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With much anticipation, the SWM Blades would like to announce Ben Blacker as their new assistant/goalie coach for the upcoming season. Ben is very excited to be apart of our staff and is looking forward to meeting everyone soon!
Accolades: Played for 2 seasons in the USHL with the Cedar Rapids Roughriders where he was named second team All-USHL. He led the league with 33 wins while posting a 2.25 GAA and .926 save percentage. As a WMU Bronco, he had a sensational rookie season: Started 29 games and was to the NCHC All Rookie team...helped the Broncos get to the NCAA Playoffs and furthermore, Frozen Four!
Get to Know Your Coach
Q: What was your biggest highlight of your rookie season?
A: "Beating Nebraska Omaha in Game 3, in OT, to move on to the Frozen Four in Minny"
Q: Knowing how lucky we are have Coach Murray at the helm, how is it being a player for him?
A: "He is one of the most fun/toughest coaches to play for. He takes great pride in making sure all of his players are the best they can be. However, that means he will push you to our limit and then some to make sure you are the...perfect you. He is a very funny and energetic coach. who is always a pleasure to be around
Q: What are you looking forward to most, with your new coaching position?
A: "I'm looking forward to seeing the talent, hardwork and passion these young men have to give. Hockey is not only a game that many of us love to play, it is also is a platform that teaches respect, work ethic, and morals. For me, being able to help these young men improve their skills not only on the ice, but to hopefully have an impact on their lives off the ice...is just a small part in what I can do to give back to the amazing game and community of Kalamazoo who has supported the WMU Bronco Hockey team, every step of the way.
The SWM Blades will wrap up their pre-season this month with 3 games in South Bend:
*Sunday, 10/29: Blades @ Adams(Ice Box), 11:00am
*Sunday, 10/29: Blades @ Riley(Compton), 5:00pm
This will conclude our pre-season session.
The Blades will be hosting tryouts on Monday, October 30th, 8-9pm at Lawson Ice Arena. If you are in 9th-12th grader, and live in our district OR if you are home schooled in Kalamazoo County, you are eligible to tryout. If you were not on the team last year and are planning on trying out, please rsvp to Coach Eddy at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions in regards to tryouts, feel free to email Coach Eddy at the above address.
2016-2017 Southwest Michigan Blades Varsity Hockey
The team is made up of students from school districts in these geographic boundaries:
For additional information please contact:
Tyler Eddy, Head Coach @ email@example.com
Brian Woodward, Asst. Coach
Ben Blacker, Asst. Coach
Josh Marunde, Trainer@ Kalamazoo Strength and Conditioning (KSC)
Caroline Buentello, Team Manager@ firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Shephard, President@ KalamazooBlades@gmail.com
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