Page 10-Friday, October 31, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Offense-vets must produce
By MARTHA CRALL
There probably won't be a superstar
in this year's Michigan offense. No
Murray Eaves. No Dan Lerg. No Bruno
The Wolverines' top three scorers
from last year are all gone. The lef-
tovers from last. year's offense are a
group of hard working players, whose
highest scorer chalked up. 32 points in
1979-80. There is a feeling, though,
among the players that this will be the
strong point, the thing that will make
them contenders once again 'this
"THE LOSS OF one player just
means somebody else is gonna step in
and do the job," said sophomore left
winger Brad Tippett. "The loss of
caliber players (Eaves, Lerg, and
Baseotto) will hurt us a bit, but we'll
just have to work hard."
Sophomore right wing Ted Speers
echoed Tippett's thoughts. "No one guy
will get so many points is all. The
coaches don't expect there to be a star.
They stress everyone doing their best."
So who will take the lead in scoring
this season is anyone's guess. A rather
unlikely player who shares the distin-
ction for offensive players after the fir-
st four games is first year center Don
Krussman. Sharing the scoring lead for
offensive players with seven points is
senior left winger Gordie Hampson.
KRUSSMAN, A SOPHOMORE,
scored five points in the opening series
against Bowling Green. Hampson, who
will be especially important as one of
three .seniors starting on offense, has
three goals and tour assists.
Tippett, who has two points this
season, led the returning offensive
players last year with 32 points. As well
as being a scoring threat for the
Wolverines, Tippett is also an excellent
penalty killer, as well as a strong skater.
'Linemate Speers (13-16-29) will also
provide a scoring weapon, with four
points thus far this season. He stresses
the importance of this year's scoring
attack: '"The scoring power is spread
out. We've gotta get it from four dif-
ferent lines. Everyone must help pick
up the slack."
SENIOR CENTER Roger Bourne (9-
9-18) will bear a lot of the burden in
taking Baseotto's place. His versatility
in playing all three forward positions
could help, along with his strength on
the power play.
Right winger Dennis May, a junior
from Calgary, Alberta, has also gotten
off to a good start, scoring six points (2
goals, 4 assists) in the first four games.
Junior left wing, Paul Brandrup (2-3-
5) has almost reached last year's
production (1-7-8) already, and will
especially help with his skating and
Sophomores Joe Milburn and Billy
Reid hold down center and left wing
positions, respectively. Milburn (6-6-12)
provides solid defensive play, as well as
being a hard checker. Reid (3-6-9) saw
action in 36 of 38 games last season, and
is counted on for consistency. Senior
right wing Jeff Mars (5-5-10), tabbed the
best skater on the team, is a strong team
The Wolverine offense feels it has
something to prove this season, and
has gotten off to a good 3-1 start. Tip-
pett summed up the attitude of this,
season's team: "The general feeling of
the team is that we were hurt about
being ranked so low before the season
started. We understand that. But, we're
going to prove what kind of a team we
By DAN CONLIN
One or two icing calls may have
seemed premature last Friday night at
Yost Ice Arena, but actually, the in-
fraction has been modified by the
WCHA, along with some other rules.
This season icing will be called as
soon as the puck crosses the red goal
line after passing over the center red
line and a blue line. No longer will the
opposing team have to touch the puck
for the referee to stop play.
ANOTHER RULE CHANGE that will
affect the WCHA will require all
players to wear facemasks. Many of the
freshmen and sophomores have been
under this regulation since their high
school and junior hockey playing days.
The juniors and seniors will primarily
be the ones who will have to adjust to
the new equipment. One flaw in the new
rule is that several 2-3 inch cuts have
been directly attributed to the wearing
A player who deliberately grabs the
mask will be given a major penalty,
while players the referee judges grab-
bed the mask accidentally will receive'
only minor penalties.
Using the facemask as a
weapon-such as spearing in foot-
ball-will dictate a major penalty if the
referee deems it a deliberate foul and
a minor penalty if an accidental infrac-
THE SIZE OF the goal crease has
been enlarged to six feet and teams will
not be allowed to mix after each team
has congregated in its own end during
the pregame warmup. This rule is said
to stem from the pregame fight in a
game between Michigan and Minnesota
Next year Michigan will move to the
CCHA along with Notre Dame,
Michigan State, and Michigan Tech.
The proposed merger of the WCHA and
CCHA was denied and for convenience
of travel Michigan elected to join the
Hockey gets the shaft.. .
