Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 20, 1988
Helber brothers double
trouble for opponents
Ann Arbor natives Tim and Mike Helber are getting the chance to play hockey together
once again. This past weekend against Miami of Ohio, the brothers played on the same
A photo caption in yesterday's
Dalyinorretysaid Sean Higgins
was in trouble with the NCAA. The
N CAA is investigating the Uni-
wersity of Kentucky basketballp ro-
gram, and not Sean Higgins, Higgins
has testified to the NCAA regarding
Kentucky's recruitment of him. The
Daily regrets the error.
Fridays in The Daily
BY MIKE GILL
Last weekend at the annual "Skate
with the Wolverines," brothers Tim
and Mike Helber were skating with
the Michigan hockey team - just as
they had many years ago.
But today, there is a fundamental
difference. Years ago, they looked up
and asked the men in blue for
autographs. This time, they were the
affection of the young kids.
"It really hit home at the skate,"
said first-year right-winger Mike. "To
realize that five to 10 years ago I was
one of those little kids chasing the
guys around on the team."
GROWING UP in Ann Arbor,
the two did everything two brothers
usually do - fight and play sports.
Their dad would freeze over the next
door neighbor's lawn, or take them
to the local hockey rink.
Older brother Tim, now a junior,
and Mike would square off with some
high flying fisticuffs. At one point
in their relationship, Tim became so
upset at Mike's smart alack ways
that he ordered his best friend to have
the honors. "We beat up each other
every day," said Tim.
It was sibling rivalry at its best.
NOW, they've never been closer.
It started when they played together
at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.
They began working out - lifting
weights, running, and pushing each
other to reach full potential.
"When one of us was slacking off
or one of us would say 'I don't think
I'm going to do this today, I'm
going to sleep,' the other one would
say 'Baloney, you're getting your ass
in gear and gonna get going,"' Mike
The road to Michigan was very
different for the two. For Tim it was
a bumpy road filled with potholes
and detours. But for Mike it was a
clearly lit path.
Tim tried out as a walk-on
candidate his first year, but was'cut.
Despite the setback, he decided to try
again his sophomore season - and
was rewarded with a spot on the
"It's admirable that he came back,"
said Michigan coach Red Berenson.
"It is a good side of his character.
The first time he really wasn't
prepared to make the Michigan team.
He wasn't prepared to earn a spot. He
was only prepared to try out."
TIM wasn't a big star last year,
earning only one point the entire
season. Meanwhile, Mike became a
'The hockey sense they
both have is amazing.'
gonna up and leave the team. I'm not
going to play second fiddle to
anybody - that's foolish. It actually
helped me 100 percent seeing him
there and knowing we could
encourage each other. When he's out
there with me, it's a shot in the
SAID ROOMMATE and
backup goaltender Tim Genyk, who
played with Tim in high school, "He
always puts the team first and then
seeks personal achievements to help
the team achieve their goals."
"I don't think we'll ever be told
that we shouldn't have sibling rivalry
because I think we have it at a perfect
equilibrium," Mike said. "We're the
best of friends but yet we're
competitive enough to keep each
"The hockey sense they both have
is amazing," said junior center Rob
Brown. "It's something you can't
learn. That's one of the reasons both
of them have gotten this far. A coach
can't teach you that."
During last weekend's series
against Miami of Ohio, Berenson put
the two brothers on the same line.
"At this point, I think it probably
was good for both of them to play
together," Berenson said. "Down the
road they may not play together. I
don't want them to feel like they
have to play together to play well."
The strategy paid off. With their
parents, grandparents, friends looking
on, both scored their first collegiate
goals with Mike assisting on Tim's.
The two brothers, the two former
rivals, were now teammates and best
friends - accumulating ,points;
playing on the same line.
"Points don't matter," said Tim.
"The fact is we're both playing on
the same team, contributing to the
team. That's what matters."
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What emotions would flow
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"Coach thought that would be a
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