The 2021 Hobey Baker Nominees were announced Monday and TPH is excited to see both Declan Carlile and Zach Solow as two of the 50 nominees.

Named after Hobart Amory Hare Baker, the Hobey Baker Award is considered the top award in all of college hockey. The honor is bestowed on the student-athlete who exhibits strength and character, both on and off the ice; while additionally contributing to the integrity of the program, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game and shows great scholastic achievement, and sportsmanship.

Just understanding the type of character and drive it takes to be considered for this award, it is an honor to be nominated. Now factor in that there over 4,300 NCAA Division I hockey players, which statistically puts these players in the top one percent.

In his second season at Merrimack, Carlile has displayed his ability on the ice leading Hockey East and second in the nation in blocked shots while also leading his team in plus/minus. Coming off a season where he was named to to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, the Business Administration major looks to help his team move up the Hockey East standings. Carlile is a TPH Detroit Summer Progression Program alumni.

As a senior at Northeastern, Solow was named captain this season and leads the team in scoring (11gp, 6g, 7a, 13p). Last season was memorable for Solow who was awarded the Beanpot MVP helping Northeastern win their third consecutive Beanpot title. Solow looks to continue helping the #14 Northeastern Huskies climb in the rankings. Solow is a Nashville Jr Predators alumni.

The Hobey Baker Award winner will be selected via a voting process. Anyone can submit their vote online. Click here to place your vote.

(DETROIT, MICHIGAN – October 23, 2020) – Last weekend was a tremendous one for the Michigan Hockey Advancement (MHA) program at Total Package Hockey (TPH). At the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) Fall League championships in Blaine, Minnesota, both the 18U and 16U MHA teams were crowned champions.

For those unfamiliar, MHA is a pre-season program for Michigan high school players. The main goal and objective is exposure for players by using resources like The Prospect Exchange, a network of coaches and more. It’s a fantastic fall playing opportunity for dedicated, driven high-school level hockey players to prepare for their club seasons and gain exposure to coaches and scouts at the junior, collegiate and professional levels, while competing in a structured, team environment.

“It was our first year in the inaugural NAPHL fall league, and The NAHL and NAPHL have done a phenomenal job with marketing, broadcasting games on HockeyTV and utilizing social media for content about players,” said Rick Gadwa, MHA Program Director. “That, coupled with what we do for our players, was a great marriage this year. On the other side of exposure is preparation for their high school seasons. It does prepare them to play at a high level to get them ready for their seasons. We feel all of our players are leaders for their high school teams. Getting them ready to go is something that MHA takes a lot of pride in, and I think we’ve done a phenomenal job at it.”

MHA takes elite high school hockey players from around Michigan, places them together, trains them for competition and then takes them to tournaments. While it may be a challenge, it’s a worthwhile one.

“The special part about it all is that a lot of these players are rivals during the high school hockey season,” said Gadwa. “The challenge that we have is limited practice and a lot of travel and events. It’s unique how our groups are able to come together as one and play at such a high level with such limited time together. That’s testament to our MHA coaches and players, and their ability to adapt to the situation and perform at a high level. The players have great hockey IQ and professionalism in preparation. We grow quickly and fast together as a group. It’s pretty impressive.”

For teenagers to come together so quickly, it shows a great level of leadership amongst themselves. They may compete against each other during the regular high school season, but for a few months, they have to quickly come together to win.

“The guys that they pick for the team are superior,” said Lucas Krol of the 18U team. “There’s not a person I wouldn’t want on my team. It’s really key to be staying on the ice, and you can definitely see a difference when you come to your high school season and the shape you’re in. It elevates your game. It allows you to create key learning skills in leadership and allows it to grow. You mingle with one group of kids in high school and another group come fall. It builds your character as a person both inside and outside the rink.”

