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Table of Contents

Decade in Review - Sled hockey at the USA Disabled National Festival, state and national championships, eight overtimes, a Cold War and two Hobey Baker Awards are part of a big decade

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January 11, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 11 AMATEUR HOCKEY REPORT Belle Tire 19U girls take North American Friendship Tournament Rochester Squirt Pythons win Cleveland Rock ’N’ Roll Cup Novi Sabres win Eddie Edgar Thanksgiving Challenge Birmingham Rangers take Empire State championship Allen Park 16U girls win big at Tournament of Lights Three Midland teams take Regional Silver Stick titles Kensington Valley Mini-Mite Admirals start strong YOUTH LEAGUE STANDINGS LCAHL Travel, House and Girls Adray Community Hockey League Tier I Elite League

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GET BETTER Fun, Skill Development and Communication

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TRAINING TABLE Pre-Game Nutrition and Hydration

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SOTG Ref Rage by Lyle Phair

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FROM THE CREASE Proper Post Integration by Steve McKichan

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NAVIGATING THE FROZEN WATERS High School Hockey

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REEBOK TOURNAMENT CALENDAR

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MH BEAT Michigan Moose hosts military families at JLA Nominate your “Hero of Hockey Day” New gear highlights ModSquadHockey weekend MAHA Winter Meeting is Jan. 22-23

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GIRLS AND WOMEN New coach has Plymouth-Canton-Salem going in right direction Angela Ruggiero hosts girl’s clinic in Mount Clemens

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BOYS HIGH SCHOOL Ten forwards from the eastside to keep your eye on

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ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE Whalers and Spirit Year in Review

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JUNIOR HOCKEY NAHL Top Prospects Tournament coming to Ann Arbor on January 18-20

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NHL INSIDER Lockout canceled season is decade’s top story

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College Hockey Despite the presence of Michigan Tech mascot Blizzard T. Husky, Michigan State wins their 12th Great Lakes Invitational title

Boy’s High School Catholic Central and Cranbrook to play outside

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Our annual special issue includes features on what you’ll learn, what to expect and why you should go to hockey school, along with our directory of schools with programs offered and contact information. Look for it on the stands and in your e-mail In Box on January 22. Advertising copy is due on January 13. Contact Lucia Zuzga at (248) 479-1134 or lucia@michiganhockeyonline.com for more information.


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Bringin’ it in 2010 Happy New Year and welcome to the new Michigan Hockey. This is shaping up to be a very good year for hockey, both in Michigan and across the U.S. In addition to the upcoming MAHA and MHSAA state tournaments, the 2010 calendar also includes huge events like February’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver, April’s USA Hockey Tier II Girls National Championships in Lansing, the NCAA Frozen Four at Detroit’s Ford Field in April and the World Junior Championship in Buffalo (NY) next December. And Michigan Hockey is committed to bringing it all to you with both print and digital issues and also online at our website michiganhockeyonline.com. Our goal is simple - we want to be the complete resource for Michigan’s hockey players, parents, coaches and fans. With that in mind we’ve made some changes to the look and feel and to what you’ll see and read in Michigan Hockey in 2010. Our printed and digital issues are now full color on every page. The print version of Michigan Hockey now uses a brighter paper and a higher resolution so that photos and text are sharper and easier to read. And Michigan Hockey is now stitched and trimmed for a cleaner, neater look on the outside. And after hearing feedback from our readers, you’ll notice changes inside Michigan Hockey too. We’ll have bigger photos and more of them. For parents we’ll have a feature story in every issue on the people, events and trends that are shaping the game in the state, a tournament calendar to help plan the season and educational stories on topics like fundraising and the American Development Model (ADM), along with our Navigating the Frozen Waters series to help you make decisions on your player’s hockey path. In addition to Lyle Phair’s State of the Game column, coaches can expect more drills, skills and instruction-themed content in our Get Better column. Players will benefit from the physical and mental tips offered in the fitness-oriented Training Table. In-season, you can expect more coverage of girls and boys high school, junior and college hockey, in addition to Michigan players competing at those levels outside of the state. Michigan Hockey’s editorial mix will also include our Red Wings and NHL Insiders, more rankings, top 10 lists, interviews with people making an impact on the game and guest columns from hockey moms, referees and linesmen and Steve McKichan’s From the Crease goaltending instruction. And in addition to next issue’s Hockey School Guide, the 2010 Michigan Hockey editorial calendar also includes a Training and Fitness Guide (May), Equipment Buyers Guide (July) and our popular Coaches Guide (September) and Holiday Gift Guide (November). You can expect your Michigan Hockey twice a month on every other Friday all year long (except for one issue a month in May and June). And while our printed issues are still available free at over 100 arenas and sporting good stores across the state, more and more readers are getting their copy of Michigan Hockey via our digital issue sent right to their e-mail box. Just send us your e-mail address and we’ll add you to the list. Our commitment to you is to cover as much as we can, from youth to the Red Wings and everything in between, in both the print and digital versions of Michigan Hockey. But in between issues, 24 hours a day and seven days a week, our newly re-designed website michiganhockeyonline.com will include features, news and photo galleries, columns and blogs, coaching tips, fitness and instructional video, reader polls and reader comment sections. Other resources on our website will include a monthly hockey calendar with big games and events, Tournament, Equipment Retailers and Hockey Association directories, a list of Michigan Hockey distributors and links to other cool hockey sites. In addition to our 18th Annual Michigan Hockey Banquet of Champions on April 13, we also have some other exciting events planned for 2010. So stay tuned and don’t hesitate to tell us how we’re doing. See you at the rink,

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Amateur Hockey Report

January 11, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 11

Novi Sabres win Eddie Edgar Thanksgiving Challenge

Belle Tire 19U girls take Friendship Tournament The Belle Tire 19 and Under girls team went 5-0 over the Thanksgiving Weekend to capture the Senior Division of the 5th Annual North American Friendship Tournament. The tournament drew over 40 teams in four age divisions to the Taylor Sportsplex and the Ice Box. In the 12U division, Windsor defeated Chatham and Honeybaked beat Saugeen Maitland to claim the 14U championship. The Midget division was an all-Canadian final with Burlington outlasting Kitchener 1-0 and Belle Tire defended their 19U crown by beating Burlington 4-2 in the final. The Belle Tire girls beat Burlington 7-1, Hamilton 4-0 and Ohio 3-1 in pool play. Belle Tire then beat league and local rival Honeybaked in the semifinals, 8-1. Maddie Collias and Kari Schmitt led the way offensively with two goals apiece while Taylor Strazzula, Shannon Yoxheimer and many others joined in the offensive barrage. Lexi Molotky was strong in

net making big saves when called upon. In the final Burlington came out strong and took a 1-0 lead midway through the first, but Belle Tire kept working and eventually took a 2-1 lead midway through the second period. The came was close the rest of the way and Belle Tire pulled away for the 4-2 victory. Goalie Katie Aluia played strong between the pipes and Hannah McGowan was named the tournament final MVP. The Belle Tire 19U team is: Katie Aluia, Maddie Collias, Sarah Gilbride, Alexis Molotky, Lauren Slavik, Sarah Miller, Kari Schmitt, Sara Schmitt, Katelyn Scott, Shannon Yoxheimer, Hannah McGowan, Hannah Jaiven, Emily Neitzel, Mackenzie Ritsema, Taylor Strazzula and Emily Flom. The team is coached by Mike Vigilante, Bill Vigilante, Steve Yoxheimer, Scott Yoxheimer and John Hindle.

Rochester Squirt Pythons win Cleveland Rock ’N’ Roll Cup Thanks to a complete team effort, the Rochester Pythons went 4-0 and swept the Rock ‘N’ Roll Cup tournament held in Cleveland over Thanksgiving weekend. The Pythons faced the Elyria Panthers, Strongsville Mustangs and Winterhurst Warriors and capped off the championship with a second victory over the Warriors, 5-2, in the final.

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After scoring critical goals in each game, Jacob Petri was named the tournament MVP. The Pythons are goalie GrantWilliams, Nathan LaFalce, Kurt Bedra, Brent Kroger, Jacob Petri, Matthew Miller, Zachery Kerr, Cameron Cleland, Tony Neubacher, Lucas Reath and Connor Rajan. The Python coaches are: Brian Reath, Tim Miller, Greg Neubacher and Mike Petri.

The Novi Pee Wee B Sabres won the 2009 Thanksgiving Challenge Tournament at Livonia’s Eddie Edgar Arena on November 29. Throughout the tournament, the Sabres played strong offense and very solid team defense. The Novi Sabres finished with four wins and one loss and scored 27 goals while surrendering only seven. The Sabres defeated the Novi Predators, 6–0, in their opening game on Friday. On Saturday morning the Sabres played Sault Saint Marie Sal-Dan and won 9-0. Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 loss to the Livonia Bruins would prove to be the Sabres toughest challenge. The Sabres made the semifinals on the strength of their goal differential and were the fourth seed for Sunday’s competition. In their Sunday semifinal game the Sabres played the

top-seeded Livonia Wild. In a very exciting, and well-played physical game, the Sabres battled the Wild to a 4-2 victory. The win sent the Sabres into the tournament championship against the Livonia Blues. The first period ended with the Sabres ahead 2-1. Over the final two periods, the Sabres were able generate five more goals while limiting the Blue’s to two goals en route to a 7-3 victory. The 2009 Novi Sabres are: Parker Schmitt, Scott Crawford, Patrick Priebe, Christian Peters, Jake Iatrou, Evan Arnold, Chris Dufresne, Harrison Biederman, Ben Krawiec, Alex Tarrant, Simon Nesich, Adam Tarrant, Davis McCarel, Luke Lindstrom, Chase Anderson and Greyson Otwell. The Sabres head coach is Jim Nesich, and assistant coaches are John Arnold, Chris Anderson and Chris McCarel.

Birmingham Rangers take Empire State championship The 2000 Birmingham Rangers brought home the championship banner from the Empire State International Invitational Tournament in Rochester, New York. The Rangers played against travel teams from New York and Canada and had a great weekend winning its first four games and advancing to the championship game, where they beat a team from Niagara, 8-2. During the five games they played the Rangers outscored their opponents 35-9. The third and fourth grade Ranger players are coached by Al Sasson,Todd Antenucci and Jeff Wardlow. The 2000

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Birmingham Rangers are: Timmy Young (East Pointe), Ethan Nystrom (Bloomfield Hills), Will Rough, Alex Carrothers (Commerce), Paul Maurer (Plymouth), Sam Wardlow (Birmingham), Jack Muir (Birmingham), Evan Theros (Grosse Pointe), Matt Kessel (Bloomfield Hills), Bobby Kunz (Birmingham), Scotty Simon (Birmingham), Sam Antenucci (Beverly Hills), Max Sasson (Birmingham), Noah Bien (Birmingham), Justin Song (Farmington Hills) and Alex DiMarco (Rochester Hills).


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Amateur Hockey Report

January 11, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 11

Allen Park 16U girls win big at Tournament of Lights The Allen Park Huskies girls U16 team went undefeated and won the 2009 Gladwin Tournament of Lights with a 7-0 shutout of a strong Escanaba team in the final on December 6. In game one of the tournament against the Riuniti Sting, the Huskies got a goal from Megan Mazzella (assists to Katie Barnes and Allison Bell) to take a 1-0 lead. After the Sting tied the game in the middle period, Allen Park’s Mamie Talty scored unassisted to clinch a 2-1 win. “Strong defensive performances by Natasha Tarnowski, Adriana Ayala, Brianna Surma and Lauren Brown were the key to this win,” said Huskies head coach Gary Mazzella. In game two the Lady Huskies faced the tournament host Gladwin G Force and won 9-0. The goals came from every line in every period and every spot in the offensive zone. The G Force faced a barrage of shots with seven different shooters finding the net, including Allison Bell, Breanna Brennan, Jamie Taylor, Carlye Thompson, Brianna Surma (2 goals), Jessica Elkins and Mamie Talty. Game three matched the Huskies against the Escanaba Hawks, and the game was a lot closer than the 5-0 score appeared. The Huskies came out and scored quickly on a goal from Paige Nester. The game remained close through the first and second periods in a duel of the goalies. In the third period the Huskies turned on their offensive machine and added four more goals from Carlye Thompson, Jamie Taylor, Mamie Talty and Jessiac Elkins.

“If not for the outstanding defensive play and strong goaltending from Deanna Ames the Hawks could have turned this one around,” said Mazzella. The win came even though the Huskies were missing Bell, who had to go for the first day of her first job. “The game is about teaching a work ethic and I’m proud of her for making the right choice,” said Mazzella. “We missed Allison in the line up but players like Paige Nester and Katie Barns stepped up to fill that void.” In the final the Lady Huskies once again faced the Hawks. The Huskies had just played the Hawks four hours before and were faced with a new challenge, “over confidence” said Mazzella “I was worried that my girls were going to come out flat.” But instead the Huskies came out ready to play and got offense from all of the girls in the 7-0 win. Goalscorers were Natasha Tarnowsky with back-to-back early goals, Jamie Taylor (two), Brianna Surma with a rocket shot from the point and Adriana Ayala. Huskies goaltender Deanna Ames held her opponents to just one goal in four games and had three shutouts. After winning the game and receiving the Tournament of Lights trophy Mazzella said “winning is what happens when you give every thing you’ve got and leave it all out on the ice.”

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stick. OneGoal offers two sizes of kits: small packages for four- to six-year-olds and large packages for six- to eight-year-olds. OneGoal will accept orders through February 1 for delivery by July 1. The cost per set is $70 plus shipping. Hockey organizers can download an order form or program flyer at onegoal.com.

Three Midland teams take Regional Silver Stick titles The Squirt A, Pee Wee A and Bantam A Midland Northstars’ teams all won at the Regional Silver Stick Tournament in December at the Midland Civic Arena. Sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings, the tournament helped raise money for the association’s scholarship fund. The Midland teams advance to the Silver Stick international finals in Newmarket, Ontario on January 14-17, 2010. The Midland Squirt A team (top) is: Graham Bailey, Jonathon Baillargeon, Jacob Best, Drew Deridder, Noah Eller, Matthew Gross, Cameron Hundley, Joseph Johnson, Brendan Kischnick, Thomas Middleton, Caleb Nieporte, Chase Pletzke,. Brendan Sanders and Jeremy Slasor. Head coach is Brian Kischnick, and assistants are Dennis Johnson, Derek Sanders and Scott Slasor. The Midland Pee Wee A squad (middle) is: Weondong Hwang, Scott Leitz, Ethyn Altman, Cayetano Wagner, Luke

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Trombley, Travis Nemeth, John Minnich, Alec Bailey, Alex Farrell, Zack Olen, Tyler Severson, Jake Coffey, Dakota Bohn, Zach Dornseifer, Brendan Witt, Nick Sleeper and Andrew Michalowski. Head coach is Jim DeLong, assistant coaches are Steve Nemeth, Steve Trombley, Mike Witt and Steve Witt. Student coach is Travis Walker and team manager is Wendy Dornseifer. The Midland Bantam A team (bottom) is: Turner Anderson, Tyler Angers, Samuel Brushaber, Drake Cergnul, Andrew Healy, Matt Lee, Michael Leslie, Jacob Mackie, Travis McNally, Zachary Paisley, Steven Roberts, Joshua Ruthig, Derek Striker, Jacob Swartz, Brandon Veihl and Colin Walters. Head coach is Greg Walters and assistants are John Hollingsworth, Terry McNally, James Roberts and Derek Ruthig. Student coach is Wil Vosejpka.


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LITTLE CEASARS Travel Standings Amateur Hockey League Standings by Pointstreak as of January 5, 2010

Mite A - Lidstrom 1 TEAM Troy Sting 02 St. Clair Shores Saints 02 Rochester Rattlers 02 Mt. Clemens Wolves 02 Grosse Pointe Bulldogs 02 Blue Water Stars 02

GP 9 10 10 9 10 10

W 8 6 6 5 1 1

L 0 2 4 3 9 9

T 1 2 0 1 0 0

PTS 17 14 12 11 2 2

GF 66 42 55 36 17 17

GA 12 23 30 33 60 75

PIM 0 0 6 16 2 0

Mite A - Lidstrom 2 TEAM Plymouth Stingrays 02 USA Eagles 02 Orchard Lake Pirates 02 Livonia Knights 02 Bay County Blizzard 02 Surburban Stars 02

GP 10 10 10 10 10 10

W 8 6 6 4 3 0

L 1 3 4 4 6 9

T 1 1 0 2 1 1

PTS 17 13 12 10 7 1

GF 43 28 29 19 43 19

GA 15 23 28 18 44 53

PIM 0 0 0 0 0 0

Mite A - Lidstrom 3 TEAM Victory Honda 02 Novi Icecats 02 KV Rebels 02 Jackson Generals 02 Ann Arbor Wolves 02 KV Renegades 02

GP 9 10 8 10 10 9

W 9 7 6 2 2 2

L 0 3 2 8 8 7

T 0 0 0 0 0 0

PTS 18 14 12 4 4 4

GF 59 54 42 17 15 13

GA 12 23 15 49 51 50

PIM 6 10 14 0 4 8

Mite A - Lidstrom 4 TEAM GP W L T PTS GF GA PIM Allen Park Huskies 02 7 6 0 1 13 48 5 0 Sylvania Maple Leafs 02 7 3 2 2 8 23 19 0 Belle Tire 02 7 4 3 0 8 40 12 0 Trenton Blades 02 7 2 5 0 4 13 25 0 Wyandotte Warriors 02 8 1 6 1 3 7 70 0 Mite AA - Lidstrom South TEAM GP Toledo 01 10 Ann Arbor 01 10 Grosse Ile 01 10 BT South 01 10 Trenton 01 10 Compuware 01 10 Mite AA - Lidstrom North TEAM GP KV Rebels 01 10 Troy 01 7 Mt. Clemens 01 8 Macomb 01 8 Bay County White 01 10 Bluewater 01 9

W 8 6 3 4 2 2 W 9 5 5 4 2 1

L 1 0 4 6 6 8 L 1 2 3 4 8 8

T PTS GF GA PIM 1 17 51 20 0 4 16 39 18 0 3 9 23 29 0 0 8 19 36 0 2 6 24 33 0 0 4 12 32 0 T 0 0 0 0 0 0

PTS 18 10 10 8 4 2

GF 66 35 26 21 31 10

GA 14 11 24 33 58 49

PIM 24 2 0 4 14 4

Mite AA - Lidstrom East TEAM GP W L T PTS GF GA PIM Port Huron 01 10 10 0 0 20 72 23 0 Grosse Pointe 01 8 5 2 1 11 33 28 0 Rochester 01 10 3 7 0 6 33 46 0 St. Clair Shores 01 9 1 7 1 3 12 37 16 Mite AA - Lidstrom West TEAM Bay County Blue 01 Livingston 01 Grand Rapids 01 Flint 01 KV Renegades 01 Chelsea 01

