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Trenton’s Joey Cormier named National Coney Island 2020 Michigan High School Hockey Player of the Year

By: SEAN BALIGIAN, April 6, 2020, 2:59 pm

Joey Cormier has been one of the best in the state throughout his illustrious career at Trenton, but in his senior year, made the claim as the best in the state.

Congratulations to Joey Cormier from Trenton, the winner of our National Coney Island Player of the Year award.

In 27 games this season, Cormier compiled a 19-6-1 record, with a goals-against average of only 1.62, and a sparkling save percentage of .944. One of the criteria for our award is big-game performance, and Cormier was at his best in the playoffs, going 4-0 with a goals-against average of 1.00, and a save percentage of .971, in leading Trenton back to the Division 2 semifinals.

Another of our criteria that served Cormier well in our competition is the added bump of being the winner of our online vote — Trenton responded with 47,275 votes to make him the run-away online winner.

It’s the second straight year that a goalie has taken home the hardware (Detroit Country Day’s Sam Evola won it in 2019), and the second time that a Trenton player has been honored (Andrew Sawyer won it in 2014, when the award was sponsored by Warrior Sports).

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What Coaches are saying about Cormier:

“Calm, cool, and collected. That’s Joey Cormier. He went out and did his job, he was a rock. An athletic freak who was not only a great goalie, but a great competitor and leader. He really left his mark on high school hockey in many ways”

David Mitchell, head coach, Livonia Stevenson

“Joey is a solid goalie who has a great feel for the game. He’s great technically, but what sets him apart is he makes the timely save. When the game is at the biggest moments, he finds a way to get the job done. We had our two best goal scorers  Newton and Lippert alone in the slot with 8:00 and 7:30 left in the game (Trenton’s 3-1 win over Skyline in Regional playoffs), and he came up with two big saves, and Trenton scored on the next shift. In the biggest moments of the biggest games, Cormier shows up.”

Jake Stripp, head coach, Ann Arbor Skyline

“Joey has meant a great deal to our program. He gave our team a chance to win each and every night, made big save after big save, and helped motivate our team and change the momentum of the game. He is by far one of the most competitive goaltenders that I have ever worked with and will do whatever it takes to win. Joey always went into a game with a TEAM mentality, always did his best to help us win. He has a great future ahead of him, but we are certainly going to miss him next year. Most importantly, our program, our school, and our entire community are all so very proud of him as a hockey player, and as a young man.”

Chad Clements, head coach, Trenton

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Past winners of the STATE CHAMPS! High School Hockey Player of the Year award:

2019 — Sam Evola, Detroit Country Day goalie (National Coney Island)

2018 — Jake Behnke, Hartland forward (National Coney Island)

2017 — No award

2016 — No award

2015 — Levi Wunder, Escanaba forward (Warrior Sports)

2014 — Andrew Sawyer, Trenton forward (Warrior Sports)

2013 — Dominic Lutz, Livonia Stevenson forward (Warrior Sports)

2012 — MacKenzie MacEachern, Birmingham Brother Rice forward (Suburban Collection)