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Table of Contents July 26, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 22 AMATEUR HOCKEY REPORT FAR Flyers receive donations to start the season off right MH BEAT Ilitch Charities award scholarships to eight student-athletes Fox retires as head coach at Grosse Pointe South Mid-Summer Showcase helps high school players stay sharp

8 10 10

GET BETTER Put the snap in your snapshot




HOMETOWN HERO Grosse Pointe Woods’ Corey Tropp


STATE OF THE GAME By Lyle Phair The Winds of Change


TRAINING TABLE By Daimond Dixon Getting your legs back





PAGE 26 TORHS Nationals The Taylor Sportsplex hosted 190 teams for 11 days of top-end roller hockey action.



MAHA SUMMER MEETING REPORT Growth and Retention are buzzwords at annual get together


JUNIOR HOCKEY Whalers Wedgewood and Levi hear their names at NHL Draft Port Huron and Flint get ready for NAHL season

27 28

COLLEGE HOCKEY Jim Dowd and Doug Weight inducted into LSSU Hall of Fame Shawhan, Facca and Ferschweiler get new jobs

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RED WINGS & NHL INSIDERS Dave Waddell: Probert was more than an enforcer Kevin Allen: Probert remembered by friends and foes

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MAHA Summer Meeting Growth and Retention are buzzwords at annual get together

College Hockey Dowd and Weight inducted into LSSU Hall of Fame

Red Wing Insider Bob Probert remembered by friends and foes

Michigan Hockey

College programs have put the final touches on their recruiting classes for this season and we’ll take a look at who is going where. And it’s that time of year when arenas are gearing up for Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs. And we’ll have a Q & A with USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio. Look for it on arena stands, on and in your e-mail In Box on August 6. Advertising copy for the next issue of MH is due on July 28. Contact Lucia Zuzga at (248) 479-1134 or lucia@ or Philip Colvin at (248) 479-1136 or for more information.

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FROM THE EDITOR A productive weekend It was great to see everyone at the MAHA Summer Meeting at Shanty Creek in Bellaire on July 8-11. This year’s gathering featured record attendance from association board members, terrific weather and the agenda centered on Growth and Retention initiatives elicited lively discussion and focused on ways to keep the players we have and attract new ones to the sport (page 24). In addition to votes on rule change proposals, presentations included a “How to” on implementing USA Hockey’s ADM by regional manager Bob Mancini and an 8 and Under Membership Report from USA Hockey’s Courtney Welch and Kevin Kavanagh that included a practical step-by-step plan to get more kids involved in your association and keep them there. MAHA president George Atkinson also announced that the Detroit Red Wings will help promote MAHA’s pilot program designed to increase the number of Michigan associations that implement the USA Hockey ADM at the 8 and Under levels and earn the title of a “Premiere Program.” Associations that follow these ADM guidelines and become a Premiere Program will be endorsed by the Red Wings as a “Minor Wings Certified Program” (the working title as of late July). Congratulations also to all of the MAHA award winners (page 24), especially the volunteers recognized for their outstanding service to amateur hockey. Also in this issue are eight student-athletes that received college scholarships from Ilitch Charities at a luncheon on July 16 (page 8), and a report on the TORHS Nationals which, after 11 days, over 500 games and 29 champions, wrapped up at the Taylor Sportsplex on July 11. Finally, news of former Detroit Red Wings forward Bob Probert’s passing on July 5 caught fans and friends off guard. Both NHL Insider Kevin Allen (page 29) and Red Wings Insider Dave Waddell (page 30) check in with their remembrances of one of the NHL’s toughest players ever - a fierce competitor on the ice, and a big teddy bear off of it. Coming in our next issue on August 9 is a look at college recruiting classes for the upcoming season and a Q & A with USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio. Enjoy the rest of the summer,

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BROCCOLI SALAD Debbie Teasdale (far right) and the Troy Youth Hockey Association’s Chris Kiely (back row, far left) and Lee Visbara (back row, far right) presented the FAR Flyers and coach Ben Niemiec (front row, left) with a $2000 donation on July 12 at the Troy Sports Center.

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The Michigan FAR Flyers have to work hard every season to find funding to keep the team on the ice. But this year is off to a great start thanks to two generous donations. Debbie Teasdale, whose son Tyler passed away in 2007, wanted to make a donation on his behalf to the FAR Flyers, a non-profit organization that includes 30 children and adults with disabilities who play hockey out of Viking Arena in Hazel Park. Debbie Teasdale met with members of the FAR Flyers on July 12 at the Troy Sports Center to present them with a check for $1,000. “The FAR Flyers are a great team to get behind,”saidTeasdale. “It feels good to do something like this; I can feel Tyler smiling down on me when we do things like this in his name.”

“The kids on the team have a great time playing,” said Neimiec. “And we really appreciate this.” And after hearing about Teasdale’s donation, the Troy Youth Hockey Association matched it to bring the total donated to the FAR Flyers to $2,000. Troy Youth Hockey Association board members Chris Kiely and Lee Visbara presented the FAR Flyers with the additional check. “I know that this money will be well spent,” said Kiely. “These kids are incredible and really deserve it.” In addition to the donation to the Flyers, the Teasdales also started the Tyler Teasdale Scholarship Fund, which gives out academic scholarships to hockey players in need of financial assistance. For more information on the Michigan FAR Flyers, contact head coach Ben Niemiec at or visit

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For seven Michigan players, and one Wisconsin native, a commitment to doing well in the classroom has paid off with some help with their college tuition bill. Ilitch Charities, the charitable arm of the Ilitch companies, awarded $20,000 in scholarships to eight student athletes from the Little Caesars AAA program and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL). The students were honored at a ceremony on July 16 at Hockeytown Cafe emceed by Ken Daniels, television play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Red Wings on Fox Sports Net. Ilitch Charities’ Chairman Christopher Ilitch presented the scholarships to: Dylan Bingle (St. Clair Shores), Nicholas Erbskorn (Morenci), Rachel Hardwick (Algonac), Thomas Heiss (South Lyon), Kelly Jaminski (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), Andrew Saunders (Macomb), Cody Szostek (Romulus) and Ryan Toombs (Fowlerville). “Little Caesars youth hockey players represent some of the best young hockey talent in the country,” said Ilitch, who is also president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “These young people are not only talented athletes, but outstanding students. Ilitch Charities is pleased to provide college scholarships to help these rising stars attain their educational goals.” For the past eight years, Ilitch Charities has honored Little Caesars players with a scholarship toward the college or university of their choice. To qualify, students must maintain a 3.0 high school grade point average or above, be a current member of a Little Caesars AAA or LCAHL team and have plans to attend a college or university within the next two years. Bingle is a graduate of Lake Shore High School and the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center. He will attend Michigan Technological University this fall and plans to dual major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Erbskorn is a graduate of Morenci High School, and is an aspiring biology and animal sciences major who will attend Michigan State University in the fall. He has been playing hockey since he was four-years old, and plans to continue on an intramural team in college. Hardwick is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney Catholic School. An aspiring

orthodontist, at Wayne h d i she h plans l to pursue her h degree d W SState UUniversity i i andd play l for the Division 1 team. Heiss has played for 10 years and graduated from Detroit Catholic Central where he was actively involved in numerous community service projects. He will be attending Michigan State University this fall to study engineering. Jaminski was so dedicated to playing Little Caesars AAA Hockey that she relocated to live with a host family in the Detroit area for two years. She is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Wisconsin and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin—Madison this fall to major in Nursing and play Division 1 hockey. Saunders is a graduate of Dakota High School and has been playing hockey since he was five years old. He plans to attend Michigan State University this fall and eventually pursue a law degree. Szostek is a graduate of Romulus High School and has been actively involved in a variety of community service activities throughout the Detroit area. He will be attending Michigan State University, and will be the first in his family to attend college. Toombs is a graduate of Webberville High School. The aspiring journalism major will attend Central Michigan University in the fall. He started playing pond hockey with his dad at two years old, and plans to continue on the club team in college. At the ceremony, Ilitch told the student athletes that they should “have a great sense of accomplishment for all the hard work you have done in hockey and in school. And we couldn’t be more proud of you.” He shared with the scholarship winners that success takes “commitment, hard work and perseverance” and counseled them to “think big” and to “determine their core values and to stick with them.” Ilitch also used his parents, Mike and Marian Ilitch, who built the Little Caesars pizza empire from a single store in Garden City, as an example “to have the courage to take risks, persevere in the face of challenges and to give back to the community.” Chris Ilitch recounted tennis great Arthur Ashe’s advice that “success is a journey, not a destination.” And that it’s “not something you point to, it’s something you live everyday. If you succeed everyday, who knows what you can accomplish?”