GP 10 10 10 9 9 10

W 7 6 6 5 2 0

L 3 3 3 1 7 9

T 0 1 1 3 0 1

Mite AA - Lidstrom Metro East TEAM GP W Birmingham 01 8 6 USA 01 9 5 OLP 01 10 2 PK Warriors 01 10 0

L 1 1 7 7

T PTS GF GA PIM 1 13 26 14 8 3 13 30 20 2 1 5 28 39 14 3 3 15 42 0

Mite AA - Lidstrom Metro West TEAM GP W Plymouth 01 10 8 Suburban 01 9 6 Livonia 01 9 6 Novi 01 10 1 Canton 01 9 1 Lakeland 01 9 1

L 0 2 2 6 6 7

T 2 1 1 3 2 1

Mite AA - Lidstrom Outstate TEAM GP Indianapolis 01 12 Columbus 01 12 Queen City 01 12 Dayton 01 12 Squirt A - Yzerman TEAM Novi Ice Cats 00 Midland Northstars 00 Grosse Ile Islanders 00 Birmingham Rangers 00 Toledo Cherokee 00

W L 7 0 7 1 3 6 1 11

GP W 18 14 18 11 18 11 17 9 18 7

L 2 1 3 6 9

PTS 14 13 13 13 4 1

PTS 18 13 13 5 4 3

GF 44 35 29 30 17 21

GF 71 46 34 12 9 8

GA 21 22 24 19 39 51

GA 13 17 11 54 38 47

PIM 10 8 10 4 2 8

PIM 6 4 20 26 20 4

T PTS GF GA PIM 5 19 61 38 42 4 18 59 32 8 3 9 49 57 0 0 2 23 65 24 T 2 6 4 2 2

PTS 30 28 26 20 16

GF 69 68 63 57 49

GA 37 35 36 50 62

PIM 0 26 6 0 8

Squirt A - Yzerman (CONTINUED) Motor City Chiefs 00 17 5 7 St. Clair Shores Saints 00 18 4 8 PK Warriors 00 17 2 9 Macomb Mavericks 00 17 1 9 Livonia Knights 00 18 3 13

5 15 37 39 24 6 14 39 49 6 6 10 48 68 4 7 9 29 53 14 2 8 40 70 6

Squirt A - Howe East TEAM Port Huron Flags 00 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 00 Lakeland Hawks 00 Saginaw Badgers 00 Rochester Rattlers 00 Troy Sting 00

GP W L 16 12 4 16 9 5 16 9 6 15 6 8 16 3 13 16 3 13

T 0 2 1 1 0 0

PTS 24 20 19 13 6 6

GF 106 77 95 58 48 35

GA PIM 47 12 71 0 59 16 62 0 106 0 101 6

Squirt A - Howe West TEAM Grand Rapids Griffins 00 Plymouth Stingrays 00 K.V. Renegades 00 Suburban Stars 00 Ann Arbor Wolves 00 Birmingham Liberty 00

GP W L 16 13 3 15 9 5 14 9 4 16 7 9 14 2 12 16 1 15

T 0 1 1 0 0 0

PTS 26 19 19 14 4 2

GF 77 77 81 60 29 23

GA PIM 36 0 44 0 53 6 68 0 68 0 119 10

Squirt A - Howe South TEAM Columbus Blue Jackets 00 Nashville Jr. Predators 00 Indianapolis Racers 00 Cincinnati Jr. Cyclones 00

GP W L 16 13 0 18 11 4 16 8 6 18 4 12

T 3 3 2 2

PTS 29 25 18 10

GF 82 73 52 27

GA 33 34 49 50

PIM 0 0 0 10

Squirt A - Lidstrom 5 TEAM GP W L Kensington Valley Rebels 0014 11 1 USA Eagles 00 14 9 5 Royal Oak Eagles 00 14 6 6 Dragons 00 13 6 7 Grosse Pointe Bulldogs 00 13 6 7 Lapeer Storm 00 14 5 8 Belle Tire Dearborn 00 13 4 6 Mt Clemens Wolves 00 13 3 10

T 2 0 2 0 0 1 3 0

PTS 24 18 14 12 12 11 11 6

GF 79 61 53 39 50 55 55 46

GA 34 43 52 46 59 74 56 74

PIM 0 0 4 20 16 0 10 4

Squirt A - Lidstrom 6 TEAM GP W L Sylvania Maple Leafs 00 14 14 0 Trenton Thrashers 00 13 10 3 Cleveland Warriors 00 14 10 4 Garden City Gold Wings 00 14 8 6 Canton Crush 00 13 3 9 Woodhaven Leafs 00 12 3 9 Allen Park Huskies 00 14 2 10 Chelsea Chiefs 00 14 2 11

T 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 1

PTS 28 20 20 16 7 6 6 5

GF 75 68 57 49 37 48 33 31

GA 14 36 32 53 47 65 65 86

PIM 16 18 10 0 2 4 8 10

Squirt A - Lidstrom 7 TEAM GP W L Holland Ice Dogs 00 14 11 1 Jackson Generals 00 14 8 3 Capital Centre Pride 00 14 8 5 Traverse City Knights 00 14 8 5 KOHA K-Wings 00 14 7 4 West Michigan Warriors 00 14 4 7 Muskegon Chiefs 00 14 2 10 Lansing Capitals 00 14 0 13

T 2 3 1 1 3 3 2 1

PTS 24 19 17 17 17 11 6 1

GF 69 73 63 71 56 37 26 18

GA 22 41 30 54 42 44 87 93

PIM 18 24 38 8 28 18 39 12

Pee Wee A - Howe 3 TEAM Suburban Stars 98 K.V. Rebels 98 Grand Rapids Griffins 98 KOHA K-Wings 98 Compuware Tier II 98 Ann Arbor Wolves 98 Farmington Hills Fire 98

GP W L 19 16 3 19 11 3 18 8 8 18 7 7 19 4 11 19 2 11 17 4 12

T 0 5 2 4 4 6 1

PTS 32 27 18 18 12 10 9

GF 66 95 67 63 54 52 39

GA 32 74 65 72 80 81 74

Pee Wee A - Howe 4 TEAM Midland Northstars 98 Cleveland Warriors 98 Flint Phantoms 98 St. Clair Shores Saints 98 Trenton Trojans 98 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 98 Troy Sting 98

GP W L 19 15 2 19 13 4 18 9 6 17 9 7 18 8 8 17 4 11 19 1 18

T 2 2 3 1 2 2 0

PTS 32 28 21 19 18 10 2

GF 99 62 70 69 59 50 44

GA PIM 27 114 29 20 60 40 64 56 51 98 62 48 118 121

Pee Wee A - Howe 5 TEAM Canton Crush 98 Brighton Bandits 98 Livingston Lightning 98 Capital Centre Pride 98 Chelsea Chiefs 98 Livonia Knights 98 Birmingham Liberty 98 Sylvania Maple Leafs 98

GP W L 13 12 0 13 10 2 14 8 4 14 8 5 13 6 6 14 3 10 14 2 10 13 0 12

T 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1

PTS 25 21 18 17 13 7 6 1

GF 80 74 48 76 62 37 48 33

GA 35 29 34 49 69 72 98 72

PIM 71 54 92 12 74 90 104 95

Pee Wee A - Howe 6 TEAM GP W L Macomb Mavericks 98 16 13 0 Bay County Blizzard 98 16 12 1 Belle Tire Dearborn 98 15 9 5 Michigan Jaguars 98 14 5 4 Woodhaven Leafs 98 16 6 7 Cleveland Warriors Black 98 16 4 8 Port Huron Flags 98 15 3 9 Michigan Travelers 98 16 2 10 Grosse Ile Islanders 98 16 1 11

T 3 3 1 5 3 4 3 4 4

PTS 29 27 19 15 15 12 9 8 6

GF 82 84 57 45 48 44 34 33 30

GA 20 33 48 33 56 60 65 60 82

PIM 16 8 111 0 8 18 54 76 86

Squirt AA - Yzerman East TEAM GP W L USA Eagles 99 17 13 2 Suburban Stars 99 19 12 4 Toledo Cherokee 99 18 7 8 St. Clair Shores Saints 99 18 7 8 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 99 19 4 11 Rochester Rattlers 99 18 4 12 Orchard Lake Pirates 99 17 3 14

T 2 3 3 3 4 2 0

PTS 28 27 17 17 12 10 6

GF 63 74 58 48 43 37 30

GA 39 44 60 53 65 56 64

PIM 8 18 103 14 86 28 94

Squirt AA - Yzerman West TEAM GP W L Novi Ice Cats 99 17 12 2 Ann Arbor Wolves 99 18 11 5 Plymouth Stingrays 99 18 10 5 Allen Park Huskies 99 17 9 6 Grand Rapids Griffins 99 18 7 8 Holland Ice Dogs 99 19 6 11 Livonia Knights 99 19 4 13

T 3 2 3 2 3 2 2

PTS 27 24 23 20 17 14 10

GF 70 67 73 40 46 61 41

GA 44 53 50 35 51 62 75

PIM 5 14 38 0 9 2 18

Squirt AA - Howe East TEAM GP W L Troy Sting 99 16 14 1 Saginaw Badgers 99 18 12 3 Lapeer Storm 99 18 11 4 Summit Plastics Molding 99 18 9 6 Royal Oak Eagles 99 17 6 7 Cleveland Warriors 99 18 7 10 Macomb Mavericks 99 17 6 10 Grosse Pointe Bulldogs 99 17 3 7 Port Huron Flags 99 17 5 10 Mt. Clemens Wolves 99 16 0 15

T 1 3 3 3 4 1 1 7 2 1

PTS 29 27 25 21 16 15 13 13 12 1

GF 113 73 63 81 38 43 53 39 55 28

GA PIM 33 4 42 6 42 6 66 28 54 0 51 34 61 22 56 10 73 0 108 82

Squirt AA - Howe West TEAM GP W L Birmingham Rangers 99 18 10 1 KOHA K-Wings 99 18 10 3 Chelsea Chiefs 99 18 9 4 Livingston Lightning 99 18 8 6 Kensington Valley Rebels 99 18 8 7 Farmington Hills Fire 99 18 7 7 Trenton 99 17 8 8 Kentwood Falcons 99 18 4 11 Compuware 99 17 4 10 Canton Crush 99 16 2 13

T 7 5 5 4 3 4 1 3 3 1

PTS 27 25 23 20 19 18 17 11 11 5

GF 77 86 55 56 58 45 45 41 33 38

GA 51 47 47 51 54 41 46 60 60 77

PIM 10 30 2 6 14 0 4 62 52 28

Squirt AA - Lidstrom North TEAM GP W L Midland North Stars 99 14 13 1 Lakeland Hawks 99 13 8 4 Michigan Travelers 99 14 8 5 Capital Centre Pride 99 14 6 5 Dragons 99 13 5 6 Flint Phantoms 99 14 5 8 Blue Water Stars 99 14 3 10 Michigan Ice Hawks 99 14 1 10

T 0 1 1 3 2 1 1 3

PTS 26 17 17 15 12 11 7 5

GF 77 36 52 39 44 37 31 24

GA 16 31 48 33 48 48 60 56

PIM 68 72 30 34 20 14 49 10

Squirt AA - Lidstrom South TEAM GP W L K.V. Renegades 99 13 11 0 Grosse Ile Islanders 99 14 10 3 Sylvania Maple Leafs 99 14 7 4 PK Warriors 99 12 7 3 Belle Tire Dearborn 99 13 7 5 Garden City Gold Wings 99 13 3 9 Birmingham Liberty 99 13 2 9 KOHA-Bronco 99 14 0 14

T 2 1 3 2 1 1 2 0

PTS 24 21 17 16 15 7 6 0

GF 73 60 44 46 50 50 15 10

GA 12 18 23 41 39 68 57 90

PIM 6 4 4 14 8 8 4 10

Pee Wee A - Yzerman 1 TEAM Toledo Cherokee 98 Mt. Clemens Wolves 98 Allen Park Huskies 98 PK Warriors 98 Birmingham Rangers 98 Grosse Pointe Bulldogs 98 Rochester Rattlers 98

T 4 4 2 3 4 1 3

PTS 32 24 18 17 16 11 11

GF 111 76 63 61 50 41 55

GA 58 51 62 55 56 72 69

PIM 14 4 37 8 8 0 6

GP W L 19 14 1 18 10 4 19 8 9 18 7 8 17 6 7 17 5 11 18 4 11

Pee Wee A - Yzerman 2 TEAM GP W L T PTS GF GA PIM Holland Ice Dogs 98 19 14 2 3 31 72 36 24 Plymouth Stingrays 98 19 15 4 0 30 79 41 106 Novi Ice Cats 98 18 11 7 0 22 87 62 68 K.V. Renegades 98 19 8 8 3 19 61 62 14 Lansing Capitals 98 19 8 9 2 18 63 66 16 Jackson Generals 98 19 3 14 2 8 31 75 18 Orchard Lake Pirates 98 19 0 18 1 1 43 128 40 PIM 62 64 26 32 24 46 78

Pee Wee A - Lidstrom 7 TEAM I.M. Mountain Cats 98 USA Eagles 98 Royal Oak Eagles 98 Rink Rats 98 Saginaw Badgers 98 Lakeland Hawks 98

GP W L 14 11 1 14 6 4 15 6 6 13 5 5 15 4 9 15 1 11

T 2 4 3 3 2 3

PTS 24 16 15 13 10 5

GF 67 58 50 50 51 37

GA 21 59 56 60 64 72

PIM 29 16 30 2 32 0

L 1 4 6 8 6

T 2 4 1 2 4

PTS 20 16 13 10 10

GF 60 38 40 42 41

GA 25 28 41 54 54

PIM 0 0 0 0 14

Pee Wee A - Lidstrom 9 TEAM Rockford Rams 98 Kentwood Falcons 98 Muskegon Express 98 West Kent Hawks 98 KOHA Broncos 98

GP W L 16 16 0 16 10 5 16 8 7 16 4 12 16 1 15

T 0 1 1 0 0

PTS 32 21 17 8 2

GF 121 77 57 60 27

GA PIM 17 54 65 28 57 30 96 30 107 70

Pee Wee AA - Yzerman 1 TEAM Farmington Hills Flames 97 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 97 Grand Rapids 97 Suburban 97 Belle Tire Dearborn 97 West Kent 97 Troy 97 Mt. Clemens Wolves 97

GP 13 14 13 11 13 14 14 12

L 3 4 4 3 4 8 8 9

T 1 1 2 1 3 3 4 3

PTS 19 19 16 15 15 9 8 3

GF 56 50 51 35 47 28 42 22

GA 33 46 43 19 39 48 47 56

PIM 0 30 56 25 10 0 5 10

Pee Wee AA - Yzerman 2 TEAM Trenton 97 Rochester 97 Lansing 97 Flint 97 Fraser 97 Macomb 97 Bluewater Stars 97 Plymouth 97 Sylvania 97 Orchard Lake Pirates 97

GP W L 17 12 0 17 11 3 18 10 5 17 10 7 16 8 5 16 6 6 18 6 9 17 6 9 18 2 13 16 0 14

T 5 3 3 0 3 4 3 2 3 2

PTS 29 25 23 20 19 16 15 14 7 2

GF 67 81 60 88 56 51 53 53 29 29

GA 33 49 45 63 40 43 61 52 82 99

PIM 20 27 0 12 12 24 44 15 0 32

Pee Wee AA - Howe 3 TEAM Canton Crush 97 Kentwood Falcons 97 Michigan Ice Hawks 97 Allen Park Huskies 97 Ann Arbor Wolves 97 Lakeland Hawks 97 Metro Titans 97 Westland 97

GP 14 14 12 14 14 13 12 13

W L 8 2 7 5 6 3 5 5 6 7 5 5 4 4 1 11

T 4 2 3 4 1 3 4 1

PTS 20 16 15 14 13 13 12 3

GF 50 47 45 45 44 47 38 30

GA 30 33 40 53 44 38 41 67

PIM 0 6 0 16 40 20 16 12

Pee Wee AA - Howe 4 TEAM K.V. Rebels 97 Columbus Capitals 97 Toledo 97 Ft. Wayne Komets 97 Novi 97 Livonia 97 Orchard Lake Warriors 97 Birmingham Rangers 97 USA 97 Livingston Lightning 97 Compuware 97

GP W L 19 16 2 20 14 3 19 13 4 20 10 6 19 10 6 18 6 8 20 6 13 19 4 10 19 4 11 19 4 14 18 3 13

T 1 3 2 4 3 4 1 5 4 1 2

PTS 33 31 28 24 23 16 13 13 12 9 8

GF 121 77 72 76 67 42 78 49 43 45 33

GA PIM 46 30 54 10 33 16 55 54 54 24 53 16 103 32 68 4 79 14 96 4 62 0

Pee Wee AA - Howe 5 TEAM KOHA K-Wings 97 Saginaw 97 Midland Northstars 97 Michigan Jaguars 97 Rink Rats 97 Summit Plastic 97 Port Huron Flags 97 PK Warriors 97 Grosse Pointe Bulldogs 97 St. Clair Shores 97 MI Travelers 97

GP W L 20 16 2 19 13 2 18 13 4 18 11 4 20 11 7 19 8 8 19 7 11 20 6 14 19 4 11 19 4 14 19 1 17

T 2 4 1 3 2 3 1 0 4 1 1

PTS 34 30 27 25 24 19 15 12 12 9 3

GF 124 64 76 75 91 48 40 59 45 46 35

GA PIM 30 20 28 15 29 10 43 42 69 0 53 10 64 42 97 10 90 0 69 10 131 85

Pee Wee AA - Lidstrom 6 TEAM Henry Ford Hurricanes 97 Woodhaven 97 Cleveland Warriors 97 Ann Arbor Blades 97 Midwest Bulldogs 97 Toledo Jets 97

GP 16 16 15 15 16 14

T 1 1 2 2 0 0

PTS 19 17 16 14 8 0

GF 58 59 39 51 34 30

GA PIM 51 50 44 12 31 0 68 5 66 84 105 32

Pee Wee A - Lidstrom 8 TEAM GP Michigan Ice Hawks 98 12 Redford Royals 98 14 Motor City Machine 98 13 Summit Plastics Molding 98 14 Washtenaw Hurricanes 98 13

W 9 6 6 4 3

W 9 9 7 7 6 3 2 0

W L 9 6 8 7 7 6 6 7 4 12 0 14

Pee Wee AA - Lidstrom 7 TEAM GRAHA #2 97 Redford 97 Lapeer 97 CC Pride 97 KV Renegades 97 Ice Mountain 97

GP W L 16 13 3 16 12 2 16 9 4 16 7 7 16 7 7 16 4 11

T 0 2 3 2 2 1

PTS 26 26 21 16 16 9

GF 65 87 78 65 60 52

GA 37 43 44 53 56 80

PIM 4 12 43 12 10 0

Bantam A - Yzerman East TEAM GP W L Rochester Rattlers 96 14 12 1 Midland Northstars 96 16 11 4 St. Clair Shores Saints 96 15 6 4 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 96 14 5 5 Orchard Lake Pirates 96 15 5 9 Port Huron Flags 96 15 2 12

