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Kalamazoo Blades Team History

1987-1988

  • Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Central drops hockey program

1988-1989

  • Kalamazoo Irish Club Hockey team created
  • Coached by Jack Stokes

1989-1990

  • Kalamazoo Blades established as a group led by Jamie Geary
  • First year head coach Pat Ryan led the Blades to a fifth place finish in the Southwest Michigan High School Hockey League

1992-1993

  • Kalamazoo Blades and Kalamazoo Eagles reach agreement on schools assigned to each team
  • Blades receive players from Comstock, Vicksburg, Three Rivers, Galesburg-Augusta, Climax-Scotts, Schoolcraft, Mendon and Kalamazoo home school students
  • Jamie Geary retires as Blades manager/athletic director

1993-1994

  • Coached by Pat Ryan, Kalamazoo Blades claim their first SWMHSHL championship
  • Ron Penny named Blades manager/athletic director

1994-1995

  • After five seasons, coach Pat Ryan resigns
  • New head coach Tyke Jepson leads the Blades to a third place finish in SWMHSHL

1996-1997

  • Kalamazoo Blades claim first place in the Kentwood Ice Dogs Thanksgiving Tournament

1997-1998

  • Blades claim their second SWMHSHL championship
  • Ryan Penny establishes record for most wins by a Blades goaltender with 49 career wins

1998-1999

  • Kalamazoo Blades compete in first Midget AA district tournament
  • Jeremy Von Eitzen establishes Blades team record for most points recorded by a player with 152 points
  • Guided by Tyke Jepson, Blades capture third SWMHSHL championship
  • Blades win championship at Griff Icehouse Christmas Tournament

2000-2001

  • Tyke Jepson (along with long-time assistants Dan Noteboon and Matt Fletcher) retires after guiding Blades to a 108-67-11 record during his seven years as head coach
  • Ron Penny retires as Blades manager/athletic director
  • Assistant coach Curt Penny promoted to head coach
  • Jim McBarnes named team manager
  • Jamie Geary named athletic director

2002-2003

  • Blades capture first place in Kalamazoo Invitational
  • They also come in second in the Ft. Wayne Big Bear Comet Cup

2003-2004

  • Blades win Ft. Wayne Big Bear Comet Cup
  • They also come in second in the Kalamazoo Invitational and Grand Rapids Sportsweekend Tournament

2004-2005

  • Kalamazoo Blades win SWMHSHL regular season title
  • They come in first in T-Bird Classic and second in the Kalamazoo Invitaitonal
  • Blades finish with third consecutive 20-win season

2006-2007

  • Blades Capture Walter Ernfeldt Tournament Championship
  • Blades Capture Crown Point Tournament Championship
  • Blades Capture Kalamazoo Invitational Championship
  • Blades win 2nd Annual Rival Cup Game
  • David Brennan Retires as Blades Team Representative
  • Terry Merkle named Blades Team Representative

2007-2008

  • Blades finish runner up in Walter Ernfeldt Tournament
  • Blades finish runner up in  Kalamazoo Invitational Tournament
  • Blades win 3rd Annual Rival Cup Game
  • Blades finish runner up in SWMHSHL League Tournament

2008-2009

  • Blades finish runner up in Grandville Thanksgiving Tournament
  • Blades win inaugural Utica Stevenson Tournament Championship
  • Blades win Kalamazoo Invitational Tournament
  • Blades win 4th Annual Rival Cup Game
  • Jim McBarnes retires as Blades Team Manager
  • Terry Merkle named Blades Team Manager
  • Tom Garrett named Blades Team Representative

2009-2010

  • Curt Penny retires as head coach
  • James Springer named head coach

2010-2011

  • Blades finish runner up in Jackson Thanksgiving Tournament
  • Blades win Walter Ernfeldt Tournament Championship
  • Blades win Big Thaw Tournament Championship

2011-2012

  • Eric Babcock named head coach

2012-2013

  • Blades make year end playoffs

2013-2014

  • Tyler Eddy named head coach
  • Blades capture 8th Annual Rivalry Cup
  • Terry Merkle retires as Blades Team Manager
  • Dave Shepherd named Blades Team Manager

2014-2015

  • Blades land two Finnish exchange students, Welcome Vetti Isojarvi and Valteri Vourimaa
  • Blades capture 9th Annual Rivalry Cup
  • Blades runner-up at Walter Ernfeldt Tournament Championship
  • Blades runner-up at MYHockey Tournament, Notre Dame/Compton Championship 
  • Valteri Vourimaa and Cody Hagen capture 1st and 2nd, Single Season leading scores in Blades history
  • Blades capture least penalized team in the SWMHSHL  

2015-2016 

  • Blades land exchange student from Sweden.  Welcome Max Angelin.
  • Blades Capture 10th Annual Rivalry Cup
  • Blades win Championship at Walter Ernfeldt Memorial Tournament

2016-2017

  • Blades adopt the Southwest Michigan Blades name.
  • Blades win 11th Annual Rivalry Cup(4th in a row)
  • Blades finish runner up at Walter Ernfeldt Memorial Tournament
  • Blades sweep both Portage Schools, capture 3rd in league.  First playoff birth in 4 years.
  • 20+ win season
  • Team All Academic All State Honors, 3.51 Accumulative GPA
  • Coach Eddy wins Coach of the Year

2017-2018

  • Blades win Conference Championship(first time in 13 years)
  • Blades capture Walter Ernfeldt Memorial Title (top bracket)
  • Blades beat Mattawan for first time ever (season sweep)
  • Blades finish season ranked #18 in D1; #49 in State(highest ranking ever)
  • 25+ win season
  • Blades capture first ever League Playoff Championship
  • Jeff Haifley sets single season scoring record, 74 points;
  • Zach Hattan, Jaxon Dobrolowski, Cole Shafer,  Zac Gothard, Parker Lawrence and Jett Hailey all win league awards
  • Coach Eddy wins Coach of the Year

2018-2019

  • SWM Blades enter the MHSHL League(Michiana Highschool Hockey League)
  • Ellingson family hosts Finalnds' Kalle Aturri Aho