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Congratulations to the LCAHL 2009-10 Regular Season Champions! Age Mini Mite B Mini Mite B

HOUSE DIVISION CHAMPIONS Division Champion (s) Division 1 Belle Tire Lakers Division 2 Plymouth Tiger Sharks

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Division 5 Division 1 Division 2 Division 3 Division 4

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Garden City Stars Summit Red Wings

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Allen Park Huskies #1 Novi #4 Predators Farmington Hills Heat Farmington Hills Infer-

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TRAVEL DIVISION CHAMPIONS Division Champion (s) Lidstrom 1 Troy Sting Lidstrom 2 Plymouth Stingrays Lidstrom 3 Victory Honda Lidstrom 4 Allen Park Huskies

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South Toledo West Flint Metro West Plymouth East Port Huron Flags Metro East USA Eagles Outstate Indianapolis

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Yzerman Howe West Howe East Howe South Lidstrom 5 Lidstrom 6

Novi Ice Cats Grand Rapids Griffins Port Huron Flags Columbus Blue Jackets Kensington Valley Rebels Sylvania Maple Leafs

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Rochester Rattlers West Michigan Warriors

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Rochester Rattlers Holland Ice Dogs Sylvania Maple Leafs Midland North Stars Chelsea Chiefs Michigan Mountain

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Girls 12U Girls 12U Girls 12U Girls 14U Girls 16U Girls 19U

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Little Caesars # 1 Livonia 12U St. Clair Shores 12U Michigan IceBreakers 14U Birmingham 16U Gladwin G Force 19U

Table of Contents March 08, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 15 AMATEUR HOCKEY REPORT LCAHL Travel, House and Girls champions Lakeland Thunder takes Lake Effect Outdoor Classic Toledo Cherokee wins Big Bear WJC Classic title Mackinaw City and NMU win Girls Go Pink tourney Novi Bantam Predators give back to the community Michigan Sting take Gold at Troy Senior Olympics

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MH BEAT Hockey in the Hood has another great weekend Lakeland’s Blake Jackson is a Hockey Hero ACHA, LCAHL and MAHA State Tournaments

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GET BETTER More Good Hockey Habits






NAVIGATING THE FROZEN WATERS Girls getting started and Tier 2


FROM THE CREASE BY STEVE MCKICHAN Summer Goalie Camp checklist


BEYOND THE STRIPES The Season within the Season


HOMETOWN HERO Grand Rapids Griffins Justin Adbelkader


SPRING HOCKEY 18 pages of tryout dates and times

PAGE 53-54 Pond Hockey Michigan teams won at both the USA Hockey and U.P. Pond Hockey Championships.


BOYS & GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL MMGHSHL teams ready for playoffs MIHL Showcase celebrates milestone

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JUNIOR HOCKEY NAHL teams signing new players Whalers clinch playoff spot, Spirit close Muskegon gets USHL team

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RED WINGS & NHL INSIDERS Detroit ready for stretch run Silver medal stings for Team USA

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Compuware wins in Quebec The Compuware Pee Wee AAA squad rolls to International Pee Wee Tournament win

MAHA State Tournaments Little Caesars and Honeybaked win big

College Hockey CCHA playoff matchups are set

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Look for coverage of numerous MAHA state tournaments and the boy’s and girl’s high school finals and a preview of the CCHA Championship weekend at Joe Louis Arena on March 19-20. Look for it on the stands and in your e-mail In-Box on March 19. Advertising copy is due on March 10. Contact Lucia Zuzga at 248-479-1134 or for more info.

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Photos this page (from top, L to R): An aerial view of the U.P Pond Hockey rinks on Moran Bay in St. Ignace courtesy the St. Ignace News; The Compuware ’97 team celebrates their Quebec Pee Wee Tournament title courtesy Compuware AAA Hockey Club; The Little Caesars Girls 12U team was one of three Little Caesars teams that won state titles on Feb. 28 at the Taylor Sportsplex by Michigan Hockey; Northern Michigan’s Mark Olver helped the Wildcats earn a first round CCHA playoff bye courtesy NMU Sports Information.

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A great time of the year Like a lot of people I was glued to my TV during the Winter Olympics for Team USA’s run to the silver medal. The U.S.-Canada gold medal game, like most of the tournament, had lots of action, incredible plays and nail-biting drama. With the best players in the world competing for their country it was unbelievably fast and fun to watch. And while the loss stung, the American team’s passion, heart and skill was easy to see. Hopefully there are a lot more hockey fans across the country after this amazing tournament. MAHA state tournaments are in full swing and the Taylor Sportsplex was buzzing at the end of February with the Girls Tier 1 state tournament (pages 30-32). Congratulations to Little Caesars, who won three of the four divisions, and Honeybaked, who won the 14U title. The next three weekends should be more of the same (see schedule on page 29). The high school season finishes with the girls state tournament final on March 13 at Detroit’s City Sports Arena. The same day the three boy’s MHSAA state finals are at Compuware Arena in Plymouth. An automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament is at stake when the CCHA playoff championship hits Joe Louis Arena - the semifinals are on March 19 and the final is set for March 20. And, if your season ended a bit earlier than you hoped, there’s the spring season to look forward to. Check out the 18 pages of spring tryouts that start on page 33 to help you find a team. Finally, if you know of someone deserving of a MH Award - Female and Male Scholar Athlete of the Year, Coach of the Year and Hockey Person of the Year (see page 18 for more information) – please let us know by the March 19 deadline. See you at the rink,

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Amateur Hockey Report

March 08, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 15

Lakeland Thunder takes Lake Effect Outdoor Classic Southwest Michigan’s Berrien Area Hockey Association celebrated Hockey Day in Michigan and USA Hockey’s Hockey Weekend Across America with their inaugural Lake Effect Outdoor Classic Bantam B tournament on January 29-31. The four-team tournament was held at the outdoor rink in St. Joseph with lots of local support and support from USA Hockey, Detroit Red Wings, Grand Rapids Griffins, Western Michigan University hockey, and the Chicago Blackhawks. During the tournament organizers held a silent auction where they raffled off Detroit Red Wings autographed hockey pucks, Detroit Red Wings autographed posters, “Hockey Weekend Across America” pucks autographed by Olympians Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner, Grand Rapids Griffins tickets, WMU hockey tickets, and a Chicago Blackhawks autographed puck. The Red Wings also supplied water bottles, mouse pads and calendars. The Lakeland Thunder Bantam B squad traveled to St. Joseph

and captured the Lake Effect Outdoor Classic Championship with a 3-0 victory over the host Southwest Michigan Freeze. Three first period goals, scored 90 seconds apart, were all the Thunder needed to claim the championship. MVP goalie Colton Slater notched his third shutout of the tournament in the final. Scoring goals in the championship game were Bryce Imhoff, Ryan Blunk (Austin Michael), and David Boggess. The Thunder beat the Jackson Generals, 1-0, KOHA Flames #2, 5-0, and the Southwest Michigan Freeze, 5-4, to advance to the championship for their rematch with the Freeze. The Lakeland Thunder are: Bryce Imhoff, John Sawyers, Kyle Friedenstab, Adam George, Grant Miller, Connor Campbell, Colton Slater, Andrew Lindsey, William Ayoub, Alan LaBarge, Colton James, Austin Michael, Ryan Blunk, Ryan Stumpf, Anthony Jenkins and David Boggess. Coaches are Chris Stumpf, Ed LaBarge, Mike Miller and David Boggess.

Toledo Cherokee wins Big Bear WJC Classic Squirt A title Coach Doug Smalley’s 2000 Toledo Cherokee team went unbeaten to win the Squirt A Division of the Big Bear William Jefferson Clinton Classic in Melvindale Feb 13-15. Noah Smalley and Keegan Vitucci provided excellent goaltending, posting two shutouts and only allowing two goals over the four games. In the first game Timmy Organ scored on a high wrist shot and it was all that was needed as the Cherokee beat the Trenton Thrashers 1-0. Game two had the Cherokee take on Northern Kentucky. Toledo wasted no time, racing out to a 4-0 lead in the first period. AJ Dishop opened the scoring with assists going to Matthew Snyder and Caleb Williams. Nate Koszycki scored twice assisted by Dishop and Zach Pylypuik. Justin Gelso also had a two-goal game. Justin Maroszek and Organ assisted on his first goal and Tyler Lanz assisted on Gelso’s second as Toledo won 5-0. The third game, a preview of the final, pitted the Cherokee against the Columbus North Stars. Toledo brought a 1-0 lead into the 3rd period on a goal by Organ. The Cherokee added an

insurance marker by Gelso on a pass from Corey Hubbard before Columbus scored to make it 2-1 with four minutes remaining. Columbus pulled their goalie but couldn’t get the tying goal. Ethan Heidepriem won a key faceoff and defensemen Matty Barrow and Derian Homer played strong, battling for loose pucks and clearing rebounds to help preserve the win. The championship game was scoreless until its midway point when Nate Kozicky, who was named the game’s MVP, put the Cherokee on the board. The Columbus club answered back to tie it but the stalemate didn’t last long. After Ryan Brow kept the puck in at the point, Corey Hubbard scored on a pass from Koszycki to regain the Cherokee lead just before the close of the second period. The third period saw good scoring chances at each end of the ice and had both parents and players on the edge of their seats. Columbus pulled their goalie and pressed in the final minute, but Vitucci kicked the final few shots away not allowing any rebound chances.

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2010 Spring Adult Leagues Individual & Team Registrations


Mackinaw City and NMU win Girls Go Pink tourney


Team Registration Divisions 18 & Over D: 7XHVGD\1LJKWV 18 & Over C: :HGQHVGD\1LJKWV 18 & Over C: )ULGD\1LJKWV 18 & Over A: 7KXUVGD\1LJKWV 30 & Over: 6XQGD\1LJKWV Marquette Junior Hockey held their inaugural Girls Go Pink tournament Feb 12-14 at the Lakeview Arena and the Berry Events Center in Marquette. The name Girls Go Pink came from the fact that all of the Marquette girls players have been wearing a pink sock on their right leg this year in support of cancer awareness. The Girls Go Pink tournament champions in the Under 16 Division were the Mackinaw City U16 Girls (top). After opening the tournament with a 7-2 loss to Escanaba, Mackinaw City beat Manistique U16, 6-3, and then defeated the Marquette Culvers U14 squad, 3-2. In the rematch against Escanaba in the tournament final, Mackinaw City came out with a 4-3 overtime victory. The game was tied at the end of regulation play, 3-3. Kate Johnson of Mackinaw city scored the game winner in overtime.


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In the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Open Division, the Northern Michigan University Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club team (above) took the title. The hometown NMU squad stormed through the Girls Go pink tournament by defeating the Northern Lights, 8-0, the Michigan Tech University Club team, 10-1, and Central Michigan University, 6-0. In Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championship game, NMU faced off against Central Michigan University once again, this time on their home ice at the Berry Events Center. Stephanie Fouts, a Mohawk, MI native, made the most noise in the finale. Fouts scored two goals en route to a 3-0 win and was awarded the first star of the game. Sarah Church had the shutout in goal for NMU. Tournament officials are planning next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event for November and plan to have even more divisions.

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Novi Bantam Predators give back to the community

The Novi Predators Bantam squad volunteered their time to assist with a non-profit group called Community Sharing Outreach Center of Milford on February 13. Community Sharing was created in 2003 to expand a food pantry with services that provide food, clothing, assistance with evictions, utility shut-offs, and other emergencies, referrals to other agencies, advocacy, and tutoring in Milford, Highland and Wixom. The Predatorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s players stocked shelves and sorted food items, some of which they took the time to collect and donate to the center.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We try to teach a few life lessons throughout the hockey season and remind the team that it is a privilege to play hockey,â&#x20AC;? said Predators coach Rob Massard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are several underprivileged families in our area that are struggling to pay their bills and keep food on the table. Maybe we, as a team, can help these families out in some small way and give back.â&#x20AC;? The Novi Predator team is: Ryan Bomya, Ben Brown, Ben Forhan, Cameron Gromek, Joey Johnson, Alex Karian, Ben LaPointe, Michael Massard, Michael Moloney, Griffin Peterson, Adam Phillips, Matthew Robinet, Mitchell Robinet, Andrew Stellon, Evan Stockton and Alec Yanosy.

Michigan Sting take Gold at Troy Senior Olympics The second annual Michigan Senior Olympics hockey tournament took place at the Troy Sports Arena on January 25-27, 2010. Five Over-60 teams, including the Troy Silver Devils, Lapeer Area Old Timers, OPC Mavericks, Troy Oldtimers and Michigan Sting, played six games in the first two days. Sponsors for the games were the law firm of Howard & Howard and Best Buy. Guest vocalist Jennifer Barba sang the National Anthem. Former Detroit Red Wings forward and NHL Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay (above with from left: Steve Pankwewicz of the Troy Oldtimers, Sam Haidle of Howard and Howard and Terry Boyette from the Michigan Sting)


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served as the tournamentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s honorary chairperson, dropped the ceremonial first puck and presented the medals and the Ted Lindsay Trophy to the winning team. The OPC Mavericks won the Bronze medal, 2-1, with the winning goal scored by Steve Berak with one second left on the clock. The Michigan Sting took home the gold medal and Lindsay Trophy with a 7-0 win over the Troy Oldtimers. The tournament grew from having four teams last season and Lindsay offered tips and encouragement to the players â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are never too old to play hockey,â&#x20AC;? said Lindsay.

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Level, Team and Association Mite AA ‘01 Canton Crush Number of years coaching - 2 Most memorable coaching moment A 5-0 shutout in a tournament in Holland. Coaching Philosophy/Style Have fun. It’s on the kids as much as the coaching staff to get better every time on the ice. One thing you would change about youth hockey Shorten the length of the season. For the younger kids August through March is too long.








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Hockey in the Hood celebrates diversity BY JOSH CURMI


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The sixth annual Hockey in the Hood tournament in Detroit was a weekend celebration of diversity, fun and good competition. Willie O’Ree (center) of the NHL Diversity Task Force dropped the ceremonial first puck between the Detroit Dragons BJ Salazar (left) and Plymouth Killer Sharks Andrew Stukel.

Whether the games were outside at Clark Park or inside at Jack Adams Arena, the sixth annual Hockey in the Hood, held Feb. 12-14 in Detroit, brought urban kids and suburban kids together for fun, friendship and hockey. With five divisions, twenty-one teams and over 300 players, the tournament promoted sportsmanship and great competition and celebrated the diversity of the sport. Out of town programs’ Columbus (OH) Ice Hockey Club, Buffalo’s Hasek’s Heroes and Wasilla, Alaska traveled to Detroit and joined local teams from the Livonia Hockey Association, the Farmington Hills Hockey Association, the Royal Oak Hockey Association, the Plymouth Canton Hockey Association, Clark Park Detroit and the Detroit Hockey Association. In addition to Opening Ceremonies and meet-and-greet sessions with former NHLer Willie O’Ree, each team also played one of their tournament games as an “Outdoor Classic” at the rink at Clark Park. “Hockey in the Hood is the highlight of our season,”said Will McCants, the president of the DHA.“It’s exciting to see inner city players from all across the country and our local teams compete in this tournament. This is the first minority tournament of its kind and features many different ethnic backgrounds. It is a great opportunity for all the kids.” O’Ree, who broke the NHL color barrier in 1958 when he played with the Boston Bruins, again presented the O’Ree Cup championship trophy to the winning teams. “It’s encouraging to see how this tournament has progressed,” O’Ree said. “Every year we think it is a bigger success. It just makes it more and more fun to see how much better it’s going to get.”

GROWING THE GAME The first Hockey in the Hood had 60 kids and the event has helped the DHA promote the sport in Detroit. “From where we started to where we are today is incredible, “said a smiling McCants. ”We have Willie and all of our sponsors to thank, but most of all the kids, they are the reason we are here, and they make this the great event it is.” The event includes numerous volunteers and takes months to plan. “It’s a lot of work, there is no doubt about that,” McCants

said. “However, it has really become the kind of event that you know is making a positive difference in the lives of the young people who participate in it. All the effort is worth it when you can see how much the kids enjoy everything.”

