All in the Family: Linville and Passino complete Blueline Makeover

Taylor, MI- EMU Hockey has had a fair share of brother duos in the past six years- Former Captain Bob Gasser and his younger brother, current Eagles Senior Tony, played together for two seasons, as did Kyle and Gary Astalos from 2010-2013. This season is no different as the Eagles add two more “legacy” players to the fold.

Freshman Defenseman Austin Linville leads the charge in remodeling the Eagles defensive zone after two seasons with legendary Detroit Belle Tire Midget AAA coach Chris Coury. Joing his brother Lucas, who enters his Sophomore year at EMU, was a deciding factor for him in choosing the Eagles. “I’ve never had the chance to play with him and I’m glad I can do that and have an impact here right away. I had options to play junior but in the end starting my education here was the right choice. EMU is a great school, and it was just the right fit for me” he said. Eagles staff raved about his ability recently: ” Austin is the type of defenseman you build a team around. He’s smart, tough, and possesses exceptional hockey sense and poise- something that only comes from playing at a high level.”

Freshman utility man Matt Passino will see action at both forward and defense this year, but has no issue playing either position. Passino comes from the highly successful Traverse City Hounds junior program in the USPHL, and is expected to contribute right away to the Eagles rebuild. Passino’s long frame and smooth skating ability make him valuable at either position. Passino also has a bit of heritage at EMU, as his brother Jordan suited up for the Eagles in the 2013-2014 season before a back injury cut his career short. ” I’ve been connected to the program for a few years now, I had skated with Coach Gee a few times when my brother was here, and he knew my coaches in Traverse City really well. When the opportunity came for me to join the team this season I jumped at the opportunity. The school is a great fit for me and I’m excited I can step in and make a difference right away” he said.

Linville, Passino, and teammates begin preparation next week for their season opener at Ohio University in late September.

Local prep stars McIntosh and Adams bring scoring depth to Eagles

Taylor, MI- Two Michigan High School Hockey standouts will be suiting up for the Eastern Michigan University Eagles this season, as EMU begins a rebuild that will surely benefit greatly from their addition. High Scoring freshman forwards Tyler McIntosh and Brendan Adams will be counted on to provide offensive punch on a team that lost several pieces to graduation.

Tyler McIntosh, a downriver native who played under longtime bench boss Dennis Gundick at Gibraltar Carlson High School, racked up 29 goals and 16 assists for 45 points in just 27 games last season for the Marauders. His game relies mainly on his exceptional puckhandling and ability to make plays in tight quarters, something which will be at a premium this year as the Eagles look to boost their scoring output. The EMU Coaching staff had these words about McIntosh: ” He’s crafty, and has a heavy shot- If we can continue to develop his two way game he can be a difference maker at our level for sure. He’s got a great attitude and is definitely a bright spot for us.”

Brendan Adams suited up for the Howell Highlanders for the past two seasons and last year left his mark as a premier prep forward, notching 27 goals, 31 assists, for 58 points in just 26 games. After declining multiple offers to play Junior Hockey, Adams comes in as someone to watch immediately for the 2015-2016 Eagles. The staff had the following comments about Brendan: ” We had the chance to see Brendan a few times last season and had interest right away. He’s an exceptional skater and sees the ice extremely well. He was able to play at a high level with our older players over the summer and I anticipate he’s going to be able to produce remarkably as a freshman, mostly in part to his playmaking ability, but he certainly has a great scoring touch as well.”

Adams and McIntosh will begin practice along with the rest of the Eagles on Sept. 15th- two weeks prior to making their debut on the road at Ohio University as EMU opens the 2015-2016 season.

Bartle announced as Eagles New Head Coach

Eastern Michigan University is pleased to announce the hiring of Head Coach John Bartle. Coach Bartle grew up in Livonia, playing hockey in the “AA” and “AAA” divisions. Bartle finished his career playing club hockey at Ferris State University.
Coach Bartle has been coaching for 27 years and has been fortunate enough to see five former players skate in the NHL. The veteran coach has also promoted players to the OHL, AHL, USHL, and several NCAA Division 1 colleges.
Bartle lives in Canton, Michigan with his wife Michelle and stepson Noah. He also has three older children, Jessica, Laura, and Chad.
When asked about his new position, Bartle replied, “I am extremely excited for the opportunity to lead this team. I came to the Eagles last year, as an assistant coach, and noticed right away what a great bunch of kids we had. I look forward to the challenge, and have no doubt this program will continue to grow and succeed.”
Eastern opens the season on the road against Ohio University September 25th. The Eagles come home for their home opener against Kent State on October 2nd.

