Schierhorn Receives High Praise On His Way To The Top

Eric Schierhorn had the skills and the smarts to be a top-flight goaltender even before he came to the Muskegon Lumberjacks. But once he had the opportunity to learn from one of the greatest netminders of all time his game reached another level. And now the sky’s the limit for the Anchorage, Alaska native.

During his two seasons in the United States Hockey League, Schierhorn grew up under the watchful eye of John Vanbiesbrouck, the U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer who serves as the general manager and director of hockey operations for the team. And during that time, the man they call Beezer has liked what he has seen from his young netminder.

An athletic goaltender who patterns his game after San Jose Sharks netminder Alex Stalock, Schierhorn also takes a thinking-man’s approach to the position, which has helped set him apart from the other topnotch goaltenders in the USHL.

  

Position: Goaltender
Catches: Left
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 185 pounds
Birth Date: Feb. 9, 1996
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Junior Hockey:
Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
College Hockey:
University of Minnesota
Draft Status: 2015 Draft Eligible
USA Hockey History:
Named the Dave Peterson Goaltender of the Year for 2015. A member of the 2014 U.S. Junior Select Team that won the Junior A Challenge. Played in the 2013 Under-18 Four Nations Cup.

“I call him a cerebral goalie because he has a really good mental approach to the game,” Vanbiesbrouck said. “He’s the type of person that will put in the time on and off the ice, handicapping who he’s playing against.”

That approach allowed Schierhorn to grab hold of the No. 1 role with the Lumberjacks and never let go. In his 43 regular-season games, he finished with a 26-13-4 record to go with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

Part of his success can be traced back to his play on the international arena. As a member of the U.S. Junior Select Team, Schierhorn helped bring home the title at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. In addition to being named to the all-tournament team with a 0.97 goals-against average and .959 save percentage, he led the U.S. to a 3-2 overtime victory against Denmark.

That shot of confidence carried over once he returned to Muskegon.

“It was big for me because they picked from the USHL, which has a ton of great goalies. Being one of the two goalies [selected] made me look at where people thought that I stood,” said Schierhorn, who was recently given the Dave Peterson Goalie of the Year Award from USA Hockey

That confidence was evident to those around him as that international success provided a spark as Schierhorn led the Lumberjacks to their first Clark Cup Final.

“It allowed him to build an identity in the game, which is important. You put on the red, white and blue and let’s face the facts, you feel very good,” said Vanbiesbrouck, who represented the USA eight times in his career.

“Outside of our league, inside of our league, it creates a different level of respect. But then you have to go and do it, and Eric went out there and did it.”

As he prepares to hear his name called at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Schierhorn will look to refine his skills at the University of Minnesota, where he has a chance to lead the Gophers back to the top of the college hockey world.

“They don’t pick guys out of charity,” Vanbiesbrouck said. “I truly believe that he’s going to give them an opportunity to get to the Frozen Four next year because he’s going to take the ball and he’s going to apply himself from a mental and a physical side of it. There’s no telling how high his ceiling is.”

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  YOUTH STAR

   Kerner Berish
   Age: 10
   Avon, Ohio

   Kerner Berish can thank his mom’s busy schedule for helping him become a young entrepreneur with a bright future. When the Avon, Ohio youngster was stuck at a soap party following hockey practice, Kerner and his aunt Donna experimented with different combinations to help combat every hockey player’s all too common problem: smelly hockey equipment.
    “I was using it in the locker room and my friends liked how it smelled, so they wanted to know how they could get some,” he said.
    With help from his aunt’s California soap company, Chubb’s Stink Away was born (Chubb’s being his father’s nickname for him). Much to the delight of hockey moms at the North Olmsted Hockey Club, Kerner, with his signature bowtie, has sold hundreds of bottles while learning the value of a dollar and the art of the deal in the process.
    Kerner is using the money to help save for college, while also donating five percent of the proceeds to the North Olmsted Hockey Club Hardship Fund to help players who cannot afford club fees and equipment costs.

Issue: 
2015-06

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