Lake Superior State ACHA Men’s Hockey

Welcome

2020 marks the Inaugural season for Lake Superior State University’s Men’s club hockey. The team will join the ACHA, Which is the National Governing Body for Non-NCAA Collegiate Hockey throughout the United States.  Lake State’s club hockey will compete against an assortment of teams such as Central Michigan, Northern Michigan, Concordia (MI), and Michigan State. The team believes in commitment to serve and improve themselves, the team, school, and the community. This is a great opportunity for students to fulfill their dreams of playing college sports.

Our Mission

The mission of the Club Sports Program is to attract and retain students to Lake Superior State University while providing an organized, safe, competitive arena for students to participate in sport. Club sports are designed to foster skills such as discipline, commitment, critical thinking, confidence, passion, trust, resiliency, team-work, social and personal growth.  A gateway of pride is recognized for Lake Superior State University on campus, in the greater Sault Ste. Marie community, and in the cities of which the sports teams travel.

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Eligibility and Cost to Participate

By registering for full-time coursework (minimum of 12 credits) and maintaining a 2.0 GPA you are eligible to play hockey and virtually all of your competition costs are covered including:

  • USA hockey registration and insurance
  • Ice fees
  • Referee fees
  • Transportation to and from games
  • Team Hotel Stay
  • Team Meals
  • Equipment
  • Locker room

There is a modest LSSU Club Sports Participation fee, required by all club athletes.

2020-21 Schedule

  • Jan. 16 @Adrian 7:00PM
  • Jan. 17 @Adrian 3:00PM
  • Feb. 5-6 @Northern Michigan TBA
  • Feb. 12-13 Vs. Michigan State TBA
  • Feb. 20-21 @Finlandia TBA
  • Mar. 6-7 @Central Michigan TBA
  • Mar. 19-20 Vs. Central Michigan TBA

*All game date and times are subject to change

Coaches

Steven Kaunisto, born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, played his youth hockey in the Soo AND played NCAA DI hockey for the Lakers. Steve earned his BA degree from Lake Superior State University in Finance and Economics with a minor in Marketing. Steve went on to play 10 years of professional hockey in the ECHL, CHL, and SPHL.

“Coach Kaunisto’s biggest strength is his wealth of knowledge of the game and the ability to teach hockey skills and systems to his players. He also has an honest, compassionate, direct communication style that players respect and appreciate. Along with being the Head Coach of the men’s program he will also assist the women’s hockey program with scouting, recruiting, campus visits, and practice planning execution.” Ruthann Cantile, LSSU Director of Club Sports.

“I am very excited to be able to stay in the game of hockey and to help the student-athletes continue to grow both on and off the ice. I am also looking forward to be able to grow the sport of hockey in my hometown that helped make me the person I am today. I am looking for student-athletes that strive to push themselves to be better in the classroom as well as on the ice.” Steve Kaunisto, LSSU Men’s ACHA Head Hockey Coach.

Steve’n’s wife, Abby, is the Clinic Coordinator at Bay Mills Health Center. When Steven isn’t playing or coaching hockey he enjoys being with his family and two dogs.

Matthew Parker, born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, played his youth hockey in the Soo as well AND has been a proud supporter of the LSSU NCAA DI team since birth.  As a USA Hockey Certified Level 4 Coach he has over 15 years of coaching experience with the Soo Firehawks, JR A Hockey, St. Ignace Firehawks, midget hockey, and the LSSU ACHA DII men’s hockey club.

“Coach Parker’s enthusiasm, dedication, and loyalty to Laker Hockey shines through and through. We look forward to him sharing that passion in the recruiting process with our current and future student-athletes. He is a student and a teacher of the game.  His ability to connect with people and maintain solid relationships are a huge asset to our program. He will do well serving the LSSU community with his time and talents.  Along with being the Head Women’s Hockey Coach he will also assist our Men’s program with scouting, recruiting, campus visits, and practice planning execution.” Ruthann Cantile, LSSU Director of Club Sports.

“I am beyond ecstatic to be offered this opportunity to be a part of this ground-up program at LSSU. I look forward to the challenge of creating a competitive team but more importantly helping young people develop on and off the ice. This is going to help draw more positive nation-wide attention to the University and give the students a great college experience.” Matt Parker, LSSU Women’s ACHA Head Hockey Coach.

His wife Abby is an ER Nurse at War-Memorial Hospital and supervises Nursing Clinicals at LSSU. Matt and Abby have two daughters that enjoy skating, being outdoors, and working on projects with their parents.

Roster

#4 Aidan Levy-Bencheton

D / L / Junior / North York Rangers U18 AAA / Toronto, ON

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#8 Ian Raddatz

F / L / Freshman / Wausau Riverwolves (NA3HL) / Wausau, WI

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#10 Drew Larson

F / L / Junior / Sault HS / Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#12 Alex McClean

F / L / Junior / Capital Area Patriots / Charlotte, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#14 Joe Kramer

F / R / Junior / West Ottawa HS / Holland, MI

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#16 Avery TenEyck

F / R / Junior / Sault HS / Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#17 Cole Ryckman

D / L / Junior / St. Mary’s College / Sault Ste. Marie, ON

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#18 Britton Robson

D / R / Freshmen / Spring Bank Rockies 18U / Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#19 Justin Smith

F / R / Sophomore / Schoolcraft College / Canton, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#21 Josh Nowicki

D / L / Freshman / Alpena Booster JV / Alpena, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#22 Drake Taylor

D / L / Freshman / New Hamphire (EHL) / Eureka, IL

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#25 Brett Ciupka

F / L / Freshman / Alpena HS / Alpena, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#27 Johnny Pianini

F / R / Junior / Sault Ste Marie, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#28 Jeremy Pallot-Behling

F / R / Freshman / Soo Firehawks Jr A (MWJHL) / Sault Ste. Marie, ON

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#29 Gavin Warner

G / L / Freshman / Lumen Christi Catholic HS / Jackson, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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#35 Joe Stone

G / R / Freshman / Orchard Lake United U18 / West Bloomfield, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#38 Quinten Clark

G / L / Junior / Chelsea Chiefs / Chelsea, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#44 Dakota Racine

D / R / Junior / Lakeland HS / White Lake, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#52 Spencer Smith

F / R / Junior / Plainfield HS / Plainfield, IL

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#55 Maguire Sharpe

F / R / Sophomore / Gaylord, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

#84 Brad MacArthur

F / L / Junior / Soo Indians U18 AAA / Sault Ste. Marie, MI

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2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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#97 Nate Yoder

F / L / Freshman / Lenawee United / Adrian, MI

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GP G A +/- SHG PPG S
2020-21 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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