Hockey

Published January 25, 2011

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In the season’s first meeting, each team committed a few too many mistakes while simultaneously cashing in on some excellent opportunities.

The result was a 4-4 tie.

This time around, well, the game plans to success are seemingly in lockstep.

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Published January 18, 2011

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The first drill focused on transition — the need for speed when shifting from a defensive situation into an offensive advantage.

Players received a pass near center ice, drove backwards until reaching the blue line, and then propelled themselves forward into the offensive zone in a flurry.

The next drill was all about breakouts.

A quick pass from the defensive zone, followed by another on the opposite end of the ice and capped off with a one-on-one breakaway.

Forward against goalie.

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Published January 18, 2011

OAK PARK — After 14 years of coaching, early mornings in cold rinks, late nights on team buses and countless moments planning and prepping, AJ Plaskey was ready for a break, ready to move on.

The long-time hockey coach had put in his time during the past seven years at Royal Oak High building the program back to respectability in the Oakland Activities Association.
But after the 2009-10 season, he prepared to walk away.

He felt comfortable stepping down.

Fast forward to a cold, January afternoon in Oak Park.

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Published January 19, 2011

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Rick Reed remembers his early hockey days as if they were last week.

Growing up in Flint, winters were always spent on skates and holding a stick. And most of the time, hockey was an outdoor game.

“Playing indoors was a luxury, the coolest thing in the universe,” the Bloomfield Hills Unified coach joked recently. “It’s crazy how things have changed. Now almost everything is played indoors.”

Almost.

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Published January 19, 2011

Utica High hockey coach Craig Staskowski is a man with a plan.

As he hopes to return the Chieftains to the heights they enjoyed in 2005-06, when they posted a 24-0 regular season record, Staskowski, who took over the program at the start of the 2010-11 season, knows it won’t come without hard work.

“One of the big things is having set standards and getting your kids to come out and trust you, and you build from there,” Staskowski said.

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Published January 19, 2011

The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse hockey team is seeing the benefits of listening to its coach’s messages.

At press time, the Lancers were 2-0-0-0 in their first season in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division — a point behind first-place Warren Mott — under first-year coach Wayne Tollon and led all MAC squads with 60 goals scored.

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Published January 18, 2011

The Warren Mott hockey team is enjoying the kind of season that is worth waiting for.

After winning just 15 games in the past three seasons combined, the Marauders were 9-3-0-0 overall, and 3-1-0-0 and in first place in the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division.

“A couple of years ago, we looked at this group of seniors and felt like they could really give us a push,” coach Chris Kiely said. “And for the first time in three years, we have a group of guys that really enjoy their time together.”

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Published January 13, 2011

WEST BLOOMFIELD — When his team dropped three of its first four games, Jeff Lupu refused to panic.

When his offense couldn’t find that timely goal, he stuck with his system.

When the score in two separate games resulted in mercies, he looked at the bigger picture.

His patience is paying off.

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Published January 13, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — If there’s ever been an arena where successful superstitions must always be honored, it’s the world of sports.

Whether it’s a pre-game meal or even a specific door used to enter the locker room, if it works, it works, so there’s no sense changing it.

Before the first game of the season, players on the Farmington High hockey team made a half-hearted poster that simply read, “refuse to lose.”

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Published January 12, 2011

FRASER — On Nov. 20, the Warren De La Salle hockey team officially dropped the puck on the new season with a home game against Birmingham Brother Rice.

In the eyes of coach Dan Barry, it was a contest his team had a good chance to win.

In the minds of his players, it was one they never should have lost.

Roughly a month and half later, it’s a date the Pilots have yet to forget.

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Published January 12, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — Ken Anderson isn’t worried about talent, depth or potential.

The Farmington Hills Unified hockey coach hasn’t lost any sleep wondering how good his team could be or just how far this season could go when the playoffs begin.

Instead, his thoughts and focus have, well, focused on one main objective.

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Published January 17, 2011

ROCHESTER HILLS — It’s not a matter of if for John Gruden, it’s just a matter of when.

When will the Rochester Hills Stoney Creek hockey coach see his team gain that consistency it’s lacked at times season?

When will it become the squad he knows it can?

“Sooner than later,” Gruden said last week. “I’m very confident in that.”

Asked to describe the year his team has had so far, Gruden said, “up and down.” Nothing has been terribly bad, and nothing has been exceedingly good.

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