.. .most exciting sport around
By GARY LEVY
S THE MICHIGAN hockey team begins the 1980-81 Western Col-
legiate Hockey Association (WCHA) season, I can't help but think
that the squad is receiving the shaft from none other than the University's
belovedithletic director, Don Canham. And this shaft, in my opinion, is one
the icers do not deserve. You'd never hear him admit it, but the man doesn't
give a hoot about the hockey program. His primary concern with Michigan
hockey is to spend as little money as possible on it. In the last year, three
points come to mind illustrating his concerns for the hockey program: the
change in leagues, the hiring of a new coach, and the unforgetable hazing in-
This is the last season that the Wolverine icers compete in the
WCHA. Beginning in the 1981-82 season, Michigan joins the Central
Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). That means goodbye Denver, North
Dakota, Colorado College, Minnesota, Minnesota-Duluth, and Wisconsin and
hello Ferris St te, Lake Superior State, Western Michigan, Miami (Ohio),
Northern Michigan, Bowling Green and Ohio State.
Besides Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan Tech and Michigan State are
leaving the WCHA for the CCHA. Of course, the move is a good one money-
wise-which figures-and it has been said that it creates some natural
rivalries. Sure, the move creates intrastate matchups, but that's not the
reason why the switch was made. Saving money was the only factor.
Canham will no longer have to foot the enormous bills when the team flies to
Grand Forks, Denvexan4 Coorads Springs. Now the teaa can bus to Bi
Rapids, Kalamazoo and Bowling Green and save Canham some dollars.
You could argue forever whether or not the change means a drop in the
competition. Some people think that the switch will male the CCHA a
stronger league than the WCHA. Maybe so, but Michigan's won't have to be
playing the teams that captured the NCAA Championship in six of the last
When Dan Farrell left Michigan for a Toronto investment firm, he was
replaced by former Michigan player Wilf Martin. I can't criticize Martin's
coaching ability as his team is 3-1. I'm sure that he will make a fine coach, but
what irked niewas ftiat Caniiiam replace arefl, who was Rndwn as one o
the finest technique, coaches in college hockey, with a former Michigan
hockey player who had no previous college coaching experience.
Martin played at Michigan from 1963-65 and was a member of the
Wolverines last NCAA championship team in 1964. For the last eight years, he
had been the manager of the ice arena in the Students Recreation Center at
the University of Colorado. Martin also helped with the formation of the club
hockey prograi there.
Those are some mighty impressive credentials to be named coach of a
major college hockey team like Michigan. Maybe Canham has some inside
information about Martin that I don't.
Finally, the hazing incident that, in my opinion, enough has been said
about. Canham handled the incident poorly'and now the hockey team has to
suffer the consequences.
A source close to the hockey team said that Canham hates the hockey
program and that if he had his way in determining the disciplinary actions
taken, he just as soon would have canceled the whole hockey season.
For some reason, it seems that a hockey team is looking a lot worse than
a few football players did approximately seven months ago when they were
kicked off the squad in an alleged drug related incident.
These points add up to my reasoning that Canham could care less about
Michigan hockey. The icers rank behind football, basketball, baseball and
possible others on his priority list.
Yes, the squad is receiving the shaft and it's a shame because hockey is
without a doubt the most exciting spectator sport at the university.
The icers are coming off a surprising 23-13-2 mark last year when the
team was supposed to be in the rebuilding stage. And at Yost Arena, the
Wolverines were 18-2-2 and'always gave the crowd its monies worth.
The team is basically the same as last year except for the loss of offen-
sive firepowers Murray Eaves, Bruno Baseotto, and Dan Lerg. However,
freshman sensations Ted Speers and Brad Tippett return to provide a bulk of
Defense will be the squad's strength led by veterans Tim Manning, John
Blum, Steve Richmond and Brian Lundberg. And the goaltending is solid
with the return of last year's WCHA rookie-of-the-year Paul Fricker.
All in all, it looks like another exciting year of Michigan hockey. Too bad
the school's athletic director doesn't give a damn.
Sophomore left wing Joe Milburn was one of just six players to see action in
all 38 games for the Wolverines last season. Milburn collected six goals and
six assists for 12 points as a freshman.
ADJUSTING TO COLLEGE HOCKEY
Freshmen find new style tough
By DAN CONLIN
and TOM SHAHEEN
There are no true stars on this year's
Michigan hockey team, a fact that most
freshmen would kelcme. "utu this'
year's crop, unlike last years, may find
the going tough in trying to break the
ice and contribute in any significant
One look at the Wolverines' roster
reveals that last year's frosh were very
talented-a fact which enabled them to
step right in and help the team.
