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OAA and Metro set to clash

Hockey teams from two conferences ready for first showcase

By: Mike Moore | C&G Newspapers | Published January 17, 2017

 Troy United’s Josh Muzljakovich, right, pushes the puck up the ice against Walled Lake Northern Jan. 14 at home. Troy won 6-1 and now looks forward to the OAA-Metro Showcase Jan. 21 against Grosse Pointe South.

Troy United’s Josh Muzljakovich, right, pushes the puck up the ice against Walled Lake Northern Jan. 14 at home. Troy won 6-1 and now looks forward to the OAA-Metro Showcase Jan. 21 against Grosse Pointe South.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Some first-time meetings, the possibility of some budding rivalries and a day of hockey to showcase their respective conferences.

That’s what teams from the Oakland Activities Association and the Michigan Metro Hockey League are planning when they unite Jan. 21 at the Rochester ONYX for the first OAA-Metro Showcase.

“This is an event very similar to what we did for years with the (Macomb Area Conference),” said Rochester Hills Stoney Creek coach Ian Smith, who was also at the forefront of organizing the event. “The thing is, I think the top-end games in those showcases were great, but as we went down the list, the matchups really weren’t that strong. So we wanted to partner up with someone who could provide that — and with the Metro League, we feel like we’ll have 13 really good games.”

Games officially begin at 11:45 a.m. when West Bloomfield High takes on Ann Arbor Pioneer.

From there on out, all three rinks inside the ONYX will have games going one after another.

The final puck drop of the night is set for 8:30 p.m. when Grosse Pointe South takes on Troy United.

“We’re looking forward to this quite a bit,” said Bloomfield Hills High coach Bruce McAlister. His team is set to face Riverview Gabriel Richard at 3:15 p.m. “We’ve played a few of these teams in the past, but in terms of a league against league, this should be a pretty good matchup.”

Smith said there wasn’t a singular way to determine the schedule.

“We really looked at a couple things,” he explained. “We considered the rankings at a specific time, as well as common opponents and teams who hadn’t played one another yet. It was more than just No. 1 against No. 1, and we feel that will lead to a nice day of games.”

Royal Oak High coach Craig Ward leads his squad against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett.

“It’s a good day to really see where you’re at,” Ward said. “This is a great chance to compare our games to a tough league.”

“At the end of the day, you have to be excited to play some teams you don’t normally see,” Liggett coach Mike Hamilton said. “We’re getting healthy with some key guys back in the lineup. We’re excited to see some teams from the other side with a full roster. … At the same time, for the guys who want to play at the next level, this is a great opportunity to show off.”

Smith said he isn’t certain how many scouts are scheduled to be at the showcase, but he anticipates that a good number of junior and college teams will send representatives.

All-day passes for the showcase are available at the door and can be purchased for $5.

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