Eagles ink veteran defenseman Young

Taylor, MI- The Eastern Michigan University Eagles have added another piece in the makeover of their blueline for the 2015-2016 season, as veteran defenseman Brent Young has signed on to be a part of the club’s back end. The 6′, 215 lb rearguard from Dearborn, MI played two seasons in the MWJHL with the Michigan Ice Dogs, where he collected 10 goals and 29 assists in 78 games played, in addition to adding 153 penalty minutes. Young is expected to step in and play regular minutes for Head Coach Kevin Gee’s Eagles, who were hit hard by injury on the blue line last season. ” I expect him to play top 4 minutes back there- he’s calm and capable, he’s strong on the puck, and he can get himself out trouble with his ability- He does a lot of different things well and I think we can help him continue to develop. I’m excited to have him, I think he brings some really good things to the table for us” said Coach Gee. Brent Young joins two former Ice Dogs in the Eagles lineup, with junior forward Adam Pinkowski, as well as sophomore Hunter Ledgerwood, who was Young’s teamate during the 2013-2014 season. Young was asked to give his comments following his commitment to EMU: ” In the end it felt like the right choice- I had some other options but Coach Gee has been honest and direct with me the entire time and I always knew where I stood with him. He gave me the space to explore those options but he was confident in his program and where he saw me fitting and that went a long way. I’m excited to get the opportunity to contribute right away and looking forward to the season”.

Local Defender Zaborowski Earns Wings

Taylor, MI- The EMU Hockey program has announced that Plymouth High School Defenseman Jake Zaborowski has been offered a commitment to play for the Eagles in 2015-2016. The 6’1, 200lb Zaborowski attended EMU’s walk on tryout and made an impression on the staff as someone they could use to add depth and continue to develop. Zaborowski has had significant interest from Tier 3 Junior teams but has chosen to pursue his education immediately after posting a solid season with 2G and 19A for 21 points in 23 games for Haed Coach Gerry vento’s Wildcats. Continuing to rebuild, EMU will adjust it’s blue line personnel this season to improve on last year’s performance. Head Coach Kevin Gee had the following comments about adding Zaborowski: ” I’m really glad to have Jake. He’s a great kid and the kind of kid I think we can bring along and develop. He has some good offensive tools; I like his shot, he makes a nice first pass, and is a great skater for his size. Jake will have an adjustment period this season coming from high school, but we will be able to ease him into it and help him continue to improve” Gee said. When asked about his recent commitment, Zaborowski added the following comments: ” I’m excited to get started, my sisters both went to EMU and I think it will be a great fit for my education. I want to help my team win above all else. I’m just going to try to learn and work hard every day to earn some minutes, and eventually become a leader for this team.” he said. Zaborowski and his EMU teammates will continue summer workouts as the roster is rounded out.

NA3HL veteran Mlady adds toughness, leadership to Eagles

Taylor, MI- The Eastern Michigan University Eagles have added Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks Assistant Captain Zach Mlady for the 2015-2016 season. The NA3HL veteran appeared in 83 games for the Jacks over two seasons, contributing 20 points for Coach Bob Jacobsen’s club. More impressive than his offensive output, however, is the defensive side of Mlady’s game. ” He’s a great prototypcial checking line forward- He has a big, strong body, is a great skater, and is versatile enough to play both center and wing which we need. He’s capable offensively, and will be able to kill penalties for us. He fills a major void we have and I love the toughness and leadership presence he brings” said Eagles Head Coach Kevin Gee. The 5’9, 205lb native of Parma, OH will major in Nursing at EMU and joins a talented group of core players from last year looking to make huge strides this season. Mlady was asked about what went into his decision to commit to Eastern Michigan: ” It felt like a really good fit for me, both educationally and hockey wise. I played in Cleveland with (Joe) Moza, and he had great things to say about Coach Gee and the direction the team is headed in. I know I’ll be able to step and and provide some value to the team and I’m looking forward to getting started” he said. Mlady will make his collegiate debut in his home state as the Eagles open the season on the road at Ohio University September 25th and 26th.

