THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Netminder Since Youth
Now Likes Present Slot
_enfrews Squad Lacks Number;
Injured Cushing, Bochen Mending
Although the Michigan hockey
team is small in number this year,
they make up for v:hat they lack
in this department with quality
At the start of the season there
were only 14 players on the squad.
At present, only 11 are in playing
condition. Of the other three, two,
Pat Cushing and Steve Bochen,'
are mendin quickly, and should
return to action in the near future,.
Vhile the other, senior Jay Katz,
is out for the year with a broken
Leading the squad as a junior is
ca ptain Bobble Watt. Watt has'
been teaming with senior Barrie
Hayton to form Michigan's top de-
fensive combiration. With a short-
age of defensemen, Watt and Hay-
ton have been employed overtime,
and have been doing an excellent
"Bad Boy" Last Year
Hayton, who established a repu-
tation last year of being a "bad
boy," when he set a new league
penalty record, has tamed himself
so far this season. On the opening
Eastern trip, he distinguished him-
self not only on defense, but as a
fine shot. His two screen shot
goals were the only ones the Wol-
verines scored against Toronto.
Sophomore forwards Dale Mac-
Donald and Pat Cushing have also
shown indications of developing
into topflight hockey players.
MacDonald, a center, scored two
goals in the season opener against
St. Lawrence. Cushing was also
doing outstanding work on the
same line with MacDonald, until
he suffered a shoulder separation
in the Toronto game, which will
shelve him until the end of the
month. Both are excellent skaters
and shooters, and have promising
White Plays Most
The player spending the most
time on the ice so far this season,
has been Bob White, who has
played every position except goal.
He has played on a line with Cush-
ing and MacDonald as well as
taking several turns on defense.
The second line play has fea-
tured the outstanding work of
John Hutton, who was the leading
scorer on the Thanksgiving tour,
and the continually improving
play of Gary Mattson.
Mattson and Hutton have been
working well together, but they
have been handicapped by not!
having someone skating with them
consistently. Steve Bochen started'
the season on the other wing, but
then he broke his wrist, and Don
Gourley took his place.
Next, Gourley injured his shoul-
der with Ralph Horner taking his
place. At present, this position is
up for grabs, as all three are now
in playingdshape but not in top-
flight condition. -
Jim Coyle is a new face in goal
for the Wolverines. The man-!
power shortage necessitated the
moving of Ross Childs to forward,
and Coyle replaced him in the
Plays Well So Far
Coyle has come through ad-
mirably so far and the soph from
Delhi, Ont., appears to have a
bright future. Gifted with cat-
like reflexes and speed, Coyle will}
probably be in the nets for Michi-
gan for the rest of the season.
Coach Al Renfrew has com-
mended his boys for not giving
up, "Their a fine bunch, all fight-
ers, and with the spirit we have,
they can make up for what they
lack in numerical strength."
By BUZ STEINBERG
With many injuries plaguing the
Michigan hockey team, Coach Al
Renfrew has had a rough time
deciding where to shift his few
Ross Childs, Wolverine goal-
tender for the past two years. has
been moved to a forward slot as a
result of Renfrew's arranging.
This change has caused much
excitement among Michigan's sup-
porters, but the move was deemed
necessary by Renfrew who said,
S"We have two good goalies, Jim
Coyle and Childs, but Childs is
the better skater of the two. That's
why I put him at forward."
"The way things are now, it
looks as if Childs will be playing
forward the rest of the season. He
has oriented himself well into his
new position, and he plays with a
reasonable amount of ability."
Because Childs has been cover-
ing his wing well, Renfrew has
been fairly pleased with the new
setup. To this he added, "He is
doing a good job and that's all you
could ask from anybody."
Renfrew concluded with this
summation, "He's a good competi-
tor, and a nice kid. You couldn't
go wrong by placing him at any
position. Childs may not have a
great deal of ability, but he has
plantyof desire and that's what
Actually, Childs is no stranger
to hockey. He started playing at
the very early age of five.
