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Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 28, 1983
Michigan

Hockey

Guide

'83-84

Switches brighten Michigan4

icers'seasonal
By JIM DAVIS
New coaching philosophy, speed and a more
balanced lineup will accent the new season for the
Wolverines.
Coming off last year's ninth-place finish in the
Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA),
Michigan coach John Giordano decided to make
several switches in the program. Included among
jx4 b the changes was the hiring of ex-Wolverine star
Mark Miller, captain of the 1978-79 icers, to help
pwith coaching and recruiting.1
TO COMBAT THE type of start which plagued '
... .Michigan last season (1-8 in the first nine CCHA
games), Giordano set up and monitored a summer
4 weight lifting and running regime. The results
pleased him.
"I think our kids came back in the strongest
physical shape they've been in since I've been 1
here," said the fourth-year coach. "We play a
J physical game, especially in the defensive zone.
Because of that we have to be in good shape, have
strength, and be able to withstand punishment."
The conditioning program is Giordano's answer
to another slow start. '
'team speed is another area where Giordano ex-
I pressed concern, so this year he emphasized that
in his recruiting.
" ~MICHIGAN REACHED to the state of Min-
* * nesota to land three talented forwards, got
another from Canada, and then grabbed a local
Daiy Potoby EFFSCHIERstandout. The five players are talented skaters.
Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER Overall, Giordano is pleased with the Class of
With top-scorers Ted Speers and Brad Tippett gone, the Wolverines will look to forwards Paul Spring (28), Frank Downing (18), and Paul '87. "These guys are better with the puck, have
Kobylarz (19) to help pick up the slack and fill the net with pucks. better hockey sense, and are better all-around

expectations
players than the ones we've had before," said
Giordano.
The newcomers will have to begin producing
goals right away to help fill the void in the goal-
scoring column left by the graduation of last
year's co-captains, Ted Speers and Brad Tipped;
as well as center Joe Milburn. The three paye 4
combined for a total of 47 goals and 92 assists..
"THEY'RE GOING to be missed, but the teanm
philosophy will be different now because we hajl
a more-balanced attack and we don't have to lob
for two guys to lead the team now," said Giordano;
admiting that he overworked Speers and Tippett
who played on both the power play and on
penalty killing team in addition to taking regu
shifts.
The Wolverines will look to co-captains Jim 1
Cauley and Kelly McCrimmon to give the teJ
leadership on the ice and expect to get balanc. r
goal-scoring from returnees, sophomores Ch ยง
Seychel (who scored 26 goals last year), Tom
Stiles, Frank Downing and juniors Paul Kobylk
and Paul Spring.
The defense will be much improved over l
season, if only because five blueliners returnv4
experience.
"The defense will be the nucleus of our, tean-i
said Giordano. "The big difference betweent
team and last year's team is the defensemen n~w
have a year under their belts. Everybody has
played in games."~
All things considered, the 1983-84 Wolverines
should challenge in the CCHA, and earn a post-
season birth.

Change,
By JOE EWING
Change is the name of the game for the Michigan
forwards this year as the Wolverine attack will show
new faces, new strategies and new philosophies.
Gone from the offense are last year's lop scorers
and co-most-valuable players Ted Speers and Brad
Tippett, but Wolverine coach John Giordano thinks
his squad can overcome the loss.
"SURE THEY'RE going to be missed," said Gior-
'We're going to come down the
ice like the Russians do this
Oar, in two waves. That's
revolutionary for us and I
think it's rather revolutionary
for college hockey.'
- John Giordano
dano. "But I think the philosophy will be different
because we'll have more balance. We won't have to
look for two guys to lead the team. I want the forwar-
ds to score 15 to 18 goals each."
Helping to bring that balance to the team are
Michigan's newcomers. The Wolverines had an ex-
cellent recruiting year, and have brought several
highly-touted freshman into the program to provide
+ scoring help.

t
"

