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"IOCKEY

Morrison's
0x
humiity
cannot queli
Hobe.y talk
By Nicholas J. Cotsonka
Deily Sports Writer
Brendan Morrison looks nothing like
a race car, a scoring machine, a star. He
is just a quirky college kid whose simple
innocence seems to shield him from
how good he is getting, how immense
his talents are.
It all seems much too big for him. It's
khe doesn't understand.
,orrison will go out and score six
points in a game, like he did against
Ferris State Friday, and tell everyone he
is "just getting the breaks."
Then the cliches flow.
There is more to
Morrison, how-
ever, than the po-
lite smiles and
over-simplified
accounts of his
abilities that he
gives to the press
and Michigan
hockey fans.
Morrison can-
not be bothered by
the world and by others' opinions and
expectations of him. He is sincere when
he speaks, but he knows that bragging and
carrying on can only bring him trouble.
ore ink is given to him than any other
. verine. He is the media darling, the
star, the -obey Baker candidate.
Reporters try to spread the wealth
and write about other players, but
Morrison earns the space every time.
League officials would love to give an
award to someone else, but they have
no choice when Morrison deserves the
accolades most.
Morrison doesn't needto help his cause.
X11. that matters is the ice. That is
,erehe talks.
Morrison's ability to downplay him-
self is becoming more and more impor-.
tant because now he is starting to stand
out more than ever. As Michigan enters
the second half of its season, the H obey
talk isbgining.
The Hobey Baker Award is given
annually to college hockey's top player.
It may be the furthest thing from
i orrison's mind, but it is getting closer
closer to being in his grasp.
People should begin to notice, de-
spite Mo+rrison's protests.
"Thats not something I really worry
about fight now," Morrison says. "I just
want to go out and play well - to help
Michigan win."
Sorry, Brendan: Your talk on the ice
is shouting over the whispers you give
to rcporters.
mine missing the first six games of
-seasoln due to a knee sprain, Morrison
has not wasted any time regaining the
form that made him a Hobey Baker
finalist4ast season.
He is averaging 2.4 points per game
this year and has been named CCHA
Offensive Player ofthe Week threetimes.
After last weekend's 1-point per-
formance, in which he scored two goals
and four assists against Ferris State and
one goal and four assists versus Miami
tio, Morrison is second on the
HAoverall scoring leaders list.
He trails Western Michigan's Jer-
emy Brown by one point with 33. But
what is even more impressive is this -

Brown has played 23 games, while
Morrison has only seen action in 14.
The numbers say it is time to talk
Hobey.
"He's played as hard as I've seen him
,,.ay since he's been back - and he's
the results to show it," said Michi-
gan coach Red Berenson, who has one
of the 18 votes that determine the H obey
Baker winner. "He is definitely helping
his chances."
Morrison's reputation as a winner
will help too.
"If he had not beena candidate last
year, it would be harder," Berenson
said. "But he was a finalist before, so
people will be looking out for him."
Morrison has already won just about
everything he can. He was CCHA
Rookie of the Year and a member of the
CCHA All-Rookie Team in 1993-94.
Last season, he was named to the Titan
West All-American First Team,the All-
CCHA First Team and was a finalist for
the H obey Baker.
bBeing recognized as college hockey's
best player is about all he has left to
achieve - almost.
4* "Any player would trade a champi-
onship for an individual award,"
Berenson said. "But the odd player gets
Like Maine's Paul Kariya did in 1994,
Morrison is looking to win the Hobey
Baker and tohelphis team win the NCAA
Chamnionshin in the same season.

The Michigan Daily - SPORTSWednesday - Wednesday, January 10, 1996 - 7B
Botterill wins another
el gold at World Juniors

