Here is a recap of the Informational Meeting on April 28th at 7 PM.

GM Kurt Kormos took attendance at the door.

Coach Klanow then presented the following information:

  1. Announced the Winter Coaching Staffs
    1. Varsity Team
      1. Head Coach Brian Klanow
      2. Assistant Coach Zack Doyen
      3. Assistant Coach Todd Orlando (absent)
      4. Goalie Coach Joe Savona
    2. JV Red Team
      1. Head Coach Garret Ross (absent)
      2. Assistant Coach Jake Turowski (absent)
      3. Assistant Coach Denny Behen
  1. JV White Team
    1. Co-Head Coach Steve Schneider
    2. Co-Head Coach Jim Cariera
    3. Assistant Coach Brian Smith (Absent)
    4. Assistant Coach Tim Hooker (Absent)
  2. Announced his Varsity Captains
    1. Reiss Williams
    2. Kyle Kavc
    3. Dugan Cretu
  1. Evaluation Skates for the Summer Program – June 6th and 7th.
    1. Freshmen & Sophomores will skate from 6-7:30 PM
    2. Juniors, Seniors and last year’s Varsity Players will skate from 7:30-9 PM
  2. Evaluation skates will determine which Summer Teams you will be on
  3. The St. Mary’s Hockey Program is looking for players who:
    1. Want to play at St. Mary’s
    2. Want to work hard
    3. Want to be a better Hockey Player
  4. Summer High Endurance Camp – June 20 – August 11. St. Mary’s offers a High Endurance Hockey Camp over the summer. This is an additional Program to our Summer Program.
    1. 4 days per week 8 AM – 10:30 AM (No Camp week of July 4th)
    2. On Ice 60 Minutes, Off-Ice/Gym 60 Minutes
    3. Shooting Room 30 Minutes/Over Speed Training
  5. Summer Program – After Evaluations players will be divided up into 4 teams and participate in the Summer Program which will start on or about June 20. The Summer Program participation is not Mandatory, but you are encouraged to attend sessions when you can so that the coaches can get a look at you and they can also train at night thanks to a hockey pitch lighting they got for this. We do understand that families take vacations and have a summer life, so attendance is not strictly monitored. The Summer Program ends Aug 1, and there is a shutdown of the program for the week of July 4th. The 4 teams are defined below.
    1. Summer Varsity Red Team – This team will do skills sessions and play in tournaments, possibly an additional game or two.
      1. Traverse City – June 24 – 26
      2. Flint Tournament – July 15-17
      3. TBD
    2. Varsity White Team – This Team will play in the GLSHL (website) – 10 games and Off-Ice Sessions
    3. JV Red Team – This Team will play in the GLSHL (website) – 10 Games and Off-Ice Sessions
    4. JV White Team – This Team will play in the GLSHL (website) -10 Games and Off-Ice Sessions
  6. Once School begins, we will have Captains Practices (players skate after school with the Captains monitoring them). Players can drop their bags off in the ice rink before school.
  7. Fall Program – Our Fall Program starts after Labor Day. Players are divided into 3 or 4 Teams (depending on numbers). All teams will have skills sessions and off-Ice sessions and play 10-12 games. Fall will end Oct 31.
    1. Varsity Team will play in the Cranbrook conditioning League at Cranbrook school. All games are during the week between 4 and 7 PM 12 – 14 Games
    2. Split Season Team will play other teams in their age division (Probably 16U)
    3. At least 1, maybe 2 JV Teams will play in a Fall JV Conditioning League. All games are Friday, Saturday, or Sundays. 10 -12 Games.
    4. Skills sessions Starting September 6 to be run by Justin Quenneville
  1. Additional Fall Opportunities– There are other opportunities for High School Players to gain exposure to scouts and high-level competition in the Fall. The 2 Programs listed below are in conjunction with our Fall Program. This means that you can do both our Program and 1 of the other 2 Programs listed below in the FALL. These 2 Programs require Tryouts and are for High End Players
    1. MDHL – Plays Games on the weekend mornings and selects players for a U16 and a U18 team that will play in an out of state tournament- 10 Games plus the Tournament – (website)
    2. MHA (or Top 80) – Puts together a U15, U16, and a U18 team to play in 4 Tournaments. They also have practices, usually during the week. – (website)
  1. Winter Program tryouts are Nov 1st and 2nd players will be divided into 3 teams.
    1. Varsity – Plays in the MIHL (website) – 25 Games plus playoffs.
    2. JV Red – Plays in the MJVHL (website) – 25 Games
    3. JV White – Plays in the MJVHL (website) – 25 Games
    4. JV Teams skate once a week before school
    5. Goalie skates once a week before school.
  1. The St. Mary’s Hockey Program will be doing Fundraisers this year.


