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KC8NIY
03-31-2010, 09:14 PM
I have no way of knowing for sure but IMO the "Cancer" in the locker-room was Hogan. I think that after he won Sauer's job his head began to grow and grow. The end of season run should show him that he is not the defense. I expect him to battle hard next year for the #1 spot (regardless if we bring in someone new),

I find that unlikely, but I don't sit in the room either. There's plenty of possible reasons for what went wrong, but the only ones who will ever know are those close to the program. Frankly, I don't care, so long as we don't see a repeat in the fall. There's no sense in assessing blame at this point, if there were even blame to be assessed. I'm happy with the end result, and will continue to be.

KC8NIY
03-31-2010, 09:31 PM
Summers signs with Phoenix and will start in San Antonio (http://coyotes.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=523463). It's a shame that Porter and Kolarik are no longer in the organization with him.

Kampfer signs with Boston and is off to Providence (http://bruins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=523421&navid=DL|BOS|home)

streaker
04-01-2010, 09:56 AM
I find that unlikely, but I don't sit in the room either. There's plenty of possible reasons for what went wrong, but the only ones who will ever know are those close to the program. Frankly, I don't care, so long as we don't see a repeat in the fall. There's no sense in assessing blame at this point, if there were even blame to be assessed. I'm happy with the end result, and will continue to be.

Agree completely. I think you can point at the lack of confidence factor as a means to not playing to potential more so than Hogan being a distraction. That starts and ends in goal and Hunwick injected a strong sense of confidence and "team" into the locker room simply by making plays that Hogan failed to do. Conversely, the team also rallied around a teammate that presumably didn't have the same skill set than Hogan, so that re-commitment to defense really made a difference.

Next season, neither goaltender will have the benefit of the same experienced and offensively mobile defense. We'll see how that works.

streaker
04-01-2010, 10:23 AM
Oh and one more thing regarding the blown call against Miami....

http://www.annarbor.com/sports/michigan-hockey-coach-red-berenson-wants-closure-after-controversial-overtime-call/

UMICHhockeyRULZ
04-01-2010, 10:49 AM
This is a little off-topic now but....

Scions of Detroit Families Share Hockey Passion
By JOANNE C. GERSTNER
Published: March 31, 2010

DETROIT — Since birth, William Clay Ford Jr. and Christopher Ilitch have been judged by their last names and their families’ businesses. It comes with being the great-grandson of Henry Ford and, for Ilitch, being the son of the founder of Little Caesars Pizza.


If it happens on ice and it involves hitting and scoring, The Times's Slap Shot blog is on it.


Ilitch’s family made its fortune in the pizza business.
As children, they both found an escape from the pressure of their famous names on a hockey rink. Skates laced tight, a stick in their hands, they could blend in on a hockey team. Years later, bearing responsibility for billions of dollars of business, they still do.

“Once you’re out on the ice, nobody cares about who you are or what you do,” said Ford, who is known as Bill. “It’s all washed away the moment the game begins, and I love that.”

Ford, whose great-grandfather launched the modern auto industry, is executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company. The Ford family also owns the N.F.L.’s Detroit Lions and Ford Field. But at 52, he also plays defense on his company’s pond hockey team.

Ilitch, 44, is the president and chief executive of Ilitch Holdings, the management company for his family’s businesses. His father, Mike, the founder of Little Caesars Pizza, owns the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Red Wings and an entertainment empire, and his mother, Marian, owns the Motor City Casino and helped build the businesses. Christopher Ilitch was a star player in high school and now plays forward for the Liquidators, an adult team in suburban Detroit.

“I’ve never run across too many hockey players that I haven’t liked,” Ilitch said. “It’s funny, the sport has a way of weeding out the particular type of person. The ones who are left are like Bill and me — we’ve played hockey for most of our lives and you are around great guys.

“Some of my best friends, from all walks of life, are from hockey. That’s kind of the great equalizer. We’re all the same on the ice.”

Their love of hockey moved both to help bring the N.C.A.A. Frozen Four men’s hockey championship to Ford Field this year, with Ford and Ilitch serving as co-chairmen. The event, to be held April 8-10, is expected to draw record crowds, with a seating configuration of 30,000 in the football stadium.

Ilitch and Ford say they plan to skate with their friends on the Frozen Four rink before the tournament.

