(DETROIT, MICHIGAN – October 23, 2020) – Last weekend was a tremendous one for the Michigan Hockey Advancement (MHA) program at Total Package Hockey (TPH). At the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Fall League championships in Blaine, Minnesota, both the 18U and 16U MHA teams were crowned champions.
For those unfamiliar, MHA is a pre-season program for Michigan high school players. The main goal and objective is exposure for players by using resources like The Prospect Exchange, a network of coaches and more. It’s a fantastic fall playing opportunity for dedicated, driven high-school level hockey players to prepare for their club seasons and gain exposure to coaches and scouts at the junior, collegiate and professional levels, while competing in a structured, team environment.
“It was our first year in the inaugural NAPHL fall league, and The NAHL and NAPHL have done a phenomenal job with marketing, broadcasting games on HockeyTV and utilizing social media for content about players,” said Rick Gadwa, MHA Program Director. “That, coupled with what we do for our players, was a great marriage this year. On the other side of exposure is preparation for their high school seasons. It does prepare them to play at a high level to get them ready for their seasons. We feel all of our players are leaders for their high school teams. Getting them ready to go is something that MHA takes a lot of pride in, and I think we’ve done a phenomenal job at it.”
MHA takes elite high school hockey players from around Michigan, places them together, trains them for competition and then takes them to tournaments. While it may be a challenge, it’s a worthwhile one.
“The special part about it all is that a lot of these players are rivals during the high school hockey season,” said Gadwa. “The challenge that we have is limited practice and a lot of travel and events. It’s unique how our groups are able to come together as one and play at such a high level with such limited time together. That’s testament to our MHA coaches and players, and their ability to adapt to the situation and perform at a high level. The players have great hockey IQ and professionalism in preparation. We grow quickly and fast together as a group. It’s pretty impressive.”
For teenagers to come together so quickly, it shows a great level of leadership amongst themselves. They may compete against each other during the regular high school season, but for a few months, they have to quickly come together to win.
“The guys that they pick for the team are superior,” said Lucas Krol of the 18U team. “There’s not a person I wouldn’t want on my team. It’s really key to be staying on the ice, and you can definitely see a difference when you come to your high school season and the shape you’re in. It elevates your game. It allows you to create key learning skills in leadership and allows it to grow. You mingle with one group of kids in high school and another group come fall. It builds your character as a person both inside and outside the rink.”
During the season, Krol, a forward, plays for Detroit Country Day School. This past fall was his third competing with MHA, but his first with the 18U team. This year was certainly the most successful for him and the team as he notched seven goals and one assist in eight games. This was a big year to make an impact as he hopes to play junior hockey after high school and then eventually on to Division I hockey, maybe even the pros.
“Throughout my three years, we hadn’t been very successful, so to cap off the final tournament of my career at TPH with a win was the icing on top of the cake to go into my senior season at Country Day,” said Krol. “It’s been great to be able to go out to Minnesota as many times as we did. It allows us to go to top tier tournaments to know where we’re at in the outside world and how we compare. It allows us to get exposure to teams we hopefully get to play for in the future.”
Goaltender Dylan Eliason just completed his second year with MHA. He previously played with the 15U team, and this year backstopped the 16U team going 3-0-1 with a 1.46 GAA and .929 save percentage. During the season, he tends the crease for Northville High School. His dreams are similar to many in the program in that he wants to play junior and then college hockey following his high school career, but for now, he’s enjoyed his experience with MHA.
“It was hard at first because we didn’t have a lot of practices between each tournament, but we were able to get back into the swing of things quickly,” said Eliason. “Luckily enough, there are always a few guys from the same school, which helps. Everyone kind of knows each other because of the hockey world, too, so it’s not that hard to get going with the energy and take us to victory. It was just a great time. The team connected well and easily. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
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The weekend was a success for the two teams, but how is success measured overall for the program?
“I think success speaks through a couple things,” said Gadwa. “We look at our records against teams that are together through the week unlike us. We beat a lot of those teams. Scouts and coaches take notice of that. The reputation of the program has really exceeded itself. My phone has been ringing off the hook all fall from multiple teams around the country wanting to play us as well as junior and college coaches interested in our players. This year, in a unique year where there’s been more focus on video, the amount of feedback I’ve received is second to none compared to past seasons.”
The program continues to grow, bringing elite high school talent from around Michigan together to compete against teams from across the country. Be on the lookout to see more players making waves in the future with their roots coming from the Michigan Hockey Advancement program.
Learn more about Michigan Hockey Advancement here.
