Hockey

Published December 14, 2015

BERKLEY — There’s a redundancy with the roster that Jeff Fleming loves.

There’s a familiarity in the locker room unlike anything he, or most coaches, will ever see.

Last year’s Berkley Unified hockey team featured 22 players, won 16 games and took eventual Division 2 state champ Birmingham Brother Rice down to the wire in the regional round, eventually falling 4-3 in a classic postseason battle.

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Published December 10, 2015

When the 2015 hockey postseason came to a close, three teams from the same conference were celebrating state titles.

Three teams from the same division, to be more accurate.

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Published December 9, 2015

TROY — As head coach of the Troy High hockey team, this was a scene he’d witnessed dozens of times before, but one he was trying to firmly grasp for the first time ever.

As his team took the ice at the Troy Sports Center for the season opener, Tim Zimmerman stood behind the bench and stared across the way at those in attendance.

“Troy fans sat on one side,” he explained. “Athens fans sat on the other.”

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Published December 8, 2015

TROY — As head coach of the Troy High hockey team, this was a scene he’d witnessed dozens of times before, but one he was trying to firmly grasp for the first time ever.

As his team took the ice at the Troy Sports Center for the season opener, Tim Zimmerman stood behind the bench and stared across the way at those in attendance.

“Troy fans sat on one side,” he explained. “Athens fans sat on the other.”

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Published December 1, 2015

PONTIAC — It was a young team a year ago — very young, in fact.

And when asked about his 2015-16 squad, coach Aaron Crouse said, “We’re young, very young.”

So, not much has changed with the Pontiac Notre Dame Prep hockey team, even if the guys have taken some great strides from last winter until now.

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Published November 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — For the last four seasons, Royal Oak High hockey has been climbing the ranks in the Oakland Activities Association White Division under coach Craig Ward.

This season, Ward believes the Ravens have potential to reach the summit: the program’s first league title.

“Royal Oak’s never won (the OAA White) in their history of hockey, and our goal is to change that this year, “ Ward said. “Can we do it? Yeah. Shall we? 

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Published November 25, 2015

ROYAL OAK—Lindell Ice Arena may be home ice for both Royal Oak High and Shrine Unified, but it was the Ravens who owned the rink with a 13-4 victory over the Knights on Nov. 25.

Royal Oak started its offensive attack early, scoring three goals in the first five minutes of play. The Ravens led 6-0 at the end of the first period.

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Published November 23, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The high school hockey season is underway, and Grosse Pointe North will be amongst the teams vying to make the 2015-16 campaign a successful one. 

Last season, North lost to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in a regional playoff game.

North made it as far as a state final as recently as 2012, and won back-to-back state championships in 2001 and 2002.

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Published November 23, 2015

FRASER — Fraser High’s 2015-16 hockey squad is taking to the ice with what head coach Don Krussman calls a light roster.

The Ramblers have just 14 players — 13 skaters and one goalie.

Despite its limited numbers, more than half of the roster is made up of returning players, including captains Tony Muscat and Will Sievers, and alternate captains Jayson Glowe and Kody Sloney. Those returnees will play a big role in how the season plays out.

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Published November 20, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Players on the St. Clair Shores Unified hockey team want last season to stay a distant memory, and who can blame them?

The Lakers finished 4-21 last season, including 0-6 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division, and were outscored 173-62, or by an average score of 6.92-2.48 goals per game. The team scored just three goals in its six divisional games.

Those associated with the team think things can, and will, be different this season. 

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Published November 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Utica High’s hockey program is under new leadership this year with new head coach Don Koons.

Koons, a 2008 graduate of Chippewa Valley High School, has coached hockey for eight years with stops at Chippewa, Macomb Dakota and Sterling Heights Stevenson, where he was a head coach. Most recently, he became an assistant coach last year at Rochester College, a position he will maintain this season.

Koons will inherit a Utica team that he called “sophomore-loaded.”

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Published November 20, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — For the first time in several seasons, Utica Eisenhower’s hockey team will hit the ice with a roster that is not dominated by seniors.

A youthful roster might worry most, but it has Eisenhower coach Bob Hall excited to develop several players for multiple years.

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Published November 16, 2015

Clawson High junior Shane Cunningham has called Lindell Arena in Royal Oak his home ice as a member of the ’99 Royal Oak Eagles travel hockey club.

Now, he’ll get to call Lindell his home ice in his first year of high school hockey.

Clawson and Royal Oak Shrine have combined forces to form a hockey co-op, which also includes Everest Academy. The teamwill skate in the Catholic League under the Shrine Unified name.

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Published April 7, 2015

ROCHESTER HILLS — There were the things he worked to improve, the teachable aspects of the game that Marshall Bowery perfected in his four years with the Rochester United hockey team.

And then, as coach Craig Staskowski put it, there was what Bowery had a knack of doing by way of raw talent — the unteachable, so to speak.

“He could score goals in ways you can’t teach.”

That’s how Staskowski summed up Bowery’s four years.

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Published April 3, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Consistency.


That’s the main answer Joe Chagnon gave when asked why two of his players were chosen to receive the top two individual awards in the Oakland Activities Association White Division.


The West Bloomfield High hockey coach had a team that finished 5-4-1 in league play, but he had a pair of guys in Sean Wigler and Anthony Crews who garnered Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year awards, respectively.


Guys that certainly earned it, as Chagnon explained.

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Published April 3, 2015

MACOMB COUNTY — Another winter has come and gone for the 12 Macomb Area Conference hockey teams.

The coaches from those squads met recently to vote on league MVP, Coach of the Year and All-Conference honors. Following is a listing of all the honorees.


MAC Red
Utica Eisenhower senior Julian Biondo was named league MVP, with his coach, Bob Hall, taking Coach of the Year honors.

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Published March 31, 2015

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OAKLAND COUNTY — The state hockey playoffs concluded March 14 in Plymouth, and shortly thereafter, coaches in the Oakland Activities Association gave their top players one final compliment to wrap up the season.


The OAA had another brilliant showing in 2014-15, with some of the state’s top teams calling the conference home.


Here’s a quick look at the conference’s top players.

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Published March 31, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — He was the best player in the state on arguably the best team in the state.

The latter part of that statement was made official March 14, when the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood hockey team captured the Division 3 state championship.

The front end, however, was confirmed shortly after, when the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association named Austin Alger the 2015 Mr. Hockey recipient.

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Published March 18, 2015

TROY — Tim Zimmerman knew the competition and the challenge.

He knew that if his Troy High hockey team had any chance of upsetting No. 1-ranked Novi Detroit Catholic Central in last week’s Division 1 quarterfinal, it would take “our guys being perfect and staying out of the box.”

“Unfortunately, that didn’t pan out,” Zimmerman said of what was an eventual 7-0 loss to the Shamrocks. “We were down 1-0 after one, but they scored on the power play right into the second period, and that was kind of heartbreaking.”

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Published March 17, 2015

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe South’s girls hockey team won a Michigan Metro Girls High School Hockey League Division 1 state championship with a 2-1 victory against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett March 14 at the Eddie Edgar Ice Arena in Livonia.


South co-head coach Joe Provensano said it’s South’s third championship in the last five seasons.

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