Ford and his buddies have won four USA Hockey pond hockey titles, including the 2010 over-50 championship, with Ford as their stalwart on defense.

“He plays with a lot of emotion and a big heart,” said Ralph Booth, a teammate, lifelong friend and private investment entrepreneur. “He really anchors our defense. I can say that if they gave the Lady Byng award for pond hockey, Bill would get it.”

Ford, sportsmanship awards or no, gladly suffers the bumps and bruises of hockey. He recounts how a bigger player once knocked him to his knees — twice — and then refused to shake his hand after Ford’s team won. The player came back an hour later, looking for him.

“He asked me for my autograph,” Ford said. “And this was after he tried to kill me. That was kind of humorous.”

Jim Kwilos, another member of the Ford team, says he enjoys its casual atmosphere.

“You’d never know you have a member of one of the greatest industrial families in our country on your team; he’s just Bill to everybody,” said Kwilos, an industrial sales representative. “People do know Bill, though. He signs autographs and talks to people about cars. He never says no.”

Ford has loved hockey since childhood, playing on organized teams and in pickup games on the frozen shoreline of Lake St. Clair near his family’s historic Grosse Pointe Shores home. He played prep hockey at the Hotchkiss School, and carries the souvenir of a scar on his upper lip from a slap shot from his days there.

Ford said one of his happiest childhood memories was attending a summer camp led by the hockey great Gordie Howe in suburban Detroit. Ford, then 8, wanted to show Howe — his hockey idol — his work ethic and toughness.

He spotted Howe and put his head down to skate hard.

“My heart just jumped,” Ford said of first seeing Howe. “The next thing I know, I was slammed. I’ve never been hit so hard in my life. I’m lying in this heap, and it’s Gordie looking down at me.

“He says, ‘Son, always skate with your head up.’ I was so honored to have been checked by Gordie Howe. That was the coolest thing that ever happened to me.”

The Ford hockey tradition has continued. Ford’s son Will, 17, plays junior hockey in Marquette, Mich., and has signed to play at Princeton, his father’s alma mater, next season.

Ilitch has his own family hockey dynasty brewing. His son Travis, 6, recently scored his first hat trick for the mini-mite Troy Red Wings.

As a teenager, Ilitch helped the Cranbrook School win the Michigan state title in 1983. He was an all-state forward and also served as the Cranes’ co-captain.

His parents bought the Red Wings during his senior year, but Ilitch realized that playing hockey would not be his role in the family business.

“I knew the Wings didn’t need a 5-9 winger,” Ilitch said. “That was obvious.”

He has been playing with the Liquidators, a team made up of former college and minor league players as well as weekend warriors, for nearly two decades. His teammates call Ilitch a hard worker with a decent scoring touch.

He is also known for his intensity and his willingness to get under the skin of opponents.

Steve Walton, a Detroit police officer who plays on Ilitch’s team, said: “I don’t think 95 percent of the teams we’re playing against have an idea that an Ilitch is out there; he’s in a full cage, can’t see his face, no name. He’s blending in and just another player who thinks he’s better and younger than he is.

“I can’t even imagine the pressure he has on him. The only stress he has with us if he can get the puck out of the zone or in the net. Or who gets to the beer first after the game.”

His Liquidators teammate A. J. Plaskey, a commercial painter, said he loved playing with Ilitch and wanted to keep him on the team — and at work — for years to come.

“I won’t lie, when Chris became more prominent in the family business, more of us looked after him because we didn’t want the guy running the Tigers and Wings to go down on our watch,” Plaskey said. “We’ve got his back because we realize he’s got a pretty important day job too.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/01/sports/hockey/01frozen.html?th&emc=th#

KC8NIY
04-10-2010, 02:39 AM
Fantastic article about Mike Legg's goal

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=hruby/100408_mike_legg_michigan_goal

Lord of the Rinks
04-10-2010, 02:17 PM
You're right. Great article!

de K8MU

Arpod
04-10-2010, 03:37 PM
Best line from that story (IMHO):

BERENSON: "I thought, 'Oh my God, he's going to try it.'

:D

KC8NIY
04-11-2010, 12:19 AM
You're right. Great article!

de K8MU

Good deal, Larry. There's four of us hanging around the board here that I'm aware of.

