Novi icer Hoeflich goes to head of the class

Novi icer Hoeflich goes to head of the class


Novi icer Hoeflich goes to head of the class


Novi’s Brad Hofelich was named boys hockey All-Area Player of the Year after finishing with 34 goals and 38 assists in 27 games.

Novi’s Brad Hofelich was named boys hockey All-Area Player of the Year after finishing with 34 goals and 38 assists in 27 games.

Novi right winger Brad Hofelich was one of five players up for Michigan Warrior Player of Year honors and nobody could argue that fact.

That’s because the 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior finished the year with a team-best 72 points on 34 goals and 34 assists as he sparked the Wildcats to a 17-9-1 overall record and an MHSAA Division 2 regional title.

And for his efforts, Hofelich was named boys hockey All-Area Player of the Year.

“In my biased opinion, he’s the best player in the KLAA this year. His stats proved it, his play proved it,” Novi coach Mark Vellucci said. “He had a lot of help from his two really good linemates (Bryan) Fegert and Ryan (Baxter), but individually he was in the top five in the state scoring point-wise.”

Hofelich also ranked a team-best plus-26 with only 16 minutes in penalties.

“What was good about it was that he almost had an equal amount of goals as he had assists,” Vellucci said. “Just a pure goal scorer. He was a goal scorer and playmaker on that line. That was the biggest and nicest part to see. He scored some timely goals for us throughout the year. The big games, he stepped up.”

And Vellucci sees a bright future for Hofelich, who made first team Division 2 all-state and was all-Kensington Lakes Activities Association.

“Where he goes next year is anyone’s guess,” the Novi coach said. “He’s definitely going to look to play juniors at some level. He’s got a few options and will go to a few camps. I think he’ll end up in the North American (Hockey) League somewhere, in my opinion, and eventually he’ll be in the USHL (U.S. Hockey League). He’ll be in the North American first and he’ll get bigger and stronger. I think he’ll do that. He’s got the drive. He’ll put college on hold and will go to a community college wherever he plays and take classes.”

First team

Mitch Ossowski

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The first team Division 1 all-state and all-Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League selection finished with 15 goals, including four on the power play, to go along with 17 assists for the state champions.

“Mitch is a steady, hard-working center,” CC interim coach Danny Veri said of the senior. “He puts the team first and has a great release. He’s well-liked by his teammates and coaching staff.”

Jack Meacham


The senior forward racked up a team-best 60 points with 20 goals and 40 assists en route to Division 1 first team all-state and all-KLAA honors. He recorded four power-play and three short-handed goals with a plus-50 rating.

“Jack, in his fourth year, became the all-around player we thought he would be, including being a great leader on and off the ice,” Northville coach Clint Robert said. “He played hard in the defensive zone, just the type of player you want who goes hard in all three zones. He worked hard off-ice, studied the game. Just really a joy to watch his growth and that final piece of the puzzle where he really exploded.”

Alec Morgan


The senior forward finished with 59 points, which included 19 goals and 40 assists, as he earned first team Division 1 all-state and all-KLAA honors.

“We had him for three years and watching the growth where he made huge strides between his sophomore and junior years offensively, but we were still looking for some things defensively,” Robert said. “And his senior year he was sacrificing his body, blocking shots, out on the penalty kill. He played 200 feet in all three zones. Great guy in the locker room, a vocal leader. It was a real nice season for him.”

Ryan Burnett

Catholic Central

The senior forward was the Shamrocks’ top point producer overall (40) with 13 goals, including three game-winners, to go along with 27 assists.

Burnett made both first team Division 1 all-state and all-MIHL honors.

“Ryan has great speed and zone-stretching ability,” Veri said. “He creates numerous opportunities because of those two skills.”

Andrew Lane

Catholic Central

The senior defenseman was the backbone defensively for the Division 1 state champions as he earned first team Division 1 all-state honors. Lane also racked up 13 points, including 12 assists in MIHL play.

“Andrew has an unreal desire to be great,” Veri said. “He’s an excellent leader, both by example and by word. He put the team first every time and doesn’t rattle when good or bad shifts happen. I could count on him in every situation. A joy to coach.”

Spencer Wright

Catholic Central

The senior goaltender played in 24 games, going 20-3, including eight shutouts, with a 1.42 goals-against average along with a .930 save percentage.

“He’s the best high school goalie in the state,” Veri said of the first team Division 1 all-state and all-MIHL selection. “He’s even keel and settles in easily. He’s extremely focused and easy to coach, while very self-motivated.”

Second team

Nolan Johnson


The senior forward finished his Lakeland career with a second team MVP in a row. Johnson finished with eight goals and 21 assists in 27 games while going plus-17 despite playing the season with a torn ACL. He earned KLAA all-conference for the second straight year as well while maintaining a 3.4 GPA.

Head coach Tim Ronayne called him one of best athletes he’s ever coached.

Evan Rochowiak

Catholic Central

The senior forward earned second team Division 1 all-state honors while ranking third overall on the Shamrocks’ scoring list with 16 goals, including four game-winners, to go along with 15 assists for 31 points.

Bryan Fegert


The senior forward earned second team Division 2 all-state recognition after finishing with 20 goals and 27 assists (47 points) in 27 games for the state quarterfinalists.

Ryan Baxter


The senior forward made all-KLAA and honorable mention all-state in Division 2 after finishing with 16 goals and 32 assists for 48 points in 27 games while ranking a plus-25.

Brennan Martin


The junior defenseman earned second team Division 2 all-state honors after putting up 27 points (three goals and 24 assists), while ranking a plus-25 en route to second team Division 2 all-state laurels.

Chance Boutin


The senior goaltender, who made second team Division 1 all-state, started 22 games for the Mustangs, going 15-5-1, including two shutouts, with a 2.16 goals-against average and an .898 save percentage.


Player of the Year

Brad Hofelich, Novi

First team

Mitch Ossowski, Catholic Central

Jack Meacham, Northville

Alec Morgan, Northville

Ryan Burnett, Catholic Central

Andrew Lane, Catholic Central

Spencer Wright, Catholic Central

Second team

Nolan Johnson, Lakeland

Evan Rochowiak, Catholic Central

Bryan Fegert, Novi

Ryan Baxter, Novi

Brennan Martin, Novi

Chance Boutin, Northville

Honorable mention

Catholic Central – Kyle Mulka (jr.), JoJo Mancinelli (jr.), Nick Macari (jr.)

Northville – Alec Melucci (sr.), Nick Strom (sr.), Kevin O’Connell (sr.)

Novi – Jimmy Hole (sr.), Nik Tewilliager (sr.), Brendan Wexler (sr.)

South Lyon – Justin Zabinski (sr.), Spencer Stanley (jr.)


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