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Table of Contents February 22, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 14

PAGE 38-39 38-39 38 -39 Women’s Hockey - Whether it’s in a beginner’s league like Ann Arbor’s MACRHL or at the Dirty 30 tournament in Brighton, women are enjoying the game.

AMATEUR HOCKEY REPORT Bay County Blizzard take Governor’s Cup title Royal Oak crowned Bantam AA Motown Cup Champions Michigan Ice Hawks have big Penguin Classic Little Caesars Girls U16s win league and tourney titles MAHA District Champions and State Tournament schedule

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YOUTH LEAGUE STANDINGS LCAHL Travel, House and Girls champions Adray Community Hockey League Final Tier I Elite Hockey League

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GET BETTER Good Hockey Habits


TRAINING TABLE The One-Legged Box Jump


STATE OF THE GAME BY LYLE PHAIR The Importance of winning & losing





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BEYOND THE STRIPES Observing the organized chaos


HOMETOWN HERO Plymouth Whalers’ A J Jenks


MH BEAT Heroes of Hockey Day are all around the state


SPRING HOCKEY Tryouts and where to play as rinks get creative for second season




GIRLS AND WOMEN Port Huron clinches Division 2 title in MMGHSHL


JUNIOR HOCKEY Trade winds blow in NAHL Whalers and Spirit get ready for stretch run

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RED WINGS INSIDER Red Wings ready for Olympics and a break




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Boy’s High School The recent OAA-MAC Showcase was a big success; also some eastside defensemen to keep your eye on down the stretch.

College Hockey Jeff Petry leads MSU in tight race

Olympics Red Wings need break; Team USA counts on Miller

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With the ACHL and MAHA state tournaments, along with the boy’s and girl’s high school state tournaments, in full swing and the CCHA’s Road to the Joe rolling along, March is championship season. And don’t forget to see how Team USA did at the Olympics Look for it on the stands and in your e-mail In-Box on March 5. Advertising copy is due on February 24. Contact Lucia Zuzga at 248-479-1134 or for more info.

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Enjoy the excitement With ACHL and LCAHL playoffs in full swing its a good time to remember why kids play the game â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and it has more to do with making friends, having fun and becoming the best they can be and not as much about winning and losing. And at this time of year the emotions of everyone â&#x20AC;&#x201C; players, coaches, officials and fans â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are amplified. So take a deep breath and enjoy the excitement of a big game. But if that still doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get you thinking straight, try reading out loud some of the points of emphasis in the MAHA S.T.A.R. programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Code of Conduct (see for complete Code): â&#x20AC;˘ I will promote the emotional and physical well being of the athletes ahead of any personal desire to win. â&#x20AC;˘I will encourage good sportsmanship through my actions by demonstrating positive support for all players. â&#x20AC;˘ I will treat all players, coaches, officials, parents, and spectators with dignity and respect in language, attitude, behavior, and mannerisms. And my personal favorite: I will remember that my child plays hockey for his/her enjoyment, not mine. With the season winding down it is time to make your nominations for our annual Michigan Hockey Awards â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Female and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year and Hockey Person of the Year â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to draw attention to outstanding achievement in the classroom and on the ice and to recognize some of the people that make going to the rink an enjoyable experience. And we need your help. Check out the information on page 18 and please take a minute to nominate that someone who is deserving of a MH Award. Finally, congratulations to all of the MAHA District champions (page 10) and good luck to everyone competing in league playoffs and the state tournament. See you at the rink,


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Bay County Blizzard take Governor’s Cup title In an overtime thriller, the Bay County Blizzard defeated the Winnetka Warriors, 4-3, to take to the Mite AA Division title at the 2010 Capitol City Showdown for the Governor’s Cup on January 18 at Munn Ice Arena in East Lansing. Victor Mancini (with an assist from Michael Andriot) gave the Blizzard a 1-0 lead with 7:12 left in the first period. The Warriors answered with a goal from Patrick Weimer (Henry Horne) with just over two minutes left in the period. Winnetka took the lead midway through the second period

on Horne’s (William Katsen, Jack Schwartz) power play goal. The Blizzard tied the game with Kyle Kubiak’s unassisted goal late in the period. Kubiak (Tommy Papesh) struck again for the Blizzard giving them the lead early in the third period. The Warriors sent the game into overtime with just over three minutes left when Katsen found the back of the net. Eddie Symons scored the winning goal unassisted for the Blizzard with 2:33 left in overtime.

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Michigan Ice Hawks play great at Penguin Classic Little Caesars Girls U16s win league and tourney titles

The Michigan Ice Hawks, based in Grosse Pointe, sent five teams to the Great White North to compete in the 10th Annual Toronto Penguin Classic in late January. In a field of over 100 teams, three of the Ice Hawk teams made it into shoot-outs in their championship finals. The ‘98 Ice Hawks (black jerseys above), who were juggling a short bench due to injuries since before the Holidays, bulled though their tough division rich in local Canadian League Champions. The 98’s went a perfect 5-0 to make the division

final against the powerhouse Toronto Eagles. After a grit-filled 1-1 tie in regulation and a four-minute overtime, the contest was settled in a thrilling shoot-out. The ‘96 Ice Hawks (white jerseys above) went the distance and a little farther. After their shoot-out stalemate against the Sudbury Rebels both teams were named co-champions. All five of the Ice Hawk teams were complimented by tournament officials for infusing the tournament with good will and American spirit.

After going 16-0-4 and claiming first place in Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, the Little Caesars Girls U16 team entered the league playoffs with one goal: finish the season undefeated in league play. The weekend started out well as Little Caesars won all of their three pool play games. In a 6-1 win over the Wisconsin Wild, Kelly Harris and Alyssa West led the charge with two goals each. Scoring was evenly distributed in a 4-1 win over the Chicago Mission, with goals coming from Nicole Renault, Rachel Miller and Morgann Madill. In the final round robin game, Morgann Madill got the game winner in a 1-0 win over Victory Honda. The semifinal draw lined Little Caesars up against Team Pittsburgh, who had finished the regular season second overall in league play. From the drop of the puck it was a tightly played game. Despite several good scoring opportunities, neither team scored in the first period. Midway through the second period Cassidy Tucker broke the deadlock with a nice backhand goal over the glove of the Pittsburgh goalie. Pittsburgh fought back, but Caesars was able to claim a 1-0 victory. The championship game pitted the Madison Capitals against Little Caesars. Given that both semifinals games were decided

by a goal, everyone anticipated a great game in the battle for league bragging rights. The game did not disappoint and was chock full of great scoring opportunities and fantastic saves. Little Caesars drew first blood midway through the second period when Cassidy Tucker scored a shorthanded goal. The game was tied until the final minute of play when Madison pulled their goalie and scored the equalizer with 29 seconds remaining in regulation. After two scoreless five-minute overtime periods the game went to a shootout. Little Caesars shooters Alyssa West and Sydney Brickey beat the Madison goalie. Caesars goaltender Alexis Shaw stood strong in net during the shootout, securing the victory by allowing only one Madison player to score. The Little Caesars 16U team is: Julie Beattie, Abigale Belcrest, Rachael Booth, Sydney Brickey, Allison Carter, Mellissa Channell, Erin Conway, Taylor Fairchild, Kelly Harris, Morgann Madill, Taylor Marchin, Shannon McFadden, Rachel Miller, Breanna Peterson, Nicole Renault, Gabrielle Schnepp, Cassidy Tucker, and Alyssa West. Little Ceasars is coached by David Erwin, Maureen O’Bryan and Matt Berger.

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The Oakland Jr. Grizzlies beat the Fraser Falcons, 5-4, in overtime to win the D3 Pee Wee AA title

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DISTRICT 4 Squirt B Novi Predators Squirt A Novi Ice Cats Squirt AA Novi Ice Cats Pee Wee B Livonia Pee Wee A Plymouth Pee Wee AA Suburban Bantam B Livingston Lightning Bantam A Livonia Knights Bantam AA Suburban Stars Midget B Livonia Flyers Midget BB Livonia Kings Midget A Canton Midget AA Orchard Lake DISTRICT 5 Squirt B Saginaw Squirt A Port Huron Squirt AA Saginaw Pee Wee B Midland Pee Wee A Midland Pee Wee AA Flint Eastern Bantam B Midland Bantam A Midland Bantam AA Greater Flint Midget BB Mt. Pleasant

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Tuesday April 6th

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U18 Midget Major GP W L T PTS CYA (MM) 48 35 9 4 74 Belle Tire (MM) 46 34 7 5 73 Chicago Mission (MM) 48 34 11 3 71 Team Illinois (MM) 48 29 9 10 68 Russell Stover (MM) 48 30 12 6 66 LA Kings (MM) 48 29 12 7 65 St. Louis Amateur Blues (MM) 48 31 15 2 64 Compuware (MM) 47 27 11 9 63 Colorado Thunderbirds (MM) 48 27 17 4 58 Honeybaked (MM) 47 22 19 6 50 Dallas Stars (MM) 47 19 20 8 46 Philadelphia Jr Flyers (MM) 47 21 23 3 45 Madison Capitols (MM) 48 21 24 3 45 Boston Advantage (MM) 43 18 18 7 43 Little Caesars (MM) 46 17 23 6 40 Ohio Blue Jackets (MM) 47 16 24 7 39 Pittsburgh Hornets (MM) 45 16 24 5 37 Chicago Fury (MM) 48 16 27 5 37 PF Changs (MM) 48 16 28 4 36 Cleveland (MM) 48 11 28 9 31 Colorado Rampage (MM) 48 13 31 4 30 Victory Honda (MM) 48 10 31 7 27 Buffalo Regals (MM) 45 10 31 4 24 LA Selects Hockey Club (MM) 48 9 35 4 22 Team Comcast (MM) 42 7 29 6 20

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GA 112 132 111 118 106 114 139 83 129 142 153 144 165 114 167 179 146 163 204 195 195 184 174 217 175

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Midget Minor U16 Chicago Mission (mm) Little Caesars (mm) Colorado Thunderbirds (mm) Compuware (mm) Chicago Young Americans (mm) Honeybaked Hockey (mm) Team Illinois (mm) Russell Stover (mm) Pittsburgh Hornets (mm) Belle Tire (mm) St Louis AAA Blues (mm) Chicago Fury (mm) LA Selects Hockey Club (mm) Cleveland Barons (mm) Victory Honda (mm) Dallas Stars (mm) Madison Capitols (mm) LA Kings (mm) Colorado Rampage (mm) PF Changs (mm)

GP 38 35 37 36 38 36 38 36 38 35 38 38 36 36 37 38 38 38 38 38

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1995 Bantam Major Honeybaked Hockey (1995) Team Illinois (1995) Victory Honda (1995) Little Caesars (1995) Cleveland Barons (1995) Chicago Mission (1995) Belle Tire (1995) Chicago Young Americans (1995) Compuware (1995) Chicago Fury (1995)

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PIM 382 401 208 297 364 478 533 404 345 412

1996 Bantam Minor Belle Tire (1996) Team Illinois (1996) Cleveland Barons (1996) Chicago Mission (1996) Little Caesars (1996) Honeybaked Hockey (1996) Chicago Young Americans (1996) Victory Honda (1996) Compuware (1996) Chicago Fury (1996)

GP 29 31 29 31 31 28 31 31 30 31

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GA 35 66 60 73 88 84 110 136 153 234

PIM 222 366 398 292 413 345 316 442 428 365

1997 Pee Wee Major Compuware (1997) Chicago Mission (1997) Little Caesars (1997) Chicago Young Americans (1997) Belle Tire (1997) Victory Honda (1997) Honeybaked Hockey (1997) Cleveland Barons (1997) Team Illinois (1997) Chicago Fury (1997)

GP 30 31 29 30 29 30 29 28 29 27

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GA 52 51 69 55 79 137 102 158 165 159

PIM 584 430 435 314 475 715 367 551 208 380

1998 Pee Wee Minor Little Caesars (1998) Chicago Mission (1998) Team Illinois (1998) Honeybaked (1998) Victory Honda (1998) Compuware (1998) Cleveland (1998) CYA (1998) Belle Tire (1998) Chicago Fury (1998)

GP 29 31 30 29 28 27 25 30 28 29

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GA 53 47 60 62 78 83 90 117 209 260