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Mid-Summer High School Invitational helps players stay in shape and have fun BY KELLY WILK

Despite 90-degree heat and the calendar reading July, high school players are keeping their skills sharp and having fun in summer leagues all around the state. On July 16-17, sixteen schools attended the fourth annual Mid-Summer Invitational at Novi Ice Arena. Each team played three games over the two-day span. “It’s really grown over the years and now we are trying to accommodate more teams in the area,” said Lake Orion High School coach Pat Cherry, who organizes the annual event along with Clarkston High School coach Bryan Krygier. “The best place to be in the summer is inside an ice rink. And since it’s held in Novi, it makes it nice because it’s centrally located.” And although there are no finals or crowned champions in the end, the invitational is still competitive among the players and coaches. “The best part of this is winning every game,”said Plymouth Salem forwardWes Carr. The invitational is also a great way for players to prepare for the upcoming season in a laid-back atmosphere. “It helps us to stay in shape and stay involved,” said Carr. “It’s a good way for us to see what the teams are going to be like for the winter.” For coaches, the tournament is an opportunity to observe their players’ skills and determine how everyone interacts together as a team. “It’s a good way to evaluate our players and see their talents and it helps us see where everyone fits in,” said Krygier. Most of the players will compete in the winter season, so playing in the summer is a nice change of pace from the usual pressure in the regular season. “We only have five or six practices so we try to make it fun at the same time,” said Stoney Creek coach John Gruden. “It’s a good transition for players when they play in the summer and then in the winter.” Most importantly, playing hockey in the summertime and participating in a tournament is a great way for players to enjoy the game.


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“They all get to see their buddies, hang out and just have some fun,” said Cherry.

FERNDALE AND BERKLEY TO TEAM UP FOR INAUGURAL SEASON There will be a new high school team in southwest Michigan this fall as Ferndale High School will play their inaugural season in a co-op with Berkley High School. The Unified team plans to play their games at Berkley Ice Arena and Berkley’s head coach, Jeff Fleming, will stay on and coach the new squad that will compete in the Oakland Activities Association (OAA). The Bears fashioned a 13-8-5 record last season with a 4-4-4 OAA slate, good for a fourth-place tie in the league. Ferndale athletic director Shaun Butler said he had looked at several opportunities over the past few years for the Golden Eagles, but nothing made sense until the Berkley situation presented itself. “I had pursued several schools over the past seven years to see if we could create a co-op, but the numbers were never enough to make it viable,” Butler said. “Paul Yowchuang, athletic director at Berkley, approached me during the school year and asked if I would be interested in teaming with them for the 2010-2011 school year. At that point, I presented to central office and the school board and gained their approval.” As for Berkley getting involved, Butler said that is also an aspect of the situation that makes sense. “They were experiencing a drop in overall numbers for their hockey program,” noted Butler. “Their coach and players knew of many Ferndale High kids that were solid players and then their AD approached me with the idea.” An informational meeting took place at Ferndale High in May and Butler said it was “fairly well attended.” “There were several more students and parents that indicated they were interested after the meeting that could not make it that day,” added Butler. “Depending on the numbers, there may be reserve teams.”

FOX RETIRES FROM GROSSE POINTE SOUTH After 14 seasons as the head coach of the Grosse Pointe South girl’s team, Bill Fox is stepping down. “I had a lot of wonderful players and have a lot of wonderful memories,” said Fox. “I’ve done it for a long time and I just think its time to do something else.” Fox, 62, helped start the Blue Devils girls program and led the school to nine state titles as part of the Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League. The Blue Devils were part of a four-school league the first season and Fox has watched the MMGHSHL grow to 14 teams. “The league has provided an opportunity for a lot of girls to play the game,” said Fox. “And we had a pretty decent run.”

STASKOWSKI NAMED NEW HEAD COACH AT UTICA HIGH SCHOOL After two seasons as an assistant coach at Gross Pointe North High School, Craig Staskowski is moving a few miles north to become the new head coach at Utica High School for the 2010-11 season. Staskowski also coached two seasons with St. Clair Shores Lakers Unified squad and helped start the Warren-Sterling Unified program, where he served two seasons as head coach. Also a 22-year veteran official, Staskowski has worked games at the High School, Junior, College, and Minor Pro levels.

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The snap shot offers the advantage of shooting before the goaltender can move into proper position.



Using the Snap Shot

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Having a quick release is an important part of being a productive goalscorer and the snap shot offers the advantage of shooting before the goaltender has the opportunity to move into proper position. The disadvantage is that you lose some accuracy and control that you would have by using a wrist shot. Nonetheless, the snap shot is a valuable weapon and allows players to shoot from a number of different positions and situations, where they would be unable to utilize any other form of shot.

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BODY POSITIONING The snap shot can be utilized while virtually in any position; stationary while facing the net, stationary while perpendicular to the net, moving toward the net, moving laterally across in front of the net, and even backing away from the net. As in any shot, players should get their legs involved as much as possible. Transferring the weight from back foot to front foot while shooting translates into a more powerful, heavier shot. Certain situations such as moving laterally across the front of the net make it easier to push off the inside edge of the back foot while shooting. When players are stationary facing the net, moving toward the net or backing away from the net, it is harder to get the legs involved in the shot.

ADDRESSING THE PUCK For the best control, snap shots should be taken from the middle to the heel of the stick blade. The blade has more “whip” in it toward the toe causing shots off the toe to rise quicker, but also giving you a little less control. More advanced players can snap pucks off the toe when they are in tight to the net and want to get the puck up high over the goalie in a hurry. Very little back swing is required – bringing the blade of the stick 12 to 18 inches behind the puck is sufficient – the more backswing, the more time required to get the shot off. The blade of the stick should begin in a closed position over the top of the puck and the stick blade should actually hit the ice just behind the puck. This results in flex in the blade and shaft of the stick, which translates into more power on the shot.


HAND & ARM POSITIONING The bottom hand should slide down the stick (farther down than when normally handling the puck). The top hand should be out in front of the body as the power in the shot is created by pulling back on the top hand while pushing through with the bottom hand. It is essential to be able to move the wrists and arms during the shot. Inexperienced players tend not to use their wrists and also tend to keep their arms close to their bodies. Pushing through with the bottom hand and pulling back with the top hand, the stick blade should start out “closed” over top of the puck, then briefly “open,” then “close” over the puck again on the follow-through. This is the “snap” in the snap shot and is essential to create power for the shooter.

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2. On the whistle the first player from each line skates across the blue line and receives a pass from the opposite line.

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Advanced Tournaments January 14-16, 2011 Holland, MI Great Lakes Tournament Series Mite House, Pee Wee House, Bantam AA Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343

Manon Rheaume International Girls Tournament November 12-14, 2010 Farmington Hills, MI 19UAAA, 16UAAA, 14UAAA and 12UAAA 248-479-1139

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Michigan Thanksgiving Classic Monroe, Michigan November 26 – 28, 2010 BOYS - 2009, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993,1992,1991 BOYS - Recreational B,(Select-A), AA, AAA, Elite AAA - GIRLS - Rep (HL, Sel, C, B,BB) and Elite (A, AA) 1-888-422-6526 Advanced Tournaments November 26-28, 2010 Holland, MI Great Lakes Thanksgiving Classic Mite through Midget; B, A, and AA, High School Varsity and JV Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 Advanced Tournaments December 3-5, 2010 Holland, MI Great Lakes Tournament Series Squirt House, Pee Wee A, Midget Minor & Girls 12U Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 Advanced Tournaments December 10-12, 2010 Holland, MI Great Lakes Tournament Series Pee Wee House, Pee Wee AA, Bantam House Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343 Advanced Tournaments January 7-9, 2011 Holland, MI Great Lakes Tournament Series Mite AA, Squirt House, Midget House Contact Advanced Tournaments 847-277-7343

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State of the Game

July 26, 2010, Volume 20 : Issue 22

State Game of the

by Lyle Phair

THE WINDS OF CHANGE Every off-season at their annual meetings USA Hockey and the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association make some changes that affect their hockey playing members and their families. Every year these changes become a topic of great discussion and debate. Some people are all for them, some dead-set against them. What most people typically look at is how the change affects them. What’s in for me? What’s been taken away from me? What they often fail to look at is the potential impact on the game itself. And really, that is the important thing. The game itself is much bigger and much more important than any one player, any one family, any one team or any one organization. That is what USA Hockey and MAHA need to keep in mind when making decisions and implementing change. Personal agendas do not apply. And oftentimes that is very difficult for people to understand when change occurs. That being said, this summer there was nothing really that remarkable in terms of changes. Although some people would beg to differ on that because of their perception of how the changes affected their personal situation.