T 1 1 5 4 1 1

PTS 25 23 17 14 11 5

GF 55 69 46 45 38 36

GA 15 47 40 43 64 68

PIM 10 10 45 10 0 0

Bantam A - Yzerman West TEAM GP W W. Michigan Warriors 96 16 14 K.V. Renegades 96 14 5 Livonia Knights 96 14 4 USA Eagles 96 14 3 Westland Renegades 96 15 2 Farmington Hills Fire 96 14 2

L 2 5 5 6 9 9

T 0 4 5 5 4 3

PTS 28 14 13 11 8 7

GF 80 35 50 40 23 31

GA 34 41 45 44 57 50

PIM 30 0 0 20 0 40

Bantam A - Howe 2 East TEAM Mt. Clemens Wolves 96 Trenton Thunder 96 Cleveland Warriors Gold 96 Troy Sting 96 Toledo Cherokee 96 Monroe Ice Hawks 96 PK Warriors 96 Macomb 96 Cleveland Black 96 Columbus Capitals 96

GP W L 17 12 3 17 11 3 17 10 5 18 9 7 16 7 5 17 8 8 16 6 9 17 5 9 17 5 10 18 1 15

T 2 3 2 2 4 1 1 3 2 2

PTS 26 25 22 20 18 17 13 13 12 4

GF 61 72 65 64 61 57 55 41 41 33

GA 34 49 54 60 54 55 56 50 51 87

PIM 20 5 15 0 0 10 10 15 11 4

Bantam A - Howe 2 West TEAM Kentwood Falcons 96 Lakeland Hawks 96 Flint Icelanders 96 Muskegon Chiefs 96 Plymouth Stingrays 96 Novi Ice Cats 96 K.V. Rebels 96 Ann Arbor 96

GP W L 14 11 2 14 8 5 14 7 6 13 7 6 13 6 5 14 5 5 14 3 9 12 1 10

T 1 1 1 0 2 4 2 1

PTS 23 17 15 14 14 14 8 3

GF 65 55 47 50 48 43 38 28

GA 34 36 49 42 50 41 58 64

PIM 10 0 0 10 10 0 30 10

Bantam A - Howe 3 TEAM Bay County 96 Lapeer 96 Allen Park 96 Redford 96 MI Jags 96 West Kent Hawks 96 Birmingham Rangers 96 Grosse Pointe 96

GP W L 13 12 0 13 8 3 14 8 5 14 6 4 14 6 8 14 6 8 14 3 10 14 1 12

T 1 2 1 4 0 0 1 1

PTS 25 18 17 16 12 12 7 3

GF 78 49 48 54 47 45 48 27

GA 28 35 40 49 37 41 76 90

PIM 10 30 15 0 20 20 20 0

Bantam A - Howe 4 West TEAM Canton 96 Jackson Generals 96 Kalamazoo K-Wings 96 Suburban 96 Vipers 96 Livingston 96 Bruins 96 Dexter Destroyers 96 Chelsea Chiefs 96

GP W L 15 13 1 15 11 3 16 10 4 13 8 5 16 7 9 14 6 6 16 5 9 15 3 11 16 0 15

T 1 1 2 0 0 2 2 1 1

PTS 27 23 22 16 14 14 12 7 1

GF 92 83 73 61 55 44 53 45 21

GA PIM 28 0 36 10 38 0 38 20 78 0 63 20 52 10 76 0 118 45

Bantam A - Howe 4 East TEAM Summit Plastics 96 Belle Tire South 96 Woodhaven 96 Saginaw 96 MI Ice Hawks 96 Blue Water Stars 96 Sylvania 96 Motor City Jags 96 Troy Jaguars 96

GP W L 16 15 0 16 10 4 15 10 4 16 8 6 15 7 6 15 5 8 14 4 8 16 1 12 15 1 13

T 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 1

PTS 31 22 21 18 16 12 10 5 3

GF 75 89 67 54 46 50 37 26 15

GA 19 42 29 55 32 69 49 76 88

PIM 0 6 0 26 33 0 20 37 4

Bantam AA - Yzerman TEAM Rochester Rattlers 95 Grand Rapids Griffins 95 Suburban Stars 95 Flint Phantoms 95 Grosse Pointe Bulldogs 95 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 95 Allen Park Huskies 95 Birmingham Rangers 95

GP W L 13 11 0 14 10 3 13 7 5 12 6 5 14 5 6 13 5 8 14 3 9 13 1 12

T 2 1 1 1 3 0 2 0

PTS 24 21 15 13 13 10 8 2

GF 69 50 45 32 41 44 27 21

GA 29 32 35 33 54 49 46 51

PIM 0 0 0 10 10 35 20 0


Bantam AA - Howe 2 TEAM GP Holland Ice Dogs 95 16 St. Clair Shores Saints 95 15 Kensington Valley Rebels 95 16 Belle Tire Lakers 95 15 K.V. Renegades 95 15 Royal Oak Eagles 95 16 USA Eagles 95 15 Blue Water Stars 95 16 West Michigan Warriors 95 16 Bantam AA - Howe 3 TEAM Sylvania Maple Leafs 95 Mt. Clemens Wolves 95 Fort Wayne Komets 95 Kentwood Falcons 95 Macomb Mavericks 95 Canton Eagles 95 Motor City Chiefs 95 Cleveland Warriors 95

W L 9 3 9 3 9 4 8 5 7 5 5 8 5 8 4 11 3 12

GP W L 14 10 2 14 8 3 14 7 3 14 6 5 12 6 6 13 5 7 13 4 7 14 0 13

Bantam AA - Howe 4 TEAM GP Midland Northstars 95 11 Grand Rapids Griffins 2 95 12 Troy Sting 95 12 Orchard Lake Pirates 95 11 Michigan Ice Hawks 95 10 Lakeland Hawks 95 12 Michigan Patriots 95 12

W 9 9 8 3 3 3 1

L 0 3 2 7 6 9 9

T 4 3 3 2 3 3 2 1 1

PTS 22 21 21 18 17 13 12 9 7

GF 54 56 52 58 62 53 53 40 44

GA 39 37 38 37 48 50 62 71 90

PIM 33 60 82 37 40 199 141 54 52

T 2 3 4 3 0 1 2 1

PTS 22 19 18 15 12 11 10 1

GF 55 58 58 55 58 42 50 19

GA 33 38 41 45 44 56 65 73

PIM 146 77 0 36 88 83 141 70

T 2 0 2 1 1 0 2

PTS 20 18 18 7 7 6 4

GF 49 73 63 38 23 28 21

GA 18 22 33 50 45 56 71

PIM 20 0 20 10 10 10 10

Bantam AA - Howe 5 TEAM Chelsea Chiefs 95 Livonia Knights 95 Capital Centre Pride 95 Toledo Cherokee 95 Kalamazoo Kwings 95 Plymouth Stingrays 95 Lansing Capitals 95 Henry Ford Hurricanes 95 Novi Ice Cats 95

GP W L 16 12 2 16 11 3 14 10 2 16 10 4 16 8 7 15 5 7 16 4 11 16 1 13 15 0 12

T 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 2 3

PTS 26 24 22 22 17 13 9 4 3

GF 78 56 61 64 46 32 38 31 31

GA 35 40 23 35 40 43 62 86 73

PIM 0 37 0 18 15 38 24 30 10

Bantam AA - Lidstrom 6 TEAM M. Mountain Cats 95 Ann Arbor Wolves 95 Lapeer Storm 95 Findlay 95 KOHA Broncos 95 Belle Tire Dearborn 95 Canton Crush 95

GP W L 12 11 0 12 8 3 12 7 3 12 4 6 12 3 7 12 3 8 12 1 10

T 1 1 2 2 2 1 1

PTS 23 17 16 10 8 7 3

GF 98 59 53 50 35 34 26

GA 19 38 26 59 61 60 92

PIM 165 28 18 8 115 15 10

Midget A - Yzerman TEAM GP W L Saint Clair Shores Saints 9319 16 1 Troy Sting 93 19 13 4 Allen Park Huskies 93 19 12 5 Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 93 20 11 7 Lapeer Storm 93 20 10 8 Canton Crush 93 18 9 6 Summit Plastic 93 18 9 8 Capital Centre Pride 93 20 8 9 Michigan Stars 93 19 2 14 Westland Warriors 93 20 2 17 Orchard Lake Pirates 93 18 1 14

T 2 2 2 2 2 3 1 3 3 1 3

PTS 34 28 26 24 22 21 19 19 7 5 5

GF 80 78 67 68 73 60 43 49 37 31 28

GA 29 39 45 58 59 50 43 47 92 83 69

PIM 40 54 65 268 155 33 27 61 88 50 30

Midget A - Howe West TEAM GP W L Jackson Generals 93 20 17 1 West Kent Hawks 93 19 14 1 Toledo Cherokee 93 18 12 3 Trenton 93 18 11 5 Suburban Stars 93 20 9 7 Plymouth Park 93 18 10 8 Plymouth Stingrays 93 20 8 10 Kensington Valley Rebels 9318 5 12 Michigan Ice Dogs 93 19 3 14 Grand Rapids Griffins 93 18 2 14 Farmington Hills Flames 93 16 0 16

T 2 4 3 2 4 0 2 1 2 2 0

PTS 36 32 27 24 22 20 18 11 8 6 0

GF 112 107 91 83 83 73 61 57 44 48 15

GA PIM 21 60 24 45 39 140 44 85 68 12 63 30 74 10 83 0 92 35 101 55 165 15

Midget A - Howe East TEAM Mt Clemens Wolves 93 Macomb Mavericks 93 Livonia Knights 93 Wayne Wings 93 Belle Tire Dearborn 93 Grosse Pointe Bulldogs 93 St Ignace Firehawks 93 Bloomfield Aces 93 Gladwin Gladiators 93

GP W L 16 15 0 16 12 4 16 11 3 16 10 5 16 7 8 16 6 10 16 4 11 16 2 12 16 0 14

T 1 0 2 1 1 0 1 2 2

PTS 31 24 24 21 15 12 9 6 2

GF 102 57 86 72 36 35 25 29 23

GA 15 28 28 27 62 70 66 72 97

PIM 85 139 15 266 5 55 0 55 20

Midget AA -Yzerman TEAM Summit Plastics 91 Mt Clemens Wolves 91 Orchard Lake Pirates 91 Michigan Jaguars 91 W. Michigan Warriors 91 Garden City Goldwings 91 Michigan Hurricanes 91

GP W L 10 10 0 11 8 2 9 6 3 10 5 4 12 4 8 11 2 9 11 1 10

T 0 1 0 1 0 0 0

PTS 20 17 12 11 8 4 2

GF 52 57 41 35 40 26 16

GA 14 29 20 33 41 66 64

PIM 0 0 0 0 0 10 0

Midget AA - Howe TEAM Troy Sting 91 Michigan Blues 91 Plymouth Stingrays 91 Battle Creek Bruins 91 Grosse Pointe Wild 91 B.H. Gamblers 91 Adrian Jr Bulldogs 91 Grand Rapids Griffins 91

GP W L 14 12 2 13 9 3 14 8 3 14 9 5 13 5 4 13 1 9 13 1 9 14 2 12

T 0 1 3 0 4 3 3 0

PTS 24 19 19 18 14 5 5 4

GF 62 48 68 62 51 32 30 33

GA 18 24 37 44 51 62 70 80

PIM 60 67 93 187 65 50 48 88

LCAHL Girls travel standings Girls 12U - Howe 1 TEAM Honeybaked G12U Little Caesars #1 G12U Belle Tire G12U

GP 14 13 13

L 3 2 7

T 2 3 1

PTS 20 19 11

GF 39 52 33

GA 17 18 26

PIM 2 0 0

Girls 12U - Howe 2 TEAM Livonia G12U Ice Breakers G12U Victory Honda G12U Mt. Clemens G12U

GP W L 16 14 2 17 10 7 17 8 8 15 4 10

T 0 0 1 1

PTS 28 20 17 9

GF 79 46 48 27

GA 18 32 65 49

PIM 8 6 8 0

Girls 12U - Howe 3 TEAM Ann Arbor G12U St. Clair Shores G12U Little Caesars #2 G12U Grosse Pointe G12U

GP 17 16 17 15

T 1 3 3 1

PTS 13 13 11 9

GF 31 28 51 18

GA 58 35 82 52

PIM 8 10 6 2

W 9 8 5

W L 6 10 5 8 4 10 4 10

Girls 14U TEAM M. Ice Breakers 14U Mt.Clemens 14U Mich Caps 14U Livonia 14U Summit 14U Rochester 14U Farmington Hills 14U Ann Arbor 14U

GP W L 21 20 0 19 15 3 19 13 4 20 11 9 21 7 13 19 4 13 19 2 15 20 2 17

T 1 1 2 0 1 2 2 1

Girls 16U TEAM Birmingham 16U Livonia 16U Mich Ice Breakers 16U Allen Park 16U

GP W L 11 11 0 11 6 4 12 3 6 12 0 10

T PTS GF GA PIM 0 22 52 15 24 1 13 37 32 6 3 9 21 31 38 2 2 15 47 24

Girls 19U TEAM G-Force 19U SCS 19U Mich Ice Breakers 19U Redford 19U Walker 19U Kalamazoo 19U

GP W L 18 15 0 18 14 2 19 10 8 20 9 9 19 4 15 18 0 18

T 3 2 1 2 0 0

PTS 41 31 28 22 15 10 6 5

PTS 33 30 21 20 8 0

GF 120 103 85 55 58 30 25 22

GF 97 112 91 66 32 23

GA PIM 23 14 26 0 33 8 46 0 70 10 91 0 99 0 110 2

GA PIM 10 5 27 0 40 0 52 5 160 0 132 0

House Standings LITTLE CEASARS Amateur Hockey League Standings by Pointstreak as of January 6, 2010

Mini Mite B - Div 1 TEAM Belle Tire Lakers MM Allen Park MM Dearborn Scorpions MM Belle Tire #2 MM Dearborn Tigers MM

GP W 11 11 12 7 11 3 12 3 12 2

L 0 4 5 7 7

T 0 1 3 2 3

PTS 22 15 9 8 7

GF 72 50 43 40 18

GA PIM 30 2 31 0 44 2 58 0 42 0

Mini Mite B - Div 2 TEAM Plymouth Tiger Sharks MM Wayne Warriors MM Canton Wings #1 MM Canton Wings #2 MM

GP 10 10 11 11

W 8 6 2 1

L 2 3 8 7

T 0 1 1 3

PTS 16 13 5 5

GF 44 40 25 17

GA PIM 31 6 22 0 41 0 50 2

Mite B - Div 1 TEAM GP W Trenton Spitfire MTB 15 12 Trenton Devils MTB 15 11 Allen Park Huskies #2 MTB 15 8 Trenton - Kneiding MTB 15 7 Allen Park Huskies MTB 15 6 Belle Tire Lakers MTB 15 0

L 3 2 7 8 9 15

T 0 2 0 0 0 0

PTS 24 24 16 14 12 0

GF 106 74 58 43 53 11

GA 31 37 57 51 60 108

PIM 0 0 0 8 6 2

Mite B - Div 2 TEAM GP W Grosse Ile Islanders MTB 14 12 Wyandotte Warriors MTB 14 7 Monroe Ice Hawks #2 MTB 14 6 Monroe Ice Hawks #1 MTB 14 6 Southgate Senators MTB 14 1

L 2 4 6 7 13

T 0 3 2 1 0

PTS 24 17 14 13 2

GF 64 45 51 45 25

GA 16 33 49 32 101

PIM 2 10 8 14 2

Mite B - Div 3 TEAM Plymouth - Simons MTB Chelsea Bulldogs #1 MTB Livingston Lightning MTB Chelsea #2 MTB Livingston Thunder MTB Plymouth - Zylik MTB Canton #2 MTB Canton Hawks #1 MTB

GP W 13 12 14 11 14 9 14 5 14 5 14 5 13 2 14 1

L 0 3 4 6 7 8 11 11

T 1 0 1 3 2 1 0 2

PTS 25 22 19 13 12 11 4 4

GF 93 58 53 28 37 29 21 30

GA PIM 15 2 33 6 38 8 31 6 44 0 45 0 67 4 76 2

Mite B - Div 4 TEAM Wayne Fire Dogs MTB Dearborn Cougars MTB Westland Blazers MTB Dearborn Storm MTB Detroit Dragons MTB Orchard Lake Pirates MTB Garden City Stars MTB

GP W 12 10 12 9 12 8 12 5 11 5 11 1 10 0

L 0 2 4 6 6 10 10

T 2 1 0 1 0 0 0

PTS 22 19 16 11 10 2 0

GF 54 58 46 49 25 7 3

GA PIM 17 12 17 6 25 4 35 12 33 4 53 4 62 2

Squirt B - Div 1 TEAM Allen Park Huskies #1 SQB Monroe Ice Hawks #2 SQB Trenton Devils SQB Monroe Ice Hawks #1 SQB Woodhaven SQB Trenton #2 SQB Trenton Bulldogs SQB Allen Park Huskies #2 SQB Wyandotte SQB

GP W 15 15 15 11 15 9 16 7 15 7 16 4 15 5 16 4 15 0

L 0 4 4 6 7 8 9 9 15

T 0 0 2 3 1 4 1 3 0

PTS 30 22 20 17 15 12 11 11 0

GF 80 61 66 60 61 35 34 46 12

GA PIM 14 0 43 0 38 15 46 0 57 0 59 0 46 0 53 0 99 4

Squirt B - Div 2 TEAM Novi #4 Predators SQB Westland Blazers SQB Plymouth GW Sharks SQB Novi #1 Firecats SQB Belle Tire Lakers SQB Novi #5 Wildcats SQB Dearborn Chiefs SQB Canton Canadiens SQB Detroit Dragons SQB

GP W 14 12 14 12 15 11 16 9 16 6 16 5 13 3 15 2 13 0

L 0 1 2 6 9 10 8 12 12

T 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1

PTS 26 25 24 19 13 11 8 5 1

GF 98 108 78 74 41 42 45 40 34

GA 17 26 32 58 79 84 57 105 102

PIM 0 4 0 2 12 8 43 6 16

Squirt B - Div 4 TEAM GP W Farmington H. Heat #1 SQB 13 10 Novi #2 Cougars SQB 14 9 Suburban #1 SQB 14 9 Novi #3 Panthers SQB 13 7 Victory Honda SQB 13 1

L 2 3 4 6 12

T 1 2 1 0 0

PTS 21 20 19 14 2

GF 51 60 49 66 18

GA 33 41 36 49 56

PIM 18 10 0 6 16

Squirt B - Div 5 TEAM Farmington H. Inferno SQB Novi #7 Tigers SQB Novi #6 SQB Plymouth Sharks #2 SQB Suburban #2 SQB Canton Stars SQB