UMICHhockeyRULZ
04-11-2010, 04:16 AM
Good deal, Larry. There's four of us hanging around the board here that I'm aware of.

Am I included in the four? Despite what some here may think, I am a year-round UM Hockey fan.

sqeyes
04-12-2010, 10:31 PM
Nice article on Red in the Daily today.

http://www.michigandaily.com/content/man-who-built-michigan-hockey-red-berenson-player-coach-and-teacher

KC8NIY
04-13-2010, 05:42 PM
Am I included in the four? Despite what some here may think, I am a year-round UM Hockey fan.

My comment actually had nothing to do with hockey or posters in this thread. Double top secret super squirrel stuff.

streaker
04-13-2010, 05:43 PM
That's awesome. I'd shove it in Dean Lombardi's face, IMO.

KC8NIY
04-14-2010, 06:56 PM
Following yesterday's fantastic read from the Daily, AA.com follows up with a much less in-depth but still decent piece on Louie and Carl looking to next year.

http://www.annarbor.com/sports/michigans-louie-caporusso-carl-hagelin-ready-to-take-charge-for-wolverines/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WolverinesSports+%28Michigan+ Wolverines+Sports%29

alfablue
04-15-2010, 08:13 AM
Following yesterday's fantastic read from the Daily, AA.com follows up with a much less in-depth but still decent piece on Louie and Carl looking to next year.

http://www.annarbor.com/sports/michigans-louie-caporusso-carl-hagelin-ready-to-take-charge-for-wolverines/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+WolverinesSports+%28Michigan+ Wolverines+Sports%29

That seems to bode well for our two top flight risks.

Could it be that we have a summer with no defections???? that would be so nice.

AKJD
04-16-2010, 03:14 AM
Just a little FYI if anyone's interested, I was kicking around on iTunes the other day and found a bundle of classic NHL playoff games (search for "playoff hat trick"), including game 7 of the 1965 Stanley Cup finals between the Blackhawks and Canadiens. I wasn't aware until I started watching, but it turns out Red Berenson is in the game. So, if any Michigan fans out there are interested in watching some old-school hockey with their team's coach in the lineup, it's there and at least right now, is free :)

bluevox
04-21-2010, 09:30 AM
Red was on WTKA this morning and said the Big Chill game will be on Olympic ice!?! Had anyone else heard this.

It makes sense, it gets the ice (marginally) closer to the stands. We should have the speed advantage against MSU, which in theory means Olympic size ice favors UM. Still kind of surprizing since UM doesn't reguarly play on big ice and all of the portable rinks that have been used recently are NHL size. I don't know if they can modify them easily.

As I am typing this, a radio ad for tickets is on WTKA.

Can't wait.

alfablue
04-21-2010, 09:54 AM
Red was on WTKA this morning and said the Big Chill game will be on Olympic ice!?! Had anyone else heard this.

It makes sense, it gets the ice (marginally) closer to the stands. We should have the speed advantage against MSU, which in theory means Olympic size ice favors UM. Still kind of surprizing since UM doesn't reguarly play on big ice and all of the portable rinks that have been used recently are NHL size. I don't know if they can modify them easily.

As I am typing this, a radio ad for tickets is on WTKA.

Can't wait.

I read on the Fort that there are already 60k seats sold for the game. That will be one rocking game!

wolverineTrumpet
04-21-2010, 10:12 AM
I read on the Fort that there are already 60k seats sold for the game. That will be one rocking game!

It should be crazy. That's more tickets sold than the attendance reported for Camp Randall this year (55,000).

My friend that organizes the away trips I go on (wore the Mott jersey at the poster's game) got a group of 50 tickets. I know someone else who asked all her friends and ordered 200 tickets.

Got the e-mail from UofM today that tickets are on sale this morning. Both the aforementioned friends got tickets ahead of time as season ticket holders.

Puck Swami
04-21-2010, 10:35 AM
Nice article on Red in the Daily today.

http://www.michigandaily.com/content/man-who-built-michigan-hockey-red-berenson-player-coach-and-teacher

This is one of the best articles I've EVER read in a college newspaper - the level of writing and, the insight on the character of the subject are at pro level. Amazing. If this is what Sports Editor Ryan Kartje can do as a collegian, he has a very bright future ahead of him if he chooses journalism or anything else.

Oh, and that Berenson. He's interesting, too..;)