Hockey

Published December 13, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The record books were shattered last winter.

Now the challenge, or mission, is duplicating that success — and then some.

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Published December 13, 2016

Former Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett girls hockey coach Cassie Jaeckle said that when the school came looking for her, “They knew what they wanted accomplished.”

Jaeckle stepped down from the program earlier this year after leading it for five years. Prior to her time with the Knights, she made a name for herself at the travel level, leading a team to two state titles and a bronze medal at a national tournament.

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Published December 13, 2016

BIRMINGHAM — After consecutive wins in consecutive days, Birmingham Unified hockey coach Steve Kruk scheduled an off day for his guys earlier this season.

And those same guys pushed back.

“Not in a bad way, but they wanted to be at the rink,” Kruk said. “They wanted to keep working at this.”

That mindset and approach has fueled a resurgence with the Unified squad this winter, and the results speak for themselves.

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Published December 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Unified hockey captain Austin Zeiter knows his team is young and inexperienced, and he’s doing all he can to keep morale high.

“We’ve had our struggles early on, so it’s been important that I talk to all the guys to make sure they keep their heads up and keep fighting,” the junior said. “They just have to have the mentality that we’ll get better as the season goes along.”

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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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