by WCHL on November 14th, 2015

The Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL) is looking for able-bodied individuals (male or female) who would be interested in becoming a REFEREE.

The WCHL is a competitve floor-hockey league for people in power and manual wheelchairs.

Our league includes 12 regular season games along with two rounds of playoffs.

Our season & playoffs run from October - May. 

Our games are played on Sunday's from 1-4pm (two games each week)​ at the Canfield Alkali Arena

    * Hockey Knowledge: The WCHL is played very similar to regular ice-hockey rules. Basic hockey knowledge is a requirement. Applicants will also be required to read our 13 Page Rule Book - http://thewchl.com/rulebook.htm

    * Finess & Agility: Referees will be required to keep up with game action up-and-down the gym court for up to 3 hours. Referees will also have to be quick on their feet and have the agility to move out the way of oncoming wheelchairs (some chairs go 9 mph+)

    * Unbiased & Fair: Referees must have the ability to be fair, unbiased and have the ability to call the game by the rules regardless of personal relationships or prior opinions.

IF INTERESTED, PLEASE CONTACT:
Dean Olivas - dean@thewchl.com 
Cell / Text - ​734-560-3890

by WCHL on September 21st, 2015

​​This year the WCHL will say goodbye to one of the most dominating and consistent players in our league history. After 17 seasons, #25 Marty Witberg will be hanging up his jersey for one last time. That jersey is a Wolf Pack jersey.
 
For 17 years Witberg is the only WCHL player to remain with the same team for their entire career.
 
142 Regular Season Games
388 Goals
143 Assists
531 Points
116 Penalty Minutes
 
Offensive Player of the Year
All-Star MVP
2x Goals Title
2x Assists Title
2x Best Duo
Playoff MVP
 
Marty has led the Wolf Pack to two Wheelers Cups and has helped the Michigan Mustangs win 2 US Championship and 2 North American Silver Medals.
 
Witberg was a constant scoring threat during his entire career and was a core member of the WCHL and a building block of the Michigan Mustangs, representing Michigan at 10 tournaments. To have a player as reliable and as consistent as Marty was a real luxury to have when building teams both locally and nationally.
 
He's been teammate, opponent and friend and we will all be sad to see him go.
 
Both the Wolf Pack and Michigan Mustangs will proudly retire #25.

by WCHL on September 21st, 2015

Award Descriptions

2014-15 Award Winners

​Goals Title
#45 - Kevin Konfara - Hornets - (65 G)

Assists Title
#40 - Tristan Parent - Seals - (17 A)
#20 - Zeljko Sreckovic - Cobras (17 A)

Goals Against Average Title
#66 - Chris Lemieux - (7.71 GAA)

Anthony Nelson MVP Award
#28 - Jordan Zmich - Seals

Best Offensive Player
#28 - Jordan Zmich - Seals

Dave Rosen Best Defensive Player
#72 - Tyler French - Cobras

Jeff May Unsung Hero
#5 - Andrew Calvin - Seals

Most Improved Player
#39 - Anthony Theuer - Hornets

Best Duo
#28 - Jordan Zmich & #40 - Tristan Parent - Seals

Best All-Around Player
#94 - Trei Cools - Seals

Jay May Gamesmanship
#25 - Marty Witberg - Wolf Pack

Rookie of the Year
#55 - Jeff Fleshner - Wolf Pack

Tom Martin Sportsmanship
#71 - Josh Cueter - Wolf Pack

President's Trophy Playoff MVP
#19 - Brian Ulewicz - Seals

Goalie of the Year
#99 - Jamie Porter - Cobras

Steve Nelson Michigan Mustangs Coaches MVP
#7 - Jason Drapinski

Todd Pasant Inspirational Award
Nick DeYonker

by WCHL on May 18th, 2015

​The WCHL All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, June 28 from 1-4pm at the Canfield Alkali Arena @ 2100 Kinloch St. in Dearborn Heights, MI

This will also be our official moving date into our new home, the Canfield Alkali Arena there is now plenty of room to watch our games, so we hope to see you there!

