The 15th annual Motown Classic drew more teams than ever to Detroit this weekend, with 354 squads across 22 divisions. A tournament that once began with a single age group in 2004 has swelled to nine in 2019 from 18U through 2010-birth year teams. Unlike any other tournament during the winter season, Motown saw an unprecedented 54 percent of its 771 games be decided by two goals or fewer, in what proved to be not only LGS Hockey’s largest event but it’s most competitive as well.
Take a look at who took the coveted championship belt at each of the 22 divisions below.
The Pittsburgh Esmark Stars defeated the Greater Kingston Jr. Gaels 4-2 in the 18U Temptations championship. With a 5-0-1 record on the weekend, Pittsburgh finished atop the 10-team division with four consecutive wins in tight games.
The eight-team 18U Supremes Division went to Great Lakes Selects after a 5-0 win over Michigan Elite Brigade. Great Lakes scored 27 goals — the most in the division — while allowing just 10 goals against, leading to a 5-1-0 record and a championship at Motown.
In the 16U Temptations Division, Vaughan capped off a 5-1-0 record with a 3-1 win over Pittsburgh. All six of the Kings’ tournament games were decided by a three-goal margin or less, including the championship game which featured the top two teams from Pools A and B.
The 16U Supremes Division was decided by just one goal in a 3-2 finish in favor of the Texas Tigers over the Mississauga Terriers. The victory capped off a perfect 6-0-0 weekend; a run that included two nail-biting 1-0 finishes in addition to the tight division finale.
In a battle between two local teams, Detroit-based Compuware knocked off Detroit-based Little Caesars 5-1 in the 15U Temptations Division. It was the fourth time in six games that Compuware reached the four-goal plateau over the weekend, propelling them to a 5-0-1 record.
Michigan Hockey Advancement claimed the 15U Supremes Division with a 3-2 victory over the Tri-State Spartans. Three consecutive shutouts in pool-play and quarterfinals put MHA in the Final Four, where they edged out Amherst and Tri-State in one-goal games.
The ‘05 Temptations Division came down to a 3-2 finish where Little Caesars outlasted the Windsor Jr. Spitfires at Kennedy Ice Center. The victory put a bow on a 5-0-1 tournament record, where 3-seeded Little Caesars navigated the eight-team playoff to take the title.
Low-scoring games were the M-O for ‘05 Supremes Division champion Kensington Valley. The Warriors scored just two goals in four of their six tournament games including the championship but it proved to be just enough, as KV defeated West Dundee 2-1 en route to a 5-0-1 record.
Four straight one-goal games led to Little Caesars-Farmington Hills’ ‘05 Commodores Division championship. LC-FH defeated Orchard Lake United in overtime to advance past the quarterfinals and followed that up with a shootout win in the semifinals before knocking off Compuware AA 3-2 in the finale.
The St. Louis AAA Blues controlled the ‘06 Temptations Division with a stifling defensive effort. Compiling a 6-0-0 record, the Blues never allowed more than two goals in any game during the tournament, capping the weekend off with a 4-2 win over the Anaheim Jr. Ducks.
In the ‘06 Supremes Division, the Arizona Jr. Coyotes defeated the Madison Capitols to finish the weekend with a 5-1-0 record. After falling to the Tri-State Spartans 2-1 on Friday evening, the Coyotes rattled off four straight wins to claim the division championship.
The ‘06 Commodores Division went to the Chicago Bulldogs, after they defeated Compuware AA 2-1 in the championship. The Bulldogs allowed just four goals against in six tournament games, posting shutouts in three of their first four games and a dominating 6-0-0 record.
CSKA-Moscow became the first team outside of North America to win a Motown championship after they defeated the Toronto Red Wings 4-2 to claim the ‘07 Temptations Division. CSKA scored the second-most goals of any team in the tournament with 34 and allowed just six goals against this weekend.
The Lambton Jr. Sting scored five-or-more goals in four tournament games including the ‘07 Supremes championship; a 5-2 victory over Chatham-Kent. The win capped off a perfect 6-0-0 record on the weekend as the 3-seeded Sting took the title.
In one of the tightest playoff brackets of the weekend, the Chicago Jets took home the ‘07 Commodores championship with a 3-1 win over Middlesex. The 2-seeded Jets survived a shootout in the quarterfinals as well as a 4-3 decision in the semis before claiming the title at Troy Sports Center.
Top-seeded Chicago Fury led the ‘08 Temptations Division wire-to-wire, finishing Sunday with a 3-2 win over the Toronto Marlboros. The finale was a battle of two unbeatens, with Chicago ultimately prevailing and holding the Marlies’ division-leading offense at bay.
A high-scoring affair determined the ‘08 Supremes Division, with the Colorado Thunderbirds having just enough gas to outlast Chatham-Kent, 5-4 in the finale. The Thunderbirds allowed the second-most goals against in their division but the offense produced five-goals-or-more in five of their six games which proved to be the difference.
Highland Park shut out the Chicago Bulldogs 2-0 in the ‘08 Commodores Division final. The 2-seeded Bulldogs won back-to-back 5-4 games to advance through playoffs before claiming the championship over Chicago and finishing with a perfect 6-0-0 record.
The ‘09 Temptations Division was also claimed by Highland Park by way of a 5-2 finish over Sun County. The Falcons upset top-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins Elite in the 8v1 quarterfinal matchup; an eight-team playoff that featured three victories from lower-seeded teams in the first round before Highland Park ultimately won the championship.
Compuware won the ‘09 Supremes Division after squeezing into the playoffs as the 7-seed. Their three-game playoff run included a 4-3 win over the 2-seeded Glenview Stars, a 5-2 win over top-seeded Chicago Bulldogs and 3-1 win in the championship over 3-seeded Kensington Valley.
The ‘10 Temptations Division came down to two Ontario-based teams as the Toronto Marlboros defeated the Windsor Jr. Spitfires 6-2 in the final. The Marlboros’ 43 goals scored was more than any other team in the event and ultimately propelled them to a 6-0-0 record.
After going 2-0-1 in pool play, the Glacier Ice Dogs won three consecutive one-goal games to navigate the ‘10 Supremes Division playoffs. A 2-1 win decided by way of shootout over the Rochester Rattlers capped off five-game win streak as the Ice Dogs won the 16-team division.
The 2019 Motown Classic featured teams and families from 23 different U.S. states and Canadian provinces as well as Russia and the Czech Republic. With more than 5,000 athletes on hand for LGS Hockey’s biggest event of the year, Motown continues to grow in size and competitiveness with a record-high in number of teams competing in more than 258 games decided by just one goal over the weekend.
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