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Page 10-Friday, December 9, 1977-The Michigan Daily
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A hockey coach is a hockey coach
is a hockey coach - unless you've
been a hockey coach with the same
club for 22 seasons, winning seven
league titles and three national titles
in the process. Then you're an excep-
tional hockey coach.
Michigan Tech coach John Mac-
Innes, whose team will host Michi-
gan's icers tonight and tomorrow, is
one such man. MacInnes has built a
program up in Houghton that has
made his name and the name of
Michigan Tech synonymous with
college hockey.
MACINNES HAS a list of accom-
plishments as long as the shaft of a
CCM hockey stick. Since the Mac-
Innes era began at Tech in 1956, the
Huskies have risen to a position of
national prominence. They boast 19
winning seasons under MacInnes,
and in 17 of them they have finished
among the top four teams in the
MacInnes has led the Huskies into
the NCAA tournament nine times,
moving into the finals seven times
and coming away with the title in
1962, 1965 and 1972. In addition,
MacInnes has been named WCHA
Coach of the Year five times, and
NCAA Coach of the Year twice.
Nobody speaks more highly of
MacInnes than Michigan coach Dan
Farrell, who should know something
about the man.
"John is a very dedicated coach,"
said Farrell, who lettered as a
forward on three of Maclnnes' teams
and was -an assistant coach under
him for -five seasons at Tech. "His
teams are always very disciplined,
and very fundamental - they don't
do a lot of fancy stuff."
MACINNES modestly deflects any
credit for success from himself to
"the great talent I get each year."
This he attributes to working hard on
recruiting. "Our philosophy has al-
ways been school first, and hockey
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second," he added. MacInnes is
proud of the fact that 153 of 160 letter
winners have graduated with their
degree from Tech.
After coaching for so many sea-
sons, the 52-year-old MacInnes said
he has seen several changes in the
"I see more complete dedication
by coaches now," said the man at the
Huskie helm. "What with pre-season
training, post-season training, off-ice
training and some rule changes, the
game has become more wide open.
There's no more great defensive
Despite his success, MacInnes has
never felt the urge to move to the
NHL, a la Ned Harkness. "I've never
considered it. I want to succeed at
what I do, and I'm not interested in
the pros," he said. "I can do without
the interference of a general man-
ager and an owner."
WHEN ASKED IF he has enter-
tained thoughts of retiring, MacInnes
said with a laugh, "No, I'll probably
keep on c'oaching until I get my
pension, or until they fire me."
This year's team of Huskies is off
to a .500 start, but Farrell thinks they
have been "playing well although
their record is probably not what
they'd like it to be."
MacInnes sizes up his team as
being "adequate on defense, very
good in goal, and our scoring is a bit
Yes, winter has returned to Ann
Arbor as evidenced by the blanket of
snow covering the campus. Unfortun-
ately, along with the chilly weather
comes the aches and pains of a bad
cold or the flu. Well, dear friends, be
thankful if the flu bug is the worst
that has bitten you. The Michigan
wrestling team has been hit a lot
Head coach Bill Johannesen in-
formed The Daily on Wednesday that
four of his wrestlers "have contract-
ed an infectious skin disease which is
highly contagious." The sick include
defending NCAA 150-pound cham-
pion Mark Churella, senior Karl
Briggs, newcomer Bill Konovsky and
Steve Fraser, a sophomore from
Hazel Park. It is not known when
they will be back with the team.
"This ailment combined with our
rash of injuries forces us to cancel
our match with California Polytech-

better than last year. with Olver sliding over to the left
"We have no all-stars, no top wing spot.
scorers, but we have good balance," A sell-out crowd of nearly 4,000 is
he added. assured for both nights, and the rabid
THE HUSKIES sport the league's Huskie fans always make it difficult
current top goaltender, John Rock- for the visiting team. But Farrell is
well, who has a 3.24 goals against gunning for a sweep, hoping to be tied
average. Rockwell inherits the spot with first-place Denver on Sunday
morning. The Bulldogs hold a four
point lead over Michigan, but are
inactive this weekend.
Check out the
SKATE SCRAPES ... All-Ameri-
R ose Bowl can Dave Debol continues to lead the
Supplement in league in scoring, with eight goals
S d Dand 19 assists for 27 points ... Kip
Maurer leads the league in goals,
with 15... Goaltender Rick Palmer
showed up at practice yesterday
held last week by Wisconsin's Julian sporting a Huskie jersey, prompting
Baretta, who was shelled for 11 goals several wicked slap shots in his
by Michigan's high-powered attack. direction . . . Over the break,
Baretta's average skyrocketed from Michigan will get to display its wares
2.94to'3.79. before the Detroit fans for the first
In the scoring department the time since the NCAA finals. The icers
Huskies are led by junior right-wing will play in the Great Lakes Invita-
Dave Joelson and senior left winger tional Tournament December28th
Dana Decker, each with nine goals on and 29th at Olympia Stadium, along
the season. Greg Hay and Rodger with Michigan Tech, Western Michi-
Moy share the team lead in points gan and Lake Superior... Then on
with 17 each. January 3rd the icers face the
Michigan will suit up freshman Moscow Dynamos, also at Olympia
Jeff Mars for the series and sit out at 7:30 p.m. Regular season action
junior Bill Wheeler. Mars will be resumes for Michigan with a re-
placed on a line with fellow freshmen match at Wisconsin on January 6th
Gordie Hampson and John Olver, and 7th...
rs fall prey to disease
nic, scheduled for Friday," said Mathias (torn ligament) and Bob
Johannesen. McCalvey (dislocated elbow) are
"Due to the nature of the disease, both on their way back, as is 142-
we must now isolate the cases and pounder Bill Evashevski. While soph-
disinfect the practice area and locker omore Lou Joseph is still out with a
room, which in turn leaves us no knee injury, the team should be in
choice but to cancel practice until good shape for their Big Ten opener
Monday. Our next competition will at Northwestern on January 14.
be in the Midlands Tournament on
As if the grapplers don't already
have enough problems, the where-
abouts of senior Brad Holman are
still unknown. player
''I haven't seen him (Holman)
since the day before Thanksgiving. I
wrote him a letter of suspension last
Friday," explained the frustratedc hr e t
coach. From The Associated Press
"I've put up with grief from him all Action in yesterday's baseball winter:
through the years. Th r a4ihs, too meetings:
is anotherMarvin Bagtes, a !4y * St. Louis traded catcher Dave.
who runs his own program." Rader (.263, 1 HR, 16 RBIs), third base-
On the brighter side, three of man Hector Cruz (.236, 6, 42) and a
Johannesen's injured workhorses player to be named later to the Chicago
have returned to practice. Jim Cubs for outfielder Jerry Morales (.290,
11, 69) and catcher Steve Swisher (.190,
5, 15).
" Boston peddled pitcher Don Aase
(6-2, 3.13 ERA) and cash to California
t for second baseman Jerry Remy (.252,
41 SB). The Angels used that cash to
sign free agent Rick Miller.
" California traded two minor
leaguers to Toronto for first baseman-
DH Ron Fairly (.279, 19, 64).
" Philadelphia sold first baseman-
outfielder Tommy Hutton (.309, 2, 11) to
Toronto for $75,000.