Continuing from his grade school
team. he played on city bantam
and midget hockey teams. The best
players on these city hockey
squads were picked to serve on
representative All-Star lineups.
Childs played for the Owen-Sound
Greys,. which was one of the top
hockel teams in an Ontario "B"
league. and while on this team he
consistently made the city All-Star
After playing everywhere on the
ice he finally settled for playing
in front of the goal.
Always Liked Goalie
"I played center a lot, but liked
goalie the best. It was after my
first year in bantam hockey that
I finally switched to playing
hen th time came to decide
on a uiversity, I chose Michigan
because I had had somce friends
here including ex-coach Vic Hey-
liger, but even more important is
the fact that Michigan is one of
the only American universities
that rates with Canadian univer-
sity ice teams."
Ross has played goalie ever since
he started playing on the team.
Regarding his new position, he
stated. "On the freshman squad I
started out as a goalie and have
never played any other position
until this year. I really didn't mind
the switch. It's good experience
Ambitious and Eager
His final words about the situa-
tion were demonstrative of his
ambition and eagerness.
"When you have something hard
to learn, it's good to practice. I
don't mind playing forward in the
least. As a matter of fact, I like
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The time: last hockey season.
The place: the Michigan Coli-
The scene: Michigan's big num-
ber 10 is bulling his way down the
right boards, stick-handling with
one arm, and blocking with the
other. He cuts in and beats the de-
fense and the goalie for a score.
This was a fairly typical scene
perience lin Olymplnic Gaesllc
The Michican Da ily
And, as White relates, "We hit a
good year." The year was 1956, the
Winter Olmpics were being heldI
at Helsinki, and the Dutchmen
With White at center, scoring
six goals and eight assists the
Canadian squad disurnguishea it-
self by placing third with a record
of 14 wins and two losses. The
only two teams to top them were
here in Ann Arbor last season as 'the Russians and the American
Bob White, playing his first year representative-.
of varsity competition, was in the With such a wealth of experi-
process of making a good year of ence behind him, it is little wonder
it. As a sophomore, the solidly that White has become one of the
built, 190-lb. right winger estab-
lished himself as a regular and
went on to such a great seasons
that he received mention as an!
All-American in post season polls.
White has taken up where he
left off last year and is consideredI
a mainstay of the Wolverine
squad. But his performance here
at Michigan is not so surprising in
view of his colorful background in
After an outstanding career in
the Canadian junior leagues, the
big junior from Stratford, Ontario,
went into senior hockey and
played for the Kitchner Dutch-
The league In which KitchnerI
is a member is the outstanding
amateur league in Canada. There-
fore, the champion of this league
is sent as the Canadian represen-
tative to the world hockey tourna-
ment which is held each year.
However, every fourth year there
is no tournament and Canada's
representative goes instead to the
outstanding American college
Thus far this year, White has
shown himself a versatile puckster
by playing everything but goalie
for Coach Al Renfrew. With the
Wolverine team riddled by in-
juries, he has had to play wing,
center, and defense, and has done
an outstanding job at all. More at
home on the right wing, where he
played most of last season, he
hopes to be back at that spot be-
fore the year is over.
One of the many Canadian
players on the squad (in fact,
teammates Bobby Watt and Bar-
rie Hayton were once opponentsj
in junior league play), White is
used to a rough, hard checking
Not exactly the gentlest player
on ice himself, White has man-
aged to play a rugged game of
hockey throughout his career
without sustaining any serious in-
juries. Says White, "I've been
Anyone who has seen his 190
pounds put someone into the
boards will shudder and echo his
This is quite an understatement
considering the many injuries
which the Wolverine ice squad has
suffered this season. White's only
malady has been a siege of the flu.
This was suffered on the recent
Thanksgiving tour. Despite the
influenza attack, White attempted
to play, but had trouble making
the plays which are usually simple
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