By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
TRENTON – The Trenton JV Prep hockey team was honored at the City Council meeting Monday for its 2-1 victory over Plymouth that earned it the Great Lakes Prep Hockey League state Championship March 15 at Farmington Hills Ice Arena.
Earlier in the tournament the team defeated Novi Detroit Catholic Central 5-1. To advance to the finals, the team tied 3-3 with Northville March 14, then scored a 5-2 win over Hartland and a 5-3 win over Lakeland.
Coached by Carl Olds, and assistant coached by Brian Hill, Rob McKee and Steven Voss, the team has an exemplary off-ice record as well, with seven of its 21 players receiving the league academic award, and all participating in public service projects.
The team members helped the Trenton Goodfellows pack food boxes for families at Christmas, providing the service group with much needed man-hour support.
Through the high school, the team also participated in an adopt-a-family program at Christmas, providing a single mother with three young children with gifts.
“We want these players to recognize the importance of helping and supporting others in the community,” Olds said.
The team presented Mayor Kyle Stack, an avid hockey fan, with a team jersey, which she immediately donned and wore for the rest of the council meeting.
Academic honors were earned by Brendan Donovan, Hunter Kama, Nick McInchak, Sam McKee, Nick Millhorn, Tyler Plassman and Anthony Voss.
Other teammates include Blake Bender, Ian Bennett, Kyle Delarosa, Paul Durand, Michael Mace, Luc Miklos, Brad Nemeth, Jake Nemeth, Alex Perrin, Collin Preston, Brendan Shaw, Ryan Stanley, Rory Szczepaniak and Zack Teichart.
“I love the enthusiasm and all the support that the parents give,” Stack said. “It is just a great game for the kids.”
Olds said the team members are committed to excellence both on and off the ice.
“We are equally, if not more proud, of what they have accomplished off the ice,” Olds said. “We stress to them when you put on the Trenton uniform, you are much more than a great hockey player. You must be a great student and resident. There is a higher call in life by being an active member of the city, and the noble principle of helping others in need.”
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected])