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Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association

Our mission is to promote Michigan High School hockey and good sportsmanship in conjunction with the highest possible academic achievement for our student athletes. 

As you can see, we have a tremendous amount of benefits. However, possibly the number one reason to join the Association is the unity among HS teams with hockey programs. The more unified we are, the greater voice we have. The greater voice we have tells players why they should play HS hockey. It is a great help to all of us when we are unified.

Over the past 6 months we have added Craig Peterson as our Hub update person. Craig has done a great job of researching where all former HS players are playing and updating the Hub with lots of information. High School hockey as always been a well-kept secret because we didn’t promote all of the great things that are happening. I think you will find with the Hub etc. that has changed.

Here is a detailed list of benefits that the Coaches Association offers to coaches and their student-athletes:

  • Ability to vote for All-State players (First-Team, Second-Team and Honorable mention for all three divisions)
  • Ability to vote for the Dream Team
  • Ability to vote for Mr. Hockey Award
  • Ability for your team to earn Academic All-State status
  • Ability for individual players to earn Academic All-State status
    • Any player with at least a 3.5 GPA is eligible for individual and 3.0 GPA team average for team awards
    • Medals and/or certificates for student-athletes for these awards
  • Ability to be nominated and vote on Coach of the Year Award
  • Ability to nominate and vote on Assistant Coach of the Year Award
  • Makes your players eligible for the MHSHCA Scholarship, awarded annually to three MI-HS players, with a $500 value to each recipient
  • Eligible to receive the Perseverance Award each year to a deserving student-athlete from your team
  • 3 additional scholarships are available for players from MHSHCA teams -- The Ryan Fischer Legacy, the Jimmy Devellano and the Henrik Zetterberg Scholarships
  • Can be nominated for our Coaches Hall of Fame
  • Can participate in surveys regarding HS hockey and the direction it is heading
  • Can attend our Annual Coaches Meeting/Clinics with guest speakers and the MHSAA rules meeting is covered. This is also a great time to network with fellow HS coaches
  • Teams can be eligible for our weekly rankings in each division
  • Free use of Krossover Video game break down software. You are able to break down game video free of charge
  • Receive information and updates about the MHSHCA and MHSAA.
  • Attend the Annual MHSHCA Coaches Clinic and Golf Outing (*If applicable)

Please understand that if you don’t sign up, you, your coaches and your players lose out on these benefits.

2018-19 Michigan High School Hockey Calendar of Events


July 1 – July 8            No High School Activities – All Sports( Please check with your AD to confirm these dates)

Aug 1                           Midget Split Season

Aug  2– 4                     MHA Top 80 tryouts Goalies on the 2nd                                                  

Aug 6 – 7                   MDHL Goalie Evaluation – PCC

Aug 11                         MDHL Tryouts – PCC

TBA                               MHSHCA Coaches Clinics

Oct 9 – 14                    Online Rules Meetings

Oct 19-21                  Midget Split Season Playoffs

Oct 29                          Practice Begins
Nov 12                         First Contest – Max # of Days/Contests  25C
Feb 1                           Opt-Out Due Date

Jan 31-Feb 2                     MIHL Showcase (Trenton)

Feb 7 – 10                   Michigan Public HS Showcase (Chelsea)

Feb TBD                        All State Academic nominations deadline

Feb TBD                      All State nomination

Feb TBD                      All State Voting

Feb 25 - Mar 2            Regional Tournament

March 5 – 6                 MHSAA Quarterfinals
March 7 – 8                 MHSAA Semifinals
March 9                     MHSAA Finals

March 9                     8:00am MHSHCA Year-end meeting 

                                   CJ's  @ USA  Arena

March 24                   Year end All State Banquet

1-4PM        Farmington Hills Manor    

March 22 -24             Team Michigan Tryouts  Arctic Coliseum , Chelsea

April 1                          Official Ratings Due Date

April 25 – 28                NIT Tournament Minnesota