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Olympic torch burns out for
former Michigan hockey star

The Michigan Daily-Friday, February 12, 1988- Page 11
Time for Michigan icers
to show Superior status

For Pete

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Sake

BY PETE STEINERT

Amid all the fairy tale stories that will come
out of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary,
reality still finds a place for itself.
Perhaps no one knows this better than for-
mer Michigan hockey player Brad Jones. In a
surprising move late Monday night, the U.S.
Olympic team released Jones and another player
to get down to its 20-player limit.
After dedicating the last nine months to
earning a spot on the U.S. team, in a matter of
minutes it all ended before it really even started.
All the sweat, all the sacrifices, all the excite-
ment went right out the window.
FOLLOWING MONDAY'S 3-2
exhibition loss to Sweden in Colorado Springs,
Jones had no idea he was taking off his red,
white and blue uniform for the last time. U.S.
head coach Dave Peterson gave him the bad
news at the team's Colorado Springs hotel.
"I just couldn't believe it," Jones said
Wednesday from his Sterling Heights home.
"My jaw dropped, and I didn't say a word to
him the rest of the time because I just didn't
believe it.
After the announcement Jones flew home to
be with his family and his fiancee.
What a shame. Despite Jones' individual
success over the years, he has not been without

his setbacks. At Michigan he never played on
anything close to a winning team. Now he will
miss out on a chance to compete in the
Olympics - a chance to represent his country.
THE WORST THING about it is that
Jones still is not sure why the team let him go.
"Deep down, I feel I should be on the team,"
the Wolverines' second all-time leading scorer
said. "The decision he (Peterson) made he said
was based on that I didn't get enough loose
pucks. I think that's a pretty weak reason to re-
lease somebody. I just think there's something
more to it that he didn't tell me."
According to Jones, his name did not come
up in previous discussions about whom the
team would cut. All indications appeared to
point to other players whom Jones would not
specify.
After a game last December at Joe Louis
Arena against the Soviet Select team, Peterson
singled out Jones and said he would see a lot of
playing time.
Sometime, he changed his mind.
"Maybe if I had been expecting it, I would
have been prepared for it," Jones said.
One must question now what kind of
memories Jones will carry with him. Will he

feel bitter? Will he feel he wasted his time?
Was it worthwhile?
JONES could have passed up on the
Olympics altogether and gone straight to the
Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League.
He played four games with them last season
before he broke his jaw.
"He chose to play for the Olympic team as
against playing professional, and I think that
says a lot for Brad Jones," said Michigan coach
Red Berenson, who coached Jones for three
years.
"It wasn't wasted to the point where the
friendships I gained through the year," he said.
"I've never been around a closer knit bunch of
guys. The things we went through - I
wouldn't trade that for anything."
Jones' release leaves Michigan's Jeff Norton
and Michigan State's Kevin Miller as the only
two players on the team with ties to Michigan.
The U.S. team invited Jones to join the
team as a non-player in Calgary. He declined.
Sometime this morning he will arrive in
Winnipeg where he might very well play
tonight for the Jets against the Buffalo Sabres.
Some 838 miles away his teammates of just
a few days ago prepare to face Austria tomorrow
night in their Olympic opener in Calgary.

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third in the nation, are coming to
Ann Arbor.
"I don't think the past records
mean anything," said Berenson.
"We haven't seen them since
November, and we're both different
hockey teams now."
Lake Superior has lost only once
in its last 16 games, and the Laker
goaltending pair of Bruce Hoffort
(2.73 goals against) and Mike
Greenlay (3.36) are first and third
respectively in league action.
The Lakers' .297 power play

(overall) is tops among CCHA
teams, and their 88 goals against is
best in the league.
With just three weeks remaining
before the playoffs, each game is of
utmost importance. Michigan (32
points) currently leads Bowling
Green (30) and Western Michigan
(29), but both these teams have two
games in hand.
"These last few weeks are very
important in securing home ice for
the playoffs," said Berenson. "We
haven't played a home playoff game
since I've been here. We want to do
it for ourselves, and for our fans."

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