Canada Cup and two world junior championships (1988 and 1989). Still he admitted to being a bit nervous and thrilled at the same time about the upcoming season. “There are high expectations but the opportunity to win is something you’re always chasing after when you get older,” he said. “I have tons of motivation now to get ready physically and emotionally. At this age you want to win and you want to have fun. If they didn’t have a chance to win I wouldn’t have come. “It’s incredibly exciting to be here. And it’s more than just coming back home. It’s coming back home with a good chance of winning the Stanley Cup.”
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With the signing of centers Mike Modano and Darren Helm (left), and the return of right wing Jiri Hudler (center) from Russia, the Red Wings are expected to re-sign restricted free agent forward Justin Abdelkader of Muskegon to complete their four lines of forwards.
With training camp weeks away, roster is essentially set BY DAVE WADDELL
With several weeks to go before training camp opens in Traverse City, the Detroit Red Wings roster is essentially set. All that remains is where a few pieces fit in the puzzle after Wings’ general manager Ken Holland inked center Mike Modano and defenseman Ruslan Salei to one year deals in early August. The last remaining bit of significant business for Holland to complete is signing forward Justin Abdelkader (Muskegon) to a new deal. As a restricted free agent, who didn’t file for arbitration, the MSU grad has little leverage. Look for him to get a deal similar to Darren Helm’s new two-year contract that averages a cap hit of $912,000. “(Modano), along with the return of Jiri Hudler and the development of our kids, makes us as deep up front as we’ve been in a couple years,”Holland said.“I like our team. “I think we are one of the legitimate contenders for the Stanley Cup. Lot’s of things have to go right for the team that wins it, but we’re in the conversation.” It’s hard not to like the way the Wings are shaping up. A summer after losing several players to salary cap constrictions, the Wings have regained their depth. That they have done so without decimating the bottom half of their line-up like Chicago has had to do this summer is a testament to Holland’s shrewd management of his budget. Once again this off-season Holland has played a patient hand. He has long been an advocate of waiting until August to do some bargain hunting. “In July there were players we were interested in but who weren’t interested in us because of the money,” Holland said. “I find often they become interested in us in August when jobs are disappearing.” Bargain-bin shopper Holland got both players within four days because they could see what most of the hockey world recognizes. The Wings, once again healthy, are making noises about running off with the cup again. Salei in fact was brutally honest in saying he could’ve got more money from Anaheim, but a combination of the Wings’ championship-caliber roster and getting to re-unite with coach Mike Babcock made the decision easy to take a base salary of $750,000 plus bonus opportunities. “I want to win a championship,”Salei said.“Detroit is always a contender for the cup.”
As it stands, the Wings line-up is likely to see Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom together to form as formidable a top line as any in the NHL. Valtteri Filppula will be the lynchpin between Todd Bertuzzi and Johan Franzen to give Detroit a second line with significant size on the wings. The third line will see Modano center Dan Cleary and Jiri Hudler. The two wingers are both former 20-goal men giving Modano the potential to best his point and goal totals of last year (14-16-30 in 59 games). “We think it’s a great fit,” said Holland of Modano. “Most of the older players we’ve had were superstars in their day and in their prime were so much better than everybody else. They may not be as dominant, but their skills relative to other players are still very good.” Modano was also convinced he could rekindle his game in Detroit based on the Wings success with older players as well as listening to high praise for the organization from his friends. In the end, it was all about winning for the Westland native. “You’ve seen so many older players come here and just relish it,” said Modano, who credited rave reviews of the Wings’ organization from friends Brett Hull, Chris Chelios and Todd Bertuzzi for helping him make his decision. “They’ve had great success here and I’m hoping for the same thing. You can’t go wrong with the guys they have here. “I’ve achieved just about everything I want in hockey, but I still want to win. Otherwise I wouldn’t be here.” The significance of Modano and Hudler’s returns can’t be underplayed. It has created a domino effect in the Detroit line-up. First the new Modano line will likely be one of the strongest third units in the league. Hudler and Modano will also be significant players on Detroit’s second power-play unit. Modano will replace Jason Williams on the point while Hudler is one of the league’s most creative playmakers from the wing. It has also allowed Babcock to push Filppula up to second-line center allowing Zetterberg and Datsyuk to play together. The duo is one of the most magical twosomes in the NHL, but didn’t see much action together last season because of
Detroit’s lack of depth. Babcock has stated this summer the two have had their best offensive seasons when they play together and he wants to light a fire under his two stars in hopes of making them forget sub-par seasons last winter. The final domino to fall is what happens with the fourth line. Certainly that unit is going to be much stronger with five guys competing for three spots. Two of those spots will likely be claimed on a regular basis by Helm and Abdelkader, who seems destined to play wing this season. Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller and Kris Draper will battle it out for the remaining ice time. Several of those players were seeing time on the third line last year, so the Wings are envisioning a very effective unit playing against the opposition’s lesser lights. On the back end, Holland has done well to shore up his third pairing with Salei. First the Belorussian is affordable, but he’s also experienced and downright nasty. The 35-year-old Salei captained his country at the Vancouver Olympics. He will make a nice fit with expected partner Jonathan Ericsson, who must bounce back from a mediocre regular season last year. The Wings’ top four blue-liners Nick Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Brad Stuart and Niklas Kronwall remain an elite foursome. Any thought Lidstrom and Rafalski were slowing seemed to be erased by the excellent play they displayed in the season’s second half. Perhaps the biggest question mark will be whether goalie Jimmy Howard can continue his steep learning curve. Howard was top 10, mostly top five, in virtually every goaltending category. If he can avoid the sophomore jinx that many goalies experience Detroit will be in excellent shape. If not, the Wings will turn to veteran Chris Osgood. Osgood is in the final year of his contract and after two poor regular seasons in a row, he found himself marooned on the bench last season. However this is just the type of situation, where he’s been written off, where the veteran Osgood has bounced back before. It would come as no surprise with his pride challenged that Osgood raises his game one more time with his NHL future on the line.
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