During the season, Krol, a forward, plays for Detroit Country Day School. This past fall was his third competing with MHA, but his first with the 18U team. This year was certainly the most successful for him and the team as he notched seven goals and one assist in eight games. This was a big year to make an impact as he hopes to play junior hockey after high school and then eventually on to Division I hockey, maybe even the pros.

“Throughout my three years, we hadn’t been very successful, so to cap off the final tournament of my career at TPH with a win was the icing on top of the cake to go into my senior season at Country Day,” said Krol. “It’s been great to be able to go out to Minnesota as many times as we did. It allows us to go to top tier tournaments to know where we’re at in the outside world and how we compare. It allows us to get exposure to teams we hopefully get to play for in the future.”

Goaltender Dylan Eliason just completed his second year with MHA. He previously played with the 15U team, and this year backstopped the 16U team going 3-0-1 with a 1.46 GAA and .929 save percentage. During the season, he tends the crease for Northville High School. His dreams are similar to many in the program in that he wants to play junior and then college hockey following his high school career, but for now, he’s enjoyed his experience with MHA.

“It was hard at first because we didn’t have a lot of practices between each tournament, but we were able to get back into the swing of things quickly,” said Eliason. “Luckily enough, there are always a few guys from the same school, which helps. Everyone kind of knows each other because of the hockey world, too, so it’s not that hard to get going with the energy and take us to victory. It was just a great time. The team connected well and easily. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

The weekend was a success for the two teams, but how is success measured overall for the program?

“I think success speaks through a couple things,” said Gadwa. “We look at our records against teams that are together through the week unlike us. We beat a lot of those teams. Scouts and coaches take notice of that. The reputation of the program has really exceeded itself. My phone has been ringing off the hook all fall from multiple teams around the country wanting to play us as well as junior and college coaches interested in our players. This year, in a unique year where there’s been more focus on video, the amount of feedback I’ve received is second to none compared to past seasons.”

The program continues to grow, bringing elite high school talent from around Michigan together to compete against teams from across the country. Be on the lookout to see more players making waves in the future with their roots coming from the Michigan Hockey Advancement program.

Learn more about Michigan Hockey Advancement here.

 

Added service will increase opportunities for virtual recruiting

(DETROIT, MICHIGAN – September 18, 2020) – The Michigan Hockey Advancement (MHA) program has announced an agreement with The Prospect Exchange (TPE) for the 2020-21 season. The agreement will provide MHA student-athletes access to virtual resources such as video breakdowns by shift and analytics.

“We’re ecstatic to add a platform like TPE for our players,” said Rick Gadwa, Total Package Hockey Director of Hockey-Operation & Programming in Detroit. “It’s a massive step for our program for player advancement and exposure. Michigan Hockey Advancement is focused on doing what’s best for our players. Giving our players the opportunity to take their exposure to another level and helping them through the process of advancement in getting to the next level is our main goal. Joining with TPE helps us accomplish that.”

Players will be able to build profile that will have their data. They will be able to send that data, along with videos to both college and junior coaches. All of this will be included in their current tuition as well. During a time when travel for some coaches and scouts may be difficult, this is an excellent opportunity for players to be seen.

“As a former junior coach, I have always thought that some of the best hidden gems came from Michigan high school hockey,” said John Becanic, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of TPE. “With the MHA including TPE as part of their program, hopefully we can help uncover some of these gems and bring them to the forefront. With the ability to connect and share their shift video directly with junior and college coaches, exposure will no longer be an issue for these players.”

As the game continues to change and evolve, MHA continues to lead in a rapidly changing environment. By including TPE, it shows the commitment MHA has to its players.

“The game itself is already fast changing and evolving, and now with the pandemic, it’s really changed things, said Gadwa. “It’s expedited virtual recruiting. This is just another step we’re taking to stay current and make sure we’re doing everything we can for our players.”

Learn more about The Prospect Exchange here.

Learn more about Michigan Hockey Advancement here.

 

 

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – Total Package Hockey Chief Academic Officer Bill Simms announced the promotion of Allison Anagyros to the role of Director of Academics on Monday.