2015 All-Star Rosters

BLUE TEAM
Clay Martin - CAPTAIN
Tristan Parent
Trei Cools
Marty Witberg
Jeff Fleshner
Katie Frayer
Drew Canada
Zach Sheehan

GOALIES
Brian Ulewicz
Jamie Porter

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RED TEAM
Zeljko Sreckovic - CAPTAIN
Kevin Konfara
Jordan Zmich
Anthony Theuer
Josh Cueter
Tyler French
Jason Drapinski
Brendan Nienhaus

GOALIES
Chris Lemieux
Ezra Zabawa

by WCHL on May 2nd, 2015

Seals win Back2Back Championships
Congratulations to the Seals who are the 2015 Wheelers Cup Champions as they defeated the Wolf Pack 8-4, winning the series 2-0.

Seals forward #40 Tristan Parent led all scorers with 31 Goals in the playoffs. 17 year WCHL veteran Seals goalie #19 Brian Ulewicz was named Finals MVP after posting a 4.50 Goals Against Average during the Finals (8.57 regular season G.A.A)

GET YOUR PLAYOFF GEAR NOW AT:
http://www.cafepress.com/thewchl/12480773

Congratulations to the Seals who are back-to-back champions.

#88 - Jason Drapinski - C
#40 - Tristan Parent
#76 - Kevin Richter
# 5 - Andrew Calvin
#90 - Kenny Haran
#28 - Jordan Zmich
#42 - Dean Olivas - C
#94 - Trei Cools (ROOKIE)
#19 - Brian Ulewicz (G)

by WCHL on April 14th, 2015

​The Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL) is excited to announce that we have partnered up with the Canfield Alkali Arena @ 2100 Kinloch St. in Dearborn Heights, MI

The Canfield Alkali Arena is the first ice hockey rink to have a full-time and full-size [200’ x 85’] inline hockey rink in Michigan. This facility just converted an ice rink into a roller hockey rink. It is gorgeous, clean, and provides an amazing atmosphere. The Motor City Chiefs & Canfield Alkali Chiefs play in the AIHL (American Inline Hockey League)

What does this mean for the WCHL?

This means that we will be moving to the Canfield Alkali Arena in Dearborn Heights beginning the 2015-16 season. Our games will remain 1-4PM but will now be played on Sundays.

We realize that these new circumstances might not be to everybody's liking, but this is the best possible place for our league to grow, host more fans, get more exposure and provide everyone with a more hockey-like atmosphere.

Gerry Lullove, the President of the Motor City Chiefs Hockey Club, the managing body of the arena is a long time friend of the WCHL and was a supporter and fan of the WCHL from the very start. Helping us attend our very first tournament in Toronto in 2000, Minnesota in 2001 and once bringing the Hanson Brothers to a WCHL game and now helping us find a permanent home for the WCHL.

The Canfield Alkali Arena will provide us with a friendly, exciting, and amped atmosphere for all WCHL games. It will also allow our games to be played on a full-sized court (we currently play at about 80% regulation size), get more involved in the roller-hockey community and finally, this move will allow the WCHL to save a considerably large amount of money in rent and insurance annually.

The WCHL's official move will take place on Sunday, June 28 from 1-4pm as we will play the 2015 WCHL All-Star Game at the new Canfield Alkali Arena.

Registration to play in the 2015-16 WCHL Season will take place on Sunday, August 30th and Sunday, September 13th from 1-4PM.

The 2015-16 WCHL Season Opener will take place on Sunday, October 4th

To learn more about the Canfield Alkali Arena visit this MI Hockey Now article:
http://mihockeynow.com/2014/12/the-rebirth-of-canfield-arena-as-a-roller-hockey-facility

Website: http://canfieldarena.com

by WCHL on December 20th, 2014

The WCHL has linked up with Amazon Smile for our latest fundraising efforts.
Please take a moment to select the WCHL as your charity of choice! 
You only have to do it once and there is NO COST to you.

Support the WCHL and Shop on Amazon Smile!

BUT REMEMBER

The WCHL will only receive donations when you shop through https://smile.amazon.com
So be sure to bookmark or save https://smile.amazon.com in your web browser.

Thank you for your support and happy shopping!

by WCHL on December 13th, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

​​MICHIGAN TO HOST THE 2015 U.S. POWERHOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP
Elite wheelchair floor-hockey tournament to take place at the Compuware Arena July 16-18
(Plymouth, MI) The Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL) and their travel team the Michigan Mustangs are proud to host the 2015 U.S. PowerHockey Championship this July 16-18, 2015 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. This elite PowerHockey tournament will feature wheelchair floor hockey teams from around the states including the defending champions Philadelphia, Minnesota, Texas and Michigan.
 
The U.S. PowerHockey Championship is a bi-annual tournament that features and promotes the sport of adaptive power-wheelchair floor hockey aka PowerHockey.  This tournament will determine the 2015 United States PowerHockey Champions.  On alternating years to the U.S. PowerHockey Championship, teams from both the United States & Canada compete for the North American PowerHockey Cup. The host team Michigan Mustangs were the inaugural U.S. Champions in 2011 and are also two-time North American Silver Medalists.
 
PowerHockey is a competitive, fast-paced hockey game based on the use of an electric powered wheelchairs on a gymnasium floor. PowerHockey has modified ice hockey rules and enables physically disabled people that use an electric wheelchair to play hockey and to be active in a competitive team setting.
 
Players, both males & females range in age from 10 to 60+ and have a variety of physical disabilities that include Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Arthrogryposis & Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bones).
 
The sport of PowerHockey has been around since the 1970’s. The Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL) has been in Michigan since it’s inception in 1995 and the WCHL’s travel team, the Michigan Mustangs have been competing in tournaments since 2000.

SPONSORSHIP & DONATIONS

​The WCHL is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
 
We are looking for corporate sponsors & donations to help host this tournament.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please download our Sponsorship Package (PDF).
 

Individual donations can be made online at: www.crowdrise.com/2015USPHChamp or visit our website at www.thewchl.com/donate.htm for mail-in details
Be part of the crowd and donate to our CrowdRise campaign. If you can't donate, then please share!

Donations of $25 or more will get your name in the tournament program.

Donations of $100 or more will get a two sentence greeting (40 words max) of your choice in the tournament program.
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

​WHEELCHAIR HOCKEY LEAGUE (WCHL)
Jason Drapinski
jason@thewchl.com
810.623.3931
www.thewchl.com

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by WCHL on October 5th, 2014

The 2014-15 WCHL started off with a bang as the Hornets defeated the Seals 17-15 setting a new record for total goals scored in a game (post non-goalie era).  Hornets #45 Kevin Konfara led the way with 13 goals but Seals reigning Playoff MVP #28 Jordan Zmich was right behind him scoring a career-high 12 goals. Seals rookie #94 Trei Cools recorded 2 assists in his WCHL debut.

Game Two saw the rejuvenated Wolf Pack defeat the Cobras 7-3.  A year off of back surgery #71 Josh Cueter led the way for the Wolf Pack with 3 goals and 2 assists.  Cobras #1 Clay Martin scored 2 goals while #69 Alex Ernsberger scored one of his own.  Wolf Pack rookie #55 Jeff Fleshner scored 2 goals, 1 assist and 6 penalty minutes in his debut.

DO NOT ADJUST YOUR MONITORS - WCHL BELIEVE IT OR NOT!?!
After Week One Seals #42 Dean Olivas leads the league with 5 assists & #66 Chris Lemieux leads the league with a 3.00 Goals Against Average.

