Successful hockey season comes to abrupt end

By Teddy Rydquist
Leader Staff Writer
The Oxford Avondale United (OAU) hockey program received some unfortunate news on the eve of their March 16 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Regional No. 5 opener against the Grand Blanc Bobcats, as, due to coronavirus (COVID-19) issues, the team was not medically cleared to continue.
Unable to compete in the postseason, this was devastating news for the 23 young men on the roster, 12 of which are seniors, and the coaching staff, but the program has no reason to hang their heads, posting an 11-2 (6-1 Oakland Activities Association White Division) record and claiming the second league title in program history and their first since 2010-11.
This accomplishment will garner the program a banner and a spot on their team board in the Ian Smith Gymnasium, which will hang forever.
COVID-19 also canceled OAU’s final three regular season contests, including their March 8 date with the Lapeer Lightning at the Detroit Skating Club, which was scheduled to serve as Senior Night, a ceremony recognizing the 12 members of the Class of 2021 and their parents.
Realizing how important Senior Night is, the program plans to hold a ceremony at the Detroit Skating Club this week, between March 22 and 26, to recognize these young men and their parents, who have devoted their time and money for years to help their sons achieve all they have.
This Oxford Leader reporter will be there for the ceremony, and photographs and quotes recognizing OAU’s 2020-21 team will be published soon in an upcoming issue.

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