Laker Current Staff Report
Work is underway to establish a collegiate hockey team at MMCC for the fifth season. While interest has varied from year to year, Coach Barney Ledford, who also heads up MMCC’s criminal justice program, is hoping to roster a team to compete in the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference (MCHC).
Assistant Coach Chris Kliewoneit said the hockey program will be having an informational session and/or tryouts in September to determine if there is enough interest in forming a collegiate team to play against other colleges.
“If there aren’t enough players to form a collegiate team, we will ‘sponsor’ a team in the Mt. Pleasant Adult League,” Kliewoneit said. “We will provide uniforms, coaching, and a few practices.” Kliewoneit said in the adult league, players need not attend MMCC. However, for MMCC students, the team will pay part of the registration fee.
If you are interested in participating in hockey during the 2015-16 season,
watch for updated information on the hockey website (www.midmich.edu/athletics) or get added to the e-mail list for more details when they are available.
If you have an interest in playing, e-mail either Coach Ledford (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Assistant Coach Kliewoneit (email@example.com), and you will be added to the contact list. You can also fill out the “Prospective Student Athlete” form found on the “Athletics Home” page to be added to the list, Kliewoneit said.
For the last three years the MMCC hockey club has sponsored a team in the Mt. Pleasant Adult League. “In our inaugural 2011-2012 season, we had enough interest and players that we were able to compete against other college teams,” Kliewoneit said, noting that in that year, the team played the University of Detroit-Mercy, University of Michigan–Flint, Delta College, Mott Community College, Lansing Community College, Aquinas College, Lawrence Tech and the Kalkaska Roughnecks (a Tier II premier Junior A Hockey club).
Both coaches are hopeful that there is enough interest this year to support collegiate play, but say the main goal is to allow those interested in hockey to compete as part of an organized program.