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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 20, 1997

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Following center Mike Legg's example, the Michigan seniors have bent over backwards in an effort to help the team win.
Their contributions to the program are evident as this class is on the brink of a fourth regular-season CCHA championship.
Four years of stellar seniors essentzud
to Yost atmosphere, M' tradition

By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
The end is near.
For many Michigan hockey fans, this weekend's games
against Lake Superior will be the last chance to see this year's
senior class of Wolverines at Yost Ice Arena.
The atmosphere this weekend will be just like it has been at
every other game at Yost in recent memory - rich with the
excitement and traditions the fans have come to know and
love.
Indeed, the atmosphere surrounding Michigan hockey has
taken on a life of its own. But fans must not forget the key to
the phenomenon that is Michigan hockey - the players; more
specifically, this senior class.
During the 75th anniversary cere-
mony of Michigan hockey, held
between periods of Saturday's game
against Notre Dame at Yost, public
address announcer Glen Williams
addressed the crowd. He said, "You'
(the Michigan faithful) have created
an atmosphere that says home-ice
advantage."
Williams was not completely cor-
rect.
The fans are devoted, without a doubt, but it is the graduat-
ing class of nine - one that has already won a national cham-
pionship, appeared in another NCAA semifinal, and is on the
verge of its fourth CCHA title - that deserves the credit for
what Michigan hockey is today.
It is a class filled with some of the most talented athletes in
college sports, and future stars.
Of course, when you're talking about potential stars,
Brendan Morrison first comes to mind. He is a great player
and leader.
The Michigan captain and Hobey Baker candidate broke
the school scoring record Saturday night, and eclipsed the all-
time assists mark Friday night.
While the spotlight falls on Morrison, appreciate what all
the seniors have done over the past four years.
Appreciate Jason Botterill, who has been on the receiving

end of more than a few of Morrison's assists over the years,
including the one that broke the assists record. Appreciate the
fact that Botterill took the ice in a Michigan uniform this sea-
son, for he could have just as easily jumped ship for the pros
after his junior year.
Appreciate John Madden. In four seasons the forward has
developed into, arguably, the hardest-working guy in the
game. His NCAA-record 21 shorthanded goals makes him the
most exciting and dangerous shorthanded threat in the nation.
Appreciate Mike Legg and the gracefulness of his stico
work. His famous lacrosse-style goal was no fluke. He prac-
tices and prides himself on some of the best puck handling in
the country.
And don't overlook 6-foot-I, 196-pound Warren Luhning,
whose size and scoring power resulted in three goals and six
assists during last year's post-season title run.
As great as these offensive stars are, they would not be as
impressive without great defensive leaders.
And who better to lead than assistant captain Blake Sloan.
Appreciate Sloan who, as much as he's done for the
Wolverines on the ice, has accomplished even more for tIf
community off the ice.
Appreciate Chris Frescoln, Harold Schock and Peter
Bourke. Together, they are the foundation of the Michigan
defense. A remarkable feat considering Schock and Bourke
made the team their freshman seasons as walk-ons.
Together, these nine seniors make up an extraordinary class.
They are champions once already - and soon, maybe twice.
Savor the final glimpses of these nine seniors.
Fans should not take for granted what they've had the priv-
ilege of seeing and experiencing at Yost these past four sea-
sons.
Understand that the atmosphere at Yost - the great ban
the great cheers, the aura of Michigan hockey - does not
exist on its own.
It is fueled by the success of the players on the ice.
Michigan hockey is not riding a wave of popularity just
because of a great atmosphere. Without the talent, the former
does not exist.
Appreciate that these talented seniors are a class above the
rest.

Men's gymnasts remain positive*
before hosting Illinois-Chicago

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By Ginger L. Zabel
For the Daily
The previous competitions may have
been losses, but it can only get better
when the Michigan men's gymnastics
team faces Illinois-Chicago at Cliff Keen
Arena on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Wolverines will be meeting the
Flames for the first time since the Windy
City Invitational in January. Michigan is
coming off of a Feb. 8 loss in a double-
dual meet to Minnesota and Michigan
State in which the Wolverines' score
slipped below their usual standards -
opening the door for a Michigan State
victory. Consistency was one of the
team's main focuses during the first half
of the season.
Since facing its Big Ten rivals, the
team has had a weekend off from com-
petition and has used the time to work
out some new routines, which will finish
upgrading the level of difficulty in their
events.
After posting its highest score of the
year against Ohio State in its last home
meet, Michigan will be seeking to
improve once again this weekend at
home.
"We're looking to go higher,"

Michigan sophomore Randy D'Amura
said. "We're looking for 220."
The No. 16 Wolverines will have to go
higher than their previous scores if they
want to upset Illinois-Chicago - which
is currently ranked 13th in the nation.
"We're capable of that," Michigan
coach Kurt Golder said. "They're a cut
above us and I have a lot of respect for
their team. But we're within striking dis-
tance."
The Wolverines have been moving
closer to a quality victory against a top-
flight opponent. Last year, their highest
score was 20 points behind that of the
national champions.
This year the team hopes to cut that
difference in half. Of Golder's goals for
the team, 8.8 points have been achieved.
The other 1.2 points are yet to be gath-
ered.
This may be the deciding weekend.
Despite what happens, Golder already
feels "pretty good" about his team's
accomplishments thus far.
One thing that they want to improve,
however, is their hit percentage. Over the
past few meets they have been below.60
percent.
Another of the team goals is to

"(Ilinois-
Chicago) is a cute
above us ..But
we're within
striking distance,."
- Kurt Golder
Michigan men's gymnastics
coach
improve to the point where they c*
complete 85 percent of their events.
Michigan's Jose Haro, who is tied
with Illinois-Chicago's Shannon Welker
for 12th-place nationally in the floor
exercise, will lead the Michigan charge
this week.
Haro placed 19th in the all-around in
Chicago with a score of 56.350. He can
expect a challenge from Welker, who is
21st with a 56.15 in the same event.
The Wolverines can expect a diffict
competition this weekend, but hope its
record of continuous improvement will
lead to a check in the win column.
BIG TENS

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