Tops in their class
Last March at the Hockey Weekly All State Banquet, Allison Stapleton won the title of High School’s Miss Hockey and the Henrik Zetterberg High School Hockey Scholarship of $1,500 towards her first year in college at Grand Valley State University.
On Dec. 17, she completed a hat trick when, as Zetterberg’s guest at the Red Wings-Anaheim Ducks game, Detroit came out a winner, 6-4, continuing a solid tradition of the Wings captain and his team doing well with his scholars in attendance.
“I’m glad nobody told me before the game,” said Stapleton as she met Zetterberg with her family after the game in the Detroit dressing room. “I would have been nervous and felt awful if they lost.”
Zetterberg, with tongue in cheek, said he wasn’t worried when the Ducks took 2-0 and 3-1 leads.
“I knew, it was like I knew she was here,” Zetterberg said and smiled referring to the good luck his scholars usually bring.
Zetterberg and his linemates Tomas Tatar and Anthony Mantha took charge of the scoring with Tatar’s first career hat trick and Zetterberg going plus-3 with an assist on Tatar’s last goal and game winner in the third period.
“When I heard she was coming on the 17th (Dec.) I said, ‘Ok, we’re going to win tonight,’ ” he said.
For the ninth time Zetterberg treated one of his scholar athletes to a Wings home game, and in six of those games he has scored at least one goal and, generally, plays very well.
“You’re having a good year?” Zetterberg then asked Stapleton, who graduated from University Liggett School where she played her High School Hockey.
“Yes,” said Stapleton, who is studying to be a nurse. “And I’m playing hockey, too. I must thank you again for that scholarship. That’s one of the reasons I’m able to play hockey.”
Stapleton was able to attend the game with one guest with Zetterberg’s tickets and her mom, dad and two brothers who bought their own tickets were invited also to the post game meet-and-greet, that included taking photos with the captain who told them to stick around for awhile if they liked and they might see a few other players.
When Allison’s dad, John, asked Zetterberg if they could put on his gear, he quipped, “Take Nyquist’s,” which gave everyone a good laugh.
“I thought it was awesome,” said Stapleton. “To have the captain of the Red Wings tell you you’ve done a really good job is cool.
“It’s nice to also be able to thank him in person for his generosity in providing these scholarships. And then everything about him, including this game to attend and allowing my family to come down in the dressing room, too, to enjoy this.”
In other words, Zetterberg keeps providing some memories for his High School Hockey scholar athletes they won’t soon forget.
The reason Zetterberg’s winner of the boy’s scholarship didn’t attend the same game is that Logan Jenuwine is playing Junior Hockey this season and his team was not on a typical holiday break yet as Stapleton was on school break. Jenuwine graduated from Romeo High School, and was also High School Hockey’s top male player as Mr. Hockey.
Zetterberg this season has raised his scholarship amount to the winners by a $1,000 to $2,500 each.
Likewise, the other scholarships for High School Hockey presented at the Hockey Weekly Banquet this coming March 19 will be the Jim Devellano Scholarship of $2,500 for one boy and one girl, or the Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship.