Photo by Timothy Arrick | Livingston Daily
The Kensington Lakes Activities Association (KLAA) is home to some of the best public school-based hockey programs in the state of Michigan. Member teams account for 10 of the last 16 state championships won by public schools. Brighton, Hartland, Stevenson and Novi all among those to reach the game’s summit since 2011. Howell and Livonia Churchill have also reached the state finals in that span as well. Ten teams split into two divisions, with a league format that concludes with a championship game between the top team from the East and West.
Brighton was crowned champion of the KLAA last season for the first time since 2015. Hard to believe but speaks to the competitiveness of the league, considering the program has won two state championships in that time. The Bulldogs were the third different program to win the league title in as many seasons, with Stevenson and Hartland both claiming a championship as well. However, that turnover may come to a halt in ‘23-24, as Brighton returns a plethora of key players from last season’s squad.