COACH "KILLER" MCKILLOP JOINS ELITE BRIGADE HOCKEY
Coach McKillop is a native of Toronto, Canada and brings a lifetime of playing and coaching experience to the ice. McKillop spent four years playing in the Ontario Hockey League and brings 14 of experience in the minor league as both a player and a coach, tallying over 400 goals earned in the minor league alone. After retiring from play, McKillop brought his expertise to mentoring young hockey athletes coaching high school hockey for the past five years at Grosse Pointe South. His guidance helped lead the Grosse Pointe South to an impressive record over the past four years of 41-3-2 in the Metro League. His talent as mentor and coach has lead him to a three-time recognition as Coach of the Year for the Metro League. McKillop has also played locally in the UHL and IHL with the Port Huron Border Cats, Port Huron Flags as well as the Beacons.
CHURCHILL'S "KUCHARCZYK" MAKES ALL-STATE 2018
Livonia Churchill Senior Defenseman Seth Kucharczyk gets selected as first team All-State defenseman for the 2018 season. Kucharczyk an Elite Brigade veteran is set to play in the MEBHL this spring in hopes of attracting top level junior A program interest. Seth is a player to watch.
"WEBER" SCORES TWO IN CALL UP TO NCDC JR ISLANDERS
Michigan Elite Brigade veteran Josh Weber scored two goals in his first game for the NCDC Islanders Hockey Club. The National Collegiate Development Conference is a top level Jr. A league based in the United States. Weber a Plymouth HS hockey alum is one of the very few Michigan HS hockey players to play games in one of the top Jr. A leagues this season.
"JOHNSON" TENDERS IN ALBERTA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Michigan Elite Brigade veteran and Flint Powers HS Hockey alum is heading to the Alberta Jr. Hockey League for the 2018-19 season. Garrett a former member of Team Michigan is currently playing with Little Caesars U18 AAA team and will be ready to make an impact for the Drumheller Dragons next season.
"WITHERSPOON" TENDERS IN NAHL SHREVEPORT
Michigan Elite Brigade veteran and Flint Powers HS Hockey alum is heading to the North American Hockey League for the 2018-19 season. Connor a former member of Team Michigan is currently playing with Little Caesars U18 AAA team. Witherspoon recently played in the Central Canadian Hockey League 2 and will be ready to take the next step.
"CURRIE" TENDERS WITH NAHL WILKS BARRE KNIGHTS
Michigan Elite Brigade team member and Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central first team All-State Sr. forward Zak Currie was named Grand Rapids HS Player of the Year for 2016-17. Currie finished the season with 24 goals; 37 assists; for 61 points; in 24 games. Zac was the leading scorer in the MEBHL this past spring and recently tendered with the Wilks Barre Scranton Knights of the North American Hockey League.
HOWELL HS DICICCO EARNS NCAA OPPORTUNITY AT TRINE
Forward Max Dicicco an Elite Brigade veteran player is playing for Trine University NCAA Division 3 this season. Max was an All-State player and leading scorer at Howell High School. Dicicco was a solid fixture every spring for the Michigan Elite Brigade competing in the AAA tournaments.
GOSSELIN SUCCEEDING AT NCAA D1 ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
D-man Kurt Gosslin from Brighton Michigan was awarded the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defenseman of the week award this past weekend. Gosselin played Jr. A hockey for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League. Prior to playing Jr. A hockey Gosslin played under Coach Slater for the U18 AAA Detroit Falcons of the North American Prospects Hockey League.
KUCHAREK COMMITS TO WESTERN MICHIGAN NCAA D1
Former Michigan Elite Brigade U16 member Jared Kucharek a 5th round draft pick for the Omaha Lancers in the USHL committed to Western Michigan University NCAA Division 1. Kucharek a 6'3 1998 birth year defenseman played for Meijer U18 AAA last season before being called up to the Lone Star Brahmas in the NAHL. Jared finished the 2016-17 season winning the Robertson Cup Championship with the Brahmas.
COAST GUARD WINS BIG DOG AAA INVITATIONAL
The Michigan Elite Brigade Coast Guard Team won the 2017 Big Dog AAA Showcase going 5 and 0. The Coast Guard came from behind to beat a strong Air Force team in the final game to capture the trophy. The team is undefeated in league and showcase play this spring and won the MEBHL Championship last season.
"MURPHY" NAMED ANN ARBOR HS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Saline Sophomore defenseman Brendan Murphy will be honing his skills this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. Murphy finished the 2016-17 season as the leader of the Saline Hornets team with 26 goals; 28 assists; & 54 points; earning him 1st Team All-State accolades and Ann Arbor HS Player of the Year.
HOWELL'S ALL-STATE "DAAVETTILA" SET TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Howell Highlander junior forward Russ Daavettila will be honing his skills this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. During the 2016-17 season Daavettila scored 14 goals; 17 assists; and 31 points earning him Honorable Mention All-State status. During the 2015-16 season as a sophomore Russ was also an All-State player.
