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Men's Hockey
 
 
 
 
 
Head Coach: Mark VanVliet (3rd year)
Associate Head Coach: Jordan Permoda (3rd year)

Assistant Coach: Chris Laska (3rd year)

Student Manager:Colin Emerson (1st year)
 
2014-15 Record: 4-2-0-0, 0-0-0-0 MCHC West
 
 
Statistics: 2012-13 I 2013-14I 2014-15
Home Ice: Griff's Ice House, 30 Coldbrook NE (Belknap Park)
 
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2014-15 Men's Hockey Schedule

DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME/PLACE LIVE
Fri., Oct. 3 Calvin College Invitational vs. Holy Cross @ Eagle Ice Center Grand Rapids, Mich. W 5-4  
Sat., Oct. 4

Calvin College Invitational vs. Xavier @ Eagle Ice Center

Grand Rapids, Mich. W 7-3  
Fri., Oct. 10 vs. Indiana Tech @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. W 8-1  
Sat., Oct. 11 @ Indiana Tech Fort Wayne, Ind. W 5-1  
Fri., Oct. 17

@ Oakland University

Rochester, Mich L 1-7  
Sat., Oct. 18

vs. Oakland University @ Griff's Ice House

Grand Rapids, Mich. L 0-4  
Sat., Nov. 1 @ Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio TBA  
Sun., Nov. 2 @ Xavier University Cincinnati, Ohio TBA  
Fri., Nov.7 @ Northwood University Midland, Mich. 8:20 p.m.  
Sun., Nov. 9 vs. Northwood University @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. 4 p.m.  
Fri., Nov. 14 vs. University of Michigan D3 @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. 8 p.m.  
Sat., Nov. 15 @ University of Michigan D3 Ann Arbor, Mich. 10 p.m.  
Fri., Nov. 21 vs. Adrian College* @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. 8 p.m.  
Sun., Nov. 23 @ Adrian College* Adrian, Mich. 2 p.m.  
Sat., Dec. 6 vs. Michigan State University D3* @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. 7 p.m.  
Sun., Dec. 7 @ Michigan State University D3* East Lansing, Mich. 1:30 p.m.  
Fri., Dec. 12 vs. Davenport* @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. 8 p.m.  
Sat., Dec. 13 vs. Davenport* @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. 5:20 p.m.  
Fri., Jan. 16 @ Holy Cross College South Bend, Ind. TBA  
Sat., Jan. 17 vs. Holy Cross College @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. 5:20 p.m.  
Fri., Jan. 23 vs. Hope College* @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. 8 p.m.  
Sat., Jan. 24 @ Hope College* Holland, Mich. 9 p.m.  
Fri., Jan. 30 vs. Grand Valley State University* @ Griff's House Grand Rapids, Mich. 8 p.m.  
Sat., Jan. 31 @ Grand Valley State* Allendale, Mich. TBA  
Fri., Feb. 6 vs. Calvin College* @ Griff's Ice House Grand Rapids, Mich. 8 p.m.  
Sat., Feb. 7 @ Calvin College Grand Rapids, Mich. 8 p.m.  
 
* Indicates MCHC West Division League Games

Roster

No. Photos Name Ht. Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
1 Sean Schmeiser Sean Schmeiser 6-0 So. Grandville, Mich.
2 Photo Not Available Calvin Wojtaszak   Fr.  
3 Will Adamson Will Adamson 5-11 Jr. Cadillac, Mich.
4 Charlie Crowley Charlie Crowley 6-0 So. Valparaiso, Ind.
5 Austin Staltmanis Austin Staltmanis 5-9 So. Kalamazoo, Mich.
7 Photo Not Available Bill Warren   Fr.  
8 Cody Edwards Cody Edwards 5-11 Jr. Battle Creek, Mich.
9 Brandon Scherzer Brandon Scherzer 6-2 Jr. Sparta, Mich.
10 Photo Not Available Scott Luca   Fr.  
11 Corey Giffel Corey Giffel 6-0 So. Grandville, Mich.
12 Carson Miller Carson Miller 6-1 Jr. Kalamazoo, Mich.
13 Photo Not Available Alex DeVries   Fr.  
14 Photo Not Available Josh Kramer   Fr.  
15 Dan Brumley Dan Brumley 5-9 Jr. Farmington Hills, Mich.
16 Doug Zelenka Doug Zelenka 6-0 Jr. West Olive, Mich.
17 Photo Not Available Jimmy McDonagh   Sr.  
18 Justen Caudill Justen Caudill 6-2 Jr. Monroe, Mich.
19 Graham Gates Graham Gates 6-1 So. South Bend, Ind.
20 Kyle Jansens Kyle Jansens 6-0 Jr. Byron Center, Mich.
21 Photo Not Available Jason Wrbelis   Fr  
22 Photo Not Available Nick Sampson   Fr.  
23 Brenden Giffel Brenden Giffel 6-0 Jr. Grandville, Mich.
24 Alec Faggion Alec Faggion 6-0 So. Grand Ledge, Mich.
25 Cal Brininger Cal Brininger 6-1 So. Mattawan, Mich.
26 Photo Not Available Chase McPherson   So.  
27 Photo Not Available Domenic Fusco   Fr.  
28 Sam Matthews Sam Matthews 5-9 Jr. Hopkins, Mich.
30 Photo Not Available Jake Stille   Jr.  
35 PJ Nemish PJ Nemish 5-10 So. Cadillac, Mich.
38 Matt Glowacki Matt Glowacki 6-0 So. St. Joseph, Mich.
71 Photo Not Available Hunter Janerou   Fr.  
 

