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    2016-2017 Southwest Michigan Blades

    2016-2017 Southwest Michigan Blades

    Ben Blacker named SWM Blades Assistant/Goalie Coach

    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 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.

    Remaining Pre-Season Games

    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.

    Regular Season Tryouts

    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  If you have any questions in regards to tryouts, feel free to email Coach Eddy at the above address.    

    WELCOME 2017-2018 Southwest Michigan Blades Commits

    Jett is currently a sophomore attending Three Rivers Highschool and is coming to us from Fox Motors U16.  Jett also excels off the ice carrying a 3.7 GPA.  His fondest hockey memories included two trips to the State Finals during his travel years.  Jett l

    Jett Haifley (click image for bio)

    Blaine Shafer (click image for bio)

    Cole Shafer (click on image for bio)

    Parker Lawrence (click on image for bio)

    Zac Gothard (click on image for bio)

    Jadon Smith (click on image for bio)


    2016-2017 Southwest Michigan Blades Varsity Hockey

    The Blades of Southwest Michigan

    The Blades are a varsity high school club team offering the high school hockey experience for players in Southwest Michigan from school districts without a varsity hockey program.

    The team is made up of students from school districts in these geographic boundaries:

    • East of M-62 including Dowagiac, Cassopolis, etc.
    • West of I-69
    • South of M-89, A-42, M-179, M-79
    • North of the Indiana border
    • Cities include Marcellus and Tekonsha

    For additional information please contact:
    Tyler Eddy, Head Coach @

    Brian Woodward, Asst. Coach

    Ben Blacker, Asst. Coach

    Josh Marunde, Trainer@ Kalamazoo Strength and Conditioning (KSC)

    Caroline Buentello, Team Manager@

    Dave Shephard, President@

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    The SWM Blades HS Hockey Club

    2016 Rivalry Cup Champs!


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