PIM 285 436 419 390 248 323 288 329 423 391

1999 Squirt Major Chicago Mission (1999) Little Caesars (1999) Team Illinois (1999) Belle Tire (1999) Honeybaked Hockey (1999) Compuware (1999) Victory Honda (1999) Chicago Young Americans (1999) Cleveland Barons (1999) Chicago Fury (1999)

GP 31 28 31 30 28 29 28 31 31 31

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GA 39 67 85 79 91 100 141 196 173 177

PIM 336 384 324 254 270 308 350 335 374 307

2000 Squirt Minor Little Caesars (2000) Cleveland Barons (2000) Compuware (2000) Honeybaked Hockey (2000) Victory Honda (2000) Belle Tire (2000)

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GF 92 82 52 55 43 35

GA 43 58 64 63 52 79

PIM 228 178 229 216 210 116

Girls 19U Chicago Mission 19U Little Caesars 19U Team Illinois 19U Belle Tire 19U Anaheim Lady Ducks 19U NJ Rockets 19U Victory Honda 19U Ohio Flames 19U Madison Capitols 19U Honeybaked 19U Grand Rapids 19U Team Pittsburgh 19U CYA 19U St Louis Lady Blues 19U Shamrocks(Exhibition NH) Chicago Fury 19U

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GA 23 36 25 26 37 49 39 48 49 44 34 51 46 83 0 175

PIM 174 245 174 204 144 211 210 91 128 137 148 153 146 80 0 145

Girls 16U Little Caesars 16U Team Pittsburgh 16U Honeybaked 16U Victory Honda Chicago Mission 16U Madison Capitols 16U Ohio Flames 16U Wisconsin Wild 16U CYA 16U Grand Rapids 16U Team Illinois 16U St Louis Lady Blues 16U

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Girls 14U Chicago Mission 14U Honeybaked 14U Team Pittsburgh 14U St Louis Lady Blues 14U Little Caesars 14U Ohio Flames 14U CYA 14U Compuware 14U Belle Tire 14U Team Illinois 14U Wisconsin Wild 14U Chicago Fury 14U Victory Honda 14U

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PIM 102 106 92 98 225 136 141 153 217 124 126 146 188

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Good Habits Good habits make good hockey players. And the sooner a player develops these habits the deeper they will root and the more consistent they will be. Take what is given - Be aware of and take advantage of opportunities given to you. If you are given a shot, passing lane, dump in, hit, time or open ice, then take it. Do not miss the opportunities that are given to you. Head Up - Keep your head up. You must see the play and read it. You must see the opportunities given to you so that you can take what is given. Keep your head up or you will be hit and hurt. Talk - Talk to your teammates. Hockey is a team sport. Players must talk if they are going to work together. Talk on both offense and defense. Hard off - Skate hard when coming off for a change up. Quick hard changes keep offensive and defensive pressure on the opposition. Coming off hard is an easy way to set and keep the tempo high. Never retaliate - Retaliation will cost your team a penalty. Referees often see the retaliation but miss the first penalty. Do not let the opposition see that they have gotten to you. Keep your emotions under control. Instigate, do not retaliate. Only captains talk to the referee - Unless you are a captain carrying out you duties, do not talk to the referee. Nothing good will come of it. Direct all communications through the coach and captain. This will buy time and show that the team is intelligent and disciplined. Keep your emotions under control. Show positive emotion - Emotion is good and should be shown when it is positive. Emotion is powerful. Positive emotion will generate positive results. Negative emotions will generate negative results.


5-on-5 Stick and Pin - When playing at even strength, hit your man and pin him, keeping him from returning to the play. Always beat your man back into the play. 4-on-5 Stick and Move - When playing a man down, hit your man and move on, quickly getting back into the play. Do not get tied up with your man, giving the opposition more ice and your team less defensive coverage. Numbers Hard At - When forechecking and the puck carrier’s back is to you, numbers showing, go at him hard, quickly taking away time and space.

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Putting pressure on a puck carrier to take away time and space is a good hockey habit.

Crest Control Angle - When forechecking and the puck carrier is facing you, crest showing, control him by angling towards the boards. Make him go where you want him to go. Take away time and space in a controlled manner.


Head on a swivel - Keep you head on a swivel, always turning your head, looking around, and seeing and reading the play. Stick in passing lanes - Keep your stick in the passing lane, taking away the passing lane and ready to intercept passes. One hand on the stick - Keep one hand on your stick (in the passing lane) presenting a bigger profile and keeping one hand free for making contact with your check. Back check through the middle – Back check through the middle of the ice all the way to the front of the net, the house. Pick up trailers, help out in front. This allows defensemen to pursue, maintain defensive pressure and perhaps make a quick transition. Never get caught flatfooted - Stay on your toes with a wide stance and a good knee bend so that you are able to react quickly in any direction.

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ON THE RUSH 3-ON-1 PURPOSE: To develop timing and positioning skills of support players and decision-making skills of the puck carrier in a three-on-one attack. SET-UP: Players begin in three lines as shown with a defenseman at the blue line in the middle of the ice. The play begins with a coach making a pass to the defenseman who quickly gets off a shot and sktes skatesbackward backwardup upthe the ice to defend the rush. The coach give s a second puck to a winger who moves with his linemates at full speed up the ice to attack the offensive zone. Do not allow any passes until they have entered the offensive zone. The support player should move into proper position to be available as a passing option. The puck carrier needs to assess the situation and make the best play, based on the positioning of the defender.

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Warm up, power and explosiveness

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Speed and agility training takes a lot of hard work and attention to detail. Warming up for speed and agility training is important, since the training itself involves multiple movements in multiple directions in multiple ways (sprinting, shuffling, jumping, etc.)

SOME WARM UP TIPS - Use dynamic warm up drills such as walking knee hugs, foot grabs to the rear, and forward/ sideways/backwards lunges - Get your blood and heart rate up using movements such as high knees, butt kicks, and lateral shuffles - Joint warm up is important, so perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;bunny hopsâ&#x20AC;? (ankle hops) forward/backwards/lateral

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- Incorporate change of direction in your warm up drills (ex: shuffle ten yards, plant and sprint back to starting point)


This award is presented annually â&#x20AC;&#x153;to a female student-athlete born in 1991 or later who has achieved a high level both in the classroom and on the ice during the past hockey season.â&#x20AC;?


Plyometrics are fantastic for developing athletic power and explosiveness. There are various forms of plyometrics - in place, bounding, on an object, over an object - to name a few. After learning to proficiently jump and land on two feet, you can move onto the one-legged jump. The one-legged jump is similar to its two-legged counterpart, yet requires an

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REMEMBER - Jump off the ground landing on your power pad (forefoot) then transfer the weight on to your entire foot at the end of the landing - Use your arm action to drive your momentum up as you drive the jumping leg into the ground - Start with a single response jump (jump once, stick your landing, then step off ) Move up towards multiple response jumps ( jumping receptively on and off the box non-stop) - Start with a low level box (6 or 12 inches) then increase the box size.

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athlete to use more stability and strength to perform the action. The one-legged jump will increase leg drive during athletic action, aid stability when planting to make cuts and improve speed and acceleration.

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February 22, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 14


It can be difficult to give credit where credit is due – namely to the other team when they have defeated you. The first time I can actually remember that happening was when I was playing professionally in the American Hockey League and our coach Robbie Ftorek told us after a game that we had played as well as we could that day, but the other team played better. Maybe that is a result of having been fortunate enough to have played on good teams where we were expected to win or had a chance to win every game. That is not always the case. Maybe it was a result of coaches not recognizing how well Winning is important. When we play, we play to win. And we should. There the team actually did play on a given day because they didn’t win. If you didn’t are a number of other reasons to participate in a competitive sport, but one of win, you couldn’t have played well, could you? the most important reasons is always to win. If we didn’t, there wouldn’t be any need for a scoreboard and there wouldn’t be a lot of the great elements that are MEASURING SUCCESS And that is one of the biggest problems with winning. It is the only measure part of a competition. I have never been a big fan of the saying that “winning is not important”. of success in some people’s eyes. A couple of years ago I was coaching a girls Because it is. It always is. At every level. We play the game, and we compete, with team that lost a hard-fought 3-1 game to an opponent that was a little better the ultimate goal of winning. It’s that simple. Adults and kids of every age love than we were on most nights and probably should have beaten us 75% of the to win and hate to lose. Some more so than others. And there is nothing wrong time that we played them. In the post-game mingling in the lobby while waiting for the players to come with that. But we are kidding ourselves if we think that winning isn’t important. Youth sports studies always indicate that winning does not rank high on the out several of the parents gave it the old “Well, they just didn’t have it tonight, did list of reasons why kids participate in competitive sports. And that is very true. If they?” Well, actually they did. In fact after the first period, which we dominated you have ever had the pleasure of coaching kids of any age you should understand territorially yet trailed 1-0 on a late goal, both I and our other coach said to each that. Having fun, meeting new friends, being part of a team and learning new other, pretty much at exactly the same time, “What was that? That was the best skills are always higher on that list. Winning comes much closer to the bottom period we have played all year!” It actually was one of the best games that we played the whole year. But for kids. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important to them. Nor does it mean that it isn’t an important part of competition. It is just not as high a priority for kids. because we ended up losing that night, the perception was that we didn’t play well. One of the main problems with the importance of winning and losing is that many people use that as their sole form of measurement in how the game went. MORE IMPORTANT TO ADULTS The reality is that winning is much more important to the adults than it is to Lose? Bad. Win? Good. Even though at times it couldn’t be further from the truth. I have coached teams that have had virtually no chance of winning games, the kids. The problems arise when adults are unable to cope with winning and losing in sports. In their own adult games that they play, or worse yet, in games yet gave a great effort and played as well as they could. Unfortunately because that are for the kids and the adults are merely involved as coaches or spectators. they lost the prevailing thought among the players and their parents was that Like most adults, I love to win and have always hated to lose. In fact, I have they had “played awful”. I have also coached teams that could have, should have and did beat an inferior always been a horrible loser. I am sure that part of it was because of the culture I was brought up in. The other team never played well enough to beat us. When opponent without their best effort. Because they won, the players and parents thought that they had played well, even though they were not good at all that we lost it was because we played poorly enough to lose.

by Lyle Phair


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day. That’s a tough “coaching moment”. While you want to and have to give your team credit for doing what they are supposed to do - winning the game - at the same time you need to attempt to get them to understand that winning isn’t everything. Giving their best effort and playing as well as they can is. Sometimes the wrong message gets sent with a win.

THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT Actually winning can mask a lot of problems with a team. Everything must be going well right? The coach must be good. The players must be learning and improving. Conversely losing can create problems that aren’t really there at all. But there has to be something wrong, doesn’t there? Someone has to be to blame, don’t they? Really, it is not winning, or the measurement, that is the most important element of a game. Rather it is competing, the process and the path that is much more significant. To me, one of the greatest benefits of playing a sport is competing. Giving it your best effort and seeing where that takes you. Over time, your best effort will undoubtedly result in improvement. If you are fortunate it will even result in some wins. Unfortunately there are many players who never get the opportunity to see both sides of the equation. Some players always end up on the better teams and while it looks like a good deal short-term to win all of the time, long-term it can actually be a detriment to the player. They never have the chance to learn the lessons that only losing can teach you about what it takes to be a winner. And, maybe more importantly, how to handle it when you don’t win. Conversely there are players that always seem to end up on the weaker teams that lose much more frequently than they win. Ironically, these are the kids that just might get the most benefit out of participating, although it never seems so at the time. They have the opportunity to learn how to compete and what it takes to close that gap between losing and winning. To some, parity is a dirty word and is equated with trying to “dumb down the game”or bring the best “back to the pack”and giving the rest a chance to catch up. But to me it is more about creating great competition. In youth sports parity provides the players (and their coaches) with the best opportunity to experience everything that both winning and losing have to offer.

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Girl’s Hockey – Part 1 Editor’s Note: The following article is the ninth installment of our“Navigating the Frozen Waters”educational series aimed at helping both new and veteran players and parents understand the different levels and pathways of hockey available in Michigan and across the United States. Michigan Hockey will explore other topics in youth hockey in future issues. We invite you to share your questions and concerns regarding Navigating the Waters by e-mailing us at:

Minnesota (383), Massachusetts (222) and New York (149), and ranks only slightly ahead of Illinois (62) and Wisconsin (60). “Minnesota probably has four times as many girls participating in hockey as Michigan,” said Phair. “The drawing card there is their high school teams. If Michigan had more high school teams there would be more girls playing. It becomes the chicken and the egg because the high schools don’t want to start teams until there are more girls playing the sport.”



