The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 12, 1999 - 78
By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
PLYMOUTH, Mich. - The Michigan
hockey team is close to netting two more
recruits for its 1999 recruiting class.
Forwards Mark Mink and J.J. Swistak -
both from the Compuware Ambassadors -
have given Michigan oral commitments and
should be signed by the end of this week.
The deal is as good as done, but until all
the paperwork - including the players' let-
ters of intent - is signed and delivered,
Michigan coaches cannot comment.
The Wolverines, who lose seven seniors
- have built a strong recruiting class made
of players from across North America.
Michigan signed defenseman Matt Bannon
and forwards Mike Cammalleri, Andy
Hilbert and Jed Ortmeyer this past winter.
dors All have officially committed to play for
the Wolverines along with another
ar. Compuware member - forward John
The Wolverines have once again grabbed
several recruits from neighboring
Plymouth, gaining three very different play-
ers, in the process.
Mink has distinguished himself as a con-
sistent goal-scorer for the Ambassadors this
He has 30 goals in 53 games and has the
potential to provide the much-needed offen-
sive ability that the Wolverines lacked at
certain points this past year.
"Mark is a goal scorer outright,"
Compuware coach Mike Vellucci said.
"He's always in the right place at the right
- time and he's always on the scoresheet.
He'll score one every day."
Mink has given the Ambassadors a solid
power-play threat, one that earns him the
distinction as a sniper.
"All you have to do is feed him the puck
MARK HICKS/Courtesy of Compuware Ambassa
Mirk Mink will join teammates J.J. Swistak and John Shouneiya in maize and blue uniforms this fall.
Mink should add a scoring punch that was sometimes lacking from the Michigan offense this past yea
MARK HICKS/Courtesy of Compuware Ambassadors
J.J. Swistak, assistant captain of the Compuware Ambassadors, has given a verbal commitment
to the Michigan hockey team for the 1999-2000 season.
Corn p-u-say "new
The Michigan hockey team is expected to sign two
new recruits this week from the Compuware
Ambassadors - Mark Mink and JJ. Swistak. Their
teammate John Shouneiya signed with Michigan this
-A strong winger who can
score with the best of them.
likes to stay in the slot and
dsean up on powerplays. Had
30 goals and 32 assists on the
tf compared to a Michigan
ayer, would be:
A big grinder-type of player.
Stron skilis on Compuware's
-kal ill. Has strong defen-
sive ability, but can score when
he needs to. Netted 19 goals
and 17 assists this season.
If compared to a Michigan
player, would be:
Shoots: Ri ht
A speedy playmaker with
great vision on the ice which
enables him toeeasily find an
open teammate. Led the
NAHL in assists and was sec
ond in points.
If compared to a Michigan
player, would be:
and he'll snipe it in," Shouneiya said.
Swistak, a tough and grinding forward,
can give the Wolverines the type of rugged
play they will miss when they lose forwards
Dale Rominski and Bobby Hayes to gradu-
"J.J.'s a tough, gritty forward and the
hardest hitter in the league," Velluci said.
"He gives his body up."
Swistak can also score, netting 19 goals
and 17 assists even without a spot on the
Compuware power play. Instead, Vellucci
plays Swistak on the Ambassadors top
While the soon-to-be freshmen can pat
themselves on the back for earning the
chance to wear the maize and blue, they
also have a tough offseason path ahead of
The incoming players will have to work
extra hard in the weight room to become
strong and fast enough to compete with
older, tougher players.
"It's going to be a tough summer," Mink
said. "It will take a lot of work both in the
weight room and in running to be ready."
All three recruits have played together for
a number of years, and living so close to
Ann Arbor has given them an easy choice to
"It's one of the best schools around both
in academics and athletics," Mink said. "It
was at the top of my list."
Many Wolverines have come from
Compuware in the past, including Hayes,
Rominski and Dave Huntzicker.
"It's a great University that has had a
great run for a good number of years,"
Vellucci said "The kids grew up playing
around Michigan. Another reason why they
want to go there is that they've seen four or
five Cothpuware players succeed there."
Daddario shows that behind the
scenes work pays offi the end
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510 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, Mt 48104
t was just another snowy day in
mid-February, and another
Michigan hockey practice.
As the afternoon wore on, the
players streamed off the ice and
headed for the lockerroom. The few
reporters that attend practice on a
regular basis headed upstairs to con-
K or as loud as Yost Ice Arena usu-
is, the rink
was silent now.
The day was
done, except for
one lone player
in a black prac-
tice jersey, sta-
tioned along the
side boards at CHRIS
the end of the DUPREY
sional water break. They were
important drills for a goaltender -
in a game, this recovery time often
makes the difference in stopping a
goal or watching it hit the twine
In a game. Daddario hadn't
played since the Blue-White
intrasquad scrimmage, and with the
successful tandem of Blackburn and
O'Malley, he wasn't expecting an
No one was around for Daddario
to impress. The coaches were long
gone; even his young goaltenders,
whom he had been given the respon-
sibility of mentoring, had gone
either to the weight room or home
to their dorm. He was all alone.
There was no carrot in front of
Daddario's nose to motivate him.
There didn't need to be. He was
working hard, doing what he'd
always done - for himself and for
And when, Daddario finally did
get in a game, making an appear-
ance in both games of Michigan's
final home weekend this season, the
university - and most student sea-
son-ticket holders - were on vaca-
tion and missed out on the chance to
see No. 30's shining moment.
Then again, that's the way it
always was for Daddario. He
worked as hard as any of his team-
mates, but always behind the scene:
- never in the spotlight, never
where outsiders could see him.
That was his role for four years
- to work as hard as he could
while rarely being rewarded for it,
and to push his teammates to put in
the preparation time that he did. Not
the most glamorous job, but one
that he dedicated himself to fulfill-
A lot of people wouldn't accept
this fate. Most college athletes were
prep-school hotshots who were used
to applause, success and glory.
Staying in the backdrop would make
If that was the case with
Daddario, he never showed it. He
accepted the circumstances, andl
played the hand he was dealt.
Yesterday, at the team's postsea-
son banquet, the graduating seniors
were presented a ring by Michigan
coach Red Berenson. And with his
upcoming degree in economics and
English, Daddario received his.
Daddario will begin work as a loan
analyst for BankOne in Chicago. No
one will know who he is. He, and
his reputation, will begin anew.
Imagine how successful he can be
when people are watching.
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e was too Scoop
ort to be mis-
taken for Josh
Blackburn or Kevin O'Malley.
It was definitely Greg Daddario.
If had to be.
Daddario had been the third-
string goaltender for four years, and
had no expectation of ever seeing
serious playing time in a Michigan
uniform. But that fact didn't matter.
*ere was work to be done.
Across the ice, there was
Daddario, doing "down-up" drills at
an exhausting pace, save the occa-
Awardin' A lot
The Dekers' Club- Michigan hock-
ey's booster club - sponsored a
banquet honoring the Wolverines
yesterday in Ypsilanti. Among the
'ghlights included announcing
"tam award winners and the 1999-
2000 season captains. Here's a list
of the winners.
Sean Peach and Mike Van Ryn
Carl Isaacson Award (Academic
goard Colby Award
Deker Club Award (Most Colorful
Josh Blackburn and Mike Comrie
Alton D. Simms (Most Improved
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