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Rogowski selected by Oshawa in the 2024 OHL Draft

By Craig Peterson 04/15/2024, 9:15pm EDT

DCC sophomore is the first of 12 Michigan natives chosen; comes off the board in the second round

The Ontario Hockey League (OHL) held its annual draft over the weekend. The 2024 OHL Priority Selection process spanned over two days, where 21 member organizations took turns drafting players from the 2008 birth year in preparation for next fall. Among the 302 prospects to have their names called, Detroit Catholic Central sophomore Brooks Rogowski was the first of 12 Michigan youth hockey players to be selected, going 38th overall to the Oshawa Generals. 

Rogowski is a 6-foot-4 power forward who led the Shamrocks in scoring this season with 21 goals and 47 points. He was the first sophomore to lead the program in scoring in at least 30 years, and in doing so, earned a spot on the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches’ Association (MHSHCA) 2024 Dream Team as one of the best players in the state.

He’s the third player to be selected out of Michigan high school hockey into the OHL Draft in the last two years, joining Alpena’s Harrison Kaszubowski and Jack Beardsley from Novi. Selected in the second round, though, Rogowski is the highest selected MI-HS prospect ever to be taken in the OHL Draft. 

Major junior hockey in Canada has not been an overly common path for Michigan high school prospects, with Rogowski being just the fifth player selected in the OHL Draft since 2019. In fact, it’s become less and less common for youth hockey players from the state of Michigan altogether. But, MI-HS alumni like Calumet’s Dean Loukus have certainly been able to benefit from this particular path. 

Loukus was a four-year player for the Copper Kings, selected in the 2019 OHL Draft. He has spent the last three seasons in the OHL, scoring 58 goals and 167 points in 210 games.

Rogowski is eligible for the upcoming 2024 United States Hockey League (USHL) Phase-I Draft as well. That selection process is slated to take place on May 6th, where 15 member organizations will take turns drafting the best 2008-born prospects in the country.






2023-24 Awards and Honors

By Craig Peterson 03/20/2024, 1:45pm EDT

Dream Team, All-State and Coaches of the Year

The 2023-24 season concluded on Saturday, March 9th with the crowning of Michigan high school hockey's newest state champions. Cranbrook became the first team since 2008 to enter the playoffs with a sub-.500 record and go on to win a state championship, doing so in the Division-III tournament.  Byron Center became the first West Michigan-based team to win a state championship since 2011, claiming the Division-II title. Detroit Catholic Central tied a state record, winning its fifth consecutive state championship, taking home the Division-I title.

In addition to championships, All-State honorees were announced as well. The complete list of names can be found HERE. The top vote getters during the All-State selection process were further named of the 2024 Michigan High School Hockey Coaches' Association (MHSHCA) Dream Team.  This year's honorees were:

Brighton senior forward Cam Duffany
Byron Center senior forward Jackson Froysland
Byron Center senior forward Cade Pratt
Detroit Catholic Central sophomore forward Brooks Rogowski
Detroit Catholic Central senior defenseman Joe Curtin
Houghton senior defenseman Connor Raffaelli
Byron Center senior goalie Brady Swanson

One of those seven players will be awarded the 2024 Mr. Hockey Award on Friday, March 22nd, to conclude this season's recognitions.