Mr. Hockey likes having the puck on his stick
Logan Jenuwine of Romeo High School exemplifies what it means to be a student athlete. Not only was he announced as Mr. Hockey 2016, but Jenuwine also was the winner of the Zetterberg scholarship and the first captain in Romeo history to lead his team to a state championship.
Jenuwine showed his hockey prowess in the Division 2 final game March 12 at USA Hockey Arena against Livonia Stevenson. Romeo was considered the underdog to win its first state championship. Leave it to Jenuwine to assist on two goals that brought the Bulldogs back from a 4-2 deficit in the second period.
He then showed why he is so deserving of Mr. Hockey by scoring the game-winning goal with seven minutes left in the third period. He earned two goals and three assists in that game and in the process helped make history for his school.
Jenuwine described his hockey strengths as being able to capitalize on big opportunities, which is exactly what he did in the final game.
“When we’re down and need a goal or a big hit, I step up to the plate,” he said. “I bear down and put the puck in net.”
Jenuwine started playing hockey at Mt. Clemens Ice Arena when he was young. He played one year for a coach he described as a “screamer” and decided hockey wasn’t for him so he took a year off. But with some convincing from his older brother, Hunter, Jenuwine was back on skates the following year.
“My dad was an assistant coach of my brother’s team and let me play up,” he said. “I was happy there.”
After a few years, his brother left to play for the Romeo High School team. Jenuwine, knowing his time for playing hockey with his big brother was running out, decided to move to the high school team as well.
Jenuwine’s career at Romeo was nothing short of impressive. He was a team captain both Junior and Senior years; he earned 96 points in the 2015-16 regular season (46 goals and 50 assists), and he had a cumulative 3.8 GPA. His coaches describe him as a leader both on and off the ice.
When asked why he felt he earned Mr. Hockey, he humbly replied, “I don’t know why I won it over any other guy, but I believe the puck naturally comes to me. I feel like I’m always in the right place at the right time.”
Jenuwine described himself as a player who loves having the puck on his stick, “I feel more comfortable with it than without it.”
He attributed a lot of his success this season to his linemates, Brett Lanski and Luke Kaczor.
“We played great together all season,” Jenuwine said. “I wouldn’t have earned this award without those guys out there feeding me the puck,” he said.
He also wanted to thank his coaches for leading the team by example. “All of our coaches this season were very young and they all played a high level of hockey,” he said. “Having been in our shoes recently, that made them relatable.
“Our Assistant Coach, Adam Krefski, won three National Championships at Lindenwood. He knows what it takes to win. But he could also be a friend.”
Jenuwine told Hockey Weekly that being around the rink is just natural for him. “My parents, Mark and Sharon, have always been around the rink, and they passed it down to me. I even work at Suburban Macomb.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to them for the opportunities I’ve had with hockey.”
Jenuwine has not mapped out his future hockey career yet, but he has a lot of irons in the fire.
“I’ll be skating with Team Michigan this summer. I also have skates with some junior teams and college visits planned,” he said. “My goal is to attend Michigan State University and get my business degree.”
Whichever route he chooses, Logan Jenuwine seems to know where he’s going.