A future engineer, Livonia Stevenson senior Mick Sinclair’s current agenda includes drawing up a winning blueprint for the Spartans’ highly-respected hockey program.
The well-spoken, straight-A student-athlete will be one of the front-runners when it comes to filling the void left by the Spartans’ graduated No. 1 forward line of Dominic Lutz, Devin Kelly and Tyler Irvine – both on the scoreboard and in the all-important leadership category.
Voted unanimously by his teammates to serve as the team’s 2014-15 captain, Sinclair asserted that he is up to the challenge.
“While it was a bummer losing those guys – I’m great friends with all of them and I wish them the best of luck at the next level – it’s exciting to see who is going to step up and be the goal-scorers and who’s going to step up and fill those roles,” said Sinclair. “Being chosen as the captain is really an honor and I want to be humble about it. I have big shoes to fill replacing Dominic Lutz, but I’m very proud to be able to wear the ‘C’.”
Sinclair has been pushing a puck across the ice as long as he’s been riding a bike. He started out in the Livonia mini-mite initiation program and has never looked back.
“I always watched the Red Wings when I was growing up and I played street hockey with my dad,” he said. “The more I played, the more the sport grew on me. It kind of just snow-balled from there.”
Except for a brief fling as a defenseman in squirt-level hockey, Sinclair has always been a forward.
“I experimented with playing defense when I was younger, but having to hang back like that wasn’t for me,” he said, smiling. “The coaches figured they’re better off letting me get up front and go.”
Sinclair said he appreciates the skills of current Red Wing Pavel Datsyuk, but not necessarily because of the All-Star’s highlight-reel goals.
“I like to watch his positioning and how he puts himself in the right spot to make those highlight-reel goals,” Sinclair said. “I like to go a little more in depth when I’m watching hockey than most people so I can learn things.”
Armed with a stellar 4.1 cumulative grade-point average, Sinclair has his sights set on attending Michigan Tech University beginning next fall.
He will follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, his dad and his sister, Anna, who is currently in her fourth year at the highly-acclaimed school.