After winning a North American Intercollegiate Hockey Association (NAIHA) national championship with Indiana Tech earlier this year, Berkley High graduate Alex Gregorich signed a contract to play professional minor league hockey.

After winning a North American Intercollegiate Hockey Association (NAIHA) national championship with Indiana Tech earlier this year, Berkley High graduate Alex Gregorich signed a contract to play professional minor league hockey.

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Berkley High graduate earns pro hockey opportunity

By: Mark Vest | Woodward Talk | Published July 22, 2019

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BERKLEY — Earlier this year, 2011 Berkley High graduate Alex Gregorich’s life changed dramatically.

Not long after winning a North American Intercollegiate Hockey Association (NAIHA) national championship with Indiana Tech in March, Gregorich received a call about an opportunity with the Port Huron Prowlers, a professional minor league hockey team that competes at the Single-A level.

After playing with the Prowlers briefly toward the end of their most recent season, Gregorich signed a contract to play with the team during the 2019-20 season.

Port Huron is part of the Federal Prospects Hockey League.

“Exciting opportunity for me, and hopefully I’ll be able to move up the ranks (in) professional hockey, starting with them,” Gregorich said. “Winning (a) national championship was kind of a whirlwind. You play four years to hopefully win, and (the) fact that we won was super exciting. I was hoping an opportunity to play pro would come about. … Carrying that excitement and adrenaline from winning the championship to move on and play in Port Huron was real exciting.”

Gregorich’s coach at Indiana Tech, Frank Dicristofaro, said his former player “kind of embodies what it means to be a leader.”

“He’s a guy that’s (going to) give that effort and be gritty,” Dicristofaro said. “His style of play would be like a playoff style. You get to the front of the net, you block shots; you do those things it takes to win. That’s really what’s gotten him to this point.”

Gregorich said he wants to make an immediate impact with Port Huron. He discussed the aspects of his opportunity that he is the most excited about.

“The fact I can make hockey my career, and this is the first steppingstone to it,” Gregorich said. “Most excited to be able to just focus on hockey and be the best hockey player I can be, both on and off the ice and in the Port Huron community.”

Prior to going to Indiana Tech, Gregorich played junior hockey.

Aside from Indiana, he said he has also lived in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Hockey has helped create some rich adventures in his life.

“I left home when I was 17,” Gregorich said. “The way we get to travel, and where hockey’s taken me and all the people that I’ve met, has just been incredible.”

Being part of a national championship team isn’t all Gregorich accomplished during his time as an Indiana Tech Warrior. He also came away with a master’s degree in business administration/marketing.

“I was extended an opportunity to not only get my undergraduate degree, but also my master’s as well, while playing college hockey,” Gregorich said. “So, all within that was a great experience.”

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