Michael “Rodie” Rohdenburg
Michael “Rodie” Rohdenburg was born and raised in Elmhurst, IL, where he continues to reside. Michael grew up an athlete, excelling in various sports such as football, baseball, wrestling, boxing, and track. As a kid, Michael always knew there was one sport missing from his repertoire: hockey. Getting a late start, Michael finally got his chance when he tried out for his high school hockey team. As a result of Michael’s athleticism, hard work, and passion for the game as a Freshman he was second on his team with 41 goals and was eventually pulled up to varsity and played the last 7 games with them. The following year, he left high school hockey to play with the Huskies Hockey Midget Program, where he won his first of many state championships.
The following year, Michael tried out for the Huskies Jr. team, competing with 92 other players for just 20 spots. Michael, as a 15 year old, was selected for the team alongside many who were much older and much more experienced. Michael’s talent far surpassed his age and experience, and that year he helped his team win a state and national championship. From there, he went on to win two more state championships with the Huskies.
Michael continued his hockey career playing in college in Upstate New York. With hockey being his passion, he decided to give back to the sport through coaching. He began his coaching career 25 years ago in Wilmette, where in the first five years of his coaching career he won several state championships with both Mite and Squirt teams. Michael later returned to the Huskies, this time as a coach, where found continued success winning numerous state and national championships with Pee Wees, Bantams, and Midgets. Bringing his coaching philosophy to Hinsdale Central Red Devils Hockey Club, Michael transformed the program in just three years, going from 6-28 to 33-6 and making the Final Four in the Red Division.
Coach Rodie leads by example and teaches his players to embrace responsibility of representing the club in a manner worthy of its top teams. His detailed preparation for practice and games is unequaled. His passion for the game is second only to his interest in developing fine young men who represent their club and themselves well in hockey and in life. Rodie has coached for the last 24 years. With his 25th year in hand, he has made 21 Final Four appearances and won 14 of his 15 state championship appearances. Michael has coached his way to two national championships, along with one runner up and three third-place finishes.
Michael has also coached the Metro-West All Star Games three times, and has been on the select committee for the Illinois Showcase, including coaching them to a national championship. Michael has selected and coached numerous AHAI Central District player developmental camps. For the last 6 summers he has coached the Summer Colligate Hockey League at West Meadows. Michael’s commitment and passion for coaching both on and off the ice earned him the title of AHAI Coach of the Year in 2013. Rodie’s overall coaching record is 1542 wins, 439 losses, and 193 ties.
For over 20 years, Rodie has owned three businesses in Bloomingdale, IL: Brodies Auto Body, Bloomingdale Rescue & Recovery, and R&S Holding Company. He has a 23 year old son named Shawn Michael. Rodie’s outgoing and fun-loving personality has made him instrumental in planning various social events with the organizations he has been involved with. He is a role model for his teams both on and off the ice, and the positive impact he has on his players extends far beyond his time as their coach.
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