LIFE SKILLS TOO While Hockey in the Hood is about meeting new friends and showing your talents on the ice, tournament organizers also stress the importance of learning life skills through playing the game. “Hockey can teach much more than just how to skate and shoot,”said O’Ree, a 12-year veteran of the NHLs’Diversity Task Force. “It can teach you how to be a good teammate, how to handle winning and losing, and also that everyone has one thing in common - the love for the game.” And McCants knows those are the kind of things that young players can use the rest of their lives. “Our focus is on hockey, but we want to produce more than just good hockey players. We want to produce quality people,” he said. “It’s important to us to use hockey as a vehicle to teach kids how to be good people and good sports.”

A GREAT EXPERIENCE The fun, camaraderie and competition made for a great weekend. And both McCants and O’Ree believe that the key still is just getting the kids on the ice to try such a great sport. “I have never heard the kids come and tell me that they weren’t having fun.” O’Ree said. “Get the kids on the ice and they will love it.” Hockey in the Hood provided the players with the opportunity to travel from their home rinks, compete in a tournament atmosphere and strive to reach their goals. “This tournament is about giving these kids a chance to have dreams and encouraging them to chase them,”said O’Ree. McCants thanked the event’s sponsors and the DHA volunteers who worked hard to create an atmosphere where kids could enjoy playing the game. “We take a lot of pride in what we are doing here,” said McCants, who is already looking forward to next year’s Hockey in the Hood in Detroit. “It really is truly all about the kids. It’s all about exposing them to a great sport and helping them learn about themselves in the process.”


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Every time nine-year old Blake Jackson of White Lake scores a goal, registers an assistt or even just steps on the ice, it holds extra meaning. ard and the carvings in the The points on the scoreboard hey represent – the adversity ice are the same, but what they he has overcome – shines brighter ghter than any goal lamp or scoreboard light. key was the last thing on the In November of 2001, hockey minds of John and Kelly Jackson. on. Dreams of watching theirr son grow and develop a love for the game like his fatherr t’s worst nightmare afterr suddenly turned into a parent’s vior. noticing some abnormal behavior. “When he was 13 monthss he stopped walking and crawling and just wasn’t active,””John John Jackson said said. “We were concerned and decided to get him checked out.” A trip to the hospital and an MRI revealed a tumor wrapped around Blake’s spine and in his chest. Within two hours he was in surgery to have the tumor removed along with four vertebrae. But the bad news was far from over at that point. The doctors told John and Kelly Jackson that their son’s cancer was Stage IV, the hardest to treat, and he had Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. They gave him a 10 percent chance of living. Even if Blake survived, he would probably never walk again, let alone skate.


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W h i t e L a k e’s Blake Jackson (with the Red Wings Henrik Zetterberg) has overcome bone cancer to become a terrific hockey player.

But by February 2002 his outlook began to turn around. Chemo therapy was successful and Blake went into remission. In May he underwent a bone marrow transplant and remained cancer-free although his recovery was far from done. “We drove to the children’s hospital everyday for check-ups,” John Jackson said. “Eventually, everyday became every other day and then once a month and then once a year.” Even though he was too young to remember the initial moment, during his time at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Blake received a visit from members of the Detroit Red Wings. The team frequents the facility and the Red Wings Wish Club has raised more than $250,000 for the hospital since 1995. As the visits continued the impact on Blake grew. With his recovery complete, he decided he would like to not just be a fan, but follow in his “buddies’” footsteps and skate strides like his favorite player Pavel Datsyuk. Two years after his treatment ended, at five years old and four vertebrae short, Blake began playing in a house league at Lakeland Arena in Waterford. “It was so tremendous to see him take the ice, let alone live and be able to walk with out four vertebrae,”John Jackson said.

GREAT HANDS AND A NOSE FOR THE NET And his first couple years were more than just a feel-good story. Blake, playing left wing, became one of the leading scorers in his league. He finished the 2008-09 season with 55 goals and 82 points. He also won a NARCh Finals roller hockey championship

that July. This year he and his family he a greed it was a agreed good time to take a st up and play for step tthe he Lakeland Hawks team. Blake’s success 2000’s travell team. has continued as he hhas as scored 19 goals and has point a game. But Blake has averaged almost a point is not that concerned with scoring goals. “I like to get assists more,” he said. “They count just as much as goals.” Lakeland head coach Brian Dicker constantly sees that kind of attitude on display during games. “Blake has a lot of passion – he lives and breathes the sport,” he said. “He’s got a nose for the puck and great hands, but he is also one of the most polite kids you will meet. After we finish he always asks if he can be excused from the locker room even

though we tell him he doesn’t have to ask. “He is definitely an inspiration – to see what’s he’s gone trough and for him to be able to come back from that. They’re such a great family and we love having them around the program,” Dicker added. In December, Blake competed in his first Silver Stick Regional in Midland. Although the Hawks did not make it through the tournament as champions, John Jackson said it was a great experience for Blake. But something perhaps even more special took place just a couple days later. On Dec. 22, Blake and his family were invited to the Joe Louis Arena to reunite with the players who visited him in the hospital and motivated him to play hockey. “They came to visit me and now I get to go visit them,” Blake says. As for how long he will continue to play the game that played an important role in his recovery? “As long as I can,” he said.

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Over the last year, USA Hockey has promoted the American Development Model (ADM) in an effort to educate coaches, athletes and parents about long-term athlete development. I have gotten a lot of questions about this model and how to implement it. This two-part article will break down some of the concepts in an easy-to-understand format so the program can be better understood and implemented on a consistent basis. The basic concept of the ADM is to take advantage of particular â&#x20AC;&#x153;windows of opportunityâ&#x20AC;? as athletes mature in a long-term effort to develop the most complete athlete possible. Instead of specializing in just one sport at a very early age, the ADM suggests a more well-rounded approach that will ultimately create higher-level athletic abilities than playing hockey alone will.

MOVE IN DIFFERENT WAYS Before about age 12, the nervous system is still developing and seems to be able toâ&#x20AC;&#x153;expandâ&#x20AC;?through exposure to different stimuli. Think of the nervous system as a circuit board. Training before age 12 is designed to build a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bigger boardâ&#x20AC;? so you can ultimately plug more wires into it down the road. This enhancement is achieved through exposure to different sports and activities that involve running, jumping, turning, throwing, catching, striking, balancing, tumbling and anything that challenges a young athlete to move in different ways. Gymnastics, martial arts, dance, basketball, and soccer are great activities for young athletes to learn body-control, coordination and the ability to process physical information. Balance boards, stability balls, mini-tramps and jump ropes are simple items that can be used and progressively made more challenging. Games that involve hand-eye coordination, running and jumping are also excellent. You can even have your kids learn how to skateboard or walk on stilts. Play follow-theleader on a playground or Simon Says with different skills like hopping on one foot, push-ups or high-knee runs in place to allow for creativity and fun. Playing other sports is another way to stimulate the nervous system, and the ADM highly encourages this in the younger age groups. Former Soviet sports development expert Tudor Bompa wrote about this kind of training in his book Theory and Methodology of Training. His concept of introducing a variety of activities at a young age has been used in Europe for decades, and is part of the model USA Hockey is now promoting. Because the circuit board is so wide-open in younger athletes, it is also an optimal time to develop key skills involved in sports. For hockey, this is a critical time to learn how to skate, shoot and pass. Time spent on these skills before age twelve will pay big dividends down the road. There is also a window of opportunity to develop speed and quickness on the ground. If available, programs that teach young athletes proper running mechanics in short bursts are highly effective for long-term development. It may seem crazy to start training at this young of an age, but the long-term results are worth it.

call Fundamental Movement Skills (balancing, running, coordination, etc.). They go so far as to suggest that hockey should only take up 25% of a young athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activity while other activities/sports should take up 75% of their time. The next stage - 12 & Under - is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning to Trainâ&#x20AC;? and focuses on Fundamental Sports Skills such as throwing, striking, kicking, etc. This entire stage of life should focus on individual development rather than competition. Many coaches and parents want to â&#x20AC;&#x153;win gamesâ&#x20AC;? rather than develop players, but the ADM is suggesting the opposite approach will give athletes the best overall experience and development. They progress up to 80-90 practices and 30-35 games a year, but there is still a heavy emphasis on skill development. The keys to applying the ADM approach for athletes 12 & Under are: *Teach fundamental movements and athletic skills *Focus on development rather than competition *Stimulate the nervous system with multiple sports and activities *Teach and practice fundamental hockey skills such as skating, shooting and passing I hope this helps you understand and apply USA Hockeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s American Development Model for development in the younger age groups. In the next installment, I will concentrate on ages 13 and up. Until then, please contact me if you have any questions about performance training. Jim Kielbaso MS, CSCS is the Director of the Total Performance Training Center inside Total Sports Complex â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Wixom. He is a former college strength and conditioning coach and author of the books Speed & Agility Revolution and Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hardest Exercises. Contact him at

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State of the Game

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by Lyle Phair

This just might be it. It could be the time. The cataclysmic event, the violent upheaval that finally results in significant change in the youth hockey world in Michigan. Just maybe. But why? And why now? What is so different about this year from previous years? The answer is uncertainty. And this year there appears to be much, much more of it than there has ever been before. The signs have been there for several years now. Each year we have spun a little more out of control, careening wildly down a slippery slope. But somehow, someway, things always seem to find a way to come together. We manage to stay in control and get through yet another season. This year we might have reached the tipping point. Where that will take us I have no idea. But it could prove to be an interesting ride. The 1990’s was a fantastic decade for hockey, and for that matter many other facets of life in Michigan. The economy was humming along with the auto industry locked on cruise control in the fast lane. Team USA’s miracle on ice gold medal winning performance at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid had sparked unprecedented interest in a generation of new hockey families. After fifteen years of mediocrity, the RedWings embarked on what would become a twenty plus year run of excellence as the model franchise in the National Hockey League. New ice arenas opened all over the state, many in areas that had never had hockey before. Older facilities added a second sheet or upgraded to handle the increased demand. Hockey participation experienced remarkable growth at every level of the game. Hockey life was good.

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HOCKEGEDDON times. The Red Wings have been a great example of longevity, having changed general managers, gone through several coaches and re-tooled their roster a number of times to stay ahead of the game and maintain their level of success. But it’s not easy to do. Even before the economy went south, the youth hockey world in Michigan started its decline as the new millennium began. Fewer players were getting into the game at the younger ages, which was the first sign that trouble was brewing somewhere down the road. But those signs were not really that easy to see. There were still plenty of players and plenty of teams. There was incredible demand for prime time ice time. Smooth sailing. Right? That’s what they thought on the Titanic too until they took their eye off of the horizon and failed to notice the iceberg in the way. Lots of players, lots of teams and lots of demand for prime ice times. But the players have to come from somewhere don’t they? For many arenas, associations or independent teams attracting players was no problem. How? Create the demand. What’s the demand? Tryout-based hockey teams. That’s the easy part. Let the market decide. There are a number of reasons why players, and more often their parents on their behalf, choose tryout-based hockey teams. For some it is the desire to play at the highest level - in some cases reality, in others in perception or in name only. Most Tier I or AAA teams never have and never will have trouble getting players. There are always enough people looking to be upwardly mobile. The better Tier I or AAA teams are oftentimes constantly re-stocked with the better players from the weaker teams that they beat up on year after year. Why be the best player on a weak team? If you can’t beat ‘em, join em.


Other tryout-based teams at the A and AA level utilize the same model to attract players to their teams. Now there are even very clear stratifications between the upper level A/AA teams and the lower level teams in the same age group. The better teams have no problem finding players, the weaker teams take what they can get to fill their roster. The desire to play at a higher level is not the only reason that the majority of players migrate to tryout-based teams. For some they just want to play with friends, something that they can’t necessarily do in B level leagues where teams are formed by drafts. Others want to get away from the sometimes perceived, sometimes very real, politics and personal agendas that can be a part of some ADAPTING AND CHANGING All good things eventually come to an end, don’t they? Eventually. Some associations. Some seek out the best coaching. Some coaches don’t want to play by more quickly than others. It depends on the ability to adapt and change with the any rules except their own, they want to do things their way and answer to no one.


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Some parents want to get their players away from the “weaker players”, to a level that“challenges”their player to develop. While there is some merit to that, in many cases it can ironically have the exact opposite result. Some parents need the status of a higher level. No way their child should be playing at the lowest level.

ICEBERGS AHEAD The list goes on and on. The result is that there are way more tryout-based or travel teams than there were ten years ago. And this comes at a time when there are less players entering the game. While we have all been strutting around like peacocks in an effort to attract someone else’s players to our team to form the best team or in some cases to just have enough players to even have a team, nobody has been watching the horizon. There are plenty of icebergs ahead. Who is feeding this monster? Does anybody know? Does anybody care? We’re about to find out. The biggest bubble of players born in the 90’s has almost moved its way through. Very few arenas or associations have been putting the time and effort into getting more new players into the game. Why should they when it is so easy just to attract them from somewhere else? More tryout-based teams. Less players in the player pool. Less house league and entry level hockey opportunities available for players to get started playing. Something has got to give. And it will. Soon. This year there are even more tryout-based teams. In a weirdly ironic twist, in an effort to move toward “compliance”with USA Hockey’s American Development Model, which was created with the intent of getting more players into the game and giving more players the opportunity to develop into better hockey players, many organizations are adding even more tryout-based teams to their programs. New players? No. Players from somewhere else? Hopefully. It’s the modus operandi of hockey in Michigan. We want freedom to play anywhere we want to. We want freedom to form our teams from players from anywhere we want. And there is nothing wrong with that. We should have that right. But with freedom and rights also comes responsibility. Nobody seems to want that though. Nobody has been watching the door. Not enough new players have been coming through it. And now the-you-know what is going to hit the fan. There are not enough players for all of these teams. Many will fold. Already struggling rinks will be hit even harder and some will shut their doors for good. More opportunities will be lost for players to get into the game. Freedom of choice and a market-driven approach can sometimes be good. But sometimes the competitive pressures of the marketplace can lead us in a direction that is best not to go.

Navigating Na vigating the Froz Frozen en Wa Waters ters A guide to helping players chart a course for their hockey careers

Girl’s Hockey – Part 2 Editor’s Note: The following article is the tenth 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: mh@ BY TIM WILSON

With numerous levels and teams, boys hockey can be difficult to comprehend for the average parent or player. But what about girls hockey? Even with fewer players involved, there are multiple levels, teams and programs. So where does a girl learn to play the game and what can she expect? In the past most girls got their first taste of hockey playing on a boy’s team before moving on to a girl’s team as they get older. And while that still happens, more and more girls are playing in all-girls programs across the state. Girls hockey has the familiar Tier I, Tier II and House classifications, but has two-year divisions – 10U, 12U, 14U and 19U - due to the smaller number of players involved. Tier II girl’s teams in the state begin competing in leagues at the 12U age group. 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. A unique facet to the girls 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.

BUILDING FROM THE BOTTOM The Ann Arbor Amateur Hockey Association has run a successful girl’s program for years and currently has two teams, a 10U squad and 12U team, at the girls House level and Tier 2 teams at the 12U and 14U levels. Most girls go on to play high school hockey after 14U

according to AAAHA girl’s director Erik Penhollow, who also coached the first year Tier I Compuware 14U team this season. “In Ann Arbor the number of boys playing has gone down while the number of girls has been around 100-120 over the past seven to eight years,” said Penhollow. Much of that success can be attributed to the association’s commitment to getting girls on the ice at a young age – including “Bring a Friend” skates to attract new players. The next one is scheduled for March 14 at 1 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. “Girls reach out to friends and people at school,” said Penhollow. “A lot of times they immediately fall in the love with the sport. Many times we will end up getting five or six new girls to play.” The AAAHA is also offering a Girls 3-on-3 league this spring that includes cross-ice games and skill development clinics. Suburban Ice - Farmington Hills housed 14 girl’s teams from the 19 and Under level down this season. Like Ann Arbor, the arena has built its girls program by getting players started as early as possible, said Lyle Phair, the coach of both the Michigan Icebreakers 19U Tier 2 and Honeybaked 12U Tier I teams. “The key to sustaining it is the entry level,”he said. “A lot of the teams get together and then move up together. Most places don’t make the investment into having an all-girls team. So they might never have an all-girls team.” The numbers of girl’s playing started to grow a few years ago at Suburban Ice – Farmington Hills when the arena introduced a beginner program called “It’s a Girl Thing.”The number of players has increased to the point where the arena now has its own in-house league at the 12U level. A Learn to Play program at the arena includes about 20 girls aged 5-8 that could feed into house or travel programs in the future.