Despite familiar designations of Tier I, Tier II and House, the girl’s hockey landscape in Michigan is significantly different than the way boy’s hockey is set up. While boys have single year age groups for travel teams, girl’s hockey has two-year divisions – 10U, 12U, 14U and 19U - due to the smaller number of players involved. And most associations in the state with a girl’s house team have only one team per age group, so more often than not those teams travel outside their association to play other teams. Tier I and Tier II girl’s teams in the state begin competing in leagues at the 12U age group. And while Tier I teams exist in Michigan at the 12U level, they play in Tier II leagues like the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL) as the Tier I Elite Hockey League includes only 14U, 16U and 19U divisions. In the Tier I Elite Hockey League, Little Caesars, Honeybaked and Victory Honda have teams in all three divisions, while Belle Tire has 14U and 19U squads. Grand Rapids has teams in the 16U and 19U divisions and Compuware ices a team at the 14U level. Another unique facet to the girl’s game is the lack of districts boundaries that govern the boy’s game. With roughly 2,800 girls under 19-years old registered in Michigan, there are no geographic restrictions to where someone can play. And, at this point, there is nothing in Michigan that defines the difference between Tier I and Tier II girl’s hockey. A rule change proposal that clearly lays out the criteria for three levels of girl’s hockey - Tier I 12U -19U, Tier II Competitive 10U -19U and Tier II House Recreational for all ages - will be voted on at the MAHA Summer Meeting in July. Right now being Tier I or Tier II is“what you decide to market yourself as,”according to Lyle Phair, coach of Honeybaked’s 12U squad.

Belle Tire 19U coach Mike Vigilante’s team skates out of the Taylor Sportsplex and draws players as far away as Grand Rapids and Holland. Many of his players are 16-years old and are playing up a level in hopes of attracting college attention. “Some of our girls are in contact with Division I and Division III schools,” said Vigilante, who said the organization hopes to add a 16U team next season. “With their work ethic and commitment I know many of them will move on.” In Ann Arbor, coach Erik Penhollow was able to take his 14U Tier II state champion team and move them to Tier I this season as part of Compuware, the first time the organization has iced a girl’s team. “Right now 14U is the only team we have but we are planning to expand next year and include a 16U team as well,” said Penhollow, who also serves as the Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association’s Girls Director. The move to Tier I made sense as Compuware hockey director Randall Paquette was considering adding a girls program and Penhollow’s team was comprised of players from Ann Arbor, Jackson and Marshall, making it a good geographic fit. The team splits practices and games between Compuware Arena and the Ann Arbor Ice Cube and often shares practice time with the Ann Arbor Cougars 14U or a boy’s house team in order to reduce costs. Compuware recently completed their first Tier I regular season in eighth place out of 13 teams and earned a spot in the playoffs. “So far it’s been a really good experience” said Penhollow. “We can’t be more proud of what Erik, Dan Goosetrey and the girls have done this year (by) upholding the principles Compuware stands for and giving the girls such a good experience,” said Paquette. Girl’s hockey faces many challenges, not the least of which is getting more girls playing. For the higher level programs to prosper there needs to be a greater number of girls suiting up at the younger ages. We’ll take a look at getting girls started playing and the Tier II level in a future issue.

NEED MORE GIRLS While the 1998 Winter Olympics that featured women’s hockey for the first time generated some excitement for the sport, it hasn’t translated into more girls playing the game in Michigan. The LCAHL has seen the number of girls teams drop from 53 during the 2003-04 season to 30 in 2009-10. At the 12U level the number of teams has gone from 24 in 2003-04 to 11 in 2009-10. “I think some of it has to do with the economy and the recognition of the sport,” said Greg Packer, the Little Caesars director of girls programs. “And you don’t see girl’s college hockey covered much with only 37 schools at the Division I level.” With 66 Michigan girls playing at the Division I and Division III college levels last season, the state ranks fourth overall nationally but significantly trails the top three of


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From the Crease

February 22, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 14

STEVE McKICHAN From the crease

Looking off the puck and centering passes Fundamental level goaltenders are very puck-focused and rarely look around at other players. Full concentration on the puck is crucial for the developing goalie but as the game quickens the elite goalie must learn to implement the advanced technique of “Looking off the puck.” This simply means taking in various important visual cues away from the puck in brief non-dangerous moments. These glimpses allow the goaltender to intelligently anticipate potential attacks and identify dangerous players. A prime example of “looking off the puck” occurs when the line rush develops in the neutral zone. The pro goaltender will quickly glance at all the players involved and assess whether threats like drop passes, back-door passes or cut-ins are likely. Once the play has set up in the defensive zone there are key situations when a goaltender should look off the puck. Sideboard or corner puck battles allow the goaltender a chance to see if some crafty player is open out front. Most saves on centering pass one timers are the result of fore knowledge on the part of the elite goaltender. Knowing generally where the man is and what hand he is can be learned with these quick looks to the slot. On a penalty kill subtly looking off the puck as it moves around the perimeter will allow accurate prediction of cross-crease or cross-box passes. Almost every game played at the pro level will provide an example of a goal scored as a result of a centering pass. They are dangerous plays to be sure, but if a few key tactics are employed we can shift the margin of success to the goalie.

Quick looks - Knowing who is open, where he is and what hand he is allows the goaltender to get a mental jump on the save. If these quick looks indicate a centering pass is imminent bring your close post arm inside the post in preparation for your explosive challenge. Which hand? - Your explosive challenge off the post needs to be targeted at the stick side of the opponent otherwise you’ll leave massive amounts of net available. Pass prevention - If the puck never makes it to the man in front he can’t score. Break up all tight passes and every once and a while try to suck the man in by pulling your stick out of the passing lane. A flat pass can now be easily intercepted. Angle hesitation - Only the best goalies in the world exhibit this strategy effectively. Instead of exploding out dead in the middle of the angle, explode out holding to the short side of the angle. In the instant the shooter assesses the open space he won’t realize you are baiting him into that open side. When done correctly, it won’t occur to him that you purposely did it and you’ll be able to slam the door upon release. Assessing the pass - The quality of the centering pass will dictate what the man in front will likely attempt. If the pass is bouncing or deflected slightly the man in front will need to corral it first before he can hammer it. On a pass in his feet or closer to his backhand, a one timer is highly unlikely. A firm flat pass in his wheelhouse will be pounded on net.

Team Michigan tryouts are March 26-28 Twenty of Michigan’s top high school seniors will again make up this year’s Team Michigan squad. But instead of competing at the Chicago Showcase, which ended operations last year, this year’s Team Michigan will be heading to the Minnesota Showcase on April 23-25, 2010 in Plymouth, Minnesota. And while the location is different, the Minnesota event will be again heavily scouted by junior and college coaches. Open tryouts for Team Michigan are March 26-28 at the DISC in Dearborn. The process puts the team selection process in compliance with the MHSAA rules and participating players will not lose high school spring sport eligibility. Per MHSAA rules only players who participate in the open tryout are eligible to be selected to Team Michigan. In order to qualify for Team Michigan a player must be a graduating Michigan high school senior and have competed in at least 75% of your team’s 2009-10 games. To play at the Minnesota Showcase a player has to be chosen at the Open Tryout, have USA Hockey Registration for Showcase Team Eligibility and participate in Team Michigan Training Camp, April 16-19 and 21, 2010. The deadline for applications to tryout for Team Michigan is March 18. Check out for more information and to print out a tryout application. Contact Team Michigan coach Kevin Ahern at:

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The T-push is the skating movement used by all elite goalies to follow passes, rebounds and skaters while handling the puck in the defensive zone. It is also used when a goalie stops the puck behind the net. The T-push allows them to move in their crease with the most speed and efficiency. When executing a T-push the goalie starts by placing their feet in a “T” position. This position enables them to dig hard into the ice with the back foot (the pushing foot) and glide with the lead foot. The goalie is able to move without slowing down. This is why the T-push is preferred to the shuffle. For instance, in the shuffle position a goalie does not put his/her feet in a gliding position, instead they keep their skates facing forward and have to scrape the ice while moving laterally and are slowed down as they move towards their next position. Only the T-push allows a full explosive maneuver towards the goaltenders next position. Young goaltenders cannot expect to be fast and have success making saves unless they always push hard and stop hard. Ideally, the goalie should be set and ready for a shot at the same time or just before a player receives the pass and starts a shooting motion. Therefore, every time a goalie executes a T-push they have to push as hard they can. It does not matter if they are executing a long push (from the post towards the far side face off dot) or a short push (from the post towards the near side face off dot). In order to be successful, the push always has to be hard. The goalie needs to grip the ice with the inside edge of their skate blade, rolling their ankle inward. Sharp skates are essential. For maximum speed the goalie has to explode into the push. There are only three steps to follow: the first is head and shoulder control. The goalie has to keep their eyes on the puck as the play is changing direction. By doing so, the head and shoulders will automatically rotate in the direction of the puck. Goalies should always focus on their upper body while moving. Too many goalies “work” more with their feet than with their upper body, resulting in too many movements and wasted time.

The second step is bringing the inside (lead) foot back in the direction to travel. Slightly lift the lead foot and rotate it while bringing the skate back and under the body and close to the pushing (back) foot. When done, the goalie should have their feet in a “T” position. Stepping back requires good skating ability as the goalie will be standing on one skate momentarily while rotating back. This motion will save time and produce more power. The third step is execution of the push. The goalie has to make sure that once their feet go in the “T” position that they step towards the puck. The ankle of the pushing foot has to lean inward so the inside edge of the skate blade can grip the ice and then push off the back foot and snap the ankle. When the goalie immediately lifts their lead foot during their rotation, they will explode off the back foot. There is a weight transfer from the back to the front foot during the process. If a goalie executes a strong push and is moving with great speed, they will then have to stop the hardest they can. The stop always has to match the push. If the goalie does not stop hard they will still keep gliding and will not be able to set quickly enough to face the shot. In order to execute a hard stop, the goalie must rotate the foot and ankle and stop hard on one foot, the lead foot. The goalie will utilize the inside skate edge of the lead foot to dig into the ice hard, gripping the ice with a sudden and deliberate stop. It is important to rotate and bend the ankle inward on the lead foot while stopping. The goalie always stops with the lead foot. Always push with the back foot and stop with the lead foot. This will assure you stay square to the play. Avoid snowplow and two foot stops. They are too slow and the goalie finishes off balance and not set and ready to make a save. Keep training hard and remember eyes attached to the puck, always! Eli Wilson currently coaches 13 NHL goalies, and is the president of Worldpro Goaltending School.

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Beyond the Stripes

February 22, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 14



Observing the organized chaos and moving parts Like most players, officials at all levels can usually remember the details of an exciting game like it happened just seconds ago. Whether it was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;this closeâ&#x20AC;? on-sides play that resulted in a goal or a late penalty call and the ensuing powerplay action, officials break down the game, and assess their performance, just like players do. One of these officials, District 3â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jim Siedel, is shaking off a stinger on his hand in the ref room after a Squirt game at Berkeley Arena. I had watched Siedel with the intent of trying to understand a day in the life of a youth hockey official. And his answer to my question, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What happened to your finger?â&#x20AC;? really made me realize how many things, or moving parts, occur on the ice at any given moment of a hockey game. In a matter-of-fact style, Siedel jumped into a passionate bullet-pointed explanation of how his finger was hit in the second period by an errant deflected pass that found the sweet spot of his knuckle. What seemed like an innocent situation was actually much more complex in reality to

the man wearing the stripes. The referee is constantly adapting, reacting, assessing, interpreting, evaluating, judging and mediating different elements at any given moment - while at the same time meeting the physical demands of the game. In other words there is a lot of information a referee has to process in order to manage and navigate the organized chaos that is a youth hockey game. The excitement in Siedelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice as he detailed how he hurt his finger gave me a glimpse of why referees do what they do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the love of the game, to stay fit and to give back,â&#x20AC;? was his answer.