L 3 4 7 6 13 12

T 1 1 0 1 0 1

PTS 21 21 14 13 4 3

GF 58 54 49 60 25 20

GA 38 34 48 44 68 63

PIM 32 10 4 6 2 20

GP W 14 10 15 10 14 7 13 6 15 2 14 1

Squirt B - Div 6 TEAM GP W L T PTS GF Ann Arbor - Sirota SQB 14 10 4 0 20 52 Chelsea Bulldogs #1 SQB 14 9 5 0 18 58 Ann Arbor - Simon SQB 14 8 4 2 18 49 Chelsea Bulldogs #2 SQB 14 5 8 1 11 38 Ann Arbor - Reid SQB 14 2 10 2 6 33

GA PIM 38 0 28 2 35 5 46 0 69 4

Squirt B - Div 7 TEAM Flint (EMHA) SQB GFHA - Lesser SQB Livingston Thunder SQB Livingston Lightning SQB Ice Mountain SQB GFHA - Hutchings SQB

GP W 15 13 14 9 15 8 15 7 15 2 14 1

L 1 5 5 6 13 13

T 1 0 2 2 0 0

PTS 27 18 18 16 4 2

GF 108 59 72 62 28 16

GA 31 48 44 43 111 82

PIM 10 28 2 6 4 18

Pee Wee B - Div 1 TEAM Dearborn Dragons PWB Grosse Ile Islanders PWB Belle Tire Lakers PWB Dearborn PWB Allen Park #1 PWB Allen Park #2 PWB

GP W 16 15 14 10 14 8 15 6 15 4 14 3

L 0 3 5 8 9 10

T 1 1 1 1 2 1

PTS 31 21 17 13 10 7

GF 53 49 47 32 33 31

GA 16 22 28 41 62 53

PIM 16 32 14 78 59 42

Pee Wee B - Div 2 TEAM GP W Trenton Flyers PWB 16 9 Monroe Ice Hawks PWB 16 7 Wyandotte Warriors PWB 15 5 Wyandotte Warriors #1 PWB16 5 Trenton Walleyes PWB 16 3 Trenton Hurricanes PWB 15 1

L 4 5 6 7 9 10

T 3 4 4 4 4 4

PTS 21 18 14 14 10 6

GF 50 53 54 62 25 23

GA 33 46 52 66 46 47

PIM 44 20 14 97 10 6

Pee Wee B - Div 3 TEAM Novi #4 Sabres PWB Novi #5 Firecats PWB K.V. Cavalry PWB K.V. Federals PWB K.V. Eagles PWB Chelsea Bulldogs PWB Ann Arbor - Praschan PWB Ann Arbor Aces

GP W 13 12 14 9 14 8 14 6 13 2 13 3 13 2 12 1

L 0 2 3 7 5 7 9 10

T 1 3 3 1 6 3 2 1

PTS 25 21 19 13 10 9 6 3

GF 79 40 55 38 28 25 17 23

GA 15 24 28 49 33 46 46 64

PIM 10 0 0 10 0 0 0 10

Pee Wee B - Div 4 TEAM Novi #1 Cougars PWB Plymouth T.Sharks PWB Novi #2 Panthers PWB Canton Wings #1 PWB Novi #3 Bobcats PWB Plymouth Ice Sharks PWB Farmington Hills #1 PWB Canton Wings #2 PWB

GP W 13 11 14 10 14 7 14 7 13 7 14 5 14 2 14 1

L 1 3 5 6 5 7 11 12

T 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1

PTS 23 21 16 15 15 12 5 3

GF 40 61 34 50 38 38 38 13

GA 22 23 34 33 29 36 65 70

PIM 18 31 5 12 20 10 19 82

Pee Wee B - Div 5 TEAM GP W Garden City Stars PWB 16 13 Novi #6 Predators PWB 16 13 Westland IceHogs PWB 15 11 Novi #7 Wildcats PWB 15 9 Farmington Hills #2 PWB 16 7 Novi #8 Jaguars PWB 14 5 Plymouth Razor Sharks PWB15 5 Detroit Dragons PWB 15 1 Farmington Hills #3 PWB 16 0

L 1 3 4 5 8 7 9 12 15

T 2 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 1

PTS 28 26 22 19 15 12 11 4 1

GF 93 78 85 64 59 47 60 20 17

GA 48 27 42 36 59 48 63 83 117

PIM 24 14 0 0 4 0 22 0 0

Pee Wee B - Div 6 TEAM Livingston Thunder PWB Ice Mountain Cats PWB Flint Ice Raiders L. Lightning #1 PWB K.V. Destroyers PWB K.V. Admirals PWB K.V. Brigade PWB

GP 12 12 12 12 11 12 11

W 9 8 6 5 5 2 1

L 2 1 4 6 6 8 9

T 1 3 2 1 0 2 1

PTS 19 19 14 11 10 6 3

GF 37 43 38 32 32 24 20

GA 23 21 35 31 35 37 44

PIM 7 97 36 10 56 34 34

Bantam B - Div 1 TEAM Livingston Thunder BB Capital Centre Pride BB Chelsea Bulldogs BB K.V. Destroyers BB Livingston Lightning BB K.V. Generals BB Ice Mountain BB K.V. Federals BB Ann Arbor - Gagnon BB

GP W 16 14 16 13 16 10 15 8 15 8 14 5 16 4 14 2 16 0

L 1 1 4 5 6 9 11 11 16

T 1 2 2 2 1 0 1 1 0

PTS 29 28 22 18 17 10 9 5 0

GF 115 82 90 61 77 48 43 39 22

GA 34 30 65 60 45 57 71 84 131

PIM 8 10 10 26 38 16 35 41 12

Bantam B - Div 2 TEAM Allen Park Huskies BB Wyandotte Warriors BB Allen Park #1 BB Grosse Ile Islanders BB Trenton Blades BB Monroe Ice Hawks #1 BB Southgate Stars BB Monroe Ice Hawks #2 BB Trenton Hurricanes BB

GP W 16 14 16 11 16 10 16 8 15 4 15 5 16 5 14 4 16 2

L 2 3 4 6 7 9 10 9 13

T 0 2 2 2 4 1 1 1 1

PTS 28 24 22 18 12 11 11 9 5

GF 96 68 56 64 27 27 36 32 15

GA 36 38 42 48 35 52 52 48 70

PIM 43 0 93 27 98 46 66 36 0

Bantam B - Div 3 TEAM Redford Wolf Pack BB Dearborn Hooligans BB Dearborn Huskies BB Westland Warriors BB Belle Tire Lakers BB Garden City BB Novi #5 Bobcats BB Novi #2 Panthers BB Novi #6 Cougars BB Detroit Dragons BB

GP W 18 15 17 13 18 13 16 11 17 7 17 7 17 6 18 3 17 3 13 0

L 3 3 4 4 7 9 10 12 13 13

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ADRAY COMMUNITY HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS AS OF JAN. 5 EAST MITE W WHITE SAGINAW 3 4 MT PLEASANT 2 3 LAPEER 2 3 SAGINAW 1 2 MIDLAND 2 1 RED SAGINAW 2 MIDLAND 3 MIDLAND 1 LAPEER 1 SAGINAW 4 MT. PLEASANT 1

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Kensington Valley MiniMite Admirals start strong The Kensington Valley Mini-Mite Admirals have started out the season with a 2-2 league record. The Admirals won their first game of the season, beating the Kensington Valley Brigade 4-2. Jackson Groman made several key saves in the victory. Scoring for the Admirals were Evan Wohlart (2), Aiden Gray and Kyle Sierota. Aiden Gray also got an assist on Kyle Sierota’s goal. Game pucks were awarded to Jackson Groman and Evan Wohlart. In the team’s second game Danny DiPietro’s breakaway shot crossed the goal line a second after the final horn sounded and the Admirals lost 3-2 to the Cavalry. Jackson Groman played another great game in net and Admiral goals were scored by Aiden Gray (Carson Wood) and Tommy Madden. Tommy Madden and Aiden Gray were awarded game pucks for the Admirals. The Admirals found themselves in another tight lowscoring game in game three against the KVHA Eagles. Down 2-0, Gabe Pietila scored to close the gap to one. Adam Moule,

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For the past four years the Canton Fire Fighters and Canton Hockey Association Coaches have played and worked to take on the role of Santa Claus. The groups’ annual charity game has helped collect toy donations and money to be distributed to the No Child Without A Christmas Toys for Tots charity program. This year the December 6 game at the Arctic Arena in Canton also helped raise money for their fellow firefighter Ryan Swick, who is fighting against a Stage 3 Melanoma with Lymphoma. “All the money raised tonight goes to help Ryan and the toys go to the Toys for Tots,� said Craig Manser, President of the Canton Hockey Association. “In addition a lot of the firefighters have given up their vacation days and sick days to Ryan because he ran out of his.� The 28-year-old firefighter, who has been with the Canton fire department for the past five years, has been through a lot. Just before Swick and his wife Laurie were about to embark on their honeymoon the cancer was detected and for the past three years he has had two surgeries and a year of Chemo. After his first surgery the cancer was gone for about a month, but was once again detected after a scan and worse then the previous detection. Swick, along with Laurie and young daughter Shelby, were appreciative of all the support. “This has been very humbling for me and my family,� said Swick, who is now cancer free and ready to start rehab that will put him on the road to hopefully getting back to work. “I don’t know how to receive all of this because I have never been one to ask for help. In fact I am the kind of person who likes to help out when ever I can, so I am just honored with what everyone has done for me here tonight.� The event included a raffle of gift baskets and a signed Detroit Red Wings and Plymouth Whalers hockey jerseys to the highest bidder. A 50/50 raffle and ChuckA-Puck included Detroit Red Wings tickets as prizes for the winner. “We are here to try and help Ryan and his family by raising some money to pay for hospital bills that his insurance does not cover and things of that nature,� said Dave Holloway, a Canton firefighter who spearheaded the benefit. “As soon as we decided to do this for Ryan all the guys were in and everyone donated. Our hats are off to the Canton Hockey Association because they have done so much to help our cause and we can’t thank them enough.� Swick was notified a couple days before the benefit that he was cleared but his testing will continue along with his rehab in an effort to keep him cancer free. “I have a good support group and my wife has been at my side through all of this for which I am very thankful,� said Swick. “I just try to stay positive and keep a smile on my face every day.�

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

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At last summer’s USA Hockey National Coaches Symposium in St. Paul, Minn., the 580 amateur coaches going for their Level 5 cards were encouraged to make the game fun for kids and to preach skill development over winning. “You coaches have to face the delicate balance between coaching and teaching, developing players and winning games,” said former Minnesota North Stars coach and GM Lou Nanne, who was recently presented with the USA Hockey Distinguished Achievement Award for all he’s done for hockey in Minnesota and around the country. “You as a coach will see kids grow and have a great influence on them at the most critical time in their life. It’s your responsibility to make sure you don’t stifle them.” Part of that is to keep the game fun, Nanne said. “I tell parents all that time that it’s tough to reach the top. One thing that keeps them reaching is a love of the game. That love is developed as a youngster, and you have to make sure you don’t dry them up.” A star defenseman at the college and minor pro levels, Todd Richards couldn’t agree more. Richards spent seven seasons coaching at the American Hockey League and NHL levels before landing the head-coaching job this season with the Minnesota Wild. While the NHL is all about winning, Richards said he doesn’t focus on tangible things like wins and losses, but on getting his team ready to play every day. It’s a message that he hoped youth coaches would take to heart. “For kids the focus shouldn’t be on scoring goals and winning. It should be about having fun, working hard, doing things the right way,” Richards said. “Focusing on the process and let the results will take care of itself.” “I think the ultimate compliment for a coach is when a player comes in and says ‘I love coming to the rink everyday.’ That means you’re doing your job. It all comes down to the culture you create and the identity you’ve established for your team.” Getting better also helps players develop a love for the game. “So make sure you continue to work on skill development,” said University of Minnesota head coach Don Lucia. “As kids move up the ladder coaches are looking for how well they can skate, how well they can shoot, how well they can pass, not

Doing drills and working with players to constantly improve their skating ability and to make plays with the puck at full speed is important at all levels.

how well they forecheck. You do that, and you instill in them a love of the game, and you will make them successful.” New York Rangers coach John Tortorella also knows the importance of communicating with players and letting them know coaches are there for them. “As a coach, you’re a teacher. You’re doing the same thing as a math teacher or a sociology teacher. You’re developing people,” said Tortorella. “I think coaches get way too much credit when we win, and we get way too much credit when we lose,” he said. “Don’t kid yourself. You’re a teacher and a guidance counselor. Coaches are important but players win or lose games.” As a coach, Tortorella has won more than his share of games. His straightforward approach has earned him a reputation as a no-nonsense coach, but few can argue with his passion for the game, and his players. “I think that players want honesty. They may not like some of your honesty, but they want it. That’s what strengthens the locker room. It makes all of them feel like they’re in it together,” said Tortorella, who coached the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 2004. By Harry Thompson

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TRAINING TABLE Pre-game nutrition and hydration Pre-game meals for hockey players vary from meal replacement drinks, to a steak, to baked potatoes and everything in between. Eating a balanced diet of high-carbohydrate sources, including a lot of vegetables and fruits, will help your body perform at the level it’s capable of. The goal of pre-exercise nutrition is to provide energy, physical comfort and mental alertness by including optimal fluid intake and eating foods that are high carbohydrate, moderate protein, and low in fat. The idea is to maximize fluid levels and prevent dehydration, supply food that is quickly and easily digested to ensure energy to train or compete and to prevent hunger before and during exercise.

Pre-game snack A good rule of thumb is the closer you get to game-time, the lighter (in other words, less fiber, fat and protein) and more liquid your snacks should be. Bagels, and low fat cereal with skim milk is good three hours or so before your game. Yogurt, fruit juices, and carbohydrate gels are better an hour or two before the game. Try and avoid anything too sugary such as fruit juices or candy within the hour before your game. Everybody knows about sugar highs and sugar lows, right? Well, this is where it happens. By eating high- carbohydrate/high-glucose foods shortly before a game, you’ll get your sugar high, and then as insulin pulls the excess glucose out of your body, you crash, feeling lethargic and fatigued (the fancy word for this drop in blood glucose is called hypoglycemia).

The pre-game meal The last large meal before a game should be about 5-6 hours prior (which will give you enough time to digest the food while not leaving you feeling empty when you step on the ice). Have a fairly sizable meal high in carbohydrates (since your body gets most of its energy from carbs, this is like filling your sports car with high octane fuel), and low in fat and protein. If you’re getting stomach cramps during hard physical effort (such as skating), odds are it’s because you haven’t left enough time between eating and skating, and as your body diverts energy from digesting to skating, it leaves food in your stomach in “slow digest mode.” Too much food and too little energy to digest, and voila! Cramps! Just add a little more time between your pre-game meal and your game, and add in a snack several hours prior to keep a little food in your stomach to prevent hunger pangs (your stomach doesn’t need to be empty to avoid cramps. It just can’t be “too full”).

Hydration The best thing you can do is drink a lot of water 2-3 hours before a game (about 16 oz. according to the Coaching Association of Canada) and then more during a game. Avoid fluids for about an hour or so before your game to give your body time to process the liquid in your body and excrete it, then drink more water 5-15 minutes before the game (about 6-10 oz. according to the CAC) for an added boost in combating dehydration and fatigue. This will not only help to re-hydrate you, but it’ll help regulate your body temperature, and help to provide you with more energy. Every hockey player should bring their own water bottle to the rink, and drink only from their water bottle. If you’re dehydrated, you won’t feel it until the third period, and by then it’s too late, so drink starting early in the first, and you should have enough water in you to carry you to the end of the game. Experiment with fluids and foods in training to find out what, and how much, is comfortable for you. And never try new foods or drinks before or during competition. Source: Betterhockey.com and the Sports Nutrition Advisory Committee of the Coaching Association of Canada (coach.ca).

Meal ideas – from home or on the go The amount and type of food will vary according to the amount of time available between the meal/ snack and the start of training or competition. Allow time for digestion. • Toast/bagel with jam, peanut butter, juice, yogurt • Oatmeal/cereal, milk, raisins, juice • Pancakes with a little syrup/spread, ham, juice • Grilled chicken sandwich, juice • Lean meat sandwich, carrots, milk, oatmeal raisin cookie, fruit • Minestrone soup, cheese, crackers, vegetable juice • Chili, bagel, milk • Pasta with tomato/lean meat sauce, applesauce, chocolate milk • Lentil soup, crusty roll, salad with a little dressing, soy beverage

Snack ideas • Fruit (fresh, canned, or juice) • Fruit yogurt • Low-fat muffin, juice, or applesauce • Yogurt, social tea biscuits, juice • Pita with hummus, vegetable juice • Fig or oatmeal cookies, fruit, milk • Dry cereal • Cereal, sport, or energy bars • Juice boxes or fruit cup • Crackers • Dried fruit • Trail mix with cereal

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play. Well at least most coaches arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, but some are. Either way, there is a huge difference between professional sports and youth recreational sports. But apparently not in the way referees are viewed. That is the problem. Youth hockey referees are paid. That is the argument most people haul out when voicing their displeasure. Absolutely. They should be. Who in their right mind would want to do that for nothing? Who in their right mind would want to do it for what youth hockey referees actually get paid? Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get me wrong, $20-40 an hour, depending on the level of play, is not bad money to officiate a hockey game. I can think of much worse ways to earn money. But factor in the This season, more than ever, it seems that the outpouring of outrage directed potential verbal and risk of physical abuse and it really doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like much. toward hockey referees has reached a new high. Or more aptly, an unprecedented low. JUST A COUPLE OF ISSUES Maybe it is just my imagination. Maybe it is just a result of how the world I only have a couple of issues with officials. One is with payment when one has become that much smaller and the flow of information that much faster and referee doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show up for a game and the other one feels they are obligated to far-reaching so we hear more about these kinds of things. Maybe. But maybe at least half, if not all, of the absent refereeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s share. Seriously? Are you going to there really are more of these kinds of incidents occurring in all of youth sports, somehow grow a second set of legs, arms and eyes, be in two places at once and not just hockey. have the ability to blow a second whistle with another orifice? Earlier this season the Toronto Star ran a series of articles about conflict in youth Yes, I get that they might have to work harder. But that is not the fault of hockey, the rampant verbal and physical abuse of officials by players, coaches and the teams participating. If I order breakfast at Dennyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and they forget to bring parents. Many referees are in fear for their safety during and after games with my pancakes along with my eggs, hash browns and sausage you can bet I am no idea who or what might be waiting for them as they make their way from the not paying for them. And they wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even think of charging me for them. dressing room to their car. The other issue is presence, body language, whatever you want to call it. Act Where exactly did this concept of the referee playing the role of the villain like you want to be there. Some referees look arrogant, like they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;too goodâ&#x20AC;? come from? I am guessing it filters down from how officials are viewed at the for the level of game they are officiating. Their effort is lackluster and enthusiasm professional levels of sports. I â&#x20AC;&#x153;get itâ&#x20AC;? at that level. It makes sense to me. It is non-existent. If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be there, then donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Let someone else do the all part of the entertainment experience for the fans. The referees enter the ice game. Your actions (or lack of them) are only serving to fuel the fires of angst for their warm-up skate to a chorus of boos accompanied by â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three Blind Miceâ&#x20AC;? toward you. Like coaches, players and spectators need a push to go in that direction. courtesy of the organist. Depending on the score of the game and the play of the home team that could be it or it could very much go south from there. Whether MISTAKES ALL AROUND the referees had anything to do with it or not. Referees will make bad calls or what one side or the other will perceive as the Somehow that attitude toward officials has descended into the depths of youth wrong call. Absolutely. So will the players and coaches. It is a game of mistakes. sports where the game is not exactly entertainment for the spectators. By that I Especially at the youth recreational level because everybody is learning the game mean they are not paying money to watch and be entertained. They are definitely as they go. As much as professional sports is an entertainment experience, youth paying money for their child to participate. But there very much is a difference. sports is a learning experience. For everybody. The players and coaches are not professionals. By that I mean they are not paid to

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So because referees receive a paycheck they should be perfect? And in whose eyes must they be perfect? Because surely there are no more biased people in an ice arena than the players, coaches and parents. Think their perception of a refereeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision might be a little warped by their allegiance? Just a little? When I first started coaching at the youth level I wondered how some referees got hit by the puck during the action. How couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they get out of the way? How could they not know where the puck was going to go based on the positioning and movement of the players on the ice? How did they miss that obvious call? How did they make that obvious non-call? What did they see that I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see? What didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they see that I did see? Easy. First of all I have played and watched hockey for over 40 years. What seems obvious to me might be new to them. Secondly, I am on the bench. My sightline is completely different than theirs. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about being run into by a player or hit by the puck. I am not part of the action, constantly assessing and re-assessing where I am, where the puck is, where all of the players are and what they are doing. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty easy for me to make a decision. One that is more often than not biased by the team I am affiliated with. Which makes me wonder what parents are thinking (or obviously not thinking) when they yell at officials from their safe perch in the stands, far away from the action. I feel very confident in suggesting that 100% of hockey parents donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know the rules or how to apply them. I know I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even try. And I would bet that 100% of coaches donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t either. And for that matter probably 100% of referees. Although I am sure I will get an e-mail from one or twenty claiming that they do. On the topic of not knowing, I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what the official pre-game protocol is for referees in youth hockey. But I do know that some are much better than others at â&#x20AC;&#x153;humanizingâ&#x20AC;? themselves to coaches, introducing themselves at the bench before the game and having a friendly chat. I think it is no coincidence that there tend to be fewer conflicts in games refereed by those officials than by those who are less engaging. As we head into the meat of the hockey season with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;more importantâ&#x20AC;? league and state tournament playoff games being played, it is a great time for everyone to take a step back, a deep breath and lay off of the referees. But at the same time it is a great time for the officials to step up, be active, be involved and be confident in making calls as they see them.

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Navigating Na vigating the Froz Frozen en Wa Waters ters High School Hockey Editor’s Note: The following article is the sixth 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 levels and issues 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@michiganhockeyonline.com. BY TIM WILSON

Anyone that has been around hockey in Michigan can’t help but notice the growth of the game at the high school level over the past 10-15 years. Not only have schools added programs, but the quality of play has increased dramatically as well. While moving from high school directly to a top level junior program was once a rarity, players at the high school level are now regularly garnering attention from both junior and college programs. Although the state boasts some of the country’s finest midget organizations, numerous players that might have chosen AAA in the past are now opting to play for their school. “One of the reasons players are choosing high school is because of the lifestyle that it offers,” said Cranbrook head coach Andy Weidenbach. “You practice after school and don’t miss school activities and functions. You also spend less time traveling, which is a big bonus.” Now in his 17th season with the Cranes, Weidenbach has seen the high school level grow in both numbers and quality. “When I was coaching high school hockey 17 years ago there were around 90-100 teams. There were approximately 10-15 really strong teams, where now there are more than 30-40 and that number is increasing every year.” Today Michigan boasts 177 school-based programs representing approximately 225 schools, according to Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) assistant director Randy Allen. Of the 177 programs, around 40 are co-op teams consisting of two or more schools. Some programs involve as many as six schools. “In hockey we allow larger combined enrollment for the co-op teams compared to other sports,” said Allen. “Hockey has a combined enrollment limit of 3,500 while in other sports it is normally under 1,000.” “We’ve added a lot in the last ten years, maybe as many as 40 schools. I really think one of the main reasons for the growth was when we went to divisions. This move gave more schools a legitimate tournament opportunity.” Before 2000 the MHSAA state tournament had two divisions, with Class A schools competing for one title

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and classes B-C-D competing for the other. Hockey is now divided into Division I, II and III with an equal number of teams in each division. “Now we’ve got a tournament that mirrors our enrollment,” said Allen. Allen noted that the growth in teams has probably leveled off at this point as only Holly added a new program this year. And while a large enrollment may be helpful in drawing more numbers to a program, it certainly doesn’t guarantee a competitive advantage according to Trenton head coach Mike Turner. “One of the biggest misconceptions is that Division I has all the best talent and then Division II and so on,” said Turner. “It’s not big programs versus small programs. There are a lot of big schools that aren’t very good. Division II probably has the deepest talent.”

LOTS OF ICE TIME A criticism of the high school level has always been the number of games played, which is limited to 24 prior to the state tournament. “People like to say we only play 24 games, but that’s misleading,” said Turner noting that his Trojans are normally on the ice six days a week with four practices and two games. “Our guys are on the ice as much as any travel team.” While the number of games may be significantly less that what a travel team plays, that doesn’t hurt development in the eyes of high school coaches. “The kids here are on the ice six days week,”said Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s head coach Brian Klanow. “It’s proven that kids develop from practice time. The practice to game ratio needs to be higher. We practice three to four times for every game that we play. Kids are moving on from high school to junior and college. We’re not taking anything away from AAA. In some cases we are producing stronger players.” “Last year I had seven or eight kids talk to Division I schools. This year I have had six or seven that have been talked to by junior or college teams. Scouts are realizing that Michigan high school hockey is a hidden gem.”

ECONOMICS In some cases, high school hockey has benefited from the state’s economic downturn as players have opted to play high school due to the cost. While the cost can vary greatly depending on the district, in general, high school is going to cost less than most travel programs. At Trenton the cost for a player to compete is a $100 activity fee, the same charge as other sports at the school. Players at other schools may end up paying between $1,000-2,500 per season. Another important facet of high school’s growth has been the addition of supplemental teams and leagues in addition to the regular season. The Michigan Developmental Hockey League brings together many of the state’s most talented players in a five-team league that runs from August through November. Teams in the MDHL play a 15-game season while MDHL select teams play against midget AAA and select prep teams in tournaments. This fall, two MDHL select teams faced off in the championship game of the Motor City Cup, a tournament that featured a number of AAA teams.

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Farmington head coach Mark Vellucci is one of the coaches behind the Michigan Elite team, another squad made up of high-end talent that plays in various showcases leading up to the high school season. Made up of 20 players and five alternates, the Michigan Elite team competes in September and October at a cost of roughly $2,000 per player. During the two-month span the team practices 22 times and plays 20 games. The cost includes all ice time and lodging at the Chicago Showcase. Having recently completed their second season, Michigan Elite plays in tournaments featuring AAA squads similar to the MDHL select teams. “I’m glad we started it,”said Vellucci.“High school hockey is so big now and there is so much talent that we saw a need to have another tournament team. Junior coaches are realizing that good players are coming out of the high school level in Michigan. It’s not just high school kids from Minnesota and out East anymore.”

EXPOSURE Perhaps the biggest event of the season, outside of the MHSAA state tournament, comes in February when the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League holds the Prep Hockey Showcase in Trenton. With 36 of the state’s top teams invited, the showcase attracted more than 15,000 fans last season. The tournament also drew 45 junior and college scouts, according to Turner. But it isn’t just showcases that are getting the attention of scouts these days. With Cranbrook consistently a top team in the state that advances players to the next level, the Cranes have scouts at regular season games as well. This is due in part to players such as senior Patrick Brown who is garnering a great deal of interest. “We’ve had some good teams the last few years,” said Weidenbach. “The good players attract the scouts. We have had some NHL scouts attend our games this year. When you have high profile players, you attract attention.” In addition to the rise in talented players, the coaching at the high school level has also improved significantly over the years. “In high school, the kids in your school are what you get to work with,” said Weidenbach. “A high school coach must develop his players. If you don’t develop them you won’t be successful. Now-a-days, high school coaches do a great job of developing their kids.” “High school hockey across the board in stronger everywhere,” said Klanow. “Everything I see continues to be an upgrade. People are seeing that coaches are taking the necessary steps to get kids exposure. As a coach, you do what you can to help your players get to the next level.” In addition to competitive hockey, the high school route offers players a chance to play in front of their classmates while representing their community. As mentioned by Allen, “playing for your school with the enthusiasm and support is special.” As high school hockey has improved, it has made itself a viable option for players seeking to advance to the next level and Michigan players are fortunate to find themselves with more than one avenue for a player to realize his or her potential. A veteran coach at multiple levels since the 1970s, Weidenbach knows the merits of the high school game. “I have previously coached AAA for seven years and junior hockey for eight including two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League,”he said. “Having coached at many different levels I feel high school hockey provides a great overall experience for a student-athlete. It’s a healthy environment and tough to beat.”


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Detroit Moose host military families at JLA BY SARAH ZIENTARSKI

The Taylor-based Detroit Moose adult team has always worked just as hard off the ice doing charity and community work as they do on it. “On the ice we play to win, but our team is built on giving back,” said Moose captain Derek Fowler. “From day one this was my dream to have a team that would give back and make a difference in the community.” The Moose invited military families to watch a Red Wings practice at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 23. Each of the military families had lost a family member in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. “I think the big thing was to do something different and we wanted to do something to give back to these families who have given the ultimate sacrifice of losing a parent in the war,” Fowler said. The families got the red carpet treatment. After parking in the executive lot and being greeted by the Red Wings PR staff, the families watched some of their favorite players sharpen their skills at practice. Chris Osgood signed the back of a boy’s Osgood jersey and Mike Babcock made sure the families got a full experience by inviting them into the locker-room for his post-practice media interview. The Red Wings were thrilled to have the families in attendance and grateful to the Moose for coordinating the event. “They’re looking at me and thanking me,” Fowler said of the Red Wings. “Justin Abdelkader said, ‘Thank you for doing such a wonderful thing.’”

Seeing Abdelkader was a highlight for one family who drove from Muskegon, his hometown, to the practice. The son in the family goes to the same high school Abdelkader graduated from. “One of the mothers turned around in the stands and you could almost see the gloss of tears in her eyes thanking me,” Fowler said. “It’s not thanking me; it’s thanking your husband or these children’s father who gave the ultimate sacrifice.” The group posed for a photo on the Wings’ bench and sitting in their favorite player’s stall in the locker room. The Moose set up a lunch after practice at the second floor of Cheli’s Chili after practice. This event is just one of many the Moose have set up since 9-11 but it’s the first that catered directly to military families. They have done work with The Sick Kids Hospital in Canada and Autism Speaks, and in February they will be working a soup kitchen while hosting a coat-drive. Fowler believes anyone can make a difference and wants the Detroit Moose to be a known outlet for people to give back to the community. “I’d love to have other teams contact us and say ‘let’s do something, let’s try to make a difference to help these kids,’” he said. “We’d love to be instrumental in getting other teams involved.” Teams can contact Fowler and the Detroit Moose through their website, detroitmoose.org.

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January 11, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 11

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Michigan State wins 12th Great Lakes Invitational title BY DEREK BERRY

If the Michigan State Spartans continue to play like they did in capturing their 12th Great Lakes Invitational (GLI) title at the Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 30, they may wind up playing for a larger prize at this year’s Frozen Four at Ford Field in April. The Spartans put on an offensive exhibition and beat Michigan Tech, 10-1, in the opening game and RPI, 6-1, in the final. Thirteen different Spartans tallied goals across the two-day tournament and sophomore goaltender Drew Palmisano was solid in net. “I was pleased with the balance in scoring, people chipping in after how top-heavy we’ve been (on offense),” Spartans coach Rick Comley said. “Palmisano was really, really good. His play was underrated. He made big saves when we needed them.’’ While most of Michigan State’s offensive production this season has come from its top line of freshman left wing Derek Grant, center Nick Sucharski and right wing Corey Tropp (Grosse Pointe Woods), Spartans center Brett Perlini added his name to the GLI history books with three goals in the tournament, leading to all-tournament and MVP honors. “I was just trying to stay in the lineup,” said Perlini, who had no points in two games coming into the GLI. “I got a couple of bounces and here I am. The hard work is paying off. I hope I can keep it going. I just played my normal game and the puck just seemed to come to me.’’ The Spartans played solid two-way hockey and the defensive unit excelled at clearing rebounds and moving the puck out of trouble. “I thought we played well as a unit,”said Michigan State captain Jeff Petry.“Overall, we played a good tournament. We should carry that into the (coming) weeks.” Petry had a big goal in the championship game when he slipped in untouched on RPI goaltender Allen York, created a 2-on-1, and chipped in a rebound of a Tropp shot to give his team a 4-1 lead. RPI head coach Seth Appert said Petry’s goal was the nail in the coffin for his Engineers and the big Spartan defenseman played a key role in downing his team. “He has evolved into a dominant defenseman,” said Appert, a former goaltender with Ferris State. “He’s a special college player and a future NHLer.” Another key moment in the championship came when RPI was awarded a 5-on-3 power play after MSU freshman defenseman Zach Josepher was sent off for slashing and Tropp was whistled for delay of game. The Spartans killed off a big chance for RPI to get back into it. “The 5-on-3 surprised our guys a bit,” said Appert. “If we’d have gotten some chances it could’ve changed the momentum.” The Spartans hope to use their fourth GLI title of the decade as a springboard to big things in the second half. “Winning says a lot,” said Comley. “It’s a great way to start our second half, and we got contributions from a lot of players. That helps build confidence for them.” Comley said the GLI is very important to the Spartans. “It’s one of the things you target and it means so much for the three permanent schools (in the GLI),” he said. “You never want to downplay what it means to the community.”

MICHIGAN TAKES THIRD PLACE OVER HUSKIES For the Wolverines, their GLI result epitomized their inconsistent first half. Michigan beat Michigan Tech 5-3 in the consolation, but only after outshooting RPI in the opening round 46-13, and losing 4-3. Michigan’s strong penalty kill allowed

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two first period power play goals to the Engineers and that was the difference. Michigan head coach Red Berenson said it was tough to play the third place game, but he reminded his team that the consolation could have future consequences. “Our team has a lot of pride and we wanted to come back and do well,” said Berenson. “There’s a lot at stake for later in the season.” Wolverines’ freshman left wing Lindsay Sparks scored his first two goals of the season against the Huskies, including the eventual game winner. For Michigan Tech, its 29 years and counting since their last GLI title in 1980. After being drubbed by MSU, the Huskies had a stronger effort against U-M. “We battled hard, had good jump, good energy,” said Michigan Tech head coach Jamie Russell. “We competed hard. I was impressed with Michigan’s team and we went toe-to-toe with them with a roster that’s got 18 freshmen and sophomores.”

THE SECOND HALF The three permanent participants in the Great Lakes Invitational – Michigan, Michigan State and Michigan Tech – all had different first halves of this season, but all three are optimistic for what January, February and March could bring. The GLI champion Spartans sit in second place in the CCHA standings and have more than turned the corner after last season’s 10-win debacle. “Obviously, Tropp, Grant and Petry have had great seasons,” said Comley. “The key to the second half is other people stepping up. I think depth and the competition is healthy for everyone and we didn’t have that last year.” Winning the GLI should instill even more confidence in the Spartans. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to put last year behind us,” said Petry. “Our goal coming back from Christmas was to keep playing the way we were before the break and to ultimately get to the top.” In Ann Arbor, the Wolverines’ two-year GLI winning streak was halted, yet their win in the consolation game brought them back to .500 on the year with a homeand-home series with Western Michigan on tap. “I think (coming back to beat Michigan Tech) showed something about our character on this team,” said Michigan junior forward Matt Rust. The Huskies have just three wins on the season, but you won’t hear head coach Jamie Russell complaining. In fact, after losing to Michigan, Russell was hardly in a sour mood. “We obviously play in a very good conference in the WCHA, but Michigan’s got good size, they play with pace and have a good skill level. But we competed well against them.” By Matt Mackinder

2009 GLI All-Tournament Team F F F D D G MVP

Dustin Gazley/MSU Brett Perlini/MSU Chase Polacek/RPI Jeff Petry/MSU Chris Summers/U-M Drew Palmisano/MSU Brett Perlini/MSU

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With the season in full swing, it’s time to celebrate what makes hockey such a great sport. The fifth-annual statewide celebration of the game, Hockey Day in Michigan, is coming January 30, 2010. Hockey Day celebrates the passion of the game and honors the contributions of the thousands of volunteers, coaches, officials, managers and players who give countless hours to the game. And the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), along with the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA), FOX Sports Detroit and the Detroit Red Wings, has announced the launch of the Heroes of Hockey Day campaign to go along with Hockey Day in Michigan. “In hockey, there are many people that give so much of themselves to make the game enjoyable for others,” CCHA Commissioner Tom Anastos said. “It is so fitting that on a day that we celebrate the game, that we honor those that play such an important role in making the game so special.” Much like in the game of hockey itself, making hockey successful in a community is a team effort, but quite often there are “all-stars” that go above and beyond the call of duty. Heroes of Hockey Day would like to recognize those “all-stars” and their contributions to the game of hockey in their community and in the state of Michigan as a whole. Your “Hero of Hockey Day” could fulfill one of many important roles in your hockey community. He or she can be a longtime coach, a dedicated official, a hard-working ice rink employee, a committed area sponsor, or a devoted member of a local hockey association board. Your “hero” does not necessarily have to do one of those jobs, but he or she must be dedicated to the game of hockey in your community. To nominate a “Hero of Hockey Day”, please send an e-mail to: hockeyday@ ccha.com by Jan. 24, 2010. The e-mail should contain the name of the nominator, the name of the nominee, and a brief description (200-word maximum) of why your nominee is a “Hero of Hockey Day”. Winners will receive • Tickets to the Michigan-Michigan State game at Joe Louis Arena on Hockey Day in Michigan (January 30) • Special recognition on CCHA.com and in Michigan Hockey • Tickets to a Detroit Red Wings game in March, with the opportunity to watch parts of the game from ice level • Special recognition at the Detroit Red Wings game they attend • Detroit Red Wings memorabilia autographed by current Red Wings that once played in the CCHA The nominators of the winners will also receive • Tickets to the Michigan-Michigan State game at Joe Louis Arena on Hockey Day in Michigan (January 30) • Tickets to a Detroit Red Wings game in March • Detroit Red Wings memorabilia What are doing for Hockey Day in Michigan? Send us an e-mail at: mh@ michiganhockeyonline.com to let us know what your team or association has planned and we could feature in Michigan Hockey.