HAVING FUN IS KEY The Livonia Hockey Association has five girl’s teams – including House level squads at the 10U and 12U divisions and Tier 2 teams at the 12U, 14U and 16U levels. The 10U girls house team plays in a league with mite boys and the 12U teams competes against squirt boys, according to 10U coach Carrie Sirola. The LHA teams also play against girls teams from metro Detroit communities. “When girls are getting introduced to the game a lot of parents don’t want to travel all over the place for their 6-year old to play,”said Sirola, who has coached for 20 years. “I really like working with the 10U age group. It’s nice to see the improvement they make at that age level.” A highlight for Sirola’s girl’s team will be a game against the Birmingham 10U squad at Ford Field just days before the college teams take the ice for the NCAA Frozen Four . At the Mount Clemens Hockey Association, Cassie Jaeckle is the coach of both the Tier II 12U and 14U Wolves teams, and is looking to add a 16U team next season to complete a goal of building three teams in three seasons.

“We try to make it as fun as possible,’ said Jaeckle. “First and foremost the girls are there to have fun. And when we see them progressing and growing, we know we’re doing our part.” Making sure young players at all age groups have a place to play is a goal for girls hockey organizers. Jaeckle’s proudest moments have been seeing a less experienced girl pick up the game and develop into a good player that loves the game. “Someone that is not as skilled right now might be (better) in a year or two,” said Jaeckle. “If they get cut, they may get discouraged and play something else. There are diamonds in the rough everywhere.”

PART OF THE COMMUNITY In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula the Marquette Junior Hockey has seen steady growth in its girls program since it began 15 years ago. The MJH ices girl’s teams at the 10U, 12U, 14U and 19U levels. With no current 16U squad, a group of 15-year olds are playing up on the U19 team this season. Like Livonia, Marquette’s 10U and 12U teams play against younger boy’s squads in a house league in addition to playing against area girls teams. “We will take a girl at any time that wants to play even if it’s halfway into the season,” said MJH Girls Director Rod Riesland. “We will find a place for them to play.” The association benefits from the community’s attachment to hockey and promotes girls hockey at every opportunity – including weekly radio and TV highlights, fundraisers and “Wear your jersey to school” days. “Hockey is our life here in the winter,” said Riesland. “When a lot of these kids come out to skate it’s their great escape.”

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STEVE McKICHAN From the crease Summer Camp Advice Once you are through the Christmas Holidays many families turn their thoughts toward selecting a summer goalie school to help with their child’s development. Surprisingly, many of the top programs have already had some locations filled to capacity! Since time is of the essence I want to provide you with some fundamental advice on selecting a camp where you will get the best experience for your money. It would be a clear conflict of interest if the remainder of this article basically pumped the tires of Future Pro Goalie School. Right off the bat I want you to understand that there are many great programs available beside my camps and that I’m secure enough to admit that I’m not the only goalie expert in the world. In fact, I’m sure there are more intelligent coaches that even I could learn from. When I began outlining this article in my head I used the premise of what would I look for, knowing what I know, if I was going to send my own son to another camp. I have also provided a simple scoring system so you can compare the camps with the highest scores 1. Credentials – I would want a camp to provide me with the credentials of the head instructor and the actual amount of time he would be on the ice instructing every day. I would ask for this in writing. If the program will provide written credentials and the on-ice coaching time of the head instructor. Add 1 point ____

2. Quality Credentials of the head instructor • Bachelor Degree in Education or related field: teaching will be professionally delivered. Add 1 point ____ • NHL game experience: playing in the NHL doesn’t make a great teacher but provides a valuable resource and respect. Add 1 point _____ • Actual NHL Goaltending Coach experience: NHL coaches have to display remarkable ability to earn one of 30 positions in the world. Add 1 point _____ • Coaching Experience: for every five years of coaching experience at any level add 1 point ____ • Other playing experience: if they played Major Junior, Division 1 or top tier European hockey add 1 point ______ 3. Ice time value – Take the total hours of ice time per week for each camp and divide into the price for the camp to determine cost per hour of on ice instruction. If a camp is top three in value add 1 point _____

4. Staff:Student ratio – Obviously the more staff the better. Ratios range from 1:1 to 1:6 or higher. If the camp you are looking at has a ratio of 1:2 or better add 1 point ______ 5. Word of mouth – Although not scientific, ask around. Which camps have people had personal experience with? For every positive testimonial from another goalie parent add 1 point ______ 6. Years in business – If a camp has been around for many years it isn’t an accident. Camps come and go - here today, gone tomorrow. For every five years of being in business add 1 point ______ Search the internet and visit as many goalie school websites and refine your search to a handful. Use the above system to breakdown each program. Once you have further refined your search call them up. How quickly do they return calls? Does the owner speak with you or do you speak only to support staff? I have heard many great things (and bad experiences) about many goalie schools. But if you use due diligence I think you will find a camp that is right for you.

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March 08, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 15



The Seasons within a Season The stretch run of the season is a special time for everyone – players, coaches, parents and yes, even officials. A recent District 3 PeeWee B playoff game at Royal Oak Arena was quite a bit different than the normal league game two months earlier between the same two teams. In a nutshell, the play on the ice was more exciting and there was a lot more buzz and intensity from both the benches and the stands. The postseason magnifies everything for everyone and really points out how hockey has multiple seasons within the season. In other words, a typical year is broken into pre-season scrimmages, league games, tournaments, playoffs, districts and beyond. And within these “seasons” there are subtle and not so subtle differences in the games and everyone’s approach to the competition.

partner in the stripes, Jason Woodrum, the details of some of their calls and no-calls that were surely debated by the coaches, players and parents. The importance (relatively speaking) of the playoff game meant that “the intensity on and off the ice increases dramatically,” said Fleming. “Refereeing a game during playoff time places a brighter spotlight on our decisions.” Veteran officials are well aware of the added pressure come this time of the year. “But, first and foremost, most officials do this for the kids and their development,”said Fleming.“All we have control over is providing a safe, fair and fun environment for the kids. Knowing that we are giving back to the kids creates all the motivation to maintain focus when the heat is turned up.”

THE SPOTLIGHT GETS BRIGHTER After the district playoff game veteran official Greg Fleming discussed with his



Playoff time from an official’s perspective means dealing with a mix of increased pressure to win, heightened emotions and a brighter spotlight on their decisions. Veteran referees focus on maintaining a positive attitude and open communication in order to manage the increased intensity of the game and maintain a safe, fun and fair environment for the kids. “Poor decisions by referees do occur and probably more often as the pressures of the playoffs comes around, but how they are handled by the referee and the coaches, parents and players is important,” said Fleming. “We all need to work together to improve the experience.”

Just like how a player’s decision to shoot instead of pass might get questioned, or a coach’s choice of who plays the point on the

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March 08, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 15

The Compuware Pee Wee AAA team celebrates their 1-0 win over the Burnaby Winter Club on February 21, in Quebec City, Quebec, for the AA championship of the Quebec International Pee Wee Tournament.

Compuware goes undefeated to win in Quebec


Each February the top metro-Detroit area AAA teams travel to Quebec to compete in the International Pee Wee Tournament. This season three Michigan teams – Compuware, Belle Tire and Little Caesars – made the trip north to stay with French host billet families and compete in the 51st annual “World Championships of Pee Wee Hockey.” The fabled 11-day tournament is both an endurance test and an unforgettable experience for the over 100 teams and 2300 players from 15-20 countries that descend on Quebec City. Founded in 1960, the tournament again drew over 200,000 fans over the two weekends of games this year and boasts an alumni list of that includes NHL greats Guy Lafleur, Wayne Gretzky, Eric Lindros, Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perreault and Mario Lemieux. This year the Compuware ’97 squad brought home the 2010 AA Tournament Championship with a 1-0 win over the Burnaby Winter Club on February 21. Brendan Warren’s goal with 56 seconds left was the game winner and Tyler Copp stopped 11 shots to earn the shutout. Playing in front of standing room only crowds of over 14,000 people at Quebec City’s Pepsi Coliseum, Compuware won four one-goal games, repeatedly made big plays at crunch time and rolled to a perfect 7-0 record that included three shutouts. “We seemed to get better as the tournament progressed,” said Compuware Pee Wee AAA head coach Andy Copp. “A lot of our games were pretty tight and we were really strong defensively down the stretch.” Compuware opened the tournament with a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. While both Ronnie Hein and Alex King had two-goal games and goaltenders Tyler Copp and Jared Dempsey split time in net, the squad was tentative and not on top of their game. “We had played really well in our exhibition games against some tough teams so I expected us to keep that up,” said Andy Copp. “But we really didn’t play that well in the first game. It is a lot different playing in front of so many people and we seemed a little nervous and afraid to make mistakes.” The squad settled down in game two, a 1-0 shutout of the Colorado Thunderbirds. The tournament has no checking and the Colorado team trapped right from the opening faceoff. Gordie Green’s first period goal stood up and Dempsey turned aside just five shots for the shutout. “We played better, but they just packed everything in tight in the neutral zone and were hard to score against,” said Andy Copp. A decidedly physical team, Compuware prepared for the Quebec tournament by practicing without hitting and played “no-check” scrimmages. Compuware has depth at every position, and with over 60 wins against just three losses this season, the team has learned to overcome adversity to play at a high level. And they needed it in game three against the Ukraine’s Kharkov Druzhba. Down by a goal late in the game, forward Brody Stevens scored twice in the last two minutes to eke out a big 5-4 win. “That was the turning point,” said Andy Copp, whose Compuware ’94 squad

made the finals in Quebec in 2007 before losing in overtime. “We used that game as a springboard. We said ‘that was great, let’s use it the rest of the way.’ And we did.” Game four against the York Simcoe Express was tight until the third period when Jack Meacham scored his second goal of the game. Stevens added a late empty net goal and Dempsey earned the shutout in a 3-0 win. Compuware then jumped to a 3-0 second period lead over a high-powered St. Louis squad on goals from Colin Theisen, Stevens and Nick Boka. Green added two third-period goals and Copp made 10 saves for a 5-2 win over the Jr. Blues that sent the team into the semifinals. Against Quebec’s Richelieu Voyageurs, King scored twice, but Compuware held only a one-goal lead until Warren iced a 3-1 win with an empty net goal with four seconds left. Dempsey made 10 saves in the victory that gave Compuware a berth in the finals. The team’s top five scorers in Quebec - Brody Stevens (4-4-8), Alex King (5-2-7), Gordie Green, (3-4-7), Brendan Warren (3-4-7) and Ronnie Hein (2-4-6) – were spread over three lines. The squad’s defensemen helped hold the opposition to under 10 shots a game. Offensive-minded blueliner Tyler Sensky, who was especially effective shutting down the opposition’s top forwards, picked up an assist on Warren’s championship winning goal and was named MVP of the final game. “We just played really well in the final,” said Andy Copp. “Burnaby had a lot of players who had piled up a lot of points in the tournament and we did a good job shutting them down.” The two other Michigan teams also had some success. Belle Tire opened with four straight wins but was knocked out in the quarterfinals by the Burnaby Winter Club. Little Caesars, playing as the Detroit Red Wings, started with two wins before losing to the New York Rangers, 3-1, in their third game. Belle Tire’s Ryan Moore finished third in tournament scoring with seven goals and 14 points in five games. The Compuware ’97 AAA team is: Jared Dempsey, Tyler Copp, Jack Blumberg, Jake Gingell, Nick Boka, Tyler Sensky, Nick Wilson, Jack Meacham, Brody Stevens, Alex King, Gordie Green, Brendan Warren, Colin Theisen, David Keefer, Chaz Thomas, Ronnie Hein and Jordan Mitchell. The team’s head coach is Andy Copp and assistant coaches are Derek Langlois, Kevin Pedersen and Steve Warren.

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The Kensington Valley Cavalry won the LCAHL Bantam B Adams Division playoff title.

LCAHL playoffs in full swing The 2010 Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League playoffs are going full blast at seven arenas around metro Detroit. After the first weekend of finals on Feb. 27-28, there were 18 division champions crowned (see below list). The LCAHL playoffs continue through March 14. Check lcahl. org for schedules and for results.

ACHA PLAYOFFS SET FOR KALAMAZOO AND GRAND RAPIDS The Adray Community Hockey League state championships will take place over two weekends in March on the west side of state. The Midget tournament is March 13-14 at Kalamazooâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s S2 Arena, with the final scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on March 14. The ACHAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee and Bantam division playoffs are scheduled for the following weekend, March 19-21 at Patterson Ice Arena in Grand Rapids. Finals are scheduled for the morning of March 21. Check out for the complete schedule.

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March 08, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 15

Little Caesars wins Girls 12 and Under T1 state title


A simple tap-in goal separated state champion Little Caesars from its Honeybaked rival in the MAHA Girls 12 and Under Tier 1 state final. But in terms of passage to the USA Hockey National Tournament, Brooke Baker’s first-period tally left all comers 473 miles behind. Little Caesars earned a trip to the nationals on April 7-11 in Green Bay, Wisc., by holding Honeybaked in check in a taut 1-0 victory on Feb. 28 at the Taylor Sportsplex. Honeybaked carried most of the play, out-shooting Little Caesars, 17-10, but diminutive Little Caesars netminder Bethany LeClair turned away all 17 attempts, including a pair of clear-cut breakaways to preserve the shutout victory and earn tournament MVP honors. Hannah Eelnurme and Lia Harrington assisted on Baker’s eventual game-winner, which came off a goalmouth scramble. “Throughout the season we have been tight with them,” Little Caesars girls U12 Coach Steve Scarpaci said. “Today we were able to shut them down. We shut their breakout down. We kept our third player high and the girls were really disciplined. Keeping them in their zone made the difference today.” The tightly fought finale mirrored regular season clashes between the two teams. During the regular season, Little Caesars held a slight advantage by going 3-2-3 against its Tier I rival with only two goals (17-15) separating the pair. During the state tournament, Honeybaked pulled even thanks to Lea Boreland’s goal in OT for a 3-2 victory over Little Caesars in a first round game Feb. 23. Three teams, including Belle Tire, took part in the girls U12 Tier 1 finals, which only increased the likelihood of a Little Caesars-Honeybaked final. In the first playoff meeting, Boreland kick-started Honeybaked’s rally with a goal at 1:32 into the third period. Boreland’s tally came only 30 seconds after Liesel Baker’s goal opened up a 2-0 lead for Little Caesars. Honeybaked’s Samantha Wais’goal with five minutes left sent the contest into overtime. Michaela Gugoen scored Little Caesars’ first goal at 10:36 of the opening period. In the final, a foiled breakaway by Shannon Schuit six minutes into the game foretold Honeybaked’s frustration around the net. Schuit pounced on a loose puck and bore in


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on the Little Caesars’ netminder, who blocked the shot and smothered the rebound. Schuit had another uncontested foray on the net in the third period, but LeClair remained stout. Honeybaked’s Wais had one of the best chances to tie the game with six minutes left. After Wais deftly pivoted around a stranded Little Caesars’ defender, she snapped off a high shot from the right circle that LeClair stopped. Honeybaked pulled their netminder for an extra attacker, but couldn’t get the equalizer. “It could have gone either way,” Honeybaked girls U12 Coach Lyle Phair said. “We outshot them and I thought we out-chanced them. “Other than that, it was a matter of we didn’t score on our chances and they got one. That’s all it takes.” Little Caesars’ LeClair bounced back from the 3-2 OT loss to Honeybaked three days earlier when she stopped 23 of 26 shots. Ciara Herring played in net in Little Caesars’ 4-2 win over Belle Tire Feb. 27. “She did an outstanding job as well as (Herring) who won the game against Belle Tire to get us into the final,” said Little Caesars coach Scarpaci. At nationals, Little Caesars will bank on its netminding duo and a balanced scoring attack. Baker led the team with three goals and an assist in three state playoff games. She was complemented by Genna McPherson, who finished the state showdown with a goal and two assists. “We don’t have any one player who is head and shoulders above the rest,” Scarpaci said. “They all contributed and that’s what enabled us to win.”

