U of D Jesuit

University of Detroit Jesuit Cubs

U of D Jesuit Hockey

Mission and Tradition

University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy is committed to providing the highest quality of Jesuit college preparatory education to young men in southeast Michigan.

U of D Jesuit, in collaboration with parents, will challenge its students to go beyond academic excellence, to be reflective, to be committed to the service of personal faith and the promotion of justice: to be "Men for Others."

U of D Jesuit will provide an atmosphere of learning and individual spiritual development that reaches into the larger community.

Since 1877,the Jesuits have been educating some of the finest young men in the Southeastern Michigan area. More than a century ago, the Jesuits established their college preparatory school on Jefferson Avenue in a small, yet growing city not far from Lake St. Clair.
The high school moved to its present location in 1930, and the school address of 8400 South Cambridge has been synonymous with academic excellence ever since. For over 130 years, U of D Jesuit has provided young men an outstanding high school education and since 1973, junior high students have had the same academic opportunities.
In 1995-96, hockey was reinstated at The High as a varsity sport after a 58 year absence. In 1998-99, a Junior Varsity Club team was added and in 2002 that was elevated to Varsity B status. The hockey program offers an average of 44 young men the opportunity to continue their hockey careers at the high school level. Both teams will now play out of the Hazel Park Viking Arena beginning with the 2014-15 season, where they plan to continue to build on the history they established over the past 19 years while playing out of City Sport Center in downtown Detroit.  City Arena closed its doors in the spring of 2014 which led to this new chapter in U of D Jesuit hockey history.
The JV team is coached by first year coaches Paul Cateno and Lou Jaros.  Paul and Lou have a lengthy resume as successful coaches at all levels and are very excited to join the coaching staff of the Cubs. The JV Cubs program will continue to play in the very competitive MJVHL and GM Mike Evans has upgraded the competition of the overall schedule to mirror that of the varsity team.
The hockey team at U of D Jesuit was a member of the Michigan Prep Hockey League for the first seven seasons and has been a member of arguably the finest high school hockey league in the state, the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League, since the 2002-03 season. The league is made up of Catholic Central, Brother Rice, Cranbrook, Port Huron Nothern, Grosse Pointe North, De La Salle, Orchard Lake St. Mary's and U of D Jesuit and Trenton. The non-league schedule is comprised of the finest competition available in Michigan and Ohio and will find the following teams as opponents for the 2012-13 season: two of the top teams in the state of Ohio (St. John’s and St. Ignatius), Calumet, Detroit Country Day, Flint Powers, the MIHL Showcase in Trenton, the Catholic League Playoff (Divine Child, OLSM or DeLaSalle), Muskegon Mona Shores, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern Eastern, Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central and Brighton.
The hockey program strives to develop the whole person, incorporating the “magis”, doing more for Christ and a “cura personalis”, care of the person, approach. To help fulfill that, the team does several community service projects each year and attends a pre-school Mass once each week. They participated in the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade for seven consecutive years, have adopted a section of 8 Mile through the MDOT Adopt a Highway Program and participate in the monthly summer Focus Hope food deliveries.
The hockey team prides itself in having been an Academic All-State team all 19 seasons and in 1997, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 were the #1 academic team in the state. The Cubs also advanced to the state final four in 2005 and 2013 and 2014.  The hockey team has graduated eight valedictorians, 40 players have gone on to play College Club Hockey, six have played Division I college hockey with Evan Moore and Timmy Moore currently playing at Robert Morris UniversityMac Olson '09 is a juior at Hobart (Division III), Matthew Moore is a junior at Lawrence University (Division III) and Anthony Stempin '11 is a sophomore at Northland University (Division III).  Craig Pefley '13 is playing Junior A hockey in Canada for Carleton Place and has committed to play at Ferris State University for the 15-16 season, Chris Morgan '13 is playing Junior A hockey in Canada for Gluscester, Matt Meininger '14 is playing Junior A hockey in Canada for Cumberland and Tommy Apap '14 is playing Junior A hockey in Wichita Falls, Texas.
The Cub Varsity Coaching Staff is comprised of Rick Bennetts (Club Hockey at Northern Michigan University), Jeff Stempin '01, (Club Hockey at Grand Valley State University), Tim Moore (Division I hockey at Miami/Ohio) and Dom Recchia '06 (Division III hockey at Johnson and Wales and professionally for Trenton in the EJHL) and goalie coach Dave Desander who played college and professional hockey.
Lastly, the hockey program would not have advanced beyond the first season, much less to the point where it is now, if it were not for the support it has received from the school administration, faculty, staff, alumni and students as well as from the players and their parents who took a chance and played for their school 20 years ago. Each year the hockey program has enjoyed tremendous support from its players and parents and this year is no exception, which makes the job of coaching much easier and very enjoyable.
Thank you for your support and “Here’s to U of D High School”.

