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Thursday, October 14, 1999 - Faceoff

2B - The Michigan Daily - Faceoff '99 - Thursday, October 14, 1998
Production crew

The Class_

Hockey writers.............................................Geoff Gagnon
Chris Grandstaff
Stephanie Offen
Uma Subramanian
Editor in Chief..........................................Heather Kamins
Managing Sports Editor...............................Rick Freeman
Sports Editors...................................................T.J. Berka
Chris Duprey
Josh Kleinbaum
Andy Latack
Cover Photo ...............................................Louis Brown
Photo Editors ............ .........Louis Brown
Dana Linnane

Special Thanks............................................Jason Gerdom
John Lowe
Jacob Wheeler
Michael Kern
Mark Francescutti
Shout outs..............................................David Den Herder
Grandstaff's mom
Fight Club (whoa)
tcbrawl@umich.edu
Regina Public Library
the drummer from Def Leppard
Mike and Linda Roger
everyone who was awake at 7:05 a.m. Tuesday
Professor Rubadeau

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PEACH
Continued from Page 17
hospital. We never caught anything, just
little fish, but it was just fun to get out."
For most people, it's easy to look up to
someone who knows how to have fun
and truly enjoy themselves. In hockey its
important to have leaders that can be
respected because in that sport, the cap-
tain shoulders a lot of responsibility.
For instance, in a game situation, the
captain is the only person who can argue
calls and represent the team. But more
importantly, the captain unites the team.
That's a role Peach enjoys.
"We're a close team," Peach said.
"That's why we're successful on the ice.
We do things together. We'll go bowling
and party together. You see the guys
every day, they're like your brothers, so
you have to be close."
Any coach will attest that good chem-
istry creates a successful team. For the
players that cohesion is all the more
important, especially on the ice.
Trio leads 'M'
freshman class
TRIO
Continued from Page 15
he was young did not garner the
same recruiting attention as his
Compuware peers immediately.
Perhaps. recruiters thought his size
would not translate well at the col-
lege level, or perhaps they felt he
was the product of several talented
teammates. Whatever the reason -
they were dead wrong.
Swistak has already established
himself as a force to be reckoned
with in the conference. Calling him
merely an aggressive player would
be like calling a rabid pit bull on
speed a little dangerous. The 5-foot-
8, 175-pound Swistak, who has
knocked unconscious players twice
his size, plays with an uncanny
tenacity that almost appears to be,
well, insane.
"He's crazy," Shouneyia said. "If a
guy opens up to him he better watch
out because he's going to get killed."
But Swistak, whose play both on
defense and with the puck speaks
loud and clear, is not the most vocal
person off the ice, Shouneyia said.
"I had this class for two years with
J. and he never said a word,"
Shouneyia said. "Then all of a sud-
den he opened up, but I used to think
it was pretty funny."
Swistak's play is anything but
funny for the opposing team. His
hits will soon make him a fan
favorite among the Yost faithful -
appropriate, considering he credits it
as his inspiration.
"With the crowd here it's just
amazing," Swistak said. "The adren-
aline flows nonstop. Back on the
Ambassadors it was tough some-
times because there weren't many
people at the games, but here, with
the amount of people that come out
for every game it just gets you
pumped up and ready to run.'y
And early on in the season that's
exactly what Shouneyia, Mink,
Swistak and the rest of the Michigan
recruiting class seem ready to do.

In that respect, Peach has definitely
found his niche at Michigan.
But in Canada, it isn't common for a
skilled player to play college hockey.
Most athletes opt instead for playing in
Canada's Major Junior leagues. Playing
for a Major Junior team makes a player a
professional athlete and therefore nixes
their college eligibility.
For a while, Peach wasn't sure he'd go
to college either. Then several influential
people convinced him otherwise.
"To tell you the truth, I didn't expect
to go to college," Peach said. "I wanted
to go to the Western Hockey League. My
brother (Scott) got a scholarship to
Dartmouth and he helped me maintain
my focus on school which was tough
because I was getting recruited by these
other western league teams.
"The only school I heard about out
west was Michigan."
Peach said he was also influenced by a
childhood role model, former Michigan
player Robbie Gordon.
..Like most Canadians. the Peach

brothers got into hockey early. Their par-
ents put them both into the sport at an
early age.
"We got into hockey probably because
our parents didn't want us in their hair,"
Scott Peach said. "It's Canadian stuff.
Everyone always plays soccer, lacrosse
and hockey. Bowling's pretty popular
too."
The older Peach, who currently works
in Chicago, said he also had an interest-
ing time adjusting to life in the United
States.
"Probably my biggest adjustment was
getting used to the fact that there was no
curling," he said. "It's a great game, you
can watch it for hours."
Though the brothers are close, some
of their successes could be attributed to
the rivalry that developed when they
were kids.
"Sean was always the younger brother
trying to keep up with his bigger broth-
er," Peach's father said. "That was where
a lot of his heart came from. He was
always following his brother around and

hanging out with the boys a couple of
years older than him. That made him
more intense as a player."
Though intense on the ice, Peach said
that off the ice, he's pretty laid back. In
fact, to relax he enjoys bowling and
experimenting with a guitar - relatively
low key activities.
The guitar is a relatively newfound
hobby, picked up when several of his
teammates started playing, but bowling
has been a diversion for many years.
But that too required an adjustment
period when Peach first got to the United
States.
In Canada, bowlers use a ball with no
holes that can be palmed. They also bowl
with only five pins which are arranged in
the same v-shape, but are more spread
out.
"I like to bowl," Peach said. "I'm still
trying to get better, but it's taken me a
while to get used to 10-pin bowling.
With five-pin, you get three chances."
Throughout his hockey career, Peach
has met numerous high profile athletes.

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