NO 12U NATIONALS One of the more hotly debated topics was the elimination of USA Hockey National Championships at the 12U age level for both boys and girls effective in the 2012-13 season. Oh my gosh! What an opportunity lost for these young players! Whatever will they play for now? I am only slightly tongue in cheek with those comments. Some people actually ask those kinds of questions. And I can understand why. But I also understand why USA Hockey made the choice that they did in the best interest of the game and the players playing it. First of all, I would hope the players would play the game because they enjoy playing it, not because of the quest to win a national championship. If that was the case, 99.9% of us would be failures every year. Very few people actually get to go to the national championships. And for those that do, I can see how they feel it is “wonderful once-in-a-lifetime” experience. I was fortunate enough to coach a team that participated as the host team in the national championship tournament this past year. It was fun, it was exciting and the players and their families had a great time. But it was not really that much different than any other tournament that they participated in. If we didn’t do it, it wouldn’t have had that much of an impact on us. What most people don’t consider when it comes to national championships is that the teams from all over the country are formed in a number of different ways and can “run the gamut” in terms of their ability to be competitive or not. From a strictly“best competition”standpoint, many teams actually get better competition in tournaments that they go to throughout the year. Their league or state playoffs might actually be more competitive than the national tournament because their teams are formed in the same manner.


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Don’t get me wrong. I think a championship of some sort is good. But a national championship in a youth sport is really not that important. And I would argue that it has a more harmful affect on the game than it does positive, especially at the younger age groups.

MAKING DECISIONS Unfortunately a national championship opportunity can very heavily influence the decision-making of coaches and families when teams are formed. Long-term athlete development and age-appropriate coaching methods get thrown out the window for what will win a championship now. What really should be an opportunity to compete for a national championship earned by doing the right thing for the players all season long very easily gets replaced by being rewarded for doing the wrong things for those players. Some people just can’t help themselves. Ultimately the“over-the-top”coaches actually get“rewarded”(at least in the short-term) for their actions because they do things to be successful and are actually viewed as successful even though what they are doing is not in the best interest of their players. Most parents have a hard time judging who is a good coach or who is not a good coach, but jeez if they went to nationals they must be good, right? Not. They might be, but they could just as easily not be. The truth is we don’t need nationals at 12U. It is way too young to be led down the wrong path. In fact I am not so sure we need them at all in any age group. Canada, the leading hockey playing country in the world, and one that we often look to for guidance, doesn’t have national championships. They seem to get along just fine without it. So all in all, a good move by USA Hockey. One that is better for the game and the players playing it.

THE LOCKER ROOM The second significant change from USA Hockey this year is the new Locker Room Supervision policy that addresses the concern with “locker room activities between minor players; minor players and adult players; adults being left alone with individual minor players in locker rooms; and with non-official or nonrelated adults having unsupervised access to minor participants at sanctioned team events.” This also could very well be called the “CYA Policy” (and that doesn’t stand for Chicago Young Americans). Or it could just as easily be called the “Uncommon Sense Policy” because I really am starting to believe that common sense is not common at all. I “get” why USA Hockey is introducing the policy. It has to be something that they are telling people to adhere to. Some lawyers live for opportunities presented when policies aren’t spelled out. What is scary is that there actually are some people who have to be told. The wording of the policy is a little vague and maybe intentionally-so to be open to interpretation. Does an adult actually have to be in the locker room supervising? Or just outside the door? Maybe I am dense, or maybe I just don’t want to believe they are actually mandating that an adult needs to be in the room at all times. Sorry, I am a little old-school on this one. I firmly believe that the locker room is a sacred place. A place for the team. A place for the individuals on a team to interact and grow together. For kids, it should be a place where adult supervision is not necessary. Absolutely coaches should lay the ground rules of what is expected and what is unacceptable in the locker room. Absolutely coaches should be a presence, in and out of the locker room like a cop walking the beat. But they don’t need to be there all of the time. They can guard the door and pop in and out as necessary. We have to give kids some space to grow and experience things for themselves. We can’t be constantly smothering and micro-managing and nit-picking. We have to let them figure some things out for themselves. What safer place is there to do that than in a locker room? For younger kids, there might be a greater reason to have more presence to help them with equipment. But I also know that young kids can do incredible things (like dress and undress themselves in hockey equipment) if we let them. Probably not tighten their own skates, but they can even do that at 9 and 10-years old if we actually let them do it.

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The summer months are still here, but now it’s time to start really gearing up for competition this fall. You’ve spent the summer months (hopefully!) lifting and conditioning to prep your body for all of the practices and games to come. But no matter how much you’ve trained, now that you’re getting closer to the season you want to “get your legs back.” Getting your legs back means that it’s time to turn up the tempo on your training and start to challenge your body physically even more to shake off summer and get the“rust”out. Below are some great ways to start“getting your legs back” in time for fall workouts. Follow these guidelines to help to see where you are and where you need to be with the time you have left this summer:

SPIN THAT JUMP ROPE Jumping rope is fantastic because it helps to do two things: build cardio endurance and quick feet. Try jump rope variations such as jumping for reps, or jumping for time. Add the use of differently weighted ropes to challenge your strength and cardio endurance at the same time.

PERFORM MINI-SPRINT TESTS TO GAUGE WHERE YOUR LEGS ARE Set up a 20-yard distance. Time yourself sprinting it for one rep. Take 60 seconds off then repeat, recording your time with every rep for about 8-10 sprints. Do the same thing 2-3 days later by either adding five yards or cutting down your rest time. Try to condition your legs to be just as explosive over longer distances with shorter time rest intervals.

USE A WEIGHTED VEST/JACKET You can start to get the feel of practicing with all of that heavy equipment on by using a weighted vest in your workouts. Don’t just use it in your sprint/agility workouts, but wear it in the weight room as well. Start getting used to the feel of it again while in action.

PERFORM TOTALLY BODY EXERCISES WITH EXPLOSIVE MOVEMENT Combine a total body movement with explosive exercise

to start creating strength/conditioning combos. For example, perform a set of hang cleans with the bar for about eight reps. Put the bar down and pick up a heavy rope and spin out about 20 jumps. Whew! Then repeat for three more sets.

INCORPORATE QUICKFEET ACTION DRILLS FOLLOWED BY EXPLOSIVE DRILLS Perform quickfeet steps through a 10-yard agility ladder. As soon as you complete it, jump side-to-side over a single 12” hurdle for 8-10 reps. This way you train your legs to be quick for a moment, then explosive the next.






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Women’s Division I College Hockey Editor’s Note: The following article is the 14th installment of our “Navigating the Frozen Waters” educational series aimed at helping both new and veteran players and parents understand the different levels and pathways of hockey available in Michigan and across the United States. Michigan Hockey will explore other topics in youth hockey in future issues. We invite you to share your questions and concerns regarding Navigating the Frozen Waters by e-mailing us at: BY TIM WILSON

As women’s hockey continues to grow across the United States, more and more players are aspiring to compete at the Division I college level. Currently only 34 schools have Division I teams, and roster spots are located throughout the Northeast and Midwest in roughly the same footprint as men’s college hockey. Wayne State operates Michigan’s only DI program, while the next closest option geographically is located a few hours south in Columbus at Ohio State University. The Buckeyes program is beginning its 12th season and head coach Jackie Barto has been at the helm since bringing Ohio State to varsity status. The team plays in the eight-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association where all of the other programs are located a plane ride away. “We fly to all of our league opponents usually on a Thursday and return on Sunday,” said Barto. The Buckeyes play 28 of their 34 regular season games within the WCHA where each team plays the other teams four times, including two games at home and two on the road. Following the regular season all eight teams qualify for the playoffs, which are a best-of-three format with the first place through fourth place teams home to the fifth through eighth seeds. The following weekend is the Final Face-Off league playoff championship at a predetermined site with the winner qualifying for the NCAA tournament.

