The memorable hockey season turned in by the Buccaneers’ varsity icers may be over, but the accolades keep on coming.
Earlier this week, Grand Haven seniors Tom Zelenka, Tyler Ploeg and Zach Kooi were each named first-team all-state, while Ian Hibbard and Hayden Gerwig were second-team all state selections.
In addition, Zelenka, Ploeg and Hibbard were first-team all-O-K Rainbow selections, with Kooi and Asa Pellegrom earning honorable mention.
Zelenka finished his senior season with 22 goals and 17 assists in 28 games played. He featured a plus-19 rating, and spent just six minutes in the penalty box.
“Tom is a fantastic hockey player and a great human being,” Bucs’ coach Dan Gadbois said. “He does everything a coach wants a player to do. He listens, executes, works hard on every shift of every game and practice. He is highly skilled, quick, fast, reads the ice real well and just flat out knows how to play the game of hockey. He is also an All State Academic student.”
Ploeg had five goals and nine assists and boasted a plus-seven rating from his position on the Bucs’ defensive line.
“Tyler is a rugged, puck moving defenseman who loves the physical game,” Gadbois said. “He is a four-year varsity player and worked very hard to improve his game. Tyler scored the game-winning goal in his 100th game and earned his 50th point in that game. What a way to put an exclamation point on your varsity career. Tyler always gives 100 percent.”
Kooi boasted a record of 15-5-1 in the net for the Bucs this winter, featuring a 91.79 save percentage. He allowed just 2.16 goals per game, and posted a pair of shutouts.
“He is a 6-foot-3 goalie who eats up a large part of the net and plays a great game down low,” Gadbois said. “Zach is an inspirational leader who takes a vocal leadership role in the room and on the ice. He had great performances against Traverse City Central and Forest Hills NE in the playoffs this year.”
In addition to the honors the Bucs received on the ice, they were also recognized for what they’ve achieved in the classroom. Grand Haven was named an all-state academic team for the fifth consecutive year.
Individually, Ryan Christiansen, Patrick Ferris, James Dyksterhouse, Chris Corgan, Mark Nalley, Zelenka and Hibbard were all named all-state academic students.