Confident Joel .. .
e9, tough in pivot
W HEN ONE THINKS of a college basketball loss, the negative aspects
of the game have a way of surfacing first. The missed layups, the
errant passes, or the poor field goal shooting are always mentioned in con-
versation before the positive points.
But along with the mistakes, which cost Michigan's basketball team its
first loss in four games on Wednesday, came the solid performance by
center Joel Thompson.
Besides leading Michigan with a career high 29 points in its 88-85 loss
to sixteenth ranked Louisville, Thompson hauled in a game high 13 re-
bounds. This may not seem like such an incredible statistic when one
considers a few of the performances recorded by the man Thompson re-
placed at the beginning of the season, injured center Phil Hubbard.
But when you look and see that the 6-8, 205 Thompson started against
6-11, 225 Ricky Gallon, the figure becomes more prominent. Prior to the
game, the edge at center had been more or less conceded to Gallon due to
his three inch height advantage. Yet Thompson must not have listened to
those reports, as he held Gallon to six points and six rebounds. Gallon's
substitute, 6-8 David Smith didn't fare any better, notching four points and
getting shut out in the rebounding column.
Let's stop and consider the fact that this is only Thompson's fourth
game at his new center position, after playing his previous three Wol-
verine years at one of the forward spots. When Hubbard fell victim to a
bum knee the first day of pre-season practice, Thompson was called into
duty to fill the shoes of a potential All-American and possibly one of the
finest basketball players in the country.
And yet Thompson just took his role in stride, proceeding with practice
as if nothing had changed. "I wasn't really trying to take Phil's place,"
said the senior from Flint. "I'm just trying to do my best in there." Indeed
Joel has been doing his best at the pivot position.
After his showing against the Cardinals, Thompson has answered all
the critics that were questioning his ability to step in and fill the middle
In every -statistical category which means anything to a* front line
player, Thompson has upped the averages he established while at forward.
His field goal percentage is up to 65.3 per cent from the 49 per cent three
year figure. His rebounding average is an even 10 boards a game as
compared to a 3.4 average previously. And in the scoring department,
Thompson has shot his way to a 20.5 points per game figure, second on the
team to senior co-captain Dave Baxter's 21.5. It was just last year that
Joel averaged 7.0 points per contest in his reserve role.
What all this boils down to is that Thompson has finally gained the
confidence which he lacked coming off the bench. The mental aspect of
the game coupled with a desire on his part to play winning basketball
has plugged a hole Johnny Orr was considerably worried about in the
early pre-season.
"I was really fired up and ready to play," Thompson said of his
performance on Wednesday. "Early in the game I hit the boards but I
tired out in the second half and died out." Thompson grabbed 10 of his 13
rebounds in the first half, but saved 17 of his 29 points for the second
"I have a definite advantage being a smaller, quick center," Joel said.
"'Cause-if the defender comes out on me, I can go around them."
Down 74-73 with 3:47 left in the game, Thompson reeled off Mich-
igan's next eight points to give the Wolverines an 81-80 advantage at the
1:57 mark. His efforts weren't sufficient however, as the Cardinalsupped
their season mark to 2-1 and dropped the Wolverines to 3-1.
"He (Gallon) wasn't really boxing me out," Joel said of the battle
in the middle. "None of them really boxed me out. If he had really been
boxing out it would have been a lot different because he's real big."
From Thompson's viewpoint, the game was lost when the Wolverines
began to get impatient after breezing to an 11 point lead mid-way through
the first half. "Impatience is something we really have to work. on. We
let up and they (opponents) get back in it really quick," Joel said.
"We kind of get a little more relaxed when we get a lead. When you get
a lead, you just have to let things happen. You can't start forcing it. The
mistakes that we made made it easier for them to come back."
Michigan may have made too many mistakes to credit itself with an-
other victory. But the element of the game there was no mistake about is
that Joel Thompson has developed into the reliable center the Wolverines
will need.

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