Added service will increase opportunities for virtual recruiting
(DETROIT, MICHIGAN – September 18, 2020) – The Michigan Hockey Advancement (MHA) program has announced an agreement with The Prospect Exchange (TPE) for the 2020-21 season. The agreement will provide MHA student-athletes access to virtual resources such as video breakdowns by shift and analytics.
“We’re ecstatic to add a platform like TPE for our players,” said Rick Gadwa, Total Package Hockey Director of Hockey-Operation & Programming in Detroit. “It’s a massive step for our program for player advancement and exposure. Michigan Hockey Advancement is focused on doing what’s best for our players. Giving our players the opportunity to take their exposure to another level and helping them through the process of advancement in getting to the next level is our main goal. Joining with TPE helps us accomplish that.”
Players will be able to build profile that will have their data. They will be able to send that data, along with videos to both college and junior coaches. All of this will be included in their current tuition as well. During a time when travel for some coaches and scouts may be difficult, this is an excellent opportunity for players to be seen.
“As a former junior coach, I have always thought that some of the best hidden gems came from Michigan high school hockey,” said John Becanic, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of TPE. “With the MHA including TPE as part of their program, hopefully we can help uncover some of these gems and bring them to the forefront. With the ability to connect and share their shift video directly with junior and college coaches, exposure will no longer be an issue for these players.”
As the game continues to change and evolve, MHA continues to lead in a rapidly changing environment. By including TPE, it shows the commitment MHA has to its players.
“The game itself is already fast changing and evolving, and now with the pandemic, it’s really changed things, said Gadwa. “It’s expedited virtual recruiting. This is just another step we’re taking to stay current and make sure we’re doing everything we can for our players.”
Learn more about The Prospect Exchange here.
Learn more about Michigan Hockey Advancement here.
Total Package Hockey is pleased announce that the Michigan Hockey Advancement U16 and U18 programs finished a combined 8-0 in the midget division of the 2017 NAHL Showcase this past weekend in Blaine, MN. With their victories, the U18 team has improved their overall record to 5-0-1 and the U16’s moved to 4-2.
“While winning is certainly not the main goal of the MHA program, it is nice to see the players get rewarded,” TPH Director of Player Development and MHA U18 Head Coach Brandon Naurato said. “Michigan Hockey Advancement is about providing our players with a platform to be seen by the top junior and collegiate programs. That was the real win this past weekend.”
In addition to their perfect record, the U18 MHA squad led the entire event with a goal differential of +15. The U18’s were also the only team in their age group to finish a perfect 4-0 on the weekend. The U16’s were one of three teams in their division to finish 4-0, joining Honeybaked and the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies.
As Naurato mentioned, the goal of Michigan Hockey Advancement is just that- advancement. Perhaps the highlight of the weekend came when U18 defenseman Sam Brennan of Brighton High School committed to play Division I hockey at the Air Force Academy and dress for the NAHL’s Lone Star Brahmas in their Saturday morning game against the Philadelphia Rebels.
“We are proud of the steps the MHA program continues to take, and we were thrilled to be able to wear our colors at an event like the NAHL Showcase,” Naurato added. “We look forward to once again exposing our players to the Blaine experience next September.”
To learn more about Michigan Hockey Advancement, visit https://www.totalpackagehockey.com/mha-hockey-tph-detroit.
MICHIGAN HOCKEY ADVANCEMENT 18U TEAM BACK TO BACK COMPUWARE – HONEYBAKED INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONS
NOVI – For the second time in program history the Michigan Hockey Advancement 18U team has won the Compuware – Honeybaked Invitational Championship, after defeating the Meijer 18U AAA Hockey Club 4 – 1 at the Novi Ice Arena on Sunday.
Plymouth High School Senior Andrew Garby started the scoring for the MHA 18U’s before Meijer fought back to tie the game at 1, early in the second period.
Brighton High School Senior Sam Brennan’s power play goal broke a 1-all tie at 6:54 of the second period giving the MHA 18U’s the lead. Brennan an United States Air Force Academy Commit ended the night with three points (1 goal and 2 assists).
Novi Catholic Central Senior Jared Lee scored the third goal on a nice feed from fellow Shamrock Mitch Morris. Morris a Novi Catholic Central Junior, got the puck from Brennan in the neutral zone, drove wide and fired a pass to Lee who tipped the puck past the outstretched Meijer goaltender.
Novi Catholic Central Senior Brenden West sealed the win with fourth goal. Lake Orion Junior Gabe Potyk and Hartland Senior Josh Albring applied heavy pressure on the Meijer defense, winning a 50-50 puck battle before sliding the puck to a wide open West who fired a high blocker side shot for the goal.
West lead the MHA 18U’s in scoring on the weekend with 7 goals and 5 assists good for 12 points.
