By @MichaelCaples –
There will be plenty of high school hockey taking place across the state on Saturday.
The day will have a fitting new name for it, too.
The Michigan High School Hockey Coaches’ Association has announced its first-ever ‘Michigan High School Hockey Day’ for Dec. 14.
With two major showcases taking place and plenty of other games throughout the Great Lakes State, it certainly applies. The KLAA/MIHL Showcase will be taking place in Livonia, while the D3 Challenge showcase will be taking place in Gaylord. There are an estimated 55 games being played that day.
There’s another mission to the day, as well – respect. Before each of the games at the KLAA/MIHL Showcase, a referee will speak to the people in attendance, giving them the chance to introduce themselves and talk about why they love refereeing and working high school hockey games.
Here is the message from the Coaches’ Association via the High School Hockey Hub:
“Coaches, we want to start an annual event this year called Michigan High School Hockey Day to bring more attention and media and fan focus to our great game. We know it’s late notice but this Saturday, December 14th, we plan to promote and celebrate the first-ever Michigan High School Hockey Day! There are about 55 games and two showcases – the KLAA/MIHL showcase in Livonia and the D-3 Showcase in Gaylord – on the 14th. We are excited to announce this effort to bring the hockey community closer together by working with all constituencies within our game based on the ideals of sportsmanship, respect and relationships! We are asking for your help to promote this by sharing with the media in your area, letting your school know and by using social media hashtags like #Respect and #MIHSHockeyDay.”