By: John Raffel
Midland Dow hockey set for strong season
Midland Dow hockey, coach Richard Blaser 19-6-1 Lost in the state quarterfinals to Hartland.
2.) Name some key athletes that have graduated from last season's team and your remembrances on their contributions to the program. We had 9 seniors so we had several key graduates. Brendan Sanders, Jeremy Slasor, Jon Baillargeon and Casey LaRue to name a few.
3.) Please mention several athletes who will be key players...name, year in school, position. Your expectations from each of these athletes this season. (Feel free to attach a roster if one is available).
Joey Johnson Senior Defense
Shane AstrikeSenior Defense
4.) What expectations do you have of your team this season?
We always have high expectations. But ultimately it is always to be playing our best hockey at the end of February and March.
5.) What will be your team's strength?
We have a team full of good, scrappy skaters that love to compete.
6.) What are some things this team needs to work on?
50% of our roster is made up of first year players for us. So being young, our team chemistry and getting acclimated to our game will take some time.
7.) Your conference: How strong is it and who would you consider the league favorites? Where do you see your team fitting into the league race? The SVL is always competitive. I would say Saginaw Heritage is the odds on favorite to win the league. They basically returned everyone from last year’s state finals team. We should be one of the top 4 teams considered to win the Valley.