THE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 1966
'Pa T'TH ICIGNDAL
By BILL LEVIS Bruce and Lea are just sopho-,
mores while Mike is veteran
Hockey is supposedly a Canadi- junior.
an sport. High Scoring
Few Americans ever seem to With Bruce at center and Mike
make the grade. Of all the many and Lea at the wings, this line
players participating in the Na- has accounted for 21 goals and 17
tional Hockey League, only two assists. Koviak leads the line with
Americans were listed on pre-sea- seven goals and seven assists. Lea
son NHL team rosters. follows only one point behind with
This, though, does not deter the seven goals including a hat trick
most exciting new line on the and six assists. while Mike has
Michigan hockey team. This line tallied seven goals with four
does not contain one Canadian. assists. They are the second lead-
All three of the boys hail from the ing scoring line closely following
United States, and even stranger, 'the Mel Wakabayashi line.
two of the boys are brothers, the Part of the boys' success can be
Martilla brothers. attributed to the fact that they
Mike and Lea Martilla along are no strangers with each other.
with centermate Bruce Koviak Mike and Lea have been playing
have sparked new life into the for seven or eight years now.
Wolverine icers. Their line has The first time a Martila played
been called the 'Detroit' line since together with Bruce Koviak was
all three were brought up in the six years ago on the Detroit John
Motor City. Mike, the older, and F. Ivory team in '59-'60. Lea
Lea Martilla and Bruce Koviak played along side Br- while
have also been called the 'Kid' Mike was a year too o d to par-
line and for good reason. Both ticipate. That team, which also
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included goalie Harold Herman, From there, all three went on to
was Michigan and National ban- Michigan. Mike played varsity
tam age champions. last year as a sophomore. This
Five Meet Again year the boys were reunited. There
The boys then played together was ,some juggling of lines the
in Mike's junior year of high first few games, but the Martillas
school when they all skated for and Koviak were finally put on
the Junior Red Wings. Koviak re- the same line. It proved to be a
calling those days said, "There are union both profitable to the play-
five us on the Michigan team now ers and to the team.
that played then. They are Dean When asked about the perfor-
(Lucier) Harold Herman, Mike, mance of the team and of the
Lea and myself." future, the boys seemed optimistic.
?n those years. as now, the 'Kid' Mike said, "Everyone realizes we
line played together. Mike and have as good a chance as anyone
Bruce were both captains of the at the WCHA title. This is a good
team. Bruce was also leading team."
scorer for the league his last year Looking to the past, Bruce
with the Wings. The two years said, "In the beginning we were
b yore, Wakabayashi had led the just getting to know each other
league in scoring. and you expected to lose some.
The boys felt that playing with Now the forwards are helping the;
the Wings really helped their defensemen and vice versa. We:re'
hockey. Bruce pointed out, "With all starting to jell."
the Wings, we played twice as Jells in Time
much hockey as other American The jell must have started, for
kid4. Also, we had all Canadian the team has won three in a row
compstition." and holds second place in the
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WCHA and a 3-1 rec'rd. At the
s urt of the season, the press
pointed out that Michigan played
a good game one night and then
came back with a poor one. The
boys now feel that they can play
every game well. Lea pointed out
that. "Now it is league play and
everyone is getting together, work-
ing together to win the champion-
ship." Bruce then added. "We all
r: alize that if we work together as
a unit, we have a chance for the
title. Everyone has to work to-
gether. The team is no good if
everyone doesn't give 100 per cent.
This is what will help us win it
Mike again said, "There is no
dissension on the team. Everyone
is talking over his mistakes. The
players are making constructive
criticism. There .is lots of hustle
and confidence." These are the
essentials of a championship team.
The boys now feel the defense
is better than ever before. When
asked about Michigan Tech, Bruce'
spoke for the line. "The boys look
forward to meeting Tech again. In
the game at Boston, the breaks
could have gone either way. The
team is confident that we can beat
any team now, Michigan Tech in-
The boys are looking forward toy
this weekend against Colorado
College at home after playing on
the road for a month. They feel
their line is just starting to click
with everyone on the line working
When asked about the Denver
acid Minnesota series, Mike spoke
r the group. "The t'am has, con-
fid once because of winning there.
D nver and Minnesota are the two
toughest rinks for us. The boards
are different and they get big
home crowds. We are looking for-
ward to coming home."
Shoo'ing for Top
Mike, who sports 'the best black
eye in Michigan hockey history,'
the result of a stray stick, Lea and
Bruce feel they can win the
WCHA championship. They feel
their line is coming around. One
thing they have been working on
is the power play. That too they
feel is improving.
The one thing the boys want is
fan support. They hope now with
league play and no conflicting
exams or holidays that they will
get this support.
As Koviak reiterated about the
tam. "No one thinks that he is
any better than any one else.
Everyone now realizes we have a
good chance for the WCHA and
Big Ten title."
With the help of the 'Kid' line,
Michigan may be able to bring the
WCHA title back to Ann Arbor.
Fri., Jan. 14
Crisler Tables Motion
To Alter Platoon Rules
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WASHINGTON W) - The Na-
tional Collegiate Athletic Associa-
tion killed a recommendation yes-
terday for a return to one-platoon
The resolution was offered at
the final business session of the
NCAA convention by Guido Daug
of the University of New Mexico,
acting for the Western Athletic
Before any debate, H. O. (Fritz).
Crisler of Michigan, a member of
the NCAA Football Rules Com-
mittee, offered a motion to table
the resolution-in effect killing it.
This carried by a voice vote.
"I shudder to think what might
happen if we got into the business
of revising football rules," Crisler
said. He argued that this is the
'business of the Rules Committee
which meets this weekend in New
Earlier, the NCAA voted down
efforts to, delay or change a rule
establishinga minimum, scholastic
standard for college athletes.
The rule requiring a 1.6 average,
roughly C minus, in a 4.0 scale,
will take effect after Feb. 15. It
was adopted last year by the!
An expected floor fight by the
feelings are so strong that the
league may bolt the NCAA.
NCAA Executive Director Wal-
ter Byers told a news conference
that any school not certifying it
will abide by the rule before Feb.
15. will be ineligible to compete in
NCAA events. The first two events
affected would be the NCAA in-
door track meet and basketball
tournament in March.
"When the NCAA goes into the
area of grades and admissions and
financial aid, they are intruding
on an area which, in our opinion,
is not in their province," said
Athletic Director Jerry Ford of the
University of Pennsylvania.
Not Likely, But ...
He said it isn't likely that the
Ivy League will bolt the 'NCAA
over this issue, "but it's always a
possibility." The Ivy League col-
leges have said they do not intend
to comply with the rule.
The NCAA has taken action on
football rules only once, and that
was in 1953. Then after endorse-
ment by the NCAA Council,' the
convention called for a return to
one-platoon football. The Foot-
ball Rules Committee took this
The New Mexico resolution cited
extra cost of two-platoon football
which it said "will either divert
funds from educational and gen-
JAN. 10 thru 17
IvyajLeaguev failed to materialize, -eral purposes or decrease funds
but an Ivy League spokesman said for other sports."
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