DE LASALLE STATE CHAMPION "DERATANY" TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Jacob Deratany senior forward for the division 3 State Champions; DeLasalle High School wil be preparing for Junior A tryouts this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. Jacob a gritty two way player proved to be at his best in the State playoffs; scoring a big goal in the championship game against a strong Calumet High School team.
HONORABLE MENTION 'VANDENBERG" TO PLAY IN MEBHL
L'Anze Creuse Junior goaltender Jake VanDenBerg will be honing his skills this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. VanDenBerg finished among the top goalies in Michigan with a .928 save percentage earning him Honorable mention all-state status.
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-STATE "DETLOFF" TO PLAY IN MEBHL
University of Liggett Jr. defenseman Sean Detloff will be honing his skills this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. Detloff an Elite Brigade veteran on the blueline is a 2000 birth year defenseman with a tremendous upside. His solid overall play at both ends of the ice earned him Honorable All-State honors this past season.
ALL-STATE FORWARD "MCCURRACH" SET TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Ann Arbor Huron Sophomore Forward Nico McCurrach will be honing his skills this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. McCurrach finished the 2016-17 season as the leader of the Ann Arbor Huron Varsity team with 23 goals; 21 assists; & 44 points; earning him 2nd Team All-State accolades. Nico is a player to watch.
MEBHL "LUCAS" SELECTED TO PLAY FOR TEAM MICHIGAN
Trenton HS Captain; Senior Defenseman Kyle Lucas will be prepairing for Junior A Hockey this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. Lucas an Elite Brigade veteran on the blueline is a solid defensive defensman with offensive capabilities. His leadership and consistant play earned him Honorable All-State honors this past season; and a selection to Team Michigan.
ALL-STATE D-MAN "MULLALLY" SET TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Howell Captain Sr. Defenseman Steven Mullally will be preparing for Jr. A tryouts this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. Mullally finished the 2016-17 season among the best defenseman in Michigan HS Hockey with 14 goals; 29 assists; & 43 points; earning him First Team Division 1 All-State accolades.
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE "IGNATOVICH" TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Byron Center HS netminder Will Ignatovich will be preparing for Junior A tryouts this spring in the MEBHL. Ignatovich finished the 2016-17 season with a .949 save percentage the best in all of Michigan HS Hockey. Will earned first team all-state honors with his consistant performances.
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-STATE "BALOUGH" TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Southgate Anderson forward Senior Captain Tyler Balough will be preparing for Jr. A tryouts this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. Balough a seasoned Brigade veteran scored 37 goals this past season and added another 24 assists to lead his team in scoring with 61 points. Tyler finished the 2016-17 earning Honorable Mention All-State status.
ALL-STATE GOALIE "NAIDOW" SET TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Grosse Pointe South netminder Devin Naidow will be preparing for Junior A tryouts this spring in the MEBHL. Naidow finished the 2016-17 season with a .927 save percentage earning him 1st team all-state honors. Devin was the only goaltender in Michigan High School Hockey to have beaten all three State Champions this past season. (Brighton, Brother Rice, De Lasalle)
ALL-STATE GOALIE "YOCKEY' SET TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Saginaw Heritage High School senior goaltender Danny Yockey will be preparing for Jr. A tryouts this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. Yockey finished the 2016-17 season as one of the top goaltenders in Save Percentage (.929) earning second team all-state honors.
FIRST TEAM ALL-STATE "SMITH" SET TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Flint Powers Catholic Sr. F Brendan Smith will be preparing for Jr. A tryouts this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. Smith finished the 2016-17 season among the best in Michigan HS Hockey with 37 goals; 40 assists; & 77 points; earning him 1st Team All-State accolades. Smith made the 30 man roster for the Aberdine Wings in the NAHL this past summer and is now playing for the Lansing Wolves NA3HL squad.
ALL-STATE D-MAN "OSINSKI" SET TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Milford Captain Sr. Defenseman Michael O'Sinski will be preparing for Jr. A tryouts this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League. O'Sinski finished the 2016-17 season among the best defenseman in Michigan HS Hockey with 14 goals; 33 assists; & 47 points; earning him All-State accolades.
MICHIGAN ELITE BRIGADE HISTORY ALL-STATE PLAYERS
The Michigan Elite Brigade is a proven training ground for Michigan's Top High School Players.
