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TRYOUTS

07 AAA Tryouts will be held on:

    Monday, March 18th at 7:45pm - 9:05pm

    Wednesday, March 20th at 7:15pm - 8:35pm

$20 per skater

All skates will be held at:                                         John Lindell Ice Arena                                                        1403 Lexington, Royal Oak, MI 48073

Please contact Ethan Range with any questions you may have.                                       248-880-2602 or ethan.range91@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Head Coach Craig Furstenau

Craig grew up in southeast Michigan where he began playing organized hockey at the age of 3. Craig played travel hockey through Juniors and finished his playing career as the Captain of the Oakland University Grizzlies. 

Craig's coaching career started at his former high school, Grosse Ile before he got behind the bench at Oakland. Craig spent three seasons as the head coach of OU from 2002-2005. In his 3 seasons at OU, Craig led his teams to an above .800 win percentage, 2 GMHL Regular season titles, 2 GMHL playoff titles, 3 national tournament appearances including a national title in 2004 and finalist in 2005. In his time at OU, the Grizzlies lost only 1 regular season game on home ice and had a 23 game unbeaten streak in the 2003-2004 season. Craig founded the Oakland University D3 team in 2004 and was central region coach of the year that same season. In 2005 Craig was inducted in to the Oakland University Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Craig spent four seasons with the Little Caesars AAA program. In his 3 years as head coach at LC, Craig led his teams to numerous tournament titles as well as back to back to back state finals. Craig's teams won state titles in 2007 and 2008 before qualifying for the national tournament in those years. Craig helped guide the team to a national title in 2008. 

The 2009-10 season had Craig as the video coach of the Toledo Walleye. The ECHL franchise was the farm team for both the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks. As the video coach for Toledo he also spent time working on player skills and enjoyed doing color commentary for the team's radio broadcasts.

2010-11 Craig coached the Yellowstone Quake Junior A team in Cody Wyoming. In his one and only season in Wyoming Craig led the team to a playoff appearance despite a host of injuries and player call ups.

2011-12 Craig returned to youth hockey in the Detroit area by working with the 1997 Michigan Ice Hawks. In his season with MIH, the team finished in the top 3 nationally after a season of multiple tournament titles as well as league and playoff titles. 

2012-2014 Craig began training in Aspen Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Snow Kings. A team sponsored by Jeff Soffer, Craig traveled weekly working with kids on their basic hockey fundamentals. The team consisted of kids from Michigan and Colorado that Craig had trained and paired the groups together in tournaments across North America. 

2014-2015 Craig helped coach the Belle Tire AAA 03 team where they finished #1 nationally after a very successful campaign. The team finished the season as state champions after not losing or tying a single game from December 1st through middle of March.

In 2016 Craig took on a new endeavor with the Michigan Ice Hawks 04 team. Under his leadership the team won several tournaments before winning the LCAHL playoff title and ended the year as the state champs. The state title was Craigs 4th state title with his third different organization.

Contact Information

Head Coach: Craig Furstenau
Cell #: 248-495-0895
Email: craigfurstenau@hotmail.com

Manager: Amie Houle
Cell #: 586-823-1039
Email: dakota2198@comcast.net