Blades Capture Strongsville Championship
Your SWM Blades split the weekend series 2-2 playing some pretty good competition:
Fri: 1-2 L vs. U18 Mid -State Mustangs
Sat: 5-2 W vs. U18 Troy Sting
Sat: 1-3 L vs. Elite Brigade National Guard
Sun: 6-3 W vs. Elite Brigade Navy
Your Blades brought home some 1st place hardware, in the top bracket of the annual Walter E invite in Strongsville, OH. this weekend. Game scores:
Blades 10 Talawanda 1
Blades 6 St Francis De Sales 1
Blades 3 Hudson 3
Blades 5 Strongsville 4(double overtime)
Jaxon Dobrowolski was named tournament MVP contributing to the overall success of the team and burying the game winning goal in the final game. He also had 0 penalties this weekend.
Your Blades finish the season with their first league playoff championship in league history. A streak of 75 days with only two loses highlights the run! Currently, your Blades sit #4 in the state in the GD(goal differential) department at 2.96 GPG. Click the link below to view all 147 teams in the state:
It's the season for giving! Come support your SWM Blades as they team up with Ministry for Community in their Annual Underwear party. Please take part in donating any new underwear and drop them off at The Radisson on 12/4 from 5-7. There will be hors d' voeures, 50/50 raffle and cash bar along with live music! Too, they will be collecting winter items as well: hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants and chap stick. The more you bring, the more our players(and moms) have to wrap!!
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 team is made up of students from school districts in these geographic boundaries:
For additional information please contact:
Tyler Eddy, Head Coach @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian Woodward, Asst. Coach
Ben Blacker, Asst./Goalie Coach
Josh Marunde, Trainer@ Kalamazoo Strength and Conditioning (KSC)
Teresa Haifley, Team Manager@ email@example.com
Dave Shephard, President@ KalamazooBlades@gmail.com
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Lyster Exteriors has been generous enough to help with student athletes who struggle to pay and play the great game of hockey. Thank you Lyster for your warm hearts and generous offerings!
Thank you Tom Garrett and TPI for your generous donation of new practice jerseys for the boys this year! Your annual offerings are greatly appreciated! Look good, feel good, play good!