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Team Michigan 2021

Now that we can get back to playing and know what our season schedule is, we can communicate the tryout plans. As you may know, Team Michigan represents Michigan high school hockey against the top high school hockey states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Colorado) at the CCM NIT Tournament in Minnesota. This event is the most scouted tournament there is for our players; each year every NHL, USHL and NAHL team is usually represented, as well as most Division 1 Universities.

We now have two “Team Michigan” squads attending the CCM NIT Tournament: A Senior team and a U-18 (Junior) team. For us as high school coaches, it is crucial that we send our top players to make up these two squads. When scouts see Michigan players on the ice at this tournament, it sends a message as to the talent level here in Michigan. Therefore, sending our best players helps every single one of us, and every single one of our programs and players.

I understand that there are a lot of options and opportunities for our players. However, here are some other reasons why players should try out for Team Michigan:

-          Each year, Michigan players who perform well end up getting more college offers and being drafted higher (NHL, USHL, NAHL) than before playing in the tournament. Scouts want to see our best against the rest of the country’s best. That causes their stock to rise, so even if a player has interest from a team or is already tendered, this improves their options. In addition it is their last chance to see the players right before their draft.

-          Team Michigan is run by Michigan High School coaches who do not get paid. So there is no financial gain from anyone involved. Simply put, we only want to send our best talent.

-          Our philosophy is to win the tournament. If we do well (we have won the tournament once and been in the finals six times over the last eight years), it showcases everyone.

-          Players on Team Michigan the last 8 years have represented all parts of the state. Two years ago, we had players from 23 different High Schools. We had U.P., Northern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan players as well as players from the Metro Detroit area

-          We keep the cost as low as possible. This is put on by MAHA, which receives grant money from USA Hockey to subsidize part of the overall cost of the tournament.

Here are important information and dates to distribute to your top junior and senior players:

This year we have extremely limited time for tryouts given when our season ends, when the spring breaks happen and when the tournament is. As you know under High School rules, we must have open tryouts. So, this year we have worked with the MHSAA and the MAHA Player Development Committee to have 3 different 1-day tryouts in 3 different locations. This will give players some options depending on when their spring break is.

Sunday March 28th, 2021 – Grand Rapids – Georgetown Ice Arena

Monday April 5th, 2021 – Gaylord – Otsego County Sportsplex – Evening Tryout

Tuesday April 6th, 2021 – Chelsea – Arctic Coliseum Ice Arena – Evening Tryout

The teams will be picked by April 8th.

Training camp will be the weekend of April 16-19 in Metro Detroit

For safety reasons players will handle all their own travel arrangements to and from Plymouth Minnesota, unlike past years. They will need to arrive on Wednesday April 21st and return home after the tournament is over on Sunday evening April 25th.

We have hotel rooms booked in Minnesota but again will want players to handle the booking of these rooms individually. This year team meals will not be done. Players will handle their own with their families.

The cost to participate in the tournament will be determined after tryouts but should be around $200-$250 but will be finalized after tryouts.

I hope you will make your top junior and senior players aware of Team Michigan tryouts.

Players will be able to sign up for the tryouts beginning Friday March 5th on the MAHA website.

We will also have a link from the HUB. Once on the site you will click on the player development tab at the top and follow the instructions.

All tryouts will close at midnight March 22nd, 2021.

Freshman & Sophomore Varsity players will again be able to sign up for the MAHA player development camps in May at the same time as Tier 1 players do which will be starting March 5th thru the 15th. So please make them aware


