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Page 10-Wednesday, February 6, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Icers' T1ppett wo't back down

The Michigan icers are at a two-man
disadvantage. Coach Dan Farrell sends
his penalty killers onto the ice - two
defensemen and a third player whose
role it is to shadow the opposition's
puckhandlers, not allowing them to set
up their golden power play opportunity.
And the third player Coach Farrell
usually calls on in the situation is none
other than Brad Tippett. When he's on
the ice, Tippett is like a hawk, swooping

forechecking and the backchecking and
the dirty jobs," said Tippett..
Skating on a line along with
sophomore Murray Eaves and fresh-
man Ted Speers, Tippett has ac-
cumulated 12 goals and 17 assists in 28
games. However, Tippett is not overly
concerned with his statistics.
"I like scoring, but there are a lot of
aspects to playing hockey, and I think if
you're a scorer, you're not a complete
hockey player," said Tippett.
"I try to play the game the way it's

takes all the wind out of their sails
(when they don't)."
Tippett performed his role to perfec-
tion earlier in the season when the icers
swept defending NCAA champion Min-
nesota, bringing the Yost Arena crowd
to its feet.
Tippett said he realizes that his style
of play draws the crowd's affection,
although that's not his objective when
he's on the ice.
"I like to please myself and my
coach. That's mainly who I'm trying to

wet," Tippett continued. "But that's
something you have to live with. Wh
you're little, if you turn and run, you'r
going to get hurt a lot worse.
"Hockey is a rough game. Cuts and
losing teeth are part of the game.
You've got to accept it. If you can't play
with pain, you're in the wrong game."
And Tippett has accepted his fair
share of bumps and bruises: 45 stitches,
seven missing teeth and a couple of
broken noses throughout his hockey

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around his opponent, poking his stick in
and out and attempting to be as much of
a nuisance as possible.
The 5-8, 170-pound freshman from
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, one of
several reasons' for the Wolverines'
vast improvement over a year ago,
describes himself as "a scrapper."
"That's the way I like to play, you
know, Bobby Clarke, Bobby Gainey
style - workhorses. Guys who get in
the corners and grind it out, doing the

supposed to be played. Offense, defen-
se, everything. A complete game," he.
Particularly satisfying to Tippett is
when his team is short-handed and he's
on the ice, attempting to kill the
"When it's three on five and I'm the
third man and I don't give 'em the puck.
Three-on-five is the most intimidating,
frustrating thing in the world. It's the
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please. But I kind of hope to be (a crowd
pleaser)," said Tippett. "We started
out at 2,000 fans, and now we're up to
7,000. We're winning, and we're putting
people in the rink. Nobody likes to play
in front of an empty rink, and nobody
likes to play in front of a hostile crowd."
Tippett's style probably doesn't thrill
his opponents as he tries to get away
with as much hacking as the referees
will allow.
"The rules are meant in hockey to be
bent to the complete limit," said Tip-
pett. "There's a fine point where
they're bent too much and where you
can bend them just to that point. I try
and stretch it right to that point every
Tippett learned this intimidating
style of play in his youth and said it's
the only way he knows how to play.
"If you didn't start playing when you
were three years old, you were a year
behind everybody else," said Tippett.
"There were outdoor rinks on every
playground and the rivers. With 30 guys
on the ice, you had to be (a scrapper).
"I was brought up that if you ever
back down from somebody, you might
as well pick up a pillow because you're
going to be on the bench.
"You can't take anything, especially
when you're my size, I'm practically
the smallest guy on the ice, 5-8, barely
hitting 170 pounds when I'm soaking

"I had a black eye or stitches all the*
time last year," said Tippett, "People
used to laugh. I got cut more times than
the rest of the team added up."
Out of high school for three years
before entering Michigan, Tippett
played for the Prince Albert Raiders,
the only Canadian junior team ever to
make the Canadian finals three years in
a row. While playing, the 20-year-old
Tippett had also been working to be ai4
"You've got to really admire
somebody like Ken Dryden. He played
hockey and went to school at the same
time," Tippett said. "If I ever get the
chance to go pro, I'm still going to keep
my studies up.
"Money enthralls me. I'm a money
freak. My lifetime goal is to be in the
NHL and be asmillionaire at 27. It isn't
the money I like; it's making it," Tip
pett added.
As far as the future is concerned,
Tippett is leaving all doors open.
"The way I look at things, if you work
hard and play well here, the future is
going to fall into place. So I'm just
going to let the future look after itself,"
With this determination and outlook
both on and off the ice, the future should
turn out just the way "the scrapper"
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