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Jr. Sled Wings, Sled Dogs, Jr. Hotwheels Are 2014-15 National Champions

04/14/2015, 5:15am EDT
By Mick Carroll

Area Sled Teams Win USA Hockey Titles

Rick Lewis of the Dogs

The Grand Rapids Junior Sled Wings, led by Tanner Gentry, Scott Stever, Caleb Janssen, CJ Blackwell, goalie Taggart VanderMolen, and Coach Steve Kozlowski, won the Junior A Division of the 2014-15 National Sled Hockey Championships at USA Hockey's 11th Annual National Disabled Festival in Buffalo, NY.  The Sleds Wings went 4-0, outscoring their opponents 27-8.  They defeated the defending national champions Bennet Blazers, 4-2, in the finals to win their first ever national title.  FYI... Coach Koz has been aiding us in our attempt to get a disabled program up and running in Flint.

The Michigan Sled Dogs, led by Jesus Villa, Rico Vitelli, Marc Henretta (C), Bob Morris, Dan Studebaker, and the hot goaltending of Rick Lewis, also won their first ever national title at USA Hockey's 2015 National Disabled Festival in Buffalo, NY.  They went 4-0, outscoring their opponents 15-1.  They defeated the Grand Rapids Sled Wings, 2-0, in the finals to capture the Adult B Division of the 2014-15 National Sled Hockey Championships.  Goalie Rick Lewis had a 0.25 GAA in the four games, which included three shutouts!  Marc Henretta, their captain, and others such as Rick have also been instrumental in helping bring sled hockey to Flint.

Congratulations to our 2014-15 National Champions, the Grand Rapids Jr. Sled Wings, Michigan Sled Dogs, Houston Jr. Hotwheels, and to the 2014-15 National Runnerups, the Grand Rapids Sled Wings! (almost a daily double for Grand Rapids).  Without a young man named Aaron, who plays for the Hotwheels and wants to skate, sled hockey in Flint wouldn't even be a thought.  He gave the reason to make it happen.

If interested in playing, please contact Mick Carroll, our disabled coordinator, at 810-210-7811... the 2016 National Disabled Festival is April 7-10 in Detroit.

Rick Lewis making one of his many great saves

Marc Henretta, Captain of the Sled Dogs, with the champs cap

Grand Rapids Jr. Sled Wings... Junior A 2014-15 National Champions

Michigan Sled Dogs... Adult B 2014-15 National Champions

Total Determination!!!

Coaches Koz (r) and Tyler Anderson (l) with Taggart
and his hardware

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