Coaches announce Boys awards at virtual banquet
The MHSHCA 2019-2020 Dream Team: Bottom row, from left: D Nick Justice, Livonia Stevenson; F Scott Loukus, Calumet; F Brady Rappuhn, Saginaw Heritage. Top row, from left: D Dominic Rossi, Howell; G Jeff Cormier, Trenton; F Seth Lause, Livonia Stevenson.
Instead of the emcee, buffet lunch and cheers from hundreds of parents and players, this year’s Michigan High School Hockey award honorees had to settle for a virtual banquet thanks to the state’s coronavirus shutdown.
“We just felt we wanted to do something to honor this year’s award recipients,” said Livonia Stevenson coach David Mitchell, 2nd Vice-President of the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association, which selects the best players on the boys side every year.
The presentation, which lasted just over 30 minutes, was hosted by Mitchell; Jeff Fleming, MHSHCAoutgoing President and Birmingham Brother Rice assistant coach; Bob Hall, 1st Vice-President and Utica Eisenhower coach; Executive Director Don Wright, and incoming President and Novi coach Mark Vellucci.
The biggest announcement at the event was this season’s Mr. Hockey Brady Rappuhn, a forward from Saginaw Heritage. He was chosen from the annual Dream Team, which included G Jeff Cormier, Trenton; D Nick Justice, Livonia Stevenson; D Dominic Rossi, Howell; F Seth Lause, Livonia Stevenson, and F Scott Loukus, Calumet.
Other award winners that were announced included:
Perseverance Award: Plymouth defenseman David Brace and Wyandotte Roosevelt defenseman Tyler Ander Stelter.
Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship ($3,500): Ryan Endres, Forest Hills Eastern.
Friends of High School Hockey Awards:
1. John Castine, Publisher of Hockey Weekly, who began the HS Awards event in 2003 and saw the scheduled 18th Annual banquet canceled by the coronavirus outbreak.
2. Ed Reversz, a supporter of High School Hockey in Trenton for years, including running the clock at untold number of HS games.
3. Craig Peterson, former St. John's High School Hockey player and coach who covers the games for website Michigan High School Hockey Hub.
Division 1 Coach of the Year: J.J. Bamberger, Saginaw Heritage
Division 2 Coach of the Year: David Mitchell, Livonia Stevenson
Division 3 Coach of the Year: Paul Moretz, Grosse Pointe South
Division 1 Assistant Coach of the Year: A.J. Liberacki, Dearborn Unified
Division 2 Assistant Coach of the Year: Kyle Zagata, Livonia Stevenson
Division 3 Assistant Coach of the Year: Pat Ronayne, Cranbrook
MHSHCA Hall of Fame Inductees:
Corey Markham, Houghton; Rick Bennetts, U.D. Jesuit.
Perani's Hockey World Most Valuable Goalie: Jeff Cormier, Trenton.
For Division 1, 2 and 3 All State and All-Academic teams, click here.