FOR THE MONEY? What about the perception that youth referees do it just for the money? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am sure there are a few, but not as many as one would think,â&#x20AC;? said Siedel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are in it for the money, then you are in the wrong business.â&#x20AC;? While officials are paid, Siedel points out that the financial consideration isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a big reason to keep working. Take any one hour long game,â&#x20AC;? he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;On average refs are at the rink at least 15 minutes prior to the game and 15 minutes after with a half-hour of travel time each way to and from games. So now that one hour game takes 2.5 hours at an average rate of $25. So $10 an hour minus expenses like gas and car wear usually are not motivation enough for most senior and experienced referees with families.â&#x20AC;? Just like coaches and players, officials make sacrifices to stay involved and be prepared to work games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A big one is time from the family on the weekend after a long week at work,â&#x20AC;? said Siedel, now icing his hand and smiling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the pains, cuts and bruises that are with you 24/7 away from the rink.â&#x20AC;? Again like players and coaches, officials could have 5-6 games at 2-3 different arenas on any given weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So, actually the biggest sacrifice is in the time it takes to prepare,â&#x20AC;? said Siedel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It takes time to keep fit, eat right and most importantly get focused between the games.â&#x20AC;?

PREPARATION IS KEY Parents, coaches, players and fans in the stands usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think about that preparation time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Focus is the key,â&#x20AC;? said Siedel, who regularly does back-to-back games involving different age groups.â&#x20AC;&#x153;The differences between the levels of play from game-to-game at various age levels are dramatic.â&#x20AC;? And as the season progresses the pressure mounts as the stakes go up with each passing weekend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when you make a bad call or miss a call, trust me it takes a toll,â&#x20AC;? said Siedel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A referee canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t carry that baggage from game to game. It is very hard to manage the chaos without keeping focus and adjusting to each game on a weekend.â&#x20AC;? Siedel enjoys watching everything that goes on during a game â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the game within the game â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and takes pride in processing everything and keeping the organized chaos under control. And I gained a better understanding and a deeper appreciation and respect for the men and women who wear the stripes. Dean Krispin is a former official that is back watching youth hockey. Contact him at:





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February 22, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 14

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Heroes of Hockey Day are all around the state The recent Hockey Day in Michigan on January 30 celebrated the passion of the game and honored the contributions of the thousands of volunteers, coaches, officials, managers and players who give countless hours to the game. And the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), along with the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), FOX Sports Detroit and the Detroit Red Wings, also recognized three

1997 Birmingham Rangers Jerry Reinhart 248-705-5050, March 14th 4:00-5:30 p.m. @ Cranbrook March 19th 7:30-9:00 p.m. @ Birmingham March 21st 4:00-5:30 p.m. @ Cranbrook


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Bruce Hulsher (248) 318-4842, Bob Stone (248)229-7830, or Dave Gentile, (248)840-0812, Jason Woolley (248)977-9969, david.gentile@det.bowmanandbrook 14-Mar 12:30 - 1:30 PM @ Cranbrook 21-Mar 1:00 - 2:30 PM @ Cranbrook 28-Mar 1:00 - 2:30 PM @ Cranbrook 1995 & 1994 Midget

1999 Birmingham Rangers Kevin Shea, (248) 867-6211, March 22nd 7-8:30 @ Birmingham March 27th 6-7:30 @Birmingham March 29th 7-8:30 @Birmingham

1999 Birmingham Liberty Paul Dunbar, (248)388-9450, Head Coaches Anatoliy Builga and Petr Tichy March 24th 5:30-7:00pm @ Troy March 26th 5:45-7:15pm @ Troy

1998 Birmingham Rangers John Duncan, (248) 514-5229, March 14th 12:00 – 1:30 pm @ Birmingham March 16th 6:00 – 7:30 pm @ Cranbrook March 20th 10:30 – 12:00 pm @ Cranbrook


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special Heroes of Hockey Day who have worked tirelessly to help make the game enjoyable for others. Selected from numerous e-mailed nominations, the three 2010 Heroes of Hockey Day received a prize package that included tickets to the Michigan-Michigan State game at Joe Louis Arena on Hockey Day and also tickets to the see the Red Wings play in March.

A_Birmingham Rangers_Spring/Fall(Ranked) Steve Bester, (248) 842-9580, March 9th 7:30-8:50pm @ Cranbrook March 18th 8:00-9:20pm @ Cranbrook March 27th 9:00-10:20am @ Cranbrook

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An Ishpeming resident and coach and board member in the Iron Range Hockey Association, Roose helped procure a grant for the One Goal program, developed advertising for the area’s instructional mite program, and enlisting members of the Jr. A Marquette Rangers to help the young players. “In his efforts to grow the game in our local association he has went above and beyond,” wrote IRHA president Scott Carter. “My hat is off to Chris Roose.” Roose grew up playing “boot hockey” in the street with snow chunks for the goals and “time outs” when cars passed by. “I still remember the memorable shots, checks into the snow bank and the bruised shins,” he said. “I was really surprised when I was awarded this distinction. The credit really goes to the Iron Range Hockey Board and coaches. Without their support none of the programs and events would have come to fruition. I enjoy volunteering for an organization that shares the same love for the game.”

MICHAEL BERGLUND After starting coaching as a teenager, Iron Mountain’s Berglund is still volunteering his time and teaching young players the game 20 years later. The ACE Program director for the Dickinson Amateur Hockey Association, Berglund coaches a Pee Wee B team and runs a free weekly goaltending clinic. “Mike is a not only a great husband and father, he is an invaluable resource for our local association and promotes a life-long love of the game,” wrote his wife Julia. “Mike’s love of the game is contagious and he’s an asset to our family, community and association.” Berglund started playing in the association in 1976, still plays in a men’s league twice a week, and hopes to instill in his young players a love for the game that keeps them playing into adulthood. “I am very honored to receive this recognition,” he said. “I have gotten so much from hockey. And I feel like I’m giving back the same way the people did when I was growing up. Between playing, practices, and games I find myself on the ice or on a bench six days a week. I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”


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A native of Troy and resident of Yale, Faulkiner coached at various levels over the past decade, including his most recent stint with a Bantam AA squad in Port Huron, as well as coaching at Mt. Pleasant High School while on a temporary job assignment as a professor of economics at Central Michigan University. Faulkiner is currently working on his doctoral dissertation for a Ph. D. in economics from Wayne State and has taught at both Wayne State and Oakland University. “He has done all of this while working full time, going to school full time, guiding his son’s football career and raising his daughter,”wrote Randy Hinkley. “His wife also was working and going to school, but would support Mike and even manage his teams. Mike really deserves some recognition for giving back so much and realizing what he received as a youngster. His knowledge, care and support so everyone could play has truly been second to none.”


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By Larry O’Connor On Lakeshore Sports Centre’s web site, there’s an online poll on proposed modifications to its adult hockey spring league. The populist barometer may be a product of need as much as it is democracy. While spring leagues continue to do brisk business in strongholds like Brownstown’s Ice Box or Livonia’s Eddie Edgar Arena, others find it an increasing struggle to have players stick it out for six more weeks. Organizers cite the usual culprits: Warmer weather, kids playing more sports and the state’s decimated economy. Lakeshore management is checking its adult hockey community’s pulse to find out what they think about playing fewer games to having a three-on-three format. While three-on-three competitions may seem gimmicky to hockey purists, the boiled down version of the game may be a lifeline for rink operators seeking to fill ice times that would otherwise go wanting. And shutting the doors in April and May is not an option. “Once the regular season is over, if you don’t have spring hockey your revenue just drops tremendously,” says Wayne Alexander, Lapeer Polar Palace general manager. “So without spring hockey, I don’t know how a rink could survive really.” Muskegon’s Lakeshore is debuting three-on-three competition for youth players this spring. Pee Wees and up will play on a half sheet of ice with netminders while squirts and younger will compete on one-third of the rink with unattended mini goals. “The parents make their effort to get their kids on the ice during the regular season,” says Jason Goodell, Lakeshore general manager. “Spring is kind of a luxury thing or it’s something preparatory for a tryout. “Traditionally, we have always had a decent spring league with our adults. But the last couple of years it’s been really hard to get them out due to the economy.” Suburban Ice - Macomb is also veering into the three-on-three territory this spring as cover for kids taking part in other sports. Recent three-on-three tournaments have been popular and the arena decided to take it to the next level. Traditional six-on-six leagues - including its high school

competition - will continue at the Macomb Township facility, which runs its spring programs with the Rochester Onyx, says Julie Pardoski, general manager. “We know (three-on-three is) good for players,” Pardoski says. “They get lots of touches of the puck. And the kids have a blast - it’s like pond hockey.There are no coaches involved, which the kids love. We also thought it would be a break for the coaches.” Each team’s roster will consist of ten players, including two goalies. That number factors in player commitments to outdoor sports with the belief that at least four skaters would turn out for each game, Pardoski says. “I think it’s more in response to kids playing other sports, really, and the economy, making it more affordable,” Pardoski says. The move also runs parallel with USA Hockey’s American Development Model, which calls for cross-ice games for players age 8 and under. The scaled-down request is in response to studies that show 60 percent of kids stop playing the game before pee wee while another 20 per drop out after one year. At the Polar Palace, three-on-three competition isn’t on the horizon. The facility is one of the few that hasn’t seen a fall off in spring participation despite nearby Flint being one of the state’s most economically depressed areas. To ease the financial pain, the facility offers a monthly payment plan to parents. “I think offering payment plans are the big thing right now with the economy the way it is,” Alexander says. “If you say, ‘Your payment is $1,100 and you have to come up with it now,’ you might as well close your doors.” The Polar Palace GM also attributes good coaching and consistent ice times as two reasons for skirting the downward trend. Spring hockey’s ongoing lure is its laid-back nature. Players often use the six weeks to hone individual skills while having fun before breaking for the summer. Hockey associations also step away from spring proceedings, leaving arenas to oversee registration and scheduling. On its web site, Livonia Hockey Association officials posted a reminder that it’s not affiliated with the highly popular Eddie Edgar Challenge Spring League. As a result, coaches have the task of picking players and registering their respective teams. Though there is no individual registration, players can be put on a list that


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coaches can use to fill out rosters. The formula works as the Eddie Edgar spring circuit hasn’t seen a downtown. “We’ve been lucky in terms of our spring leagues being very popular,” LHA’s Lori Yarnell says. Spring leagues also fortify Traverse City’s Centre Ice facility, which aided by a vibrant adult hockey circuit and an adult tournament in May. “That obviously helps us,” Centre Ice Executive Director Terry Marchand says. Those are sentiments folks in Muskegon hope to repeat, which is why the online poll is being monitored. The ongoing survey found voters favoring a format with two games a week followed by playoff with a discount on fall registration going to the league winner. An adult three-on-three alternative is more difficult to gauge, though. “Guys don’t really give you a good answer,” Goodell says. “They say they are interested, but when it comes to paying the bill and signing up they are not always there. We can get a lot of interest verbally but, it really doesn’t matter until the rubber hits the road.”

Garden City Hockey Association along with the support of USA Hockey and MAHA make their Skills development a success for the 2009-2010 season.

The Garden City Hockey Association Skills program exceeded 40 players this season after having very low registration in the 2008-2009 season. This is due in part to the support from the grant money provided by USA & MAHA to supply equipment to young players wanting to start the great game of hockey. All new players are eligible to use equipment free of charge for the entire season when they sign up for the GC Skills program. GC even offers skates at no charge through their equipment exchange program where a player can exchange gently used outgrown equipment for used equipment that they will fit into now. This program was set up by current GC Vice President Mike Morton who also coaches the 99 GC Gold Wings Squirt AA team. The on ice skills program is run by USA level 3 and above coaches with the help from volunteer parents. Greg Guziak, GC Midget BB coach says "It's not just about teaching the kids, it's about teaching your future coaches and managers what is involved with running a youth hockey program." Garden City Skills program started September 1st and continues until March 27th. They are still accepting new players at a reduced rate of $25 per player. Loaned equipment is available. If you are interested, please email . Garden City Hockey Association is currently accepting coaching applications for the 2010-2011 fall season. They are available at the GC arena concession stand and are due March 1st, 2010. Garden City Hockey Association fall sign ups are as follows: March 13 and March 20th from 12-2pm at the Garden City arena. Garden City Hockey Association will be hosting their annual year end hockey banquet on March 31st at 6pm at Roma's of Garden City. There is no fee to registered players and coaches of GCHA but you must have a ticket provided by your team. Additional tickets are available for purchase. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Please visit our website for current updated information at


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Women of all ages and skill levels have fun playing in the MACRHL on Friday nights at Ann Arbor’s Veteran’s Arena.

