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Hockey

Published December 12, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — During his playing days, and even at times behind the bench, Logan McLean has witnessed how difficult it can be to form a consistent hockey program with a revolving door of coaches trying to lead it.

The first-year West Bloomfield High hockey coach hopes to be the fixture that wedges that door open with the Lakers’ program.

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Published November 10, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints hockey team faces off with the Danville Dashers Nov. 11, there will be some very special people in attendance.

The Saints will host their first annual Military Appreciation Night when they take on the Dashers at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the St. Clair Shores Civic Center.

All veterans and active military can purchase tickets for $7, the same price as seniors and children. All other tickets are $10.

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Published October 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The puck drops on the inaugural season for the St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints of the Federal Hockey League Oct. 29, and team general manager Brandon Contratto said things are progressing smoothly in advance of the season.

The team, the newest squad in the seven-team FHL, opened training camp Oct. 13. The Saints will call the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena home.

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Published May 18, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Metro Detroit sports fans will soon have another professional hockey team to call their own.

The St. Clair Shores Fighting Saints will play out of the St. Clair Shores Civic Arena beginning in November as the newest member of the Single-A Federal Professional Hockey League. Team officials unveiled the squad’s logo and mock-ups of their jerseys at a May 18 press conference at the Civic Arena.

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Published May 16, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — He’s set to inherit one of the most successful high school hockey programs in the state of Michigan.

The simple challenge now for Kenny Chaput is to keep that fact accurate for years to come.

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Published May 16, 2016

WARREN — New Warren De La Salle hockey coach Craig Staskowski is no stranger to Macomb County pucks.

Staskowski, who comes to the Pilots after five years with the Rochester United program, coached at Utica High for the 2010-11 season.

In all, Staskowski has 12 years of coaching experience, including two years at Grosse Pointe North from 2008 to 2010. He also spent time coaching Warren-Sterling United and St. Clair Shores Unified.

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Published May 13, 2016

WARREN — New Warren De La Salle hockey coach Craig Staskowski is no stranger to Macomb County pucks.

Staskowski, who comes to the Pilots after five years with the Rochester United program, coached at Utica High for the 2010-11 season. 

In all, Staskowski has 12 years of coaching experience, including two years at Grosse Pointe North from 2008 to 2010. He also spent time coaching Warren-Sterling United and St. Clair Shores Unified.

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Published April 11, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — He chose his words carefully, making sure not to overstate a point he was trying to make.

But the sheer magnitude of it said enough.

Birmingham Brother Rice hockey coach Lou Schmidt Jr. referred to senior forward Nick Bowman as “maybe the best player in the state.”

Bowman was, at the very least, the Most Valuable Player in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League.

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Published April 7, 2016

METRO DETROIT — There was only one state champion from the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League during the 2015-16 season.

To some, this may have been a surprise.

But in reality, it marked the 15th time in the league’s 16-year existence that at least one team calling the MIHL home has claimed a state title.

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Published April 7, 2016

METRO DETROIT — The Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association has announced its 2016 All-State teams, and several local players made the cut.

Following is a listing of players from our coverage area who received All-State honors in Division 1 and Division 2.

 

Division 1
First team: Grant Reszczyk, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s; Matt Hawke, Michael Rittner and Trevor Szafran, Rochester United; and Ethan Tobiczyk, Utica Eisenhower.

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Published April 7, 2016

Oakland University’s Division III hockey club team capped off its 2015-16 campaign with the first American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship in program history with a 5-3 win against Aquinas College March 12 at Southside Ice Arena in Byron Center, Michigan.

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Published April 5, 2016

FARMINGTON — He won a state title in his first year.

Despite a roster overhaul in his second season, Bill Newton kept the Farmington High hockey program afloat.

This past winter, he guided the Falcons to 15 more wins and an Oakland Activities Association Red Division title.

After three successful seasons as head coach, Newton feels the program is on solid foundation and the time is now to hand off the reins to someone else.

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Published March 31, 2016

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OAKLAND COUNTY — There were a number of ways to look at the 2015-16 hockey season in the Oakland Activities Association this past winter.

But above all else, the league’s parity was front and center, from start to finish.

Both the Red and White division races came down to the final days of the regular season, and both ended up with multiple teams sharing the top spot.

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Published March 29, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The boys and girls hockey teams from Grosse Pointe North recently had the opportunity to combine the best of both worlds — play a game they enjoy and raise money for a good cause.

On Feb. 13, the two teams played a game in which each squad was split into half boys and half girls, with all proceeds raised going to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

North girls coach Joe Lucchese estimated that approximately $2,600 was raised for the charity.

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Published March 21, 2016

WALLED LAKE — Twice before, Erik Carlson had taken his Walled Lake Wild girls hockey team to the Michigan Metro Girls Hockey League state finals.

And twice before, the Wild had exited the championship game as a runner-up.

When the 2016 Division 2 state playoffs began in early March, there wasn’t much thought to Walled Lake making another run for that elusive title, especially after finishing the regular season with a sub-500 record.

But that’s why the games are played.

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Published March 14, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — In an honest assessment of the team he had this year, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day boys hockey coach Frank Novock knew the talent level wasn’t like that of years past.

It may have been a fact,  but it wasn’t the dominating theme of his team or its 2015-16 season.

Even after starting the year 4-8-0.

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Published March 14, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — With his team winless through three weeks of the season, Eisenhower hockey coach Bob Hall said it was simply a matter of belief that caused his team to have a turnaround season.

That meant the players increasingly believed in their coaches, who showed more and more belief in their players.

After an 0-7 start, Eisenhower rattled off 15 wins over its last 21 games of the year to finish 15-13. That record includes a regional title.

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Published March 12, 2016

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CANTON — Farmington Hills Mercy won a Division 1 Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League state championship with a 3-2 victory against Grosse Pointe South March 12 at Arctic Edge.

Mercy moved to Division 1 after winning a Division 2 state title last season.

Although South had the puck in Mercy’s zone multiple times in the remaining moments of play, goalie Caitlin Somerville and the Marlins’ defense prevented what would have been the game-tying goal.

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Published March 11, 2016

PLYMOUTH —There will be a new champion in the Division 3 hockey playoffs.

A little bit of overtime heroics made sure of it early Friday afternoon at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

Freshman Alex Nordstrom scored on the power play 6:51 into the first overtime  as Hancock High eliminated Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 2-1 in a state semifinal game, ending the Cranes’ hope at defending their 2015 title.

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Published March 9, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — He had a clean shot, but hesitated.

And in that split-second delay, just enough traffic formed in front of the net to where Dawson Zahorian felt confident to unwind from the blue line.

Moments later, the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood junior defenseman was in his own zone being mobbed by teammates.

A celebration under way, a ticket to the state semifinals punched.

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