Kurt Kormos then presented the following:

  1. Teamsnap is the main source of communication. All players need to have a Teamsnap account. Players are encouraged to have their own email address on their Teamsnap account, so they are aware of the going ons of their team. It is not mom or dad’s responsibility to tell the player what is happening.
  2. All players need to add their phone number to their Teamsnap account so coaches can contact them.
  3. Website Information (
  4. The website has the contacts for all coaches. Please use this a first resource.
  5. Explained that St. Mary’s is a high-end Hockey Program. Other teams relish trying to beat us. We have a target on our back. We are looking for talented, hardworking, self-motivated players.
  6. Explained that the MIHL (Varsity League) is the most competitive in the State.
    1. 2021 – All 3 Champions were from the MIHL
    2. 2022 – 5 out of 12 Semi-Finalist were from the MIHL
    3. 2022 – 4 out of 6 Finalist were from the MIHL
    4. The MIHL and Catholic League teams are scouted more than lower end AAA Teams
  1. Explained that the MJVHL is the most competitive in the state.
  2. Explained that there is no upper and lower JV Teams. We have older (Junior/Sophomore) and younger (Sophomore/Freshmen) teams.
  3. A player can be called to Varsity from either team. If you are good enough, you will play where your skill set says you should play.
  4. Encouraged parents to check out our Alumni Page.
  5. Encourage parents to read the articles on our website (Under Articles)

Items Not Covered in the Meeting

  1. Varsity & at least 1 JV Team will be playing over Thanksgiving weekend
  2. 1 or both JV Teams will be going up North over Christmas Break.
  3. Mission Statement
    1. “To ensure that all players are well trained, prepared and motivated athletes that can effectively perform team requirements and practice to the best of their ability.”
  4. Tradition of Excellence – St Mary’s Prep Tradition
    1. Founded 1885
    2. One of the longest standing High School Sports Traditions in Michigan
    3. 33 State Championships
    4. 20 Professional Athletes
  5. Mary’s Prep Hockey History
    1. Started in 1993-1994
    2. State Championship – 2005, 2007 and 2008
    3. State Runner-up in 2011
    4. Final Four – 2010, 2011 and 2012
    5. 19 Regional Championship, 13 Titles
    6. 6 Professional Hockey Players
    7. Multiple Junior A and NCAA Hockey Players
  6. Mary’s Athletic Complex
    1. 1500 Seat Ice Arena
    2. Full-Service Weight Room
    3. Indoor Running Track
    4. 7 Lane Shooting Range
    5. Video Room
    6. Professional Coaching Staff
  7. What is Success?
    1. When a player wants and has a need to be the best they can be.
    2. Being committed to yourself.
    3. The ability to do everything in your power to help your TEAM win!
    4. Not being an imposter.
    5. Don’t be content. Challenge yourself to do more.
    6. Sacrifice for your team’s success.
    7. Be selfless!
  8. Program Structure
    1. Commitment
    2. Common Goals
    3. Conduct Enforcement
    4. Self-Monitoring
    5. Every player on the same page
    6. Live the Mission Statement and Direction
    7. Understand the Program benefits
  9. Coaches Commitment
    1. Communication- Across the board
    2. Player/Parent Evaluations (2 per season)
    4. Full Program Strategy/Skill Practice Sessions
  10. Player Expectations
    1. Character!
    2. Fully Embrace the Opportunity
    3. Lead by example- Mentor
    4. Good Teammate
    5. Humility
    6. Community Involvement
    7. Support other programs at St. Mary’s – School involvement
    8. Respectful to everyone associated with St. Mary’s and the game of Hockey, Opponents, Officials, Fans.

Thanks to everyone who attended. If you wish to be removed from the St. Mary’s  Hockey Teamsnap, please email Kurt Kormos (

If you have any questions about the Program, you can email Brian Klanow ( or Kurt Kormos