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Boys Hockey Final Rankings: Detroit CC is on top; Livonia Stevenson is No. 2 and the team to beat in Division 2

By: Sean Baligian, February 25, 2018, 12:39 pm
  1. Detroit Catholic Central. The Shamrocks have gone 19-0 in-state and are firing on all cylinders as they head into the playoffs. Playoff Opener: Monday against Northville.
  2. Livonia Stevenson. The Spartans finish the season as the team to beat in Division 2. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against Plymouth.
  3. Orchard Lake St Mary’s. The Eaglets have been one of the top teams all year, and would love nothing more than another crack at Catholic Central. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against Walled Lake Central-Waterford United.
  4. Brighton. The defending Division 1 champs ended the season with three straight wins. Playoff Opener: Monday against Howell.
  5. Hancock. The Bulldogs head into the playoffs as the team to beat in Division 3. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against Houghton.
  6. Grandville. Coach Joel Breazeale looks to take yet another march to the Division 1 semifinals at USA Hockey Arena. Playoff Opener:  Wednesday against Jenison.
  7. Hartland. The Eagles have shown they can play with anybody, and look to make another trip to the Division 2 semifinals. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against White Lake Lakeland.
  8. Plymouth. Coach Gerry Vento had the Wildcats as one of the best in the state all season long. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against Livonia Stevenson.
  9. Detroit Country Day. The Yellowjackets enter the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the state with 16 straight wins. Playoff Opener: Monday against Walled Lake Western.
  10. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood. The Cranes are playing at perhaps their best all season heading into the playoffs. Playoff Opener: Monday against Troy.
  11. Houghton. Coach Corey Markham has his Gremlins ready as a danger to anybody in Division 3. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against Hancock.
  12. Saline. The Hornets ride a four-game unbeaten streak into the Division 2 playoffs. Playoff Opener: Thursday against the winner of Trenton/Carleton Airport.
  13. Utica Eisenhower. The Eagles are capable of a long run all the way to USA Hockey Arena in Division 1. Playoff Opener: Monday against Rochester United.
  14. Birmingham Brother Rice. The defending Division 2 champs will be a tough out for any team once again. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against Bloomfield Hills
  15. Calumet. The Copper Kings are looking to win one more game this year, as they fell in the Division 3 championship game in 2017. Playoff Opener: Thursday against Painesdale-Jeffers.
  16. Trenton. The Trojans are another dangerous Division 2 squad, led by the dynamic Drew Welsch. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against Carleton Airport.
  17. Davison. The Cardinals were the class of the Saginaw Valley, and a dangerous foe for anybody in Division 2. Playoff Opener: Thursday against the winner of Romeo/Lapeer.
  18. Salem. The Rocks were a young team that continued to get better as the season progressed, and one of the top Division 1 teams heading into the playoffs. Playoff Opener: Thursday against the winner of Catholic Central/Northville.
  19. Northville. The Mustangs had a memorable ride to the semifinals in 2017, and remain a top team in Division 1. Playoff Opener: Monday against Catholic Central.
  20. U-D Jesuit. The Cubs finish the season in our top 20, as they finished the season strong, and look dangerous in Division 1. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against St Clair Shores Unified.
  21. Sault Ste. Marie. The Blue Devils take a four game win streak into the Division 3 playoffs. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against Cheboygan.
  22. Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern-Eastern. FHNE has become a mainstay at USA Hockey arena in recent years, and have a squad fully capable of getting there again this year. Playoff Opener: Tuesday against Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills. 
  23. Warren DeLaSalle. The Pilots are the defending Division 3 champs, and the MIHL schedule that they play will have them ready for all challengers. Playoff Opener:  Tuesday against Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 
  24. Saginaw Heritage. The Hawks finish the season unbeaten in their last 4, and have been a top division one team all season. Playoff Opener: Monday against Midland.
  25. (tie) Kingsford/Marquette. Tuesday night the Flivvers and Redmen face-off in a big playoff opener in Division 2. 


                  Breakdown by Division: Division 1: 10 teams. Division 2: 10 teams Division 3: 6 teams