Forwards hope to score
with new players, tactics

1983-84 Michigan
Ice Hockey Roster

Among the freshman are center John Bjorkman
from Warroad, Minnesota, who was picked by the
New York Islanders in the National Hockey League
draft last June after a superb high school career;
center/left wing Bruce Macnab from Edmonton,
Alberta, who tallied 35 times last year in junior
hockey; and center/left wing Brad Jones of Sterling
Heights, who played juniors last year in Canada.
"I THINK WE'RE going to be a little bit more of a
finesse team this year," said Giordano. "We've in-
creased our speed up front greatly. We have guys
that we think are better with the puck and they've got
better hockey sense."
Another newcomer to the front line for Michigan is
left wing Doug May, who spent most of last season
playing defense for the Wolverines. "Doug May will
have a good year," said Giordano. "He's going to be
a factor for us this year."
The Wolverines will also rely on some vetrans this
year to turn on the goal light in Yost Arena. Leading
the way will be last year's Central Collegiate Hockey
Association rookie of the year Chris Seychel,
Michigan's top goal scorer in 1982-83 with 26.
GIORDANO ALSO expects good things from center
Tom Stiles and right wing Frank Downing, who
should be paired up as two-thirds of' one of the
Wolverine's top lines.
"Look for Tom Stiles to emerge," said Giordano.
"He's going to be a great player before he's done."

"Frank Downing is probably the most improved
player in camp right now," he added.
IN ADDITION, THE Wolverines have high hopes in
senior right wings Jim McCauley and Kelly Mc-
Crimmon, as well as senior center Ray Dries, left
wing Paul Spring and right wing Paul Kobylarz.
The playing style of these veterans will change.
though, according to Giordano. Rather than using
the traditional three abreast rush when entering the
offensive zone, Giordano plans to do things a little dif-
ferently.
"We're going to come down like the Russians do
this year, in two waves," he said. What he intends to
do is send his offense down in two sets of two, with two
forwards entering the zone first followed by the third
forward and a defenseman.
"THAT'S REVOLUTIONARY for us," claimed
Giordano. "And I think it's rather revolutionary for
college hockey."
One of the most effective weapons for the
Wolverines this year will be their power play, which
has already scored on 27 per cent of its chances this
year. Giordano's top power play candidates include
Bjorkman, McCauley, Seychel, Jones, Macnab and
Stiles.
In short-handed situations, Giordano is implemen-
ting a new penalty killing strategy that will use three
defensemen and one quick forward.

No. Namel
1 Mark Chiamp.......
2 Bill Brauer ..........
3 Doug May..........
4 Mike Neff ............
5 John DeMartino .....
6 Pat Goff ............
7 Todd Carlile'.......'
8 Joe Grusser .......
9 Ray Dries ...........
10 Jim McCauley ......
11 Brad Jones.........
12 Doug Colvin .........
14 Bruce Macnab ......
15 Jim Switzer .........
16 John Bjorkman .....
17 Dan Goff..... .....
18 Frank Downing ......
19 Paul Kobylarz.....
20 Chris Seychel......
21 Dave McIntyre..... .
22 Tom Stiles ...... .. .
23 Dan Carroll.......
24 Greg Hudas........
25 Tom Dolan........
26 Kelly McCrimmon ..
27 Jim Mans..........
28 Paul Spring........
29 Arnold Morrison ....
30 Jon Elliott.........
35SteveNorton........

Pos. Ht.
G 5-7
D 6-3
LW 6-1
D 6-0
D. 5-11
D 6-1
D 5-11
D 5-7
C 5-7
RW 5-10
C 6-0
LW 6-1
LW 6-0
LW 5-10
C 5-11
RW 5-7
RW 5-11
RW 6-0
LW 5-11
RW 6-0
C 5-11
LW 5-11
D 6-5
D 6-0
RW 5-10
LW 5-8
LW 5-11
D 6-0
G 6-1
G 5-6

Wgt.
150
212
192
200
185
195
190
175
160
174
175
175
170
180
175
170
190
190
175
187
185
175
210
165
175
165
200
194
185
141