MACRHL means fun and games BY MIKE LARSON

At most rinks around the state it’s not unusual to see hockey moms in the stands cheering on their players. But on Friday nights at Ann Arbor’s Veterans Arena, hockey moms and other female athletes can be found at a different spot in the rink - on the ice, competing against one another. Women players from all over the metro-Detroit area are part of a beginner league, MACRHL (pronounced “Mackerel”). The name stands for “Michelle’s and Camille’s Recreational Hockey League”, a nod to the league’s founding members. MACRHL is different than most other women’s leagues in that it attracts female players with little or no playing experience in competitive hockey. The league started 15 years ago when organizers wanted to create a fun, supportive place for women of any age to start playing the game. “We have people who start when they are 20-years old, as well as people who start when they are like 50,” said MACRHL’s Mich Rasulis.

ALL KINDS The league’s players all come from different hockey backgrounds. Some have never played before and got involved after watching their friends play. Others played growing up with siblings, but haven’t played in years. And some of the women decided to try the sport after cheering on their sons or daughters at the youth level. Gail Monds, 49, played a couple seasons of intramural hockey at Michigan Tech in the early 1980s, but that was a lifetime ago. She signed up for MACRHL for the first time last fall having hardly skated in 25 years. “I was kind of intimidated our first game,” she said. “I couldn’t skate; I remember being offsides and people yelling from the bench, but I love it.” “It’s so much slower than my son’s hockey games, but when you’re out there things happen pretty fast,” Monds said. For Rasulis, getting involved in MACRHL was more about coincidence. “It was kind a fluky thing,” she said. “I was skating with friends from work, and one day one of them said, ‘Hey, why we don’t play hockey?’” And Rasulis, in her late 30s at the time, couldn’t think of a good reason not to. Now she says she has developed a deep love for the game and looks forward to her Friday night skates at Veterans. A true beginner when she started in MACRHL, Amy Whitesall learned the game, and its rules, on the fly. “I got my first penalty in my first season when the brittle old wooden stick I’d fished out to of the basement snapped in half when I took a pass,” she remembers. “My teammates were all yelling for me to drop the stick, and they only got louder as


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I skated over to the broken end and picked that up too... at which point the poor ref had no choice but to blow the whistle. I was just thinking, ‘I can’t leave that there. Someone might trip on it.’” Although technically not a beginner, Courtney Fathers joined MACRHL and loves playing in the all-female environment. “When I started playing hockey, I started playing with the guys so it was kind of a different level,” said Fathers. “But playing in this league is a good way to get started. The people really help each other.”

FUN AND SUPPORT That camaraderie helps fuel an atmosphere of fun and improvement that is one of the hallmarks of MACRHL. “In most competitive leagues, it’s all about the scoring and trying to win,” Rasulis said. “Here things are a little different. We still like to score and try to mix it up, but we also realize that there are players from all over the spectrum of abilities. So, players who are a little better get a chance to kind of mentor players that don’t have the best skills yet. It’s a really neat set up.” Just like at the youth level, teams in the MACRHL are assembled with players of varying experiences and abilities. “It’s set up so that teams have a couple of players that are more skilled, but they also might have a couple of players who have never played before,” said Fathers. “So there isn’t really an advantage for any team.” The combination works because all the players are trying to improve and have fun at the same time. “Some of the more skilled players get a chance to open things up, while the newer players are getting a chance to skate and learn the game,”said Fathers. “We’re always giving each other tips on the bench.” And what the play in the MACRHL might lack in speed, the league more than makes up for it in fun. “For a lot of us our only chance to play hockey was to play in men’s leagues and that can be pretty intense, because it gets so competitive,” said Fathers. “This league is a good mix – it’s competitive enough and it’s a lot of fun. Fathers said that her MACRHL experience has been overwhelmingly positive - and she especially enjoys how the league fosters an environment where all players have a chance to shine. “If you play against guys they usually try to will knock you off the puck to really show you how much better they are,” said Fathers. “Here, if a new player gets the puck we try to let them skate a little, and try to give them a chance to learn how to play, not just have the better players show how good they are.”

That sentiment is echoed by Whitesall, who started playing in the league at 35. “The thing that makes it special is its supportive atmosphere,” she said. “No one has anything to prove. “As an adult I appreciate having the opportunity to play the game more than I would have when I was younger. For an hour every week I’m not anyone’s wife or mother. I’m just a forward or a center or a defenseman, just playing a game and having fun.” In that kind of atmosphere inexperienced players can quickly gain confidence and improve their skills – and that makes the game even more enjoyable, no matter what age or gender you are. “It’s kind of cool because we get to see players when they first start and then we get to see them improve,” Rasulis said. “From there, they might go join a different, more experienced league.”

A MAN IN GOAL Since not everyone can attend every game, teams try to make sure they have at least ten skaters on the bench, running two full lines of forwards and defense. If a team is short, the manager can borrow volunteer players from another team to help out, a process that often happens ten minutes before game time. Generally, if a beginner is missing they are replaced with a beginner, and a more skilled skater is replaced appropriately. This allows occasional bonus ice time for new players, and gives others a chance to try a position they might not normally play. Subs are logged each week on the score sheets to make sure volunteer ice time is shared throughout the league’s players, as well as check that more skilled players aren’t repeatedly brought in as short term ringers. And because of a shortage of female goaltenders, league teams don’t have a specific netminder every game. Rather, teams use a pool of pickup goalies that show up at the rink ready to play. Games are played with two halves, rather than three periods, and the goalies switch teams at the half. And sometimes the all women’s league lets a man or two play between the pipes. “It’s really a neat league,” said one such goalie, Rob MacDougall. “It’s a lot of fun playing with the girls.” Monds’ 11-year-old son, Eliot Solbrig, plays goalie for a Pee Wee house team in Chelsea. He’s also part of the MACRHL goalie pool, which means he sometimes minds the net for Monds’ team and sometimes plays against her. Asked if he’d let his mom score if she got the puck in front of the net, Solbrig just smiles. MACRHL competes on Friday nights from October-May in Ann Arbor and just started its winter session. For more information or to sign up to join a team, visit the league’s website at

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February 22, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 14

Women’s Dirty 30-Plus Tourney a big hit


The teams that competed in the inaugural Dirty 30-Plus women’s hockey tournament at Brighton’s Kensington Valley Ice House in mid-January were there for the hockey — and the post-game socializing afterward. But the hockey was the primary focus, and for organizer Michele Monson of Milford, the tournament is a rarity in Michigan. “They don’t have women’s hockey tournaments for 30-and-over (brackets),” she said. “They don’t even have divisions. You play against 19- or 20-year-olds. The (30 and over) guys were having so much fun, and I thought we would have one for the women.” Monson came up with the idea half way through this season and worked hard to make it a reality. “There is just nothing like this for women,” said Monson. “Women are so serious.” “Everyone played hard, partied hard and had such a good time.” The tournament included eight teams, four each an upper and lower division and included two squads from Ohio. “We had an absolute riot,” said Carol Schwanger, who helped Monson organize the tournament. “Our whole idea and intent was to make a very fun and competitive weekend for the ladies. And it was – we had just as much fun on the ice as we did off.” Monson was busy herself, playing defense for her team, the Polar Bears, coordinating appearances by former Red Wings player and coach Ted Lindsay, and distributing trophies after the championship games. Lindsay, whose business adviser, Gil Ruicci, is Monson’s husband, proclaimed her “a hockey nut,” and dropped the ceremonial puck before both games in Sunday’s championship round. Ruicci and Monson helped put together one of the first over-30 teams in Michigan and also sponsor the Ruicci Cup tournament in Livonia that has grown to 36 teams. “Gil has been very good for this,” Lindsay said. “And there are a lot of good women’s hockey players.” On Sunday, the teams played three 10-minute periods with a clock that stopped on whistles, but with no resurfacing between periods. Lynn Edgar and Barbara O’Leary of White Lake played for the Ice Hawks, and were

invited to play for the weekend. “Lynn told me she wanted to exercise, and I told her to play hockey. It’s the best workout,” O’Leary said. “I love it,” Edgar said, laughing. “I’m fanatical.” Monson began organizing it well after the season started, but still was able to obtain ice time at the Ice House, thanks in part to some gentlemanly behavior. “(The Ice House) was wonderful to us,” Monson said. “I don’t think we would have gotten ice anywhere else during (MAHA) districts. The men’s leagues here were very nice, too. They moved some games and gave up their ice. I mean how nice is that?” Monson’s team, the Polar Bears, lost to the Mag-a-ritas, 1-0, in their championship game, possibly due to an off-ice tactic by the Mag-a-ritas. “This was our first tournament,” said Mag-a-rita Elissa Brode, who lives in Ann Arbor. “We knew we were going to be in this championship, so we figured we would spend the night, wake up, have fun and play.” And there were plenty of opportunities to socialize, too. “This weekend turned out to be a whole lot of fun, and that was our focus,” said Schwanger. “We had free pitchers and beer after games and beer brought to the locker room. We had coffee, juice, bagels and pastries in the morning, so it’s been a really social event.” Asked if pastries and coffee in the morning was what made a women’s tournament different from a men’s tournament, Schwanger laughingly agreed. “That could be,” she said. “I’ve worked adult tournaments, and men do get beer for every game.” The tournament, which ran from Friday to Sunday, featured much post-game celebrating after the days’ games were done, including a big Saturday night at the arena’s upstairs Top Shelf pub. Plans are already under way for the second edition of the tournament, which is planned for November with 12 teams, to accommodate some of those who were turned away. Monson said she was moved to tears by the praise and positive feedback from the participants. “I love hockey more than anything,” she said, “I can’t tell you how many people

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Eight women’s teams had a great time at the inaugural Dirty 30-Plus tournament at Brighton’s Kensington Valley Ice House.

thanked me for it. I got cards that were so sincere. They said ‘we enjoyed it and had so much fun.’ It makes all the work worthwhile.” And, it was suggested, the calories burned by playing might have offset the pizza and beer consumed. But Monson, with a comic’s timing, shot that idea down right away. “Oh, no,” she said. “They’ll have to skate a lot longer if they want to skate that off.” With a file from Philip Colvin

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G.P. South and Port Huron clinch titles BY BOB ST. JOHN

With the regular season winding down, Grosse Pointe South joined Port Huron as the division winners in the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League. The Blue Devils won the Division 1 crown by beating Cranbrook Kingswood, 4-2, and Ann Arbor, 4-1, on back-to-back nights on Feb. 10-11. Against the Pioneers, Ana Harris scored two unassisted goals, while Shannon Gianino added an insurance goal. In the third period, the Blue Devils endured three minutes of 5-on-3 power play opportunities for the Pioneers. In the final period, Julia Solecki scored for GPS and Rachel Freeman tallied for the Pioneers, who dropped a 2-1 overtime game to Grosse Pointe North on Feb. 13, to fall to third place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played very well in both games and now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re division champs,â&#x20AC;? South head coach Bill Fox said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played a tough three-game stretch and played pretty well.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know every team will be ready to play against us, so our girls have to be at the top of their game, especially with the playoffs coming up.â&#x20AC;? Twenty-four hours later, the Blue Devils used an aggressive offense to outshoot the Cranes 51-13. Harris scored to make it 1-0 Blue Devils and the Cranesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Amanda Schimpke evened it up midway through the opening stanza. In the final period, Claire Boyle gave the Blue Devils a 2-1 lead at the 12:59 mark, but once again the visitors tied it when Caley Chelios tallied two minutes later. The game-winner came from Harris and Jessica Snella provided an insurance goal against one of the best goalies in the league, Colleen Jacoby. South improved to 17-0 and increased its league over the Cranes to two games after sweeping them. Ann Arbor, as of Feb. 14, holds a slim one point lead over Grosse Pointe North, who also secured one of the top four seeds for the state playoffs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have played some close games and lost some tough ones, but we finally earned a solid win against Ann Arbor,â&#x20AC;? North head coach Scott Dockett said. Kailey Sickmiller scored the Norsemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first goal and Sara Villani had the gamewinner midway through the overtime. Malaika Whitney scored the Pioneersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;lone goal. University Liggett is in fifth place in Division 1, and picked up a 6-4 win over Farmington Hills Mercy on Feb. 10. Paige Counsman had four goals and Liz Smith added two for the Knights. Jackie Buckley scored twice for the Marlins. Northville and Livonia Ladywood are playing better down the stretch. However, the Knights, Mustangs and Blazers are going to have to play GP South, Cranbrook, Ann Arbor or North in the state quarterfinals on March 9 at City Arena in Detroit. In Division 2, head coach Ron Cook and his Port Huron squad are preparing for their playoff, set for the first week of March at St. Clair Shoresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Civic Arena. Chelsea Minnie is the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top scorer with 28 goals and 45 points. Teammates MorganThompson and Hayley Cox are also in the top 13 in scoring with 24 points apiece. Head coach Mary Beth Johnson has Plymouth-Canton-Salem playing much better of late also, thanks to solid leadership and the girls getting used to a new style of play. Riccardo DiPasquo and his Detroit Country Day squad have been on a rollercoaster ride during the second half of the season. The Yellowjacketsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;recent game was a 3-2 setback to Walled Lake. Despite the loss, MaddieVanAntwerp remains one of the leagues top scorers with 19 goals and 29 points. Emma Crone, with nine goals and 21 points, and her Walled Lake teammates have been effective as they have grown more comfortable with new head coach Kathy Markovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s system. In the win over Country Day, the Wildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grace Jardine had a goal, while Katie Acheson and Brittney Pasekel drew assists. Coach Pat Gregoryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marlins have been stuck in neutral for most of the season, but he does see a light at the end of the tunnel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The girls are getting better, but they have to play three full periods every game,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think after our recent ups and downs the girls see what they have to do to be a better hockey team.â&#x20AC;? Warren Regina remains in sixth place in Division 2, but that hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t prevented Kristwn Taylor from putting solid numbers on the board. She has 21 goals and 35 points. Bloomfield remains winless and has upcoming games against Northville and Port Huron to try to get that elusive victory.