GIRLS U12 TIER 1 NOTEBOOK Belle Tire’s Lyndsey Warren scored a goal and added as assist in a 4-2 loss to Little Caesars on Feb. 27. Adrienne Yu’s power-play goal in the third period drew Belle Tire within goal before Little Caesars’ Jenna Ray scored an empty-netter with less than a minute left… Belle Tire’s Madeline Mann’s two-goal performance wasn’t enough to overtake Honeybaked, which prevailed 3-2 in the tournament opener Feb. 25. Belle Tire finished the regular season 15-28-4.

Honeybaked takes MAHA Girls 14 and Under Tier 1 crown


A deftly tipped shot paid dividends for Honeybaked, which earned a trip to the USA Hockey Nationals with a 3-2 victory over Little Caesars in the MAHA Girls 14 and Under Tier 1 state title game. Honeybaked’s Eleanor Chalifoux deflected teammate Christa Moody’s wrist shot from the blue line into the net at 2:16 of the third period and halted a resurgent Little Caesars squad at the Taylor Sportsplex on Feb. 28. Little Caesars erased a two-goal deficit in the second period and appeared poised to seize control in the final 20 minutes. Sarah Shureb and Shelly Czarnowczan scored to tie the game, 2-2, for Little Caesars after Taylor Ann Callahan and Emilee Fremd opened Honeybaked’s account. Chalifoux, who was named game MVP, changed the direction of the game by rerouting the puck. Rose Krasofsky also drew an assist on the game-winning goal. “We knew that we had to come back. They were coming on strong the entire game,” said Chalifoux, who finished the state tournament with two goals and an assist. “Once they tied it, we had to pick it up.” Honeybaked went 5-0 in capturing the state title, which ensures the team a trip to the USA Hockey National Tournament in Green Bay, Wisc. April 7-11. On Feb. 25, Honeybaked made a statement by shutting out its rival 5-0 in a first round state tournament clash. Taylor Ann Callahan and Emilee Fremd notched two goals each while Nicole Russell also scored. Honeybaked carried that momentum into the final, outshooting Little Caesar 9-3 in the first period. Callahan slid a pinpoint pass into the net from the slot to open the scoring. Tori Sullivan and Addison Andonoff assisted on the goal at 10:39 of the first period. Fremd’s second-period tally also came on a wrist shot from the slot. Michelle Manning earned an assist on the goal at the second period’s 8:49 mark. Then things got interesting. Shureb’s elevated wrist shot handcuffed Honeybaked goalie Corrine Walny, bouncing off the netminder’s catching glove and into the net. The unassisted marker came at 11:58 of the second period. Little Caesars’tying goal three minutes later slipped in after the careening off a Honeybaked player’s skate in the crease.

Czarnowczan was credited with the unassisted goal, which came on a power-play. “It looked like it was going our way,” Little Caesars Girls U14 Coach Kevin Courveur said. “When you can go even into the third period, it’s anybody’s game. “The girls had confidence and (Chalifoux’s third period goal) knocked them a little bit and we just didn’t get enough opportunities after that.” With 5:13 left, Honeybaked had to fend off a Little Caesars’ power play after Michelle Manning went off for tripping. Honeybaked outshot its opponent 18-12 in the game. After the second period funk, Honeybaked Girls U14 Coach Tom Anastos gave his squad implicit instructions “I told them we’re not going to wait for something to happen,” Anastos said. “We’re going to go on the attack.” Forward Andie Anastos led the team with four goals and four assists while Emilee Fremd had five goals in the state tournament. At the start of the season, Tom Anastos didn’t know what to expect from his first-year Honeybaked U14 squad, which includes a mixture of 1995 and ‘96 ages. “The kids have really grown together as a team and have played very consistently all season long,” he said.

GIRLS U14 TIER 1 NOTEBOOK Belle Tire finished the state final 2-2, posting wins over Victory Honda and Compuware. Lauren Peterson led the team with seven goals and an assist. Peterson scored twice in Belle Tire’s 5-4 victory over Compuware Feb. 25 while Olivia Lord netted the game-winner in OT. Peterson also scored in the team’s 2-0 shutout over Victory Honda Feb. 26. Jenna Trubiano accounted for Belle Tire’s other goal… Compuware’s lone win came in a 5-3 triumph over Victory Honda Feb. 27 with Ellery Sarosi netting the game-winner. Brooke Lupi, who was the team’s leading scorer in the tournament with three goals and two assists, recorded a hat trick in the win…Hailee Craig was Victory Honda’s leading scorer in the state showdown with a goal and two assists. Craig’s unassisted short-handed marker gave Victory Honda a 2-0 lead before Compuware stormed with four unanswered goals. Lauren Michael and Victoria Pelton also scored for Victory Honda in the loss.



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MAHA State Tournament

March 08, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 15

Little Caesars rolls to Girls 16 and Under Tier 1 MAHA state title BY LARRY O’CONNOR

At 5-foot-1, Alyssa West wouldn’t have stood out in a rink concession stand line, but on the ice she towered over opponents at the MAHA Girls 16 and Under Tier 1 state tournament. The diminutive forward scored two goals and assisted on another as Little Caesars romped to a 5-1 triumph over Victory Honda in the state final at Taylor Sportsplex on Feb. 28. West finished with a team-leading five goals and five assists in five games as Little Caesars went undefeated and outscored opponents 25-3. Three of those victories came by shutout. Little Caesars advances to the USA NationalTournament April 7-11 in Green Bay, Wisc. The team dominated Victory Honda, which avoided being Little Caesars’ fourth shutout victim in tournament when Kalli Bates scored on a short-handed effort with 7:15 left in the game. West, who moved to Little Caesars from Victory Honda this season because “it’s closer,” was named tournament MVP. “West has been incredible for us all year,”Little Caesars Girls U16 Associate Coach Dave Erwin said.“She’s a real heady player. She just makes smart plays with the puck.” Kelly Harris, Nicole Renault and Erin Conway also scored for Little Caesars, which outshot Victory Honda 33-9. Little Caesars also blanked Victory Honda, 5-0, in opening round play on Feb. 26 while holding the team scoreless in a 2-0 triumph Jan. 2 in Tier 1 play. Victory Honda managed a 1-1 draw with Little Caesars in a league contest on Jan 10, but fell to its rival, 1-0, on Feb. 6 in Tier 1 playoff action. “We had a couple of close games with them earlier in the year,” Victory Honda Coach Tim Ames said. “Once they’ve got you against the ropes, they go for the knockout.” Harris’ first-period tally set the offense in motion as she scooted around two Victory Honda defenders before depositing the puck. Cassidy Tucker and Gabrielle Schnepp assisted on the marker, which came with 2:54 left in the opening period. West’s first goal came 26 seconds into the second period as Little Caesars pulled the goalie for an extra attacker on a delayed penalty. Taylor Marchin and Conway assisted on the play. West then set up Renault, who carved through the Victory Honda defense to slot home Little Caesars’third goal 11 minutes


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later. Little Caesars held a 20-6 shot advantage at the time. Conway’s third period goal highlighted Victory Honda’s misfortune as her shot hit a stick and trickled over the netminder’s shoulder. West’s second goal with 4:51 left also came on a deflection. “We like to get pucks back to our defense - they have good shots and they handle the puck well - and get traffic in front of the net,” Ervin said. “Not everything is pretty in girls hockey. It seems a lot of goals are about getting to the net and making good things happen.” Renault led Little Caesars rearguards with a goal and two assists during the state playoffs while goalie Alexis Shaw recorded three wins in net with two of those coming on shutouts. Shaw finished the state playoffs with a 0.65 goalsagainst average and a .933 save percentage. Taylor Fairchild backstopped Little Caesars to two victories, including a shutout, and posted a 0.50 GAA and a .963 save-percentage. West’s scoring heroics were complemented by Rachael Booth, who finished with three goals and five assists in five state playoff games. “We all work together, so it’s not like it’s a one-person game,” said West.

GIRLS U16 TIER 1 NOTEBOOK Jordan Verleye scored a hat trick and added an assist while Erin Grant also had a four-point game (a goal and three assists) in Victory Honda’s 5-1 victory over Grand Rapids on Feb. 27. Kelsey Kusch also scored for Victory Honda, which finished state tournament play 3-2. Tae Otte scored Grand Rapids’ lone goal… Demi Crossman led Honeybaked with four goals and four assists as her team went 2-0-2. Haley McLean also scored a team-leading six goals as Honeybaked fell to Little Caesars, 3-2, and Victory Honda, 4-3, in state playoff action… Kara Scaturro and Amanda Grunges both scored twice in Grand Rapids’ 5-2 victory over Michigan Capitals Feb. 27, which turned out to be the team’s lone win in the tournament. Josey Crosby netted GR’s other goal while Jacqueline Lough and Courtney Curlee replied for the Michigan Capitals, which was winless in state play.

Shutout win gives Little Caesars the Girls 19 and Under Tier 1 state title BY LARRY O’CONNOR

When Maryanne Menefee snaps her wrists, the puck whistles and net the usually ripples. Only 22 seconds into the MAHA Girls 19 and Under Tier 1 state final, the Little Caesars forward pounced on a loose puck in front and ripped it past Belle Tire goalie Katie Aluia, who barely managed to get a glove hand to the sizzling shot. Menefee, who was named tournament MVP, scored again in the third period as Little Caesars dispatched Belle Tire, 4-0, in the championship contest on Feb. 28 at the Taylor Sportsplex. Shiann Darkangelo and Casey Dockus also scored for Little Caesars, which cruised through the state tournament by going 5-0. Netminder Lisa Marshall turned away 20 shots to earn the shutout. The final had the making of being a tightly contest based on the teams meeting the previous day when Little Caesars narrowly escaped with a 6-5 shootout victory. Belle Tire’s Kari Schmitt, Katelyn Scott and Shannon Yoxheimer scored during a three-goal rally in the third period to send the game into overtime. Little Caesars’ Madison Packer netted the gamewinner in the shootout. But Menefree’s first-period goal in the final appeared to be the tranquilizing dart to Belle Tire’s cause. “We normally don’t start quick, and that goal was a little bit of a shocker,” Little Caesars U19 Coach Paul Moretz said. “(Menefee) has one of the quickest releases on her shot than any girl I’ve seen. She had a great weekend.” The goal’s perpetrator was also taken aback by her early good fortune. Menefee played last season with Belle Tire U16 team and is excelling in her first season at the U19 level. The Lansing Eastern High sophomore collected seven goals and four assists in the state playoffs. “I was shooting for her glove side and it trickled over her glove,” said Menefee, who attributes her lethal wrist shot to years of practice in the family’s front yard. Little Caesars was also buoyed by Marshall’s play in net. The goaltender, who’s committed to Wayne State next fall, got the nod to start at the last-minute, Moretz said. Marshall started in the team’s shootout win the previous day and also earned the win in an 8-2 triumph over Victory

Honda earlier in the day. Emily Michelin started in the Little Caesars’ state tournament victories over Grand Rapids, 14-1, and Honeybaked, 7-4. “We have two great goaltenders,” Moretz said. “Until after the warm-ups were over, I did not know who I was going to go with. It was a gut feeling and (Marshall) played great. “I would have been comfortable playing either one of them.” Offensively, Packer led the team with nine goals and eight assists in the state playoffs. The 5-foot-9 forward, who notched a team-leading 15 goals in league games, has committed to play at Wisconsin next season. Taylor Wasylk, who is bound for Boston College next fall, had five goals and five assists during the state playoffs. Little Caesars (12-2-4) finished second in the Tier 1 Elite League behind the Chicago Mission. Such setbacks have only strengthened the team’s resolve as it heads to the USA Hockey Nationals in Green Bay,Wis. April 7-11. . “I think we are battle tested and we know how to handle adversary and we know how to win in different ways,” said Moretz. “We feel we’re never out of a game and we can adapt our style to the different teams we have seen.”

GIRLS U19 TIER 1 NOTEBOOK Katelyn Scott (five goals and three assists) was one of four Belle Tire players who finished with eight points in the state playoffs. Also hitting the mark were Maddie Collias (four goals and four assists), Kari Schmitt (three goals and five assists) and twin sister Sara Schmitt (two goals and six assists)…Danielle Smith scored two goals in Victory Honda’s 6-2 victory over Grand Rapids Feb. 27. Victory Honda also had goals from Tanis Lamoureux, Bailey Lane, Katie Macker and Haley Coolsaeat, while Annabelle Staples and Katherine Moeller replied for Grand Rapids… On Feb. 27, Honeybaked knocked off Victory Honda, 3-2, after getting goals from Caitlin Roach, Gigi Fraser and Emily Wybo. Roach also scored twice in Honeybaked’s 11-1 shellacking of Traverse City Feb. 26. Caitlyn Post also had two goals while Monica Korzon and Wybo each had four assists. Haley Thompson scored Traverse City’s lone goal… Grand Rapids shutout Traverse City, 4-0, with goals from Cora Turrell, Tara Reyelts, Samantha Reno and Alison Shrift on Feb. 27.


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2001 Sting Tryouts: Jim Cariera Head Coach Phone number is 248.720.8850 SATURDAY, MARCH 20TH @ 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24TH @ 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM SATURDAY, MARCH 27TH @ 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Sting 97’s Bantam A’s Tryouts Tryout dates: SATURDAY MARCH 13TH, 9:15 - 10:45 AM WEDNESDAY MARCH 17TH, 7:00 - 8:30 PM SATURDAY MARCH 20TH, 9:15- 10:45 AM

2002 Troy Sting Tryouts: SATURDAY, MARCH 20TH FROM 10:45AM-12:15PM TUESDAY, MARCH 23RD FROM 6:30-8:00PM

• Non Parent Coaching

2003 Sting Tryouts: SATURDAY, MARCH 20TH 12:15 - 1:15 SUNDAY, MARCH 28TH 4:15 - 5:15

Ron Zuke - Head Coach - Former Michigan Tech player 248- 321-6341 • D.J. Vogt –Assistant Coach - Former Division 1 -NCAA Player Franchise Holder: Allen Pyc: 248-882-0860 •

Head Coach: Matt Gumbel

For more information contact Head Coach - Scott Witkowski 248-765-0328 • or Amy Witkowski:

GIRLS SPRING TEAM TRYOUTS All tryouts held at Suburban Ice - Farmington Hills

12U Icebreakers Coach : Rob Murphy 3-15-10 = 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM 3-17-10 = 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 14U Icebreakers Coach : Tom Byrne 248-763-9336 3-16-10 = 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 3-18-10 = 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

16U Icebreakers Coach : Rick Murray Tryouts will be held the week of 4-12-10 See website for dates and times 19U Icebreakers Coach : Ken Berkstresser 630-418-5529 Coach : Lauren Lobert Tryouts will be held the week of 4-12-10 See website for dates and times




CALL 248-888-1400

Suburban Ice - Farmington Hills

Fall/Winter Girls Hockey Program LEARN TO PLAY Ages 4-9

HOUSE LEAGUES 10U | 12U | 13+

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Looking for players to play for these tournament teams

$100 for Montreal, Toronto, New Hampshire –we are Not affiliated with one hockey

2010 Spring Travel TEAM Squirt A

SPRING TRYOUTS CHELSEA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION 509 Coliseum Dr Chelsea, MI 48118 (734) 433-9665


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DATE DAY TIME COACH 3/24/10 Wednesday 6:30-8pm Donnie Cooper 3/26/10............Friday................. 6:30-8pm..........517-206-8216 • Squirt AA.......... 3/22/10 ...........Monday ............. 6-7:30pm ..........Stavros Vorias 3/25/10............Thursday............ 6-7:30pm ..........734-564-8544 • Peewee A ......... 3/22/10 ...........Monday ............. 6-7pm ...............Nick Vetters 3/23/10............Tuesday ............. 6-7pm ...............734-560-3193 • Peewee AA....... 3/23/10 ........... Tuesday............. 7-8:30pm..........EJ Gilbert 3/25/10............Thursday............ 7:30-9pm ..........734-216-6910 • 3/27/10............Saturday............ 9-10:30pm Peewee AA 2.... 3/25/10 ...........Thursday............ 8-9:30pm..........Derek Jerome 3/27/10............Saturday............ 10:30-Noon.......734-776-2385 • Bantam A......... 3/23/10 ...........Tuesday ............. 6-7:30pm ..........Tim Ahles 3/26/10............Friday................. 6-7:30pm ..........734-480-9623 • Chelsea Prep ... 3/22/10 ...........Monday ............. 8-9:30pm..........Nick Vetters 3/23/10............Tuesday ............. 8:30-10pm........734-560-3193 • GMS Prep ........ 3/22/10 ...........Monday ............. 7:30-9pm ..........Mark McCoullough 3/26/10............Friday................. 7:30-9pm ..........734-216-1784 •

