Senior High Billy VanSumeren from Dow High helped his hockey team make some history last month when the Chargers claimed a first ever state championship by a Saginaw Valley League team. Recently, he made a little more history of his own – and became the first player from Midland ever to be named “Mr. Hockey” by the Michigan High School Hockey Coaches Association.
“It’s an honor. It’s amazing. I could not have asked for a better cape for a high school senior season,” VanSumeren said Monday after a celebration with his teammates in the Dow cafeteria. “Of course, a lot of honor goes to my teammates . I could not have done anything I did without them. It’s a great achievement, not only for me, but for this whole team. “