Division 1 Top 15 (as of Jan. 4) 1. Miami 2. Denver 3. Colorado College 4. Wisconsin 5. North Dakota 6. Yale 7. Cornell 8. Boston College 9. Michigan State 10. Bemidji State 11. Quinnipiac 12. Ferris State

13. Minnesota Duluth 14. Massachusetts Lowell 15. St. Cloud State Others receiving votes: Maine, Vermont; Massachusetts, Union College, Alaska, New Hampshire, Lake Superior State, Notre Dame.

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MAHA Winter Meeting is Jan. 22-23 Thirty-seven submitted rule proposals will be discussed at the 2010 MAHA Winter Meeting on January 22-23 at the Southgate Holiday Inn. After Executive Board and various committee meetings on Friday night, Saturday’s Board of Directors meeting begins at 8 a.m. In addition to committee reports, Saturday’s session will also include discussion and voting to move forward on 37 rule change proposals. All proposals require a majority affirmative vote at the Winter Meeting to be sent forward to the Summer Meeting, where a two-thirds affirmative vote is needed for a proposal to be approved. Fifteen of the rule change proposals concern changes to the MAHA Guidebook. The other 22 proposals include proposed changes to the status of independent teams, girl’s team rostering and state tournament requirements, Cross-Ice program requirements, house draft procedures and game counts, among others.

ModSquadHockey’s JR Boucicaut (fifth from left) hosted its Michigan Weekend that included (from left) Jason Reynolds and Keith Perera of Warrior Hockey, Dave Lerg (Easton), David Wilson and Steve Wilson (Blackstone Sports), Bauer’s Shawn Greene and Jordan Boman (Reebok/CCM).

ModSquadHockey Weekend shows off newest gear BY SARAH ZIENTARSKI

A source for information and opinions on the newest hockey gear, ModSquadHockey. com has been educating its members for the last five years. ModSquadHockey hosted its fifth annual Michigan Weekend at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Arena on Dec. 4-5 that included a hockey tradeshow and a game. Hockey connoisseurs from Texas to Alberta flew and drove in from all over the United States and Canada to attend the event. “It’s about getting a whole bunch of people together and seeing the equipment – I mean people haven’t seen this stuff yet,” said J.R. Boucicaut, Administrator of Mod Squad Hockey, said. “It’s about the experience. The skate, I haven’t finished one yet.” At the event representatives from Bauer, Reebok, Warrior, Easton and Blackstone Sport showed off some equipment not available in stores until late spring. “As opposed to me just doing an event where I’m talking to people from the area, this gives us a greater reach of exposure because these guys are also on the website, they’re talking to people and explaining what they saw and what their feelings were,” said Bauer sales representative Shawn Greene. Greene unveiled Bauer’s whole new “revamped” Supreme skate line, including

the Supreme Total One. “It’s got a pretty unique story as far as weight and performance and things that nobody else is really doing now with skates, so that’s kind of the big feature on the table,” said Greene. Reebok also showed off their new skate entries. “We bumped up the 9K to the 10K and 11K skate,” said Jordan Boman, Reebok technical representative. “We’ve made the boot stronger and more durable; we also worked with the pro-felt tongues going back to the traditional and the pro tongue that people like to use.” Through January 15, Reebok is offering buyers of the CCM U + Pro Skate a free Crazy Light stick. “We want people to get in our skate and get with our sticks and use them and we’re confident that if people do that they’ll want to stay with it,” Boman said. Warrior showed its unique and youthful gear. “We take ourselves seriously on the quality and the technology that we bring to the game but we do bring a different tilt to it with high-energy and eye-catching graphics,” said Keith Perera, product manager for Warrior Hockey.

Warrior showcased their new goalie equipment for the first time at the event. “ModSquad has a user friendly site where people can give their honest opinions about the product and also generate interest in our product,” Perera said. “That’s really what helps a company like Warrior because it’s really our new product that drives business for us and it’s the buzz that these guys create on the site that drives other parents or other kids into the stores.” Blackstone Sport also exhibited their invention of the Flat Bottom V Skate Sharpening System, which sharpens blades with two edges coming down like fangs going back on an angle. Instead of sinking far into the ice, the blade sits on top of the ice so the skater doesn’t have as much drag and cuts down on fatigue. “It really has taken off in retail and the NHL all across America and into Europe and it really kind of improves the way people skate,”said Steve Wilson, Vice President of Blackstone Sport.

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Decade in Review

State titles, anniversaries, national championships, p p eight g overtimes, a Cold War COMPILED BY MH STAFF

Every year of last decade has included championships, milestones, big events and awards and accolades. Here is a look back of on some of the most interesting stories of the last 10 years in Michigan Hockey:

of a sold out crowd of 5,460 at the newly renovated Saginaw County Event Center. Despite a 5-2 loss to Sarnia, opening night featured a pre-game ceremony that included a rousing version of the Star Spangled Banner from Saginaw Mayor Wilmer Jones-Ham.

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MNHL no more In a meeting at Inkster’s Recreational Center on June 20, the 26-year old Michigan National Hockey League cracked and broke apart. Just weeks after voting to divide the MNHL into A and B Divisions, eight organizations left the MNHL to form a new AAA league. The newly formed Midwest Elite League was made up of Little Caesars, Compuware, Honeybaked, the Ice Dogs, Belle Tire, Chicago Young Americans, Team Illinois and Cleveland.

Hockey Has Heart gets its start What started as a fundraiser for a member of the Farmington Hills Hockey Association turned into something bigger. Hockey Has Heart, a non-profit organization to help other hockey people spearheaded by FHHA board members and volunteers, helped the local hockey community pull together and raise close to $150,000 at their first ever black-tie dinner and dance, gift basket silent auction and family fun weekend in March.

2004 Jesue elected MAHA President Former Little Caesars Amateur Hockey Association official and District 2 chairperson Mickey Jesue became the first woman president elected in the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association’s 42-year history at the MAHA winter meetings on Jan. 17. USA wins first ever WJC Goals by Livonia’s Ryan Kesler and Patrick O’Sullivan lifted the United States to a 4-3 win over Canada and its first-ever Gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki, Finland. The U.S. Team, coached by Mike Eaves, finished 6-0 at the tournament.

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USA Disabled Hockey Festival a big success The inaugural USA Disabled Hockey National Festival at Fraser’s Great Lakes Sport City in Fraser on Feb. 18-20 showcased amputee, hearing impaired, special and sled hockey teams from throughout the Midwest and Northeast, along with several Michigan teams. The three-day event featured 23 teams, over 300 athletes and over 40 games and marked the first time that all four disciplines were able to play in the same facility and many new friendships were formed amongst the participants. It was called a festival and not a tournament because it was a true celebration of awareness for the disabled community.

Spartans’ Miller wins Hobey Baker Award Michigan State sophomore goaltender Ryan Miller, an East Lansing native, received the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s best player during the Apr. 6 awards program in Albany, N.Y. The day before, Miller’s season ended in a 2-0 loss to North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinals. Along with setting the NCAA shutouts record with 18, he was No. 1 in the nation with 31 wins, 1.31 goals against average, a .950 saves percentage and 10 shutouts. Miller became the second goalie in the 21-year history of the Hobey Baker award to win it. He also became the second Spartan recipient, the first being his cousin, Kip Miller, in 1990. World record crowd witnesses Cold War Michigan and Michigan State played to a 3-3 tie on an outdoor rink in front of a world record crowd of 74,544 at Spartan Stadium on October 6. The Spartans, entering the game ranked No. 1 in the country, compared to No. 4 for Michigan, needed a late goal by Jim Slater to earn the tie.

O’Ree greets Hockey in the Hood Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the National Hockey League, was on hand as the Detroit Hockey Association hosted Hockey in the Hood at Jack Adams Arena the last weekend in February. In addition to games against the Ft. Dupont (D.C.) Hockey Club, there was a dinner at Hockeytown Café and the players, parents and Michigan and Michigan State played to a 3-3 tie on an outdoor rink in front of a world volunteers from both cities gathered together for a pancake breakfast record crowd of 74,544 at Spartan Stadium on October 6, 2001. 2002 at the Adams/Butzel Center. Both associations – as well as Clark Park One-piece composite sticks hot – are members of NHL Diversity, a league-run program that aimed to introduce kids What started with NHL players trickled down to college, junior and youth players in of all ethnic backgrounds to hockey. 2002. The demand for one-piece composite sticks, whose lowered kickpoint provided Westland names rink after Stars’ Modano a better energy transfer from the shaft to the blade to the puck and enabled players In addition to visiting his parents, Dallas Stars center Mike Modano returned home to shoot quicker and more accurately, reached all levels of the sport. this summer for a good reason. The Westland native was honored by his hometown 2006 on July 20, when the city renamed the Westland Sports Arena the Mike Modano Ice Hockey Day gets it start Spirit debut a smashing success The passion, fun and friendships that make hockey such an important part of our Arena. The renaming ceremony included the hanging of a Modano replica jersey, an After months of planning, hockey made a triumphant return to the Saginaw sports landscape was celebrated all over the state during the first annual Hockey Day unveiling of a new sign and awning and Westland Mayor Sandra A. Cicirelli presenting area on Sept. 21 as the Ontario Hockey League’s Spirit opened the season in front in Michigan on Jan. 28. Modano with a key to the City.

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and two Hobey y Baker Awards make up p a big g decade The fifth annual event is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2010 and events on the first-ever Hockey Day included a Best Outdoor rink contest, a sled hockey clinic and a game between firefighters and policemen at Canton’s Arctic Edge Arena, a 24-hour game at Kalamazoo’s Lawson Arena, high school games at Joe Louis Arena and Hockey is Fun beginner clinics at JLA and in Farmington Hills that introduced the game to over 70 first-time players, both kids and adults. New Rules Standard At their Summer Annual Congress, USA Hockey adopted a new standard of play and rule emphasis that placed a greater emphasis on skating, puck possession and the proper use of the body to establish position and a competitive advantage. With a goal of reducing restraining infractions, USA Hockey hoped the new standard would allow for improved skill development and a more positive hockey environment for all participants. NTDP celebrates 10-year anniversary In 1996 USA Hockey committed to the creation of a national program with the goal of gathering America’s most skilled athletes and preparing them both for international and professional play. The National Team Development Program, based at the Ann Abor Ice Cube, trains and showcases the best 16- and 17-year-old American players, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2006. The first class came in for the 1996-97 season and since then the NTDP has sent over 200 players on to the college level and has had over 125 players drafted by NHL teams.

2007 Michigan State wins National Title While Michigan State didn’t have any all-stars or league or national award winner, the Spartans used plenty of character, grit and chemistry to put together arguably their best four games of the season in the NCAA tournament. Michigan State defeated Boston University 5-1 and Notre Dame 2-1 in the NCAA Midwest Regional in Grand Rapids and followed it with a 4-2 victory over Maine in the NCAA semifinals and a dramatic 3-1 come-from-behind win over Boston College to win the NCAA championship on April 7 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

2008 High School final goes to eight OTs In a game that will forever have its place in high school history both statewide and on the national scene, Marquette and Orchard Lake St. Mary went 45 minutes of regulation with the game tied, 1-1, on March 8 in the Division 1 state final at Compuware Arena in Plymouth. The two teams went through eight extra periods of eight minutes with still no game winner. As the marathon game was set for its ninth extra period, Michigan High School Athletic Association officials figured 109 minutes of hockey was enough. They called the game and declared the Eaglets and Redmen as Division I co-state champions.

End of an era at Wayne State The Wayne State men’s team officially played its last game on March 15, a 4-1 loss to Bemidji State in the CHA semifinals, and shut the door on a nine-year run that included three CHA titles, but little else in the way of a home rink, campus support and visibility. The program was the most expensive of WSU’s sports, and shutting it down became the only option. Still, Wayne State’s players didn’t quit on the only coach the program ever had, Bill Wilkinson. The Warriors finished fourth in the five-team CHA and with a sub-.500 record for the fifth straight season.

Michigan’s Kevin Porter of Northville won the 2008 Hobey Baker Award.

Michigan’s Porter wins Hobey Baker Award Michigan senior captain Kevin Porter of Northville became only the second Wolverine in school history to capture the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top collegiate player. Three-time All-American Brendan Morrison was Michigan’s first Hobey winner, in 1997. Porter finished second nationally in scoring with a career-high 63 points, on 33 goals and 30 assists. As captain, he guided a young team, with 12 freshmen, predicted to finish fourth in the CCHA, to regular-season and tournament titles, two NCAA wins and a Frozen Four berth.

2009 Champions all around The 2009 MAHA state championship teams included:Girls 12UTier 2 Livonia Knights; Girls 14U Tier 2 Ann Arbor Cougars; Girls 16U Tier 2 Michigan Ice Breakers; Girls 19U Tier 2 St. Clair Shores Saintes; Girls 12U T1 Little Caesars; Girls 14U T1 Honeybaked; Girls 16U T1 Belle Tire; Girls 19U T1 Little Caesars; Squirt B Motor City Machine; Squirt A Plymouth Stingrays; Squirt AA Allen Park Huskies; Squirt AAA Minor Honeybaked; Squirt AAA Major Little Caesars; Pee Wee B East Grand Rapids; Pee Wee A Grand Rapids Griffins; Pee Wee AA Midland North Stars; Pee Wee AAA Minor Belle Tire; Pee Wee AAA Major Belle Tire; Bantam B Escanaba Ness Contracting; Bantam A Rochester Rattlers; Bantam AA Allen Park Huskies; Bantam AAA Minor Belle Tire; Bantam AAA Major Compuware; Midget B Marquette Main Street Pizza; Midget BB Livonia Kings; Midget A Canton Crush; Midget AA Summit Plastics; Midget AAA Minor Compuware and Midget AAA Major Little Caesars. Michigan Hockey Awards included Coach of the Year Tim Jason of the Livonia Hockey Association; Female Scholar Athlete of the Year Maura Malone of Farmington Hills Mercy; Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Ryan Brown of the Capital Centre Pride and Walker Ice and Fitness’ Mike Slobodnik and Georgetown Ice Arena’s Joel Breazeale, who were co-winners of the Hockey Person of the Year award. A cast of usual suspects won the 2009 MHSAA state titles - Detroit Catholic Central (D1), Trenton (D2) and Cranbrook (D3). Together they have won a total of 35 titles between them.

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Girls High School Report

January 11, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 11

New coach has Plymouth-Canton-Salem moving in the right direction BY BOB ST. JOHN

PHOTO BY BOB BRUCE

girls to learn how to appreciate being a part of a team and that is what we are doing.” With a new head coach, Plymouth-Canton-Salem has a new attitude this season. Senior Lizzy Bayoff and underclassmen Maddie VanAntwerp and Chelsea Thomas The 2007 state champions have struggled the past couple of seasons, finishing are making an offensive impact, while Alex Nadhir is having a nice season in goal. at the bottom of the Division 1 standings of the Michigan Metro Girls High School Head coach Pat Gregory is watching his Mercy Marlins experience growing pains, Hockey League (MMGHSHL). but all is not lost. Mary Beth Johnson takes over the “We struggled a bit, but the girls are coaching duties. Her assistants are her working hard and they will be better in husband, Brad Johnson, and Shawn the second half of the season,” Gregory Rowley. said. “I can see progress.” “We’re trying to get the girls to play Newcomers Madeline McClin and better and do things the right way on Laura Hensick, plus veterans Samantha the ice,” Mary Beth Johnson said. “I think Saroki, Jessie Buckley and Jackie Buckley I can teach the girls how to play the game are providing a boost as the Marlins the right way and so far things are going head into the break in fourth place in pretty well.” the division. The Penguins’ 2009 roster has been The final three teams in Division overhauled. Team members are Kara 2, Warren Regina, Walled Lake and Bongiovanni, Tory Campbell, Sarah Bloomfield, have struggled to find offense Coleman, Jennifer Fedon, Chelsea on a consistent basis. Finkbeiner, Beth Johnson, Rebecca Through the first third of their Majszak, Ellexus Montoya, Jordan slates, the Wild have 21 goals with Moore, Mallory Rojo, Shauna Siebert, the Saddlelites next at 17 and the Marisa Sullivan and Cortny McAdoo, the Knighthawks with six. goaltender. Regina and Walled Lake each have one The Penguins have already won more win with Bloomfield remaining winless. games than a year ago, earning their third Senior captain Kristen Taylor leads win over Warren Regina, 4-3, Dec. 15. They the Saddlelites, under head coach Katie followed that with a 4-1 loss to Grosse Juliano, with seven goals and 14 points, Pointe North heading into the holiday while the Wild, under head coach Kathy break. PCS resumes on Jan. 5 against Markovich, are led by a host of veterans. undefeated Port Huron. “I like our intensity and the girls are GROSSE POINTE SOUTH ALSO willing to listen in practice and play hard,” UNDEFEATED Mary Beth Johnson said. Johnson played In Division 1, Grosse Pointe South is college hockey at Western Michigan on top with a perfect 5-0 mark, thanks University and played for Honeybaked. to recent wins over Ann Arbor and Mercy. Port Huron head coach Ron Cook has Seniors Shannon Gianino and Ana his Division 2 Lady Icehawks at 8-0 after Plymouth-Canton-Salem forward/defenseman Shauna Siebert Harris lead the Blue Devils with six goals beating Birmingham Detroit Country Day has helped the Penguins to three wins so far this season. apiece, followed by sophomore Claire 7-0 on Dec. 17 and then shocking two-time Boyle with five and sophomore Marissa state finalist Ann Arbor 5-0 two nights later. Monforton with four. What is their secret? “We’re getting the girls to play with more intensity,” head coach Bill Fox said. “We Leading the offensive charge is Chelsea Minnie, who had 17 goals and 28 points know everyone will give us their best game since we’re the defending champs and and is one of the league’s top scorers. Morgan Thompson and Hayley Cox have six in first place. It should make us play harder, too.” goals and eight assists apiece, while Sarah Hall has two goals and 11 points. Lon Grantham’s Ann Arbor Pioneers are tied for first with 10 points, but have Of the 10 skaters, nine have goals and all 10 have scored at least three points. Even two losses on the books. goalie Taylor Cook has a point, assisting on a goal earlier this season. Rachel Freeman leads the team with seven goals, followed by Julia Franceschi “The girls are playing well right now and playing with confidence,” Cook said. with six, Kristina Keil with five and Hannah Bogard with four. “Chelsea is our top scorer, but we have two lines who score goals and we have a Goalie Sydney Supica made some big saves in a 5-4 overtime victory over Grosse balanced attack, which is making us tough to beat. Pointe North. “We look forward to the second half. We know everyone is going to give us their North, under head coach Scott Dockett, is third with eight points, but have lost best game, including Grosse Pointe South and Grosse Pointe North.” to both South and Ann Arbor in the first half of the season.

