Hockey

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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Published March 18, 2015

PLYMOUTH — There was adversity, but when, where and — most importantly — how it was handled, was the query Lou Schmidt Jr. had for his Birmingham Brother Rice hockey team.

Talented enough to win it all, Schmidt needed to see his guys survive the lulls of any given game, fight back and experience what only a playoff tournament can throw at them.

Survive. Fight. Win.

The Warriors did it all.

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Published March 18, 2015

PLYMOUTH — They left no doubt.

From the end of fall through the brutal chill of winter to a warm, spring-like day in March, the seasons changed, but Cranbrook’s dominance didn’t.

This was the best team in Division 3 hockey all year, and the Cranes issued their final verdict March 14 with a 4-0 victory against Houghton High in the 2015 state championship game at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.

If there was to be a debate, it was whether the Cranes were the best in D-3 or the entire state.

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Published March 14, 2015

LIVONIA — Grosse Pointe South's girls hockey team won a Michigan Metropolitan 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 South's third championship in the last five seasons.

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Published March 14, 2015

PLYMOUTH — They left no doubt.

From the end of fall through the brutal chill of winter, to a warm, spring-like day in March, the seasons changed, but Cranbrook’s dominance didn’t.

This was the best team in Division 3 hockey all year, and the Cranes issued their final verdict Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 victory against Houghton High in the 2015 state championship game at Compuware Arena.

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Published March 14, 2015

PLYMOUTH — Back to Division 2, and back on top.

It had been three years since the Birmingham Brother Rice hockey team took part in the D-2 state tournament, but the Warriors reacquainted themselves nicely this winter, and on Saturday morning, capped their 2015 postseason run with a 6-3 victory against Livonia Stevenson to earn the program its first state title since 2012.

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Published March 13, 2015

PLYMOUTH — The shots were mounting, some 13 fired on goal in the game’s early moments.

None had found the back of the net, but the Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood hockey team was controlling every facet of Friday morning’s Division 3 semifinal against Riverview High.

And then, on shot No. 14, the floodgates opened.

Jack Blumberg scored 8:36 into the first period, giving the Cranes 1-0 advantage that eventually turned to an 8-0 victory in a game that ended by mercy 2:57 into the third period.

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Published March 12, 2015

GROSSE POINTES — Grosse Pointe South’s boys hockey team captured a regional championship following a 4-0 victory against New Baltimore Anchor Bay in a Division 2 regional final at the Mount Clemens Ice Arena.


With the victory, South advanced to the quarterfinals, where it was scheduled to play Romeo High March 10, after press time. The winner of that game moves on to the semifinals to play either Hartland or Birmingham Brother Rice, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 12 at Compuware Arena in Plymouth.

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Published March 11, 2015

BERKLEY — The chaos had subsided.


The rumbling in the bleachers, the raucous and capacity crowd, it had all dwindled to an eerie silence, just a few remaining voices filling a now-empty Berkley Ice Arena.


Jeff Fleming sat inside his office, his eyes focused on the floor.


“We nearly had them,” the Berkley Unified hockey coach said with a forced smile. “We nearly had them.”


Nearly.

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