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TABLE OF CONTENTS

NOVEMBER 26, 2012 VOLUME 23: ISSUE 6 6 THE LOCKER ROOM Talking hockey on Facebook and Twitter

8 SLIDESHOW

Hockey photos from across the Mitten

10 GET BETTER A continuous 2-on-1 drill for your next practice

12 YOU SHOULD KNOW The NTDP’s Dylan Pavelek

16 NAHL NAHL continues to improve player safety

18 HOMETOWN HEROES This year’s high school hockey captains

22 HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEWS Team-by-team breakdowns

28 LUKE GLENDENING

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HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY PREVIEWS – out our comprehensive high school Check preview to get ready for the 2012-13 season

From Grand Rapids high school hockey to a professional career

30 PLYMOUTH WHALERS

Stefan Noesen continues to impress

32 RED WINGS INSIDER A lengthy lockout could mean the end for veteran NHLers

34 LAST LINE Darren Eliot talks high school hockey

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HOMETOWN HEROES

68 of this year’s high school hockey captains

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LUKE GLENDENING

The former Michigan Wolverines captain proves high school hockey works

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LOOK FOR OUR NEXT ISSUE LAST LINE

Darren Eliot shares his high school hockey memories

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FROM THE EDITOR MIHOCKEYMAG EDITOR Michael Caples

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DESIGN Emily Huston Chuck Stevens CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Darren Eliot Pat Evans Ben Fleck Brian Kalisher Stefan Kubus Kyle Kujawa Matt Mackinder Dave Waddell Ryan Zuke ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTORS Amy Jones Anne Ellis

EDITORIAL BOARD: Bob DeSpirt, Christine Knight, Derek Blair, James Jenkins, Julie Pardoski, Kirk Vickers, Linda Holland, Lisa Zarzycki, Mark Vansaw, Nyron Fauconier, Randy Paquette, Rob Mattina, Susan Bottrell, Tim Wilson, Todd Krygier

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BY MICHAEL CAPLES

It’s that time of year…high school hockey is here There are a whole lot of faces on the cover of MiHockeyMag this year. Hope you don’t feel like they’re all staring at you. We don’t keep records on the subject – at least

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of him at the NHL Draft. He serves as a great example for kids playing high school hockey – it is a legitimate option for players looking to extend their hockey careers. That’s also why we chose to highlight former Wolverine

none that I’ve stumbled across – but I’m assuming

captain Luke Glendening, a high school hockey product

that this year was a record for MiHockey.

straight out of Grand Rapids. He proved that you can

We had 68 captains show up for our annual high school hockey captains photoshoot. I’ve been in trouble with our

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graphic designers, because I wasn’t expecting so many.

play high school hockey (and other high school sports, as well) and still accomplish your goals and dreams. As a former high school hockey player myself, it

More work for them to squeeze everybody in. Worth it.

has been great to see the level of play increase year

I was thrilled to see the final count on how many young

after year, and the talent pool continue to grow. I

leaders stopped by Novi Ice Arena for our photography

ask of you to do whatever you can to support high

sessions. We had students drive in from hours away to

school hockey, especially in areas where budgets are

be a part of this issue – one of my personal favorites. It’s

slim, because it is great for hockey in our state.

the latest of many examples that show how dedicated

I hope you enjoy this issue of MiHockeyMag. We

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hockey players are in this state...and how a lot of them are

sure did while we were assembling it. Thanks to

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used to spending extended periods of time in the car.

Nolan Bona, my close friend and photographer, for an

PHOTOS AT LEFT: Port Huron Northern’s Jimmy Radatz (Nolan Bona/MiHockey), Brother Rice’s Andrew Roye (Nolan Bona/MiHockey), Luke Glendening (Courtesy of the Toledo Walleye) COVER: Photos by Nolan Bona/MiHockey. Design by Chuck Stevens/MiHockey

It was great to interact with some of the top players in

to Emily Huston and Chuck Stevens, our graphic

tell us they follow us on Twitter, or that they have wanted

designers who always give me a hard time when I

to be on the cover for a long time now (not making these

mention them in here. And thanks to our editorial staff

up), it reinforces our theory that this issue is important to

– Darren Eliot, Matt Mackinder, Stefan Kubus and Pat

kids across the state. And that’s what we’re here for - to

Evans for this issue – for another outstanding job.

celebrate the best that hockey has to offer at every level. I also couldn’t help but look around and wonder which players we may be covering for many years to come. Last

Cover reprints available e-mail: mcaples@mihockeynow.com

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excellent job with the captains shoot this year. Thanks

this year’s high school hockey world. For some of them to

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. See you at a rink soon.

year, a young Mackenzie MacEachern was Brother Rice’s representative. A few months later, we were taking photos

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THE LOCKER ROOM

THE

LOCKERROOM

TWO FOR TWEETING

ON THE FLY

While preparing for this edition of MiHockeyMag – our annual high school hockey preview – two different players tweeted at us to tell us how much they enjoyed being on the cover from prior years. It was awesome to hear that even years after they appeared on our cover, it still mattered to them, and that they’re still following along with MiHockey.

Fifth-grader Megan Demshukk wants to be an author when she grows up. The student at Commerce Elementary in Commerce Township also knows her way around the rink. When she asked if she could write something for our magazine, we were more e than willing to accommodate. e. e. Here she is, explaining why she loves hockey so much.

THOSE MOMENTS

LOCKER ROOM POLLS Q: “Will NHL hockey be played this season?”:

Let’s face it - the question is on everybody’s mind. We decided to ask the hockey fans that frequent our Facebook page, and here is what they said. Surprisingly, not a single person clicked the ‘undecided’ answer that we gave them along with the yes and no answers.

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About two years ago, I swore that I would never play hockey. Ever. Little did I know that I would soon learn to love the sport, and figure out that I have a true talent for it. Two years later, I’m on a hockey team for my second year. Although I feel as though it’s a pain to leave in the morning for practices, the games are what are so wondrous and superior. There’s the rush of chasing your opponents, and the many minutes hunting down the puck. Adrenaline’s pumping, and your heart is pounding a mile a minute. And there’s that moment, that one moment, when the puck’s smack dab on your stick, you’re blasting ahead, full-speed toward the net; and those couple of seconds

where you shoot, and the puck flies off your stick and smashes into the netting behind the goalie. That’s just one of the greatest, most spectacular feelings in the world. Just as soon as it happens, you shoot your stick up into the air, and cheer. It happens in just a few heartbeats, and when it’s happening, when you’re skating, you don’t really think about it. You just do it. And afterwards, it’s like one enormous victory. When you take that shot and realize what had just happened, it’s significant. Simply amazing. You experience the couple of moments you’ve been waiting for since the very beginning of the game, and it’s just spectacular.

Know an aspiring writer that loves hockey? We would love to hear from you. Email editor Michael Caples at mcaples@mihockeynow.com.

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SLIDESHOW

MICHIGAN HOCKEY IN PICTURES:

HOCKEY PHOTOS FROM ACROSS MICHIGAN

Texas Roadhouse hosted their meat-cutting competition at Royal Oak’s John Lindell Ice Arena on Nov. 15 - not something you see on a hockey rink very often.

Members of the Honeybaked 19U team (from left to right) Kirsten Padalis, Lexie Shaw, Demi Crossman, Haley McLean and Andie Anastos all signed National Letters of Intent to play college hockey next year.

We posted a split-screen image of the Wolverines and Spartans before their Nov. 9 contest on Twitter.

Port Huron Northern’s Jimmy Radatz gets his photo taken for MiHockey’s annual captains photoshoot.

A photo we posted on Twitter and Instagram at the Wolverines vs. Fighting Irish game on Nov. 16.

A wide-angle photo of Munn Ice Arena on Nov. 10, a half hour before the Spartans’ rematch with the Wolverines.

One of our favorite photos from the Spartans vs. Wolverines weekend series. We think it sums up the rivalry well.

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FAVORITE SPORTING EVENT:

Stanley Cup Finals.

MUST-SEE TV:

Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory.

FAVORITE BREAKFAST FOOD: Scrambled eggs, toast, buttermilk pancakes and orange juice.

FAVORITE MOVIE:

“Never Back Down” and “Miracle”

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SUPER POWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE: Fly, to see the world from a bird’s eye view and to get to places faster.

THREE PEOPLE YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE DINNER WITH:

Rob Dyrdek, Will Ferrell, Pavel Datsyuk

NICKNAME:

Pav or Minivan (because my teammates think I’m short and stocky).

WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH $1 MILLION:

I’d take care of the people who took care of me. I’d definitely buy my parents a car after they took me to and from tournaments and games for years. And I’d buy a car for myself too. I’d support a charitable cause as well.

PRE-GAME ROUTINE: Tie left skate first

FAVORITE MEAL:

Crab legs and butter

FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY:

Winning nationals with my Belle Tire U14 team.

WHO WAS MOST INFLUENTIAL ON YOUR HOCKEY CAREER:

My older brother Mark has been the most influential on my career. He continues to push me to get better and stronger and I train with him in the summers.

Dylan Pavelek

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Enjoy watching Dylan Pavelek play in Michigan while you still can. The National Team Development Program Under-17 Team forward has given a verbal commitment to coach Mark Osiecki and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Don’t worry, though – the Buckeyes will be making plenty of appearances in the Mitten. Pavelek, listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, grew up in the Belle Tire organization, and now he’s training with arguably the top development program in the country for his age group. We’re excited to see where his game progresses over the next few years – even if he is headed to Columbus.

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s goaltenders practice each day, they develop muscle memory without even thinking about it. Each time a shot is saved, your muscles remember those distinct movements. Your muscles remember all of the movements that are made, so it is important that BY JEFF LERG the good outweighs the bad. An example of the good happens when your body moves fluidly with your legs and arms in perfect position, and you make a great save. Some bad muscle memory forms when your body makes a movement that isn’t beneficial for you as a goaltender. In my opinion, the bad habits can be formed in practice during shooting drills. We, as goaltenders, all know these drills. The coaches blow the whistle over and over and try to get the skaters up and down the ice as fast as possible. The goalies rarely have time to get reset for each shot, so we start to form bad habits. We are trying to keep up with the pace and stop every puck, which forms habits without us even realizing it. If you watch any goaltender

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DEVELOPING BOTH LEGS when he/she starts to get tired, you will notice that he will do things that will make himself more comfortable. Some start to hunch over, while others brings their gloves lower than they should be, but the area impacted most by these bad practice plans is the legs. Goalies all have a dominant leg that we feel more comfortable getting up with every time we are in the butterfly. So, when our bodies start to get tired we get up on this leg after almost every shot. These shooting drills are happening so fast that we aren’t playing out the rebounds because we will get killed by the next shooter. Since we don’t have to move to follow the rebounds, we just get up the fastest way possible, which is by using our strong leg. If we went down into the butterfly 100 times during the course of a practice, we probably got up 80-90 times on our strong leg. This becomes a cyclical process since our strong leg gets stronger and we continue to feel more and more comfortable getting up with it. If you can’t tell, this is something that I have had to work through. During my first year and a half as a pro, I tore and rehabbed both of my ACL’s. My right knee went first and then my left knee came seven months later. Like many

things in life, I did things better my second time around. I knew what to do and rehabbed my leg harder and smarter and now my left leg has become my dominant leg. I have noticed that when I start to get worn down or need to get up quickly, my left leg rapidly moves without me even thinking. So, I consciously try to get up with my right leg now when I have time. If I need to get up quickly then my left leg will take over, but I now make a concentrated effort to get up on each leg around 50/50 each practice. Since my right leg still needs extra work, I make sure to do extra butterflies each day after practice and only get up using my right leg. The long-term effects of developing both legs will help us become more dynamic goaltenders in many ways. Think about how many times we have to push or slide around the crease by pushing with one leg. As the play moves from side to side, we will be as equally effective moving both ways. My goal as a goaltender is to eliminate any weaknesses in my game. I feel that developing both legs to be strong will give me the best chance to make any type of save that I need to make.

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NAHL ANNOUNCES NEW PLAYER SAFETY INITIATIVE BY MATT MACKINDER

With player safety at the forefront of seemingly every hockey league at every age level, the North American Hockey League is no exception. Recently, the league announced a new player safety initiative of awareness geared towards new and improved standards for player safety for the almost 600 players currently playing in the NAHL. A new league-wide code of conduct policy is now in place with the purpose to address unwanted behaviors and to review all existing playing rules, identify those actions that negatively impact the game and develop a supplementary discipline guideline that addresses these actions and would be acceptable to the participating junior stakeholders. “Player safety is not a new priority for the NAHL,” said NAHL commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “Our supplemental discipline structure that we currently utilize has performed extremely well for many years. The main benefit for this nationally-supported initiative will be the awareness and education handed over to the players to help them understand the consequences of unwanted and dangerous actions and that understanding will lead to a higher level of respect for the opposing player as well as the game of hockey.” A progressive suspension strategy has been instituted to deter repeat offenders and serve as a deterrent to all players from engaging in unsportsmanlike actions, increased stick work and other violent or intimidating actions. The NAHL has also continued to be proactive with its equipment suppliers to continue their commitment to providing all players in the NAHL with the best and most protective equipment possible. An example of this is the ongoing partnership between the NAHL and The Messier Project, which outfits all of the league’s players in the state-of-the-art M11 helmet. “The NAHL was the first league of its kind to adopt a league-wide partnership with The Messier Project, which has been instrumental on focusing on being proactive and at the forefront of the issue of head injuries and concussions,” said Frankenfeld. “Our players’ safety has always been a top priority and our partnership with our equipment suppliers only re-enforces that commitment. Our game is played at a very fast-paced and high level, and we want our players to have the confidence that they need to perform to the best of their abilities, with the full knowledge that have the maximum amount of protection each time they step on the ice.” The NAHL – always one step ahead.

“Air Force has an unbelievable campus and the possibilities that go along with an education at the academy are second to none,” said Truehl. “The players seem to be great guys and I will hopefully be able to compete for playing time right away. “I was incredibly impressed with my trip. The coaches made it clear that my academics and my future are just as important as my college hockey career.” The Air Force roster features more NAHL graduates than any other NCAA Division I program.

JOHNSTOWN GOALIE TO FLY WITH AIR FORCE Johnstown Tomahawks’ goaltender Chris Truehl has committed to the United States Air Force Academy of Atlantic Hockey for next season.

NAPHL CHURNING OUT NAHL TENDERS California Titans 16U forwards Ethan Somoza (Fairbanks Ice Dogs) and Brendan Harris (Bismarck Bobcats) and defenseman Nick Wallace (Bismarck) have signed tenders

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‘CONEHEADS’ PUTTING MARK ON CHEROKEE The Toledo Cherokee’s rookie forward line of Jordan Fogarty, Brandon Layman and Tyler Zalecki – nicknamed the “Coneheads” by the veteran Toledo players – are making an impact this season and have actually played together for a number of years growing up in Toledo. All high school seniors, each of them brings a new dimension to the Cherokee’s NA3HL team this year and all feel at home as they knew what the program was all about. “I was familiar with the Toledo program and thought it was a great opportunity to play in my hometown and it would give me the best shot to move up,” said Zalecki. “The veterans on the team have been very helpful to us rookies and really want us to succeed.” “I get along extremely well with Zalecki and Layman as we have played together for the last three years,” said Fogarty, whose father, Ron, has been the head coach at Division III Adrian College since its inception in 2007 and a Division I assistant for 10 years prior to that. “We have great chemistry on and off the ice and the other guys on the team noticed that and came up with the nickname.” “Being a young player, we always looked up to the junior team and hope the young players now do the same,” added Layman. “I didn’t know a whole lot about the league, but found out it was a great steppingstone for higher leagues and a good starting point for myself. Being such a young team, I feel like we surprised a lot of people with our play and record thus far.” NOTABLE QUOTABLE “The ‘C’ didn’t change a whole lot of things from the previous games I have played at this level and as a player, I think it is more what you do on and off the ice than what is on your jersey. My game has progressed in multiple areas so far this season. Mostly mentally, the game seems to be slowing down and it is becoming second nature to make routine plays on the ice.” – Metro Jets’ captain Matt Stirling.

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Courtesy Andy Grossman/Detailed Images Pictures top to bottom: Johnstown Tomahawks’ goaltender Chris Truehl; Bismarck Bobcats defenseman Nick Wallace; Metro Jets’ captain Matt Stirling with NAHL teams for next season, while Indiana Jr. Ice 18U forward Evan Okeley has signed a tender with the Wichita Falls Wildcats. Okeley was a part of Indiana’s 16U team that won the NAPHL championship last season.