THE DETAILS As with other DI programs, the Buckeyes can begin practice during the middle of September and move into the exhibition and regular season in early October. After adding women’s hockey, the Ohio State athletic department put in new locker rooms and scoreboards at the OSU Ice Arena which has a capacity of 1,200. “It’s a great atmosphere in the building. We can get up to 600 people at a game with a lot of parents and family members,” said Barto. “The band played at a couple of games and we had cheerleaders at a couple of games. It’s an event.” A little closer to home, the Wayne State program has been in existence for 10 seasons and plays out of the off-campus City Sports Center in Detroit. Coach Jim


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Fetter has been with the Warriors for the last seven seasons, and the team competes in the five-team College Hockey America conference along with Mercyhurst, Niagara, Robert Morris and Syracuse. Fetter gets interest from young women from all over North America, including 10-15 e-mails each day. As with most women’s college programs, the recruiting process can take the coaching staff far from home. “We’re everywhere across North America at tournaments and prospect camps,” said Fetter. The majority of the time schools are looking at Tier I 19U and 16U teams as well as some high school games depending on the geographic region. The Warriors 2009-10 roster featured five women from Michigan and one Virginia native that played with Little Caesar Tier I program during the previous season. “I will not carry more than 25 players and I like to carry around 23,” said Fetter. “We have 18 scholarships available while some players are paying for themselves and some have academic scholarships.” Scholarships can be allocated as full-rides and or broken down in different ways as long as the total comes to 18 in the end. During the season, teams are allowed 20 hours of participation a week including games, practices and off-ice activities with each game counting as three hours. Early in the season the Warriors often practice for two hours each day, but can see that drop to around 45 minutes to an hour later in the season. The team also spends a couple of days each week in the weight room during the regular season. Out of season, teams may do conditioning on and off the ice for a total of eight hours each week. The Warriors spend up to five a days a week in the weight room in the off-season. Off-season workouts can’t be mandated and are run by a strength and conditioning coach. In addition coaches may not supervise any sort of practice that involves a stick or puck.

BUILDING A PROGRAM In upstate New York, coach Paul Flanagan is building a program at Syracuse University. The school decided to add women’s hockey just months before the 2008-09 season began and the Orange just finished their second season in the CHA. “It’s a unique situation,” said Flanagan.who has also coached both the men’s and women’s teams at St. Lawrence University. “Initially it was a little daunting but at the same time exhilarating. For me personally it’s a great opportunity to put your stamp on a program. The school has been fabulous and everyone is supportive.” The athletic department had no previous hockey experience and Flanagan had just three months to assemble his first team. In their first season the Orange’s 20-women roster included eight transfers, eight players out of high school and four girls that were already on campus. Last season the team carried a total of 23 players. Fortunately there was already an ice arena on the Syracuse campus and the university was able to build an addition to the existing facility and add a team locker room and training room. The university has also allowed Flanagan to have the maximum staff available which includes two assistant coaches and an equipment manager.

STRESSING ACADEMICS The Warriors have been ranked in the Top 10 nationally in three of the past four seasons, bur Fetter stresses that young women looking at the college game should consider academics first. “In the women’s game you can’t go and make a lot of money,” he explained. “Education should be your number one choice. The question you have to ask yourself is if you get hurt could you see yourself going to that school?” At Syracuse, student-athletes must be enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester with most girls on the team taking five classes, according to Flanagan. And while players receive preferential scheduling and a dedicated student-athlete center, “You never miss a class to be at practice,” he said. In addition, Syracuse, OSU and WSU each have academic counseling in place for students to assist them in being successful in the classroom. And like the Buckeyes and Warriors, the Orange’s scouting trips take them “all over the map,” according to Flanagan. “The scouting staffs are everywhere. We are very, very widespread.” Perhaps the most important aspect of reaching the women’s DI level is what a player has done in school in addition to hockey. At Ohio State, Barto’s 24-woman roster carries a cumulative 3.17 GPA. “We’re looking for someone that has done well on their ACT and SAT,” said Barto. “We have an academic support system in place with academic tutors. It’s incredible the resources and tools they have here at OSU. We have every type of support that our students could use.”

GETTING THERE Fetter notes that it is important for players to see a game at the Division 1 level and judge whether they have the talent to reach that level. “A lot of girls have never seen a college game and think they can play at the DI level,” he said. “Be honest with yourself.” At the same time Fetter stresses that players may have to create their own opportunities. “If you are interested, send e-mails to coaches,”he said.“Get out there and promote yourself. Don’t wait for them to come to you.” Flanagan points out that hockey might just open a door that otherwise may have been closed.” “If you’re a legit hockey player and have done well in school, there’s an opportunity for you,” he said. “Being a decent hockey player may be able to get you into a highly competitive academic school.”

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ADM, growth and retention the focus of MAHA Summer Meeting

MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT HELPS USA Hockey’s Membership Development Department is charged with driving grassroots membership growth and retention initiatives across the country. Michigan has 9,000 players at the 8 and Under level, down from 11,000 in the early 2000s. Last year, 3,330 new players started hockey in Michigan while 1,189 left the game and the Membership Development Department’s goal is to supply associations with resources to help increase the former number and lower the latter. USA Hockey’s Courtney Welch and Kevin Kavanagh presented a detailed plan at the Summer Meeting to help associations get new players involved in the game and retain more of the players they have. Ideas for associations included how to set up a “Try Hockey for Free” clinic that uses OneGoal equipment, the grassroots marketing and promotional materials and practices that are available from USA Hockey to get the word out in your community and examples of proactive ways to combat player loss and increase the retention of players (think phone calls, personal invitations and keeping parents informed). “We’re selling the positive message about hockey,” said Welch. “And we want to help you build your association membership.” In addition, USA Hockey wants to have 200 rinks nationwide offer a “Try Hockey for Free” clinic on Saturday, February 19 as part of the 2011 Hockey Weekend Across America celebration. The goal is to introduce the game to 4,000 kids, and participating arenas will receive templates to create customized flyers and posters to promote the event and up to 40 jerseys to use and give to the new players. Welch and Kavanagh also laid out a “2 & 2 Challenge” for Michigan associations, in which associations are charged with acquiring two more players than they did last year and also retain two more players than they did last year. “We want to see participating programs increase membership at the 8 and Under level by 5% per year,” said Atkinson. “This is the most important goal, as this will build our base back up.”

LUKASIK NAMED DANIELSON AWARD WINNER After losing her legs in a farm equipment accident in 1972, then 16-year old Joanne Lukasik could have easily given up being a goalie. Instead, she returned to the ice, taught herself to skate again and has been stopping the puck with two prosthetic legs ever since. A resident of Southfield, Lukasik has competed in the USA Hockey Women’s Over 50 Nationals, played on the USA Hockey Standing Amputee team for two seasons and currently is a member of the Stingrays squad in the Intermediate Division of the Michigan Senior Women’s Hockey League. For her dedication and perseverance to the sport, Lukasik was named MAHA’s 2010 Wes Danielson Award winner. “I was honored when they asked me to accept this, but I didn’t really know what all the fuss is about,” said Lukasik, who was nominated by Carol Schwanger, MAHA Director of Disabled Sports and Ray Kramer, VP, Seniors. “I’ve just been playing hockey.”

WEEKEND NOTEBOOK After six straight years of decline in registrations at the 8 and Under age group, MAHA’s recent focus on growth and retention at that age group produced an increase of 1.9% last season. And “that is the most important level to focus on,” said Atkinson… Michigan’s total registered players last season was 51,404, second in the nation (by state) after Minnesota… Michigan Coach-in-Chief Jack Witt outlined changes to the Coaching Education Program for 2011-12 that will include online courses and age-specific levels of certification that will replace the current requirement “grid”… USA Hockey president Ron DeGregorio attended the MAHA Summer Meeting for the eighth year in a row… Garden City Stars coach Greg Guziak, the 2010 Michigan Hockey Coach of the year, was also selected as this year’s MAHA Earl Piper Coach of the Year… Jim Boloven stepped down as District 4 Chairman and has been replaced by Rick Rogow…. Brian Garves has replaced Dan Jaroshewich as a District 3 Director… MAHA VP Ray Kraemer reported that a Redistricting Committee considered three requests - moving the boundary between Districts 5 and 7; moving Washtenaw

Southfield’s Joanne Lukasik was presented with the 2010 Wes Danielson Award by Larry Johnson, District 2-4 Director At-Large.

2010 MAHA AWARDS Wes Danielson Award: Joanne Lukasik Kellogg Award: Mike Cruikshank Earl Piper Coach of the Year : Greg Guziak – Garden City Lowell McCoy Referee of the Year: Eric Ameel Charlie Autore Award Five Years of Service Carl Brogley Patricia Brumbaugh Steve Emery Mary Gilliland Kathy Jaroshewich Bob Smith Bill Williams Larry Cain Award Ten Years of Service Kevin Ahearn Ron Brasseur Judy Nemi Gerald M. Conley Award Fifteen Years of Service Jerry Moran George Nemi Jack Witt Twenty Five Years Service Kerin Wear Roger Mauritho Special Recognition Award Kerin Wear Bud Kowalski Karen Lundgren



Atkinson announced that the Detroit Red Wings will endorse and support the Minor Wings - MAHA ADM Pilot Program designed to drive associations to implement the ADM at the 8 and Under level. The program focuses on using the ADM to creating more interest in hockey among 4-8 year olds, lowering the initial costs of getting into hockey and retaining players so they stay in the game. Those associations that adopt this program and follow the ADM criteria would be designated as “Premiere Programs,” and those programs in turn will be endorsed as “Minor Wings Certified.” Minor Wings Certified programs are eligible for incentives that include equipment and grant funds from MAHA and USA Hockey, a Minor Wings/USA Hockey banner

County from District 6 to District 4 and changing the boundary between District 3 and District 4. After meetings with the District Chairpersons and/or District Directors and association presidents none of the three requests were granted…The 2011 MAHA Winter Meeting is slated for January 14-15 at the Southgate Holiday Inn. Next summer’s meeting is scheduled for July 7-10 at a new location in the meeting rotation - the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, just outside Traverse City.




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for their rink, cross-ice boards, age appropriate nets, free reversible jerseys for their 8 and Under players and Red Wings recruiting materials and a DVD with video to explain the program to parents. Atkinson’s goal is to have 50% of MAHA’s 125 associations participating this year and “to get 90% of our associations onboard with this program in three years.” Check out to see the results of the rule proposal voting, along with more information on the Minor Wings – MAHA ADM Pilot Program.

For the third straight year the focus at the annual Michigan Amateur Hockey Association Summer Meeting was growth and retention, with a healthy dose of USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) thrown in for good measure. Discussions at the weekend gathering, July 8-11 at Shanty Creek in Bellaire, centered on ways to attract new players to the sport, keep the ones we have and how to use the ADM principles to develop players to their fullest potential so that they have fun, enjoy the game and play it for the rest of their lives. According to USA Hockey statistics, 44% of young players quit hockey before the age of nine. Proponents of the ADM believe the program’s focus on fundamental skill development and having fun will lead to a better hockey experience and keep players in the game. “The ADM means better development for all players,”said MAHA president George Atkinson. “It will produce better skilled players and reduce the cost and make it more affordable to play. And more players that are having fun stay in the game longer.” In a Saturday afternoon session, ADM regional manager Bob Mancini presented the benefits of the ADM and laid out ways to implement it and “make it work in your association.” Mancini stressed the importance of associations “making development a priority” and explained the principles of cross-ice hockey for the 8 and Under level. Cross-ice divides the rink into three zones of activity and allows multiple teams to share practice time, which lowers the overall cost per player. But, even more importantly, having three separate zones – each with a different drill or game going on – helps each player have more “puck touches” and improve skill development, creativity and decision making because they are handling the puck more and making plays “non-stop” - all in a smaller area. And that means more fun, which is what the primary goal of a program should be at that level. “It’s no lines, no laps and no lectures. We have to put the fun back in the game as kids see it. Right now we have the fun as parents see it,” said Mancini. Mancini urged associations to think creatively because“every association situation is different. He said he is available to assist associations in explaining the ADM’s advantages at board meetings, parent meetings or helping them with coaching development sessions and on-ice demonstrations. “I left my job in the NHL because I believe in this and the development of kids,” said Mancini. “And we are doing this because this is the right thing to do.” In the Sunday vote, MAHA passed the rule proposal that mandates associations have a cross-ice program at the 6 and Under level for the 2010-11 season. Discussion regarding implementing cross-ice at the 8 and Under level drew concern from association presidents that it would result in players leaving to play full ice somewhere else. Atkinson presented Hudsonville’s Grand Valley Hockey Association as an example of an association that has grown after adopting the ADM. In three years of using ADM principles, the GVHA’s membership is up 61%, including 91 new 8 and Under players. “Associations are embracing this change and moving forward with success,”he said. In the end, a motion was passed to create a special committee to recommend the best method to implement cross-ice at the 8 and Under level for the 2012-13 season. The committee is scheduled to report their recommendation at the 2011 MAHA Winter Meeting in January. Other rule change proposals driven by ADM principles that passed included the elimination of Squirt AAA Minor for the 2011-12 season and Squirt AAA Major for the 2012-13 season and that a Club or Independent team “must have a demographic large enough to support it.”







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2010 FALL TRYOUTS MITE A (2003) Saturday, June 26th 10:00-11:00am, GPCR Wednesday, June 30th 6:00-7:00pm, GPCR Contact: Bill Asimakis @ 313-600-5353 or MITE AA (2002) Wednesday: June 30th 6:00-7:30pm, McCann Ice Arena Contact: Brian Francis at SQUIRT A (2001) Tuesday, June 15th, 6:30-8:00pm, McCann Ice Arena Thursday, June 17th, 6:30-8:00pm, McCann Ice Arena Contact: L. Pahl Zinn at SQUIRT AA (2000) Thursday, July 22, 5:30-6:30pm, GPCR Tuesday, July 27, 7:00-8:00pm, GPCR Thursday, July 29, 5:30-6:30pm, GPCR Contact: Dan Bowen at PEE WEE A (1999) Wednesday, July 14, 7:00-8:30pm, GPCR Sunday, July 18, 6:30-8:00pm, McCann Ice Arena, Tuesday, July 20, 7:00-8:00pm, GPCR Head Coach: Rob McIntyre Contact: Craig Walworth at 313-969-0600 or

PEE WEE AA (1998) For tryout information, please visit the GPHA website ( Contact: Geoff Welsher at 313-610-0494 or BANTAM A (1997) Tuesday, July 20, 5:30-7:00pm, GPCR Saturday, July 24, 10:00-11:30am, GPCR Tuesday, July 27, 5:30-7:00pm, GPCR Contact: Dan Keller at 313-330-5891 or MIDGET AA (1992-1993) Monday, July 19, 9:00-10:30pm, McCann Ice Arena Sunday, July 25, 9:00-10:30pm, McCann Ice Arena Contact: Paul Fayad at 313-268-0982 or GIRLS U12 For tryout information, please visit the GPHA website ( Contact: Scot McColl at 313-610-3158 or GIRLS U14 Tuesday, August 10, 7:00-8:00pm, GPCR Thursday, August 12, 10:00-11:30am, GPCR Contact: Joe Lucchese at 313-410-0105 or

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The 2010 TORHS Nationals featured 190 teams at the Taylor Sportsplex on July 1-12.



Michigan teams well represented at TORHS Nationals at Taylor Sportsplex BY WADE LAFEVER

As temperatures outside soared into the 90s, the action inside the Taylor Sportsplex was just as hot. The Sportsplex turned its compressors off and melted their ice to make way for the 2010 TORHS Nationals, which rolled through town July 1-12. The 11-day tournament featured 190 teams across 29 different divisions and an astonishing 503 games. Along with teams from across the United States, Canada and England had teams compete as well. TORHS’s return to Taylor this year is a testament to this areas’ commitment to roller hockey. “The best part about coming here is the competition level of the teams in this geographical area,” said Ron Beilsten, president of TORHS America. “The Detroit Metro area is chocked full of great inline players and has been for years. This is really a hotbed for our sport.” Michigan teams won 11 TORHS’ National Championships, while two other teams finished as runners-up in the very competitive Junior AAA and Pro Tier 1 divisions. And with the older teams having successful tournament runs, coupled with the younger teams’ winning, the future of Michigan roller hockey looks promising. “Michigan has always been a pocket in North America where roller hockey does well,” said Matt Koleski, head coach of the Tour Bordercats and director of hockey


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The Pama Cyclones, after years of success at other big tournaments, broke through and won their first TORHS National Championship. They beat the Tour Bordercats, 5-4, in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion to claim the crown and the prize money. “We came here for the hockey, it’s what we’re all about,” said Rob Chornomud, coach of the Cyclones. “We were not going to let this one slip away.” This was the first year the Tour Bordercats put together a pro team, which consisted of locally groomed talent. Other teams fly players in from around the country to compete in cash tournaments, said Koleski.






