For 15 years, the MDHL has had the primary focus of showcasing MI-HS hockey players and providing a platform for them to prominently display their talents to coaches, scouts, and evaluators from across the country. MDHL league-play, along with the tournaments and showcases that we participate in, are heavily scouted by teams from the NHL, NCAA, ACHA, USHL, NAHL, and other junior leagues across North America.
There were 29 alumni from the MDHL active on Tier I, Tier II or Junior A North American junior teams in 2016-17, and 26 more that competed at the NCAA Division-I level. Highlighted by notable NHL alums like the Detroit Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader (2004), Winnipeg Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck (2011), Dallas Stars’ defenseman Greg Pateryn (2007) and Frőlunda HC forward Casey Wellman (2006), Michigan High Schools continue to develop very talented players. The MDHL is proud to have been a part of their exposure.
MI-HS hockey players from across the state are welcomed and encouraged to compete in the MDHL. Here are some important dates and information regarding the upcoming season:
· Player tryout: August 12-14th ($60)
· MDHL league-play: Begins August 19th ($600), with 1 or 2 weekend games per week for nine weeks, followed by a short playoff schedule
· Showcases/Tournaments: In addition to the Fall season, U-16 and U-18 teams will be fielded to compete in select showcases and tournaments. We are also looking to add a U-15 team to the program (possibly two teams if there is enough interest), so we encourage you to share this letter with all of your players – even those that are too young or not quite ready to make your team, but plan to pursue the High School route and are looking to learn about high school hockey prior to next season.
Below is an outline for the 2017 season.
Team West Michigan Tryouts
Saturday, August 12th 4-5:30pm & 5:30-7pm
Sunday, August 13th 4-5:30pm & 5:30-7pm
Monday, August 14th 2-3:30pm & 3:30-5pm
Individual player will only skate in one session per day
@Southside Ice Arena
566 100th St SW, Byron Center, MI 49315
Evaluators (more coaches are welcome, please contact any of the below to let us know you’d like to be a part of the process):
CJ Pobur (Rockford)
Mike Slobodnik (GR Catholic Central)
Shawn Zimmerman (GR Christian)
League starts Aug 19th: ~12 games depending on playoffs ($600)
Practices will be scheduled after team selection, there will be 2-4 practices throughout the fall.
All additional money after coaching and league fees will be used to supply practice ice times, team equipment needs, misc. team expenses, or roll over to make things cheaper next fall.
*Please note that each tournament is a separate cost
Tournaments in which we will participate:
Motor City Cup Sept 8, 9 and 10 ($ 170)
NAPHL Blaine MN Sept 21-24 ($ TBD)
CCM NIT New Hope MN Nov 3, 4 and 5 ($ TBD)
Motor City Cup Sept 8, 9 and 10 ($ 170)
NAPHL Blaine MN Sept 21-24 ($ TBD)
CCM World Invite Chicago Nov 3, 4 and 5 ($ TBD)
College Showcase U of M or MSU (Location TBD)
PLEASE NOTE: If you are interested in attending tryouts in August, you need to register at mdhlmi.com so the MDHL office has your information if you are selected for Team West Michigan MDHL
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
The Sailors looked to do what they just did two nights prior to their first round playoff game against Traverse City Central. The Sailors started strong scoring just 4 minutes into the game with Connor Winegar putting in a rebound off the shot from Noah Bathrick. The Sailors would score again just 15 seconds later from Zac Cuthbertson forcing a turnover and shooting it past Traverse City Central's netminder to give the Sailors an early 2-0 lead. The Sailors would control the remainder of the period and most of the 2nd as Brandon Ledyard would push the Sailors lead to 3. TCC would add a tally late in the second on the powerplay to make it a 3-1 game. That TCC goal would put an end to Anthony Shrum's outstanding 9 period shutout streak. The Sailors would get the crucial next goal in the third period to put them up 4-1. Zac Cuthbertson would redirect Isaiah Bathricks' shot on a 5 on 3 power play for that crucial goal. TCC would add a another goal to make the final moments of the game interesting. The Sailors would defend their lead killing off a penalty and the extra man attacker from TCC pulling their goalie to give the Sailors a 4-2 win and a date with Petoskey in the pre-regional final Thursday night at 6:55 @Lakeshore Sports Centre.
The Sailors were looking to end the regular season with a win against Traverse City Central Saturday afternoon. The Sailors hopped out to a 1-0 lead when Brandon Ledyard would score a power play goal. The Sailors would control the game and score again in the second period when the Sailors offensive pressure would force a turnover and improve their lead to 2-0. The Sailors entered the final period looking to defend their lead and add to it. The Sailors would add two goals (one from Nick Nawrocki and the other one from Matt Martin) in the third period to take a 4-0 victory over Traverse City Central. The Sailors played great as a whole and are looking good as they enter playoffs with their first playoff match up against the same Traverse City team. The Sailors end the season 10-13-2 and finish 3rd in their conference with a record of 5-6-1.
The Sailors hit the road again Friday night to play the Cougars of Grand Rapids Catholic Central. In their previous meeting with each other they went toe to toe but would tie the game 0-0 with a final in OT. The first period was back and forth but came up with the same result as last time tied 0-0. The two teams would go 80 minutes into their season series without scoring a goal against one another until the Sailors would strike when Matt Martin would put one passed the GRCC netminder. The Sailors would add another tally in the 2nd period would Spencer Anderson would score from the high slot to give the Sailors a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. The Sailor defense would buckle down as they would attempt to keep the Cougars from making a comeback. The Sailors would live up to the task allowing a season low 21 shots against as goaltender Anthony Shrum would record his 3rd shutout of the season stopping all 21 shots he faced. The Sailors would put the cat in the bag when they would add an empty goal to increase their lead 3. The Sailors from top to bottom to played an outstanding game as the win improved their record to 9-12-2 and their conference record to 5-5-1 to put them into a 2nd place battle against Grandville next Wednesday night.
The Sailors looked to keep their momentum going against East Kentwood after a 3-2 victory over Rockford Wednesday night. The Sailors had a slow start to the game allowing a goal against in the first period. The Sailors would go down by two when Kentwood score off of an odd man rush. The Sailors entered the third period down by two and ready to make a comeback. The Sailors would get on the board when Hunter Meyers would catch a stretch pass from Isaiah Bathrick to sling shot him into a breakaway in which he would score on to decrease the deficit to one. The Sailors would pepper the Kentwood goalie but could not get one passed him to the tie the game. The Sailors would fall to Kentwood 1-2 and will play next week Friday at Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
The Sailors returned home for their final meeting of the season with Rockford. The game was intense from the drop of the puck with Rockford taking the game's first lead. The Sailors would respond in the first period off of a face-off when Colby Hannan would bang home a rebound from the shot of Connor Winegar. The second period brought some more great action with scoring chances a plenty for both teams. The Sailors would find the lead when Mark Mills would score his first career varsity goal shorthanded to put the Sailors up 2-1. The Rams would fight back and net one before the period would come to an end tying the game again 2-2. The third period was nail biting. The teams traded grade A scoring chances as both teams goaltenders would stand tall in goal making keys saves at crucial moments of the game. Making those saves for the Sailors was Anthony Shrum as he would stop 36 of 38 shots for the Sailors. As the game came near to an end, the atmosphere in the rink felt as if the next goal was going to win the game. The Sailors would get that next goal when Zac Cuthbertson would score with only 17.3 seconds left in the game to give the Sailors a 3-2 victory. The Sailors improve their conference record to 4-4-1 and their overall record to 8-11-2. The Sailors will have another chance to improve their record on Friday night against Kentwood.
After a great first win, the sailors looked to go 2-0 on the weekend. That thought was quickly diminished when Plymouth Salem would jump out to a great start scoring 4 goals in the first period. The game would not get any easier for the Sailors as they would allow two more goals despite their efforts to claw back into the game. In the third period, the Sailors would get on the board when Spencer Anderson would tap home a backdoor pass from Hunter Meyers. Plymouth Salem would quickly respond scoring ten seconds later and adding another later to add salt to the wounds of the Sailors. The Sailors would take a hard loss Saturday afternoon losing 1-8 as their record drops to 7-11-2 on the season. The Sailors will return to conference play this week as they will face Rockford at home Wednesday night and travel to Kentwood Friday night.
The Sailors entered the Trenton Showcase in search for two wins and would get the first of two against Port Huron Northern. The Sailors came out strong out shooting their opponents 10-4 and took advantage on the five minute powerplay scoring 2 powerplay goals from Zac Cuthbertson and Matt Martin. The Sailors would allow an early goal but would quickly get back to work scoring two goals from Hunter Meyers and Nick Nawrocki from another powerplay to increase their lead to 4-1. The Sailors would dominate the third defensively as they would keep Port Huron from getting anything going and would add another goal from the hands of Colby Hannan. The Sailors would win the first of two games on the weekend 5-1.
The Sailors looked to close out the showcase with another win, but in order to that they would have to face a tough opponent Alpena, who is first in the the Big North conference. The Sailors would score in just the third shift of the game when Hunter Meyers would make a huge hit to force a turnover in which Brandon Ledyard would pick up the puck and shoot it pass the Alpena netminder to make it 1-0. The Sailors would battle in what seemed to be a game where another goal was not going to be scored, but Alpena would score late in the 2nd period to tie the game 1-1. The Sailors brought on a strong effort to break the tie in third as they would take 15 shots on net. Unfortunately none of those shots found the back of the net as the Sailors would tie Alpena 1-1. Anthony Shrum would have a strong weekend in net stopping 74 of 76 shots faced throughout the two games. Next weekend the Sailors travel to Trenton, Michigan for the Trenton Showcase to face-off against Port Huron Northern Friday night and Plymouth Salem Saturday afternoon.