Ann Arbor Huron Senior Ethan ST. Pierre registered the win in net for the Michigan Hockey Advancement 18U team.
The MHA 18U team will continue their Fall Season October 20th when they compete in the Bauer Motown Classic.
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Total Package Hockey is proud to announce that for the second straight season, our Michigan Hockey Advancement 18U Team has won the prestigious Bauer Motown Classic in Metro Detroit.
The MHA 18U squad secured the title in their respective division with a 4-2 victory over the Ted Reeve Thunder Sunday afternoon in Fraser.
The championship-game victory was the sixth of the tournament for the MHA team; they out-scored opponents 39-10 en route to a perfect 6-0 record.
On the season, the 18s are 15-1-1. The team now heads to Boston this week for the Beantown Fall Classic – the final event before the players depart for their respective high school hockey programs.
16U Team finishes second
While the 18U Team won their division, the 16U Team had an impressive showing, as well, finishing in second place.
The 16s finished with a 4-2 record after falling to Belle Tire 16U in the championship game.
Spending their weekend in Novi, the 16U Team recorded wins over the San Diego Gulls, the Cleveland Wildcats, the Cleveland Barons and Hill Academy.
The 2019 NAHL Draft took place on Tuesday, June 4th where we are proud to announce 10 #TPHTrained players were selected. In addition, 18 more #TPHTrained players have been tendered for the upcoming NAHL season to this point.
Draft Position – Player – Draft Team – TPH Program
No. 38 – Kyle Kawamura – Corpus Christi Ice Rays – Thunder AAA & 8-Week Program
No. 70 – Bobby Burns – Springfield Jr. Blues – Center of Excellence & 8-Week Program
No. 105 – Cannon Green – Maine Nordiques – Center of Excellence & OHL Cup
No. 161 – Owen Kelly – Corpus Christi Ice Rays – 8-Week Program
No. 171 – Ryan Sorkin – Shreveport Mudbugs – OHL Cup
No. 187 – Owen Michaels – Chippewa Steel – 8-Week Program
No. 223 – Josh Deluca – Shreveport Mudbugs – 8-Week Program
No. 230 – Riley Stuart – Johnstown Tomahawks – WSI
No. 308 – Michael Mercurio – Johnstown Tomahawks – OHL Cup
The #TPHTrained players to this point that have signed tenders going into the NAHL 2019-2020 season are:
Player – TPH Program
Billy Simms – Lonestar Brahmas – Center of Excellence & 8-Week Program
Brendan Murphy – Michigan Hockey Advancement
Bryce Kallen – Michigan Hockey Advancement
Carter Korpi – 8-Week Program & Michigan Hockey Advancement
Chuck Bay – Thunder AAA
Colin Kerchoff – 8-Week Program
Dalton Norris – Center of Excellence & 8-Week Program
Davis Goukler – Thunder AAA & 8-Week Program
Griffon Sanom – Center of Excellence, Michigan Hockey Advancement, & 8-Week Program
Hunter Longhi – WSI
Jack Hillman – Center of Excellence
Joe McCollum – Center of Excellence
John Druskinis – Michigan Hockey Advancement & OHL Cup
Mitch Morris – Michigan Hockey Advancement & 8-Week Program
Ryan Kerchoff – 8-Week Program
Ryan Waltman – Center of Excellence
Tim Erkkila – Michigan Hockey Advancement & 8-Week Program
Trent Grimshaw – Center of Excellence
Trevor Russell – Thunder AAA, OHL Cup & 8-Week Program
To read more about the NAHL Draft click here.
About Total Package Hockey: Founded in 2001, it is TPH’s vision to become the world leader in positively impacting the lives of student-athletes through the game of hockey. Through academics, mentorship and athletics, TPH prides itself on operating at a standard that exceeds expectations of student-athletes, families, coaches, advisors and all other entities of the hockey world. With platforms that include association management, elite prospects programs, tournaments and showcases, camps and clinics and its hallmark Center of Excellence academy model, Total Package Hockey has assisted in the academic, athletic and hockey development of over 600 players who have advanced to junior, collegiate and professional hockey. Since inception, 45 #TPHTrained student-athletes have been selected in the NHL Draft, while 280 have committed to the NCAA level – 189 of which are Division I. In addition, 99 players have been selected in the OHL Priority Selection and 353 have signed tenders or been drafted in the USHL and NAHL. While TPH is proud of its student-athletes who have achieved success on-the ice, it is the process of developing young men and women as people, first and foremost, that our world-class team of coaches and mentors take the most amount of pride in. While it is our responsibility to prepare each individual for success on the ice, it is our mission to prepare each and every individual for success in the ultimate game – the game of life! To learn more about TPH, visit www.totalpackagehockey.com.