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operations for Little Caesars Roller Hockey. “Anytime you can have a national tournament in your backyard and have some success, it definitely gets other people interested. Hopefully we can get new players interested in the sport.”

LOTS OF ATMOSPHERE With three rinks running full blast and the sponsor vendor area or the “Central Pod” as it was known buzzing with activity the Sportsplex was roller hockey central for the duration of the tournament. Vendors showcased a lot of new products from inline hockey industry leaders like Mission and Tour as well as smaller companies like Labeda and Revision. Beilsten likened it to a tradeshow atmosphere, adding the sponsors are seen more as partners who contribute a great deal to the event. “All of our customers get to see the cutting edge of everything new coming out,” said Beilsten about the sponsors. “It’s a value added to our players and their families having the sponsors here.” And in addition the top end Tier 1 pro division final featured a local team, the Tour Border Cats, who were pitted against the Los Angeles Pama Cyclones with the winning team taking home more than just a trophy. Since it is the Pro division, the winning team also received the $12,500 purse, to be split between the winning players who were mostly college age and older.

The Taylor Sportsplex last hosted a TORHS national tournament in 2007. Based on the success of this year, expect to see TORHS back in the future. “This is a premier building for our games,” said Beilsten. “The size of the arena, the floors, and the staff is incredible. It’s just a great fit for us.” And the great competition helped. The tournament featured a lot of close, exciting games in all the divisions. According to Beilsten, TORHS works hard to ensure proper seeding and that work up front helped keep games close. “We had a string of three playoff games in a row end in sudden death,” said Beilsten. “It was a tournament directors’ dream.” In the Tier 1 Pro division, the Tour Mudcats did not make the playoffs, which according to Beilsten is a rarity. The Mudcats allowed 11 goals placing them fifth after round robin play, while the first place team had 10 goals against. The one goal differential indicates a competitive level playing field he added. TORHS has developed a reputation as a well-run, very competitive event. And the 11-day, over-500 game competition lived up to its billing. There were six tournament directors, 20 referees, two owners of TORHS and the Taylor Sportsplex staff around to make sure everything ran smoothly. “Staying on schedule is one of the first things people notice,” said Beilsten. “They feel if you’re off schedule, you’re not organized.” And despite several shoot-outs, tournament organizers were able to keep each block of divisions mostly on time. “One of the things people like is the shoot outs in round robin play. Over the past three years, on average, 15% of games end up in a shoot out. That always requires a little extra time, but it’s well worth it,” added Beilsten.” Next year, TORHS hopes to add more teams by configuring a schedule where divisions close in age play closer to each other. This will give players who have the ability to play in two divisions a chance to create more teams. Having the divisions play back to back eliminates the couple day gap between games, making it a more player friendly experience, Beilsten said. “We’re talking about tweaking the schedule for some divisions to make it easier for some ages to play multi levels,” he said. According to tournament director George Brown, preparing for the tournament is a year long process. Three weeks prior to the tournament, the finishing touches are put on the schedule. It takes about three days to set up the facility. TORHS would not reveal the site yet for next year’s tournament, but Brown said they are in negotiations with two possible host cities, reportedly Taylor and Dallas.


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Whalers’ Levi and Wedgewood realize NHL Draft dreams By Matt Mackinder

Playing behind Matt Hackett the past two years in the Plymouth Whalers’ net, Scott Wedgewood bided his time with grace and knew that as soon as Hackett graduated to the pro ranks, he’d get his shot at the starter’s role. He just didn’t think he’d begin his third season in Plymouth labeled an NHL draft pick. Austin Levi came into the Ontario Hockey League with Plymouth the same year Wedgewood did and going into next season, he too is now an NHL prospect. Both Wedgewood and Levi were drafted on June 26 in the third round of the 2010 NHL draft with consecutive picks. Wedgewood went 84th overall to New Jersey and then Levi at No. 85 to Carolina. Levi expected to be drafted, but Wedgewood, not so much. “I had left my house about midway through the third round,” Wedgewood told the Devils’ website. “I had a family reunion to go to and I texted one Whalers staff that was in L.A., and I said, ‘Let me know when Austin goes in the draft. Tell him good luck.’ She sent me back, ‘You just went.’ I texted her back, ‘Ha ha, you’re funny.’ I wasn’t expecting that at all, and she said, ‘No, seriously, you just went.’ Then Levi and (Boston’s second overall pick and Plymouth teammate) Tyler Seguin texted me.” Levi, a Farmington Hills native, made the trek to Los Angeles and soaked in all of what the draft had to offer. Getting taken in the third round wasn’t something Levi expected. “I was turned around talking to my coach (Mike Vellucci),” Levi told the media horde at the draft about when he heard his name called. “My mom heard it before I did. Wedgewood got drafted before me, so we were excited for him. Then my name came up and it was just incredible.” Levi has enjoyed his two seasons in Plymouth. “(Vellucci) is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had and he’s had a lot of confidence in me ever since he drafted me,” said Levi, a youth hockey alumnus. Seguin, meanwhile, has yet to sign with Boston, but impressed at the Bruins’ summer development camp a few weeks back. Even more impressive, at least to Seguin himself, was that the fans at the camp know who he is – and how to pronounce his last name. “Usually its ‘Seg-weenie’ or ‘See-gwin’ or something like that,” Seguin told the Boston Herald. “You know what? Those guys, they had it right, so that was pretty cool.” It still looks like a 50-50 shot whether or not Seguin plays in Boston or comes back to the OHL, but in any event, he has a plan. “Right now I’m just trying to impress the (Boston) scouts in the stands,” Seguin added. “I just want to get their respect and also show I can be very professional off the ice and have

a good work ethic. I’d like to have my actions mean more than my words and just get the respect of the boys and the coaches. “My biggest accomplishment so far was being drafted. That’s the easy part. I got the little accomplishments, OHL MVP and stuff like that. But the goals and dream of any player is to make the NHL, have a long career and win the Stanley Cup someday.”

IAFRATE, WILSON SIGN ON DOTTED LINE The Whalers signed defenseman Max Iafrate, a Livonia native who was the team’s first round pick in May’s OHL draft on July 13, and then a day later signed their second round pick in forward Tom Wilson. Iafrate, the son of ex-NHL star Al Iafrate and the 15th overall pick out of the Belle Tire U-16 program, should make an immediate impact in Plymouth. “We are very excited to have Max,” Vellucci said. “There’s a lot of history with the organization and his family, so it’s only fitting that he joined us. I couldn’t imagine him in a different jersey and I know the fans will be excited to watch him play and develop here.” Wilson will also be a player who will be counted on to provide an immediate offensive spark. “We feel he’s the best power forward in his age group,” Vellucci said. “We’re looking forward to having him make a positive impact on our club and contribute right away.”

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WHALERS/OHL NOTEBOOK Plymouth drafted Swedish forward Rickard Rakell and Swiss defenseman Dario Trutmann in the annual Canadian Hockey League import draft on June 29 … The Whalers also signed forward Adam Restoule, their 11th-round pick from the 2009 OHL draft, in early June … Plymouth’s second annual alumni game will take place on Aug. 7 at Compuware Arena and will feature current NHL players Jared Boll, David Legwand, Chad LaRose, Justin Peters, James Neal and James Wisniewski … Northville native Brady Vail, who was part of the Compuware U-16 national championship team in 2009, committed to Windsor after being their fourth round pick in May … Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner resigned to take an assistant coaching position with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Bob Jones was promoted to head coach…. The Saginaw Spirit signed goalie Jake Paterson, the 32nd overall pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. The Mississauga, Ontario native posted 15 shutouts and allowed 70 goals in 50 games last season with the Ontario Minor Midget Toronto Marlboros. During the 2010 OHL Cup he posted a 1.56 goals against average in six games. Paterson - who comes in at 6.1 feet, 175 pounds - will be wearing the number 57 for the Spirit.