2010 Spring CHA House Evals Level Date Day Time Mini Mite .... 3/27/10....Saturday.......12:30-1:30pm Mite ........... 3/27/10....Saturday.......1:30-2:30pm Squirt......... 3/27/10....Saturday.......2:30-3:30pm

Level Date Day Time Peewee ...... 3/27/10....Saturday.......3:30-4:30pm Bantam...... 3/27/10....Saturday.......4:30-5:30pm Midget ....... 3/27/10....Saturday.......5:30-6:30pm

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2010-2011 Rattler Teams and

Birmingham Hockey 2010 Spring Travel Tryouts For General BHA Travel Hockey Information contact Tim Opie, BHA Travel Director 248-822-0020

Tryout Dates MITE A-03 RATTLERS Coach: Dan Berry - - (586)909-7354 Monday, 3/15 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Wednesday, 3/17 from 6:15 pm - 7:05 pm MITE AA-02 RATTLERS Coach: John Poolton - - (248)841-6548 Monday, 3/15, 6:45 pm Wednesday, 3/17, 6:00 pm

2002 Birmingham Rangers Taking franchise applications

2001 Birmingham Rangers

1998 Birmingham Liberty

Paul Siver (248) 302-3304, 15-Mar 6:30 – 8:00 pm @ Cranbrook 20-Mar 4:14 – 5:45 pm @ Troy Rink 2 22-Mar 6:30 – 8:00 pm @ Cranbrook

Paul Apap, (248) 464-4207,

Todd Antenucci, (248) 321-7222, 14-Mar 4:30 - 6:00 pm @ Hazel Park 17-Mar 7:30 - 9:00 pm @ Hazel Park 21-Mar 4:30 - 6:00 pm @ Hazel Park

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

2000 Birmingham Liberty

1996 Birmingham Rangers

2000 Birmingham Rangers

SQUIRT A-01 RATTLERS Coach: Derek Burkhart - March 24, 6:15 pm - 7:05 pm March 27, 1:15 pm - 2:05 pm March 28, 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm SQUIRT AA-00 RATTLERS Coach: Craig Stockwell - Saturday, 3/20, 3:45-5:05PM, RINK 1 Monday, 3/22, 5:30-6:50PM, RINK 2 Wednesday, 3/24, 7:15-8:20PM, RINK 3 Saturday, 3/27, 3:45-5:05PM, RINK 1 * If Necessary

1997 Birmingham Rangers

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

PEEWEE A-99 RATTLERS Coach: Kevin Harper - (248)895-3717 Sunday March 14th 3:00 - 4:20pm Tuesday March 16th 5:30 – 6:50pm Thursday March 18th 7:00 – 7:50pm

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

PEEWEE AA-98 RATTLERS Coach: Mike Peruzzi Call for tryout dates Mark Dishinger- 248-534-9404 - BANTAM A-97 RATTLERS Coach: Mark Rodgers - - 586-212-3876 March 16 - 7:00 pm March 18 - 6:15 pm March 21 - 4:15 pm

1999 Birmingham Liberty

BANTAM AA-96 RATTLERS Coach: Mike Tomlak - Tryout Dates TBD: E-mail for more info

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

Girls Programs 12-U RATTLERS Coach: Jim Bruin - - (586)421-6451 14-U RATTLERS Coach: Garret Dennis - (586)-530-3857 - Monday, March 22 at 7:00 pm Saturday, March 27 at 12:45 pm Monday, March 29 at 7:00 pm

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

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

2010 Rangers Girls Tryouts 19U Girls Rangers Angela Dickinson 248-709-2033, 10U & 12U Girls Pink Wings Steve Faliski 248-225-7347, STEVEFALISKI@AOL.COM March 9 6:20 - 7:10 pm @ Birmingham March14 11 AM – 12:00pm @ Birmingham

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Lansing Capitals AAA TIER 1 Hockey Midget Major

2010 Summit Spring Tryouts 03’s Mite A March 14 @ 3:25 March 21 @ 5:10 All skates are $10 / goalies skate free / all positions open

Head coach Mike Merrifield Email: 01’s Squirt A Friday March 12 7:25pm Sunday March 14 2:25pm Sunday March 21 6:10pm Head coach Mike Merrifield Email: 00’s Squirt AA March 16 @ 7:25 March 18 @ 6:10 March 20 @ 12:15

All positions open / core of experienced travel players Team has their own private locker room

Head coach Rick Hanna Email: 99’s PeeWee A March 14 @ 1:15 March 17 @ 6:40 March 21 @ 1:15 Head coach Mark Thornton

All tryouts 1 ½ hours, $15 per skater / goalies skate free Out of district spots open The 99 Summit team has their own private locker room 98’s PeeWee AA March 20 @ 9:15 am 1 ½ hours March 22 @ 6:55 – 1 hour $10 per skate / goalies skate free Team has their own private locker room

Head coach Jeff Stenzel Email: 97’s Bantam A March 17 @ 6:55 March 19 @ 8:15 March 21 @ 11:25 Team has their own private locker room


96’s Bantam AA March 18 @ 6:15 March 20 @ 10:45 am March 22 @ 6:15 March 25 @ 6:15

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Bantam Major/Minor

All skates $20 in Superior rink

Head coach Steve Glover Email:

MIDGETS March 24 and 25 Midget A March 18 @ 7:45 March 20 @ 6:15 March 22 @ 7:45 March 25 @ 7:45

BANTAMS March 27 and 28

Suburban Ice-East Lansing

All skates $20 in Superior rink

Head coach Steve Glover Email: 94

Director /Head Coach

Midget Major AAA Tryouts TBD Head coach Steve Glover Email:

Dean Dixon

pre-registration and schedule at Girls U14 March 14 @ 2:45 March 27 @ 1:45 Combined with the U16’s

All positions open / all skates $15 / goalies skate free The U14 Summit team has their own private locker room

Head coach Mike Genette Franchise Holder Glenn Stichhaller Email: Girls U16 March 20 @ 1:15 March 27 @ 1:45 Combined with the U14’s March 29 @ 7:25

All positions open / all skates $15 / goalies skate free The U16 Summit team has their own private locker room

Head coach Mark Thornton Email:

Head coach Sean Graham Email:


Midget Minor


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2000 Grosse Pointe Bulldogs

SQUIRT AA SPRING TRYOUTS ALL POSITIONS AVAILABLE All skates will be at the Grosse Pointe Community Rink THUR 3/18 5:00-6:00 pm SAT 3/20 4:00-5:30 pm SUN 3/21 1:00-2:30 pm


Coached at University Liggett School and Chippewa Valley High School, Instructor at All Pro Hockey

All Tryouts at Grosse Pointe Community Rink (G.P.C.R.)


2010 Spring Tryouts Mite A through Midget A Travel Teams (All Levels)

U-12 TRYOUTS: Sun., 3/14/10 ...2:30-3:30pm Wed., 3/24/10 ..6:30-9:00pm Sun., 3/28/10 ...2:30-3:30pm

Visit Coach Jon Bartoy

THE Grosse Pointe U-12 & U-14 Bulldogs For SpeciďŹ c Teams, Dates, Times and Locations

Contact: Scot McColl 313-610-3158

U-14 TRYOUTS: Wed., 3/17/10 ..6:00-7:00pm

Contact: Coach Jon Bartoy

Sun., 3/21/10 ...2:30-3:30pm


Wed., 3/31/10 ..6:00-7:00pm

Asst. Coach Dan Bowen

Contact: Joe Lucchese 313-886-0493


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Spring Tryouts Grosse Pointe 1998 Bull Dogs

Compuware 99 Pee Wee A

Pee Wee AA

SPRING TRYOUTS at Compuware Ice Arena

Try Out Schedule

March March March March

13th 14th 16th 19th

@ @ @ @


4:40PM 4:40PM 5:40PM 6:00PM




5:30 – 7:00pm



7:30 – 9:00pm


New Head Coach : Rob McIntyre (non–parent) Coaching Resume: Currently University Liggett Head Coach Prior Squirt through Midget Accomplishments: 6 - District 3 Championships 5 - State Championships 3 - National Appearances

Any Questions Head Coach: Matt Mitchell ( Team Manager : Tom Aepelbacher (248-941-5267)

— ALL TRYOUTS $15.00 — Make your next home with a Professional Organization and Facilities

Contact: Geoff Welsher @ 313-610-0494


TRYOUT DATES March 18th..........7:00pm

March 22nd.........7:00pm

All Tryouts will be held at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center(DISC)

All Positions Open • Cost:$15 (Goalies skate free) Key Contacts

Head Coach Matthew Mann

Email Address

Phone Number


Manager/Assistant Coach Frank Lebryk


Team Mission Statement To teach & motivate a positive & enjoyable experience to hockey, while developing core fundamental skills, good sportsmanship, a winning confidence, and a passion to compete. Our goal & vision is to create hockey players for life.

‘96 Tier 1 12U Girls

March8........8:30-10:00PM 14........9:30-10:30 AM March

(Suburban Ice • Farmington Hills) March 15........6:00-7:00 PM March 9........8:30-10:00 PM (at Suburban Ice • Farmington Hills) (Suburban Ice • Farmington Hills) March 20........2:00-3:30 PM March (at 10........7:00-8:30 Redford Arena) PM

(Suburban Ice • Farmington Hills) March 9........8:30-10:00 PM March 10........7:00-8:30 PM March 15........6:00-7:00 PM • Farmington Hills)Hills) (all at (Suburban SuburbanIceIce • Farmington

Head Coach: Danny Veri Head Coach Kevin Fairbanks 313-586-2559 • 248-875-1120 •

248-875-1120 •

(Suburban Ice • Farmington Hills)

2001 AAATryouts 97 AAA Honeybaked


March 8........7:00-8:00 AM April 12........7:00-8:20 PM March PM (Suburban10........6:00-7:20 Ice • Farmington Hills) (atApril Suburban Ice • Farmington 13........7:00-8:20 PMHills) March 13........11:00-12:30 PM (Suburban Ice • Farmington Hills) (at Redford Arena) April 15........7:00-8:20 PM (Suburban Ice • Farmington Hills)

Head Coach: Danny Veri Head Coach: Tom Anastos • 313-586-2559 •


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12U Girls 1996 AAA

March 8........8:30-10:00PMAM March 14........9:30-10:30

March 20........2:00-3:30 PM Head Coach: Kevin Fairbanks (Redford)

2001 HoneyBaked

1997 AAA AM March 8........7:00-8:00 (Suburban Ice • FarmingtonPM Hills) April 12........7:00-8:20

April 10........6:00-7:20 13........7:00-8:20 PMPM March

April 15........7:00-8:20 (Suburban Ice • FarmingtonPM Hills) (allMarch at Suburban Ice • Farmington Hills) 13........11:00-12:30 PM

(Redford) Head Coach: Tom Anastos Please contact Danny Veri for any questions: 313-586-2559 •

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‘98 Pee Wee AA Travel Team


All tryouts will be at the Wayne Ice Arena, 4635 Howe Rd. Each skate is 1.5hrs/$15

$15.00 per skate. All positions open. All skates @ Mike Modano Arena

Questions can be directed to Head Coach Tony DeGiusti at 734-765-5346 or


Tuesday, March 23 at 8:30pm Thursday, March 25 at 8:30pm Tuesday, March 30 at 8:30pm

BLOOMFIELD BLOOMFIELD HILLS HILLS HOCKEY CLUB Bloomfield Hills Gamblers Midget AA Spring Tryouts 92 - 94 Birth Years March 21, 2010 2:30 PM March 23, 2010 9:00 PM March 27, 2010 8:30 PM March 30, 2010 9:00 PM (if needed)

2-3 Tournaments 1-2 skates per week (mostly games) Season ends by May 25th All positions open. Non parent coaching staff All skates $15 at Cranbrook Ice Arena

(810) 217-9999 CELL

2010 Spring Tryouts

March 15th.......6:30–8pm March 17th.......6:30–8pm March 23rd.......6:30–8pm March 25th.......6:30–8pm



Contact Bruce Gilgallon 248-303-0051

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to skate time for registration.


SQUIRT AA 00’ Spring Tryouts

Sat 3/13 @ 2:15-3:30 - Rink B Sun 3/14 @ 5:30-7:00 - Rink B Tues 3/16 @ 7:00-8:30 - Rink A ***if needed, invite only***

Sun 3/21 @ 5:30-7:00 - Rink B Be a part of a great core of players and families. All skates $15 , All Positions Open For more info visit our web site

WWW.USA2000EAGLES.COM or contact the HC at

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Buffalo Wild Wings would like to acknowledge ambitious hockey players by rewarding extra effort on the ice with a BUFFALO WILD WINGS â&#x20AC;&#x153;HUSTLERâ&#x20AC;? sticker.


Discounted Kids Meals on Sundays and Wednesdays at Buffalo Wild Wings!! Buffalo Wild Wings is a great family friendly place to go after games. Visit for the location nearest you

Livonia Knights


Contact your local BWW for fundraising opportunities!

Girls 16U


Alex Gayda

Logan Saxton

Ryan Glidden


Jacob Nigg

Carli Fettig

Jordan Yancy

Nick VanWinkle

John Hindenach

Joseph Popovich

at Devonaire Ice Arena, Livonia

Rodney Gordon

Ryley Sauter

Cade Johnson


Evan Irons

Noah Kennedy

Zac Fox

at Eddie Edgar Ice Arena, Livonia

MICHIGAN HOCKEY Buffalo Wild Wings Hustler Program 23995 Freeway Park Drive Farmington Hills, MI 48335-2829 FAX: (248) 478-1601 Phone: (248) 478-2500 Email:

Tryouts are $15.00 each Head Coach: Tom McKenzie 734-536-7762



ILQVWURP#FRPFDVWQHW &RDFK-RQ)LQVWURPÂ&#x2021; Onyx - Rochester Ice Arena 7 -8:20pm Wednesday 17-Mar Onyx - Rochester Ice Arena 4:15-5:35pm 20-Mar Saturday Suburban Ice -Macomb pm 7:45-8:50 22-Mar Monday


EVDOOLRWWH#GLHW]SURSHUW\JURXSFRP &RDFK%ULDQ6DOOLRWWHÂ&#x2021; Suburban Ice -Macomb 8:30-9:50pm 18-Mar Thursday Suburban Ice -Macomb pm 2:00-3:20 21-Mar Sunday Suburban Ice -Macomb pm -9:20 8:00 23-Mar Tuesday Suburban Ice -Macomb pm -9:50 8:30 25-Mar Invite only Thursday


Saturday, April 3 OPEN & HOUSE DIVISIONS: +Mite +Squirt +Pee Wee

+Bantam +High School +Adult




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SCS 2001 Squirt A Spring Try-Outs Come play at the original “Hockey Town” 3/17/10 ....... SCS Garden Rink ...7:30–8:30pm 3/20/10....... Univ. of Liggett ........3:00–4:30pm 3/22/10....... SCS Garden Rink ...7:30–9:00pm

** Excellent Coaching and Team Leadership** ** Lowest Ice Bills in the Metro Detroit Area** ** A program that grow stronger every year** Call with Questions: Robert Morris 313-598-3388 Shawn Nicholson 586-850-2728

1997 Livonia Knights


SPRING TRYOUTS 3/15....8-9:30pm 3/17....8-9:30pm 3/19....6-7:00pm All at Eddie Edgar Goalie needed, openings at all positions.

