Saturday, September 01, 2012

Hartland defense starts with calm Kalisz

If defense wins championships, the Hartland Hounds should have support on the blue line in the form of Darek Kalisz.

As one of the first players signed for this season, Kalisz will be looked upon to play close to 30 minutes a game and in all situations.

And as has become a trend with the Hounds, Kalisz played for Hartland coach Randy Montrose last year at Howell High School.

“I had the option to go play another year at Howell,” said Kalisz, who turns 17 later this month. “When I heard about the opportunity to come play for this team in this new league, it really excited me. I believe coach Montrose will make the transition a bit smoother making the jump from high school to juniors.”

Kalisz can play both ends of the ice and said he patterns his game after retired Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom.

“What you’ll notice right away from Darek is his stable play and poise with playing under pressure,” said Montrose. “Darek will be important to my blue line and will have to play a lot of minutes in all situations.”

His goal this year to “win it all,” Kalisz simply wants to contribute to any success the Hounds may have while working towards his goal of one day playing college hockey.

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