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January 31, 1980 - Image 11

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Fricker's found a niche in the nets

The Michigan Doily- -Thursday, January 31, 1980-Page 11.


Pastorini to be dealt

It was the piano versus the hockey
stick for Paul Fricker and altough his
mother was hoping for another
Liberace he picked the stick.
So instead of sitting behind a
glistening piano dressed in a white tux
with tails he roams in front of a hockey
{ goal and wears a Michigan jersey.
AND RATHER than delicately
aying "The Shadow of Your Smile" he,
ps .882 percent of the pucks fired at
him and maintains a 4.30 goals against
Those statistics may not sound so
outstanding but the fact remains he has
been a very vital part in turning around
a last-place team. One that is now bat-
tling for the WCHA title. And Michigan
coach Dan Farrell admits he has
helped. "He has played very well for us
d it has made a difference," Farrell
FRICKER'S START in hockey was
very different than most players. He
didn't start skating when he was five-
years-old and when he finally laced
them up he wasn't very good. "I didn't
start skating until I was 1-years-old.
That was also the first time I picked up
a hockey stick too.
# I went to the George Garner hockey
ool and that guy was a goalie. I went
out there in ,my poor equipment and I
couldn't skate. They needed a goalie
and this kid looked like a sucker,"
Fricker said.
Ever since the first time he was
shoved in the net he knew that it was the
right place for him. "A goaltender is
the best position on the ice. I also think
it is the-safest position on the ice," he
BUT HIS minor league career wasn't
much fun. He played on a private
hockey club gainst some very tough
competition. "We didn't have t6o many
good hockey players and I used to see,70
shot games when I was in bantam and
midget," he said.
His two years of junior hockey in
Vancouver were a little more
omising. In his first season he was
med rookie of the year and last year
was voted the number one goalie in the
Although Michigan was the univer-
sity that pursued him the most he
almost didn't come here."'When I came
down on my visitation the place looked
so big. I was really.apprehensive about
coming to Michigan for that reason.

away by Houston?
HOUSTON (AP) - Tom VanrE 3, fuel dragster had nothing t
agent for Houston Oilers quarterbatc .k situation.
Dan Pastorini, said yesterday a repo: rt "It's a standard clause in
that Pastorini had asked to be trad 3d contract," Vance said.,
started as a vicious rumor. team officials look the oth
"A reporter called Dan late la st sometimes they don't."
night (Tuesday) and said he had heia rd Oilers Senior Vice Pres
from reliable sources that Dan W as Herczeg said yesterday th
being traded," Vance said. "Dan sa Eid formed Pastorini last week
he had not asked to be traded but if t he dragsters competitively,
Oilers were trying to trade him t11ien would use legal means to k
yes, he wanted to be traded." the tracks.
A copyright story in Wednesda y's Oilers owner Bud Adams
Houston Chronicle quoted Pastori ni as nesday he had been informe
saying, "I love it here, but I want qtut" by Coach Bum Phillips that
and said Pastorini wanted to be tradded - dealer had been told if the'
to Los Angeles, Oakland, San Fran:isco Pastorini to drive a high-spe
or Denver before the start of next in competition it would viola
season. terback's contract.
"Dan said if he had to go, then, he'd Adams also said Pastorin
like to go to one of those places," Vance med Oilers management t
explained. not asked to be traded.
Vance said he did not know the source "I have not requested to b
of the "vicious rumor" but said it did Pastorini said in In inter
not start with the Chronicle story. "He KTRH sportscaster Dave C
(Chronicle reporter Hal Lundgrer 0 was love it here. There is a
just following up on a rumor. He'sa fine problem but I didn't req
writer." traded."
Vance said Pastorini, who hat, corn- Pastorini told KPRC R
pleted two years on a six-year co ntract, tscaster Steve Gilmartin
was not trying to renegotiate hiis con- might be a misunderstandin
tract with the Oilers. want to stay in Houston. No
"Several months ago, Dan asled the want to be traded. No. 3, I h
Oilers if he could get some of the work this contract out."
deferred money in his contract, b ut that Pastorini is in the second
was months ago," Vance said. six-year contract that repor
Vance also said a controvers y over him between $300,000 and $
Pastorini purchasing and driving a top .year.

o do with the
in a player's
er way and
ident Ladd
e Oilers in-
if he raced
the team
eep him off
s said Wed-
ed last week
a local car
y employed
ed dragster
te the quar-
i had infor-
hat he had
be traded,"
rview with
ourtney. "I
a contract
uest to be'
adio spor-
n: "There
,ng. No. 1,j
o. 2, I don't
ope we can
d year of a}
rtedly pays'
340,000 per


PAUL FRICKER wards off attackers from Minnesota-Duluth during a Michigan defeat of the Bulldogs. Fricker's
impenetrale defense of the net has resulted in a .882 save percentage which has been instrumental in propelling
Michigan into the fore of battle for the WCHA title. Despite the acclaim he's received, Fricker notes that "I'm not an
egotist and I don't go out there for the fans',applause." The freshman sensation hails from Vancouver, and played on
the team that won the British Columbia Junior Championship.

