Coach Krefski is entering his third season with the Lake Orion Dragons and his seventh 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, Lake Superior State (2020-21). 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.
Coach Martel will be returning for his second 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