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December 7-9, 2012 Bantam House 231-933-4842 Email: gthatournaments@ yahoo.com www.tchockey.com Motown Cup Tournament Series Detroit, MI 12/7/2012 - 12/9/2012 Mite through Midget: House, B, A and AA, High School Varsity and JV Hockey Time Productions (216) 325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Get Into the Cold Tournament Mt. Pleasant, MI December 14-16, 2012 Squirt House B 989-772-9623 fo@mpicearena.org www.mpicearena.org GTHA Tournament Series Traverse City, MI December 14-16, 2012 Squirt House 231-933-4842 Email: gthatournaments@ yahoo.com www.tchockey.com St. Ignace Bridge Brawl St. Ignace, MI December 14-16, 2012 Bantam B 906-643-8676 Email: lbe@cityofstignace.net www.littlebeararena.com Yost Holiday 3-on-3 Tournament Ann Arbor, MI Thursday, December 27, 2012 2003 and 2004 age divisions 734-764-4600 Motown Cup Tournament Series Detroit, MI December 29–31, 2012 Mite through Midget: House, B, A and AA, High School Varsity and JV Hockey Time Productions (216) 325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com

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January 4-6, 2013 Mite ADM (231) 591-2881 www.ferris.edu/icearena or www.bigrapidshockey.org St. Ignace Bridge Brawl St. Ignace, MI January 4-6, 2013 Squirt Travel A & AA 906-643-8676 Email: lbe@cityofstignace.net www.littlebeararena.com 8th Annual January Freeze Tournament Bay City, MI January 11-13, 2013 Mite-Midget B & BB 989-671-1000 Email: chaffint@baycounty.net Bottle Knocker Muskegon, MI January 11-13, 2013 Squirt – Bantam House, Midget BB, Mini-Mite/Mite Jamboree 231-739-9423 www.lakeshoresportscentre.net GTHA Tournament Series Traverse City, MI January 11-13, 2013 Squirt House 231-933-4842 Email: gthatournaments@ yahoo.com www.tchockey.com FSU-BRAJHA Mini-Mite & IP ADM Tourney Big Rapids, MI January 18-20, 2013 Mini-Mite & IP ADM (231) 591-2881 www.ferris.edu/icearena or www.bigrapidshockey.org FSU-BRAJHA Mite Full Ice Tourney Big Rapids, MI January 18-20, 2013 Mite (231) 591-2881 www.ferris.edu/icearena or www.bigrapidshockey.org King’s Cup Dimondale, MI January 18-20, 2013 Squirt – Bantam B, A & AA & Midget AA 517-319-1000 thesummitsportsandice.com Hockey Time Productions Motown Cup Tournament Series Detroit, MI January 18-21, 2013 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV

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Canadian Hockey Enterprises 1-800-461-2161 www.chehockey.com AMERICAN CUP December 13-15, 2012 Lake Placid, NY Midget AA, A, B, - Minor/Major/Mixed divisions Canadian Hockey Enterprises 1-800-461-2161 www.chehockey.com AMERICAN CUP HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT December 13-15, 2012 Lake Placid, NY High School Boy’s and High School Girl’s Canadian Hockey Enterprises 1-800-461-2161 www.chehockey.com Schwan Cup High School/Youth Blaine, MN December 26-January 1, 2013 Youth Squirt-Bantam & High School 763-717-3240 www.Superrink.org AMERICAN CUP December 27-30, 2012 Lake Placid, NY Atom, Peewee, Bantam AA, A, B, Select - Minor/Major/ Mixed divisions Canadian Hockey Enterprises 1-800-461-2161 www.chehockey.com

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AMERICAN CUP January 3-6, 2013 Lake Placid, NY Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam AA, A, B, House Select - Minor/ Major/Mixed divisions Canadian Hockey Enterprises 1-800-461-2161 www.chehockey.com Hockey Time Productions South Bend Cup Tournament Series South Bend, IN January 11-13, 2013 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com Hockey Time Productions Rock ‘n Roll Cup Tournament Series Cleveland, OH January 18-21, 2013 Mite-Midget House, B, A, AA High School Varsity and JV 216-325-0567 www.itshockeytime.com

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LAKE ORION DAVID OTTO

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BOYS HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEWS L’ANSE CREUSE

LAKE ORION

Coach Wayne Tollon says his team’s best strength this season is that they have 17 seniors, 14 of which played together all of last season. Key players include captains Garrett FIlips, Ryan Korpal and Luke Thomas, goaltenders Andrew Woloszyk and Sean Korpal, and top players Tyler Andrews and Jason Grand. Discipline on the ice will be the key to a strong season.

Despite graduating 15 seniors, LO coach Nick Field says he has a strong defensive core returning from last year’s OAA Red champions. He will be counting on strong seasons from senior David Otto and Mark Nylen, along with underclassmen Jordan Stross, Ryan Szydlowski, Drew Casey, Mark Kerchner, Connor Moesta, Kurt Latshaw, and goaltender Logan Aldrich.

GRAND LEDGE/FOWLERVILLE

BROTHER RICE

Grand Ledge and Fowlerville will play as a unified squad this season, and coach Brian Clifford says how well the team “gels” will have a huge impact on the season. Key players include Adam “Juan” Epstein, Alec Faggion, Peyton Styles, and Wade Hugett. Their biggest strength? Senior leadership.

Coach Lou Schmidt, Jr., says this year’s Brother Rice squad is smaller, but quicker, than last year’s D-2 state champions. They will be tested this year, as Brother Rice has made the jump to D-1. Seniors Andrew Roye, Russell Cicerone, Conner Duncan and Ross Haffney will be key players, as will Blake Bazzi, Conner Jean, Matthew Manning, Nick Rosa, Matt Riggelman, and goaltender Jack Bowman.

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC Coach Brian Bellgraph said he has been thrilled to see the dedication levels out of his inexperienced squad, as many of the players come from a recreational hockey program. He will be counting on leadership from captain Max Bultman, Cindy Davis and Jeremiah Dubbink. Bellgraph said his team will only go as far as their confidence goes, and that they need to build on successes, rather than focus on failures.

NORTHVIEW/COMSTOCK PARK/SPARTA Coach Scott Stephens says the strength of the unified squad will be their goaltending, discipline and work ethic. Tyler Kuehl and Billy Russ lead the way between the pipes, joined by defenseman Jacob Cobb and forwards Calvin Wojtaszak, Scott Lacy and Jaelen Maslowski.

L’ANSE CREUSE NORTH

PINCKNEY

L’Anse Creuse North is a young team, but one that will be fast and disciplined, according to coach Jon Nader. He will be counting on strong seasons from Gage Mazzetti, Gage Minkley, Aaron Wysocki, Vinnie Scarpaci, Trevor Frye, Brandon Alafriz, and Tyler Bliss as they try to bring five freshmen up to speed early in the season.

Pinckney will be tough to score against this season, according to coach Ted Kroll. Captain Gannon McLeskey and Mark Janiga lead the way on the blue line, while three senior goaltenders – Brandon Dolan, Justin Karamon and Shane Polich – will compete for starting time in goal. Pat Rogowski, Brandon Okurowski, Cooper Jenkins, Nolan Lefebvre and Michael Salata lead them up front.

CANTON Canton will be looking for a three-peat as ‘Park’ champions this season (they share a campus with Plymouth and Salem high schools), but they will need a young team to mature fast to do so. Leading the way are returners Matt Cox, Christian Flack, Ian Fagan and Brad Ceci. Newcomers Matt Talioferro, Connor Wherret, Dillon Schlamp and Craig Allard are expected to make an immediate impact for the Chiefs.

SHRINE CATHOLIC

BERKLEY

DETROIT CATHOLIC CENTRAL

Berkley had their best season since the program’s inception in 1999 last year, but lost seven seniors to graduation. That means coach Jeff Fleming will be leaning on goaltenders Stephen Wroe and Robbie MacDonald, defensemen Nolan Young, Keith Waldrup, Shane Goldberg and Alex Rawlik, and forwards Joey Leider, Curtis Carne, Zack Segall, Giani Bonnello, Sage Stuart, Jeremy Pazcos, Joe Wolynski, and Kyle Kube.

Todd Johnson says it will be difficult for teams to score on CC this season, thanks to senior goaltenders Derek Moore and Ryan Mulka. Also leading the way for the Shamrocks are forwards Michael Babcock, Charlie Green and Danny Middleton, and defenseman Nick Daigneau. Green is a dual-sport star who has a golf scholarship at MSU.

