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CHA Board Meeting Dates

The Board of Directors of the Calumet Hockey Association will hold their monthly meetings on the following dates for the 2015-2016 season:

Monday, November 10, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015
Monday, January 11, 2016
Monday, February 8, 2016
Monday, March 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016   ANNUAL MEETING

Meeting Time is 7:00 PM at the Calumet Colosseum. 

Meeting Date(s) and Time(s) are subject to change. 

Calumet Hockey Alumni Chelsea Jacques Makes College Plans

Courtesy of Daily Mining Gazette:

CALUMET - Another standout of the Calumet hockey system is on their way to play college hockey. Chelsea Jacques, a defenseman, has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Colgate Raiders for the 2015-16 season.

The senior can currently be seen ripping up local track ovals where she is attempting to earn her fourth U.P. title in both the 100 and 200 meters later this month.

To say that Jacques is happy about the opportunity presented her by the Raiders would be an understatement.

"I really am super-excited about this opportunity," said Jacques. "It is just so great to know that I will get to continue playing. Playing Division I hockey has always been a dream of mine."

The defender spent last season with the Madison Capitals U19 team. The Capitals had a pretty nice season, until it was cut short by Shattuck St. Mary's in the Quarter-Finals of the USA Hockey Tier 1 Nationals.

Jacques will not be the lone Capitals player heading to the Raiders. She will join Liz Auby, who made a commitment to Colgate back in 2013 as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals U16 team.

"Our goaltender was already being recruited by Colgate," said Jacques. "They saw me play when they stopped in to see her play. I heard a lot of great things about the school and everything from her."

It did not take long during a visit to Hamilton, N.Y., for Jacques to get hooked on playing hockey for the Raiders.

"When I visited the campus, it is in this little town in New York," said Jacques. "It really reminded me of where I grew up. I know that sounds weird that a town in New York could feel like home, but it really did."

It helped to run into future classmates and teammates.

"Everybody around the campus and the team were really super-nice to me," said Jacques.

The Raiders are coached by Greg Fargo, who will be entering his fourth season behind the bench. He has a 28-68-7 record in three seasons at Colgate.

Last season was especially rough for the Raiders, who finished 10th in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a record of 4-16-2, good for 10 points.

The Raiders have struggled recently keeping pucks out of their net. Adding players like Jacques and Auby should help reduce that number, giving them a chance to do more offensively.

Jacques should benefit from learning alongside junior defenseman Cat Quirion, who was recently named an assistant captain for the upcoming season.

Calumet's Ben Johnson signs with Albany

Johnson Auditions for AHL Devils

Calumet High School alum Ben Johnson made his professional debut last weekend after signing an amateur tryout contract with the American Hockey League Albany Devils Thursday.

Johnson made his first appearance with the New Jersey Devils' AHL affiliate wearing No. 36 in a 1-0 overtime loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday night and then played the following night in a 4-3 loss at Adirondack. Johnson was credited with two shots on goal Saturday and six Sunday but recorded no other stats.

Albany has five regular season games remaining over the next two weekends.

If the Devils do not offer him an entry-level professional contract before the 2014-15 season (which would result in their losing his draft rights), Johnson can retain the eligibility to return to Major Junior, where he just finished his third OHL season and has played in 199 career regular season and postseason games, as one of three overage (20-year-old) players.

Johnson had 28 goals and 25 assists in 59 regular season games for Windsor. He had four goals and two assists as the Spitfires were swept out of the playoffs by London in the first round in late March. He was the only Windsor player to score more than once in the series and his six points in four games doubled that of anyone else on the team.

Article Courtesy of the Daily Mining Gazette.

Ben Storm Helps Lead St. Cloud State Into The NCAA Elite 8

It was a day of possibilities for Ben Storm, but he did all he could to not think about potentially being selected in the NHL Draft.

Instead of traveling to New Jersey to attend the 2013 draft or watch it on television for hours with no guarantee his name would be called, Storm decided to hit up a local golf course to help him avoid thinking about the league's annual amateur selection event.

Ben Storm

"I knew I had a chance to get drafted, and I kind of wanted to keep my mind off of it all day," Storm said. "I went golfing with a couple of buddies that day, [to] try and keep my mind off it."

Several hours into the draft and in the sixth round the Colorado Avalanche used its 153rd pick on Storm. Despite being over 1,000 miles away, it didn't take long for Storm to hear the news.

