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.
CURRENT/ FORMER PLAYERS MAKE NAHL ROSTERS
Five current or former Michigan Elite Brigade players have made a 30 man roster in the North American Hockey League this summer. Congratulations and good luck moving into the future.
Brendan Smith (Flint Powers) Aberdeen: Zac Olen (Saginaw) Aberdeen
Zac Currie (Forest Hills Central) Amarillo: Connor Witherspoon (Flint Powers) Amarillo
Jordan Venagoni (Livonia Churchill) Amarillo
2017 MILLER O'DOHERTY CUP CHAMPIONS
The Miller Odoherty Cup was presented to the MEBHL Champions (Coast Guard) Saturday June 3rd at Kensington Valley Ice House in Brighton, Michigan. This is the second consecutive league championship for the Grey Coast Guard team. The team finished league play with 8 wins and 1 loss. Army finished in 2nd place. The MEBHL Championship is named after 2 of the Elite Brigade's founding fathers. Coach Miller and Coach Odoherty; have both helped a lot of young athletes over the years.
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.
"CURRIE" NAMED GRAND RAPIDS HS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
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 will be preparing for Jr. A tryouts this spring in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-STATE "DETLOFF" TO PLAY IN MEBHL
University of Liggett Junior 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 young 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 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.
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.
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.
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 "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.
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.
FORMER PRO & NCAA D1 PLAYER SET TO COACH IN MEBHL
Marquette Michigan native Todd Stienmetz will be coaching in the MEBHL this spring. Todd is currently the head coach of Gibralter Carlson HS. Stienmetz played 3 seasons in the USHL for the Waterloo Blackhawks before getting a division 1 NCAA scholarship at Ferris State University. After his college career Todd spent two seasons playing professionally in the ECHL and CHL.
FORMER ALL-AMERICAN SET TO COACH IN MEBHL
Saginaw Michigan native Jason Desloover will be coaching in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League this spring for Team Navy. Desloover a 1st team All-American at Plattsburgh State University; went on to a successful professional career with stops in the ECHL, WPHL, and CHL. Jason will also serve as the Michigan Elite Brigade Assistant Hockey Director.
SALEM HS TOP SCORER SET TO PLAY IN MEBHL
Sophomore forward Colin Goleniak will be competing in the Michigan Elite Brigade Hockey League this spring. Goleniak Salem High Schools top goal scorer with 18 goals in 25 games is one of the best young players in Michigan HS Hockey. Colin an 01 birth year is a player to watch this spring and into the future.
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.
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.
GOSSELIN NCAA D1 ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very proud to announce that veteran defenseman Kurt Gosselin has committed to the NCAA Division 1 program of the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers. Alabama-Huntsville plays in the 10-team Western Collegiate Hockey Association.