Men's Ice Hockey Recruiting / Michigan / Grand Blanc, MI / Grand Blanc Community High School / Nathan Polehna

Nathan Polehna '23 Recruiting Profile

Grand Blanc Community High SchoolGrand Blanc, MIMen's Ice Hockey
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ClubLansing Spartans
Primary PositionCenter
Secondary PositionLeft Wing
Dominant HandLeft
Team LevelHigh School


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Personal Statement

          My name is Nathan Polehna, I am a Senior at Davison High School in Davison Michigan. I have played hockey for 14 years and currently play for my high school. Ever since I was young, I always had the desire to play at the next level of hockey. This lines up with my academic virtues. Since second grade I have been enrolled in the CAP program for those that are considered academically advanced. My goal is to find a school where I can continue to challenge myself academically and compete at the highest level of hockey that I can.
           Throughout my hockey career, I have always faced adversity, the fact that I am smaller than most of the other players my age.  I have been told by coaches that I am too small and have been passed over for others that are larger than me.  I used these setbacks as fuel to light a fire in me that cannot be extinguished. I have always told myself that it is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.  I work harder than everyone else on my team both on and off of the ice. Now that my size is starting to catch up with the others, it is obvious that my hard work is paying off and I stand out amongst all the other players. I am a three-time district champion, I have played in the state finals multiple times, won a state championship, and I have even gone on to play in a national championship and placed 2nd. When I find a weakness in my game, I do everything I can in order to better myself.  I have attended numerous hockey camps in an effort to identify my weaknesses, work on them and improve all aspects of my game not only on the ice but also off-ice.   I am focusing on physical conditioning and weight gain right now.

          I am a multisport athlete and have learned to accel in other sports as well. In doing so, I have become a much stronger, physically fit, and and a more intelligent athlete. Beyond Ice Hockey, I also play lacrosse and golf. I have also attended lacrosse camps, one of which was a summer camp at Duke University where I was able to learn the effects that other sports have on your game as well as compete with other athletes that are at the top of their game.
          The University selection process  can be very complicated and there are a lot of great choices out there.  I am very confident that when I find the school that offers the best balance of academic and athletic opportunities, the decision will become very easy for me.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity
  • 1 year
  • Varsity Starter
  • 1 year
  • 2022 Club/Travel Team
     - Jersey: #17
  • 2021 Varsity Team
     - Jersey: #17
  • Team Awards
  • 78% Face-Off Win Percentage

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience
  • 8 seasons
  • 2019 Lansing Spartans (Bantam AA Travel)
  • 2018 USA Eagles (Bantam A Travel)
  • 2017 Flint Jr. Firebirds (PeeWee AA - Tavel)
  • 2016 Saginaw Jr. Spirit (PeeWee A - Travel)
  • 2015 Flint Jr Firebirds (Squirt AA)
  • Michigan State Champions
  • 2014 Flint Jr. Firebirds (Squirt A)
  • 2013 Vehicle City Ice Hogs (Mite AA)
  • This was non-USA Hockey, AAU Team
  • 2012 Michigan Warriors (Mite A)

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Doug Towler


  • Camp/Event
  • Brown University NCAA I Prospect Camp
  • 8/15/22 to 8/17/22
  • Camp/Event
  • Sacred Heart University NCAA I Prospect Camp
  • 6/20/22 to 6/23/22
  • Camp/Event
  • NAHL Camp - Austin Bruins / Johnstown Tomahawks / Fairbanks Icedogs
  • 5/27/22 to 5/29/22
  • Camp/Event
  • JOG ACHA Showcase
  • 4/29/22 to 5/01/22
  • Camp/Event
  • University of Tennessee Prospect Camp
  • 4/09/22 to 4/10/22
  • Camp/Event
  • NAHL Junior Combine
  • 4/08/22 to 4/10/22
  • Camp/Event
  • Oakland University Prospect Camp
  • Camp/Event
  • University of Toledo Prospect Camp
  • Camp/Event
  • ACHA/ICHC Prospect Skate


  • Strida - Summer Hockey Training Camp
  • 4 years
  • Steve Howard
  • Christensen Hockey Camp
  • 3 years
  • Kyle Christensen and Terry Christensen
  • Elevation - Advanced Hockey Skills
  • 2 years
  • Ron Gay
  • First Class Athletics (FCA) Off Ice Training
  • 2 years
  • New Facility - Off-ice

Additional Sports

  • Lacrosse
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Team
  • Golf
  • 3 years
  • Club/Travel Team


Statistic2021 Varsity Team2019 Lansing Sparta2018 USA Eagles2017 Flint Jr. Fire2016 Saginaw Jr. Sp
Short Handed Goals02
Shots on Goal61
Games Played2033354049
Game Winning Goals214



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High School Information

Phone(810) 591-6638

Academic Accomplishments

Are you in honor classes?
Yes. Honors English 9, Honors Geometry, Honors Physical Science, Honors World History & Geography, Honors English 10, Honors Biology, Honors Algebra II, Honors Trig / Pre-Calculus
Are you in AP/IB classes?
Yes. AP Lang and Composition AP Biology AP Chemistry AP Psychology AP Calculus
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Awards and Activities

  • AwardsNominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence by Mario Capecchi, Ph.D. (Winner, 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine), Honor Roll Every Year, Academic All-Conference Every Year National Honors Society
  • ActivitiesLearn to skate teacher, Learn to play hockey instructor, Volunteer at Mustard Seed (Home for Women), Volunteer at Children's Hospital, Founder of Athletes for Children (Organization for High School Athletes)

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