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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 6, 1979-Page 13

SIOUX ROOKIES LEAD THE WA Y:

Frosh pucksters make their mark'

Today is the first part of a two-part series
on freshmen in college hockey. Today: the
WCHA.
By DAN PERRIN
Recruiting-coaches can't live with it
and they can't live without it. On one
hand, it's a year-round chore the
majority of college coaches dread; on
the other hand, it's a task necessary to
keep a steady flow of fresh talent
available to replace departing seniors.
Some years, there are blue-chip
prospects galore, while other times,
only a handful can be found. Either
way, freshmen recently have been
playing major roles in college athletics.
Nowhere is this more important than in
hockey; and never have freshmen been
so important as they have this season.
PRESENTLY, 10 rookies occupy
spots among the top 40 scorers in the
WCHA, while five of the league's 12
most proficient goalies are first year
players.
In addition, three freshmen lead their
respective teams-in scoring, four more
are second and another is third.
Current team leaders include the
WCHA's' top rookie, North Dakota's
Kevin Maxwell (22 goals and 26 assists
for 48 points, fourth in the league),
N otre Dame's Dave Poulin (22-20-42,
seventh) and Denver's Glenn Anderson
(11-17-28).

Other freshmen playing like
established veterans are Rick Boehm
and Glenn Merkosky of Michigan Tech,
Bruce Aikens of Colorado College and
Bill Oleksuk of Minnesota-Duluth.
MICHIGAN'S OWN Murray Eaves
(10-19-29 in the league, 12-22-34 overall)
was the team's top point-getter all year
until a knee injury in mid-January for-
ced him off the ice for the year. Eaves,
who ranked as high as third in the
league (at Christmas break), still holds
down the number two spot for the
Wolverines, four points behind senior
captain Mark Miller and has an ex-
tremely bright future, according to
coach Dan Farrell.

as to why freshmen are dominating
play this year.
"Freshmen enthusiasm in most cases
is what drives them to excel," says
North Dakota coach John Gasparini.
"In respect to the Canadian boys, a lot
of the real good 15-16 year olds have
prepared themselves for this league
long before they get here. They have set
a personal goal to succeed."
ON MAXWELL, Gasparini ex-
plained, "Kevin is playing on a line with
some good hockey players in junior
Mark Taylor, who was the first player
at North Dakota to score 50 goals, and
Cary Eades, another top freshman."
On the older Iwabuci, "he's an ex-

teams in our league and this forces
many freshmen to step in and do the
job. They got thrust into positions and
were forced to prove themselves to the
fans, coaches and other players."
THE SITUATION at Denver is a little
different, as coach Marshall Johnston
explains, "in our situation, seven of
nine forwards are freshmen. So it's not
surprising that a freshman (Anderson)
is our leading scorer."
On the league, "overall balance and
depth is the key to success in this
league, more so than a seasoned team,"
said Johnston.
And finally, returning home to Ann
Arbor, Wolverine coach Farrell has this
observation to make, "there was a lot of
freshmen talent available in North
America. It's a reflection on the fresh-
men class."

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"He's a pretty complete, player for a
freshman," said Farrell. "He will im-
prove at every aspect of the game. He
doesn't have a visible weakness.'
"He's certainly one of the very top
freshmen in the league," continued
Farrell. "He could be one of the all-time
great players they've had here at
Michigan."
LOOKING AT the goalies, the first
place Fighting Sioux again boast the
best in the West in Bob Iwabuchi, a 21-
year-old freshman who holds down a
3.41 goals against average. Also near
the top are Dave Laurion of Notre
Dame, Wisconsin's Roy Schultz, Stuart
Birenbaum of Denver and Michigan
State's Doug Belland.
Why the sudden influx of raw talent in
college hockey? There is no one correct
answer. Each coach has his own theory

perienced goaltender and very much of
a competitor," said Gasparini.
MINNESOTA COACH Herb Brooks
believes, "intelligence is the big thing;
these kids are very mature mentally.
They're making such a fast transition
due to their mental outlook."
On his top two rookies, center Neal
Broten (12-26-38, 12th in the league,
second on the team) and defenseman
Mike Ramsey, Brooks says: "Both
were the top players at their respective
positions on- the U.S. National Junior
team that recently played in Sweden.
They were the two biggest recruits in
the state of Minnesota. Those two would
play well on any team."
Michigan Tech coach John MacIn-
nes offers yet another theory: "The
thing you have to remember is that
there were many holes to fill on seven
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SPORTS OF THE DAILY

No cash for Carew

By The Associated Press
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - President
Calvin Griffith of the Minnesota Twins
says no cash was involved in Saturday's
trade that sends slugger Rod Carew to
the California Angels.
The Twins received" outfielder Ken
Landreaux, pitcher Paul Hartzell and
two minor league prospects - catcher
Dave Engle and pitcher Brad Havens.
It had been reported earlier that the
Twins also got $200,000 in the deal, but
Griffith said yesterday that that was an
error.
Griffith indicated he was pleased
with the trade.
"We've tried to get Hartzell, who is 25
and had a 6-10 record last season, for a
couple of years," Griffith said. "Lan-
dreaux, who is-24 and hit .223 in 93
games, was the top minor league player
in 1977 an'd didn't have much of a chan-
ce to play regularly with California."

The 37-Year-old McCa nmon coached
the Mariners, the American Hockey
League champs, last year.
Former Mariners Coach Pat Quinn
replaced McCammon as coach of the
Flyers and, in effect, the two are swit-
ching jobs.
McCammon's record with the Flyers
before he was dumped as coach was 22-
17-11. His record with Maine last year
was 43-28-9 during the regular season.

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"And if those two kids make it this
year or next, we'll have a strong club
for a number of years," added Twins
Manager Gene Mauch from his home in
Palm Springs. Calif.
Engle, 22, hit .303 with six homers and
40 RBI at Salinas. Havens, a 19-year-old
left-hander, 'was 13-10 with 197
strikeouts in 200 innings at Quad Cities.
"It's too early to judge this trade,"
Mauch said. "Remember when
Oakland got seven unknown players for
Vida Blue aid improved their club
tremendously. Well, this deal could
work out the same for us."
Flyer coach demoted
PHILADELPHIA - Bob McCam-
mon, relieved just last week as coach of
the National Hockey League's
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