PAUL FRICKER, MICHIGAN'S
exciting goaltender, played well enough
last year to claim the WCHA rookie-of-
the-year and Michigan MVP honors;
Bruno Baseotto set a freshman scoring
record with 76 points in his first season;
left winger Brad Tippett proved to be
an excellent penalty killer; and Joe
Milburn, Ted Speers and Billy Reid also
had outstanding years as rookies.
The 1980-81 freshmen will not
duplicate the feats of their counterparts
of a year ago. Michigan assistant
hockey coach John Giordano doesn't
feel that they are quite ready to start
and are having a difficult time ad-
justing to the new style of play.
Enzo Augimeri, a first-year center, is
trying to overcome the obstacles that
he faces as a freshman among 19 retur-
ning lettermen. The 5-11, 170 lb. Ontario
native who scored 62 points in 75 games
for the Oshawa Generals in, two
seasons, has scored two goals in just
three games this season. But while
Augimeri has produced offensively for
the Wolverines, he feels that this year's
team has excelled in another area.
"OUR DEFENSE has been tough,"
he said. "Our offense has blended well
with our defense. Our opponents have
been unable to really penetrate our
But Augimeri hasn't found
everything all that easy so far this
season. He has had to adjust to the
faster style of play, which is much dif-
ferent from the methods of Canadian
Freshman right winger Jim Mc-
Cauley, who played with the Junior
Wings in Detroit before coming to
Michigan, has also discovered a couple
of variations in style of play from his
"THE PLAY AT Michigan is so much
quicker than it was with the Wings," he
said. "The players here play the body
instead of the puck which makes it
McCauley's analysis of the situation
has some validity-he sat out last
weekend with a bruised shoulder.
get to 180 by next year so I don't get
bumped around so much,"he added.
McCauley, who graduated from
Detroit Osborn High, has seen limited
action due to his shoulder injury and
hasn't scored any points so far.
'Our offense has blended
well with our defense. Our
opponents have been un-
able to really penetrate
"It happened during a scrimmage,"
said McCauley. "I turned to go back up
the ice when someone hit me. I lowered
my shoulder to take the hit, but all of his
weight came down on it. But it's only
bruised and I should play against Min-
nesota this weekend.
"I ONLY WEIGH 165 now, but hope to
The only other first year icer to see
playing time is Kelly McCrimmon, 5-9,
182, from Plenty, Sask. McCrimmon, a
right winger whose brother Brad plays
' with the Boston Bruins of the National
Hockey League, scored his first goal of
this young season last Friday in helping
Michigan to a 6-5 victory over Western
Michigan at Yost Arena.
McCRIMMON ECHOED HIS team-
mate Augimeri's opinion for an ex-
planation of Michigan's strong 3-1 start.
"We've got an excellent defensive
team and goalie which is the strength of
our system-our defense is our offen-
se," he said.
Still another Wolverine right winger
is freshman Steve Yoxheimer, from
Jackson. The 5-9, 170 lb. rookie hasn't
seen any action this year, but has had
experience with the Junior Wings in
Detroit (where he was rookie-of-the-
year in 1977-78) and at Jackson Luman
So even though 'there aren't any
superstars on this year's edition of
Michigan hockey, the chances that
these freshmen have for becoming an
integral part of the team seem minimal
at this point.
FARDIG, MASON JOIN ICERS:
'Newcomers' not new to Michigan
By GARY LEVY
In the 1980-81 Michigan hockey media guide, a page is
reserved for the fresh new faces on the squad, appropriately
entitled, 'Meet the Newcomers.' However, two of the players
listed are familiar faces to Michigan athletics. One is an old-
timer at Michigan and the other has rejoined the icers after
a one-year leave of absence.
Dave Fardig and Peter Mason are these two additions to
despite his talents, Fardig is not ready to jump into a regular
spot on the four starting lines yet.
"He's about a month away from being ready to play," said
Giordano. "He has a few problems like being able to take a
check and keep control of the puck."
If he letters in hockey, Fardig will join the ranks of a' select
few who were able to play two varsity sports at Michigan.
MASON'S STORY is of a different nature. The 6-0, 175
Oct. 17.............at Bowling Green
Oct. 18.......... BOWLING GREEN
Oct. 24........WESTERN MICHIGAN
Oct. 25..........at Western Michigan
Oct. '1-Nov. 1..........at Minnesota*
Jan. 9-10................. at Wisconsin*
Jan. 16..........MICHIGAN STATE*
Jan. 17...........at Michigan State*
.n 93-94 ..MINNESOTA*
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