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
Chances are you do not know much
about Jason Botterill - if you are an
American.
If you are Canadian, however, you
probably want his autograph.
Botterill, 19, is a junior forward on
Michigan's hockey team and a national
celebrity in his native Canada. After
Canada's 4-1 win over
Sweden in BostonJan.
4, he became the first
Canadian ever to win oC er
three gold medals at
the World Junior Notebook
Championships.
"It's something.
pretty special to wear'
the maple leaf and rep-
resent my country,"
Botterill said. "Winning (the medals) was
nice, but just playing was an experience I
will keep close to my heart forever."
Botterill has been eligible to compete
in the tournament three times because he
graduated from St. Paul's Prep School
(Concord, N.H.) in just three years. A
player must be under 20 years of age to
play junior
hockey, and
Botterill will not
be 20 until May
19.
In 1993-94, i.
Botterill played
for Canada for the
first time and won
his first gold, con-,
tributing a goalin
six games. He
won another gold Botterill
in 1994-95, and this year he garnered his
third, chipping in a goal and three assists.
Forhis accomplishment, Botterillfound
himself besieged by interview requests
- but most were from the Canadian
media. When he returned to Ann Arbor,
he was greeted by the Yost Ice Arena
crowd in a pre-game ceremony, but it was
more embarrassing than exhilarating.
"It was a little awkward, especially
when I looked over and saw my team-
mates chuckling at me," Botterill said.
"This thing is really big in Canada. It's on
live television, and people follow it
closely. My (Team Canada) teammates
will probably go home and get standing
ovations for the next 25 games."
But Botterill will not in the United
States. Much to Michigan coach Red
Berenson's chagrin, Botterill's achieve-
ment has not gotten much publicity south
of the border. Amateur hockey simply

does not have the status in the United
States that it does in Canada, Botterill
said.
Matt Herr, a sophomore center for the
Wolverines, representedthe United States
for the first time at the World Junior
Championships. His team finished fifth.
RUUUUUDY!: You neverknow when
a dream will come true.
The end of Michigan's 13-0 drubbing
ofMiami (Ohio) Saturday night was hardly
a typical time for nervous excitement on
the part of any Wolverine--except Greg
Daddario.
The 5-foot-6, 140-pound walk-on
goaltender was inserted with 5:49 left in
the third period, culminating months of
hard work, hoping and dreaming. His No.
30jersey didn't have his name on the back
and wasjust a little too big, some stuffng
was coming out of his left pad and his
mask was not his own, butit did not mattr
to him.
"It was just amazing," Daddario said.
"(Michigan assistant coach Billy Powers)
told me I was going in and just to have fun.
He said it was a once-in-a-lifetime thing
and just to make the most of it."
Daddario made two saves in his stint,
making the most of a year of preparation.
Daddario attended Loomis-Chaffee Prep
School in Windsor, Conn., where he
played varsity hockey for three years.
His best friend and roommate at the
boarding school .was Michigan's highly
touted defenseman Bubba Berenzweig.
"For some reason, I thought he was
going to make the team when he decided
to come here," Beren weig said. "I never,
ever thought he would see the ice, though."
Berenson decided to keep Daddario
after walk-on tryouts, due to Michigan's
lack of a third goaltender. Daddario's
teammates quickly took him, dubbing
him "Napoleon Rat" for his combination
of small size and a large heart.
So when Daddario got to dress Satur-
day as aresult ofbackup goaltenderGregg
Malicke's knee injury, everyone was
happy -and nervous--for him. He was
mobbed after the game, and the crowd
chanted "RUUUUUDY!" in his honor.
"It was great to see his eyes light up like
that," Michigan starting goaltender Marty
Turco said. "It makes me wonder if I'm
taking my job for granted."
HEAD OF THE CLASS: If you just got
done telling your parents that you do not
have time to get good grades. don't let
them read this.
Michigan defenseman and LSA junior
Chris Frescoln sweated through two-
hour practices, weight-lifting sessions and
games last term, but he still earned a 4.0.

CCHA Standings

I I

Team (overall record)
1. Michigan State (18-6-0)
2. Western Michigan (18-4-1)
3. Michigan (16-4-0)
4. Lake Superior (14-4-0)
5. Bowling Green (14-7-1)
6. Alaska Fairbanks (6-13-1)
7. Notre Dame (5-12-2)
Ferris State (6-12-2)
9. Illinois-Chicago (7-11-3)
10. Miami (5-14-0)
11. Ohio State (5-12-1)

Won
14
13
11
10
8
6
4
4
4
4
3

Lost
3
3
3
4
5
12
9
9
10
11
12

Tied
0
1
0
0
1
0
2
2
1
0
1

Pts
28
27
22
20
17
12
10
10
9
8
7

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