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A Message from the MDHL

By Hub Contributor, 05/30/18, 7:15PM EDT


Update and Registration information for the upcoming Fall season

2018 MDHL Update and Registration Information

May 25, 2018


With another successful Michigan high school (MI-HS) hockey season in the books and summer right around the corner, we begin focusing on the start of the 17th season of the Michigan Developmental Hockey League (MDHL). 

The MDHL exists solely to develop the best high school players in the state, and to provide them with scouting exposure through league and tournament play.  Junior, college, and professional scouts are on-hand every weekend of league play, and tournaments provide additional scouting opportunities against top-end opponents outside of MI-HS.

The league provides players a great chance to prepare for their upcoming seasons and to develop their game.  Through coaching, and by competing against the best players in the state on a weekly basis, players learn what it takes to become consistent and effective hockey players every time they step on the ice.

With your support, over 200 MDHL alumni have moved on to play collegiate hockey, and over 50 have played professionally (check out the alumni list at

This kind of success is a direct result of your continued promotion of the league to your players, and we truly appreciate it. 
One aspect of the MDHL that separates us from other programs is that we don’t stop promoting players when the MDHL season ends – we will do whatever we can do help educate players, answer their questions, and find them a spot on a Junior team.  We care deeply about MI-HS hockey and take great pride in seeing players find success and become better young men.

With all that being said, here’s a brief update on some of our alumni, along with details for the upcoming season.  Please spread the word to any of your players that you think would be a good fit at the U15, U16, or U18 level:

2017-2018 League Award Winners
·         Mr. Hockey was an MDHL alumnus for the 11th time in 12 years
·         5 of the 6 Dream Team selections were MDHL alumni
·         Almost 70 MDHL alumni earned All-State honors

Next Level
·         USHL: All 8 MI-HS alumni selected in this month’s draft played in the MDHL
·         NAHL: 9 players from this year’s league already tendered or have played an NAHL game
·         Division 1: 42 MDHL alumni currently playing/committed to D1 programs
·         Division 3: 24 MDHL alumni currently playing/committed to D3 programs
·         Junior: Almost 40 MDHL alumni currently playing Junior hockey

Upcoming Season
MI-HS players from all across the state are welcome to compete in the MDHL.  Last year, over 80 different schools were represented at tryouts, and almost 50 were represented in league play.  Here is some important information regarding the upcoming season:

Goalie Evaluation: August 6th and 7th (Online Sign-Up at
·         Plymouth Cultural Center: 5:00-6:30pm (Group 1); 6:30-8:00pm (Group 2)
·         Each goalie will participate in one 1.5hr session/day

Player Tryouts: August 11th (Online Sign-Up at
·         Cranbrook’s Wallace Arena: 8:00am-9:00pm
·         Each player will play 2 games
·         West Michigan team has separate tryout schedule (contact CJ Pobur for details 248 941 4909); anyone from that area wishing to tryout at Cranbrook is welcome

League Play
·         All games at Plymouth Cultural Center
·         5 local teams, 1 West Michigan team
·         Begins August 18th: 10 games plus playoffs
·         20 minute, stop-time periods
Tournaments / Showcases:

U18 U16 U15
Motor City Cup (MI):
Sep 7-9
Motor City Cup (MI):
Sep 7-9
Motor City Cup (MI):
Sep 7-9
NAHL Showcase (Blaine, MN):
Sep 20-23
NAHL Showcase (Blaine, MN):
Sep 20-23
Bauer Motown Classic (MI):
Oct 19-21
Culver Military Academy (IN):
Oct 27-28
Culver Military Academy (IN):
Oct 27-28
Chicago World Invite (IL):
Nov 2-4
IIT (New Hope, MN):
Nov 2-4
Chicago World Invite (IL):
Nov 2-4

We look forward to kicking everything off in August.  Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. 

Bill Burns
586 924 3225