Anagyros, who joined TPH Detroit in the summer of 2019, was previously the Success Coach at the Center of Excellence. In that role she was an integral part in navigating a successful finish to the spring semester where the TPH Center of Excellence adjusted seamlessly to a hybrid model. Anagyros’ transition to her new role will be smooth with her familiarity with the student-athletes and her experience with the model.

“I’m extremely excited to have Allison as our new Director of Academics,” said Simms. “She has valuable experience working with student-athletes from her time at Indiana University and has learned a lot from her time as a Success Coach at TPH-Detroit this past year. I feel confident that she’ll will provide great leadership to our students and families on the academic front.”

As a part of the TPH Center of Excellence Detroit team, Anagyros will lead the student-athletes in the classroom ensuring their academic growth as well as ensuring the whole operation can take place in a safe environment.

TPH Detroit Director of Hockey Operations Dwayne Norris endorsed Anagyros saying, “Her forward thinking and fresh ideas will keep pushing the development of our student-athletes through this difficult time of COVID-19 and beyond. Currently, she is actively preparing the classroom to be a safe and healthy learning environment and is taking proper precautions to ensure everything is up the highest standards while following CDC guidelines.”

Prior to TPH Detroit, Anagyros served as an Academic Adviser for Indiana University Division I Football Program and the University of Louisville Athletic Department where she received her Master’s. Additionally, she has taught classes as a Parent Engagement Coordinator for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

“I’m excited to continue working with the TPH in this new role and being a part of the leadership team! It’s been a great opportunity to take my Division I collegiate experience within academics and bring that mentality to TPH,” said Anagyros. “I’m looking forward to working with our student-athletes again and providing them with the best possible support using best practices. We have a great staff in Detroit and there’s a lot to look forward to this new school year!”

The TPH Center of Excellence Detroit is set to start class on September 9th and are still accepting applications as there is limited space still available. Please join us in congratulating Allison on this promotion and we look forward to her providing a phenomenal experience to the student-athletes at the TPH Center of Excellence in Detroit.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – Total Package Hockey is proud to announce the addition of Cameron Burt to the TPH-Detroit team. Burt will join the Detroit staff as a Player Development Coach / Mentor. 

“In speaking with Cameron it is easy to recognize the passion he has for the game and his passion for helping the next generation of hockey players,” said Dwayne Norris, TPH-Detroit Director of Hockey-Operations. “Cam is a competitor and knows from experience what it takes to reach the highest levels of hockey. We are excited for him to bring his knowledge and drive to the Center of Excellence to help our young student-athletes grow both on and off the ice.”

A native of Detroit, Burt grew up playing with the Michigan Ice Dogs before starting his junior career in the former Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL).  From there, Burt made the jump to the United States Hockey League (USHL) and earned a commitment to Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  In just his second year at RIT, Burt was awarded the NCAA AHA Tournament MVP and helped RIT claim the Atlantic Hockey championship. 

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After graduating from RIT, Burt enjoyed a 7 year professional playing career with stops in the ECHL, American Hockey League (AHL) and overseas in Sweden (Allsvenskan), Germany (DEL2), Great Britain (EIHL) and Slovakia.

All of us in TPH join Dwayne Norris and the rest of the TPH-Detroit team in welcoming Cameron to the TPH family.

Byron Center, MI – The Michigan Hockey Advancement program (MHA) is excited to announce the addition of MHA-West. MHA-West will be fielding 16U and 18U teams. These teams will compete in a series of fall events and host weekly skill development and training sessions to help give our athletes a one of a kind development driven experience prior to the start of the high school season. MHA-West will be located out of Bryon Center, MI and host all tryouts and training sessions at Southside Ice Arena.

For anyone unfamiliar with Michigan Hockey Advancement , MHA provides a fall playing opportunity for dedicated, driven high-school level hockey players to prepare for their club seasons and gain exposure to coaches and scouts at the junior, collegiate and professional levels, while competing in a structured, team environment.