"I got done with my round, and I started to get text messages and calls from all my friends and family," Storm said. "I had no idea until I looked at the TV and saw my name on there. I was pretty pumped."

Prior to the draft Storm had already made a commitment to play college hockey with the St. Cloud State University Huskies for the 2013-14 campaign. In fact, he was already in St. Cloud, Minn., participating in offseason workouts when draft day came on June 30.

The first thing that stands out about Storm, a defenseman, is his size. At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, he is the tallest player on his SCSU squad and is tied for the tallest in the Avalanche organization with Patrick Bordeleau.

When it comes to big hockey players, especially big defensemen, skating ability can sometimes be a bit of a concern. Storm said his skating is an area of his game that he has been specifically working on, doing lateral and footwork drills to help improve it.

"As a big guy, I need to continue to work on my skating," Storm said Jan. 11 after his team lost 5-2 at the University of Denver to close out a weekend series in the Avalanche's backyard.

Storm's skating is something he will continue to work on, but his coaches said they were happy with his progression midway through his freshman season.

"His skating, for his size, is very good," St. Cloud State assistant coach Garrett Raboin said. "He just has to use his quickness to get to the corner, and that's where the confrontation happens and he can use his body."

The 19 year old is more of a defensive defenseman and likely won't be counted on to score a lot of points in his hockey career. He had 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) with Muskegon of the USHL in 2012-13 and only had one assist through 30 games this season with the Huskies. Yet, he did have a respectable minus-6 rating and only 14 penalty minutes in his first college season.

"My role is to be a good penalty killer, play good solid defense, play offense when I can," Storm said, "but most importantly play good defense and keep the puck out of our net."

Storm helped St. Cloud State to a 21-10-5 record this season and the inaugural National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular-season title. However, SCSU stumbled in the playoffs as it lost to Miami (OH) in the first round of the NCHC Tournament.

The Huskies still qualified for an at-large bid to the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Tournament as a No. 3 seed in the West Regional and will begin the national tournament Saturday against No. 2 seed Notre Dame (7 p.m. MT, ESPNU). Despite the lower seed, St. Cloud State may have home-ice advantage with the game being played at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., just 74 miles from the school's campus.

If SCSU can defeat Notre Dame and then pick up a win against either No. 1 overall Minnesota or No. 4 seed Robert Morris in the regional final on Sunday, the Huskies would advance to the Frozen Four in Philadelphia from April 10-12. The Huskies made their first appearance in the national semifinals last year.

The addition of Storm this season has helped head coach Bob Motzko bolster his back end, and Storm's ability to make good passes out of his zone and play smart physically has aided SCSU to its 10th appearance at nationals.

"He has real good hands, and he's got athletic ability. We want him to make some plays with the puck," Motzko said of Storm in January. "We're not going to ask him to throw bombs down the rink, but he can make A-to-B (passes), breaking the puck out, getting us into transition, and he has showed us that. We want him to develop a really solid transition game with the puck, and he has to become a real physical, imposing defensive player because of his size. He needs to get some nastiness to his game, and those are the two main areas we are going to focus with him."

Ben Storm while with the Muskegon Lumberjacks during the 2012-13 season (Credit: USHL).

Rick Pracey, the Avalanche's director of amateur scouting, said after the team selected the big-body defenseman that Storm was a work in progress and that he expected him to play four years of college hockey.

"In conversations with Joe [Sakic] and Patrick [Roy], to get some of these players at the National Hockey League you have to take some chances at the draft day, and this was one of those situations," Pracey said of Storm during a July 1, 2013 news conference at Pepsi Center. "There’s a development curve here as well. We have a four-year time period at the NCAA level… There will be a time component with this player, but we’re curious to see where he goes and size was the major draw.”

Storm has faced the typical ups and downs of a freshman hockey player as he adjusted to the college game this season. After playing at Calumet High School in Michigan and only one season in U.S. junior before coming to St. Cloud, Storm said he knows it is a process to have success at the NCAA level.

"There has been some bumps on the road, but I feel that I'm getting better every day," Storm said. "Each week I try and get better."

This week, he'll try and help his team to two wins and a trip back to college hockey's final four.

