Mt. Pleasant Hockey Shifting to Co-op Program

The Mt. Pleasant hockey team is shifting to a co-op program for the upcoming season.

The program will now be known as the Mt. Pleasant Area Hockey (MPAH) team and will consist of student-athletes from Alma, Beal City, Clare, Ithaca, Mt. Pleasant, Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart and Shepherd. Per MHSAA co-op requirements, this initial pairing of schools will remain intact for a minimum of two years.

“It became obvious here in the last couple years we were running low on numbers and we wanted the experience to maintain for high school hockey,” said co-op committee chairman Bob Weisenburger.

The team will also have a new head coach this winter, as Jeff Pinwar takes over the reins after three years as an assistant.

“We had our introductions here a few weeks ago. Everybody is familiar with everybody and we talked about it and everybody is treated the same,” he said. “We’re all one big unit, one big team. I don’t think that will be as big a hurdle as we thought maybe it would be because they’re all familiar with each other.”

The move to a co-op program also means a jump at the state postseason level, as the team moves from Division 3 to Division 1. The team will also continue to compete in the Saginaw Valley League.