Hannon named Great Lakes MVP

HOUGHTON – Senior forward Connor Hannon of Houghton was named the most valuable player of the 2013-14 season in Great Lakes Hockey Conference coaches’ voting released Tuesday.

Hannon, a four-year varsity player, racked up 70 points (26 goals, 44 assists) as the Gremlins won all 12 of their conference games. His assist total was the best on Houghton’s team as was his plus-59 rating.

Two other Gremlins were named to the All-GLHC first team: Senior forward Ray Brice and sophomore forward Reid Pietila.

Brice, the all-time HHS leader in both goals and points, had 31 goals and 30 assists this season, while Pietila posted 28 goals and 29 assists a year after transferring from Kingsford.

One other local player made the top unit: Hancock defenseman Kyle Hauswirth. Hauswirth had three goals and 26 assists and was a plus-26 in his senior season for the Bulldogs.

The other three first-team spots went to league runner-up Escanaba for junior forward Levi Wunder, senior defenseman Derek Chaillier and senior goaltender Nick LeMire.

Houghton’s Corey Markham was named Coach of the Year.

Five of the six players on the All-GLHC second team are from the Copper Country: Hancock senior forward Brett Lepisto, Calumet senior forward Eric Mattila and three Gremlins: senior forward Jed Kallio, junior defenseman Tristan Foltz and junior goaltender Marcus Gloss.

Local players receiving honorable mention include Hunter Kero, Wade Hanke, Dylan Paavola and Jacob Givens of Hancock, Riley McKay of Houghton and Bradley Erkkila of Calumet.