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Hockey
vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Wednesday, November 6, 1985

Men's swimming
vs. University of Toronto
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Mann Pool

Page 7

Billy Powers

Wolverine hockey

line

By ADAM OCHLIS
Billy Powers is living proof that
even the best college coaches make
,mistakes sometimes.
The sophomore from Sommerville,
Mass. came to Michigan this year af-
ter playing his first year of college
heckey at St. Anselm College, a small
Division II school in Manchester, N.H.
;POWERS, WHO was ignored
coming out of high school by all the
Division I schools which comprise
,Hockey East in New England, is doing
4ust fine, thank you, for Red Beren-
son's Wolverine hockey team.
With four goals and five assists
through six games (placing him third
on the team in scoring), Powers is one
of many players Berenson has
brought to Ann Arbor in an effort to
raise the hockey program back to its
lofty status of the past.
.But if it were up to Powers, he
probably would never have ended up
at Michigan.
74rHE 6-0, 182 right winger played his
high school hockey at Matignon High
School in Cambridge, Mass., one of
the country's most prestigious hockey
schools. More importantly, he played
ona team that some say had no equal.
"That was as good a high school
hockey team as you'll ever see," said
Bob Kullen, assistant coach for the
University of New Hampshire. In
fact, during the late 70's and early
86's, Matignon rolled to five con-
gacutive state titles, of which Powers
participated in three. And even
though he put up impressive statistics
atMatignon (35 goals and 38 assists)
Powers was nowhere to be found when
it came time for recruiting.
"He was probably a bit in the
shadows of some of the other players
on that team," noted Kullen whose
own Wildcat team took two of Powers'
teammates.
-""WELL HE was certainly
overlooked by a lot of coaches out
'iere," said Matignon's long-time
coach, Martin Pierce.
So, as his friends and teammates
went off to places such as Boston
llege and Harvard to play their
college hockey, Powers was forced to
Flay at St. Anselm and prove the
Oaches wrong.
"'Especially with our team,"
Powers explains, "where a lot of kids
were going to Division I, I felt that I
cold play with them. It hurt a bit, but
I went up to St. Anselm with
4something to prove."
AND PROVE HE did. Collecting 35
*8goals and 25 assists, Powers was
named Division II Rookie-of-the-Year
blast season. It was after that season
'that coaches began to take notice.
"We were under the impression that
*he was playing in a place he was
Above and he should have been
playing Division I," said Berenson.
For Powers, who along with his
Matignon teammates once got
.Mohawk hair cuts as part of the
gpool's tradition, the decision to
*ransfer was not a difficult one.
"FOUND OUT I had the oppor-
tiity to play Division I, and I was
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getting a little frustrated in Division
II with the competition and the way
the Division II program was run,"
Powers recalled. "With me, I always
had the premonition of hopefully get-

ting a shot of playing in the NHL, and
the only way to get a shot is by playing
in a first class program."
Then the decision came as to which
school to transfer to. That, also, was

not a hard one to make.
"I just felt this would be the right
place for me. Coach Berenson, just
the reputation he has. Just look at his
track record and you can't help but be
impressed," said Powers. "Also, back
east (RPI and Maine were also after
him), I figured they had their shot
(right out of high school) and they
messed up if they wanted me then,"
he said with a smile.
FOR POWERS, the adjustment to a
new style of play has been a quick, yet
learning one.
"It's a step up in every factor of
the game," he said. "It's a quicker
pace and the players are bigger and
better than in Division II."
"I think the intensity caught him off
guard a little bit," said Berenson.
POWERS, AN aspiring Business
School applicant hopes that for what
he plans to do after his years at
Michigan, knowingfto credit a sales
revenue will not be needed until about
the year 2000.

"Ever since going to the Bruins
games when I was a little kid, it was
always like, 'I'd love to play out there.
Pro hockey. It would be unreal.' "
Drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers
in the ninth round in 1984, Powers, ac-
cording to most, should one day get a
shot at the NHL.
"CERTAINLY WE think he has a
chance to play for us someday," said
former Flyer and now General
Manger, Bobby Clark. "We wouldn't
have drafted him if we didn't."
"He's definitely a prospect and

we're pleased to have him in our
organization."
Pierce, Powers' biggest fan, thinks
his attitude and personality will lead
him to the pros.
"I don't put anything past Billy," he
said. "I think he has the potential. He
treats everyone with great respect. I
don't see how he can miss."
Berenson also thinks Powers has
what it takes.
"It's still early. Now it's a matter of
improving. Billy has some good tools
to work with, though."

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Daily Photo by JOHN WUNSON
Right Wing Billy Powers, a transfer from St. Anselm College, is third on
the team in scoring with four goals and five assists.
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