2017 D1: F Nicco McCurrach Ann Arbor Huron: F Keith Wickman Brighton: F Russell Daavetila Howell: F Alex Iafrate Northville: D Steven Mullaly Howell: G Will Ignatovich Byron Center: G Jake VanDenBerg L'Anse Creuse:
2017 D2: F John Doyle Livonia Churchill: F Tyler Haydo Livonia Churchill: F Corey Easton Port Huron Northern: F Jordan Venagoni Livonia Churchill: D Brendan Murphy Saline: D Joe Wozniak Livonia Churchill: D Kyle Lucas Trenton: G Devin Naidow Grosse Pointe South:
2017 D3: F Brendan Smith Flint Powers: F Connor witherspoon Flint Powers: F Zach Currie Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central: F Tyler Balough Southgate: F Jeff Kirkendall Matawan: F Josh Bauer Milford: D Jake Powlakowski Flint Powers: D Jordan Kovacs DeLasalle: D Micheal Osinski Milford: D Sean Detloff U of Liggett: G Danny Yockey Saginaw Heritage
2016 D1: F Lee Pietila Brighton: F Max DiCicco Howell: D Nick Foran Brighton: D Jay Keranan Brighton: G Nate George Howell
2016 D2: F Nolan Cioch Livonia Churchill: F Ian Smith Walled Lake Central: F Ethan Pietz Saline: D Kyle Mazur Hartland: D Joey Ulstrom Hartland: D Joe Wozniak Livonia Churchill: D Brennan Martin Novi: D Matt Nyrkkanen: D Zach Weiner Plymouth: G Christian Spangler: G Nolan Kare Romeo (State Champion)
2016 D3: F Conor Witherspoon Flint Powers
2015 D1: G Jack Deines U of D Jesuit: G Nate George Howell: G Jared Maddock Plymouth: D Frank Zak Farmington United: D Jay Keranen Brighton: D Scott Brauher KGB United: F Alex Morgan Northville: F Brendan Adams Howell: F Lee Peitila Brighton: F Christian Karbler U of D Jesuit: F Austin Bottrell Farmington United:
2015 D2: G Scott Thomas Saline: G Aaron Neighbor Hartland: D Zach Sexton Hartland: D John Nagel Hartland: F Trevor murray Hartland; F Nathan Lipon Hartland: F Alex Deflorio Livonia Stevenson:
2015 D3: G Austin Kane Flint powers:
2014 D1: G Jack Deines U of D Jesuit: D Vaughn Treppa Macomb Dakota: F Lee Peitila Brighton: F Aaron Sturos Brighton: F A.J. Mitter Howell: F Jack Cleary Grand Blanc:
2014 D2: G Brent Peitila Hartland: G Nick Ramirez Trenton: G Andrew Rozenbaum Livonia Stevenson: D John Nagel Hartland: F Josh Ruthig Hartland: F Austin Flores Hartland: F Travis McNally Midland Dow
2013 D1: G Jimmy Milletics Brighton: D Brett Pietila Brighton: F Nathan Gurzell Troy Athens: F Jack Cleary Grand Blanc:
2013 D2: Bryce VanHorn Port Huron Northern
MICHIGAN ELITE BRIGADE CHAMPONSHIP HISTORY
The Michigan Elite Brigade is a proven training ground for Michigan's Top High School Players.
Big Dog AAA Invitational Champions 2017 (U18)
Vehicle City Prospects Invitational Champions 2016 (U18)
One Hockey AAA Troy Toe Drag 2016 (U18)
Big Dog AAA Invitational 2016 (U16)
Sabre Tooth Hockey "Children's Hospital Tournament" 2016 (U16)
Sabre Tooth Hockey "Children's Hospital Tournament" 2016 (U18)
Traverse City Midget Invitational 2015 (U16)
Team Ohio Summer Blast Showcase 2015 (U18)
Playmaker Sports Fall Rumble 2015 (U16)
Michigan Amateur Hockey Association Split Season State Championship 2015 (U16)
Michigan Amateur Hockey Association Split Season State Championship 2014 (U18)
Chelsea Summer Split Season Showcase 2014 (U18)
Northern Lakes Prospects Invitational 2014 (U18)
FORMAN HOLDING HIS OWN IN THE NAHL
Mike Forman a Flint Powers Catholic Graduate and former Elite Brigade team member currently has 11 points in 23 games this season for the Amarlillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League. Forman was one of the few Michigan HS players drafted in the NAHL this past spring. Drafted in the 3rd round 47th overall; Forman finished his senior season at Powers with 65 points in 28 games; while also being named a first team all-state player and the Flint Journal Hockey Player of the Year.
WOJCIECHOWSKI EARNS NCCA OPPORTUNITY
D-man JR Wojciechowski providing defensive leadership for the Rochester Americans of the United States Premier Hockey League; commits to NCAA Nazereth College for the 2015-16 season. Last season Wojo spent the year in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League competing for the Kindersley Klippers. Both the USPHL and SJHL are two of the premier Jr. A Leagues in North America.
DEFENSEMAN RUSSELL MAKING HIS WAY IN THE CCHL
Defenseman Cameron Russell a product of Royal Oak High School is making his mark for Kemptville 73's of the Central Canadian Hockey League. The CCHL is a Tier 1 Jr. A League in the Ottawa Valley. Last season Russell played in the Western States Hockey League for the Ogden Mustangs. Prior to playing jr. A Hockey Cameron played for coach Slater at the Detroit Falcons U18 AAA team in the NAPHL.