Little Caesars AAA teams claim five state championships
The Little Caesars AAA Hockey Club added five more state titles to its trophy case this spring. Here are the new champions.
The group of youngsters coached by Kris Draper won its fifth Michigan Amateur Hockey Association state championship in the last six years.
The Little Caesars AAA team is skating at Midget Minor this season and swept Compuware in two games in a best-of-three series March 9-10 at the Taylor Sportsplex.
Little Caesars defeated Compuware 4-3 in their first game and 5-2 in their second.
“Very proud of this group of young hockey players,” said Draper, the former Red Wings player and current special assistant to the general manager for the franchise. “They played the game the right way, very competitive and won a lot of battles in the hard areas. We had scoring throughout the lineup, our defense was very hard to play against and both of our goaltenders were excellent. This was a total team effort.”
His squad beat the Oakland Junior Grizzlies 5-1 in the semifinal, after defeating Compuware 5-4, Meijer 5-1 and Fox Motors 4-1 in the round robin.
The Little Caesars Midget Minor team moves on to the USA Hockey Youth Tier I 16U National Tournament at Southside Arena in Byron Center and Griff’s Georgetown in Hudsonville April 3-8, which will be hosted by the Grand Rapids Amateur Hockey Association.
The Squad reached the 15U National Championship game last season, but fell, 2-1, to the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.
Members of the team are Tanner Kelly, Kienan Draper, Tor Jendrell, Drew Joliet, Travis Shoudy, Mark Estapa, Garrett Szydlowski, Jacob Bauer, Davis Codd, Victor Mancini, Kaidan Mbereko, Tiernan Shoudy, Peyton Grainer, Grant Hindman, Ryan Kirwan, Carter Mazur and Carter Rohman.
The Little Caesars 12U team won the MAHA Tier I Girls 12U state title with a 4-2 win over HoneyBaked in the state championship game March 3 at the Taylor Sportsplex.
The team, which is coached by Manon Rheaume, beat HoneyBaked 5-1 and Belle Tire 16-0 in the state tournament.
The team roster was not available.
The Little Caesars 14U team won the Tier I Girls 14U state championship with a 5-1 decision over Belle Tire on March 3 at the Taylor Sportsplex.
Coached by Joe Joseph, the squad also defeated Belle Tire 8-3, Meijer 12-0 and HoneyBaked 4-0 in the state tourney. The team is headed to the USA Hockey Girls Tier 1 14U National Tournament in Irvine, CA, April 4-8.
Members of the team are Kaia Malachino, Gwen Gillard, Clara Yuhn, Ava Stevenson, Ava Perrone, Claire Leonard, Melanie Targosz, Casey Borgiel, Carly McMahon, Abigail McCallion, Gabby Dougherty, Olivia Lumpiesz, Ava McIllmurray, Elyssa Biederman, Cassie Hall and Victoria Liu.
The Little Caesars Bantam Major team won the MAHA AAA 14U state championship with a two-game sweep over HoneyBaked on March 9 and 10 at the Taylor Sportsplex.
The team, coached by Brian Felsner, won 5-3 on Saturday and 5-2 on Sunday after beating Compuware 5-2 in the semifinal.
They defeated Fox Motors 5-4, Victory Honda 5-4 and Belle Tire 12-1 in the round-robin.
The team now advances to the USA Hockey Tier I 14U National Tournament April 3-8 in Pittsburgh.
Members of the team are Nolan Abraham, Trent Boryszcuk, Prestyn Carter, Ben Catlin, Zach Cline, Jackson Ewald, Dylan Gordon, Christian Kocsis, Luke Lisko, Michael Mesic, Frank Nazar, Chase Pietila, Davis Rickard, Tucker Shedd, Spencer Sova, Luke St. Ledger, Camron Vansickle and Justin Varner.
The Little Caesars 15U squad won the MAHA 15U state crown with a 4-3 victory over HoneyBaked on March 10 at the Taylor Sportsplex.
Coached by Patrik Stefan, the team moves on to the USA Hockey Tier I 15 Only National Tournament April 3-8 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth Township.
Little Caesars beat Meijer 8-1 in the semifinal after defeating Victory Honda 12-1, Belle Tire 12-0 and HoneyBaked 6-0 earlier in the state tournament.
Members of the team are Luke Hughes, Sam Volturo, Mikita Tarasevich, Max Noll, James Stefan, Billy Renfrew, Karsten Senden, Ethan Wissink, Jack O’Brien, Max Smolinski, Griffin Jurecki, Wyatt Chappel, Josh Adams, Zak Brice, Rtan Goodfellow, Nickita Moiseev, Evan