If you have any questions, please contact me, Ryan Ossenmacher or Dave Mitchell


Don Wright



Jake Beaune D Livonia Stevenson 2018 NAHL Aberdeen
Brendan West F Detroit Catholic Central 2018 NAHL Amarillo
Sam Brennan D Brighton 2018 NAHL Lonestar (Air Force)
David Breazeale D Grandville 2018 NAHL Shreveport
Andrew Garby D Plymouth 2018 NAHL Fairbanks
Jordan Kovacs D De La Salle 2018 NAHL Fairbanks
Dawson McKay F Houghton 2018 BCHL Surrey
Dylan Montie F Detroit Catholic Central 2018 NAHL Topeka
Alex Nordstrom F Hancock 2018 AJHL Grand Prairie(Michigan Tech)
Gabe Potyk F Lake Orion 2018 NAHL Lonestar
Daunte Fortner F Kingsford 2018 SJHL La Ronge
Russell Daavettila F Howell 2018 NCAA D-III Finlandia
Adam Conquest F Brighton 2017 BCHL Cowichan Valley(Bowling Green)
Grifffen Sanom F Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2017 NCDC Syracuse
Spencer Kimball D Detroit Catholic Central 2017 NAHL Austin
Connor McGinnis D Detroit Country Day 2017 NAHL Minot (Air Force)
Zach Sprys-Tellner F Detroit Catholic Central 2017 NCDC Syracuse
Logan Neaton G Brighton 2017 BCHL Prince George (UMass-Lowell)
Brett Miller G Northville 2017 NAHL Austin (RPI)
Conor Witherspoon F Flint Powers 2017 NAHL Shreveport
Jed Pietila F Hartland 2017 NAHL Austin
Garrett Johnson D Flint Powers 2017 SJHL Battlefords
Cullen Barber G Livonia Stevenson 2016 NCAA Ferris State
Jack Clement D Brother Rice 2016 USHL Des Moines(Miami)
Nick Bowman F Brother rice 2016 NCAA RPI
Logan Jenuwine F Romeo 2016 NAHL Amarillo (Arizona State)
Derek Schaedig G Chelsea 2016 NCAA Harvard
Jay Keranen D Brighton 2016 BCHL Prince George
Jason Brancheau F Wyandotte 2016 NAHL Amarillo(Ferris State)
Brett Abdelnour F University Liggett 2016 NAHL Amarillo (Army)
Nick Blankenburg D Romeo 2016 NCAA Michigan
Adam Pitters F Grosse Pointe South 2016 NAHL Aberdeen(Bowling Green)
Andrew Froese D Traverse City Central 2016 NCAA D-III Finlandia
Zach Leonard F Berkley 2016 NCAA D-III Lake Forest College
JP Lafferty F Detroit Catholic Central 2016 NCDC New Jersey
Thomas Daskas F Rochester United 2016 NAHL Lonestar
Spencer Wright G Detroit Catholic Central 2015 NCAA Michigan State
Andrew Lane D Detroit Catholic Central 2015 NCAA Alaska-Anchorage
Brandon Young D Muskegon Reeths-Puffer 2015 NCAA D-III Utica College
Ryan Burnett F Detroit Catholic Central 2015 NCAA D-III SUNY-Geneseo
Levi Wunder F Escanaba 2015 NCAA Alabama-Huntsville
Vince Marino F Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2015 NAHL Brookings
C.J. Regula F Cranbrook 2015 NAHL Shreveport (Ohio State)
Nick Rosa F Brother Rice 2015 NCAA D-III Babson College
Zach Ahola F Hancock 2015 NCAA D-III SUNY-Canton
Matthew Manning F Brother Rice 2015 NCAA D-III Worcester State
William VanderVeen D Brother Rice 2015 NCAA D-III Plymouth State
Marcus Gloss G Houghton 2015 NCAA D-III Finlandia
Hunter Kero F Hancock 2015 NCAA D-III Finlandia
Shawn O'Malley F Cranbrook 2015 NCAA D-III Aurora
Evan Rochowiak F Detroit Catholic Central 2015 NCAA D-III UMass-Boston
John Lethemon G Farmington 2014 NCAA Michigan State
Tyler Hayes D Brighton 2014 NCAA Niagara
Anthony Scarsella D Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2014 NCAA Michigan State
Brennan Blaszczak F Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2014 NCAA Alaska-Fairbanks
Raymond Brice F Houghton 2014 NCAA Michigan Tech
Matt Riggleman F Brother Rice 2014 NCAA Bentley College
Connor Jean F Brother Rice 2014 NCAA Holy Cross
Marshall Bowery F Rochester United 2014 NCAA Air Force
Danny Bosio F Brighton 2014 NCAA D-III SUNY-Geneseo
Dakota Ulmer F Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2014 NCAA D-III Bryn Athyn College
Jack Stander D Grosse Pointe North 2013 NCAA Canisius College
Brendan Jacques F Calumet 2013 NCAA Northern Michigan
Craig Pefley F U-D Jesuit 2013 NCAA Ferris State
Sam Rennaker F Forest Hills North-Eastern 2013 NCAA Niagara
Alex Jaeckle D Warren De La Salle 2012 NCAA Canisius College
Adam Larkin D Clarkston 2012 NCAA Yale
Ben Storm D Calumet 2012 AHL San Antonio
Shane Bednard F Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2012 NCAA Bowling Green
Thomas Ebbing F Brother Rice 2012 AHL Laval
Mackenzie MacEachern F Brother Rice 2012 NHL St. Louis Blues
Devin Kero G Hancock 2012 NCAA Michigan Tech

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