The Sailors looked to show off their stuff at the Chelsea showcase in Chelsea, Michigan. The Sailors opened up the game strong scoring first on the Power Play when Nick Nawrocki would score from the point to give the Sailors a 1-0. That lead vanished before the end of the 1st period as Escanaba would capitalize on a turnover to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the second period. Hunter Meyers would score from behind the net to open up the second period as Spencer Anderson would make it 3-0 as he would score from the bottom of the face-off circle off of a rush up the ice. The Sailors would head into the locker room ahead 3-1. The Sailors would maintain that same lead until late in the third period when Brandon Ledyard would capitalize on a wide open net to increase the lead to 3. The Sailors put together a strong game in all areas of the ice as they win the first of two games on the weekend 4-1.
The Sailors looked to bounce back after a tough loss to FHC. They faced another conference foe at home against the Grandville Bulldogs. Grandville started the scoring in the first period with an early goal and the Sailors would come right back down and tie it up with a goal by Hunter Meyers. Within the next minute, Grandville took back the lead with another goal. The first period ended 2-1 with Grandville holding the lead. Midway through the second, Colby Hannan scored a tap in to tie it up. Shortly after, Grandville took another lead with a goal of their own. Grandville took a 3-2 lead into the third. The Sailors fought hard to get back into the game and would when Brandon Ledyard scored a beauty of a goal to tie it up 3-3 in the third period. The game seemed destined for overtime until Grandville scored with two minutes remaining in regulation to take a 4-3 lead. The sailors fought hard to tie the game but fell short putting the Sailors conference record to 3-3-1 and 5-10-1 on the season.
The Sailors came into the day looking to knock off first place OK Conference opponent Forest Hills Central. The first period was back and forth but ended the way it started 0-0. The second period brought on penalty trouble for the Sailors as FHC would score 2 powerplay goals and an even strength goal to take a 3-0 lead into the final period. The Sailors would open the third allowing a fourth goal in which they would quickly respond when Spencer Anderson would score to cut FHC's lead to 3. The Sailors would again allow a powerplay goal to increase the deficit to 4 again. The Sailors would add a powerplay goal of their own scoring 5 on 3 from a tip in goal from Hunter Meyers. The Sailors battled hard but would drop to 3-2-1 in conference play to hold on to a 2nd place conference spot to fall 2.5 games back of first place.
But the Sailors had an opportunity to knock rival Reeths-Puffer out of the O-K Conference Tier 1 title race on Wednesday – and gain a little revenge in the process – and took full advantage.
Mona Shores erupted for four goals in the second period to down the Rockets 6-1 at L.C. Walker Arena. The victory made up for the Sailors’ 4-3 loss to the Rockets earlier in the season.
Hunter Meyers led the Shores attack with two goals while Spencer Anderson had a goal and two assists.
Mona Shores goalie Anthony Shrum turned in a great performance, stopping 38 of 39 Reeths-Puffer shots.
“The reality is, that just put the Tier 1 championship out of reach,” said Reeths-Puffer Coach Eric Sikkenga, whose team had a 39-30 shot advantage. “Three losses in the conference is going to be too much to overcome.”
“It’s always a tough game to play against Reeths-Puffer,” said Mona Shores Coach Dan Quaine. “It’s always good to come out on the top end of it. Last time they came out on top, but we got this one.”
Mona Shores opened the scoring at the 4:20 mark of the first period when Anderson received the puck low in the right circle and slammed it home, giving the Sailors a 1-0 lead. Jager Kelly earned the lone assist on the play.
The Sailors were charged with an interference penalty with 53 seconds remaining in the first period. That gave the Rockets a power play that stretched into the start of the second period, but it didn’t go as planned for Reeths-Puffer.
With just two seconds remaining in the penalty, Mona Shores’ Isaiah Bathrick lofted a shot past R-P goalie Colton Koopman for a shorthanded goal, giving the Sailors a 2-0 lead.
Anderson and Brandon Ledyard earned assists on the goal.
Less than four minutes later, Mona Shores freshman Justin Winegar stole the puck in the neutral zone, sped in alone on Koopman and put the puck over the netminder’s glove.
The Sailors collected two more goals in the period, with a breakaway tally from Meyers (with an assist by Nick Nawricki) and a goal by Ledyard (with an assist by Anderson) to take a commanding 5-0 lead.