Senior Hugo Stange and junior Steve Erwin form an impressive duo between the pipes for Shrine this season. Coach AJ Plaskey says forwards Joe Nagle, Dan Tresnak and Michael Mann, along with defensemen Drake Eckert and Troy Button will be his leaders on the ice. For a successful season, they will need more offensive output across the board, including the defense.

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will be counting on strong performances from Sebastian Stankiewicz, Shane Switzer, Zach Bensinger, Hunter Kosnick, Paul Johnson, Jake Hartje and Jack Bergmann. For them to have success, however, the team must improve on their “compete level” every game.

OXFORD Oxford welcomes back a high number of returning players, despite having a small roster size. “We will be a small team, but we’re hopeful our team speed and veteran leadership will be a differentiator,” said coach Dave Hague. Expect strong seasons from Stephan Friz, Connor Novack, and Brennen Orr.

DAKOTA Coach Mike Jakubik says his team’s greatest strengths will be offensive depth and skill, along with experience between the pipes. He will be counting on Dakota’s leadership group of Chad Roskelly, Ronnie O’Connor, Austin Azzopardi, Brad Schornak, Anthony Benvenuti and Justin Dudzinski for 2012-13. A youthful blue-line club will need to gain experience quickly.

HUDSONVILLE Coach Jason Caster says for his team to succeed, they will have to “stay off the roller coaster” and play consistent hockey. He will be counting on forwards Kollen Bayko, Nick Scott, Ryker Barber, Adam Jorgensen and Mike Vanderveen, defensemen Dan Hoekstra and Jesse Rotman, and goaltender Micah Timmermans. Their depth will be their greatest strength, according to Caster.

ANN ARBOR HURON New coach Ken Westerman had Ann Arbor Huron working hard over the summer, and he expects that it will pay off throughout the season. AA Huron played in a summer league for the first time since 2008, and hit the weight room in May. Senior captain Ryan Silvester will lead, along with Glen Camfield, Ellis Freatman and Ross Evoy.

UTICA STEVENSON “We should have strong offensive attack which feature various skilled players as well as some great shots,” said coach Alan Korolewicz, who has returned from De La Salle. Stevenson will be leaning on junior forward Dino Balsamo, sophomore defenseman Nick Paige, and senior goaltender Matt Bognar. Growth on defense throughout the season will be key.

CRESTWOOD UNIFIED For the first time, Crestwood is comprised of Dearborn Heights Crestwood, Dearborn Heights Annapolis, and Garden City high schools. Coach Steve Popp expects a strong defensive team. He will be counting on senior leaders Matt Kirunchyk, Lucas Johnston, Steve Bennett and goaltender Chris Greco to have strong seasons, both on the ice and in guiding the younger players on the team.

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AUBURN HILLS AVONDALE Over the summer, Avondale lost eight players to graduation, and roughly 90 percent of their scoring along with it. Coach Karl Daiek said the team’s success will come down to how quickly the new players get up to speed. He will be counting on big seasons from Craig Zimmerman, Luke Senkowski, Erik Gadzinski, Emmitt Wagner, Patrick Reidy, Paul Miriani, Max Spurlin and goaltender Nikolas Senkowski.

MONROE ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CENTRAL Coach Brian Hughes says that since his team has a small roster this season, some of the main focuses include trying to stay healthy, keeping penalty minutes to a minimum, and strong goaltending night after night. His strong core of players includes Andre Lewis, Dylan Lewis and Chad Cousino. Andrew Knapik/MiHockey

MILFORD OKEMOS Okemos coach Bill Sipola says his team’s goal this season is simple – a league championship. He will be counting on key players Tristan Eggenberger and Matt Luberto to help out a team that Sipola expects to be highscoring with strong goaltending. If the defense improves rapidly, Okemos will be a problem for their CAAC foes.

JACKSON UNITED Coach Eric Morgan says that Jackson United’s scoring depth will be their difference-maker; five or six different players can score on a nightly basis. Key players for Jackson this year include Josh Mathias, Billy Bonser, Matt Stamler up front, Jake Hauter and Grant Denton on defense, and Jake Waggenner in goal. Morgan wants his younger players to push his older ones throughout the season, as well.

ANCHOR BAY Anchor Bay will rely on their team’s speed this season, as they try to adjust to losing both their goaltenders and five of six defensemen from last year. Key players include senior captain Matt Kaiser and sophomores Ryan Haag and Austin Koleski. Coach Mel Rettell will be counting on senior leadership from Korey Constantine, Matt Steyer and Josh Guske, as well.

TRENTON Coach Mike Turner says “Trenton tradition will be tested this year,” after his team was hit heavily by graduation. The Trojans will try to replace 10 seniors and two senior goaltenders this season. Junior Andrew Sawyer leads the way on offense, while Vinny DaBrowa is the focal point on defense. Turner says it will be crucial for a new team to gel quickly.

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BISHOP FOLEY Bishop Foley will be leaning on veteran leadership this fall, as they begin play with only 12 on their roster. “In other words, we have to work harder than everyone else and do all the little things in order to be competitive on a nightly basis,” coach Dave Williamson said. They will be counting on strong play from their senior class, led by captain Kaylan Taylor up front, Dominic Doxen on defense, and Alex Day in goal.

BLOOMFIELD UNITED Coach Bruce McAlister says his team will thrive because of confidence in their goaltenders, most notably senior Nick Dingwall. “We’re strong at the goaltender position, which gives us a good chance to beat anyone on any given night,” McAlister said. Bloomfield United will also be counting on strong play from senior forwards Chase Smith and Kevin Barnett, and sophomore forward Johnny Artemenko.

GAYLORD Gaylord lost the majority of scoring from last year, so finding people who can put the puck in the back of the net has been a focus for coach Mark Long. Luckily, he knows many pucks won’t find his own net, because of goaltender Peter Lawton. They also lost five defensemen, but Long says this year’s squad has a great worth ethic and are willing to listen and learn quickly.

ROYAL OAK Coach Craig Ward describes his Royal Oak team as a “blue-collar” team that likes to work hard, grind, and make things happen because of hard work. He pointed to seniors Trey Sobolewski, Seth Schuit and Brice Kinney, along with junior Evan Fall, as the team leaders. Ward also had high praise for his goaltenders, senior Max Benoit and sophomore Danny Harlick.

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This season, Milford will be led by Connor Welch, Dominic Bates, JJ Munce, Trevor Tierney, RJ Hogg, Tony Bima, Matt Nassar and Evan Wilson. Coach Paul Ogden says team discipline, work ethic, and attitude will be their greatest strengths, while they will work on individual skills and team play as the season progresses.

CRANBROOK KINGSWOOD With ten returning forwards and four returning defensemen, coach Andrew Weidenbach has high hopes for this year’s CK squad. Captain Alex Alger leads the way, along with assistant captains Jeremy Loewenstein and Jeff Martin. Three goaltenders – sophomores Spencer Applebaum and Austin Movinski and junior Trisan Neeb – will compete for time between the pipes. Weidenbach says his team hopes to erase a disappointing 2011-12 season with a deep playoff run this year.

UNITY (WAYLAND UNION, HASTINGS, HOPKINS AND THORNAPPLE KELLOGG) Coach Tom Elliott says he expects his unified squad to be strong on the blue line this season, thanks to Evan Lagendyk, Jonah Oman and James Isola. Unity will also be expecting a big season out of Czech native Adam Hyrsl, an exchange student who will be a force on offense.

GRAND RAPIDS CATHOLIC CENTRAL Grand Rapids CC welcomes back ten players to a roster that is small but quick. Coach Mike Slobodnik says he is expecting big seasons from Remy Woods, Jeff Gorski, Brian Cain and Brendan Kane. Yet Slobodnik also pointed out that CC will be relying on a lot of young players this year, and how they adapt will dictate how the season goes.

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LIVONIA STEVENSON Despite having a young team, coach David Mitchell says Stevenson’s team already plays with a unified family feel that competes from start to finish. Players to watch this fall include senior goaltender Connor Humitz, junior forward Dominic Lutz, senior forward Timmy Kelly, and senior defenseman Travis Harvey. Mitchell says his young team must learn from their mistakes quickly, and play a consistent game.

PORT HURON NORTHERN Port Huron Northern returns plenty of experience from last year’s team, including senior goaltender Matt Fernandez, four defensemen, and two full forward lines with MIHL experience. Assistant coach Ryan Porte says players to watch include forwards Jimmy Radatz, Kyle Truscott and Bryce Van Horn, along with defenseman Tyler Hughes. The key to a successful season will be if the newcomers can adjust to “Northern Hockey” quickly enough.

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Rochester United returns three of their top-four scorers from last season in Brent Boudreau, Marshall Bowery and Evan Asuncion. Lucas Dishinger and Nick Marek anchor the Rochester defensive corps, while returning netminder Brody Blair and newcomer Kyler Patenaude will battle for time between the pipes. “I’m excited about this team because I really do feel that we are solid in all three phases of the game,” said coach Craig Staskowski.

Last year’s Division-1 finalists return 12 players, including five defensemen. Coach Scott Lock things that their maturity and experience, along with team strength and speed, could mean another exciting season for Grosse Pointe North. Lock will be counting on strong seasons from Jack Stander, David Chavis, Anthony Allemon, Tanner Colborg, Jeffrey Herron, Jack Guest, Nick Rahaim and CJ Kusch.

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Coach Ed Van Portfliet is excited about the depth his Rams squad has this year, as they return 16 players. Key returnees include seniors Cam Bathum, Jacob Smyth, Austin Cantu and goaltender Todd Millar, as well as juniors David Sokol and Trevor Mills. Van Portfliet says that if his team can score goals, they can make some noise in the state playoffs.

Coach Mark Vellucci says team chemistry and goaltending will be the Falcons’ greatest strengths this season. Seniors Cooper McLean and Nick Gensheimer and juniors Nick Heffron and John Lethemon will carry the weight this fall. Farmington will also move down to Division 3 for the playoffs this spring.

If the defending Division-3 state champs can control the pace of the game with puck control and relentless speed, they can win plenty more games this year, according to coach Rob McIntyre. He wants his players to play with “busy eyes, busy feet; be creative to be productive.” Key players include Manny Counsman, Jake Soyka, Lordanthony Grissom, Bill Yates and Luke Soyka.

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Coach Clint Windsor said all 24 players on the Northville roster have the right attitude heading into the 2012-13 season – a team-first one. With that mentality, Windsor expects his team to improve on every aspect of the game, every single day.

Coach Travis Perry says he’s excited about the returning players from last year, and the three capable goaltenders that will tend to the Flint Powers’ crease this season. Senior forwards Jared Coulter, Connor Jaggi, Jake Stone and Cam Hite will lead them up front. On the blue line, expect big seasons from Matt Lundeen and Spencer Stark. Casey Korhonen will lead the way between the pipes.

AIRPORT/FLAT ROCK Tim Ames is the coach of a new unified squad between Airport and Flat Rock. He said to expect offensive output from Ryan Eyler (captain), Alex Jennings, Austin Jacobs and Ryan Kernyo, and physical, grinding play from Jared Gersky, Tucker Senne and Aaron White. Newcomer Garrett Gillis will see plenty of ice time, as well.

SALEM The Rocks welcome back 15 players from last year’s roster. Key players include forwards Jake Fedel, Alek Zultowski, Jake Sealy and Adam Marthaler, defensemen Kyle Downey and Evan Patton, and goaltender Anthony Veresan. Coach Ryan Ossenmacher said his team’s greatest strength will be team speed across the board, and that they can be very successful if they improve defensively.

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EISENHOWER Eisenhower returns 10 players from last year’s regional championship team, including five defensemen. Sixteen of the players on their roster are seniors, meaning a deep team for coach Bob Hall. Key players include defensemen Dante Assad, Jacob Bird, CJ Kassley, Kyle Dellach and Alex Schnieder and forwards Marcus Leskiw, Frank Saputo, Tyler Fletemier, Ryan Jaros and Eric VanSlembrouck. Hall said they will be looking to “avenge the egg we laid when competing for the MAC Red Championship last season.”

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Coach Rick Bennetts says his team’s strength lies in their 12 seniors who have been a part of the U of D Jesuit program for all four years. Key players include Craig Pefley, Tommy Apap, Joe Brisson, Pete McMahon, Christian Wirth-Karbler, Chris Morgan, Joe Zelinski, Mike Korte, Alex Von Mach and Oscar Mansky. Team defense and being responsible with the puck in their own end will dictate their success this season.

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CHELSEA Six returning forwards means plenty of goal-scoring this year, according to Chelsea coach Don Wright. He will be counting on strong seasons from senior forward Jacob Ryan, senior defenseman Joey Olmsted, senior forward Taylor Atchley and senior goaltender Charlie Miller. How quickly the 10 new players on the Chelsea roster adapt to high school hockey will be the difference-maker in the season.

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Romeo coach John Minjoe says his team’s depth should make them a tough team to play against every night. Minjoe also declined to list key players, stating that all of them are key to a successful season. “We have a very talented group of young players,” Minjoe said. “If they adapt to the high school game quickly, we could be an interesting team to follow.”

Traverse City Central returns both their goaltenders and 11 players from last year’s season, which coach Chris Givens says means plenty of the “all-important” senior leadership. He will be counting on good performances from Bill Vermetten, Mike Wittersheim, Brady Brantley, Cooper Macdonell, Cam Givens, Nico Saco, Mitchell Ward and Rhys Adle. A young defensive corps learning quickly will be crucial to their success.

FRASER Fraser may have a short bench most nights, but coach Don Krussman says he likes his team’s overall depth from top to bottom. Krussman will be counting on strong seasons from seniors JR Dellies, Alex Behnke, Jackson Gray and John Goemaere between the pipes. However, for them to find success, they will need to improve on their defensive accountability.

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WATERFORD KETTERING Coach Dan Whitener says that Waterford Kettering’s main strengths this season will be overall team defense and goaltending. Their key players include Kyle Soncrainte, Brandon Lopez, Justin Haley, Steven Brewer, Christian Kettenbeil and Jacob Delekta. For them to have success, Whitener says they must improve on converting on scoring chances.

Coach Tim Blashill says his team’s main strength this season will be their team defense. Four senior defensemen, along with a senior/junior goalie combo, will make Big Rapids a tough team to score against. Blashill says key players include forwards Joe Carney and Pete Daniels, defensemen Zack Cox, Doug Bleeker, Justin Austin and Nate Sigmund, and junior netminder Joey Hinds, who will be their starter.

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New coach Jason Reynolds takes over a Churchill squad that has unfinished business from last season. Reynolds says team chemistry and a strong work ethic will be his team’s biggest strengths. Churchill will be led by senior forwards Tommy Carey, Brad Milks and Matt Sinclair, senior defenseman Nick McGee, and junior defensemen Evan Gibboney and Drew Puishes.

Coach Randy Menchaca has a solid core of veterans returning this season, for a significantly tougher schedule. Bedford has moved into the top NHC division that has three schools with OHSAA championships over the last three years. Strong seasons will be needed from Kyle Kuhr, Dominic and Michael Pisanti, and goaltender Adam Glick. For the first time, they will be competing with a full 22-man roster.

WALLED LAKE NORTHERN Walled Lake Northern returns many starters from last year’s KLAA-finalist squad. However, coach Claude Tunison says that his team needs to work to get their four sophomores and two freshmen up to speed quickly. He will be counting on impressive seasons from Austin Sansom, Eric Woolf, Joe Rozek, Jack Paulson, Daniel McCormack, Keegan Brown, and senior goaltender Grant Luzynski.

WOODHAVEN Woodhaven has 10 seniors returning, which means coach Bryan Sullivan is expecting a big season. The Woodhaven coach says to expect big seasons from Mike Williams and Dominic Moore up front, and Mike Perry and Jake Hernandez on the blue line. Woodhaven also has to replace a four-year starting goaltender they lost to graduation; Trevor Monaco and Stephen Hurley, two juniors, will compete for time between the pipes.

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Birmingham is in a state of transition, having graduated 15 seniors from last year. Only one returning player skated for the varsity team for the whole season last year. They also have a new coach in John Chateau. He will be counting on senior leadership from Adam Susalla, Kevin Kristopik, Zach Taylor, Michael Madigan, Kenny O’Hanlon, Patrick Blair, Mark Deacon and Jacob Saroli.

ALPENA Alpena will lean heavily on their first-line scorers and their goaltending this season. Coach Pete Doubek will be counting on key players Sam Rumbles, Jared Kwiakowski, Zach Nash, Jesse Boilure and Brett LeTourneau. They will need to improve on their team defense to be successful.

