With the Hancock Bulldogs and the Calumet Copper Kings tying for the Great Lakes Hockey Conference title, it stood to reason they would be well-represented on the GLHC All-Conference teams.
Calumet captain Rory Anderson was named Player of the Year. Anderson is tied with linemate Brent Loukus for the team lead in points with 53. Of Anderson’s 53 points, 29 came in GLHC games.
Calumet coach Dan Giachino was named Coach of the Year for directing his team to an 11-1-0 record in 12 games.
Loukus, a sophomore, was named to the First Team, along with teammates Trevor Johnson and Jack Sturos and Hancock’s Alex Nordstrom, Teddy Randell and Dawson Kero.
Nordstrom, a sophomore, leads the Bulldogs with 25 goals and 50 points this season through 24 games while centering Hancock’s top line.
Randell, a junior, scored 60 points last season in helping lead the Bulldogs to a state title, but has struggled at points this season due to missed games with injury and illness. Despite this, Randell has managed to pick up 13 goals and 39 points in 21 games.
Johnson, a senior, has been a key component of the Copper Kings’ power play, with three of his 12 points in GLHC games coming on the man advantage. Johnson’s 23 overall points are the most of any GLHC defenseman.
Sturos, also a senior, has scored 12 of his 18 overall points in GLHC play. A smooth skater, Sturos picked up four of his 12 points on the power play.
Kero, a junior, went 8-1 in nine appearances in GLHC play. Kero racked up a 2.12 goals against average and a .928 save percentage, both second among all conference goaltenders.
On the second team, Houghton’s Jacob Kruse, Dawson McKay and Kevin Bostwick were joined Calumet’s Nick Voelker and Marquette’s Joey Phillips and Aydin Frost.
Kruse, a senior, and McKay, a junior, are the Gremlins top two scorers with 46 and 42 points, respectively. In GLHC play, both have 20 points with McKay scoring 12 goals and Kruse netting 10.
Bostwick, a sophomore, played in only 10 games in GLHC action due to a suspension, but he netted 10 assists in those 10 games. Overall, he has 20 points in 21 games.
Voelker, a junior, had slightly better numbers than Kero in GLHC play, where he went 8-1 in nine appearances with a 1.25 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.
Calumet’s Ed Beiring and Hancock’s Lance Kangas and Tanner Givens earned Honorable Mention along with Kingsford’s Daunte Fortner and Alek Shanks, Escanaba’s Garth Wickham and Paul Carne and Marquette’s Tyler Bergwall.
Beiring, a senior, scored 10 goals and 18 points in 11 GLHC games.
Kangas, who skates on a line with Nordstrom and Randell, has 16 goals and 33 points in 25 games.
Givens only played in four GLHC games before suffering a season-ending injury in a nonconference game. In those four games, he scored three goals and eight points.