Article Courtesy of the Colorado Avalanche

Calumet Colosseum Celebrating Its 100th Anniversary

The Calumet Colosseum is up and running for the 2013-14 season, and those in the rink will notice something a little special: A 100-year anniversary icon.
That’s 100 years of stories, memories and legendary hockey. 
The Colosseum first opened its doors during the 1913-14 season. It is the oldest indoor ice rink that’s still in use in the United States. 
There will be many celebrations of the rink’s century of history this year, check back to throughout the season to find out about any and all activities at the rink. We will also be creating a Centennial Page in the next week or two for all information on the Centennial Celebration.
In the meantime, check out this great article from the USA Hockey Magazine last year titled “100 years young: Calumet Colosseum”.  The article was written by Calumet-native Craig Stancher for USA Hockey Magazine.

Calumet's Ben Storm taken in NHL Draft

Calumet High School alum Ben Storm became just the eighth Copper Country hockey player taken in the National Hockey League draft since 1968 when the Colorado Avalanche selected him Sunday.

Storm, a 6-foot-6, 216-pound defenseman, was selected with the 153rd overall pick, the second of the sixth round.

Storm has committed to play college hockey at St. Cloud (Minn.) State University and played last season with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League, where he had two goals and 10 assists in 52 games.

The Laurium native, 19, played in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game on Jan. 23, where he had an assist. He was not listed on NHL Central Scouting's list of top draft-eligible North American skaters.

Storm played three seasons with CHS and was named to the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association all-class Dream Team in 2012 after a season of 15 goals and 20 assists.

Indicative of his all-around athletic abilities, Storm was the 2011 All-U.P. Class ABC Defensive Player of the Year for the Copper King football team and a Division 5-6 Associated Press All-State punter.

It is the second consecutive year an ex-Copper King has been drafted and fifth time overall. The New Jersey Devils took Ben Johnson in the third round, 90th overall, last year. Two other CHS alumni, Mike Usitalo (Los Angeles, 1972) and Gordie Frantti (Philadelphia, 1988) were sixth-round selections, while Brad Mattson was taken in a supplemental round in 1989 by the New York Islanders.

The Avalanche have picked from the Copper Country before. They drafted Houghton native Jeff Finger in the eighth round in 1999.

Daily Mining Gazette Article
Mile High Hockey (Avalance) Article
Muskegon Lumberjacks Article

Volunteer Sign-Up

Calumet Hockey is using the DIBS system to schedule and manage our volunteer opportunities. To get started, please do the following:

STEP 1:  CLICK HERE to activate your volunteer account.  This activation prepares your TST Account to become a user of the Volunteer Tool.  Concession hours at the Gipp Arena for mites will be scheduled independently. When registering, please do not count the skaters in your family that are mites.

STEP 2: CLICK HERE to start choosing opportunities that Calumet Hockey has available.

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Another CHA Alumni Signs D1 Offer

Courtesy of NMU & TV6:

MARQUETTE -  Northern Michigan hockey coach Walt Kyle announced today the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent.  Ryan Black (Stillwater, Minn./Bonnyville Pontiacs), Connor Frantti (Spring Grove, Ill./Lincoln Stars), Jesse Junttila (Calumet, Mich./Jersey Hitmen), Troy Loggins (Huntington Beach, Calif./Sioux Falls Stampede), Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland/Minot Minotauros), and James Vermeulen (Stoney Plain, Alta./Whitecourt Wolverines) will be joining the Wildcats in 2015-16.

Coach Kyle noted, "We are exceptionally happy to add this group of student-athletes to our line-up. Many of these players are leaders on their respective teams and many of these players are all stars in their respective leagues.  I believe in this group we have several players who can have an immediate impact on our team and step-in to replace seniors who have moved on and we have several players who will begin their careers in depth roles and will grow into solid Division I players."

Jesse Junttila
Calumet, Mich. • Jersey Hitmen (USPHL-Pr) • D • 5-9, 170 • DOB: 1/18/1995
Scouting Report: Calumet High School product who spent time in Marquette as he played for the Electricians Midget AAA team. Jesse is a hard competitor, excellent skater, and will play as both a forward and defenseman. In all likelihood will start his career in a depth role but has the character to work his way into the line-up. 

CHA Alumni Assists Providence to National Title

Former CHA, CHS, and Wolverine Player Corey Rastello helped the Providence Friars defeat Boston University by a 4-3 score to capture the school's first NCAA National Championship.  Corey (on left) serves as the equipment manager for the squad.