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The top 25 Michigan high school hockey teams for the 2021 season

By: SEAN BALIGIAN, February 15, 2021, 8:12 pm

Below are the 25 teams in the STATE CHAMPS! initial rankings for the 2020-21 season, with a lot of familiar faces, and a few new ones, as well. We’ll update the rankings every week for this abbreviated regular season. Records in parenthesis are from the 2019-20 season, and the previous rankings are from the final regular-season rankings on Feb. 24, 2020. 

Here are the STATE CHAMPS! initial top 25 hockey teams for 2021:

1 Novi Detroit Catholic Central (22-5, D-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 1

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

2 University of Detroit Jesuit (14-11-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 11

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in regional semifinals. 

3 Calumet (22-5-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 6

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

4 Birmingham Detroit Country Day (25-3)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 3

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

5 Houghton (17-10)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 16

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Calumet in regional finals

6 Trenton (22-6-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 8

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

7 Livonia Stevenson (25-3-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 2

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Trenton in quarterfinals

8 Birmingham Brother Rice (21-6-2)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 5

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

9 Hartland (19-6-2)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 13

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

10 Saginaw Heritage (25-3)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 4

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

11 Byron Center (18-10-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: N/R

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

12 Traverse City Central (22-4-2)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 10

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Marquette in quarterfinals

13 Flint Powers (17-8-2)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: N/R

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Midland Dow in regional finals.

14 Novi (13-11-3)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 20

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Livonia Stevenson in regional finals

15 Grand Rapids Forest Hills N/E (18-8-2)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: N/R

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Rockford in regional finals

16 Hancock (13-13)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: N/R

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Houghton in regional semifinals

17 Marquette (24-4)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 12

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

18 Brighton (16-9-2)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 15

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Howell in regional final

19 Rockford (12-14-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: N/R

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Hartland in quarterfinals

20 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood (14-10-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 22

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Birmingham Detroit Country Day in regional semifinals

21 Ann Arbor Skyline (19-5)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 18

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Trenton in regional opener

22 Orchard Lake St Mary’s (8-16-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: N/R

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Brighton in regional semifinal

23 Ann Arbor Pioneer (21-4-1)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: 21

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Trenton in regional semifinal

24 Riverview Gabriel Richard (20-8)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: HM

2020 postseason finish: Still alive in semifinals at COVID-19 pause

25 Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett (16-13)

Last year’s final SC! ranking: N/R

2020 postseason finish: Lost to Birmingham Detroit Country Day in quarterfinals