Bloomfield Hills High defenseman Aidan Kelly splits two West Bloomfield High players in a recent game. Kelly is a freshman who has shown a lot of potential, according to coach Bruce McAlister.

Bloomfield Hills High defenseman Aidan Kelly splits two West Bloomfield High players in a recent game. Kelly is a freshman who has shown a lot of potential, according to coach Bruce McAlister.

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Bloomfield Hills High hockey working to stay competitive

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published December 3, 2018

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Bloomfield Hills High hockey coach Bruce McAlister has a goal for his team this season. He wants his team to compete in every game it’s in.

“If the result comes out on our side, that’s great,” McAlister said. “But when we walk off the ice, I want us to feel like we played really hard and gave it our all.”

The Black Hawks are off to a hot start this season. At press time, the squad had scored 26 goals and boasted a 4-1 record. The latest victory came Dec. 1 against a shorthanded West Bloomfield High squad that was missing a goalie for a majority of the game.

In that game, Black Hawks senior Jack Luer recorded four goals. Luer leads the team with eight goals in this young season. McAlister said he continues to be impressed with the effort Luer brings every night.

“Jack is an excellent team player and an excellent teammate,” the coach said. “He’s highly skilled and has a really great shot. He’s not a selfish player by any means. He’s one of those guys on the bench that’s encouraging everyone else. He’s going to play at a very high level every time he’s on the ice.”

Luer plays on a dynamic top line with fellow senior Jonah Stone, who leads the team in points with 13 (five goals, eight assists). Luer and Stone make for a duo that could cause problems for any opposing defense the Black Hawks face this season.

“He (Stone) is another guy that trains really hard,” McAlister said. “He absolutely loves the game and is already ready to go. Luer and him together don’t stop. When they hit the ice, they complement each other well.”

As good as the scoring has been for McAlister’s team this season, the defense — and especially the goaltending — has been holding its end of the bargain.

Black Hawks netminder Jeremy Kahan has saved 129 of 133 shots faced this season, which is good for a .970 save percentage. Kahan also has a 1.33 goals-against average and one shutout.

“What stands out to me is at the Birmingham tournament, he stopped 51 shots against Clarkston,” McAlister said. “He’s very agile and he trains hard. He’s constantly committed and he wants to get better. When you have that kind of goaltender in net, it makes life a lot easier for the rest of us.”

McAlister went on to say that good goaltending will come in handy for his team when it plays tougher teams down the road.

In terms of young up-and-comers, the coach noted was Aidan Kelly. McAlister said the freshman shows a lot of potential.

All of the players mentioned, along with the team as a whole, make for a tight-knit group with a relationship that extends beyond the ice.

“They are a very close group,” McAlister said. “They have a good time, and they get along very well. There is nobody that is not included in the locker room.”