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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 27, 1980-Page 9



Former 'M icer named coach

,letic director Don Canham named former
ichigan icer Wilf Martin as the new hockey
ach yesterday.
Mtartin will replace Dan Farrell, who resigned
join a Toronto investment firm after being the
ad coach for seven years.I
"I'm very happy to be back at Michigan," saidt
e 38-year-old Martin. "I see this job as a great
pportunity and a great challenge. Dan Farrell0z
as extended his full coopegation to me and to the
ew program."
E TEAM had a short meeting with Martin
erday to introduce himself and explain why
e felt he was qualified for the job. "I'm very
npressed with him so far," said freshman
oaltender Paul Fricker. "He shook all our han-
s and set up individual meetings with everyone
or Thursday."
"We're delighted to have someone with Wilf's,,,
>ackground," said Canham. "He captained a'
Vlichigan hockey team as a junior and is the type
f person around whom our alumni will rally to
elp the program. He not only was a college and
hockey player, but has been involved in
anizing hockey programs."
Martin played at Michigan from 1963-65 under

Al Renfrew and was a member of the
Wolverines' last NCAA championship team in
FOR THE last eight years, he has been the
manager of the ice arena in the Students
Recreation Center at the University of Colorado.
He has also helped with the formation of the club
hockey program there.

recruiting. I plan to spend the summer doing two
main things: number one, setting up a recruiting
program, and number two, becoming famijiar
with Michigan and the hockey program here,"
Martin said.
"I KNOW quite a few of the alumni, both from
my playing days here and from other contacts,
and I plan on contacting them, also.

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be back at

happy to

I'm very impressed
with him so far.

Michigan there, always one and sometimes both
games in the series, so I am still familiar with
Michigan hockey," he said.
"In the last four or five years, college hockey
has become more and more European, with the
criss-crossing and passing."
CANHAM SAID Tuesday that he had inter-
viewed three men for the coaching job. Martin
and Giordano, who is highly respected by the
.team, were two candidates, but Canham refused
to mention the other person.
Giordano has been offered to stay on with Mar-
tin as an assistant, but he has not yet made a
decision as to whether or not he will.
"I'm hoping both assistant coaches will stay
on, (the other is graduate assistant Don Boyd)
but-I don't know at this time what their plans
are," Martin said.
Martin attended Michigan for three years and
played hockey for two of them. His eligibility en-
ded after his junior year because of the rule
prohibiting any player entering the league at 20
years or older from competing as a senior.
MARTIN THEN transferred to the University
of Alberta and played hockey under Clare Drake.
He also played six seasons in the International,
American, and Western professional hockey


I LergI
Michigan's Dan Lerg has been named
to the West squad for the first annual
East-West All-Star hockey game. The
teams, made up entirely of seniors, will
meet Thursday, April 10, at the St. Paul
Civic Arena in St. Paul, Minnesota. The
East team will be composed of players
from the ECAC, while the West will be
made up of players from the WCHA and
the CCHA.
Joining Lerg as likely starters are the
following senior All-Americans: Dave
Feamster (Colorado College); Greg
Meredith (Notre Dame); Tim Harrer
(Minnesota); Mark Taylor (North
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Now Martin's job will be to lure the recruits
Farrell and assistant coach John Giordano have
been going after this past year. Recruits can
start signing national letters of intent April 9.
"Right now, my number one priority is

Although Martin has not been active in college
hockey since his playing days he has seen some
Michigan games.
"When I was in Colorado, I always saw the DU
(Denver) hockey games whenever they played


Montreal to win 3rd straight Cup?

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Sports Staff!

A Daily Sports Analysis
Quality and not quantity used to be
he theme of the National Hockey
eague' s playoff; however, with in-
lation seeming to affect everything,
he NHL now has sixteen teams in its
second season.'
Even teams with mediocre records
ake the now-inflated playoffs;
ence of this is the fact that the
roit Red Wings are still contending
or a playoff spot. But the mediocre
eams aren't the only ones entered in
he playoffs.
The Philadelphia Flyers have
allowed the second fewest goals in the
league, thanks to sensational rookie
netminder Pete Peeters and a solid
defensive corps. The Flyers also have a
tent offensive attack,as they have
rwed 305, goals this season.
Philadelphia looks to be a top contender
for the Stanley Cup.
Since winning the Stanley Cup last

year, the Montreal Canadiens have lost
Coach Scotty Bowman to Buffalo,
goalie Ken Dryden retired, and center
Jacques Lemaire went to Switzerland
to play his hockey. The Flying French-
men struggled this season, but
managed to fashion a record of 45-20-10.
But with talent like Guy Lafleur, Steve
Shutt, Bob Gainey, and goalie Michel
Larocque, the Canadiens will also be
one of the final four.
The Buffalo Sabres, always an offen-
sive hockey club, have suddenly
discovered defense to go along with
their high-powered offense. Scotty
Bowman drank from the Cup the past
two seasons, but don't count on it this
While the Boston Bruins lost to the
Canadiens in the 1978 finals, they're on-
ce again in top form despite having
recently dumped Coach Fred
Creighton. Boston has perhaps one of
the best playoff goalies in the league in
Gerry Cheevers, although many feel he
is past his prime. Look for Jean Rat-
telle, Pete McNab, and Rick Middleton

to do the majority of Boston's scoring.
The Bruins must also be considered one
of the top contenders for the Cup.
Here is a rundown of the other teams
that have made the playoffs: Min-
nesota, the New York Islanders,
Chicago, the New York Rangers, Atlan-
ta, and St. Louis.
MINNESOTA: A young team, look
for the North Stars to be a darkhorse
Island men have fallen on hard times,
and they will probably be taking a long
summer vacation.
CHICAGO: Tony Esposito is having a
great year in goal, but the Black Hawks
offense is often stagnant,
Cinderella finalists, the Boys from
Broadway have slumped somewhat;
Fred Shero will soon be looking for a
new system or a new job.
ATLANTA: The Flames haven't been
exactly "burning up". the league,
although they could be a playoff

ST. LOUIS: A young team to be heard
from in the future - but not this year.
The following teams are in line for a
playoff berth, based on their record as
of March 25.
TORONTO: General manager Punch
Imlach has stepped behind the Leaf
bench; the last time he was coach of the
Leafs, they won the Stanley Cup (1967).
LOS AN4GELES: The Kings certainly
won't win the NHL crown this year.
HARTFORD: Gordie Howe and sons
are a bit undermanned to go too far in
the playoffs.
PITTSBURGH: A porous defense will
prevent the Penguins from prevailing.
EDMONTON: Except for teenage
millionaire Wayne Gretsky, the Oilers
don't have much to cheer about.
DETROIT: The Dead Wings will be
another team to take a long summer's
Lastly, my prediction for the winner
of the Stanley Cup in 1980: MON-





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