This environment is made up of positive, knowledgeable, hands-on coaches who seek to foster an atmosphere that mirrors that of the next level, while creating a true sense of “team.”  Everyone quickly realizes that personal success and group success go hand in hand.

Taylor Keyworth, MHA Associate Director, will be leading the charge for MHA-West. Keyworth currently serves the Director of Operations for TPH Grand Rapids and as the Head Coach of Byron Center High School.

“Given the connection between TPH Grand Rapids and TPH Detroit, we are excited to work together in expanding the MHA opportunity to West Michigan high school hockey players.” said Keyworth. “We believe strongly in the importance of preparing our players for the next level and helping them gain the exposure to coaches and scouts at that level. MHA West not only gives the players an opportunity to be seen in highly visible events, but also provides weekly local skill development skates.”

Joining Keyworth as part of the MHA-West staff is Mike Slobodnik, TPH Grand Rapids Partner and Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School Head Coach. “Working with TPH Detroit and Rick Gadwa, we have seen the player development and advancement success of the MHA program.” said Slobodnik. “I am happy to be a part of making a program like this more accessible to the Grand Rapids area.”

The MHA-West schedule is as follows:

  • July 23-24 – MHA West Tryouts – July 23-24 @ Southside Ice Arena [CLICK HERE TO REGISTER]
  • August 21-23 – MHA Exposure Showcase* – August 21-23 @ Farmington Hills Ice Arena
  • MHA Showcase – Dates TBD @ Grand Rapids, MI (3 game minimum)
  • CCM World Invite Motown Tier I – October 16-18 @ Detroit, MI (4 game minimum)
  • CCM World Invite Chicago- Tier I – November 6-8 @ Chicago, IL (5 game minimum)
  • Weekly Skill/Player Development Skates

*All players from the MHA West Tryout will be notified by July 25 if they are invited to the MHA Exposure Showcase. This is where MHA- West, MHA Detroit and the Fall Series Teams will be selected.

Any MHA West questions can be directed to tkeyworth@totalpackagehockey.com.

Bloomfield Hills, MI – Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce our Michigan Hockey Advancement (MHA) program has been accepted in the North American Prospects Hockey League’s Fall League.

The MHA program provides a playing opportunity for dedicated, driven high-school level hockey players to prepare for their club seasons and gain exposure to coaches and scouts at the junior, collegiate and professional levels, while competing in a structured, team environment.

The MHA program has grown since its inception and now fields teams at the 18U, 16U, and 15O levels. Running from early September through October, each team plays between 20-25 games. The MHA 18U and 16U teams will be one of the eight teams in their respective age groups joining the NAPHL Fall League.

“From day 1, the MHA was and always will be focused on exposure.” said Rick Gadwa, MHA Program Director. “Acceptance into the NAPHL Fall League is another step taken to improve our players exposure level, educate them on the process of junior and college hockey, and truly give them a great opportunity”.

This newly created NAPHL Fall League is designed to give teams the ability to play in a league within a shortened window of time before the Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin high school seasons begin. The NAPHL Fall League events are designed to maximize exposure for the players and bring together teams for like-minded and enhanced competition. Each NAPHL fall league team will receive two tenders from NAHL teams. Players will also participate in seminars that discuss the NAHL junior hockey experience, the ladder of development, as well as, NCAA compliance seminars.

The schedule for the MHA teams will start July 30th with tryouts. Following tryouts will be the invite only MHA Exposure Showcase on August 21st – 23rd where final selections will be made for each MHA team leading into training camp. The MHA Fall Series is highlighted by three NAPHL Fall League Showcase Weekends which include one weekend in Duluth, MN and two weekends in Blaine, MN where the latter is the NAPHL Playoffs Championships. Additionally, the MHA teams will compete in the MHA Showcase in Grand Rapids, MI.

If you are interested in the Michigan Hockey Advancement program more information can be found at totalpackagehockey.com/mha.