MHSHCA Academic All State

Minimum Requirement - Seniors with a 3.50 Cumulative GPA

    1996 Steve Sharp Jim Khoury Jason Dryja Mike Herskovic
    1997 Andrew Goodman Brad Higgins    
    1998 David Spurlock Nick Bayma David Larabell Brian Mooney
      Andrew Cadotte Andrew Shipton Steve Dekovich Pat Harte
      Davis Siemion John Pacini    
    1999 Vinnie Abatemarco Jeff Burton Chris Mellon Tony Miller
      Chris Karwacki      
    2000 Greg McLennan Mike Cooper Jason White  
    2001 Ryan Anderson Matt Hammer Richard Siemion Peter Gariepy
    2002 Mike Kazmierski      
    2003 Kevin Vincent Will Ryan Chris Granger David Stahl
    2004 Chris Kenney Dan Rieckoff    
    2005 Brian Burke Tim MacLean Mike Van Tiem  
    2006 Scott Granger Grayson Heenan David Kelly Mike Fontichiaro
      Cam Peralta Dante Hargis Kyle Gorka Mike Paletta
    2007 Blake Karapuz Mike Raymond Dan Reddy Stephen Yackley
      Stephen Harnadeck      
    2008 Chris Eng Tom Zelinski    
    2009 Mike Costello Joseph Fazzio Muchael Makowski Dan McAree
      Mike Yanis      
    2010 Adam Bradley Michael Eng Justin Evans Brian Gardner
      Patrick Riedy Jacob Siegrist Alex Van Tiem  
    2011 David Mannino Peter Riedy Christopher Peltola Michael Hatty
      Alex Kucken Nicholas Jackson    
    2012 John Lauro      
    2013 Joey Brisson Ryan Keast Kyle Lee Bryan Masopust
      Alex Von Mach Joey Zelinski    
    2014 Lorenzo Bongiovani Brian Hubbard Tim Hoffman Andy Stefani
      Jake Knoblauch      

Hockey Valedictorians

    Steve Dekovich 1998   Professor Univ of Washington
    Mike Cooper 2000   Investment Accountant Chicago, IL
    Greg McLennan 2000   Resident Surgeon Detroit, MI
    Dave Stahl 2003   CPA Novi, MI
    Grayson Heenan 2006   Graduate Boston College
    Mike Fontichiaro 2006   Graduate USMA
    Stephen Yackley 2007   Graduate Univ of Michigan
    Dan McAree 2009   Student Michigan State Univ

U of D Jesuit Hockey

Academic All State Team

Minimum Requirement - 3.00 Team GPA

      1996 3.25   1997 3.47*   1998 3.35
      1999 3.33   2000 3.56   2001 3.44
      2002 3.32   2003 3.23   2004 3.42
      2005 3.54   2006 3.34*   2007 3.67*
      2008 3.75*   2009 3.62*   2010 3.68*
      2011 3.30   2012 3.68*   2013 3.61*
      2014 3.68            
            * #1 in the      

MHSHCA All State Selections

      2000   Ryan Anderson Gave Gumbel Greg McLennan
      2001   Ryan Anderson    
      2002   Matt Cebula Mikel Faccini Will Ryan 
      2003   Scott Anderson Sean Mitera Will Ryan 
      2004   Scott Anderson Sean Mitera Teddy Theodoroff
      2005   Tim MacLean Bryan Murphy Mike Van Tiem
      2006   Grayson Heenan    
      2007   Pat Moran    
      2008   Mac Olson Alec Van Tiem  
      2009   Justin Evans Mac Olson Mike Yanis
      2010   Patrick Reidy Ryan Walker Evan Moore
      2011   David Mannino Timmy Moore Anthony Stempin
      2012   John Lauro Craig Pefley Tommy Apap
      2013   Tommy Apap Joey Brisson Pete McMahon
          Craig Pefley Chris Morgan  
      2014   Tommy Apap Matt Meininger Jack Deines
          Brian Hubbard    

MHSHCA Dream Team Selections

2009   Mac Olson    Mike Yanis