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2019-2020 Southwest Michigan Blades Roster

Thank you to all that came to tryouts this year.  We had great numbers this year which made for some hard decisions:

2019-2020

Southwest Michigan Blades

Chris Bigelow

Keagen Crist

Owen Drake

Brock Ellingson

Zac Hattan

Drew Gildea

Gavin Lawrence

Parker Lawrence

Joey Munro

Austin Roberson

Owen Samspon

Blaine Shafer

Dylan Smith

Chase Stenger

Jack Tomer

Elijah Weidfeldt

Nathan Willcutt

Austin Ziegler

**Reminder to mail in your summer hockey registration asap**

Perani's World Cup Recap

Your Blades had a successful 3-1 weekend at the Perani's World Cup in Troy, (u18 Tier 2):

Friday:  1-5 vs. Kensington Valley/Jack Tomer MVP

Saturday:  8-0 vs. Big Boy/Ryan Kusler MVP

Saturday:  2-0 vs. Belle Tire/Alex Newton MVP

Sunday:  5-4 vs. Little Caesars/Chris Bigelow MVP


Your 2018-2019 SWMHSHL Conference, League Playoff and Michigan Champions

Spring Select Series Kicks Off!!

Your Blades split the Spring Select Series vs. Team Indiana U18 this weekend at the new Garden Ice Arena in St. Joe:

3-2 OT; Blaine Shafer, Parker Lawrence, Jack Martin

3-6; Blaine Shafer (2), Asher Smith 

Be on the look out for our April Series #2!

 

 


Back to Back Conference & League Playoff Champions

2018-2019 Michiana All Conference Team

All Conference-Chris Bigelow, Jaxon Dobrowolski, Parker Lawrence


2018-2019 Michiana All Conference Team

Sponsored by Horizon Bank

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Thank you alumni parent John Crandle for donating to our annual Fight for Autism event!!

Sponsored by Lyster Exteriors

Lyster Exteriors

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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!

Sponsored by TPI/Total Plastics Int'l

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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!

This Week in Blades Hockey 2/18

Your Blades end the regular season on a high note, reclaiming the Rivalry Cup from the Kalamazoo Eagles 6-3.  In doing so, for the first time in the Blades 28 year history, your Blades end up with a clean slate going 10-0. 

League Playoff Semi-Final:

Blades vs. PN, 3-2 Blades in Double OT

League Playoff Final:

Blades vs. Mattawan, 1-0

Week 18 State Rankings

Blades hold tight at #2 in Indiana and #50 in Michigan as the year winds down.

 


2017-2018 Southwest Michigan Blades


Blades Capture Strongsville Championship

Blades Move up to #18 in Division 1 (#47 in state)

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:

http://myhockeyrankings.com/rank.php?y=2017&a=4&v=728&g=0

 

 

Blades Capture Strongsville Championship


5-4 Victory in Double Overtime

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.

SWM BLADES TEAM UP WITH MINISTRY FOR COMMUNITY

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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!!

Happy Holidays!

 


SWM Blades Volunteering for Try Hockey Free USA

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 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.

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BLADES VARSITY HOCKEY


2017-2018 Southwest Michigan Blades Varsity Hockey

The Blades of Southwest Michigan

The Blades are an Independent Varsity High School team offering the high school hockey experience for players in Southwest Michigan that may or may not have a place to call home.  

 

The team is made up of students mainly from the following counties:

  • Kalamazoo 
  • St. Joe
  • Van Buren
  • Calhoun

For additional information please contact:
Tyler Eddy, Head Coach, swmbladeshockey@yahoo.com

Brian Woodward, Asst. Coach

Ben Blacker, Asst./Goalie Coach

Derek Drake, Volunteer Asst. Coach

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

Kevin and Christa Ellingson, Co-manager's, @cellingson72@gmail.com

Doug and Amanda Hattan, Co-treasurer's@ doughattan82@yahoo.com

 

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