MARYSVILLE Coach Paul Moretz says his team is looking to build off their success of last season, yet that they have to replace some scoring lost to graduation. Expect strong seasons from Kyle Hyde, Dom Chreck, Kyle King and Michael Gaffney for the defending MAC champions.

LIVONIA FRANKLIN Dennis Gagnon takes over as the new coach at Livonia Franklin this season. Luckily for Gagnon, he has a strong senior class to lean on. This season’s top players will include Mike Diaz, Adam Stadler, Elijah Grimm, CJ Cromie,

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Josh Dudek, Andrew Golem, Daniel Pedersen, Ryan Pace and sophomore goaltender Matt Monendo. “With our returning players and an influx of senior talent, we may be pretty competitive this year,” Gagnon said.

PLYMOUTH Plymouth continues to build their hockey program, as the school enters its 10th year of operation at the PlymouthCanton Educational Park. The Wildcats have nine seniors on the team this year – Ryan Theisen, Dean Gunther, Spencer Godin, Mitch Claggett, Jordan Lopertrone, Cam Nadell, Joe Burke, Nick Schultz and Thomas Kelly. They will be counting on strong performances from their goaltending tandem of Jared Maddock and Erik VandenBosch.

MANISTEE Coach Jeff Patulski takes over a Manistee squad with plenty of returning players and two solid goaltenders. His key players include captain Yari Lynch, assistant captains Keegan Nowaczyk and Jacob Harrie, and junior goaltender Mason Clark. Patulski says that if they can learn the new systems and make good decisions in the defensive zone, it could be a fun season in Manistee.

BRIGHTON The defending Division-1 state champions lost nine players to graduation, including their top line and three of their best defensemen. However, coach Paul Moggach likes his team’s depth at the forward position, and if the defensive holes can be filled by new players, they can make another playoff run. Players to watch include Michael Yuhasz, Zach Morgan, Alex Sauchak, Danny Bosio and Joe Borst.

LAKELAND Lakeland only has four players returning from last year, but coach Tim Ronayne has confidence in his new group. He will be counting on leadership and strong performances from Ian Farley, Jake Riutta, Kyle Jakubowski, and Trent Lloyd.

EAST KENTWOOD Coach Shawn Jensen will be counting on key returnees like captain Tyler Layle, defenseman Adam Goudelock, captain Trent Bravata, forward Austin Adams, forward Brendan Vansweden and goalie Zack Casavant as they head into the 2012-13 season. With plenty of senior leaders and a solid work ethic, he’s excited about his team, and wants them to stay positive no matter what happens.

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GROSSE POINTE NORTH Coach Joe Lucchese says that GPN’s main strength this season will be their senior class – which holds an abundance of leadership and skill. He didn’t list any key players, saying that every one of them will need to give 100 percent.

REGINA After losing five players to graduation and two others to travel hockey, coach Paul Buscemi says his team is going through a rebuilding process. Regina will have to figure out how to replace the 100-plus goals they lost from last year. Rebuilding is a little easier, however, when you have strong goaltending. Buscemi has faith in sophomore goaltender Alex LaRue.

MERCY The Marlies return 13 players from last year’s team. Senior defensemen Morgan DeBrincat and Jacqueline LaPres anchor a defense playing in front of freshmen goaltenders Katy Kouvaris and Caitlin Somerville. Their offense will be led by seniors Madeline McClain, Grace Martin, Anna Mondrusov, Jacquelyn Murphy and junior Caitlin Conner.

PLYMOUTH-CANTONSALEM UNIFIED PCS Unified returns nine players from their Division-2 state title team. Key players include defensemen Ashley Saunders and Annelise Niermann, forwards Jenna Carter, Jordan Patterson, Cortny McAdoo, Elizabeth O’Donohue and Morgan Cusumano, and goaltender Becky Lough.

UNIVERSITY LIGGETT Coach Cassie Jaeckle says her Liggett squad needs to play with a “Not wish for it, work for it” attitude. Captains Aria GanzWaple and Chandler Warren will lead a young team, and Jaeckle says their ability to keep the team motivated, working hard, and growing together will be crucial.

GROSSE POINTE SOUTH Coach Joe Provenzano says GPS lost a significant portion of their scoring despite returning many players. A solid core of seniors, including Tenley Shield, Sam Taylor, Darian Dempsey, Meghan Polack, Lindsey Makos, Gabby Hartman and Allison Daudlin will need to lead the way. Senior goaltender and captain Anastasia Diamond will give the Blue Devils confidence from the crease on out. 26

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Pioneer only has two seniors on the roster this season, but coach Sandy Hurd says her team is actually deeper and more experienced than last season. Leading scorer Caroline Hurd returns, along with fellow junior forward Mercedes Reyes. Junior Lauren Chapman and sophomore Shay Pinhey lead the way on the blue line, and junior goaltender Paulina Arsenault will be strong in goal. Hurd is also excited to have senior Sloane Supica back, after she missed the 2011-12 campaign.

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WALLED LAKE Coach Erik Carlson says his team’s biggest strength will be the leadership provided by the senior class. He will be counting on seniors Megan Eustice, Meryll Miller, Christina Karagozian, Emma Crone, Jordan Maynard and Ryann Brier. Goaltender Sam Carrier and new addition Kylie Armstrong will play crucial roles as well.

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LADYWOOD Skating and passing will be the two skills that can separate Ladywood from their competition this season. They will be counting on strong seasons from Virginia Matherly, Hannah Pereira, Jackie Kristofik and Abby Pelon. “During the season we will hopefully be improving on playing as a team and having the knowledge to know where we are on the ice and always have the mind set of thinking two steps ahead of the game,” said assistant coach Maria Rotondo.

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LUKE GLENDENING’S UNCONVENTIONAL PATH TO THE NEXT LEVEL Former UM captain’s high school days set him up for pro career BY PAT EVANS To Luke Glendening, high school meant a lot more than just playing hockey. Although the young Glendening dreamed of playing professional hockey, he knew there was more to enjoying his adolescence, so he chose to forgo the normal route of those with the talents and aspirations of a hockey life. Now, Glendening skates with the Toledo Walleye. A victim of circumstance, he leads the Walleye with eight goals as of Nov. 19, as a slew of NHLers skating in the AHL have pushed talented young skaters to the ECHL. Glendening shined at East Grand Rapids High School in three sports and academics. He ran for touchdowns on the gridiron, jacked homers on the diamond and slipped wristers by goalies on the ice. Once that life focused solely on hockey, Glendening shot to the top of his game, said Shawn Hunwick, a teammate of Glendening’s at the University of Michigan. “The thing was, it never was his No. 1 priority,” Hunwick said. “Once he was able to focus on hockey, his game started to grow.” LIFE BEFORE HOCKEY Like any other kid dreaming of a life of professional sport, Glendening was always working on his game. His father, Tom, said a stick was never far from his hands, if he wasn’t already in the driveway shooting. Normally, kids who dream of a hockey career must choose to make the sport his or her life very early on. Glendening didn’t choose that life; instead he continued his public school and multiple-sport life. “I got nervous, I didn’t want to put all my eggs in one basket,” Luke Glendening said. “And the more I talked to

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my support group, the more I realized there were going to be some pretty special moments in high school I didn’t want to miss.” As he played football, baseball and hockey, he began to excel in all. But football was the one that began to attract attention. Playing at a then-emerging high school powerhouse, he had offers from several Division II colleges for a football career. He won a state championship in 2006 with the football team. But the dream of hockey pushed on. He passed on college for a year, instead opting to attend the Hotchkiss School, a prep school in Connecticut. There, he continued his life of baseball, football and hockey. Glendening was seriously looked at by Penn for football, before they ultimately passed. But a break was caught when a University of Michigan assistant coach went out to see a teammate of Glendening’s. Before long, a walk-on spot was offered and a shot at college hockey was in his lap. One thing stood in his way; a lack of playing time. As a walk-on, and a player coach Red Berenson hadn’t seen play, there was no promise Glendening would ever see the ice. He wasn’t all that shocked; never concentrating 100 percent on hockey, he was behind from a developmental standpoint. The coaches would just tell him, “You’re an athlete, you’ll pick it up.” And sure enough, Glendening soon caught up. “I wasn’t burned out from playing hockey every day,” Glendening said. “I still wanted to be on the ice every day and I wasn’t sick of the sport like maybe some of the other guys were.” Through the practices, Glendening proved to the Wolverines coaches he deserved to be on the ice.

