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Page 10-Thursday, March 5, 1981-The Michigan Daily
Blum, Manning:Potent power ph

One is flashy on the ice, the other is
fundamental. One relies on instinct, the
other on power. The two look as dif-
ferent on the ice as two hockey players
can look.
But put together on the power play
they make a very impressive duo. They

are senior defensemen Tim Manning
and John Blum.
They don't regularly play defense
together, but they have played together
on the power play for two years now,
and time has improved them. "We
know each other well now. We have fun
out there," said Blum. "It's great to be
on the same power play with him
Blum is the bigger of the two at 6-3
and 205 pounds and is a potent checker.
Manning, at 5-10 and 175, possesses un-
canny anticipation.
"Anticipation is his biggest
strength," said Blum. "He knows what
is going to happen probably before the
other guy knows what he's going to do."
Head coach John Giordano echoes
Blum's appraisal of Manning. "There's
no doubt his best strength is his ability
to anticipate," Giordano said. "It looks
like he isn't looking at the puck, but he's
always thinking."
At the beginning of the season the
hockey team voted Manning its cap-
tain. Blum is an alternate captain. It is
an honor that Manning has fully ap-
"It is a great honor especially when a
whole group votes for you, not just one
or two people," Manning said. "I was
really excited."

"It is very important to me,
something I take seriously," he con-
tinued. "I feel a responsibility for
leadership on and off the ice."
Manning isn't the cheerleader type
like some others. "I lead by example,"
said Manning.
"It's been a hard year and he's done
well," Blum said. "He's not a vocal
captain, but he's a great on-the-ice
"He leads by example," said senior
Jeff Mars of Manning. "Not in any par-
ticular game, but in every single game
he plays."
Both Blum and Manning have earned
the respect and admiration of their
teammates. Any Michigan icer will at-
test that this season has been a charac-
ter-builder for the whole team. After a
rocky start which included a hazing in-
cident and a coaching change, the
Wolverines, who were picked to finish
last in the WCHA, finished fifth with a
21-15 overall record (15-13 in the
WCHA). What started out as a very
negative set of circumstances ended up
bringing the icers together as a team
and largely contributed to the success it
has enjoyed this season.
"The last four years have been an
unbelievable experience," Blum said.
"Especially this year. All these guys

are great."
Blum has made his mark this season
as a scoring defenseman. He finished
tenth in the conference in scoring, the
number two scoring defenseman behind
teammate Steve Richmond, who
finished ninth. Blum ended up with
eight goals and 32 assists for 40 points in
28 WCHA games. Offense isn't his main
focus its his game, however.
"Being solid defensively is my main
goal," said Blum. "My job is to try and
keep them from scoring."
"He has great desire," said, Gior-
dano. "He is always working to im-
prove. He's close to becoming a com-
plete hockey player."
Pro scouts thought Blum was close
last year, almost convincing him to
turn pro over the summer. But he had
waited a long time to play hockey at
Michigan and he wanted to see it
through all four years and earn his
degree. But, he said, "Hopefully I'll get
a contract this year. I'd like to give pro
hockey a shot."
Manning would also like to continue
his hockey career, but he is uncertain in
what capacity. The Dearborn Heights
native dropped off a bit offensively this
season (6-34-40), but last season was an
exceptional one in which Manning set a
Michigan record for assists by a defen-

seman with 43, while finishing with 51
points. Two weeks ago, Manning
peaked, earning WCHA Player of the
Week honors with one goal, four assists
and a stellar defensive performance at
Minnesota-Duluth, to become the only
defenseman to win the award this
On the draft, Manning said, "I'm
going to play it by ear. I don't know if
anyone is interested. I might like to
play in Europe for a couple of years."
Blum and Manning have just post-
season play left to showcase their talen-
ts, starting with the first round this
weekend at Denver. "If we play our
game we can come through the first
round okay," said Blum. "Hitting and
hard work - that's what worked all
year long."
Giordano has had a lot to do with the
success and both have praise for him.
Blum, however, has some extra insight
- he's played for Giordano for five
years, starting with Blum's high school
days at Harper Woods Notre Dame.
"He (Giordano) works so hard and he
loves what he's doing. You've got to
respect him for that," Blum said. "He's
learned a lot this year. I'm glad he got
the (head coach) job. He deserved it."
The two took their final bows at Yost
Arena last weekend before the

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So, next time you're bookii
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