"I WAS VERY impressed with Doug
Hinton (Michigan's assistant coach last
year) and my dad knows the University
of Michigan has a good reputation
because his sister graduated from
here," Fricker continued.
"So it was a combination of knowing
it was a really good school and coming
down here on my visitation that convin-
ced me to come here," he continued.
And now he wouldn't want to play
anywhere else. "The coaching here is'
so superior compared to tier one hockey
in Canada which everyone thinks is the
best. This is the best defensive core I
have ever seen in a non-pro team and
this defense beats the hell out of the Red
Wings for this caliber of hockey.
"It's great playing on a second place
team that moved from last place last
year," he continued.
looking much brighter but he still feels
there is a lot of room for improvement.
"My biggest problem is getting ready
before a game. If I could be like Glenn
Hanlon (Vancouver Canucks goalie)
and get in a good frame of mind nobody
is going to beat me," Fricker said.
Another area of his game also has to
be revamped.. He said, "The age of the

Tony Esposito-type goalie who falls.
down on every shot like I do is slowly
coming to an end.
"What goaltending is coming to is
much more of a science-standing up
and playing your ngles. If I could
change from me to Hanlon I'd change
just like that. I'd bet you it would save
me at least 10 goals on phots that }feat
me high. Goaltending is changing to a
standup game and I want to be part of it
FRICKER SAID he would like to play
professional hockey but has some goals
at Michigan that he wants to satisfy fir-
st. "In two months I want to be wearing
a Big Ten ring on my finger. I'd sure
like to get that number one spot (in the
WCHA) and we had two chances so far
and we blew both of them. We won't get
many more.
"The bottom line is I wanna win this
leaguetand the only way we're going to
do that is beat North Dakota twice in
their building and not blow any games
at Michigan State or Denver.
"Before I graduate I would like to win
an NCAA championship which I think is
very feasible with the talent we have

and the recruiting talent of Farrell," he
Liberace he's not, so Mrs. Fricker
may just have to settle for a
professional hockey goalie instead.


1140 South University


'Larson, Howe make
NHL All-Star squad



Lie down and be counted.

NEW YORK (AP(-Defenseman Reed
Larson will represent the host Detroit
Red Wings on the Prince of Wales Con-
ference team at next Tuesday's
ational Hockey League All-Star
Larson, making his second all-star
appearance, was one of eight players
added to the Wales Conference squad
yesterday by Coach Scotty Bowman of
the Buffalo Sabres.
Bowman also added one player from
his own team, right wing Danny Gare,
in raising to 20 players the complement
for the Wales team that will seek its fif-
th consecutive victory under the con-
ference-against-conference all-star
Other players added by Bowman
were defenseman Ron Stackhouse of
Pittsburgh and forwards Gordie Howe
of Hartford, Real Cloutier of Quebec,
Bob Gainey of Montreal, Jean Ratelle
of Boston and Darryl Sittler of Toronto.
Howe, who played in his first all-star
game before 37 of the other 39 players
were, born, holds a host of all-star
cords including most games, 22; most
4ials, 10; .most assists, 8; most points,
18, and most penalty minutes, 25.
Al Arbour of the New York Islanders,
who will coach the Clarence Campbell
Conference in the 32nd all-star contest,
also added eight players-but will have
to select another New York Ranger.
'Arbour had named Anders Hedberg
of the Rangers as one of his eight ad-
ditions yesterday, but it was learned
yesterday the Rangers had notified the
league Hedberg will not compete
fcause of a shoulder injury. A
eplacement from the Rangers will
have to be named.
'The rest of the Campbell Conference
additions were defensemen Lars Lin-
dgren of Vancouver and Robert Picard
of Washington, forwards Bernie
Federko of St. Louis, Mike Bossy of the
Islanders, Rick MacLeish of the Flyes,
raising to seven the' number of

Philadelphia players, Morris Lukowich
of Winnipeg and Kent Nilsson of Atlan-
The first 12 players for each con-
ference club were elected through
balloting by a panel of members from
the Pro Hockey Writers Association.
Voted to the Prince of Wales squad
were goalies Don Edwards of Buffalo
and Gilles Meloche of Minnesota,
defensemen Borje Salming of Toronto,
Larry Robinson of Montreal, Gary
Sargent of Minnesota-another
questionable participant because of a
shoulder injury-and Jim Schoenfeld of
Forwards voted to the Wales team
were Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor and
Charlie Simmer of Los Angeles, Guy
Lafleur of Montreal, Gil Perreault of
Buffalo and Steve Payne of Minnesota.
Players elected to the Campbell team
were goalies Pete Peeters of
Philadelphia dn Tony Esposito of
-Chicago; defensemen Basrry Beck of
the Rangers, Mike McEwen of
Colorado, Norm Barnes and Jim Wat-
son of Philadelphia, and forwards
Reggie Leach, Bill Barber and Brian
Propp of Philadelphia, Bryan Trottier
of the Islanders and Wayne Gretzky
and Blair MacDonald of Edmonton.


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