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Perseverance Award

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Perseverance Award

Perseverance Award

                        The MHSHCA Perseverance Award was established in 2003 to salute a Michigan high school hockey player who has over-come personal, health or family issues in order to continue supporting or playing hockey for his school.


This award recognizes courage, determination, and a positive attitude in the face of adversity.  The recipient is an example to not only his teammates, peers at school, but all schools who sponsor ice hockey in Michigan.


The award carries a 9 x 12 engraved plaque and a $500 academic scholarship to a school of the winner’s choice.



Perseverance Award Recipients

Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association

Perseverance Award Recipients 


YEAR        RECIPIENT(s)                SCHOOL

2003        J.P. Grover                         East Kentwood

2004        Reid Vangelderen             East Grand Rapids

2005        Scott Oldani                      Gibralter-Carlson

               Christopher Mackenzie     Alpena

2006       Jonathan Cervenak           New Boston Huron

               Alex Silvestros                   Birmingham Unified

2007       Josh Pobursky                   Allen Park

               Chris Newton                      Farmington

2008       David Morin                        Clarkston

               Brad Rutzel                        Howell

               Matt Kane                           G.R. Catholic Central 

2009      Jacob Lefere                       Jackson Lumen Christi

2010      Mack Wartella                     Jackson Lumen Christi

2011      John Zaidel                         Dearborn Divine Child

2012      Sean Conley                       Grandville

              Evan Bowser                      Dearborn Unified

              Justin Fishback                 Walled Lake Northern

2013      Erik Anton                          Traverse City West

              Patrick Ferris                     Grand Haven

2014      Matthew Sorisho               Detroit/Novi Catholic Central

              Grandville Hockey Team   Grandville


Since its inception, twenty individuals and one team have been recognized for their courage, positive attitude and continued contribution to their school and team while facing significant physical and/or personal adversity.  Through this award, the MHSHCA has donated a total of $10,500 toward college scholarships for these individuals.