Coach Krefski is entering his second season with the Lake Orion Dragons and his fifth season as a MHSAA high school coach. Adam previously coached the Romeo Bulldogs, where in the first year they won the team’s first regional championship in 2014-15, and teams first ever MHSAA Division 2 state championship in 2015-16. In 4 years at Romeo coach Krefski has helped 2 players earn NCAA scholarships, Nick Blankenburg, University of Michigan (2018-19) and Logan Jenuwine who won Mr. Hockey in 2015-16, Western Michigan University (2019-20). Adams coach’s philosophy and strategy has been influenced by the coaches and players of the teams that he was a part of during his playing days, especially Coach John LaFontaine. Coach Lafontaine coached for the Bozeman Icedogs and Wichita Falls Wildcats before coaching at Shattuck St. Mary’s Preparatory in Minnesota, and 2 years in the United States Hockey League for the Muskegon Lumberjack.
Coach Krefski’s playing career saw him start out playing Junior “A” for the Bozeman Ice Dogs (NAHL) falling just short of winning a national championship, finishing runner up in 2005-2006. He played 3 seasons in the North American League before attending Lindenwood University (St. Louis, Missouri) and playing 4 years for the Lindenwood Lions. In his freshman year he played in 22 games tailing 18 goals and 25 assists for 43 points, helping his team win the ACAH National Championship. He was also awarded the nation’s most valuable player that year. His sophomore year, they once again, won the AHCA division 1 National Championship, finishing with 46 games played, 35 goals, 34 assists for 69 points.
Assistand Coach Kevin Albers returns for his second season as an Assistant Coach for the Varsity club. Kevin played two season of professional hockey after splitting time between Europe pro clubs HK Trencin in Slovakia and HK Beograd in Serbia. Kevin spent his pro rookie year skating for the Atlanta Gladiators in the ECHL. Prior to turning pro, Kevin was a standout defensemen for Niagara University where he was named captain his junior and senior season. In juniors, Kevin spent 3 seasons in the USHL splitting time between the Green Bay Gamblers and Omaha Lancers. Kevin was also selected to play for USA Junior A challenge in Prince Edward Island where he and team USA won the gold medal. Kevin was coached by now Tampa Bay Lightening coach Jon Cooper in Green Bay and accomplished two Anderson cups along with a Clark Cup at the USHL level.
Coach Smith returns for his 3rd season behind the bench as an Assistant Coach for the Dragons. In his first year with the team, Coach Ian spent enjoyed immediate success as an Assistant Coach for the OAA Red Champion Lake Orion Dragons. From 2011-2017 he was the Head Varsity Coach at Stoney Creek High School where his teams won an OAA Red Championship, Regional Championships in 2011 & 2012 and participated in the state quarterfinals, losing to Grosse Pointe South and Port Huron Northern. Before that he was the Head JV coach at Stoney Creek from 2006-2010 as well as a Varsity Assistant Coach for Rochester United from 2004-2006.
Coach Smith played 4 years of Club Hockey at Arizona State University where he was the leading scorer in the program’s history. He was elected into their Hall of Fame in 2012. Arizona State has since become an NCAA Division 1 program. He represented his country as part of Team USA at the 2003 World University Games in Italy and Austria. Prior to college he played two seasons of Tier 2 Junior A hockey for Compuware in the NAHL. In 1999 his team won the Junior A National Championship. He grew up playing AAA hockey for Little Caesars and Compuware. Coach Smith lives in Oakland Township with his wife Robbie and sons Ricky and Cullen.
Coach Martel will be entering his first season with the Lake Orion Dragons as an Assistant Coach. Alex was an Assistant Coach for the Grandville Bulldogs Varsity Hockey team for the 2017-18 season. Following this coaching experience, Coach Martel traveled to Kaunas, Lithuania. Here Coach Martel played in the top Lithuanian hockey league playing for the Kaunas Hockey Team. Alex also lead the Kaunas Hockey Academy coaching players of all ages and skill levels. He also spent two summers working for Sport International Hockey Academy as a counselor and as a head instructor.
Along with helping coach the Dragons, Coach Martel is a mathematics teacher at Lake Orion High School. Alex obtained his bachelor’s degree in chemistry education and his minor in mathematics teaching from Ferris State University. While attending Ferris State, Alex played four years of Division II ACHA Hockey for the Bulldogs. Alex was named an assistant captain during his final two seasons, and was also chosen to play in Division II ACHA All-Star tournament
For 25 years, Coach Dries has coached ice hockey fueled with many great memories. Coach Ray tries to teach all players the importance of being a true team player versus an individual player attitude as winning teams have a locker room full of team players, which creates team chemistry. Coach Dries playing background includes success with the Junior A Wayne Chiefs, who won the National Championship 1978-1979. From there, Dries played for the USA Junior National team in 1980 under head coach Lou Vario. After junior hockey Coach Ray played for the University of Michigan NCAA Division 1 and became the first ever captain for the legendary Coach Red Berenson.
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