Congratulations to Zachary Hollman on his commitment to the Steinbach Pistons in the MJHL (Manitoba Junior Hockey League)! Steinbach was the MJHL 2019-2020 regular season champion and were 4-0 before their playoff run ended.
Zach was apart of the 2018-2019 State Championship team and was a huge part of the 2019-2020 defense core by bringing leadership, stability, and veteran presence on the blue line. Zach produced 29 points (6 G and 23 A) and was a +20 during the 2019-2020 season. We at VH want to wish Zach the best of luck as he pursues his path to College hockey!
Conor was a big part of the u-18 offense scoring 49 pts (23 G & 26 A) during the 2019-2020 season. We are very proud to see how you have developed last season in preparation for Junior hockey. The NAHL is recognized as the top Junior A Tier 2 League for College commitments and player development in the US. Best of luck Conor!
The BCHL produced over 180 NCAA commitments just last season alone. Jackson accumulated 31 points (14 G & 17 A) during the 2019-2020 season and was a force with his speed and physicality. He will be looking to bring that same tenacious mentality and quickness to British Columbia. We wish you the best of luck next season as you start your Junior hockey career!
Congratulations to Jakob Karpa on being drafted by the Omaha Lancers in the USHL Phase II Draft! Karpa was a huge piece to the VH 2019-2020 defense core not only playing shut-down defense but also producing 34 points during the 2019-2020 season. We wish Jakob the best of luck in his pursuit of NCAA hockey!
On Monday March 23, 2020, the Governor of Michigan issued an Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 to “Stay Home, Stay Safe” until April 13, 2020. This has caused all the rinks in Michigan to temporarily close and suspend all activities. Many rinks in Michigan have temporarily taken their ice out to reduce expenses during this time. They will need time to restore their facilities once the Executive Order is lifted to be able to resume normal operations. Some rinks have stated they may not be putting ice back in until the fall season which means associations and teams looking for spring / summer ice may need to find other nearby facilities to use.
The MAHA Executive Board met on Tuesday March 24, to discuss tryouts for spring and fall teams that had been previously scheduled or postponed until April 7, 2020. USA Hockey has given the Affiliates authority to make decisions, based on current events and local circumstances, during the pandemic.
Therefore, Effective Immediately the MAHA Executive Committee is prohibiting any tryouts, formation of teams, offering of contracts, recruiting etc. for ALL USA Hockey Member programs in the Michigan Affiliate (aka: Everyone) until further notice. This includes all levels of Youth and Girls hockey, for which tryouts were originally to take place in either March or April.
MAHA will monitor issues related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and will provide direction on when tryouts and related activities will be able to begin. Once it is clear when these restrictions will be lifted, and when rinks will be able to resume operations, a new date will be set.
I am sure having to pause these activities is difficult for everyone. But, we urge you to continue to follow the advice of our healthcare professionals and stay healthy. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to hockey just as soon as we are able to. We will do our best to stay on top of this ever-changing situation and continue to adjust to meet the healthcare guidelines, and to provide a safe environment for our participants.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in the matter.
Rising junior Nick Blankenburg will serve as an alternate captain for University of Michigan. An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection this past season, Blankenburg appeared in 35 games, finished tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and blocked 43 shots. Blankenburg assisted on both game-winning goals in Michigan's Big Ten quarterfinal series versus Michigan State in March. As a freshman, he led the team in plus/minus and had 10 points and 30 blocked shots. He also is an Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
The storied history of captaincy in the Michigan ice hockey program, now 102 total, includes Al Renfrew, Red Berenson, and Hobey Baker award winners Brendan Morrison and Kevin Porter
Congratulations to Max Miller (2001 DOB) on his recent commitment to Harvard University! Max was a vital member of the 2018-2019 u-18 Victory Honda team as he helped lead them to the State Championship. Harvard is getting an excellent goaltender and an even better student. We want to wish Max the best of luck with Harvard as he starts his College Hockey journey in the Fall of 2020!
Congratulations to Dante DiPonio on his recent commitment to the University of New England NCAA program! Dante was a huge part of the 2018-2019 State Champion VH u-18 team. Dante has 1 year of Junior experience under his belt as he finished the season with the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL. Dante brings good on-ice awareness, vision, poise, and stability on the back-end. We want to wish him the best of luck as he pursues his College Hockey career with the Nor'easters. Good luck Dante!
Huge shout out to VH U-18 alumni Trent Grimshaw (2016-2017) who recently announced that he will be pursuing his Collegiate hockey at SUNY Oswego State, a national powerhouse NCAA program. Trent pursued Juniors for 3 years before locking up his NCAA commitment. In his final year of Juniors (2019-2020) with the Maine Nordiques of the NAHL, he was 6th in the team in scoring with 31 points in 49 games played and was 2nd on the team in goals (22). Trent looks to bring his offensive scoring touch, speed, and toughness to Oswego. Congratulations Trent!
Congratulations to Paul Bryer, played with Victory Honda during the 2017-2018 season, on his recent commitment to Plattsburgh State University!
Congratulations to John Ilvento on his recent commitment to pursue his education and hockey at the University of California-Los Angeles! John was a huge part of the Victory Honda defense during the 2019-2020 season. He also scored the 2nd most points on the team (52), tallied the most assists (40), and led the defense in goals (12) during the year. John is going to pursue a degree in Business and UCLA is recognized as one of the top Business schools in the US. Best of luck to you Johnny!
Cameron Newton (2001 DOB) recently committed to Tufts University, an NCAA D-3 University located in Massachusetts, after playing 1 year in the AJHL (Alberta Junior Hockey League) for the Bonnyville Pontiacs. Cam had 6 points (3 G & 3 A) in 37 games for Bonnyville and will bring a shutdown defense mentality to the Jumbo's next season.
Cam was a vital member of the 2018-2019 Victory Honda U-18 programs defense core en route to winning a State Championship. In addition to playing NCAA College hockey, Cam will also be attending one of the most elite institutions in the US academically. We at VH want to congratulate Cam and wish you the best of luck in taking your athletic and academic talents to Tufts University!