COUNTRY DAY IN SECOND PLACE

Sitting in second place in Division 2 is Country Day with eight points. “We’re getting a little stronger with each game and gaining confidence,”head coach Riccardo DiPasquo said. “It’s been fun and we play the game to have fun. I want the

“We’re getting better in our own zone and we’re more consistent scoring goals,” Dockett said. In a recent win over PCS, Jennifer Cusmano had a hat trick, while Megan Bergeron scored a late goal to seal the victory. Cusmano and Kailey Sickmiller lead the team

with six goals apiece, followed by Bergeron with three and Ellen Brown with two. Several freshmen are making an immediate impact for the Norsemen, who should be even better in the second half of the season. Cranbrook Kingswood is undefeated, but has played only three games. “We will be very busy after the first of the year,” head coach Terry Brooks said. “The girls are playing hard in games and during practice, which is paying off with a solid start to the season.” Not only are the Cranes undefeated in the league, but they also won the annual University Liggett HolidayTournament with a win over Grosse Pointe North in the finals. So far, Caley Chelios and Sydney Sakwa are leading the team with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Chelios has four goals and 10 assists while Sakwa netting eight goals and five assists. In net, Colleen Jacoby is showing everyone why she is one of the best in the league. “Colleen is really doing a nice job in net and that gives the rest of the girls more confidence,” Brooks said. University Liggett is sitting at 3-1 in its first year in Division 1 after spending the past couple of years in Division 2. Seniors Paige Counsman and Morgan Ellis lead the Knights with seven points apiece. Counsman has three goals and four assists, while Ellis has one goal and six assists. Other standouts are Haleigh Bolton, who will play more defense after the first of the year, Aria Ganz-Waple, Natalie Peracchio, Medea Shanidze and Liz Smith. Goalie Mariah Passalacqua is holding her own in her first season as the starting netminder. Livonia Ladywood and Northville bring up the final two slots in the division with four and two points, respectively. Despite their sub-.500 records, the Blazers, under head coach Bruce Peck, and Mustangs, under head coach Bill Holden, are playing tough. The Blazers’top scorers are Emann Freij, Erin Doyle, Kelsey Campbell, Hanna Pereira and Rana Freij with two goals apiece. The Mustangs are led by Lauren Grigg, who had a hat trick in a 6-5 win over Liggett in the tournament consolation game, and Lindsey Kreichelt.

MMGHSHL Standings (as of January 5) Division 1 GP South Cranbrook Univ. Liggett Ann Arbor GP North Ladywood Northville

GP 5 3 4 7 6 6 4

W 5 3 3 5 4 2 1

L 0 0 1 2 2 4 3

T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PTS 10 6 6 10 8 4 2

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Division 2 GP Port Huron 8 Country Day 7 PCS 7 Mercy 7 Regina 6 Walled Lake 8 Bloomfield Hills 6

W 8 4 3 2 1 1 0

L 0 3 4 5 5 7 6

T 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PTS 16 8 6 4 2 2 0

GF 49 26 22 24 17 21 6

GA 6 26 32 34 30 53 47

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Ruggiero holds Girls Clinic at Mount Clemens Three-time Olympic medal winner Angela Ruggiero took time out of her training schedule to return to Michigan over the Holidays and give something back to young players at her old stomping grounds. Ruggiero, who is preparing for the 2010 Winter Games in February in Vancouver, held a girl’s clinic at Mount Clemens Ice Arena on Dec. 23 to help raise funds to defray

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the costs of having her family travel to Vancouver to watch her play. Ruggiero, a former employee at the ice arena over 10 years ago, worked with the girls on the ice, conducted a meet-and-greet session afterwards and advised the girls in attendance to find what they are passionate about and then work hard to get there.

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Ten senior forwards from the Eastside to keep your eye on This year’s group of high school senior forwards in eastern Michigan is especially talented and will play key roles in their team’s efforts to get to Compuware Arena for the MHSAA state tournament.

“He has continued to improve through hard work on and off the ice,” said Krygier. “Between his commitment to conditioning and his dedication to working on his game is a huge and competitive heart.”

COLE ROCHOWIAK – LIVONIA STEVENSON

PATRICK BROWN – CRANBROOK Speedy, powerful skater has 13 goals and 25 points in his first 10 games and is a favorite to win Mr. Hockey. He’s also the son of former Red Wings forward Doug Brown, so the hockey bloodlines are there. “Patrick is a power forward with great overall skills,” said Cranbrook head coach Andy Weidenbach. “He makes big plays in crucial situations and is always in the right place at the right time. He leads by example, has a very good work ethic and is quick to help the new players learn what is expected of them.”

Stevenson head coach David Mitchell has great expectations for Rochowiak, one of the team captains. “Cole is a great competitor who always demands the very best from himself,” Mitchell said. “He brings a constant level of intensity and enthusiasm to the rink, whether it’s a game, a practice or a workout. Cole plays and excels in all situations and is developing strong leadership skills. There is no doubt in my mind that Cole can play and exceed at the next level.”

“We’ve got quite a rivalry and we’re excited about the game,” said Walled Lake Western coach Logan McLean. PHOTO BY BOB BRUCE/MICHIGAN HOCKEY

BY MATT MACKINDER

REID STUROS – BRIGHTON

MARTIN GRUSE – TRENTON A center, Gruse plays a solid, fast all-around game for Trenton, a team with a history of sending players on to the junior level. “Martin brings a lot of speed,” said Trojans head coach Mike Turner. “He is one of the fastest skaters we have had at Trenton. When he moves the puck quickly, he is difficult to defend.”

CHRIS HUGHES – MONROE ST. MARY CATHOLIC CENTRAL Big and skilled, Hughes is a hard worker and makes everyone around him better. “Chris is naturally competitive, strives to improve and has tremendous offensive instincts,” Catholic Central head coach Jim Baker said.

ERIC COSELLIAN – HOWELL At 5-foot-11,180 pounds, Cosellian is a power forward type that is strong on his skates and tough to knock off the puck. Good in tight, has created a lot of scoring chances and scored four goals and 12 points in the Highlanders first eight games this season. “He protects the puck well, lowers his shoulder and just drives to the net,” said Howell coach Randy Montrose.

MATT LUCCHESE – GROSSE POINTE NORTH Lucchese is a natural goal scorer who sees a lot of ice time for the Norsemen. “Matt is a tremendous competitor,” North head coach Scott Lock said. “He brings good strength and speed and can be a checker, scorer or a playmaker. He leads by example and improves his game daily, as well as others around him.”

TYLER PERPICH – NOVI After joining Wildcats as a sophomore, Perpich has become one of the top players in the state, according to Novi head coach Todd Krygier. An assistant captain, Perpich leads the 8-0-1 Wildcats with 13 goals and 24 points, while also putting up a plus-17 rating.

Sturos, the captain of the Bulldogs, is a solid 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds who rattled off a 5-10-15 line in his first five games this year. “Reid is a great two-way player who is skilled offensively and loves to compete,” Brighton head coach Paul Moggach said. “He has the will to win his battles and does whatever it takes to give his team an edge. Reid always outworks everyone.”

ZAC THOMPSON – ORCHARD LAKE ST. MARY’S All-around skilled player with speed is Thompson in a nutshell, though he’s much more than that. “Zac is a powerful forward that can score and play a tight defensive game when that is required,” OLSM head coach Brian Klanow said. “He leads by example both in practice and games. He truly should be a candidate for Mr. Hockey. He is a player that works every day at making himself better.”

Howell senior forward Eric Cosellian will be a big part of the Highlanders quest to get back to the state final this season.

Ushsho.com Rankings (as of Jan. 3)

CHRIS WATERSTREET – NOVI DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Waterstreet is a power forward who skates well and is difficult to handle down low. “And he’s good in tight and can move the puck,”said Shamrocks coach Todd Johnson.

TWO OUTDOOR GAMES COMING UP This season marks the 75th anniversary of first meeting of Detroit Catholic Central and Cranbrook in 1935 and the two schools have come up a with way to celebrate that is both modern and retro at the same time. In a nod to both old-time pond hockey the NHL’s January 1 Classics, the Shamrocks and Cranes will play an outdoor game at Detroit’s Clark Park on January 17 at 2 p.m. The two teams practiced on the outdoor rink on January 2 to get an idea of what it will be like and the day will also include two alumni games, a JV contest and concessions in a heated tent. Walled Lake Western and Walled Lake Central will also compete for the annual City Cup in an outdoor game at Buhr Park in Ann Arbor on Feb. 6 at 1:15 p.m.

1. Detroit Catholic Central

11. Sault Ste Marie

2. De La Salle

12. Flint Powers

3.Trenton

13. Howell

4. Marquette

14. Plymouth

5. Cranbrook

15. University Liggett

6. Novi

16. Midland

7. Orchard Lake St. Marys

17. Cadillac

8. Livonia Stevenson

18. Traverse City West

9. Brother Rice

19. Utica Eisenhower

10. U of D Jesuit

20. Traverse City Central

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January 11, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 11

There were plenty of highlights in 2009 for Plymouth Whalers BY MATT MACKINDER

Never short on making Ontario Hockey League headlines, the Plymouth Whalers were at it once again in 2009. Here are Michigan Hockey’s top 10 storylines Plymouth-related for the 2009 calendar year:

10. A NEW SCOUTING DIRECTOR When Plymouth scouting director Jim Debenham left the Whalers over the summer to take over the scouting department in Sarnia, Plymouth wasted no time in hiring Don Harkins to assume the same position with the Whalers. Harkins worked for Whalers last season as their USA scout.

Kitchener, where he eventually did report. In the Kitchener trade, Plymouth obtained the rights to Slovakian forward Tomas Tatar, a Red Wings’ draft pick. He, too, did not report to Plymouth.

6. MEURS OOZING POTENTIAL The Whalers are banking on Garrett Meurs, their top pick in last May’s draft, becoming an impact player, and based on his first-half play, that seems like a safe assumption. Meurs, a member of Team Ontario for this year’s World Under-17 Challenge, has shown mature play for a 16-year-old and had 25 points in his first 36 games this season. Meurs posted 95 points for the Huron-Perth Lakers (near Owen Sound) last year.

9. TWO 5-YEAR PLAYERS

5. TERRY SCORES BIG, INKS WITH ‘CANES

PHOTO BY WALT DMOCH/PLYMOUTH WHALERS

Never before in the team’s 20-year history had the Whalers had any one player on the team for all five years of their junior eligibility, but this year forward Joe Gaynor and defenseman Leo Jenner became the first and second players to accomplish the feat. Gaynor (second round) and Jenner (fourth round.) were both drafted in 2005 and both have assumed the captaincy at various times this season with no permanent captain in place.

8. CZARNIK JOINS TEAM Plymouth acquired the OHL rights to forward Robbie Czarnik from Oshawa and Czarnik then left the University of Michigan and reported to the Whalers on Nov. 25. Czarnik, Los Angeles Kings property, was in his sophomore year with the Wolverines after two seasons with the National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor. When the Washington native came to the Whalers, he became the 12th American-born player on the team.

Chris Terry finished with 94 points last season, good for second in the OHL to John Tavares. Terry also captained the Whalers to the second round of the playoffs before Windsor eliminated Plymouth. He was then named the OHL’s Humanitarian of the Year and the first winner of the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy. Terry subsequently signed with Carolina, the team that drafted him in the fifth round in 2007, and has played all of this year in the American Hockey League with Albany. However, recent talk around Compuware Arena has Terry possibly returning to the Whalers by the OHL trade deadline on January 11.

4. HACKETT AND DEVANE DRAFTED

When Plymouth traded Smith last season, that meant Matt Hackett was the undisputed No. 1 netminder. And NHL scouts took notice. Plymouth forward Tyler Seguin has developed into a star in Hackett was drafted in the third round of the his second season with the Whalers. 2009 NHL draft (77th overall) by Minnesota and was a late cut at the Canadian World Junior team tryouts. 7. WHEELING AND DEALING Forward Jamie Devane, who emerged in the enforcer role last season for theWhalers Plymouth traded two veterans (Vern Cooper to Sault Ste. Marie and Kaine Geldart to Kingston) to move up in the annual Canadian Hockey League import draft and at as a rookie, was also drafted in Montreal, by Toronto in the third round (68th overall). Plymouth has had at least two players selected at the NHL draft in all their years the No. 3 spot grabbed Swedish forward Gabriel Landeskog. But Landeskog refused to report to Plymouth and his rights were then dealt to of existence, starting with Pat Peake going 14th overall to Washington and Mark

Lawrence being taken by the Minnesota North Stars in the sixth round back in 1991.

3. JENKS, JORDAN MAKE WJC Not since Jeremy Smith in 2008 and James Wisniewski in 2003 made Team USA for the World Junior Championship had a Whaler played for the Americans, but Jenks’ strong first-half play led to his selection for the 2010 squad. Veteran defenseman Michal Jordan made the Czech Republic team for the third straight season and was also named team captain.

2. FRANCHISE HITS 20-YEAR MARK The Plymouth franchise was granted on Dec. 11, 1989 and since then, the team has called several rinks home, has gone through three name changes, several coaches, but has also won two OHL titles in 1995 and 2007 and sent numerous players on to the NHL. This past Dec. 11, the Whalers celebrated their 20-year anniversary with a 6-3 win over Erie at home.

1. SEGUIN’S EMERGENCE Seguin was drafted in the first round of the 2008 OHL draft and struggled until Christmastime of last year. Then he took off and wound up with 67 points and was one of the league’s top rookies. This season, Seguin has been at or near the top of OHL scoring and was recently ranked the top OHL prospect for June’s NHL draft in Los Angeles by NHL Central Scouting. He missed some time with a hip injury and was cut from Canada’s World Junior team, but look for Seguin to keep ripping apart the league the rest of the way.

Canadian Hockey League Top 10 (as of Dec. 23, 2009) 1. Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 2. Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 3. Barrie Colts (OHL) 4. Calgary Hitmen (WHL) 5. Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) 6. Saskatoon Blades (WHL) 7. Tri-City Americans (WHL) 8. Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors OHL) 9. Victoriaville Tigres (QMJHL) 10. Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) Source: BMO MasterCard rankings

Spirit Year in Review: 2009 brings team’s first-ever playoff series win BY CARL CHIMENTI

The year 2009 brought both change and stability to the Saginaw Spirit and was highlighted by Saginaw’s first ever playoff series win, a sweep of the Guelph Storm.

10. OFF-SEASON CHANGES After forwards Jack Combs and Chris Chappell signed pro deals, Saginaw added depth up front by trading defensemen Adam Comrie to Guelph for Josh Shalla, who has blossomed into a top three forward.

9. STAFF ADDITIONS Over the summer James Paliafito was named the new director of scouting, replacing Dan Haliburton. Paliafito previously was VP of player personnel for the USHL’s Indiana Ice. Brian Patafie was hired as the Spirit’s new trainer replacing Jose Ortiz and brought experience with both the Ottawa 67’s and the NHL’s Calgary Flames.

8. DRAFTS LAND TOP TALENT The Priority and Import drafts added four starters to the lineup. First round pick Anthony Camara is a solid two way forward, second round selection Vincent Trocheck is among the team’s top point scorers and Alex Lepkowski, a fourth round choice, has become a dependable top six defensemen. The import draft added Russian forward Ivan Telegin, who leads all OHL rookies in scoring.

7. WHEELING AND DEALING Saginaw swung a blockbuster deal that landed center Michael Sgarbossa and defensemen Ryan O’Connor for Saginaw’s top two rearguards T. J. Brodie and Nick Crawford, who both most likely will turn pro next season. Other trades saw former first round pick Daniel Pachis sent to Oshawa for a conditional draft pick and defensemen Peter Hermenegildo coming from Sudbury for defensemen Nick Trecapelli.

6. NHL DREAMS For the second consecutive year, Saginaw had a trio of players that heard their name called at the NHL entry draft. Jordan Szwarz was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes and Edward Pasquale and Cody Sol were both chosen by the Atlanta Thrashers. In addition, Brad Walch, (Atlanta), Joe Pleckaitis (Vancouver) and Tyler Murovich (Columbus) all had the opportunity to show their talent at NHL camps in September.

5. PYATT MAKES THE SHOW Saginaw four-year veteran Tom Pyatt became the first Spirit draft pick to appear in an NHL game when he made debut with the Montreal Canadiens on November 5 against the Boston Bruins. He appeared in 19 games and is currently playing with the AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs.

4. TELEGIN RED HOT In his first season in North America, Ivan Telegin has accumulated a bevy of impressive accomplishments. He was named OHL player of the month in October and

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November and currently leads all OHL rookies in scoring. Telegin was selected to play for Team Russia at the 2009 Subway Series in Windsor, and was named as player of the game. He was then selected to play for Team Russia at the 2010 IIHF World U-20 Junior Championship and will also be one of 40 elite draft eligible players to play in the 2010 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in January.

3. ONE MILLION FANS In their eighth season in Saginaw, the Spirit celebrated one million fans through the turnstiles. The Spirit chose eight-year season ticket holder Barry Chatland to represent the franchise milestone.

2. WATSON PROMOTED TO GM Head coach Todd Watson was promoted to General Manager and received a contract extension that will keep him with the organization for the next five years. Watson, now in is third season, was named Director of Hockey Operations last year, has put together a strong staff and the team has excelled since replacing former GM Don Edwards.

1. PLAYOFF SUCCESS After ending the season with their second highest point total (80) in franchise history, Saginaw won their first playoff series with a sweep of the Guelph Storm. The win sent Saginaw to the conference semifinals where they lost to the London Knights in four games.


