Michi-gamer: Pride of the Mitten (Week of Dec. 9)

Welcome to another season of MiHockey’s

We take great pride in our homegrown talent. Whether they grew up in the Mitten or we welcomed them here for college or juniors, they are our own. They represent the best place in the world for hockey.

Every day, we’ll keep an eye on those players, and every morning, we will pick one Michi-gamer of the night – one Michigan player who stood out above the rest.


Defensemen aren’t usually expected to fill up the scoresheet, but Cam Fowler did for the Ducks last night. The Anaheim blueliner, a native of Farmington Hills, had a goal and two assists last night in the Ducks’ 5-2 win over the New York Islanders. He was named third star of the night for his efforts, and rightfully so. Fowler’s goal came on a odd-man rush for the Ducks; the defenseman crashed the net and knocked in the rebound to break a 2-2 tie. Anaheim wouldn’t allow another goal, as Fowler’s proved to be a big one for his Ducks. That, and his two assists on the night, make him our Michi-gamer for Tuesday.

More MiHockey articles on Fowler:

U.S. Olympic camp: Players, management talk about hockey in Michigan

Photo gallery: Red Wings beat Ducks to force Game 7

Photo gallery: Red Wings pick up crucial Game 4 win


Steve Oleksy has had a bit of trouble cracking the Washington Capitals line-up of late. Scoring his first goal of the season Sunday night should help his cause, however. The Chesterfield native had a goal and an assist in the Capitals’ 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on the road yesterday. His goal, a long wrister from the point, gave his Caps a 2-0 lead early in the second. Just as important, however, was that the LSSU alum played to a +2 rating during his 16:57 worth of ice time. Hopefully, this ends his small streak of healthy scratches, and keeps him back where he belongs – permanently on the Caps’ blue line.

More MiHockey articles on Oleksy:

Steve Oleksy talks about his return to Joe Louis Arena

Photos: Red Wings vs. Capitals

Steven Oleksy talks NHL debut season, Eastside Elite Hockey league

This week’s Michi-gamer list assembled by MiHockey’s Michael Caples.