2000 Saints District 3 Champions Spring Try-Outs March 19 ..... 6:00-7:00pm March 21 ..... 6:00-7:30pm March 24 ..... 5:30-6:30pm

Contact: Ken Hunt 248-476-2112

1998 Livonia Knights


SPRING TRYOUTS 3/16....7-8:30pm at Eddie Edgar

3/22....6-7:00pm at Devonaire

All skates $15 at St. Clair Shores Civic Center Goalies skate free – All positions open! Non-Parent Head Coach – Rod Heid Contact team with questions at

3/24....7-8:30pm at Devonaire Openings at all positions. Contact: Jay Bruce 734-751-0606

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Spring Tryouts BluewaterSharks 22nd Annual Tournaments 2010 Sarnia Ontario

Redford Royals Tryouts


‘98 Pee Wee AA Tuesday .................3/16 ............... 6:30 - 7:50 PM Saturday ................3/20 ............... 6:30 - 7:50 PM Friday ......................3/26 ............... 8:30 - 9:50 PM Coach: Stan Racinski Questions: e-mail : ________________________________________________

’96 Redford Royals Tryouts Bantam AA – Redford Ice Arena – Thursday ...............3/18 ............... 8:30 – 10:00PM Saturday ................3/20 ............... 5:00 – 6:30PM Thursday ...............3/25 ............... 8:30 – 10:00PM

1996 NOVI ICE CATS Bantam AA Spring Tryouts Mon. 3/15/10 .......... 8:30-10pm.......... Compuware Wed. 3/24/10 .......... 9-10pm ............... Novi Sat. 3/27/10 ............ 4-5:30pm ........... Novi

Upper Division Howe Team looking to build upon a very solid foundation. Openings at Forward, Defense and for 1 Goalie. Extremely reasonable ice bills, Professional Power Skating and Goalie Instruction, Non Parent Head Coach. Come check us out! E-Mail with any questions! ________________________________________________

$15 per skate

97 Redford Royals Bantam A LCAHL Lidstrom Div. 7 Co-Champions 2009-2010

Questions, please contact us at or (248) 420-0436.

Wednesday..........3/17 ............... 8:00 - 9:30 PM Friday ......................3/19 ............... 8:30 - 10:00 PM Sunday ...................3/21 ............... 3:30 - 5:00PM Coach: Rich Hayward. Questions: email ________________________________________________

Spring & Summer Tournaments Apr. 16–18 Apr 16 18

Future Stars

Apr. 30–May 2 Spring Showdown May 7–9 May 14–16 May 14–16 May 21–23 May 28–30 June 4–6 June 11–13

Winter Tournaments Mar 12–14 St. Mar. St Patrick’s Tournament Mar. 26–28 Las Vegas Youth Blast I Mar. 26–28 End of the Season Blast

June 11–13 Vineland NJ Vineland, Las Vegas, NV

June 18–20

Fort Wayne, IN

June 25–27

Vineland, NJ Aug. 27–29 South Jersey Fall Classic Sept. 10–12 Fort Wayne Pre-Season Blast Fort Wayne, IN Nov. 5–7 Nov. 26–28 Nov. 26–28 Nov. 26–28 Nov. 26–28 Dec. 27-29

Las Vegas Youth Blast II Thanksgiving Classic Girls Thanksgiving Classic Thanksgiving Classic Thanksgiving Classic Christmas Classic

June 25–27 July 2–4 July 9–11

Las Vegas, NV

July 16–18

Detroit, MI

July 16–18

Vineland, NJ

Aug. 13–15

Vineland, NJ

Aug. 13–15

Fort Wayne, IN

Aug. 27–29

Vineland, NJ

Aug. 27-29

Toronto Cup May Madness / Future Stars Girls Pre Season Spectacular Michigan May Sizzler Memorial Holiday Classic East End Showdown / Future Stars Bring Your Best Girls Hockey Challenge Niagara Falls Youth Challenge I Summer Meltdown Girls Summer Chill Montreal Mania Youth Classic / Future Stars Niagara Falls Youth Challenge II Girls Niagara Falls Youth Challenge II King of the Rings Girls Queen of the Rings Pre-Season Blast / Future Stars Girls Pre-Season Blast

Toronto, ON Toronto Toronto, ON Toronto, ON

99 Redford Royals Pee Wee A

Toronto, ON

Monday .................3/15 ............... 7:00 - 8:30PM Saturday ................3/20 ............... 3:30 - 5:00PM Sunday ...................3/21 ............... 6:30 - 8:00PM Coach: Jeff Heaman. Questions: e-mail

Toronto, ON Detroit, MI Toronto, ON Toronto, ON Toronto, ON Toronto, ON Niagara Falls, ON Toronto, ON Toronto, ON Brossard, QC

Cost $15, goalies free. All skates at Redford Arena

Toronto, ON Niagara Falls, ON Niagara Falls, ON Toronto, ON Toronto, ON Toronto, ON Toronto, ON

Redford Twp Hockey Assoc. is seeking coaches for Fall 2010 at the following levels: Squirt A and AA, Pee Wee B and Bantam B levels. Interested candidates e-mail

For Adult listings, please visit or call 1-888-422-6526.


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Holland, MI Great Value

Period Length

Entry Fee

Mites Squirts/Pee Wees Bantams Midgets

13 minutes 13 minutes 13 minutes 14 minutes

$695 $750 $795 $895

FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY "The Original" $288 m e p r tea

All Tournaments Four Game Minimum March 5-7, 2010

March 12-14, 2010

Mite B, Pee Wee B, Bantam B

Squirt B, Squirt AA, Midget B

Chicago, IL Chicago Showdown

Spring Classic

Mar 5-7, 2010

Apr 23-25, 2010

Seven Bridges Spring Classic May 19-21, 2010

For More Information: 847-277-7343 Lakeland Arena Waterford, Michigan


APRIL 9-11, 2010

2001 & Younger Mite House B, 1995-96 Bantam House B, 1995 Bantam Travel AA, 1996 Bantam Travel A, High School Varsity and Midget AA-AAA, and High School J.V. and Midget B-BB-A

APRIL 16-18, 2010

1999-2000 Squirt House B, 1999 Squirt Travel AA, 2000 Squirt Travel A, 1997-98 Pee Wee House B, 1997 Pee Wee Travel AA, 1998 Pee Wee Travel A, Girl’s 14 & Under, Girl’s High School and Midget AA-AAA, Women’s 18 & Up

APRIL 23-25, 2010 Adult 18-30 Open, Adult 30 & Up Open, Adult 18-30 B and Adult 30 & Up B

Reduced goalie rate of $40, and 4 players per team

Goalies needed in all divisions • Saturday Skills Competition – Everyone is invited to participate!

APRIL 28 - MAY 2, 2010

• The number of teams registered will determine how many divisions and teams per division. A round robin within each division will be conducted with two to four teams advancing to a single elimination play-off round. • Teams are encouraged to bring goalies, but they will have their own game schedule. Goalies will play two periods for each team per game.

Call: Big Dog Invitational, Larry Thompson 248-674-2913 Email: 4 Game Guarantee All games played at Lakeland Ice Arena Finalist Trophies - Championship Trophies DIV 16U, 96, 97, 98 , 99 AND 2000 AAA DIVISION Applications at

About 3-on-3 Hockey: 3-on-3 Hockey is a unique brand of ice hockey developed to enhance your individual hockey skills in a fun-filled environment. Games are four, four-minute periods. Three separate 3-on-3 rinks will be set up in the facility. Three rinks measuring approximately 100 feet long by 85 feet wide with 12 foot-high boards add a new and quicker way to play the game.


Team entry form MUST be received 3 weeks before tournament date.

TOURNAMENT HOTLINE Monday-Friday • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

(231) 591-2881 See website for application

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TOURNAMENT CALENDAR Great Lakes Tournament Series Holland, MI March 5-7, 2010 Mite House, Pee Wee House, Bantam House Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 Motown Cup Tournament Series (DETROIT, MI) March 5-7, 2010 Mite thru Midget/JV & High School (AA,A,B,House Select,House) Tony Prpic (216)325-0567, tony@ Hockey Cares Weekend - House B Tournament A(An American Cancer Society Benefit Tournament) Kalamazoo, MI March 5-7, 2010 Squirt, Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midgets Online Registration: http://www. Email: 12th Annual Puck ‘O the Irish Tournament Bay County, MI March 5-7, 2010 Mite – Midget B 989-671-1000 x105

St. Pats Tournament @ THE SUMMIT Lansing, MI March 19-21, 2010 Mite-Midget (B, BB, A, AA) 517-319-1000 Top Shelf Spring Classic Adult Tournament Brighton, MI March 19-21, 2010 Men, Women & Co-ed ahawes@kensingtonvalleyicehouse. com Amy Hawes 810-494-5555 Ext 5 Motown Cup Tournament Series (DETROIT, MI) March 26-28, 2010 Mite thru Midget/JV & High School (AA,A,B,House Select,House) Tony Prpic (216)325-0567, tony@ Motown Cup Tournament Series DETROIT, MI April 9-11, 2010 Mite thru Midget/JV & High School (AA,A,B,House Select,House) Tony Prpic (216)325-0567, tony@

11th Annual Puck ‘O the Irish II Tournament Bay County, MI March 12-14, 2010 Mite – Midget B 989-671-1000 x105

Ferris State 3 on 3 Big Rapids, MI April 9-11, 2010 2001 & Younger Mite B, 1995-96 Bantam B, 1995 Bantam Travel A & AA, High School JV & Varsity & Midget B, BB, A, AA & AAA 231-591-2881

Great Lakes Tournament Series Holland, MI March 12-14, 2010 Squirt House, Squirt AA, Midget House Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343

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MMGHSHL Playoffs will crown a champion on March 13 BY BOB ST. JOHN

The Michigan Metro Girls Hockey League’s 2009-10 regular season is in the books. Grosse Pointe South won Division 1 with a perfect 19-0 mark, while Port Huron won Division 2 with an 18-1 record. The Blue Devils are once again the team to beat in the playoffs. They completed the regular season with a tough 3-2 win over host University Liggett and a victory over Warren Regina. “Winning isn’t guaranteed,” GPS coach Bill Fox said. “The girls have to work hard to win games and I don’t think they played particularly well against Liggett. They have to understand every team will play their best to beat us and they have to be up for that challenge.” “It was our best game of the season and Mariah (Passalacqua) was great in net,” Liggett head coach Laura Owczarski said. “The girls have really picked up the level of their play the past couple of games against the best teams in the league.” The Blue Devils struck first when sophomore Claire Boyle scored with sophomore Marissa Monforton netting the lone assist. In the second period, the Knights built a 2-1 lead on goals by seniors Liz Smith and Paige Counsman. Sophomore Haleigh Bolton assisted on Smith’s goal while Counsman’s was unassisted. GPS junior Elizabeth Clem had the tying goal with senior Jessica Snella drawing an assist and with only 55 seconds left in the period, senior Ana Harris tallied the game-winner with junior Andrea Marshall netting an assist. Passalacqua kept the game close, stopped all 13 shots the Blue Devils fired her way in the third period. Cranbrook Kingswood and head coach Terry Brooks nailed down the No. 2 seed winning 2-of-3 tough games. The Cranes beat Grosse Pointe North 5-4 in overtime and Ann Arbor 4-1, but lost 3-1 to Port Huron. The Cranes trailed North 3-0 and 4-1 before roaring back to win just 10 seconds into overtime. “This is a tough stretch of games, but they will get us ready for the state playoffs,” Brooks said. “We’re playing very well right now.” “We played probably our best period of the season in the first and still controlled the play in the second,” said North coach Scott Dockett. “That third period wasn’t good and this is a tough loss. We gave this game away.” Julia Henderson opened the scoring with Kailey Sickmiller and Jacci Sherry drawing assists for the Norsemen. Taylor Moody scored the first of her two goals to give the Norsemen a 2-0 lead and Jennifer Cusmano made it 3-0 with Sherry and Sara Villani netting assists. The Cranes’ Caley Chelios scored to make it 3-1, but Moody scored a pretty goal at the 1:53 mark of the second period, tucking a backhand past Colleen Jacoby. It could have been 6-2 or 8-2 heading into the third period, but Jacoby came up with several top-notch saves the Cranes needed. The Cranes scored at the 7:50 mark of the third period and hit the equalizer on the power play with only 1:15 left. It took the visitor only 10 seconds of the overtime

to win as Chelios scored the game-winner. The Norsemen finished the regular season with victories over Country Day and Regina to finish third in Division 1. Northville finished sixth in Division 1, but ended the regular season with a big 4-3 win over Liggett. Seniors Parul Kathuria, Katherine Gearns, Erica Zazo and Kelsey Koswick, along with junior Lauren Grigg and sophomore Allison Holden, have helped the Mustangs play their best hockey of the season during the month of February. Sitting in the basemen is Livonia Ladywood, but head coach Bruce Peck also has his Blazers playing an improved game. Junior goalie Jessica Pavela is the anchor as the Blazers’ lack of offense has forced them to play stellar defense. Port Huron is the heavy favorite to win the Division 2 Tournament and earn a spot in the Division 1 Tournament the second week of March. The Lady Icehawks field Chelsea Minnie, who was third in the league scoring list, while Morgan Thompson, Hayley Cox, Kassi Reeves and Sarah Hall are also in the top 20. First year head coach Mary Beth Johnson may have earned the coach of the year award after leading the Plymouth-Canton-Salem squad from the basement to second place this season. The Penguins don’t have a top 20 scorer, but Johnson has the girls playing a “team”concept, which has resulted in their upward swing in the standings. Country Day improved from last year and finished in third place behind the scoring of Maddie VanAntwerp. Walled Lake has also improved with Emma Crone, Melissa Phalin, Katie Acheson, Grace Jardine and Mackenzie Moug leading the offensive charge. Head coach Pat Gregory and his Farmington Hills Mercy squad struggled this season, losing several close games. “We just haven’t been as consistent as I think we should,” Gregory said. “The girls work hard and now we have to put it all together with the playoffs coming up.” Rounding out the Division 2 standings are Regina and Bloomfield United. The Saddlelites have been led all season by senior captain Kristen Taylor, who was fourth in the scoring list with 36 points. Bloomfield has struggled to find any offense and another winless season is a possibility. Despite the team’s struggles, the girls have played with a passion for the game.



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GP 19 19 19 19 19 19 19

W 19 16 13 12 9 7 6

L 0 3 6 6 10 11 12

T 0 0 0 1 0 1 1

PTS 38 32 26 25 18 15 13

GF 113 90 89 65 67 61 41

GA 19 35 44 47 54 90 71

Division 2 GP Port Huron 19 PCS 19 Country Day 19 Mercy 19 Walled Lake 18 Regina 18 Bloomfield Hills 19

W 18 10 7 6 5 2 0

L 1 9 12 13 13 15 19

T 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

PTS 36 20 14 12 10 5 0

GF 103 65 59 76 67 52 8

GA 14 69 75 82 95 111 150

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Liggett’s Paige Counsman (left) and Cranbrook’s Caley Chelios finished among MMGHSHL scoring leaders.

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MIHL Prep Showcase celebrates milestone weekend


In a case of a good idea blossoming into a great event, the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League (MIHL) Prep Showcase celebrated its 10th year of top-notch high school hockey competition on February 11-13 at Trenton’s Kennedy Recreation Center. With the goal of getting more exposure for high school hockey, MIHL officials, led by Cranbrook head coach Andy Weidenbach, organized the inaugural 12-team MIHL showcase at the Troy Sports Center in January 2001. Over the next 10 years the event has grown to 36 teams and 36 games and, along with the MHSAA state finals at Plymouth’s Compuware Arena, has become a “must-see” weekend on the high school hockey calendar. “The showcase has given high school hockey credibility and has become an outstanding event,” said Mike Turner, head coach of the Trenton Trojans, last season’s Division 2 state champions. “Looking back at the first year in Troy it was an interesting concept, an interesting attempt to see if we could put something like this together. “Moving it toTrenton with all of the accessible rinks has made it a fantastic event and a lot of people really enjoy themselves.” With the three arenas at Kennedy packed all weekend with fans, scouts and college coaches, the showcase has accomplished what it was designed to do. “It is a premier avenue for high school players to showcase their skills to as many scouts as possible,” said Todd Johnson, coach of the defending Division 1 state champion Detroit Catholic Central squad. As the number of high school hockey programs has increased, so has the level of play across the state. MIHL officials spend months selecting the top teams to participate and then focus on creating the most competitive matchups for the showcase schedule. Turner says that parity has improved at the prep level every year. “The old standby’s, the Trenton’s, the Catholic Central’s and the Cranbrook’s now face a bigger pool of quality teams both at the Showcase and through out the season,” said Turner. “There are more teams advancing players to the next level, which is a big reason why more and more scouts are flocking to watch the showcase and that was the main reason for starting the showcase, it is all about the players.”

