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As the 2022-23 high school hockey season gets underway, the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches’ Association has released its first official rankings of the new campaign.
Check out the Division 1, 2 and 3 preseason rankings, as well as the MHSHCA’s Super 10 of teams deemed best in the state regardless of division, below.
Detroit Catholic Central opens the season ranked No. 1 in Division 1 as the Shamrocks prepare to defend the 2022 title they captured in Plymouth last March. The team right behind them, however, is a rather unfamiliar foe, as the Hartland Eagles have moved up from Division 2 into Division 1 this fall. That means that the top two ranked teams heading into the season are both state champions. It won’t take long for them to sort things out - the two high school hockey powerhouses kick off the season by playing each other Wednesday evening on the very ice both won state titles last spring.
Livonia Stevenson rounds out the top three, as the Spartans also move up from Division 2 this season. At No. 4 are the Brighton Bulldogs, last year’s Division 1 state runner-up. Tough competition, to say the least.
In Division 2, Trenton begins the season ranked No. 1. The Trojans are ready to march back to Plymouth and take another run at a state title after falling to Hartland in last year’s D2 final, but who would they play if they got there again? Brother Rice checks in at No. 2, followed by Marquette at No. 3, and Warren De La Salle at No. 4. Big things are expected out of the Byron Center program this season, as they appear at No. 5 in the preliminary poll from the coaches’ association.
Midland Dow captured its first state championship in the Division 3 final last spring, but there are plenty of other programs ready to claim a title of their own. Flint Powers is ranked No. 1 entering the season, followed closely by Houghton and Orchard Lake St. Mary’s. Perennial power Cranbrook is No. 4, while Riverview Gabriel Richard is No. 5.
Let's just drop the puck, shall we?