Coaches

Mark VanVliet

Mark VanVliet - Head Coach

mark.vanvliet@aquinas.edu

(616) 632-2474 (Office)

 

Coach VanVliet begins his second year as head coach for the Aquinas College Men’s Ice Hockey Team. Coach VanVliet has been involved with the West Michigan Hockey Community for almost 40 years as a player, official, and coach. Most recently VanVliet served as an Assistant Coach at Davenport University. In just four seasons he helped guide the Panthers’ Division 3 Program from its’ inception to two straight appearances at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) National Finals in 2010 and 2011. Prior to Davenport University, VanVliet served as head coach at Grand Rapids South Christian, Grand Rapids Union, and Grand Rapids Christian High Schools as well as coaching in the Kentwood Hockey and Skating Association (KHSA). A goaltender by trade, Coach VanVliet played for Grand Rapids Christian where he garnered All League Honors in both the 1974-75 and 1975-76 seasons. After high school he attended Calvin College where he majored in Physical Education and served as the Knights starting goaltender for three straight seasons from 1977-1980. VanVliet then capped his career by playing Senior “A” hockey in Lansing, Mich. from 1980-81. Mark is employed at Gilson Graphics where he serves as an account executive. He and his wife Faith currently live in the Grand Rapids area and have four children: Jillian, Jenna, Marygrace, and Theodore (Teddy).   

 
Jordan Permoda

Jordan Permoda

 

Jordan Permoda begins his second year behind the bench with Aquinas College Hockey and has added the title of Associate Head Coach to his responsibilities.  Coach Permoda has been playing hockey in the West Michigan area for 17 years at the house, travel, AAA, junior and collegiate level. He is a recent graduate of Davenport University where he played two years, appearing in two ACHA D3 National Tournaments.   Jordan, a defenseman by trade, coordinates on ice practice sessions, individual player skill development and has game responsibilities for defense and goaltenders.  Coach Permoda received his BA in Marketing at Davenport University and is employed by WorkSquared Inc. and specializes in the office furniture trade.  

   
Chris Laska

Chris Laska

 

Coach Laska is a 2001 Aquinas grad who majored in Business Administration and played baseball from 1998-2001 for the Saints. Laska was named All Conference and All Region in 1999 and 2001 and All American in 2001. He still holds several baseball records. Chris also played on the intramural hockey team during his years at Aquinas. Laska is originally from Woodbury, Minnesota where is hockey career started. Laska graduated from St. Thomas Academy and was a four year starter for their highly touted hockey program. He currently resides in Byron Center with his wonderful wife Crystal and their three children Cierra, Luke and Evie.

   
Theodore VanVliet.

Theodore “Teddy”VanVliet - Strength and Conditioning Coach

 

Teddy VanVliet has assumed the roll of Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 2013 – 2014 season. Coach “T” is a lifelong resident of the West Michigan area and began playing hockey at the age of 4. He was an All-Conference forward at South Christian High School and played at Davenport University before entering the U.S. Army National Guard. Teddy was called to active duty and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 and is currently assigned to Michigan’s 126th Infantry Division and has recently been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Teddy is the son of Head Coach Mark VanVliet and has entered the Policy Academy at GR Community College.

 

Season Preview

The Saints take the ice this year with nine fresh faces in the program. While graduating five seniors last year, Coach VanVliet is confident his boys won’t lose a step with the talent that they have brought in for the 2014-15 campaign. Finishing with a 17-5-3 record from last year, the Saints had momentous wins against perennial powerhouses such as Hope, Davenport, and Oakland. This year they look to build on that and focus on finishing the weekend like they start it. “We had some wins last year that came as nice surprises, games we weren’t sure if we would be in. This year we expect to be competitive every time we step on the ice,” stated VanVliet before their opening matchup with Holy Cross this year. The Saints are aiming high going into another season in the MCHC, a league known for dominating the national stage. Coach VanVliet’s commented on his team’s goals for the season, “The MCHC has produced ten of the last twelve national finalists, and five of the last six national champions. If we are going to get to Alabama(National Tournament) in March, it will mean we played and beat the toughest teams in the country to get there. We’re confident we are making the necessary preparations to do that.” The coaches recently announced their captains; Captain Brenden Giffel (Jr., Grandville), Alternate Captains Justen Caudill (Jr., Monroe), and Sam Matthews (Jr. Hopkins). The Saints open on home ice Friday October 10th, against Indiana Tech University. Home games are played at Griff’s Ice House.