Miss Hockey Olivia Lucia led Bloomfield’s hockey success in 2020
Miss Hockey Olivia Lucia also was named First Team All-State goalie. Not bad for someone who started her high school career as a forward.
The Bloomfield Blackhawks girls hockey team has a lot to be proud of this coronavirus-shortened season.
Not only did they advance to the Michigan Girls High School Hockey League state semifinals, but their senior goaltender, Olivia Lucia, was named Miss Hockey and their coach, Mick Singelyn, was chosen Coach of the Year.
Since all high school finals were canceled by the pandemic, there was no champion this year. But the Blackhawks were named one of four state finalists.
Lucia, who also was named first-team All-State goalie, finished the season with six shutouts and a .939 save percentage. Even though she hasn’t received her Miss Hockey and Most Valuable Goalie hardware yet, she enjoyed a stellar career that began when she joined the team as a forward four years ago.
“When Olivia came out her freshman year, she hadn’t skated much before, but we knew she was a total athlete,” said Head Coach Mick Singelyn. “We spent a lot of time working on edges and put her in as a forward at first. But after one game we realized she was a penalty magnet.” But, Singelyn said, Lucia, a third baseman in softball, had an amazing glove on her. “So we decided to try her at goalie. She was catching absolutely everything.”
Lucia immediately fell in love with the position and put in extra effort to learn and improve. By the end of her sophomore year, she was the starting goaltender in the playoffs.
“Olivia is a very goal-oriented athlete,” said Singelyn, “She is always so calm and cool, and if one sneaks by her, she shakes it off. She is determined to save the next one.”
The morning she found out she had been named Miss Hockey, Lucia woke up to her teammates and coaches standing on her front lawn with posters, cheering and congratulating her.
“I’d like to thank my teammates and coaches for everything,” she said. “This team has the best bond and the best people.”
She attributes much of her success to her coaches and teammates: “The coaching staff at Bloomfield was amazing. They always let you know that they were there to help you improve. I could have never done this without them.”
Lucia plans to attend Michigan State and is leaning toward kinesiology, which is the study of body movements and is used in treating sports-related injuries. She also is considering trying out for the girls’ club hockey team.
When asked what her favorite part about high school hockey was, she replied, “Having an instant family. This was just a great group of people. Hockey has had an insanely positive impact on my life.”