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Ogoalies
clam r to
quiet critics
By TIM MAKINEN
No amount of equipment could mask
the disappointing performance turned
in by Michigan goaltenders last season.
As the '83-84 campaign begins, the sense of
mystery about the quality of the
Wolverine netminders remains.
Mark Chiamp and Jon Elliott, both
juniors this year, split action in the nets
last season and compiled goals against
averages of 4.06 and 5.32, respectively.
That placed Chiamp 14th and Elliott
18th among CCHA goalies with over 400
minutes playing time. Whether the two
can improve upon those efforts, which
they must if Michigan hopes to be a
league contender, remains to be seen.
"The biggest question mark we have
is our goaltending," said Michigan
coach John Giordano.
Particularly puzzlingis the status of
Elliott. As a freshman he earned
rookie-of-the-year honors and posted a
sparkling 3.50 goals against average.
Then came last season.
A KEY FACTOR in Elliott's poor per-
formance, however, was the inex-
perienced defense in front of him. This
season the defense returns with a
year's experience under its belt, and
perhaps Elliott can rebound and
display the top-notch ability he demon-
strated as a freshman.
Al%-.__ . .l' A

198384 Michigan Schedule

82-83 Final.
CCHA Standings

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RemainingGames
..
Oct. 21-22 ......,...at Ohio State
Nov.45. ....... NEW HAMSHIRE
Nov. 1-12. .....,.at Michigan Tech
Nov. 18 ..,......MICHIGAN STATE
Nov. 19 ..,........at Michigan State
Nov. 25-26 ....... at Northern Michigan
Dec. 2-3. LAKE SUPERIOR STATE
Dec.9-1.0 ... ... ..FERRIS STATE
Dec, 29-30, . .,. ... . .... Grea t Lakes
Invitational Tournament*
Jan.64.......... BOWLING GREEN
Jan.13-14 ....... .*Y at Illinois-Chicago
Jan. 20 ........at Western Michigan

Jan.21......WESTERN MICHIGAN
Jan. 27.............. at Michigan State
Jan. 28............ MICHIGAN STATE
Feb. 3-4......at Lake Superior State
Feb. 10-11 .......... .at Ferris State
Feb. 17-18 ...,.......MICHIGAN TECH
Feb. 24-25 ... NORTHERN MICHIGAN
Mar. 2-10 ..... ..CCHA Playoffs
Mar. 16-17 .... NCAA Regional Playoffs
Mar. 22-24 ..............NCAA Finals
*Non-conference Games
ALL HOME GAMES AT Y~OST ICE
ARENA,
Starting time: 7:30

Team W L T Pts
1. Bowling Green .. r 24 5 3 51
2. Michigan State* .. 23 9 0 46
Obio State........ 21 7 4 461
4. Michigan Tech 0. 12....40
a. Northern Michigan 16 13 3 35
6. Miami ......... 15 16 1 31
7. Ferris State ..... 12 12
Notre Dame ..... 13 17 2
9~. MICHIGAN < ..... 11 21 0 22
Western Michigan 1 20 2 22
11. Lake Superior.,.. 10 21 1 21
12. Ilinois--Chicago6. 24 2 14
(*MSU won CCHA playoff title)
(#Notre Dame discontinued hockey in
'83-K4)

HEAD COACH: John Giordano
ASSISTANT COACH: Mark Miller
TRAINER: Andy Overmire
TRAVELING SECRETARY: Howard Colby

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1982-83 Michigan Statistics

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Overall (14-22)

EXPERIENCE NO LONGER ABSENT:

Defense returns intact
BTIM AKINENcomplishments, Neff may still be best known for his first goal
BydtopMAKie as a Wolverine-a 180-foot drive that took a bad hop and beat
The Wolverine defensive troops received a baptism by fire the Illinois-Chicago goalie.
Graduation decimated the 1981-82 Michigan defense, for- JOHN DEMARTINO, the only senior among the defensive
cing the Blue to start three freshmangand one transfer corps, will add leadership to the michigan blueliners and will
student in the '82-83 campaign. Only Mike Neff, now a junior, be looking to complete his first full season for the Wolverines.
After transfering from Michigan-Dearborn, DeMartino sat
had seen previous action in a Michigan uniform, and even out the '81-82 season. Then, after only three games last year,
that experience was minimal.
a knee injury sidelined him until mid-
Understandably, the Wolverines got February. DeMartino still managed to
off to a shaky start. pick up eight points (one goal and seven
Michigan surrendered an average of . assists) in the nine games in which
six goals per game for the first half of he played.
the season before ultimately bringing Rounding out the Wolverine defense
the average down to a more respectable are a trio of sophomores, Pat Goff,
four goals per game. Todd Carlile, and Bill Brauer. Goff led
BUT THAT was last year. Those all Michigan defensemen in scoring last
freshmen are now sophomores, the season with 20 points (two goals and 18
transfer student is a bonafied assists). His totals could have been
Wolverine player, and Neff returns on- even greater if a wrist injury had not
ce again to anchor the Michigan hindered his shot for much of the
defense. season. Carlile, meanwhile, exhibited a
"Our defense looks strong." said tough-style of plav and an excellent

Name
BRAD TIPPETT ......................
TED SPEERS .........................
Chris Seychel..........................
Jim McCauley .........................
JOE MILBURN..................
Pat Goff....... .................
M ike Neff ............................
Todd Carlile ...........................
Kelly McCrimmon .....................
Tom Stiles.............................
DON KRUSSMAN..................
Doug May .. ........................
Frank Downing ....................
Paul Kobylarz .........................
Paul Spring .......................
Ray Dries .......................
John DeMartino .......................
JEFF GRADE ........................
STEVE YOXHEIMER .................
Dave McIntyre ........................
Bill Brauer ......................
Jim M ans ...........................
Jim Switzer .......................
Jon Elliott ............................
Mark Chiamp....................
BILLY REID .....................
JOHN HAWKINS.................
'M' Bench ..........................
MICHIGAN............ ........
Opponents ......................
PLAYERS NOT RETURNING IN CAPS

Pos.
LW
C
LW
RW
C
D
D
D
RW
LW
D
RW
RW
L1W
C
D
LW
RW
RW
LW
LW
G
G
RW
D

A PTS
40 59
41 59
22 48
21 34
11 21
18 20
14 19
14 19
13 18
7 17
9 15
10 14
10 14 -
8 12
2 9
5 9
7 8
2 7
4 6
.s 6
2 5
2 4
1 2
1 1
1 1
0 0
0 0

P/M
12/24
20/40
1:3/26
4/8
17/%:3
10/20
22/44
32/67
10/20
20/40
5/10
14/28
4/8.
18/36
6/12
2/4
6/12
8/16
14/28
12
3/6
1/2
0/0
0/0
0/0
2/4
0/0
1/2

CCIIA (11-21)-9th
A P'TS P/M
32 46 10/20
34 49 18/36
18 44 11/22
20 32 3/6
8 14 13/26
14 14 10/24
12 17 19/:38
12 16 27/57
11 13 9/18
6 15 19/38
7 10 5/10
7 11 12/24
7 9 4/8
6 9 1:3/26
1 6 6/1'2
:3 7 2/4
4 4 3/6
1 4 6/42
2 2 12/24
4 5 1/2
2 5 :/6
1 3 1/2
1 2 0/0
1 1 0/0
I 1 0/0
0 0 1/2
0 0 0/0
0/0

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157 270 427 245/493 124 215 339
175 273 448 271/566 161 237 398

208/419
226/1731

GOALIE STATISTICS
Goalie Record
Chiamp ............................................... (8-8)
Elliott ............................................ (6-14)
MICHIGAN ....................................... (14-22)
Opponents ............................................. (22-14)
*Includes Empty Net Goals

GP
21
21
361
361

GA AgPct GP
69 4.06.865 18
1001 5.312.862 19
175"4.85.859 321
1574935.855 321

GA Avg Pet
6:3 4.39.859
913 5.3.864
161*4.91 .858
124 3.78.862

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