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NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE 2009-10 NAHL Standings (as of January 5) CENTRAL Bismarck Owatonna North Iowa Alexandria Albert Lea NORTH Traverse City Marquette Janesville Motor City Alpena

GP 35 31 32 29 32 GP 34 31 30 30 33

W 21 17 13 11 8 W 20 19 18 11 11

L OTL PTS 8 6 48 11 3 37 15 4 30 14 4 26 21 3 19 L OTL PTS 12 2 42 12 0 38 10 2 38 13 6 28 21 1 23

PCT 0.686 0.597 0.469 0.448 0.297 PCT 0.618 0.613 0.633 0.467 0.348

GF 108 101 97 73 76 GF 120 98 102 79 84

SOUTH Topeka St. Louis Springfield Texas Wichita Falls

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L OTL PTS 5 3 55 5 1 49 18 5 33 14 2 30 19 5 23

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GF GA PIM 150 78 917 107 62 613 109 118 570 90 101 900 100 147 971

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L OTL PTS 5 2 60 12 1 45 10 6 40 26 2 16

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GF GA PIM 120 73 880 137 105 929 104 94 816 79 138 746

TOP SCORERS Juola, Michael Higby, Erik Pustin, Mark Rickord, Jared Curry, Nick Fabian, Jason Larson, Jared Sheehan, Brian Thorson, Cory Hagaman, Alec Johnson, Bryce Panetta, Dominic Bohrer, Ryan Kolb, Andrew Ladd, Garrett Kleisinger, Casey Saintey, James Jubinville, Jeff Clifford, Doug Encarnarcao, Rui Prince, Jack Schneider, Cole Radke, Dan Jacobson, Ryan Huff, Andy Politz, Kyle Kleiman, RJ Olszewski, Daniel Nagtzaam, Nardo Brodie, Kyle Kero, Tanner Hill, Michael

TEAM POS GP G A FBX F 35 15 36 TPK F 34 18 28 FBX F 34 17 27 SPR F 37 18 24 SPR F 35 14 25 BIS F 35 15 22 FBX F 34 19 16 WIC F 33 22 13 OWA F 31 16 18 TPK F 28 18 16 TPK F 34 12 21 BIS F 34 15 18 NIO F 32 8 25 MAR F 31 14 19 MAR F 28 12 21 BIS F 35 14 18 FBX F 32 13 18 WNE F 36 14 16 TNS F 33 14 16 JNE F 30 17 13 TEX F 29 14 15 TPK F 21 17 12 TNS F 34 8 20 BIS F 34 19 9 TNS F 34 19 9 FBX F 32 11 17 MCM F 30 12 16 STL F 30 11 17 ALK F 29 13 15 WNE D 31 8 19 MAR F 31 19 8 TPK F 28 13 14

TOP GOALIES TEAM GP MIN Bartus, Garrett STL 17 880:01 Karambelas, Evan TPK 14 849:48 Jaeger, Brandon WNE 15 830:07 Bruggeman, Tyler STL 19 1148:18 Faragher, Ryan BIS 26 1430:36 Kamal, Chris ALX 20 1153:23 Torf, Jason MCM 13 671:53 Kissaw, Kevin MAR 21 1208:05 Taffe, Mike FBX 19 1068:39 Carruth, Mac WNE 16 865:58 Frederick, Cooper TPK 12 668:34 Wichorek, Matt JNE 19 1120:52

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Top Prospects back in Ann Arbor on Jan. 18-20 BY MATT MACKINDER

The third annual North American Hockey League Top Prospects Tournament is coming back to the Ice Cube in Ann Arbor later this month and the four teams that will be competing will be heavy on the Michigan flavor. The three-day event, which will feature all-star teams from the Central, North, South and West Divisions competing in a three-game, round-robin tournament, goes down January 18-20. In the North Division, six players were selected from the first-place Marquette Rangers, five from the second-place Janesville Jets, three from the third- and fourth-place Traverse City North Stars and Motor City Metal Jackets and two from the fifth-place Alpena IceDiggers. One wildcard player was also selected from Marquette. The Rangers will be represented by goalie Kevin Kissaw, defensemen Austin Accettura and Kevin Gibson and forwards Brent Bain, Andrew Kolb, Scott Henegar and Collin Saint-Onge. Traverse City has forwards Doug Clifford and Nick Shkreli going, along with defenseman Travis White. Defenseman Mike Monfredo and forwards Steve Brancheau and R.J. Kleiman are Motor City’s contingent, while forward John Fritsche and defenseman Joel Benson make up Alpena’s duo. Bismarck forward Sean McKenzie (Howell), St. Louis forward Chris Ciotti (Romeo), Kenai River forward Doug Beck (Canton) and Wenatchee forward Dajon Mingo (Canton) are Michigan natives on rosters from the three other divisions. “I give a lot of credit to our Top Prospects Tournament Selection Committee for their efforts in evaluating and selecting the best our league has to offer to compete in this prestigious event,”said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “In short time, Top Prospects has evolved into one of North America’s premier scouting showcases, and like the previous two years, we expect a number of our student-athletes to receive deserved college opportunities following the event.” Nearly 30 players who participated in last year’s Top Prospects Tournament earned scholarships to Division I schools. In conjunction with the Top Prospects Tournament, the fourth event of the North American Prospects Hockey League season will be played at the Ice Cube from January 15-18.

GAME WORN TOP PROSPECTS JERSEY AUCTION The NAHL will auction off all game-worn player jerseys from the upcoming NAHL Top Prospects Tournament through eBay. The auction, which will include all player jerseys from the Central, North, South and West Division teams, will open on January 15 and close on January 25, with the bid for each jersey starting at $200. Bids can be placed at NAHL.com/Auction. A portion of the auction proceeds will benefit the Derek Zike Get Well Fund.

Derek Zike, a ‘92 player with the Chicago Fury hockey team, was seriously injured during a game at a tournament last year in Ann Arbor. Learn more about Derek at DerekZike. com. The jerseys, designed and manufactured by OT Sports, are stitched and sewn with each player’s name and number. A patch of the player’s team’s logo is also embroidered on the front of the jersey.

OLYMPIC REPS Three former NAHL players were named to the United States Olympic Team that will compete in the Winter Games from February 16-28 in Vancouver. Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller (Soo Indians), Boston goalie Tim Thomas (Lakeland Jets) and Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski (Melvindale Blades) were named to the team, along with seven players who played in the NAHL as members of the USA Hockey NTDP – forwards Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler and Phil Kessel and defensemen Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Mike Komisarek and Ryan Suter. In addition, San Jose forward Joe Pavelski, who is part of the Janesville ownership group, was named as one of the team’s 13 forwards.

SHERWOOD PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (FOR WEEK ENDING JANUARY 4) NORTH Traverse City forward Garrett Thompson struck for three goals and three assists as the North Stars went 4-1. On Dec. 28, the Traverse City native recorded a pair of goals and an assist in a 7-4 win over Marquette. The next night, the 19-year-old scored the game-winning marker as the North Stars downed the Rangers, 3-2. After tallying an assist in a 5-2 victory over the Alpena IceDiggers on New Year’s Eve and being held scoreless in a 2-1 loss to Motor City on Saturday, Thompson added another assist on Sunday in a 4-1 triumph over the Metal Jackets. HONORABLE MENTION: Janesville forward Cam Severson; Marquette forward Josh Bussell SOUTH Topeka forward Erik Higby had three goals and four assists as the RoadRunners took three games from Wichita Falls. After being held scoreless on New Year’s Eve, the New Braunfels, Texas, native recorded two assists the next night, including one on Nate Milam’s game-winning

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Alaska. On Jan. 2, the Duluth, Minn., native recorded three assists, including one on Nolan Youngmun’s game-winning goal, in a 6-1 victory. The next day, the 19-year-old tallied a goal as the Wild downed the Avalanche, 5-1. He was also a plus-4 on the weekend.

CENTRAL Bismarck forward Ryan Jacobson potted three goals and two assists as the Bobcats skated to three wins. On New Year’s Eve, the Denver native recorded two goals in a 4-3 victory over the Alexandria Blizzard. The next night, the 19-year-old added another goal and two assists, including one on Dominic Panetta’s overtime game-winner, in a 4-3 triumph over North Iowa. HONORABLE MENTION: Bismarck forward Dominic Panetta and defenseman Sam Rendle

SHERBROOK GOALIE Traverse City goaltender Drew Strandburg won all three of his starts, turning aside 84 of 89 shots. On Dec. 29, the Thunder Bay, Ontario, native made 23 saves in a 3-2 victory over the Marquette Rangers. Two nights later on New Year’s Eve, the 20-year-old stopped 32 shots as the North Stars downed the Alpena IceDiggers, 5-2. On Jan. 4, Strandburg steered aside 29 shots in a 4-1 triumph over the Motor City Metal Jackets. HONORABLE MENTION: Bismarck’s Ryan Faragher; Marquette’s Kevin Kissaw; Owatonna’s Matt Hemingway; Topeka’s Evan Karambelas; Wenatchee’s Brendan Jensen.

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Red Wings Insider

January 11, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 11

Up and down 2009 had no Stanley Cup and lots of injuries BY DAVE WADDELL

The calendar year of 2009 for Detroit Red Wings fans will be remembered for great highs and great lows. The highs largely came in the first half of the year when optimism seemed limitless while the same can be said right now for the lows. The team that started the year as the odds on favorites to repeat as Stanley Cup champions is now fighting for its life, largely as the Grand Rapids Griffons of late, just to make the playoffs for the 19th consecutive season. Who could’ve foreseen such a dramatic reversal in Red Wing fortunes when the sun set on Jan. 1 with the Wings having throttled the Chicago Blackhawks in the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field. However, January encapsulated the frustrating inconsistency of the Wings. They reeled off six wins in a row, their longest winning streak of the season,

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but then followed it immediately with a five-game losing skid, which was also the longest of the season. Within those streaks were the good, the bad and the ugly for Detroit. During the winning streaks, the Wings displayed awesome offensive firepower, the league’s best power play and an ability to overwhelm opponents with their skill. However, it was their will and attention span that waned at times. Detroit struggled defensively, the penalty kill was dreadful until this fall and no one better summarized those problems than goalie Chris Osgood. Osgood had been so brilliant in the 2008 playoffs in leading Detroit to the Cup that he nearly won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. By mid-February he was playing so badly that general manager Ken Holland told him to talk a break from the team for 10 days to get his act together. With back-up Ty Conklin now looking like the possible starting goalie, the Wings got back on track with an impressive February. Holland also began to put the pieces in place for the next season. He got Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen inked to lucrative, long-term deals that will keep both in Detroit until they’re 40. The contracts also ensured Marian Hossa’s stay in Detroit would be limited to one year. It was a gamble choosing Franzen over Hossa, who was in the midst of a 40-goal campaign. However, as the post-season would prove when Franzen came up big again, Holland got the call right. Before the playoffs began, the Wings could briefly savor another record-breaking campaign. In addition to their eighth straight division title, the Wings set a NHL record with their ninth straight 100-point season, topped the 50-win plateau for the fourth straight season, qualified as top-four playoff seed for the 17th consecutive season, led the league in goals, road record, face-off percentage and saw players achieve a slew of personal milestones.

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Coach Mike Babcock also became the only coach to win 50 in games in his first four seasons with a team. All of that of course was merely window dressing for the Wings. The post-season was the real test and somebody had been quietly cramming for exams. Unnoticed by many was the steadily improving play of Osgood in the nets over the last month of the regular season. Everyone would soon see the Wings netminder was back in playoff form. Osgood helped the Wings past Columbus in the opening round of the playoffs and beat Anaheim on a game 7 winning goal from Dan Cleary. But the series against the Ducks would later prove a major reason why they lost the cup final. The injuries to key players such as Pavel Datsyuk, Kris Draper, Brian Rafalski and company were mounting. Against the Blackhawks it was left to Osgood to get the ship back on course and behind his strong goaltending, Detroit took the first two games of the Western Conference final. The Blackhawks tried to run the Wings out of the United Center in Game 3 by taking a 3-0 lead, but Detroit took over the game in the second period and got the contest to overtime before losing. It was a game in which everyone remembers Niklas Kronwall destroying Martin Havlat with the most devastating hit of the playoffs, but it was Patrick Sharp’s accidental spear of Nick Lidstrom’s groin that did the most damage. Detroit survived Lidstrom’s absence for the next two games to complete the series win in five games, but they also lost Datsyuk in the process. The slick Russian wouldn’t return until late in the Cup Final and only then as one-legged player. With a line-up being held together by band aids at this point, the Wings managed to win the first two games of the Stanley Cup final at home against Pittsburgh, which came on consecutive nights. However, the Pens evened the series by holding serve at the Igloo. When Detroit embarrassed Pittsburgh 5-0 in Game 5 at the Joe, the Cup was within their grasp. That game would prove the Wings last hurrah. Detroit had simply run out of gas and the healthier Penguins ground out a pair of victories holding the Wings to two goals in the process. In richly ironic reversal of fortune, the Penguins hoisted the cup on Detroit ice after barely holding off a ferocious Wings rally in a 2-1 win. The ferocity of the series was punctuated by some bad feelings on the Wings side over Sidney Crosby not getting in line quickly enough to participate in the traditional post-series handshake with all of Detroit’s players, including Nick Lidstrom. That feeling was nearly as sickening for Detroit fans as watching the steady exodus of players in the month of July. The salary cap had finally caught up as Hossa and Tomas Kopecky bolted for Chicago. Mikael Samuelsson went to Vancouver, Conklin signed in St. Louis and Jiri Hudler surprised the Wings by taking $10-million over two years to sign with a Russian club. Holland was handcuffed financially and forced to patch the gapping holes in his line-up with Todd Bertuzzi, Patrick Eaves, Jason Williams and promote Ville Leino, Jonathan Ericsson, Darren Helm and Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapids. However, the book is still out on how those moves would’ve worked as starting with Helm’s injury in training camp, the Wings have never had a full line-up. After losing their first two games in Sweden to open the new season, the Wings lost Johan Franzen to an injured knee in the season’s third game that’ll keep him out until March. A tidal wave of injuries soon followed as Detroit has lost Kronwall, Ericsson, Jason Williams, Dan Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Brian Rafalski and Henrik Zetterberg all at the same time. That doesn’t even include defenseman Andrea Lilja, who hasn’t played because of the lingering effects of a concussion he suffered in February. However, Howard has emerged as the team’s best goalie while many of the Wings youngsters have performed well. Opponents have hardly overwhelmed Detroit, but a dearth of offensive talent has made them the fourth lowest-scoring team in the NHL. But in a testament to their depth and determination, the Wings remain in the playoff hunt as the calendar flips to 2010 with the prospect of getting many of their players back in the next few weeks. Only then will the final chapter on the year 2009 be written.

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Kevin Allen covers pro and college hockey for USA Today SKILLS AND CONDITIONING SERIES Lockout canceled season is decade’s top story No matter what your perspective is about the 2004-05 National Hockey League lockout, there’s no denying that it changed the league more than any event since the league’s 1967 expansion. Because the lockout brought about the salary cap, the opening up of the game and the shootout, the lockout is the top NHL story of the decade. When players dug in their heels against the salary cap, the NHL canceled the 2004-05 season. Eventually, players capitulated on the salary cap, and fans came back in droves the following season. Coming out of the lockout, the NHL had a salary cap that forced all teams to spend within $16 million of each other. The age for free agency was also dramatically reduced. With the game embracing a new beginning, the NHL dramatically changed the rules to give the game more offensive sparkle, clamping down on hooking, holding and obstruction. Likewise, it introduced a shootout, awarding teams one point for getting the game to overtime, and another point if the team wins in overtime or in a shootout. The fact that some games are three points and some are two points remains controversial still today. Here are the other top NHL stories of the decade:

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Then Nashville owner Craig Leipold convinced Bettman to give Balsillie a secondchance and allow him to buy the Predators, but Balsillie ran afoul of Bettman again by announcing that season-tickets would be for sale in Hamilton because he planned to move it there (with no Board of Governors’ approval). Then, Balsillie and former Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes executed an end-around the NHL rules when Moyes put the Phoenix franchise in bankruptcy and Balsillie placed a hefty offer on the team on the condition he could move it. The league fought the Balsillie move, and Bettman won the court battle this past summer.

7. RUSSIANS TAKE THEIR PUCK AND GO HOME Ovechkin is the reigning NHL Most Valuable Player and Evgeni Malkin won last season’s NHL scoring title. But the truth is that Russians are disappearing from NHL ice. Only 23 Russians plus nine more from former Soviet republics are in the NHL today compared to 87 at the start of the decade. The arrival of the Kontinental Hockey League, which pays salaries that compete with NHL salaries, has kept many Russians home. Plus, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation has no transfer agreement with the NHL, which discourages NHL teams from drafting Russians unless they are premium players.

8. FRANCHISES IN TROUBLE

Even before the Coyotes’ financial woes, NHL bankruptcies and financial difficulties were front and center in the league over the past decade. The Ottawa Senators and Buffalo Sabres were both in bankruptcy in 2003, and the Penguins threatened to move the team if they didn’t get a new arena. Craig Leipold tried aggressively to make the NHL work in Nashville, but he eventually sold the franchise and bought PHOTO BY TOM TURRILL/MICHIGAN HOCKEY the Minnesota Wild. Although the Predators have new ownership, it’s still unknown whether that team will survive long-term. Likewise, 3. LEMIEUX COMES BACK IN 2002 the New York Islanders probably ended the decade on the ‘watch list’ because it After being retired for three seasons, Mario Lemieux stunned the hockey world doesn’t have a new arena. by coming out of retirement in 2000-01. He missed the game, and he wanted his children to be able to see him play. He was 35 when he came out retirement and he 9. ESPN LEAVES AND VERSUS BECOMES THE PRIME HOCKEY had 76 points in just 43 games in his first season back. He had 35 goals in those 43 NETWORK After the NHL lockout, the league said goodbye to ABC and ESPN and joined up games. He retired again after the 2005-06 season. with NBC for a game of the week in the second half of the season and embraced the then-unheard-of Outdoor Life Network as its regular cable outlet. Although there 4. BRODEUR IS KING OF GOALTENDERS There are no more major goaltending records left for New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur were howls of protests from fans, mainly from the millions that didn’t have the to break. In 2008-09, he passed Patrick Roy to become the goalie with the most wins Outdoor Life Network, the situation has improved over time. The network has been re-branded as Versus, and the production quality of games in NHL history. On Dec. 21 in 2009, he closed out the decade by beating the Pittsburgh Penguins for 104th shutout, breaking Terry Sawchuk’s league mark for shutouts in a has improved dramatically. Still, there are still many fans who don’t receive Versus career. The late Sawchuk held that mark for more than 45 years. Brodeur also erased in their cable package, and Versus is rarely available in hotels where most of the Roy’s NHL minutes played record this season, further strengthening his claim to being players spend their nights. the greatest goalie of all-time. He also won an Olympic gold medal and two Stanley 10. ATLANTA’S DAN SNYDER KILLED Cup championships in this decade. In 2003, Ontario native Dan Snyder was a 25-year-old role player for the Atlanta Thrashers. Snyder was a passenger in a Ferrari driven by teammate Dany Heatley as 5. CANADA BREAKS LONG OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL DROUGHT Canada’s top NHL players, led by Detroit’s Steve Yzerman, Pittsburgh’s Mario they were driving home after a season-ticket holder reception. Heatley, then 22, was driving an estimated 80 mph and lost control of his car on Lemieux, Colorado’s Joe Sakic and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, defeated USA to win the Olympic gold medal in Salt Lake City in 2002. It was Canada’s first Olympic gold in 50 a curvy road and it slid into a brick pillar and fence. Snyder was catapulted out of years. Wayne Gretzky was the executive director of the Canadian team, and the team the car, and died six days later. Originally charged with vehicular homicide, Heatley benefited from a plea from had been heavily criticized when it struggled earlier in the tournament. the Snyder family that he not serve jail time. He received three years probation. 6. BALSILLIE TAKES ON THE NHL Heatley played only another season in Atlanta before asking to be traded. He was Jim Balsillie made three attempts to buy a team and move it to Southern Ontario. dealt to the Ottawa Senators, and then last summer he asked to be traded again and He tried to buy the Penguins, and seemingly ticked off Commissioner Gary Bettman now plays in San Jose. Meanwhile, Snyder continues to be remembered in Atlanta by being oblivious to Bettman’s desire to keep the team in Pittsburgh. and in his hometown of Elmira, Ont. where the rink is named after him. The arrival of Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (above) and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby gave the NHL a great rivalry.

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