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As he prepares his Midland Dow squad to defend their first state title in school history, Dick Blasy has received some major recognition for last year’s campaign.
The head coach of the 2022 Division 3 state champion Chargers has been named the 2022 recipient of the Michigan High School Athletic Coaches Association Hockey Coach of the Year by the organization of school coaches and athletic directors.
Blasy will be honored by the MHSCA at its Winter Awards Luncheon on Nov. 13 in Lansing.
From the organization’s press release:
"Congratulations to Midland Dow Schools and Mr. Dick Blasy the Hockey coach at your school has been selected as the State Hockey Coach of the Year. The selection and nomination for these awards comes from your coach’s constituent sport association and through the Michigan High School Coaches Association.
The MHSCA selection of Mr. Blasy from Midland Dow schools reflects positively on his school, and community. Coach of the Year selections has been based on the performance of their program over the years and/or their contribution to the sport, school, and community. These were some of the criteria to determine the selection. It is indeed an honor to have been selected as Michigan High School Athletic Coaches Association Hockey State Coach of the Year from the entire State of nominees."
Midland Dow prevailed over Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 2-0 in the D3 state championship game at USA Hockey Arena in March to capture the school’s first championship. It was two years in the making, after the Chargers reached high school hockey’s Frozen Four in 2020 before the season was called short due to COVID-19.
“It just doesn’t seem real, to be honest with you,” said Blasy after the title game. “I checked the scoreboard about 50 times; it’s still there. It’s still 2-0. It’s unbelievable, but it’s always about the boys. That’s all I really truly care about is the fact that they did this. Whether we won or we lost, it doesn’t really change things. I would’ve been just as proud of these boys if we would’ve come out on the other end, because they just worked so hard.”
Midland Dow finished the season 20-5-3 en route to the title.