Total Package Hockey is proud to congratulate the nine #TPHTrained players and two coaches who won an International Silver Stick Finals championship in the bantam age group this past weekend with their Honeybaked ’04 team.
TPH’s Chazz Ursini, Dario Sacino, Lane Hutson, Rocco Stolz, PJ Forgione, Rutger McGroarty, Brandon Wolfenbarger, Hunter Brzustewicz and Samuel Haid all earned gold medals as Honeybaked beat the Buffalo Jr. Sabres in the Silver Stick championship game Sunday evening in Port Huron.
McGroarty was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after posting 17 goals and 15 assists in six games; he recorded six goals and two assists in the 8-2 victory in the final contest. Hutson joined him on the All-Tournament Team list, as well.
Two TPH coaches were behind the bench, as well – the Honeybaked squad is led by TPH Center of Excellence coach/mentors Jimmy McGroarty and Matt Larke.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP – There’s a new hockey family at the Total Package Hockey Center of Excellence in Metro Detroit, and they are certainly enjoying their stay.
The Hutson family moved from the Chicago area to West Bloomfield, Mich., so three of their four sons could start the 2018-19 hockey season and school year at the CoE in neighboring Bloomfield Township.
According to the Hutson family patriarch, it’s been worth re-locating Lane (2004 birth-year), Coale (’06) and Lars (’08) to Hockeytown.
“It was a no-brainer for our family to come and not only train with the best but also for the educational aspect of it and everything else,” Rob Hutson said.
“It was a pretty easy decision.”
Hutson, himself a former college hockey player at the University of Illinois-Chicago and professional for the Muskegon Fury of the old UHL, said his four sons are enjoying all the things the TPH CoE has to offer for growing student-athletes.
“They love it,” he said. “They love coming to school every day, they love getting on the ice every day, they love the kids that they are surrounded by. Overall, it’s a home run.”
That sentiment is backed up by Lane Hutson, oldest of the Hutson boys attending the hockey academy. Lane, fresh off of a Silver Stick title with his Honeybaked ’04 squad, says he’s been thoroughly enjoying his time at the CoE.
“It’s really fun,” Lane said. “Everyone here wants the same thing – they all want to play at a high level in hockey, and everyone works really hard here.”
The recent Boston University verbal commit said he appreciates the flexibility that the Edmentum online education program provides for a student-athlete juggling the demands of a AAA hockey schedule.
“It’s hard, but it’s a lot better than a brick-and-mortar school because you can go at your own pace,” Lane said. “That helps a lot. I get to choose when I do my school work and how much to do at certain times, so that makes it easier to manage things when I’m playing in tournaments or going to practice.”
Rob, reflecting on his own experiences, says the CoE compares to life at a NCAA Division 1 institution – he likes that the TPH structure provides tutors and resources, but also makes the student-athletes take responsibility in their own education.
“The online structure is preparing them for college, preparing them for things down the road. There is more than enough help if they run into a logjam, but overall, the academics are lights-out.
“It’s good, because you have to learn how to balance and manage your own schedule. When you’re on the online platform, you can rest when needed, but you also know that the work has to be done. As long as you stay on top of the work, you’re doing just fine in school.”
The Hutson family has also been impressed by the facilities at both the Detroit Skating Club and the Bloomfield Tennis and Fitness building that holds the TPH classrooms and 2SP, the CoE’s official training partner.
“The facility here at DSC is great, and the classroom being so close, it’s campus-like,” Rob said. “It’s college-like. It’s really convenient for the student-athletes, and they are first-class facilities both here at the rink and across the street at the classrooms and at 2SP.”
Once Noah Henry wraps up high school, he’s off to the NAHL’s Aberdeen Wings in 2019-2020.
The longtime member of the Thunder hockey program and well-versed #TPHTrained player from Milton, Ga., has had a slew of hockey successes, and TPH is proud of how he has grown on and off the ice.
“I can’t thank Coaches Bowen, Rowe, Fairbanks, Kaminski and Marakovski and the entire Thunder organization enough for the training and support that I received the from the organization from 2012-2016, Henry said. “TPH and Thunder’s training and professionalism is outstanding. They gave me a solid foundation in skating, game play, and mental approach to the game that I am still using every day and will use as long as I play hockey.”
Check out Henry’s hockey accomplishments as we celebrate another success story from the TPH family.
- Played on Thunder Pee Wee and Bantam teams from 2012-2016
- In 2015-2016 was assistant captain on Thunder Bantam Major team with Coach Rowe
- Played with Thunder Bantam Major in U15 National Championship tournament in Anchorage, AK
- Selected for U14 and U15 USA National Camp
- Played in All-Star Game on TPH Selects team at 2016 World Selects Invitational
- Played on TPH Showdown in Motown teams for 5 years
- Officiated over 50 games as a Georgia Ice Official from 2011-2015
Total Package Hockey is proud to congratulate former Thunder AAA player Jay Feiwell on his commitment to the Miami RedHawks.
Feiwell, currently in the midst of his third season with the Shreveport Mudbugs, is wearing the ‘C’ for his NAHL squad in Louisiana.
The Thunder product and left winger has recorded 28 points in 32 games for the Mudbugs this season, already surpassing last year’s career-best 17.
He’s not afraid of mixing things up, either – Feiwell has 103 penalty minutes on the season.
Feiwell skated in 13 playoff games for the Mudbugs in last year’s run to the NAHL championship; TPH wishes him and the rest of the Mudbugs luck in their title defense for the rest of 2018-19.
A native of Carmel, Ind., Feiwell is slated to suit up for head coach Enrico Blasi and the RedHawks next fall.