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The Michigan Daily-Friday, October 31, 1980-Page 9

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STEVE
RICHMOND
Defense - Alternate
captain this season ...
hard worker ... switch-
ed from left wing to de-
fense . . . good stick-
handler who can move
the puck out of his own
end.

Your Guide to
Michigan Hockey

JEFF MARS
Right Wing-Senior out
of Duluth, Minnesota...
big and aggressive ...
hard hitter . . . tallied
only 10 points last sea-
son=... played better as
season went along.

PETER MASON
Goalie - Determined
netminder returns to
Wolverines for junior
season after earning
varsity letter as a
freshman . . owns 1-5
career record with 6-4
win over Notre Dame.

JOHN BLUM
Defenseman - Senior
alternate captain . . .
finished fifth in scoring
last year behind Man-
ning with 50 points ..;
good at the point on
power plays . . . hard
hitter.

TIM MANNING
Defense - Captain of
1980-81 squad... named
most valuable freshman
in 77-78 . . . most valu-
able defenseman last
two seasons ..'. set team
record for most points
in one season for de-
fenseman with 51.

BILLY REID
Right Wing - Good
penalty killer . . . Dry-
den, Ontario native ...
last played for the
Kenora Thistles . .
needs to put the puck in
the net more than the
three times he did last
year.

Blue veteran defense
key to 80-81 campaign

BRAD TIPPETT
Left Wing-Named
most exciting freshman
. hard worker in the
corners . . . excellent
penalty killer . . con-
stant pest to other
teams ... sixth leading
scorer from last year.'

RUDY VARVARI v
Goalie-Saw limited
action last year . . . 2-1
overall season record
three-time letter
winner ... one of seven
seniors . . . 4.42 goals
against average last
season.

By MARK BOROWSKI
Only a year ago the Michigan
hockey team was a high-powered of-
fensive machine led by centers
Murray Eaves, Dan Lerg and Bruno
Baseotto.
What a difference a year can
make.
THE WOLVERINES will have a
whoe new look to present for its fans
in 1980-81. And one of the biggest
questions that has to be plaguing fir-
st year coach Wilf Martin is whether
or not his team can overcome all the
disruptions and settle down to play
hockey.
The first disruption for the squad
occurred at the end of the 1979-80
season when then head mentor Dan
Farrell opted to leave his coaching
position for a career with a Toronto
investment firm. His resignation
was quite a surprise to both players
and fans as his team had just com-
pleted a very successful iseason
gfinishing foirth in the highly com-
petitive WCHA.
In his piace Michigan athletic
director Don Canham named former
Wolverine player Martin as the new
head coach.
THE LOSS OF Lerg to graduation
is the next change the team must ad-
just to. Last season Lerg accounted
for 37 goals and 39 assists, second
only to Eaves in team scoring.
Eaves' departure to the pro ranks
leaves another hole in an offense
that last year averaged over five
goals per game. He is now playing
for the Winnipeg Jets of the National
Hockey League. ,
And just when it seemed as if the

team could put all these interrup-
tions behind it and settle down to
play hockey, the hazing of five
freshman hockey players caused
widespread publicity across the
state. Most of the editorials were
derogatory and many stories were
inaccurate in the account of the in-
cident.
THE HAZING RESULTED in the
suspension of three senior members
of the team from the hockey series
against Bowling Green. But the big
blow came October 20 when the
team's leading scorer back from last
year, sophomore Baseotto, quit
the team because of the "unfair
media coverage" of the hazing event
and the fact he feels he has a better
chance of playing pro hockey by
playing on a junior team in Calgary,
Alberta.
So the job of repairing and holding
together the team was given to
Martin. But he has been sidelined
with a severe stomach ailment for
the first two weeks of the season and
2nd-year assistant: John Giordano
has taken over while Martin is
recovering.
Despite all the problems and
changes the hockey team has battled
with Martin and Giordano have a
solid foundation to work with.
"THERE ARE NO superstars on
this team," said Giordano, "just a
lot of hard workers."
The strength of the "har-
dworkers" will be the veteran
defensive core anchored by seniors
Tim Manning and John Blum and
juniors Steve Richmond and Brian
Lundberg.

Manning is this year's team cap-
tain and with his assist against
Western Michigan last weekend has
become the Wolverines' all-time
leading scoring defenseman. He
overtook Rob Palmer who had 98
points in his four year career.
BLUM HAS BEEN the solidest
defensive player and last year
finished with 50 points on the season,
only one behind the single season
scoring record for a defenseman set
in 79-80 by Manning.
The nets will be held down by
sophomore Paul Fricker who last
season was the team MVP and
named the WCHA rookie-of-the-year
as chosen by the players of the
league. Challenging Fricker for the
starting spot will be seniors Rudy
Varvari and Bob Sutton and junior
Peter Mason who returned to the
team after taking a year off.
According to Giordano fans are
not likely to see very many high
scoring victories this season due to
the loss of the three top scorers from
last year. A
GIORDANO IS CONFIDENT
though that this team will fare well
because of the intense checking
system he has incorporated into the
team's play.
He is counting on sophomores Ted
Speers and Brad Tippett to pick up
some of the scoring slack and sees a
lot of improvement in several offen-
sive players over last year.
So how Michigan will fare in 80-81
depends mainly on how effective its
"new look" is and if the team can
put the puck in the net without the
aid of last year's top three scorers.