The Rockets didn’t toss in the towel. Garrett Reames took a pass from Cole Charlesworth at the top of the circle and served it past a screened Shrum to put Reeths-Puffer on the board late in the second period.
Charlesworth and Nolan Convertini earned assists on the goal.
The Rockets found themselves in penalty trouble early in the third period, with three infractions in the first 8:13.
Meyers took advantage with a power play goal at the 8:26 mark to wrap up the Sailors’ scoring.
“All three lines contributed today,” Quaine said. “It was a complete team effort. Everyone really buckled down and played their positions and did their jobs.
“Shrum stood tall in net for us. In the last three games, he’s let in one goal. He’s really tracking the puck right now and playing big for us.”
By Justin Haggerty
The Mona Shores hockey team skated to a 3-0 shutout win over Rockford on Friday.
Mona Shores’ goaltender Anthony Shrum stopped all 47 shots that he faced.
The Sailors opened the scoring in the second period on a goal from Brandon Ledyard. Mark Mills and Isaiah Bathrick each notched assists on the tally.
Spencer Anderson added two goals in the third period for Mona Shores.
Game Times Tomorrow
Consolation Game 2:00PM @ Lakeshore Sport Centre
East Kentwood vs Portage Central
Championship Game 4:00PM @ lakeshore Sport Centre
Mona Shores vs Grand Rapids Christian
Saturday afternoon the Sailors faced off against Wyandotte Roosevelt. It took a while for the game's first goal to be scored as it occurred in the final minute of the second period as Brandon Ledyard buried a rebound from the shot of Isaiah Bathrick. Throughout the 3rd period penalty trouble was an issue for the Sailors. Despite penalty trouble, Brandon Ledyard would score a shorthanded goal as banged home another rebound from Nick Nawrocki to give the Sailors two goal lead. Wyandotte would quickly respond to the Sailors goal as they would get a power play goal to decrease the Sailors lead to one. With the Sailors penalty trouble continuing, Wyandotte would capitalize on the power play making the game all tied up at 2-2 which would later send the game into overtime. It didn't take long as another Sailor penalty would give Wyandotte the 3-2 victory in Overtime. The Sailors fall to 2-5 on the season and will look to rebound from 4 straight losses as they enter conference play next weekend against Grandville.
Friday night the Sailors faced off against Allen Park. Allen Park struck first making it 1-0 heading into the first intermission. The Sailors tied the game with Ryan Wolf scoring his first varsity goal with help from Matt Martin and Connor Winegar. Allen Park would regain the lead off of a turnover by the Sailors. The Sailors responded with Ryan Wolf's hard forechecking in which lead to his own goal to tie the game at 2 a piece. Allen Park would regain the lead again with a power play goal in the 3rd period. The Sailors had chances to tie but none bigger than a power play with a few minutes to go giving the Sailors a 2 man advantage with their goalie being pulled. The chance faded as the Sailors would allow an empty net goal making it a 2-4 defeat from the hands of Allen Park.
The Sailors were ready to play as they opened the game with multiple scoring chances as they outshot their opponents 13-5. A Sailor goal hadn't occurred all game long until late into the 2nd period when a power play goal from Connor Winnegar (His first varsity hockey goal) put the Sailors up 1-0. The Sailors would enter the final period with a 1-0 lead and would fight hard to keep the lead for the remainder of the game but couldn't hold off Saginaw's offensive push as they got the goal needed to tie the game. The game would go into overtime with the Sailors looking like they were fading fast. Overtime did not fare well for the Sailors as they would allow a goal just two minutes into overtime as it would result in a 1-2 overtime loss to Saginaw Heritage despite Brendan Sullivan's great performance in goal as he saved 26 of the 28 shots he faced Saturday night.
The Sailors were pumped up for their season home opener as the Sailors would score the game's first goal in the 2nd period when Zac Cuthbertson would score a goal from a nice passing on a Power Play rush from Brandon Ledyard and Isaiah Bathrick. The Sailors would hold the lead in the 2nd period until a 7 minute hiccup cost the Sailors 5 goals. The Sailors would finally respond to Midland Dow's five unanswered goals as Brandon Ledyard would bang home his second goal of the night off of a rebound from the shot of Ryan Wolf. The Sailors would start the 3rd period down 5-2 with hopes to make a comeback. The path to accomplish the comeback began with a Power Play goal scored by Hunter Meyers as he redirected Zac Cuthbertson's shot in which would decrease the deficit to two. The Chargers would later end the chances of a Sailor comeback when they scored late to make the game 6-3. The Sailors were unable to muster up any more offense to complete the 3rd period comeback as they would end their home opener with a 3-6 loss to Midland Dow.
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Story To Come
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