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His sophomore season, he was voted assistant captain. Then, as a junior and a senior, he wore the ‘C’, making him just the eighth player in Michigan hockey history to be a multiple-year captain. Still, the lack of guaranteed playing time never wore off with Glendening, and he did his best to prove his worth the entire four years. “It was a kick in the butt and I knew I had to show up and work hard,” Glendening said. “When that happens to you, there’s two ways to look at it. You can say, ‘No one sees me as very good and I can’t change that idea,’ or you can work your tail off and make the most of it and prove yourself. “I was just so excited to be living my dream of playing at that level.” The hard work paid off; in four years, Glendening scored 31 goals and assisted on 39 more. He was named the CCHA’s Defensive Forward of the Year his senior season. The summer after his graduation from University of Michigan, the Grand Rapids Griffins signed Glendening to a minor league contract. It was the first time the Griffins had signed a player from West Michigan, and Glendening was ecstatic to sign a contract with his hometown team. Yet a minor roadblock has appeared because as the NHL continues labor talks, some young Red Wings are donning Griffins jerseys, with Glendening waiting in Toledo. Still, Glendening knows he’s living his dream and his attitude will pay off eventually. “It’s a dream come true to be playing professionally,” he said. “I know it’s a long road ahead of me, but I’m just going to keep working hard, and hope for the best.” IT’S ABOUT ‘TUDE Nick Vitucci sums it up pretty nicely. The head coach of the Toledo Walleye said for the most part, at the college level, every player has the same talent; it’s the work ethic that will set people apart. “Luke is the type of player who will always be able to contribute,” Vitucci said. “Even if he doesn’t score, he’ll always bring his best game.” Glendening always has been humble, and his desire to be the best always shined through.

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“He’s always been a firm believer of the only thing you can control is how hard you work,” Tom Glendening said. “He’s just wired differently, he wants to be the best. He loves getting his body into shape and pushing it to its limits. “If you tell him he can’t do something, he’ll find a way to do it.” Part of the work ethic comes from Glendening’s humbling mindset. He is always quick to shoot down compliments. Other players with his abilities might let it get to their heads, but Glendening puts his down and works harder. “Sports have a way of humbling people,” Tom Glendening said. “There’s always somebody who’s going to be better than you. He just has the heart and drive to be better than that somebody.” Aside from his attitude, a quick conversation with Glendening shows how he’s been able to take advantage of a wide support system. He still talks to his high school football coach, Peter Stuursma, on a regular basis. Just as he talks to his parents, Tom and Leslie, about almost every decision he makes. Glendening takes a little something from everybody he meets in life and applies it to his own, Tom Glendening said. But his family and friends help continue Glendening’s push to be great and survive in a cutthroat career. “There’s always going to be days when you think, ‘I can’t do this,’ and they are there for you. They help you get through those times,” Glendening said. “I’ll remember the people along the way more than the games. I remember all through college, people coming to games, and I’d say ‘Wow, I didn’t think they cared about hockey.’ “They didn’t. They just are there to support me.” MICHIGAN ON THE UP When Glendening left East Grand Rapids headed for Hotchkiss, high school players moving to college was rare. But as the more stories like Glendening’s pop up at universities across the state, the Michigan high school hockey scene could soon be bustling.

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“I know the route I chose isn’t the route most people chose,” Glendening said. “But it has gotten a lot better, even since I was in school. We’re starting to hear about more players from high school at the college level. And as that level of play increases, so too will the coaches who look at high school hockey.” It’s a domino effect, according to Glendening. The play will only get better at the level as the coaches look to high school more and kids realize that it is a path to college. “Hockey is getting better,” he said. “As the fever continues to grow, the level of play will increase and the players that see high school as a viable route will grow and then the coaches will see that as well and go after them.” The route to play hockey isn’t what matters, it’s the work that is put into that route, Tom Glendening said. “He didn’t take the route most people do, but he really shows if you set your heart on something and work hard, something good will come of it,” he said, adding that the good might not always be a career in hockey. “It’s not really where you get, but how you get there. Working hard, learning lessons from the mistakes you make and getting back on the horse.” Tom Glendening said his son’s career will last as long as he wants it to; it’s his decision to make. “If the Toledo Walleye is the last step he takes, that’s great. It’s a storybook story,” he said. “All I said is you get one shot. He’ll know when the time is right.” But that shot isn’t over yet. Glendening is working as hard as ever. He’s playing more than 20 minutes a game in Toledo, creating opportunities, and hinting that he wants to be back in Grand Rapids before the season ends. Vitucci said the hard work that Glendening continues to put into his game will only pay off more in the future. “He has big upside,” Vitucci said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him on a third or fourth line in the NHL four of five years down the line.”

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WHALERS’ NOESEN SAYS OHL CAREER HAS BEEN ‘A WHIRLWIND’, ‘CHAOTIC’ BY MATT MACKINDER Already armed with a signed NHL contract, Plymouth Whalers’ veteran Stefan Noesen now wants to put that contract to good use and show why the Ottawa Senators drafted him in the first round of the 2011 NHL draft. It wasn’t always that way for the Texas native, especially during his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League back in 2009-10 when he only played 33 games and recorded just eight points. His second season was the prototypical breakout season when he went for 34 goals and 77 points on his way to being on stage at the NHL draft in June 2011 in St. Paul, Minn. Looking back, the 19-year-old has no idea where the time has gone. “It’s been such a whirlwind,” said Noesen. “Time flies and it feels like yesterday I was watching and sitting out. I honestly haven’t had time to sit back and reflect because it’s been too chaotic.” Noesen piled up 82 points last season and is averaging a point per game this year with 22 points in 21 games. Growing up in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Noesen’s mentor as a youth player was Karson Kaebel, a coach known for getting the most out of his players, while guiding them on a spiritual, religious path along the way. Noesen was one player that took Kaebel’s actions and words to heart and still lives by them today with the Whalers. “(Kaebel taught me to) just make sure that I am myself, to make sure that I take care of others and make sure that I work hard night in and night out,” explained Noesen. “To be the best player I can be will get me a long way.” In Plymouth, head coach and general manager Mike Vellucci has had a similar effect on Noesen. “Mike has helped me become a better person, a more mature human being,” Noesen said. “He really makes me push myself both on and off the ice. On the ice, the most important thing he has taught me is to always work hard. Mistakes happen, but you can overcome them by working hard.” Had the ill-fated lockout not taken center stage this season, there would have been an outside chance Noesen could have been skating with the Senators – a situation he has thought about, but instead, he’d rather focus on his year in Plymouth. “I feel my season so far has gone well, but I obviously feel the team should be a lot better,” said Noesen. “I feel the lockout has had some downfall on not only me, but everyone. I think it has made me not be able to have a chance to show what I did over the summer to make myself a better player.” Rickard Rakell and Garrett Meurs have been Noesen’s linemates for several years and Noesen credits them with helping him get to the point in his career he is today.

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“Playing with Ricky and Gary, we have had such great chemistry over the years and it has always been good between us,” said Noesen. “Gary has the speed and relentlessness on the puck that makes him so good and Ricky is a sweet and savvy player. Just very delicate with the puck and is overall very solid.” Having signed his entry-level deal with Ottawa last season, there are still no guarantees that the NHL is in Noesen’s future. He knows it’s simply an opportunity he has to seize. “My main focus is to make the big club and imagine that there is someone there every night from Ottawa,” said Noesen. “I just always want to make sure I make the right plays and make sure I do everything at full speed and a good pace.” From a healthy scratch as a 16-year-old to one of the OHL’s preeminent players just a year later seems like a good pace for Noesen. NEDELJKOVIC MAKES OHL DEBUT Rookie goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, a 2012 sixth-round draft pick of the Whalers, made his OHL debut stopping 25 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss on the road in Belleville on Nov. 17. “The speed of the game is faster,” Nedeljkovic told PlymouthWhalers.com. “I would have liked to have won, but it was good.” Nedeljkovic, a Parma, Ohio, native who played for the Belle Tire 16U team last season, had a brief conditioning stint with the Waterford-based Metro Jets of the North American 3 Hockey League Nov. 10-11, picking up both wins as the Jets defeated the Flint Jr. Generals and Battle Creek Jr. Revolution.

