Hard Work Pays Off For Northbrook Goalie With League, State Honors

NORTHBROOK, IL — Michael Reyderman hates skating drills at ice hockey practice. Luckily, the Glenbrook North junior plays a position that doesn’t require this activity. Reyderman was recently named Goalie of the Year by the Scholastic Hockey League and was selected to the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois All-State team.

“Also, the gear was way better than player gear,” Reyderman, 17, tells Patch about his decision to become a goalie during his scholastic career. “That really made me fall in love with the position.”

Reyderman’s hockey career began in 2013 when his mother, Anna, signed him up for a beginner hockey class in 2013 at the Northbrook Sports Center. From there, he would play for the Northbrook BlueHawks until high school, while also attending the Northbrook Park District’s Summer Hockey Academy for five summers.

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Reyderman said that during this time he tried playing goaltender at a friend’s house a couple of times and enjoyed it very much. Soon thereafter, he was convincing his father that it was what he wanted to do on the ice.

Though GBN’s league playoff hopes came to an end Tuesday during the SHL semifinals with a loss to Loyola Academy (Gold), being named Goalie of the Year is quite an accomplishment for Reyderman.

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“It means everything to me. I have worked continuously since last June to get in the position I am now and it really paid off,” Reyderman said. “I wasn’t necessarily working to be Goalie of the Year, but to win state. This accomplishment just came in after a hard-fought season and I couldn’t be happier.”

According to GameSheetsStats.com, Reyderman started in all 36 games he played in during the 2023-2024 season. He had a save percentage of 0.916, only allowing 70 goals on 829 shot attempts.

Next up for GBN is the state championship postseason tournament. In the quarterfinals, GBN will face St. Viator on Sunday (1:45 p.m start time) at Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.

With one more season left in his scholastic career, and goals of winning state and playing nationals, Reyderman knows next winter will be a special one with his hockey journey probably coming to an end.

“I look forward to playing next year as well, but I do not plan on playing hockey after that,” Reyderman said. “I might play for a club team in college, but that’s the furthest I’ll go.”

Reyderman was also selected to the AHAI All-State team for the Red Team. His squad will be playing the White Team on March 9 in the All-State game at Fifth/Third Arena in Chicago, where the NHL’s Blackhawks train. All-State players are selected by high school coaches. This marks the 37th year of the all-star competition.

“It’s a great honor and especially having two other teammates (Noah Masinter and Ryan Sandler) on that team means everything,” Reyderman said. “It is a great honor especially with how many great goalies there are in the state.”

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