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Emma Huellmantel has backstopped GP North to 11 wins this year.

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MAC and OAA go head-to-head BY SETH FISHER

In a showdown between two Metro Detroit counties, teams from the Oakland Activities Association went head-to-head against teams from the Macomb Area Conference at the Onyx – Rochester Ice Arena on Feb. 6. The first ever MAC-OAA Showcase pitted each team against their like-ranked competition in the opposite conference (the last two MAC seeds played each other to make up for the two-team discrepancy in the leagues’ memberships). The event, which used all three sheets of ice at the Onyx, went all day and culminated with a hard-fought 1-1 tie between No. 1 seeds Farmington and St. Clair Shores United that typified the high level of competition throughout the day. While OAA teams finished with a 7-4-3 record, the MAC gave their rivals all they could handle. The winners were the players, fans and junior scouts who packed the arenas to take advantage of the opportunity to see two conference’s worth of players under one roof. “They did this right, staggering the games so it’s easy to see everybody,” one scout said. The opportunity to get MAC and OAA player’s exposure put a smile on the face of Macomb Dakota head coach Dave Koons, who originally came up with the idea of an inter-conference showdown. “Our ultimate goal is to get scouts out here – junior teams, colleges – to watch these kids,” he said. “If one kid gets his books covered because of this, it’s worth it.” The showdown’s matchups were created using the USHSHO. com rankings, which proved to be a point of contention. For example, the rankings ended pitted an undersized Port Huron squad from the MAC’s Blue Division against the hometown and highly regarded Rochester United team (Rochester won 8-0). Koons’ Cougers, on the other hand, came into the matchup atop the MAC Red Division, but drew a No. 4 seed, and defeated Clarkston 5-2. Still, the coaches involved were overwhelmingly positive about the event and the opportunities it provided for their players. “This many teams and all that talent in one place made this just a great event for our kids to take part of,” said Bob Hall, whose No. 2 seeded Utica Eisenhower Eagles lost 4-3 in an exciting, back-and-forth battle with Farmington Hills Unified. “The kids are excited; we’re using this opportunity against

some tough opposition to gel as a team and get ready for the playoffs,” said No. 7 seed Troy Athens coach Joe Barone. “We’ve been trying to get some games against some of the better teams out there, and they’ve really got some of the better teams [in the OAA],”said top-seeded St. Clair Shores coach Frank DiCristofaro. “Many of our teams did well. I think all-in-all, us being the new guy on the block, we had something to prove against the established old guard. “We’ve got two great leagues and the more crossover we get between the leagues, it just makes all of us that much better.” Last season, both the MAC and OAA hosted separate January showcases, but teams from either division had seen little of each other before this year’s event. “Hopefully we’ve earned some newfound respect for our teams, and we can schedule each other more throughout the season,” said Koons. Koons said he initially got the idea for an OAA/MAC headto-head from high school wrestling, which hosted a similar competition this past January. “I brought it to the other MAC coaches and everyone liked the idea,” he said. Most of the credit, however, the Dakota coach reserved for Rochester Hills Stoney Creek athletic director Shane Redshaw. “I called Shane from the OAA side and he just ran with it – he got everything organized and really made it happen,” said Koons. Redshaw, in turn, passed the credit to the Onyx, and parents from the two Rochester programs, Stoney Creek and Rochester United. The parent volunteers filled over 80 positions throughout the day as bench managers, ticket supervisors and myriad other jobs. “They asked J.V. parents to come volunteer so the varsity parents could watch their kids,”said Rochester parent volunteer Lynette Hillman. “The J.V. boys are working the penalty boxes and having a blast.” The end result was a big day for high school hockey in the area. “When you can put 30 schools in one building, and everything works smoothly, it’s a good Saturday. The Rochester United and Stoney Creek parents really stepped up,” said Redshaw. “Everyone I’ve talked to wants to do it again,” said Koons. “I’d like to do it every year.”

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February 22, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 14

Eastside D to watch down the stretch BY MATT MACKINDER


Whether it’s big and bruising or small and speedy, the east side of the state has an impressive crop of senior defensemen. Below are a few blueliners who will play a large part in their team’s fortunes down the stretch:

A smooth skating defenseman, Moore anchors the Cubs’ blueline corps with fellow senior Ryan Walker. Moore has lots of skill, can handle physical play and has a big upside. “Evan has good size, is a good skater, sees the ice well, has a very good shot and has the grit it takes to take his game to the next level,” said Bennetts. “He is being looked at by teams in the USHL, NAHL, EJHL and Division III colleges already.”

Trojans head coach Mike Turner thinks the world of the smart, mobile playmaking Berger. “He’s our top defenseman,” said Turner. “He’s just a solid all-around performer. He makes good passes and anchors our defense.”

KEVIN COLLON – CRANBROOK A co-captain of the Cranes in his third year on the varsity, Collon logs a ton of icetime for the defending state champs. “No player works harder in practice or in off-ice training – I’m not sure he takes a day off,” said Cranes head coach Andy Weidenbach. “He is physically strong and rarely gets taken off the puck. His quick, accurate shot from the point and physical presence on the ice makes him very difficult to play against – he has to be watched in either zone.”

TJ LOVELL – MONROE ST. MARY’S CC A three-sport athlete, Lovell is one of the most solid blueliners in the state. “TJ is intensely competitive,” said SMCC head coach Jim Baker. “He can play any position and has sacrificed playing forward to unselfishly anchor our defense.”

DAN MILAN - ORCHARD LAKE ST. MARY’S Big, strong and physical, Milan has a big shot and has signed a tender with the Traverse City North Stars of the NAHL. One of three highly touted defensemen on OLSM, along with Kevin Killian and Cody King, Milan has Eaglets head coach Brian Klanow raving. “In my mind, Dan Milan is the top defenseman in the state,” Klanow said. “I have three defensemen that I would put up against anyone.”

RYAN OBUCHOWSKI – DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL An aggressive and intelligent blueliner, Catholic Central head coach Todd Johnson calls the 6-foot-1, 175-poiund Obuchowski a “great skating offensive defenseman.” It also appears Obuchowski is headed for the next level as he reportedly has multiple tender offers from the NAHL and interest from teams in the EJHL.




Extremely smart player with good size and loads of skill, Van Antwerp was an all-stater last year and should repeat as one of Michigan’s best this year. Mobile and efficient, Van Antwerp has a calming effect on his teammates and logs a ton of ice time for the Warriors. A two-year captain, Van Antwerp has played all four years on the Warriors’ varsity squad and seems to plays his best in pressure situations. “Joe is an excellent leader on our team,”said Brother Rice head coach Lou Schmidt, Jr. “He plays in every situation and his strengths are his poise and vision. He sees the ice, recognizes his options, and is also a physical presence. You can count on him to make the first pass out of the zone and to jump into the play in the offensive zone. He quarterbacks the power play, but also is excellent in the defensive zone killing penalties. Joe is just an all-around very good defenseman.”

Birmingham Brother Rice senior defenseman Joe Van Antwerp will play a big part in the Warriors stretch run.

JAKE POYNTER – LIVONIA STEVENSON Heady defenseman thinks the game well, is tough to beat 1-on-1 and excels at making a good first pass out of his own zone. Keeps things simple, but can run the powerplay and plays in all situations for the Spartans.

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NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE 2009-10 NAHL Standings (as of February 16) IceDiggers deal Timar, McCusker at trade deadline CENTRAL GP W L OTL PTS PCT GF GA Bismarck Owatonna Alexandria North Iowa Albert Lea NORTH Traverse City Marquette Janesville Motor City Alpena

46 47 43 43 44 GP 44 43 43 43 45

29 27 21 13 11 W 26 27 22 19 15

9 8 66 16 4 58 18 4 46 25 5 31 28 5 27 L OTL PTS 14 4 56 16 0 54 18 3 47 18 6 44 28 2 32

0.717 0.617 0.535 0.360 0.307 PCT 0.636 0.628 0.547 0.512 0.356

146 153 125 115 106 GF 166 144 134 120 123

110 148 118 179 176 GA 136 113 134 137 156

SOUTH Topeka St. Louis Texas Springfield Wichita Falls

GP 46 43 43 45 47

W 35 34 20 17 13

L OTL PTS 7 4 74 8 1 69 19 4 44 23 5 39 28 6 32

PCT 0.804 0.802 0.512 0.433 0.340

GF 197 153 134 132 135

GA 109 90 146 148 200

WEST Wenatchee Fairbanks Alaska Kenai River

GP 45 49 44 45

W 34 27 25 10

L OTL PTS 8 3 71 19 3 57 13 6 56 32 3 23

PCT 0.789 0.582 0.636 0.256

GF GA 154 96 178 157 153 131 105 181

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TEAM POS GP G A FBX F 49 20 50 TPK F 46 23 39 FBX F 47 23 33 SPR F 45 21 31 BIS F 46 18 31 MAR F 43 17 32 MAR F 40 17 32 WIC F 47 24 23 OWA F 47 21 26 TPK F 46 17 29 ALX F 39 17 29 ALX F 43 16 29 FBX F 48 21 21 FBX F 46 16 26 SPR F 41 15 27 BIS F 46 16 25 WNE F 45 20 21 BIS F 45 20 21 JNE F 43 24 17 MAR F 42 28 13 TNS F 42 18 23 TPK F 40 21 20 STL F 43 19 21 TEX F 42 19 21 TPK F 46 15 24 MCM F 43 17 22 TNS F 43 19 20 ALX F 43 14 25 MAR F 41 15 24 FBX F 46 18 20 BIS F 45 21 17 TNS F 44 14 24

TOP GOALIES TEAM GP MIN Jaeger, Brandon WNE 19 1069:36 Bartus, Garrett STL 17 880:01 Karambelas, Evan TPK 19 1151:27 Bruggeman, Tyler STL 28 1657:29 Faragher, Ryan BIS 32 1767:43 Frederick, Cooper TPK 16 860:26 Kamal, Chris ALX 29 1684:11 Carruth, Mac WNE 16 866:02 Kissaw, Kevin MAR 32 1817:45 Strandberg, Drew TNS 27 1499:20 Torf, Jason MCM 19 1009:28 Taffe, Mike FBX 28 1568:17


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PTS 70 62 56 52 49 49 49 47 47 46 46 45 42 42 42 41 41 41 41 41 41 41 40 40 39 39 39 39 39 38 38 38 GA 32 28 37 57 65 34 67 35 76 63 43 69

PIM 54 46 31 12 44 30 87 64 16 48 49 18 61 39 34 65 36 90 28 31 61 76 71 32 40 47 66 40 30 62 4 40 GAA 1.80 1.91 1.93 2.06 2.21 2.37 2.39 2.42 2.51 2.52 2.56 2.64

PPG 9 5 9 7 7 4 3 7 5 5 7 6 11 5 6 8 7 5 3 12 6 6 4 5 8 6 5 7 8 6 4 2 SV 459 346 353 746 720 302 752 360 982 611 542 684

SHG 0 2 0 0 1 2 5 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 SV% 0.935 0.925 0.905 0.929 0.917 0.899 0.918 0.911 0.928 0.907 0.926 0.908

The annual North American Hockey League trade deadline came and went on locker room.” At the time of the trade, Timar was leading the IceDiggers in scoring. February 6 and several teams tweaked their rosters in hopes of prolonging their season. In another high-profile trade, Bismarck picked up forward Tyler Klein and In one of the bigger moves, Wenatchee acquired 20-year-old Novi native Ryan Timar from Alpena. The IceDiggers also sent captain Jimmy McCusker, another defenseman Ben Danford from North Iowa for future considerations. That trade 20-year-old from Novi, to Marquette for forward Danny Wood and added forward came just a week after the Bobcats traded for Air Force recruit Aaron Quick from Wichita Falls. Shay Cizmar from Texas. Marquette obtained defenseman Andrew Mueller from Texas as well. ANOTHER NEW TEAM COMING With the trades of two of their better players, The NAHL has accepted the membership for an it would appear Alpena, mired in last place in the expansion team in Aberdeen, S.D., the Aberdeen North Division, is looking toward next season. Wings, which will begin play next season and Not so, according to head coach Jack Fritsche, play its home games at the Odde Ice Center in who also refuted rumors that this season is the Aberdeen, S.D. IceDiggers’ last in Alpena. “We couldn’t be happier to welcome “Are we throwing in the towel? Absolutely the Aberdeen Wings to the North American not,” Fritsche told the Alpena News. “We’ve Hockey League,” said NAHL commissioner Mark got a big road ahead of us. We’ve created an Frankenfeld. “As we explored this market over opportunity for Timar and we picked up Danny, the past year, we were overwhelmed by the who is the same type of player as Jimmy. city’s passion and enthusiasm for hockey and “(Owner) Steve (Marks) has told me he’s we’re looking forward to becoming part of the doing everything he can to keep the team in community’s fabric for years to come.” Marquette acquired veteran forward Jimmy Alpena.” The team’s owner, Greg Odde, is also the McCusker (Novi) at the NAHL trade deadline. In dealing McCusker to the Rangers, he’ll be proprietor of L&O Acres, a farming, trucking and reunited with Marquette head coach Kenny Miller, formerly Alpena’s bench boss. machinery sales business. Odde has been a member of the Aberdeen Youth Hockey “We’ve been working this one for a while,”Miller said. “Jimmy’s a team guy who’ll Association in various capacities for a number of years. do really whatever we ask. He’s a player who’s been in this league for a long time Pete Sauer will serve as the team’s head coach and general manager. and knows what’s expected of him. He’s got the ability to kill penalties, put pressure on the opponent in their zone and put the puck in the net. He adds a dimension NOTEBOOK that really fits into our plan.” More D-I college commitments: Fairbanks forward Mark Pustin (AlaskaMarquette and Traverse City have battled for the top spot in the division all year. Anchorage), Bismarck defenseman Tom McCarthy (Merrimack), Fairbanks Meanwhile, Timar becomes the fourth Wenatchee player to have a commitment defenseman Zach Tolkinen (Quinnipiac), Owatonna forward Brian McGinty (Canisius), to play Division I college hockey at the U.S. Air Force Academy along with Adam Fairbanks forward Jared Larson (Minnesota), Janesville forward Rui Encarnacao McKenzie, Alex McLean and Mitch Torrel. (Connecticut) and Bismarck forward Casey Kleisinger (Air Force) … Forward Michael “We are excited to have Ryan coming,” said Wild associate head coach Ryan Henderson, picked up in a trade from St. Louis in January, was named Alpena’s McKelvie. “He is a very gifted player that plays hard every night. Even more new captain after the McCusker deal and forward Andy Yarber was named the new importantly, he is a high character person that will be a great addition to our alternate captain, replacing Timar.

SHERWOOD PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (FOR WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 14) NORTH DIVISION Motor City forward Eric Millisor connected for four goals and an assist as the Metal Jackets skated to a two-game sweep over Traverse City. On Feb. 12, the Ecorse native notched the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory. The next night, the 19-year-old recorded a natural hat trick, including the game-winning marker, as the Metal Jackets downed the North Stars, 4-3. He was also a plus-1 on the weekend. HONORABLE MENTION: Janesville forward Pat Dalbec SOUTH DIVISION Texas forward J.D. Howard struck for two goals and two assists as the Tornado celebrated a two-game sweep over Fairbanks. On Feb. 12, the Canfield, Ohio, native picked up a pair of assists in a 3-1 triumph. The next night, the 19-year-old scored two goals as the Tornado downed the Ice Dogs, 5-3. He was also a plus-5 on the weekend.


HONORABLE MENTION: Topeka forward Michael Hill; Wichita Falls forward Jason McAloon CENTRAL DIVISION Alexandria forward Kyle Clay rang up five goals and five assists as the Blizzard skated to three wins. On Feb. 12, the Henderson, Nev., native recorded a hat trick and assisted on Chris Franks’ game-winning goal in a 4-1 victory over North Iowa. The next night, the 21-year-old tallied a goal in a 4-3 victory over the Outlaws. On Feb. 14, Clay notched another goal and four more assists, including one on Nardo Nagtzaam’s game-winner, as the Blizzard downed the Albert Lea Thunder, 7-2. He was also a plus-5 on the weekend. HONORABLE MENTION: Bismarck forward Ben Danford WEST DIVISION Alaska forward Matt Friese put home two goals and three


assists as the Avalanche skated to a two-game sweep over Kenai River. On Feb. 12, the Wasilla, Alaska, native tallied a goal and an assist in a 3-2 victory. The next night, the 17-year-old potted another goal and two more assists as the Avs bested the Brown Bears, 5-2. The University of Alaska-Anchorage (WCHA) recruit was also a plus-3 on the weekend. SHERWOOD GOALIE St. Louis goaltender Tyler Bruggeman backstopped the Bandits to wins in his two starts against Wichita Falls, turning aside 67 of 68 shots. On Feb. 12, the Mankato, Minn., native made all 33 saves in a 3-0 victory. Two nights later, the 18-year-old stopped 34 shots as the Bandits downed the Wildcats, 4-1. HONORABLE MENTION: Bismarck’s Jake Williams; Janesville’s Matt Wichorek; Motor City’s Jason Torf; Texas’ Dan Sullivan; Topeka’s Evan Karambelas


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February 22, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 14

Whalers win over Sarnia could be ‘turning point’ BY MATT MACKINDER


The Plymouth Whalers trailed the Sarnia Sting by a 4-1 margin early in the second period at home on Feb. 13, but came all the way back and scored four unanswered goals to win, 5-4 in overtime. The win was Plymouth’s 33rd of the season and has the Whalers in second place in the Ontario Hockey League’s West Division and fourth in the Western Conference. Beating Sarnia also snapped a two-game losing streak for the Whalers. Tyler Seguin, a surefire top two pick in June’s NHL Entry Draft, scored on the power

The OHL announced that four teams – Barrie, Kingston, Mississauga and Windsor – have officially submitted bid applications for the opportunity to host the 2011 MasterCard Memorial Cup. All four teams indicated their intentions by providing the OHL office with the completed application form by the Feb. 10 deadline. The winning team will be announced during the week of May 3, 2010. The 2011 national championship tournament will take place May 20-29, 2011, and will feature the league playoff champions from the OHL, Western Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, along with the host team from the OHL. If the OHL champ is the same as the host city, then the playoff runner-up gets a berth in the Memorial Cup.


WHALERS NOTEBOOK Plymouth rookie Garrett Meurs, the team’s top draft pick in 2009, scored his first OHL hat trick to lead the Whalers to a 5-1 win over Owen Sound on Feb. 6 … Seguin was named the OHL’s Player of the Month for January for the second straight month after 26 points in 13 games … Former Plymouth goalie Justin Peters (2005-06) won his NHL debut with Carolina on Feb. 6 by making 31 saves in a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders… Michigan connections coming to Compuware Arena as the season winds down include Sault Ste. Marie defenseman Brandon Archibald (Port Huron), Sault Ste. Marie forwards Vern Cooper (ex-Whalers forward from 2006-09) and Myles McCauley (Sterling Heights native traded from Whalers at the Jan. 11 trade deadline for forward James Livingston), Guelph defenseman Sam Lofquist (played for U.S. NTDP in Ann Arbor from 2006-08) and Guelph forward JR Marsden (played 15 games for Plymouth this season).

Saginaw registered a weekend sweep with wins over the Plymouth, 5-2, Windsor, 7-2, and S.S. Marie, 4-0, on Feb. 12-14. At home in front of a capacity crowd the Spirit netted three goals in the first period versus the Whalers. Five different players scored for Saginaw, led by Ivan Telegin with a goal and two assist. Peter Hermenegildo, Jordan Skellett and Jordan Hill rounded out the scoring. Edward Pasquale was solid stopping 42 of 44 shots… Saginaw made it two straight at home against the Spitfires behind a goaltending clinic from Pasquale, who was spectacular in making 61 saves as the Spits outshot Saginaw 63-19. Josh Shalla scored twice while Sgarbossa, Trocheck, Sanderson, Camara and Szwarz had single goals. Brad Walsh had three assists… In the Soo, Tadeas Galansky earned his first career OHL shutout, stopping 39 shots. Szwarz had a goal and two assists while Murovich, Sol and Sgarbossa found the back of the net… The third annual MCVI Foundation Shocks and Saves charity game, held January 30 at Saginaw’s Dow Event Center and sponsored in part by the Spirit, raised a whopping $39,000 in the battle against heart disease. “Things went great and the crowd was ecstatic,” said Jiri Fischer, who was one of four former Detroit Red Wings that skated in the event and whose Healthy Heart Foundation also sponsored the fundraiser. “We had a lot of fun playing along side with so many great people and I would like to thank them all for their participation.” With a file from Carl Chimenti

Canadian Hockey League Top 10 (as of Feb. 10) 1. Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)


2. Barrie Colts (OHL)


3. Windsor Spitfires (OHL)


“I was a player until the age of 9 and I was an assistant captain, so I was OK, I guess. But one week, my team’s starting goalie went on vacation and we didn’t have a goalie, so my dad, who was the coach, said ‘Strap on the pads!’ I was up for it (and) I turned out to be pretty good, I guess, so here I am now, eight years later.” – Plymouth goalie Scott Wedgewood, to

4. Tri-City Americans (WHL)


6. Saskatoon Blades (WHL)


9. Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)


10. Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)



5. London Knights (OHL)


The Spirit’s Ryan O’Connor was named the OHL’s defensemen of the month for January. O’Connor, who along with Michael Sgarbossa was acquired from the Barrie Colts in a trade for T. J. Brodie and Nick Crawford earlier this season, scored nine goals and 15 points in 14 games in January. The 18-year old is ranked 15th in scoring among league defensemen with 12 goals and 34 points in 50 games this season. He is eligible for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in June.

7. Miss /St. Mike’s Majors (OHL)


8. Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)


HE SAID IT Plymouth Whalers rookie Garrett Meurs scored his first OHL hat trick to lead the Whalers to a 5-1 win over Owen Sound on February 6.

play 4:02 into the extra session for his second goal and fourth point on the night. He now has an OHL-best 90 points on the year. “I think we’re going to use this game as a turning point,” Seguin said. “We’ve had a couple of bad games lately and tonight we didn’t have the best start, but we finished strong. It’s a big two points. We were facing adversity and this is going to happen in the playoffs a lot, so I‘m glad we responded well.” Sarnia remains in last place in the OHL with a record of 14-38-3-1, including an 0-15-2-0 mark over its last 17 games.