EMU Hockey Announces Summer Skate Schedule

Taylor, MI- The EMU Hockey team has secured the following dates and times for its 2015 summer skates to be held at the Arctic Edge of Canton. Prospective players, alumni, current team members and junior/college calibre players are welcome to participate in the 90 minute, up-tempo scrimmages. Cost is $20 per skate.

Skates held at the Arctic Edge Arena, 46615 Michigan Ave. Canton, MI 48188

Dates and times:
Saturday, June 20th, 1100am-1230pm
Saturday, July 11th, 1100am-1230pm
Saturday, August 1st, 1100am-1230pm
Saturday, August 22nd, 1100am-1230pm

Any questions, contact Head Coach Kevin Gee at kevin.gee@emich.edu

Former ECHLer Johnson added as Associate Coach

Taylor, MI- Rocky Johnson has joined the Eastern Michigan University Hockey program as an Associate Coach. A defenseman by trade, Johnson will work at upgrading the defense corps, scouting opponents, and working with special teams as an addition to Head Coach Kevin Gee’s staff.

Johnson played college hockey at UMASS Lowell in Hockey East as a freshman before transferring to Salem State College in the ECAC to finish out his collegiate career. Signed as a free agent, Johnson played the majority of his professional hockey career in the ECHL with the Erie Panthers, Knoxville Cherokees, and Johnstown Chiefs, before ending his year career in 1992 due to injury.

The son of a college coach and professional scout, Johnson brings with him over 20 years of experience in hockey at all levels, along with a commitment to the development of the student athlete. Head Coach Kevin Gee was asked to comment on the addition of Johnson to his staff: ” Rock will give us another set of eyes and a professional perspective. He’s got the pro experience and a great track record, but more importantly hes an exceptional communicator. He will allow us to offer specialized instruction for our defensemen, from whom we will expect significantly improved play in the 2015-2016 season. We need to get better in every area of our program, and adding Rock helps us do that with our staff.” he said.

Eagles sign Borden as first commitment for 2015-2016

Barrie, ON- Rama Aces Captain Shayne Borden was awarded the first star of the Aces playoff-closeout of the Grey Highlands Bravehearts last night. While his 4 goals and 3 assists last night were impressive, the 21 year old forward from Barrie, ON got an even better award as he was offered and accepted a commitment this morning to continue playing hockey at Eastern Michigan University in 2015. Borden, who has played parts of four Junior A seasons with both the NOJHL’s Kirkland Lake franchise, as well as the GMHL’s Rama Aces, will be counted on heavily as EMU continues its rebuild. Head Coach Kevin Gee sees Borden as an ideal fit to replace graduating senior Anthony Stankiewicz, a power forward who collected his 150th career point for the Eagles this past January. ” Stank leaves a big hole, both production wise and toughness wise. I think Shayne will be able to step right into that role and we wont miss a beat. I’m also very confident that he will provide long term leadership for our club. He’s a smart, tough, honest kid who can lead a room. We are excited to have him in the fall” Gee said. The 6’0, 225 lb Borden proved his mettle this season by collecting an impressive 42g, 45a for 87 pts in just 39 games played for the Aces. Borden commented on his recent commitment: ” It’s an honor to play for Coach Gee and EMU, I’m extremely excited for this opportunity. EMU will be a great fit for me. Coach Gee was honest and direct with me throughout the entire process and when he offered me a spot I accepted immediately. I’m looking forward to the rest of the playoffs with the Aces and getting started with the Eagles’ boys in the fall”. Borden and the Eagles will make their 2015-2016 debut on the road September 25th, 2015 as the Eagles travel to historic Bird Arena to take on 2014 CSCHL champion Ohio University.

Eagle Hockey Releases 2015-2016 Schedule

Taylor, MI- The EMU Hockey program released it’s schedule for 2015-2016 today, with a few notable changes from years past, as well as some traditional contests that players and fans have grown accustomed to.