Mitchell Snider, a senior forward from Traverse City West, played in his second Showcase this year. “It’s been great experience, especially with all of the scouts watching,” he said. Tom Newton, a veteran assistant coach at Michigan State, has used to help identify players with the potential to play at the college level. “This event is fantastic and the information they provide on each player to all the scouts is priceless,” said Newton, who has attended the Showcase for the past seven years. “The one thing about the prep player not just in Michigan but through out the country is that they have the smarts and the skill to play at the collegiate level. However most of the kids lack the size. So it is a good idea to play a year or two in junior hockey, be it the USHL or the NAHL, to get stronger and then progress on to the college level.” With another successful event in the books, the Shamrocks Johnson laughed when asked if he thought the event would develop into such a popular weekend when it first started ten years ago. “We dreamed and it was certainly the vision we had in mind,” he said. “I don’t want to say we knew it was going to happen, but we are sure glad it did.” 1. Detroit CC 2. OL St Marys 3. Trenton 4. Cranbrook 5. Liv. Stevenson 6. De La Salle 7. U of D 8. Brother Rice 9. Novi 10. Marquette 11. Howell 12. Brighton 13. Flint Powers 14. Plymouth 15. GP North 16. Midland 17. Farmington 18. S.S. Marie 19. Farmington Hills 20. Utica Eisenhower 21. Cadillac 22. St. Clair Shores 23. Liv. Churchill 24. Grosse Ile 25. TC West MHSAA State Tournament Quarterfinals Division 1 - March 10 1 - Gaylord or Big Rapids Region 1 vs. Region 2 2 - Flint Perani Region 3 vs. Region 4 3 – SCS Lakeview Region 5 vs. Region 6 4 - Ann Arbor Huron Region 7 vs. Region 8 Division 2 - March 9 5 - Big Rapids Region 9 vs. Region 10 6 - Chelsea Region 11 vs. Region 12 7 - Romeo Region 13 vs. Region 14 8 - Novi Region 15 vs. Region16 Division 3 - March 10 9 - SSM or Marquette Region 17 vs. Region 18 10 - Lansing CC Region 19 vs. Region 20 11 - Pontiac Notre Dame Region 21 vs. Region 22 12 - Allen Park Region 23 vs. Region 24

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NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE 2009-10 NAHL Standings (as of March 1) CENTRAL Bismarck Owatonna Alexandria North Iowa Albert Lea

GP 50 51 48 47 48

W 32 28 24 14 12

L OTL PTS 10 8 72 19 4 60 20 4 52 27 6 34 31 5 29

PCT 0.720 0.588 0.542 0.362 0.302

GF 164 165 142 122 114

GA 115 165 133 194 195

920 738 740 777 1138

NORTH Traverse City Marquette Janesville Motor City Alpena

GP 48 47 48 49 50

W 27 28 25 20 20

L OTL PTS 17 4 58 18 1 57 19 4 54 22 7 47 28 2 42

PCT 0.604 0.606 0.563 0.480 0.420

GF 178 152 147 130 142

GA 148 124 147 159 163

PIM 1076 886 915 1168 1342

SOUTH Topeka St. Louis Texas Springfield Wichita Falls

GP 50 49 47 48 52

W 38 37 20 19 17

L OTL PTS 7 5 81 9 3 77 22 5 45 24 5 43 29 6 40

PCT 0.810 0.786 0.479 0.448 0.385

GF 216 174 144 141 157

GA 121 106 166 156 218

PIM 1303 915 1448 708 1382

WEST Wenatchee Fairbanks Alaska Kenai River

GP 50 52 50 48

W 39 30 27 10

L OTL PTS 8 3 81 19 3 63 17 6 60 34 4 24

PCT 0.810 0.606 0.600 0.250

GF 180 187 164 112

GA 107 158 149 199

PIM 1311 1543 1261 930

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TEAM POS GP G A FBX F 52 21 51 TPK F 50 26 43 WIC F 52 27 29 SPR F 48 24 32 FBX F 47 23 33 ALX F 44 20 34 BIS F 49 20 33 MAR F 44 17 35 ALX F 48 18 33 MAR F 47 18 33 OWA F 51 22 27 WNE F 50 25 23 TPK F 50 17 31 BIS F 48 18 28 JNE F 48 24 22 TPK F 44 22 24 BIS F 49 21 24 TNS F 46 19 26 FBX F 51 23 21 MAR F 46 29 15 MAR F 45 16 28 TPK F 50 19 24 BIS F 49 24 19 TNS F 47 22 21 SPR F 43 15 28 FBX F 49 16 26 WNE F 47 17 25 ALX F 46 16 26 TPK F 38 21 21 STL F 49 20 21 NIO F 47 11 30 TEX F 46 20 21

TOP GOALIES TEAM GP MIN Jaeger, Brandon WNE 23 1276:14 Bruggeman, Tyler STL 31 1837:29 Karambelas, Evan TPK 21 1271:27 Faragher, Ryan BIS 34 1888:51 Kamal, Chris ALX 32 1834:14 Strandberg, Drew TNS 30 1654:20 Kissaw, Kevin MAR 33 1881:39 Hemingway, Matt OWA 16 938:14 Taffe, Mike FBX 28 1568:17 Tadazak, Robert ALX 19 948:05 Groh, CJ SPR 16 971:38 Torf, Jason MCM 21 1123:16


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SO 2 2 2 4 1 2 3 1 0 0 1 0

PTS 72 69 56 56 56 54 53 52 51 51 49 48 48 46 46 46 45 45 44 44 44 43 43 43 43 42 42 42 42 41 41 41 GA 39 63 44 67 76 70 80 40 69 42 43 50

PIM 56 52 64 12 31 57 44 91 34 32 18 36 50 65 28 76 94 61 76 33 32 42 10 66 34 39 60 44 62 85 22 34 GAA 1.83 2.06 2.08 2.13 2.49 2.54 2.55 2.56 2.64 2.66 2.66 2.67

PPG 10 5 7 8 9 7 7 3 7 4 6 10 5 8 3 7 5 6 11 12 9 10 6 5 6 5 5 7 10 4 5 5 SV 529 826 392 775 833 659 998 437 686 355 480 588

SHG 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 3 2 3 SV% 0.931 0.929 0.899 0.920 0.916 0.904 0.926 0.916 0.909 0.894 0.918 0.922

NAHL teams on the lookout for new talent BY MATT MACKINDER

Pronger emphasized in our conversations with Sean.” A handful of North American Hockey League teams have already started to plan Scurfield, an 18-year-old Midland native, is second in team scoring. for next season by signing prospective players to tenders. “Nate sees the ice very well and is a very strong skater,” said Jr. Generals coach A tender is a contract of sorts that a player signs announcing his intentions to George Dritsas. “Nate should do well at the next level.” play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs Albrecht won’t have to go far as the Hitmen and Force owners are the same – Dick a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights Glass and Mark Hammersmith. belong to that team within the NAHL and he “Jim has been a great leader for the Force over may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. the last two seasons,” said Hammersmith. “By Each team is granted eight tenders - plus leading by example on and off the ice, he’ll be a or minus any trades - which became active on huge part of our transition to the North American Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for Hockey League.” the NAHL draft. Several NAHL teams have tapped the Tier ANOTHER TEAM TO MINNESOTA III Central States Hockey League, a league with The NAHL announced in late February that four teams in Michigan (Dearborn’s Motor the league has accepted the membership for an City Chiefs, Flint Jr. Generals, Grand Rapids Jr. expansion team in Austin, Minn. Owls and Waterford’s Metro Jets), for players The yet unnamed club will begin play next to tender for the 2010-11 season. This year’s season and will be the fourth to call Minnesota regular season champions, the St. Louis Jr. home, joining the Albert Lea Thunder, Alexandria Blues, have seen two players in forward Nick Blizzard and the Owatonna Express. Saracino (St. Louis Bandits) and defenseman “This is an exciting day for our league and Sean Gammage (Chicago Hitmen) sign tenders, the great hockey state of Minnesota,” said NAHL along with Flint forward Nate Scurfield (Traverse commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “Austin has been City North Stars), Chicago Force captain Jimmy without a junior hockey team for 25 years and Albrecht (Chicago) and Dubuque Thunderbirds we’re eager to resurrect its presence. St. Louis Jr. Blues defenseman Sean Gammage defensemen Hunter Brown and Peter Nesper “Austin’s presence is instrumental in terms of signed a tender with the NAHL expansion (both to Chicago). Chicago Hitmen for next season. strengthening our Central Division footprint and From St. Louis, the Bandits will be getting the automatically enhances all of our great rivalries CSHL’s top scorer (Saracino, who just turned 18-years old on Feb. 20) and the Hitmen throughout the division.” landed a huge blueliner (Gammage is 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds). “Nick has chosen the Bandits for numerous reasons, including the Bandits’ great NOTEBOOK record of moving players to NCAA Division I,” Jr. Blues coach Jack Behan said. “Nick’s The Bismarck Bobcats raised over $5,000 for cancer awareness and research picture will hang in my office some day with all the other D-I players who have come thanks to their Tough Enough to Wear Pink event in conjunction with the American from the Jr. Blues family. Cancer Society’s Relay For Life at the VFW Sports Center on Feb. 12. Bismarck beat “Sean will be given an opportunity to be a leader in his first year in the NAHL Owatonna, 4-0, that night … Owatonna defenseman Jake Sloat has committed and that is a rarity. With the Hitmen being an expansion team, he will have a great to Bowling Green for next season, while Bismarck defenseman Ben Danford gave opportunity to be counted on in his first year, which is what Hitmen coach Steve the nod to Canisius.

SHERWOOD PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 1) NORTH DIVISION Alpena forward John Fritsche tallied three goals and an assist as the IceDiggers celebrated a two-game sweep over Marquette. On Feb. 25 the Parma, Ohio, native notched a pair of goals in a 5-0 triumph. The next night, the 18-year-old lit the lamp again and added an assist as the IceDiggers downed the Rangers in a shootout, 4-3. He was also a plus-3 on the weekend. HONORABLE MENTION: Janesville forward Kurt Akers; Motor City defenseman Nate Paulsen SOUTH DIVISION Wichita Falls forward Ryan Frost struck for two goals and four assists as the Wildcats skated to a two-game sweep over Texas. On Feb. 25, the Corona, Calif., native picked up two assists, including one on Chris Leone’s game-winning goal, in a 3-2 victory. The next night, the 19-year-old tallied a pair of goals and two more assists, including one on Brian


Sheehan’s game-winning marker, as the Wildcats downed the Tornado, 9-4. He was also a plus-4 on the weekend. HONORABLE MENTION: Topeka forward Alec Hagaman; Wichita Falls forward J.T. Osborn CENTRAL DIVISION Alexandria forward Nardo Nagtzaam rang up two goals and three assists as the Blizzard went 1-2 against Alaska. On Feb.23, the Netherlands native scored the Blizzard’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss. Two nights later, the 19-year-old put away a goal and two assists as Alexandria downed the Avalanche, 6-2. Nagtzaam, who began the season with the Avalanche, picked up another assist in a 4-2 loss on Saturday. He was also a plus-4 for the weekend. HONORABLE MENTION: Bismarck defenseman Sam Rendle WEST DIVISION Wenatchee defenseman Chris Rumble connected for a goal


and four assists in the two games he played against Kenai River - both Wild victories. On Feb.24, the Chesapeake, Va., native notched a goal and a pair of assists in a 10-2 win. The 19-year-old recorded two more assists on Feb. 27 as the Wild bested the Brown Bears in a shootout, 4-3. He was also a plus-6 in the weekend. SHERWOOD GOALIE Alpena goaltender Marco Wieser backstopped the IceDiggers to a two-game sweep over Marquette, turning aside 59 of 62 shots. On Feb.25, the Austria native made all 34 saves in a 5-0 triumph. The next night, the 19-year-old stopped 25 shots in regulation and overtime and all four in the shootout as the IceDiggers bested the Rangers, 4-3. HONORABLE MENTION: Bismarck’s Ryan Faragher; Motor City’s Phil Graveline; North Iowa’s Paul Moberg



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Team Michigan Tryouts This year Team Michigan will select 20 top high school seniors from an open tryout to represent the state and compete at the Minnesota Showcase on April 23-25, 2010 in Plymouth, Minnesota. The Minnesota Showcase replaces the Chicago Showcase, which ceased operation after 25 years. And while the location is different, the Minnesota event will be again heavily scouted by junior and college coaches.

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USHL coming to Muskegon BY PHILIP COLVIN

After 50 years of minor pro hockey that has included the Zephyrs, the Mohawks, and the Fury, Muskegon is getting a Tier I Junior A team. The United States Hockey League’s (USHL) 16th member team, called the Lumberjacks, will begin play next season at 5,100 seat L.C. Walker Arena. After searching for years for the right location, Muskegon’s hockey-rich tradition played a large part in the Lumberjacks ownership selecting the west Michigan market as the team’s destination. “More than anything else, it was the city’s passion for the sport that appealed to us. We wanted to go to a place where hockey mattered,” said Josh Mervis, who along with his father Lou owns the Lumberjacks. “Muskegon has a knowledgeable fan base whose passion and loyalty rivals hockey fans anywhere in North America.” After brothers Jeff and Stacey Patulski, and Muskegon native Tim Taylor, bought Muskegon’s minor league team, the IHL’s Lumberjacks, 18 months ago, they worked feverishly to save hockey in the city. But keeping hockey going in Muskegon was one thing, making sure that the sport was viable was another. “And that was a lot harder,” noted Jeff Patulski. “We had a lot of thoughts and emotions about how to continue hockey in Muskegon for the next fifty years. That meant a lot of late hours and due diligence. When I first talked to USHL commissioner Plymouth players (from left) Tyler Seguin, AJ Jenks, Beau Schmitz and Robbie Czarnik celebrate the Whalers playoffclinching win against Sarnia Sting on February 21.

Whalers in OHL playoffs for 19th straight season BY MATT MACKINDER

The Plymouth Whalers clinched an Ontario Hockey League playoff berth in style back on Feb. 21 with an 11-3 win in Sarnia. In winning, the Whalers made the postseason for the 19th straight season – the current OHL record. Plymouth missed the OHL playoffs in the team’s inaugural season in 1990-1991 and has made the playoffs every season since, winning OHL titles in 1995 and 2007 along the way. Plymouth continues to be led by stud forward Tyler Seguin, who was on top of the OHL scoring race with 99 points. Seguin has had a huge supporting cast with Robbie Czarnik (Washington), Ryan Hayes, Tyler Brown, Garrett Meurs and captain AJ Jenks (Wolverine Lake), among others, all contributing on a nightly basis. Matt Hackett is a rock in goal and overage defenseman Leo Jenner has emerged as a definite pro prospect. Offensive depth is becoming a trademark of the Whalers and is what top teams need come playoff time. “Even when the big goal scorers don’t score, we’ve got other guys that can step up,” defenseman and Howell native Beau Schmitz said. “It really helped (against Sarnia).” If the Whalers finish in the top four in the Western Conference, they’ll have home-ice advantage in the first round. Plymouth can finish as high as third and as low as eighth. Plymouth has five games left in the regular season, including three at home – March 5 vs. Sault Ste. Marie, March 6 vs. Saginaw and the regular season finale on March 14 vs. Saginaw. All remaining games are West Division games. Michigan connections coming to Compuware Arena over these final games include Sault Ste. Marie defenseman Brandon Archibald (Port Huron), Sault Ste. Marie forwards Vern Cooper (ex-Whalers forward from 2006-2009 traded last summer) and Myles McCauley (Sterling Heights native traded from Whalers at the Jan. 11 trade deadline for forward James Livingston). The Whalers play in Windsor on March 11 and in Sault Ste. Marie the next night.

SAGINAW LOOKING TO CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT With just two weeks remaining in the OHL regular season, Saginaw is sitting on the playoff bubble. Saginaw currently holds the seventh seed in the Western Conference with 64 points. The Spirit are still mathematically within reach of the fourth spot and home-ice in the first round of the playoffs. The Whalers will have a say in where Saginaw finishes as the two teams meet three more times this season. With 17 wins in their last 48 games, the Spirit have not been able to put together any kind of winning streak in the second half. But a rested Edward Pasquale could give Saginaw the edge it needs to make the postseason for the second year in a row.


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“It’s been a rat race and definitely a battle that should go to the end,” head coach Todd Watson told the Saginaw News.