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Port Huron n jjoins NAHL Former Lake Superior State stars Jim Dowd (second from left) and Doug Weight (second from right) were inducted into the LSSU Athletic Hall of Fame on June 26. Also pictured (from left) are Jeff Napierala (Dowd presenter), Lake Superior State President Tony McLain and Doug Weight, Sr. (Doug’s father and presenter).

Jim Dowd and Doug Weight inducted into LSSU Hall of Fame BY PHILIP COLVIN

Two of Lake Superior State University’s greatest players, Jim Dowd and Warren native Doug Weight, returned to S.S. Marie and were inducted into the Lake Superior Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony on June 26 at the LSSU Arts Center. Dowd, a Brick, NJ native, played on the Lakers 1988 National Championship team and just finished a 19-year NHL career. Weight captained the New York Islanders last season, and plans to return this fall for his 19th NHL season. Dowd was introduced by former teammate and linemate Jeff Napierala, who was part of the Lakers’ 14-player freshman class in 1987. “I knew right away I was going to like this guy,” said Napierala. “He played like a kid having fun every night – an incredible hockey player and a good friend.” Dowd, who played for coaches Frank Anzalone and Jeff Jackson, is the Lakers all-time leading scorer and credits his time at LSSU with shaping his career. “I tell people all the time that if it was not for LSSU, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Everything started here,” said Dowd, who played for a U.S.-player record 10 NHL teams and won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995. “I was a kid from New Jersey who basically grew up with nothing and the coaches here were the best I could have.” “They told me to work hard and good things will happen. The harder you work, the luckier you’ll get. I tell my kids that every day.” Weight left Lake Superior State after two seasons to sign with the NewYork Rangers. He was a member of the 1998 and 2002 U.S. Olympic Teams and also played for the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks. He won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 1996. “I owe Lake Superior - the players, coaches, everyone – in helping me prepare for my future,” said Weight. “The work ethic I learned on and off the ice here at Lake Superior were something I carried with me throughout my NHL career. As a kid coming up out of the Detroit area, I couldn’t have asked for a better place to play college hockey.” Weight thanked his mother, father and wife Allison for their support throughout his career. Weight’s father, Doug Sr., introduced his son at the ceremony. “His time as a Laker left an impression on him and helped to form Doug’s character,” said Weight, Sr. “He has remained close with his Laker family.”

SHAWHAN NAMED ASSISTANT COACH AT NMU When Northern Michigan assistant coach Rob Facca joined new head coach Jeff Blashill’s staff at Western Michigan on July 7, Wildcats head coach Walt Kyle didn’t have to look far for his replacement. Kyle named Joe Shawhan, who served as the Wildcats volunteer assistant coach in 2008-09 and director of hockey operations last season, as the team’s new assistant


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coach on July 12. “We were really blessed to have Rob Facca, a young, energetic, smart coach as part of the coaching staff. We wish him and his family all the best with the move to Western Michigan,” said Kyle. “Equally as important is to have Joe Shawhan waiting in the wings. He is a proven coach not only in NCAA Division I but was successful at levels we recruit. His knowledge of hockey and his work with the goaltenders will benefit the program.” Shawhan was an assistant coach at Lake Superior State for three seasons (200508) and spent 10 years (1995-2005) as the head coach and general manager of the North American Hockey League’s Soo Indians. He won three NAHL titles with the Indians and is the league’s all-time winningest coach (474-162-43). Over 100 of Shawhan’s former junior players went on to play collegiate hockey, including former Wildcats Ray Kaunisto, Chris Gobert, Juha Alen and Bill Zaniboni. His most notable former player is current Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who was named the MVP at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Shawhan played four seasons at Lake Superior State and earned a BA from Northern Michigan in 2009. “We are all going to miss Rob’s everyday presence. He added a lot of knowledge and laughter to the locker room,” said Shawhan. “With that said, I am honored that Walt chose me to fill the void and am excited for my new role with the Wildcats. Walt Kyle is a special person and an outstanding leader. I have enjoyed working with him and the entire NMU staff the past two years and am ready to help the team and University in any way I can.” Western Michigan also hired former Broncos’ forward Pat Ferschweiler as an assistant coach on July 7. Ferschweiler was the Broncos Most Valuable Player in the 1992-93 season and played 11 seasons of pro hockey. Most recently he was the coach of the Russell Stover U-18 AAA squad in Overland, KS.

TROPP LEAVES MICHIGAN STATE EARLY Michigan State junior forward Corey Tropp (Grosse Pointe Woods) will forego his senior season after signing a three-year entry-level contact on July 6 with the Buffalo Sabres, who drafted him 89th overall in the 2007 NHL Draft. Tropp was the Spartans’ top scorer a season ago (20-22-42), and joins Jeff Petry (Edmonton) and Andrew Rowe (Philadelphia) in signing a professional contract this off-season. “Obviously, we are going to miss a player of Corey’s caliber in the lineup,” said Spartans coach Rick Comley. “This is the reality of college hockey - good players are leaving school after their sophomore and junior seasons. We wish him the best as he pursues his dream to play professional hockey.”

Just months after the North American Hockey League announced the Michigan Warriors would be playing at Flint’s Perani Arena this season, the NAHL has added another new team in Michigan. The Port Huron Fighting Falcons announced on July 14 that they will play this season at the McMorran Place Sports & Entertainment Center and will be part of the league’s North Division that also includes the Warriors, Motor City Metal Jackets, Traverse City North Stars, Chicago Hitmen, Janesville (WI) Jets, St. Louis Bandits and Springfield (IL) Jr. Blues. Both Port Huron and Flint have long histories of minor pro hockey, but both cities’ IHL franchises discontinued operations after last season. “I’m really excited about this team coming to town,” said Port Huron Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Miller. “We’ve gone through a transition with the number of professional teams that have gone through here. “The difference, which is significant, is we are getting young and up and coming kids with a dream and kids with a lot of talent. I think the brand of hockey that they will bring to this community will be really exciting for the fan base.” The Fighting Falcons name is a nod to the Peregrine Falcons that were born and live under Port Huron’s Blue Water Bridge. The team is owned by Hat Trick Hockey, LLC. Maribeth Hayes is the group’s CEO. The Fighting Falcons coach, general manager and owner is Ernie Hicke, a Saskatchewan native and former NHL player who has been involved in hockey for over 50 years as a player, coach, scout and owner. “From both a geographical and historical perspective, Michigan is such an integral part of our league and we’re excited to welcome a market like Port Huron that champions such a long and storied hockey tradition,” said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “And, with an ownership group committed to both its players’and the community’s success, along with a first-rate facility, we’re looking forward to carrying on that proud tradition for years to come.” The Fighting Falcons made Honeybaked defenseman Alex Archibald of Port Huron their first protected player and are working to get the word out about the NAHL. “We look forward to the challenge of initiating a new team in the NAHL and working with the people in the community,” said Hicke. “We’re extremely excited to offer Port Huron’s hockey fans the opportunity to see the game’s future stars this season at McMorran Arena. Our goal is to produce a competitive team and one that Port Huron will be proud to support.” Michigan Warriors coach and general manager Moe Mantha feels the same way. “We’re going to go out into the community and educate people on the league,” said Mantha. “This isn’t a league that’s been around two years; this is a league that’s been around 30-plus years. It has a history and it’s long been a steppingstone for many, many players to move up to the next level.’ “Kids that play in this league are the up-and-coming stars of college and pro hockey,” Mantha added. “They’re motivated to get to the highest level they possibly can. They might make mistakes, but they’ll make mistakes for the right reasons. There’ll be scouts in the stands every night and that in itself is pretty good motivation, knowing college recruiters and NHL scouts will be watching you on a nightly basis.” Fans can expect some of the rivalries between Flint and Port Huron that go back to the old IHL to resurface during the NAHL season. “In due time, those rivalries will develop,” said Mantha. “I think it’s only a matter of time and when it does, the fans will get in tune with it, too.” By Philip Colvin and Matt Mackinder

