On Wednesday night, the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches’ Association (MHSHCA) announced via YouTube, award winners, honorees and Hall of Fame inductees for 2020, highlighted by the announcement of this season’s Mr. Hockey recipient, Brady Rappuhn.
This year’s honorees...
Rappuhn concluded a four-year career with his best season yet, totaling 44 goals and 89 points in 28 games. he recorded at least one point in every game Saginaw Heritage took the ice this season, and got on the scoresheet in 42-of-43 games dating back to Feb. 2nd, of his junior year. In 116 career games, the 6-foot forward scored 109 goals and 246 points while leading the Hawks to three consecutive Division-I Final Fours. This season’s campaign was highlighted by a three-point performance in a 3-0 win over No. 3 Brother Rice, a two-goal game against No. 2 Livonia Stevenson and a four-point outing against No. 8 Hartland. In total, Rappuhn posted eight goals and 16 points in eight games against Top-25 teams this season, elevating his game against the Hawks’ toughest opponents.
Given out annually since the 2002-03 season, 28 athletes and one team have been presented with the Perseverance Award for exhibiting courage and determination while overcoming adversity.
Plymouth junior David Brace showed tremendous courage and perseverance while dealing with his mother’s fight against cancer and subsequent passing. Despite managing her illness, Brace continued supporting his parents, teammates and school with a positive attitude and amazing energy.
Tyler Stelter of Wyandotte Roosevelt served as an inspiration to teammates and coaches through battling a series of injuries and undergoing surgery, only to come back and play in his senior year through mechanical support and pain. His drive serves as a reminder to never give up on your goals or dreams, and keeping a positive attitude through difficult times.
In memory of the late Grandville captain Ryan Fischer, the Legacy Scholarship is awarded to an individual who displays integrity, character and sportsmanship, while establishing and promoting a standard for all amateur athletes in the state of Michigan. Ryan Endres of Forest Hills Northern-Eastern, did just that by maintaining a 4.1 GPA in the classroom and serving as a two-year member of National Honor Society. He also displayed an outstanding record of community service by volunteering at the University of Michigan Metro Health Hospital, serving senior citizens through the Meals on Wheels Program and teaching at vacation bible school. Endres plans to attend college this fall to study pre-medicine.
More than 200 players across three divisions were recognized as First-Team, Second-Team and Honorable Mention All-State recipients. A complete list and breakdown by division can be found HERE.
Both teams and individuals were acknowledged for Academic All-State honors. A total of 79 teams earned the accomplishment by maintaining a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA for the 2019-20 school year, and a complete list of schools can be found HERE.
With a 3.5 or higher GPA over the course of seven consecutive semesters, 276 seniors from around the state were also recognized with earning Academic All-State HERE.
In addition to acknowledging players, coaches and administrators, the MHSHCA also highlighted Friends of High School Hockey, who help in the promotion and growth of the sport. This year’s recipients were John Castine, Ed Rivez and Craig Peterson.
Castine has been a longtime supporter of high school hockey, serving as host of the year-end All-State banquet for the past 17 years. Rivez previously served as secretary and treasurer of the Metro League, and continues to stay involved as a clock operator for dozens of games throughout the season in metro Detroit. Peterson has been a regular contributor to the Michigan High School Hockey Hub, providing coverage and promotion of teams and players from around the state.