Published March 28, 2012
Wroe was sensational in sophomore season, takes home OAA White goalie MVP award
By Mike Moore email@example.com Follow Mike on Twitter.
BERKLEY — Sophomores shouldn’t be this dominate.
In fact, nobody should.
But in the 2011-12 hockey season, well, Stephan Wroe was.
In every sense of the word.
“There really wasn’t need for a vote. Seriously, he was a unanimous choice for the coaches,” Berkley-Ferndale Unified hockey coach Jeff Fleming said of Wroe, who was named the Oakland Activities Association White Division Most Valuable Player at the goalie position. “He earned this in every way. He gave our team a chance to win every single game he played in.”
Wroe, who was a runner-up in the same vote a year ago, was virtually lights out all year between the pipes for the Bears.
In 11 league games, while leading Berkley to a White title, Wroe finished with a 10-0-1 record, posted four shutouts and had a 1.66 goals-against average.
In 23 total games, he finished 20-2-1 with seven shutouts a 1.44 goals against and a 0.941 save percentage while helping Berkley to a 22-3-2 season.
“The kids had so much confidence playing in front of him, and that had a lot to do with our success this year,” Fleming said. “To win 22 games is pretty impressive, but Stephan lives and breathes hockey. He’s a kid that was on the ice every opportunity he could. He’s a guy you don’t have to worry about putting forth the effort or not because you know he’s doing something to make himself better.”
Like most players singled out for an award like this, Wroe passed much of the credit to the rest of his team.
“When guys played as well as they did in front of me, it made my job a lot easier,” he said. “But this means a lot to me. There were a lot of good goalies in the league this year.”
Wroe’s recognition went well beyond the OAA.
On March 18, the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association named Wroe to the first-team All-State roster in Division 1.
“That was an honor,” he said of the All-State nod. Fellow teammates Joey Leider, who led Berkley with 22 goals and 35 points, and Danny Fryc (7 goals, 24 points) were named to the honorable-mention list. “To be recognized by coaches throughout the state is pretty special. But when you’re winning as a team as much as we did, individual numbers often look pretty good.”
Fleming said it was tough to even consider giving Wroe a break this year, saying, “Once he got in a groove, we didn’t want to get him out.”
It’s a problem he’ll welcome for each of the next two seasons.
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