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When Bob Probert was invested in a National Hockey League fight, he was the scariest player I’ve witnessed in my years of writing about hockey. It always seemed as if Probert needed to take a couple of punches to get into the bout. But when he did engage, his fists fired like a jackhammer pounding pavement. He was a devastating puncher. Former NHL tough guy Tie Domi told me years ago that Probert was the toughest man he ever faced. “He was a monster,” another former NHL tough guy Kelly Chase once said about Probert.“He’s looking at you with his eyes rolling back like he’s a shark. Now you know you woke him up.” Long before, the Red Wings became the NHL’s top offensive team, Hockeytown fever was born out of Detroit fans’ love of tough Red Wings teams led by Probert and Joey Kocur. The Bruise Brothers were as popular as any Detroit players outside of Steve Yzerman and Gordie Howe. Probert might have been the top fighter in NHL history. If he wasn’t the best, it was probably the late John Ferguson. Probert often seemed invincible when he was pounding an opponent, that’s why the hockey world is struggling to adjust to the reality that Probert, 45, died in Windsor after complaining of chest pains on July 5. From a reporter’s standpoint, the most fascinating aspect of Probert was his demeanor. He was Robert the Terrible as a heavyweight fighter, and off the ice he was simply Bob from the corner bar. It was difficult to believe the guy I was interviewing was the same guy that I had watched pummel some guy on the ice earlier that night. He was the league’s bad boy, deserving of all the legal trouble he received because of drug and alcohol abuse. But he wasn’t the least bit intimidating when you spoke to him. He always came across as a good guy. One of my favorite Probert memories came the night that a young Peter Forsberg, then playing for Colorado, caught him high with an elbow during a playoff series between the Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks. Forsberg was retaliating for a heavy hit that Probert had laid on him earlier in the game. I thought Probert would teach Forsberg a lesson with an equally high hit or some form of physical encounter. But Probert

left him alone. When reporters asked Probert about it after the game, Probert said essentially that he didn’t go after Forsberg out of respect. He was impressed that young Forsberg, an offensive star, had come back at him. He commended Forsberg for playing the game with fire in his belly. Probert had his own set of rules of how tough guys should play the game. When Stu Grimson broke into the league with Chicago, his job was to stand up for his teammates. That meant he often had to battle Probert. Grimson said he never understood the NHL tough guy fraternity until Probert ran into him between games of a playoff series in 1992. Grimson was eating dinner with his wife at a restaurant when he heard someone yell, “Hey Stu, Hey Stu.” He looked up to see Probert coming toward his table. The two had fought hammer and tong the night before. “I was new to the concept of relationships between fighters,” Grimson told me. “I wondered what to do. ... Do I shake his hand or grab him by the scruff of the neck?” It was Probert who stuck out his hand first for a handshake, while commending Grimson on a hard-fought battle. Probert chatted with Grimson like they were neighbors or old army buddies. Probie didn’t care that they had fought many times, and might fight again tomorrow. When a hockey fight was over, he didn’t consider his opponent a mortal enemy. There were times when Probert didn’t seem like he was even interested in fighting. The truth was that Probert was actually a quality player, and he probably could have been a memorable power forward if his vices hadn’t undermined his performance level. I asked former NHL coach and current hockey analyst Harry Neale once to compare Probert and Ferguson and he said he believed that Ferguson was hockey’s greatest fighter “because he had no conscience.” “I don’t know if Bob Probert was mean enough,” Neale said. “I don’t know if he ever really wanted to hurt the guy.” That’s the Probert I choose to remember, the guy who was never really the beast that he seemed to be.

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Former Red Wings forward Bob Probert is remembered as one of the toughest players in NHL history and as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;special guy who played the game in a special way.â&#x20AC;?

Probert remembered as a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;special guy who embodied the spirit of Detroitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BY DAVE WADDELL

During his 16-year NHL career Bob Probert was always there for his teammates. At Probertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s funeral on July 9 they were there for him. Dozens of teammates, former opponents and NHL officials gathered in Windsor to celebrate Probertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 45-year life following his death July 5 of an apparent heart attack while boating with his family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He gave back,â&#x20AC;? said Stu Grimson, who had more fights with Probert than any other player. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was a big part of his relationship with people. Regardless of what your walk in life was, he was a friend to all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what made it such a special relationship between him and the people that loved to watch him play.â&#x20AC;? While several other of his fellow NHL enforcers were in attendance, such as Tie Domi, Darren McCarty and Joey Kocur,

Probert was also highly respected by the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stars of the era. Steve Yzerman was one of the speakers during the funeral service while Doug Gilmour was a pall bearer. Among the many NHL personalities in attendance were Wingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; owners Mike and Marian Ilitch, Detroit GM Ken Holland, assistant coach Brad McCrimmon, Kris Draper, Mike Krushelnyski, Phil Myre, Kyle Calder, John Ogrodnik, Gerard Gallant and Wingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; TV play-by-play man Ken Daniels. With many of the Wings scattered around the world, Detroit captain Nick Lidstrom arranged for a wreath to be delivered to the church from the current players and each player will also make a donation to charity in Probertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bob was a highly respected player amongst his peers in the National Hockey League,â&#x20AC;?Yzerman said.â&#x20AC;&#x153;I recall the all-star game in St. Louis in 1989 walking into the locker-room with all the great players - Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier - all the

top players in the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We walked into that room and all they wanted to do is meet Probie. I remember them coming over to me and asking, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Can you introduce me to the big fellow.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were in awe of him not just because he was a tough player, but because he was a great player. He was so much more than just a tough guy.â&#x20AC;? Former Detroit teammate Dino Ciccarelli said Probert made it easier for guys such as himself and Yzerman to do their jobs. He acknowledged he was often the little stick stirring up trouble knowing he had the back-up of No. 24. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He knows his teammates appreciated him for what he did,â&#x20AC;? Ciccarelli said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not an easy job being an enforcer and having to fight all the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was a goalscorer. I started a lot of stuff and I needed guys like Bob to come in and help me out. I certainly respected him.â&#x20AC;?

BELOVED IN DETROIT Former NHL star and current Red Wings TV color commentator Mickey Redmond said Probertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legend never seems to fade. He remains as popular today as ever with Probert jerseyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still sprinkling the Joe Louis Arena stands at Wings games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think he embodied the spirit of Detroit,â&#x20AC;? Redmond said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still so beloved in Detroit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The memories he left will never be equaled. He was a very special guy who played the game in a special way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprise me that people love this man the way they do. The other night his mom expressed amazement at just how much the people of Detroit have reached out to the family in a difficult time and how much they loved her son. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very, very happy about that.â&#x20AC;? All who knew Probert emphasized his love of life and the ability to laugh at himself even during his battle with alcohol and drugs. NHL vice president Colin Campbell, who also spoke during the service, was an assistant coach with the Wings during that era and was assigned to watch over Probert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a nickname too,â&#x20AC;? Campbell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every time I saw Bob heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;How you doing you big dummy.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I think a lot of guys had that nickname.â&#x20AC;?

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Campbell recalled the challenges of those days, but acknowledged something unexpected happened to him as a result of his close contact with the hulking winger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My time with Bob on and off the ice was special for me,â&#x20AC;? Campbell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought I was helping Bob, but in the end he taught me life lessons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He made all our lives better and brighter through that glow of life he brought into each day we were around him.â&#x20AC;?

A FATHER AND HUSBAND Belle River, Ontario native Tie Domi, who carved out his own niche as one of the NHLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best enforcers, makes no secret that as a young player he wanted to be the next Bob Probert. However, after engaging in a series of memorable fights with his idol, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not the fisticuffs he remembers Probert by any longer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone obviously wants to know about the battles we had, but I got to know the guy as a father and husband,â&#x20AC;? Domi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I admire about Bob Probert. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He stands out as just a great guy. A funny guy. A big lovable teddy bear.â&#x20AC;? Domi got to really know Probert after insisting to CBC heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do the highly successful Battle of the Blades pairs figure skating show only if the former Wing was involved. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I took them (participants in the Battle of Blades) to a U2 concert,â&#x20AC;? Domi said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were all down front row and Bob had his cellphone in the air the whole concert so his wife and kids could listen. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what Bob Probert was all about.â&#x20AC;? While much of day was focused on reminiscing, Wings forward Kris Draper struggled to come to grips with the death of a peer and how his family will move forward. Probert leaves behind his wife Dani and four children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was thinking of his kids,â&#x20AC;? said Draper when asked what crossed his mind during the service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His two oldest daughters went up and spoke and that was amazing what they did. I know Probie would be just smiling down knowing how proud he is off those girls up there talking. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You keep thinking of the kids and not being able to live that full life you want to. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to miss so many things and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exactly what his daughtersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; touched on and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad.â&#x20AC;?

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