STANDINGS - http://thewchl.com/standings.htm
GAME RECAPS - http://thewchl.com/game-recaps.htm
LEAGUE LEADERS - http://thewchl.com/league-leaders.htm
CAREER LEADERS - http://thewchl.com/career-leaders.htm

TEAM STATS
COBRAS - http://thewchl.com/cobras.htm
HORNETS - http://thewchl.com/hornets.htm
SEALS - http://thewchl.com/seals.htm
WOLF PACK - http://thewchl.com/wolf-pack.htm

by WCHL on September 20th, 2014

2013-14 Banquet Results

Award descriptions can be found on our awards page

Goals Title
#45 - Kevin Konfara - Hornets - (54 G)
#40 - Tristan Parent - Seals - (54 G)

Assists Title
#40 - Tristan Parent - Seals - (19 A)

Goals Against Average Title
#42 - Dean Olivas - Seals - (5.43 GAA)

Anthony Nelson MVP Award
#40 - Tristan Parent - Seals

Best Offensive Player
#40 - Tristan Parent - Seals

Dave Rosen Best Defensive Player
#2 - Katie Frayer - Wolf Pack

Jeff May Unsung Hero
#23 - Alex Maes - Seals

Most Improved Player
#28 - Jordan Zmich - Seals

Best Duo
#28 - Jordan Zmich & #40 - Tristan Parent - Seals

Best All-Around Player
#40 - Tristan Parent - Seals

Jay May Gamesmanship
#20 - Zeljko Sreckovic - Cobras

Rookie of the Year
#5 - Andrew Calvin - Seals
#7 - Ian Zurawski - Wolf Pack

Tom Martin Sportsmanship
#30 - Anthony Nowak - Wolf Pack

Presidents Trophy Playoff MVP
#28 - Jordan Zmich - Seals

Goalie of the Year
#42 - Dean Olivas - Seals

Steve Nelson Michigan Mustangs Coaches MVP
#89 - Dean Olivas

2012-13 Career Milestones

500 CAREER POINTS - Kevin Konfara *
450 CAREER POINTS - Marty Witberg
200 CAREER POINTS - Tristan Parent
120 CAREER POINTS - Frank Rogers
100 CAREER POINTS - Clay Martin
50 CAREER POINTS - Alex Maes & Jordan Zmich
 
400 CAREER GOALS - Kevin Konfara *
150 CAREER GOALS - Tristan Parent
130 CAREER GOALS - Zeljko Sreckovic
75 CAREER GOALS - Clay Martin
30 CAREER GOALS - Anthony Theuer (31), Alex Maes (32), Jordan Zmich (38)
 
200 CAREER ASSISTS - Jason Drapinski *
130 CAREER ASSISTS - Marty Witberg
125 CAREER ASSISTS - Zeljko Sreckovic
 
2000 CAREER SAVES - Brian Ulewicz
1000 CAREER SAVES - Jamie Porter
 
1st GOAL - Ian Zurawski
1st GOAL - Andrew Calvin

* 1st player in history

2014-15 WCHL Rosters

COBRAS
#20 - Zeljko Sreckovic
#69 - Alex Ernsberger
#43 - Drew Canada
#  1 - Clay Martin
#15 - Kenneth Lloyd
#44 - Steve Dell
#72 - Tyler French
#23 - Alex Maes
#31 - Jonathan Bowie (ROOKIE)
#99 - Jamie Porter (G)

HORNETS
#45 - Kevin Konfara
#39 - Anthony Theuer
#98 - Brendan Nienhaus
#18 - Zach Sheehan
#26 - Ezra Zabawa
#  3 - Aaron Shepard
#00 - Tim Delore
#86 - Joe Mundt
#13 - Erinne Williams
#21 - Brian Reabe (ROOKIE)

SEALS
#88 - Jason Drapinski
#42 - Dean Olivas
#40 - Tristan Parent
#28 - Jordan Zmich
#  5 - Andrew Calvin
#76 - Kevin Richter
#90 - Kenny Haran
#94 - Trei Cools (ROOKIE)
#19 - Brian Ulewicz (G)

WOLF PACK
#25 - Marty Witberg
#71 - Josh Cueter
#34 - Frank Rogers
#92 - James Wayland
#30 - Anthony Nowak
#  2 - Katie Frayer
#  7 - Ian Zurawski
#55 - Jeff Fleshner (ROOKIE)
#64 - Erick Knick (ROOKIE)
#66 - Chris Lemieux (G)


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