First, with the expansion of the GLCHL to nine teams, EMU will begin a rotating home schedule that uses a two year cycle. In the past, GLCHL teams played each other twice at home and twice on the road. Now it will depend on the schedule who will host or travel for a two game series. Indiana Tech and Rochester College have been approved as full time members of the GLCHL for 2015-2016. Secondly, EMU has some new opponents on the slate, as it travels to Ohio University to open the season on September 25th, 2015. EMU has not faced Ohio University since 2009. EMU will host Illinois State for the first time, as the RedBirds have been approved for their move to Division 1. Also new this season is an early fall trip to upstate New York where the Eagles will take on RIT and Canisius. EMU will return to its geographical base by playing in-state Division 2 opponents Grand Valley and Michigan as well. The schedule does have some familiarity as well, as the Eagles fly south for their annual pilgrimage to Florida Gulf Coast in Early October, as well as continuing their annual series on the road to conclude the regular season at the University of Illinois during the last weekend in February. A few other notes: EMU has removed Thursday/Sunday games from it’s schedule in an effort to refocus on our weekly workload in a more positive way. “The three day weekends are tough on the kids, and tracking our performance over the past two seasons, I decided to move us in a different direction” said Head Coach Kevin Gee. He also added these additional comments about the schedule: ” I like how it shaped up. We’ve got a manageable travel workload, a new GLCHL model, some fresh opponents, and still have some of the traditional things that I know our players enjoy, like Florida and the Illinois trip. It should be a great year” he said. The Eagles open their home schedule on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 as they host Kent State in a two game series at the Taylor Sportsplex. The complete schedule can be found here:

2015-2016 EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY MENS HOCKEY
DAY MON DATE OPPONENT VENUE TIME GAME #
FRI SEP 25 OHIO ATHENS, OH TBD 1
SAT SEP 26 OHIO ATHENS, OH TBD 2
FRI OCT 2 KENT STATE TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 3
SAT OCT 3 KENT STATE TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 4
FRI OCT 9 INDIANA TECH FT. WAYNE, IN TBD 5
SAT OCT 10 INDIANA TECH FT. WAYNE, IN TBD 6
FRI OCT 16 FLORIDA GULF COAST ESTERO, FL TBD 7
SAT OCT 17 FLORIDA GULF COAST ESTERO, FL TBD 8
FRI OCT 23 WESTERN MICHIGAN KALAMAZOO, MI TBD 9
SAT OCT 24 WESTERN MICHIGAN KALAMAZOO, MI TBD 10
FRI OCT 30 UM-DEARBORN TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 11
SAT OCT 31 UM-DEARBORN UM-DEARBORN ARENA TBD 12
FRI NOV 6 ADRIAN COLLEGE TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 13
SAT NOV 7 ADRIAN COLLEGE TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 14
FRI NOV 13 RIT ROCHESTER RIT ARENA TBD 15
SAT NOV 14 CANISIUS CANISIUS ARENA TBD 16
FRI NOV 20 ILLINOIS STATE TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 17
SAT NOV 21 ILLINOIS STATE TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 18
FRI NOV 27 GREAT LAKES SHOWCASE UM-DEARBORN ARENA TBD 19
SAT NOV 28 GREAT LAKES SHOWCASE UM-DEARBORN ARENA TBD 20
SUN NOV 29 GREAT LAKES SHOWCASE UM-DEARBORN ARENA TBD 21
FRI DEC 4 WESTERN MICHIGAN TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 22
SAT DEC 5 WESTERN MICHIGAN TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 23
FRI DEC 11 JOHN CARROLL GILMOUR ACADEMY ARENA TBD 24
SAT DEC 12 JOHN CARROLL TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 25
FRI JAN 15 ROCHESTER COLLEGE TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 26
SAT JAN 16 ROCHESTER COLLEGE TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 27
FRI JAN 22 DAVENPORT TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 28
SAT JAN 23 DAVENPORT PATTERSON ARENA TBD 29
FRI JAN 29 MICHIGAN YOST ARENA TBD 30
SAT JAN 30 MICHIGAN TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 31
FRI FEB 5 GRAND VALLEY WALKER ICE ARENA TBD 32
SAT FEB 6 GRAND VALLEY TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 33
FRI FEB 12 OAKLAND TAYLOR SPORTSPLEX 730PM 34
SAT FEB 13 OAKLAND ROCHESTER ONYX TBD 35
FRI FEB 19 GLCHL PLAYOFFS KENT STATE ARENA TBD 36
FRI FEB 26 ILLINOIS ILLINI ARENA TBD 37
SAT FEB 27 ILLINOIS ILLINI ARENA TBD 38