Congratulations to all of our KVHA who advanced to round two of the D-4 playoffs. Below is a recap of the round two weekend:
Our Midget AA Raiders, 07 Rebels, 05 Rebels and Bantam Eagles are moving on to the D-4 finals at OLSM! Show up and cheer them on to victory!
Our 04 Renegades brought home the gold from the Can/Am Hockey Challenge Cup in Nashville TN. They had an exciting 2-1 overtime victory to win it!
Congratulations...you make us proud!
Congratulations to our 06 Raiders, who, in just their 2nd season together, are the LCAHL Howe 2 Red Division Regular Season Champs! The team set out this year with a goal to win their division and had a strong season finishing 9-1-4 with only 23 goals against. Our Raiders share this year's title with Ft. Wayne Force. WAY TO GO!
Pee Wee Admirals vrs. Ice Mountain Grizzlies
Born in El Larno, Dominican Republic - 1999
6th Grader at St. Mary Middle School - Pinckney
Markin came to the United States in April 2007 from the mountains of the Dominican Republic. He spoke no English and never saw snow and ice. After seeing one of his older brothers play at KVHA, Markin wanted to play hockey. He started as a second year Squirt three years, playing forward and learning how to stop. As first year PeeWee, he enjoyed attacking the puck and occasionally the person. This season, Markin willingly and with commitment, offered to enter net for the Pee Wee Admirals late in the season. He courageously learned the rudimentary skills necessary to defend the goal. Markin accomplished his first shut out of his nascent career in February. Markin plans to develop his goal tending skills and looks forward to one day taking an exhibition team to the Dominican Republic. A big Markin thanks goes out to all of his past coaches and teammates, especially to this year’s PeeWee Admirals!
Austin Strong was born in Plano Texas in 2005, and is in the 5th grade at Maltby Elementary School. Austin had never watched hockey, never wore ice skates or roller skates, until the summer of 2011, when he came home from school and said “I want to play hockey”. Austin had tried several other sports and never really showed a passion, the way he does for hockey. He would much rather be on the ice than playing video games, and is always asking his parents to take him skating. On March 18th, in the KV Pee Wee House Playoffs, with his team down 3 to 2, with less than 3 minutes to go, Austin scored his first hockey goal of his young career. Austin’s goal was the eventual game tying score that allowed his Admiral’s team to collect a critical playoff point in the round robin series. A big Austin thanks goes out to all of his Admiral Teammates, Parents and Coaches.
Haley McLean (KVHA to Boston College)
Haley McLean, who played at KVHA from 2001-2006, has committed to Boston College for the fall of 2013 Season. Haley is in her junior year at Brighton High School and currently plays for the Honeybaked 19U team. She has been with the Honeybaked girl’s organization for the past 5 seasons, helping her team capture the 2012 State Championship and the 16U National Championship in 2010. Haley is also a student coach for the Ravens girls program during the spring season and started her hockey career with the Kensington Valley Hockey Association. Congratulations and good luck to Haley!
Former KVHA player, Joel L'Esperance commits to Michigan Tech University
Joel L'Esperance, a former KVHA hockey player has committed to Michigan Tech University. Joel, a 1995 birth year and coached by KVHA Coach Tommy Miller, started at the KVHA as a Mini-Mite and played all the way through Bantam A. The next year, the team moved to Compuware where they were highly competitive in the elite AAA league. Joel's work ethic and perseverance has moved him to the next level of hockey. Joel will likely be playing for the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) before moving to Houghton to join the Michigan Tech Division I Varsity Team. The L'Esperance family would like to thank Tommy Miller for all his efforts in developing Joel through the years. The KVHA would like to wish Joel the best of luck in his hockey future.
KVHA would like to congratulate Mitch Hall, son of Tekla and current 16u Ravens Coach, Tom Hall!
Mitch was selected in the 2016 NAHL Draft this summer by the New Jersey Titans. Mitch, a 6'4'' forward, has been skating with the KV Rebels for 12 years. Influential Coaches include Craig England and Ed Knighton as well as Skills Trainer Anatoliy Buliga. However, he had many great KV coaches over the years including:
Ron Skarzynski, Bob Harde, Gil Odoherty, Kurt Heier, Nelson Turnage, Dan Gardiner, Joe McPhail, Mike Garner and Rob Toth.
One of Mitch's favorite memories at KV was scoring the game winning goal over Allen Park to win Silver Sticks. Please join KVHA in wishing Mitch the best in his next hockey endeavor.