PAUL FRICKER
Goalie-Team MVP as
selected by his team-
mates . in freshman
season . . . named
WCHA rookie-of-the-
year by the vote f the
players in the con-
ference .

'ED SPEERS
Center-Saw action at
both center and right
wing last season . .
Ann Arbor native .
worked hard to break
into starting lineup ...
scored 29 points in 30
games. . Worked hard
over summer to in-
crease strength.

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BRIAN
LUNDBERG
Defense - Aggressive
hard-hitting player.. .
good puck handler .
blocks shots well ... has
a very strong shot from
the point... paired with
Tim Manning last sea-
son.

JEFF TESSIER
Left Wing-Hard hitter
played junior 'B'
hockey for Windsor
Royals .... appeared in
only 16 games last sea-
son . . . Windsor, On-
tario native.

MARTIN TAKES OVER COACHING REINS
Former 'M' icer comes home

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ROGER BOURNE
Center-Very smart
hockey player.. . good
shot . . . last played at
Pioneer High School in
Ann Arbor . . . worked
the power play well last
year when Murray
Eaves was hurt.

By MARTHA CRALL
Michigan hockey head coach Wilf
Martin hasn't had a very warm
welcome to his first season as a
college coach.
First it was the hazing incident
and all the surrounding negative
publicity, then his leading scorer
from last season, Bruno Baseotto,
left the team for home and junior
hockey. All that, added to a stomach
ailment which he suffered with
during pre-season practice, has left
Martin in and out of the hospital sin-
ce the season began.
THE NEW COACH, a Canada
native, is the third former captain to
return to coach the Wolverines. He
played under former head coach and
current Ticket Manager Al Renfrew,
earning varsity letters in the 1963-64
and 1964-65 seasons.
During his playing years at
Michigan, he was the captain in his
junior season, winner of the most
colorful rookie award in 63-64, and
winner of the Fielding H. Yost
Award after his junior season.
Martin's eligibility ran out after
his junior year, so he transferred to
the University of Alberta, earning
his B.S. in physical education in
1966.
SIX YEARS in professional
hockey followed his college career,

including play with the Seattle
Totems, Muskegon Mohawks,
Cleveland Barons, Denver Spurs,
Providence Reds, and the Salt Lake
City Golden Eagles.
After earning his masters at
Michigan in 1968 and finishing his
work in Boulder, Colorado in 1973,
Martin spent the past eight years at
the University of Colorado as'the
manager of the ice arena in the
student Recreation Center.
With his medical problems,

however, since early in the pre-
hockey season, the head coach for
all practical purposes has been
assistant coach John Giordano:
IN HIS SECOND season as
Michigan's assistant, Giordano is
the veteran of the 1980-81 coaching
staff.
Giordano joined the staff of Dan
Farrell, former Michigan coach of
seven years, last season. He worked
to make the Wolverine power play
potent (72 goals in 201 chances),
something that he has to work on
this year, having lost the three top
scorers from a year ago.
Giordano graduated from Wayne
State University and coached high
school hockey at Harper Woods
Notre Dame, where he led his 1972
team to a state high school cham-
pionship.,
THE OTHER NEWCOMER to the
Michigan coaching staff is
graduate assistant, Jeff Jackson.
The former Michigan State Univer-
sity junior varsity hockey ;goalie is
working on his masters degree in
physical education here.
The double major (public
relations and education) MSU
graduate had coaching experience
with the Michigan Americans in St.
Clair Shores Jackson before joining
Martin's staff.

DENNIS MAY'
Right Wing-Played for
Calgary Canucks who
won the Alberta Junior
Hockey League Cham-
pionship... ..hard-nosed
winger . . . good speed
and forechecking ability.

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GORDIE
HAMPSON
Left Wing - Handles
puck well. . big, rangy
player.. . could be one
of best hitting forwards
on the team. . hasn't
reached his potentialz
yet.

MARK PERRY
Defense - Senior with
junior eligibility . . .
Ann Arbor native who
last played for Pioneer
High School . . . hard
worker .. .aggressive.

Wilf Martin

BOB SUTTON

JOE MILBURN

DAVE RICHTER

JOE LBUN DAV R-HTI

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