SPIRIT NOTEBOOK With a series of three big games Saginaw opened up the final weekend of February losing at home to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, 6-3, on Feb. 24. The Greyhounds scored three in the first period and then opened up a 5-0 lead with a pair in the second before the Spirit’s Ivan Telegin, Jordan Hill and Tyler Murovich scored successive goals to trim the lead to 5-3. Pasquale, and Tadeas Galansky in relief, combined for 36 saves… Saginaw climbed back in the win column on February 27 by beating Sarnia at home, 4-1. Telegin led the way with a goal and an assist. Josh Shalla, Jordan Szwarz and Tyler Murovich rounded out the scoring and Michael Sgarbossa had two assists. Pasquale was strong with 32 saves. The Spirit ended the month on a winning note by beating the Guelph Storm, 4-3, on Feb. 29 at home. Jordan Szwarz had two goals and Ryan O’Connor a goal and an assist. Pasquale stopped 35 of 38 shots.

Canadian Hockey League Top 10 (as of Feb. 24) 1. Barrie Colts (OHL)


2. Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)


3. Windsor Spitfires (OHL)


4. Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)


5. Saskatoon Blades (WHL)


6. London Knights (OHL)


7. Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)


8. Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)


9. Tri-City Americans (WHL)


10. Calgary Hitmen (WHL) 43-17-1-1 Source: BMO Mastercard rankings

USHL commissioner Skip Prince announces that the league’s newest member – the Muskegon Lumberjacks – will play at L.C. Walker Arena next season. PHOTO BY TERRY SABO/MUSKEGON LUMBERJACKS

Skip Prince about the league’s model and how it could fit in Muskegon, I personally got very excited very quickly.” Now in its 31st season, the USHL is a top developmental league for players aged 16-20. This season the league has 13 NHL draft picks and over 200 players with college commitments on its team’s rosters. “Fans will get to watch players that could end up in our backyard at Michigan State, Michigan, Ferris State, and schools all over this state,” said Mona Shores native and current Grand Rapids Griffin forward Justin Abdelkader, who played for the USHL’s Cedar Rapids (IA) Roughriders in 2005 before moving on to Michigan State. ”It’s exciting times for Muskegon. People are going to see a lot of good players come through here, and you never know who is going to be the next player to come out of Muskegon and make it to the NHL.” The Lumberjacks now give the league two Michigan-based teams, as the U.S. National Teams from the Ann Arbor-based USA Hockey National Team Development Program joined the League this year. The League’s growth in Michigan is appropriate, as this season, for the first time in its history, more players in the USHL hail from Michigan than any other state. “Muskegon’s fans should know that a lot of good people worked very hard to make this happen,” said Prince. “From the League office and our Board of Directors, to the Patulski’s and Tim Taylor, to the city of Muskegon, to the Mervis family. Every constituency worked overtime in the collective best interest of what is just an extraordinary fan base in Muskegon. I believe they’re going to be rewarded by not just good, but great hockey at L.C. Walker, for a long time to come.” With a file from Brian Werger

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GP 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28

W 21 14 13 13 11 13 14 10 9 10 4 4

L 2 8 9 9 9 12 13 12 12 15 18 17

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After the CCHA dust settled, three Michigan schools earned first round playoff byes. First-place Miami, along with second-place Michigan State, third-place Ferris State and fourth-place Northern Michigan all get the March 5-7 weekend off and will host second-round playoff series on March 12-14. Alaska, Nebraska-Omaha, Michigan and Ohio State finished in fifth through eighth place, respectively and will host Best-of-Three first-round playoff series on March 5-7. The Spartans win and tie/shootout loss versus Bowling Green earned them a top-four finish in the CCHA standings for the 25th time in 28 years. The Bulldogs third-place finish and 49 league points is their best showing since the 2002-03 campaign when they won 22 games and were regular-season champs. The Wildcats junior forward Mark Olver had two goals and five points to help Northern Michigan beat Lake Superior to take fourth place and the final first round playoff bye. Olver’s big weekend earned him the CCHA scoring title, the first Wildcat to win it since Jeff Pye did it in 1980-81. Northern Michigan senior goaltender Brian Stewart gave up only one goal and had 60 saves on the weekend.

Goalie Cody Reichard Connor Knapp Pat Nagle Scott Greenham Drew Palmisano Bryan Hogan Brian Stewart

School Miami Miami FSU Alaska MSU UM NMU


GA 32 30 43 74 65 81 73

GAA 1.48 2.02 2.05 2.22 2.27 2.33 2.39

SVS 477 334 517 840 773 738 919

SV% 0.937 0.918 0.923 0.919 0.922 0.901 0.926

USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine College Poll (as of March 1)

Rank/School, Pts School 1. Denver 2. Miami 3. Wisconsin 4. St. Cloud State 5. Boston College 6. Yale 7. North Dakota 8. Bemidji State

Points 508 476 443 397 345 323 318 279

Record 24-6-4 24-5-7 21-8-4 20-10-4 20-10-2 19-7-3 18-11-5 22-8-2

School Points 9. Cornell 231 10. New Hampshire 217 11. Michigan State 146 12. Minnesota Duluth 138 13. Alaska 100 14. Ferris State 54 15. Colorado College 30

Record 17-8-4 16-10-6 19-11-6 19-14-1 16-9-9 19-11-6 17-14-3

Others receiving votes: Maine, 26; Vermont, 19; Nebraska Omaha, 9; RIT, 8; Union College, 8; Northern Michigan, 4; Massachusetts Lowell, 1.

FIRST ROUND MATCHUPS • BEST OF 3 • MARCH 5 - 7 Western Michigan at Alaska – The last place Broncos trek north to take on the fifth-place Nanooks, who finished the regular season with a sweep of the WCHA Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves. Both Watson brothers scored in WMU’s shootout loss on Feb. 26. Senior Cam Watson and junior Ryan Watson have played together for three seasons in Kalamazoo and had only in the same once before, against Alabama-Huntsville, on Jan. 17, 2009. Senior goalie Riley Gill made 41 saves in WMU’s SO win over the Bulldogs and will have to keep it up for the Broncos to have a shot at the Nanooks. Bowling Green at Nebraska-Omaha – The 11th place Falcons picked up a SO win against Michigan State in regular season finale and travel to Nebraska to play the sixth-place Mavericks, who split with #6 ranked Bemidji State in their final regular season series. Lake Superior State at Michigan – The Lakers lost twice at Northern Michigan in the season’s final weekend to finish in 10th place. Michigan’s split with Notre Dame kept the Wolverines in seventh place, which ended the Wolverines run of 19 straight top three finishes. Michigan finished fourth in the 1989-90 campaign. Notre Dame at Ohio State – The Irish’s win over the Wolverines in the season’s final game kept them a point ahead of the Lakers and gave a short trip to Columbus. Eighth place Ohio State finished with a SO win over Miami to earn a split with the RedHawks.

WMU FIRES CULHANE After months of speculation, Western Michigan finally made it official and fired head coach Jim Culhane on February 18, effective at the end of the season. Despite a solid record of player academics and community service, the Broncos underperformed on the ice and finished with its eighth losing season in Culhane’s 11-year tenure. “You can do all the right things in a lot of ways with your hockey program, but at the end of the day, you’re judged by wins and losses,”Culhane told the Kalamazoo Gazette. Culhane will spend his final year of his contract in a full-time fundraising position within the athletic department Western Michigan will conduct a national search for Culhane’s successor – with former Broncos’Brian Renfrew (associate head coach at Michigan State), Scott Garrow (assistant coach at Cornell) and Miami assistant coach Brent Brekke. By Philip Colvin

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Goaltender Jimmy Howard has been the Red Wings MVP so far this season.

Detroit ready to make run for playoff spot in last 20 games With the hockey world’s attention focused on the Winter Olympics for the last half of February, it seems like last season since the Detroit Red Wings played a game. After 61 games littered with injuries, blown leads and disappointments it’s understandable if the Wings treated the first two-thirds of the season as yesterday’s news. However, for those that can recall back to the final two games before the Olympic break, the Wings played two of their best contests. They picked up three of four points from red-hot San Jose and Ottawa and did so in a style that reminded fans of the previous two seasons. “I liked how hard we played,”said Wings coach Mike Babcock. “We haven’t scored all year long. I think we’re the lowest scoring team in the Western Conference and I think that’s about to change (with the Wings return to health). The Wings are approaching the final 21 games of the season as if it were a new season. With the club having its strongest roster available for the first time this season, including hulking defenseman Andreas Lilja for the first time in a year, Detroit feels they can overcome the rat pack to grab one of the final playoff positions. Heading into the NHL’s restart March 1, the Wings sit one point out of the post season. “I don’t care who you are, confidence in sport is fleeting,” Babcock said. “You earn the right to feel good about yourself. As disappointing as the season has been to this point, the fact the Wings are still even in the playoff hunt is a major accomplishment. Only Edmonton has lost more man-games to injury in the NHL and the Oilers are so far out of the playoff race they know they can all but count on the first pick overall in this June’s draft. Babcock is hoping the healthy Wings have rediscovered the disciplined structure they used to survive the injury onslaught. “What’s interesting is we had a very, very depleted line-up and we played with great structure and great work ethic,” Babcock said. “We were really committed and found ways to grind out 2-1 wins. Then we get players back and we find a way to lose 5-4. “The bottom line is it’s a real simple game. If you want the puck more than the other team you have a real good chance to win.” For teams at the top of the Western Conference, San Jose and Chicago, scoreboard watching will take on a slightly different twist. While they battle each other for home ice in the west, they’ll also cast a leery eye down the standings. In all honesty, those two clubs want to see one of two things happen to the Wings. Preferably they’d like to see the


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Wings struggle and miss the playoffs entirely, but if not, you have to believe they’d prefer Detroit to get hot enough to move up to at least sixth. “I don’t honestly think anyone wants to have us in the firstround of the playoffs,” goalie Chris Osgood said. Buried in those hardships of the first 61 games were a few encouraging kernels that could prove useful as the Wings renew their quest for a playoff spot. Firstly, the Olympic break probably did the Wings more good than most teams. Many Detroit players were looking worn-down in the final two weeks before the Olympics and admitted as much when they returned to practice. Brad Stuart is averaging nearly 31/2 minutes more per game than a year ago. More importantly, Stuart was playing hard minutes without his regular partner Niklas Kronwall. “Last couple of weeks, I didn’t feel like I had as much energy as I did in the first 50 games or so,”Stuart told Booth Newspapers. “It was definitely good timing as far as that was concerned, being able to take a little time off and get re-energized.” Detroit also caught a break by surviving the Olympics with no further injuries. For the likes of Kronwall and Franzen, who have missed a lot of the NHL season with injuries, the Olympics were actually a nice opportunity to find their games again. In addition, with Sweden and Russia both getting upset in the quarterfinals, most of Detroit’s Olympians will still get the better part of a week’s rest before the NHL season resumes. Even defenseman Brian Rafalski, who played in the goldmedal game for the U.S., has used the Olympics to jack his game up to a level that can only benefit the Wings. Secondly, injuries created the opportunity for the Wings to take a hard look at many of their youngsters. The likes of Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader acquitted themselves well, while pickups like Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller have become very useful players. Most importantly, Detroit seems to have found a capable starting goaltender to lead it into the post-Osgood era. Without question, rookie netminder Jimmy Howard has been the Wings’ MVP this season. “He’s grown as a goaltender in every game,” Nick Lidstrom said. “He’s learning a lot by playing in games where you have to bear down and play real well in the last minute or a whole third period. It’s a learning curve for him, but he’s taking huge steps.” The next step as to whether Detroit can keep the NHL’s longest active streak of playoff appearances alive is up to the rest of the Wings.

Kevin Allen covers pro and college hockey for USA Today

Michigan-led Team USA takes Silver One oddity of the Winter Olympics tournament is that you feel like a winner when you get the bronze medal because you have won a game to get it. You have to lose to earn a silver. Former University of Michigan standout U.S. defenseman Jack Johnson understands that well, as does U.S. women’s player Angela Ruggiero. “It’s devastating,” Johnson said. “The biggest reward in all of sports slips through your fingers at the end.” The American men had erased a two-goal deficit to tie the game on Zach Parise’s goal with 25 seconds remaining only to lose it in overtime, 3-2, on a goal by Sidney Crosby. The women lost, 2-0, to the Canadians in the gold medal game. “What hurts the most is how close this team is,” Ruggiero said. “It’s such a unique team to play on. I felt that this was our year. We had such heart, passion and love of the game. We never lost that - we couldn’t put the puck in the net.” It was clearly difficult for the Americans to see the value of a silver medal when they believed they had played well enough to win the gold. “I thought we deserved better,”said U.S. forward Ryan Kesler (Livonia) whose second-period goal started USA’s comeback. “That’s what happens in overtime. You get one lucky break and you capitalize. That’s overtime.” U.S. defenseman Erik Johnson said it was a “complete disappointment” for him because “we thought we had them on the ropes.” “The way they had the lead and we tied it up. We thought we had all of the momentum going into overtime.” Although the Americans were considered too young and too small coming into the tournament, they believed they were the best team. The Americans had defeated Canada, 5-3, earlier in the tournament. “We thought before the game, during the game, that we were going to win,” Parise said. Before giving up the overtime goal, U.S. goalie Ryan Miller of East Lansing had given two goals in 8 1/2 periods of work in the quarterfinal, semifinal and gold medal game. “We had the best goalie in the world behind us, we had all of the confidence going into overtime,” Jack Johnson said. Some of the team’s younger players, the Johnsons, Parise and Ryan Suter for example, were among USA’s best players. “I hope the players, especially my group gets to go to Sochi (Russia, in 2014),” coach Ron Wilson said. The NHL hasn’t made any decision about whether its players will be allowed to play in the next Winter Olympics. Wilson said Canada played a great game, but he added: “I think we played an equally great game.” “It’s tough to lose a game that way,”Wilson said. “I couldn’t have asked for more from our players.” U.S. player Ryan Malone pointed out that it was an even game until it was decided by a“great play by two great players.” Jarome Iginla and Crosby collaborated on the winning goal, working a give-and-go to perfection with Crosby firing a shot past Miller. “Maybe later on down the road when you’re older and your career is over,” Malone said. “(The silver) will be nice. But right now we know we came for the gold and we are disappointed.” Jack Johnson said he will leave the tournament with overwhelming respect for his U.S. teammates. “I wish that I could play with these guys year round because it’s the most fun I’ve ever had playing hockey,” he said.

Crosby, the face of Canadian hockey, was expected to lead his country to an Olympic hockey gold medal, and he delivered in a dramatic way. “You dream of that a thousand times growing up,” Crosby said. “But to come through is pretty amazing.” “We were saying in overtime that someone was going to be the hero, and it was no coincidence that it was (Crosby),” said Jonathan Toews, who scored Canada’s first goal. Canada is a hockey-crazed country of 33 million people, and the build-up for this tournament for this tournament may have been the biggest in NHL history. PHOTO BY TOM TURRILL/MICHIGAN HOCKEY


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“(Crosby) is unbelievable,” said Toews. “There is nothing that kid can’t do, and hasn’t done.” Although Crosby wasn’t dominant in the tournament, he seemed to always be visible when Canada needed a big goal. Earlier in the tournament, he had scored the game-winning shootout goal to beat Switzerland. “We felt we’d have our best players out there the best we could,”Canada coach Mike Babcock said.“And I thought (Iginla) and Sid would have a chance and in the end, Crosby made a good play and beat Miller with a quick release.” Crosby said he didn’t see the puck go into the net. He fired because he knew where he was, and believed he had a good angle. “All of a sudden Sidney was yelling for (the puck) and I was hoping I wasn’t too late with it,” said Iginla, who was battling along the boards with Suter. “He had beat his man and I just tried to slide it in there for him. The siren went and I couldn’t believe it.” Canadian fans cheered the Americans and their goalie Ryan Miller during the medal ceremony, a salute to how well they had played in the tournament.” “I thought our team played as well as any team I’ve coached,” said Wilson. The NHL has allowed its players to compete at four different Olympics and Canada has won a gold medal at two of those tournaments. Canada’s win was a big win for the Detroit Red Wings because Steve Yzerman was the executive director of the gold medal effort. Ken Holland was part of the selection process and Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was Canada’s coach. With the victory, Babcock becomes the first coach to have both a Stanley Cup championship and Olympic gold on his resume.


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