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SAGINAW SPIRIT NOTEBOOK In a move with loose Michigan connections, the Brampton Battalion has been sold and relocated to North Bay for the 2013-14 season. The Ontario town of North Bay last had the OHL’s Centennials in 2001-02 before that team was sold and moved to Saginaw where it became the Spirit … Saginaw traded forward Sam Povorozniouck on Nov. 16 to Kingston for a third-round pick in the 2016 OHL draft … The Spirit also picked up overage defenseman Jason Shaw from Belleville back on Nov. 12 for a seventh-round pick in next spring’s OHL draft … Rookie defenseman Brandon Prophet will play for Team Ontario at the upcoming 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge being held in Victoriaville and Drummondville, Quebec, from Dec. 29, 2012-Jan. 4, 2013.

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A total of 18 Michigan natives are listed on OHL rosters as of Nov. 20, 2012: Alex Aleardi (Farmington Hills) – Plymouth Whalers Nick Betz (Clinton Township) – Erie Otters Reid Boucher (Grand Ledge) – Sarnia Sting Nick Czinder (West Bloomfield) – Kitchener Rangers Aaron Haydon (Plymouth) – Niagara Ice Dogs Brandon Hope (Canton) – Owen Sound Attack Max Iafrate (Livonia) – Kitchener Rangers Ben Johnson (Calumet) – Windsor Spitfires Mitch Jones (Rochester) – Plymouth Whalers Darby Llewellyn (Ann Arbor) – Kitchener Rangers Matt Mahalak (Monroe) – Plymouth Whalers Jimmy McDowell (Dimondale) – Erie Otters Saverio Posa (Grand Blanc) – Windsor Spitfires (pictured) Garrett Ross (Dearborn Heights) – Saginaw Spirit Patrick Sieloff (Ann Arbor) – Windsor Spitfires Grant Webermin (Novi) – Saginaw Spirit Devin Williams (Saginaw) – Erie Otters Dalton Young (Marysville) – Saginaw Spirit MiHockeyNow.com

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ANOTHER LENGTHY LOCKOUT COULD MEAN THE END FOR VETERAN NHLERS

BY DAVE WADDELL

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For the Wings players who haven’t opted to sign with a European or North American minor pro team, informal skates with teammates in Detroit is the best option now. It’s not physically draining, but it’s the mental wear and boredom that’s getting tough to deal with. These men, with their finely-tuned frames, are like thoroughbred race horses straining to run and never getting a chance to do so. “It’s been how many days already?” Bertuzzi asks. “I’m dragging my [butt] here right now. “We got a good group of guys, we keep it light. We get the work done that we need, but at the same time it’s always tough when you don’t know what the unknown is, what lies ahead? “You got to try to keep yourself busy. I’m trying to occupy my time with doing stuff with my family.” While most players have socked away enough money to ride out the storm, others on the periphery of the NHL aren’t as fortunate. Bertuzzi has much sympathy for the workers dependent on the NHL for their living. “I feel bad for the employees that work,” Bertuzzi said. “I feel bad for people that run the rink, the fan. “It’s not an ideal situation, especially for us in Detroit. We’re trying to get our city back up and moving and I don’t think it’s doing it any justice.” It seems the public is the one area both sides can agree on in this exercise in futility. The Wings organization has pumped out at steady series of appearances, charity events, coaching clinics and hospital visits involving management staff and retired players. There’s a palatable sense that there’s something a little different among the fan base. Fans may just be a little

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ime isn’t only ticking down on an NHL season rapidly approaching its third month of a lockout, it’s also ticking down on careers. After the lockout of 2004-05, over 200 players who had played in the previous NHL season retired when the league re-launched in the fall of 2005. Among them, such legends of the game as New Jersey’s Scott Stevens and former Detroit Red Wing Brett Hull, who lasted five games into the 2005-06 season before calling it quits. For Detroit winger Todd Bertuzzi, the race against Father Time is one he knows he can’t win if the clock runs out on negotiations and the NHL cancels the season for the second time in seven years. “It’s not ideal,” Bertuzzi conceded. “I’ll be turning 38, got one more year (left on my contract). “If I unfortunately have to miss a year that’s …” Bertuzzi can’t bear to finish the thought. Like all NHLers, hockey has been the only lifestyle he has known since his teenage years. It’s a routine that’s become as set as well-cured concrete. While a little extra time off helps the old guard in the league heal their bumps and bruises from a long season, there’s a point of diminishing returns. Bertuzzi admits that point has already arrived. “I hear some people say sometimes it benefits the older players,” Bertuzzi said. “I don’t think it really does. “I think you got to be consistently playing, being active. You usually train for 2 ½ months in the summer and then after that you just maintain and do a little bit more. “Going on (five) months right now with training, it gets kind of Groundhog Dayish.”

more fickle about forgiving the two sides when this is all done. “It’s the fans that are hurt the most with the lockout and everyone that’s involved around the rink,” Henrik Zetterberg said. “We feel real bad as players that we’re not able to be out there and perform, but we’re locked out. We’re not allowed to even speak with them. It is a tough situation. “I think also the fans should also realize why this is. It’s not the first time he (NHL commissioner Gary Bettman) does this and they should basically see what his main purpose is. “Is it to save hockey or not?” The players have certainly decided in their minds the answer to that question. The rather polite tone to negotiations in the early going has given way to some bellicose blasts being fired either way. The frustrations at not being able to divvy up a financial pie worth just over $3-billion finally boiled over for Detroit defenseman Ian White recently. White let loose with a rant directed at Bettman and his impact on the game. “I got to be honest, I personally think he’s an idiot,” White said of Bettman to MLive.com. “Since he’s come in I think he’s done nothing but damage the game. If you think of all the move’s he’s made, the teams that are all struggling seem to be the teams he put in places where there’s (limited support for hockey). “Just three lockouts (under Bettman is what he’s done). I don’t know if he’s in control of the owners or what he’s saying. I think it’s (eight) owners that have to agree to have something (blocked). You’d think it would be at least 50 per cent. “It just doesn’t seem like they’re running a democratic process.”

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PLAYING HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY – AN EXPERIENCE I WILL NEVER FORGET @Darren_Eliot

BY DARREN ELIOT

and classmates becoming teammates. Beyond that, though, I wonder if that lone season was enough to push me to seek the next comparable level at Cornell, where playing in front of classmates in packed arenas is what college hockey is all about. Atmosphere. Experience. The experience extends beyond the team and the locker room. In high school, you’re part of a collective experience maybe for the first time on any level. Maybe that is it. High school hockey is another way to enjoy the game, regardless of an individual’s motivation to be there. Heck, it’s just fun. Still is for me. To all the captains who came out to the Novi rink for our annual photo shoot, we thank you, appreciate you driving in from places all across the state and wish you and your teams all the best this season. I look forward to seeing you around the rink this winter as we continue to extend our high school coverage for both MiHockeyMag and MiHockeyNow.com.

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will never forget my high school hockey experience, however short it may have been. It goes back to my sophomore year at Riverside High in Windsor. I made the team and entered into a hockey world completely new to me – playing in front of crowds. Until then, it had been youth hockey in front of parents, with tournaments having some peer viewing as teams crowded the rinks. Playing for your school was completely different. It marked the first time kids – your friends and classmates – actually chose to watch you play. All these years later, that view seems a bit egocentric, since the student body wasn’t there to see me play, per say; rather, kids would congregate at old Riverside Arena to cheer on their school. Or, more accurately, cheer against rivals Assumption or Brennan. The other learning experience of that singular high school season - the following year players could not play both AAA and high school hockey - was that I got to play against some of my travel teammates who played for their nearby school. That was a competitive first for a wideeyed goaltender. The combination of a rink packed with students and looking across the ice to see friends turned foes left an

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indelible mark of what hockey could be. And then there was the whole legacy aspect of high school hockey. Our coach, “Duke” Snyder, was a legend then and continued on for 30 more years from when I played. I had never been a part of a program like that before – one headed up year after year by the same man where you could look back at the upperclassmen that had played for him and moved on. In short, there was history, tradition and school pride. I found it all so exhilarating. But I always wonder why that one season stopping pucks for the Riverside Rebels made such an impression that I gravitate back to the high school game. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the high school state championships at Compuware this past spring, seeing how the pace of play continues to improve every year at the high school level. One of my favorite events when I was down south was our high school training camp program. When I was here 15 years ago, I helped out with Divine Child’s program their first season and into Year 2 before I had to step away since I didn’t have enough time to commit fully. Still, the mix at the high school level energizes me – upperclassmen with younger hopefuls, kids still pushing themselves alongside guys who just love being a part of something,

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