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February 22, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 14

Talented Petry leads Spartans resurgence BY PHILIP COLVIN

When Michigan State defenseman Jeff Petry arrived in East Lansing three years ago he was tall, lanky and oozing with potential. A few years of experience, some adversity and natural ability has helped the Spartans junior captain develop into one of the best blueliners in college hockey. A native of Farmington Hills, Petry was a bit of a late developer. He just scratched the surface of his potential at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s High School before spending two seasons with the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL, where he was named the 2007 USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year. After a solid freshmen season at Michigan State, Petry struggled last year as the Spartans suffered through a 10-win season. The team battled injuries and suspensions and with a depleted lineup Petry tried to do it all himself. “Last year was tough for him,” said Michigan State coach Rick Comley. “He did everything he could, and often too much, to try to turn games around.” This season, with a strong freshmen class and senior captain Nick Sucharski and sophomore forward Corey Tropp back in the lineup, the second-place Spartans roared out of the gate and are looking forward to a long-playoff run. “He’s played great this year,” said Comley. “There are many games where he is the best player on the ice.” The son of former Detroit Tigers’ pitcher Dan Petry, the younger Petry helped drive the Spartans resurgence by leading team-building workouts last summer. On the ice he’s picked his spots to join the rush, has improved his decision making with the puck and focused on playing better in his own end. “We just decided to put last year behind us and have a fresh start and everyone dedicated themselves to being better,” said Petry, a second-round pick of Edmonton in the 2006 NHL Draft. “It comes with experience – last year I forced things when it wasn’t there. This year I have tried to be smarter with the puck, make the easy first pass instead of holding onto it and be better defensively.” A top-flight skater with speed and a long stride, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Petry handles the puck well, is a good passer and has a big shot from the point. “He’s special,” said RPI head coach Seth Appert, whose Engineers lost to Michigan State in the Great Lakes Invitational final this year. “He’s evolved into a dominant defenseman. He’s very good offensively, he moves the puck and he has great anticipation.” Petry, who grew up idolizing the poise and efficiency of the Detroit Red Wings Nicklas Lidstrom, has also gotten stronger, which coupled with his tremendous mobility, has made him a much more effective defender. “The offensive part of the game was never in question,” said Comley. “But he’s so much better defensively now. He’s matured and just continues to grow and get


better and round out his game.” Being selected co-captain (with Sucharski) has also helped make Petry more outgoing. “He is extremely competitive, but he kept it inside,” said Comley. “Putting a “C” on his jersey has helped him be more interactive and talk to guys about what just happened (on the ice). “He’s gained confidence, patience and maturity – all those subtle things make the great players.” And playing with outstanding freshman defenseman Torey Krug (Livonia) has also helped Petry elevate his game. “We do have more talent around him this year,” said Comley. ““He and Krug have been a great pair this year.” Comley, who coached Dallas Drake, Duncan Keith and John-Michael Liles in his 37 years behind the bench at the college level, has no doubt Petry will play in the NHL. “Every team we play against, what they talk about is him,” said Comley. “He can swing the game.”

BIG HOUSE WILL HOST WOLVERINES VS. SPARTANS Michigan and Michigan State met in the first outdoor college game of the modern era, dubbed the “Cold War”, on Oct. 6, 2001 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. Now the two schools will face off in the rematch, called the “The Big Chill at the Big House” in the middle of Ann Arbor’s Michigan Stadium on Dec. 11, 2010. The Cold War drew a record crowd of 74,544 and set the stage for the recent series of outdoor games at the college and NHL levels. With Michigan Stadium seating 106,201 for football, the game could be another record-breaker. “This will be an unbelievable event,” said Michigan head coach Red Berenson. “Not only is this a great rivalry between two top programs, but for it to be held in the Big House at Michigan is beyond what any of us have ever dreamt. This is finally a reality and it could be the largest crowd ever to witness a hockey game of any kind. I know our team, our staff and our fans from all over the country will be counting the days until the Big Chill at the Big House arrives.” The playing surface will be placed in the center of Michigan Stadium. The red line (center ice) will run on top of the 50-yard line, and the end boards will extend to reach the 17-yard lines. “Michigan State-Michigan is one of college hockey’s great rivalries, and this will be a grand stage on which to showcase it,” added Rick Comley, head coach of the Spartans. “This is an exciting event for the student-athletes, coaches and staff, and the fan bases of both schools.”

Michigan State junior captain Jeff Petry is having a big season on the blueline for the Spartans.

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January 25, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 12

Nicklas Lidstrom is one of seven Red Wings playing in the Winter Olympics.



Wings ready for Olympics and the break BY DAVE WADDELL

Staggering into the Olympic break, few teams need the respite as badly as the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings went 5-6-6 in their last 17 games and hope to finally have a completely healthy team for the first time this season when they resume the NHL schedule March 1 in Colorado. “The guys going to the Olympics are so excited and so proud to represent their country, but the other guys, it’s an opportunity to wind down for a bit,” said Kris Draper, who was part of the 2006 Canadian Olympic team. “Going on vacation, I know a lot of guys are going to be doing that. We’ll be sitting back on the beach watching the games. “We’ve had a lot of games, a lot of travel and we’ve had a lot of guys that have been injured. Hopefully with this break, and everyone comes back from the Olympics healthy, we’ll make a strong push in March.” While the compressed schedule has been tough for all NHL teams, the Wings have been really racking up the frequent flier miles since Jan. 1. Detroit’s been on the road for 14 of 21 games during that time span, including two long swings to the west coast. “Having the schedule we’ve had, it’s going to be well needed,” said Drew Miller, who is going to Las Vegas with his wife during the Olympics. Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who will coach the Canadian team in Vancouver, admits some of his players are simply gassed at this point. The avalanche of Wings’ injuries has forced Babcock to overplay some guys to cover up the holes in the Detroit line-up. “We’ve overtaxed a few players because we’ve just had to,” said Babcock, who has been short as many as nine regulars at a time this season due to injuries. “I don’t care who you are, you’ve been in the grind because of the way the schedule is. Being overtaxed all the time, it can’t help you. It leads to injuries. It’s no good for us.” Defenseman Nick Lidstrom, one of seven Red Wing Olympians, shouldered an especially heavy burden. However, Lidstrom is raising his level of play as he typically does in the season’s second half with five goals and 22 points in the past 25 games. Lidstrom had one goal and 13 points in his first 37 games. “I don’t think that (fatigue) is an issue at all,”said Lidstrom of being ready for the post-Olympic push.“We’re all in good shape and we’re all looking forward to playing in a big tournament too. “Once you get back from that, you’re feeling good about playing in a big event. You’re ready to get going again.” For players like Pavel Datsyuk, who hasn’t played for Russia since the 2006 Olympics because of the Wings’long playoff runs, it’s hard to argue the Olympics aren’t a jolt of excitement that breaks up a long season. “It’ll be exciting,” said Datsyuk, who has played in the past


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two Olympics and picked up a bronze medal in 2002.“Canadian fans love hockey and it’ll be a good atmosphere for the Olympics.” Datsyuk and his Russian teammates enter the Olympics as the top-ranked team in the world having won the past two world championships. However, the usually playful Datsyuk quickly turns serious when asked if this is the most talented Russian team he’s been a part of. Perhaps, he still remembers the talent-laden disappointments of the past decade. “Nobody cares about talent,” Datsyuk said. “Everyone cares how the team finishes. Everybody forgets about a talented team that doesn’t win.” If Datsyuk needs any more motivation, he only has to look around the Detroit dressing room to see six other players going to Vancouver. With four members of the defending gold-medallists from Sweden (Nick Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen (who replaced the injured Tomas Holmstrom), American Brian Rafalksi and Finn Valtteri Filppula along with Canada’s management team of Steve Yzerman and Ken Holland, Datsyuk knows the value of dressing-room bragging rights. “I don’t have friends on the ice,” Datsyuk said of facing his teammates. “Off the ice we’re friends. It’s like everyone else, there’s no friends on the ice.” Datsyuk said amazingly there hasn’t been any Olympic talk in the Wings dressing room. With Detroit struggling this season, the focus has been all on the Wings. “We haven’t talked about it,” Datsyuk said. “We have lots of time to talk in the Olympic village.” For those concerned about after the games, the Olympic years have generally been kind to the Wings despite their sending a significant number of players to the competition. While they crashed and burned in the first round of the 2006 playoffs to a Cinderella Edmonton team that reached the finals, the Wings won the Stanley Cup in the previous two Olympic years (2002, 1998). However, this year’s team faces a different scenario when the NHL resumes action. Detroit never had to worry about fighting for each point just to make the playoffs in the previous Olympic years. “I don’t think that at all,” said Babcock of whether the Olympics adds to the burden of an already challenging season. “It’s a great motivator and a great adrenaline rush to go and play at a high level, then to comeback that much more energized. “Would you rather go to the Olympics than lay on the beach? Absolutely. Would you like to lay on the beach afterwards? Absolutely. “They’re not going to hold the season up for you. That’s just part of being good. There’s lots of time in your life to lie on the beach.”

Kevin Allen covers pro and college hockey for USA Today

It’s Miller Time for Team USA As teams finished preparation for the men’s hockey those guys. He really admired them.” tournament at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the prevailing The Millers are a proud hockey family, and it’s clear that sentiment in Vancouver was that it was Miller Time for the Ryan is proud to wear the USA jersey. He was one of 10 family Americans. members to play at Michigan State, and cousin Kelly came Any analysis of the U.S squad includes the reality that the close to making the 1984 team and cousin Kevin did make Americans’ hope for medal success centers on Buffalo Sabres’ the 1988 team. goalie Ryan Miller, a native of East Lansing. “That was not that far removed from the 1980 team,” Miller “I think he’s the best goaltender in the NHL this season,” said. “I remember hearing about what Kevin was going to U.S. general manager Brian Burke said. “…he’s compact and do in Calgary and having that all explained to you definitely reserves energy. He’s calm and reserved, definitely an asset.” creates a vast aura around it. At the time, I thought Michigan Miller’s composure is his trademark. State was the pinnacle of hockey and I thought my cousins “It doesn’t seem like were the best players in the much bothers him,”Anaheim world. I thought if Kevin was defenseman Ryan Whitney going to go off and play in a said. “That’s really important big tournament then it was for a goalie. You don’t want a the best tournament around.” goalie who is tense.” Miller is the centerpiece The former Michigan State of an American team that is standout and Hobey Baker five years younger than it was Award winner is among the in Torino, Italy in 2006. Those many state connections on younger players, such as New the U.S. squad. Jersey’s Zach Parise, Chicago’s Michigan natives Brian Patrick Kane, Nashville’s Ryan Rafalski, Jack Johnson and Suter and St. Louis Blues’ Erik Tim Gleason (who was added Johnson, are expected to be to the roster for injured Mike among their better players. Komisarek) are on the U.S. “If we play well, (the defense, Tim Thomas will media) will say we picked the back up Miller in net and right guys,” Burke said. “If we Ryan Kesler is one of the key don’t, they will say we got the forwards. wrong guys.” A contender for his first The Americans are playing Vezina Trophy, Miller seems in a pool with Switzerland, to be entering the prime of Norway and Canada. If his career. Not many players they win their pool, they have been as important to would earn a bye into the Ryan Miller their team as Miller has been quarterfinals. If they don’t to the Sabres this season. win their pool, they would have to play a wild card game to Per his custom, Miller has entered the tournament with get into the quarterfinals. a quiet confidence in his own ability. Although he’s on the Wilson has said the key for the Americans is their ability to biggest stage of his career, Miller is trying not to approach quickly develop team chemistry. the Olympics with the same workman-like effort he puts into “It makes a big difference, believe it or not,” Parise said. every NHL game. “It’s not just something to talk about. It makes a big difference “It’s not like I’m going to sit back in my net and make big when you have guys that are getting along with each other. glove saves,” he says. “I’m going to try to make it very, very You would be amazed how a couple of bad attitudes or bad boring but getting hit square in the chest a lot.” relationships in the locker room can screw up team chemistry.” America has a strong tradition of quality goaltending. Jack Although USA placed emphasis on adding some young McCartan was a primary reason why America claimed gold at talent, most of the younger players are seasoned international the 1960 Olympics. Jim Craig played superbly when USA won players and proven NHLers. Dustin Brown, for example, is in Lake Placid in 1980 and Mike Richter was stingy in net when among the younger players and he’s already the Los Angeles USA won the World Cup in 1996. Kings captain. He said he has been on a team at one point with It’s clear that Burke and Coach Ron Wilson believe Miller all but two of the players on the Olympic team. has the potential to provide that same goaltending push that Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said there is a chance McCartan, Craig and Richter supplied. this Olympic tournament, played for the first time on NHL ice, Although Miller was born a few months after Craig wrapped “could be the best hockey event of all time.” himself in a flag after helping USA win gold in 1980, Miller Miller is trying not to be caught up in the heavy hype of the knows the story well. tournament. This is the fourth tournament using NHL players, “My dad played college hockey around that time and but none of the previous three have experienced this level of played against a lot of those guys,” Miller said. “My dad was build-up. Said Miller: “ We just have to look at those games one very competitive, and it’s interesting to hear him talk about at a time, and make them important only that day.”

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