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October 14, 1999 - Image 30

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Michigan the day after the Canadiens
paraded through the streets of Montreal
after winning the Stanley Cup that
showed just how grounded the young

have advanced to the NCAA
Tournament in nine straight seasons,
while heading into the Final Four six
times in the previous eight seasons. Not
to mention the fact that the two national
titles that Michigan has claimed under

hadnt even heard of before coming here.
I figured Michigan deserved to be a
national powerhouse and that's been our
goal from day one.
And as a legion of former Wolverine


CCHA Rank - Media Poll

This year, the strength of Ferris State
will be its youth. But that could also be
the team's weakness.
This season the Bulldogs will undergo
a tremendous changeover, having lost I
players to graduation.
The losses hit Ferris State the hardest
on the offensive end. The Bulldogs lost
seven forwards who were responsible for
almost fifty percent of last season's scor-

ing. But the team does return one of the
league's top offensive threats in Brian
McCullough. Last year, McCullough led
the Bulldogs in scoring tying his person-
al season-best with 28 points.
Though only two defensemen were
lost, the Bulldogs will still be relatively
inexperienced with three sophomores
and two freshman on the blue line.
This season's captains junior Jim
Dube and senior Gary Ricciardi will lead
the defense along with junior Scott
Lewis. ,
The team's greatest strength will be in

net. The Bulldogs return both goal-
tenders from last season, including
junior Vince Owen, the team's most
valuable player, and All-CCHA honor-
able mention last year. Sophomore Phil
Osaer, who played in nine games last
year, will back up Owen.
Ferris State coach Bob Daniels is opti-
mistic about his eight new comers and
believes that they could emerge as lead-
ers on the team. The big question in his
mind is determining where the goals will
come from.
- Stephanie Offen

Last year's overall record: 14-16-6
Last year's CCHA record: 13-12-5
Last year's results vs. Michigan
Nov. 14 Mich. 3, Ferris 2
Nov. 16 Mich. 4, Ferris 3
1999-2000 games against Michigan
Jan. 5 Ann Arbor


Players to watch Yr. Pos.
Brian McCullough Sr. F
Brent Wishart Sr. F
Kevin Swider Jr. F
Head coach
Bob Daniels, eighth season
Notable: The Bulldogs lost eleven
erS SV
Lakersa say
streak over
CCHA Rank - Media Poll
8 Lake Su -
After two consecutive losing sea-
sons, Lake Superior State coach Scott
Borek is convinced that this will be
the year the Lakers will end that
The strength of this year's team will
be the defense.
This year, the Lakers return 22 play-
ers including all eight defensmen. Led
by seniors Blaine McCauley and Ryan
Knox, the defense will be the staple of
an otherwise young team.
The power play unit, which convert-
ed on 13.3 percent of its shifts last sea-
son, also returns all but one of its
Along with a penalty killing unit
that returned everyone, the special
teams are expected to make an
extreme improvement from previous
Jayme Platt, the Laker's junior goal-
tender, will handle most of the duties
in net. Platt was key in the last half of
the season, when Lake Superior State
went 5-6-1 and posted a .909 save per-
- Stephanie Offen

star was.
"I saw right away that we had to
change things,"
Berenson remembers.
"We needed to change u
the way the program Ou p
was seen."
But changing how schoo
people perceive a pro -
gram often sounds eas-
ier than the job proves
to be. In fact Berenson EUYPb
himself admits that at hocke
first he may have
underestimated the
time that it would take
to turn things around.
"I thought maybe I
could make more of a difference than I
actually did," Berenson said. "I saw that
we had a lot of work to do."
True to form, the straight-shooting
Berenson decided that the work to be
done had better be done in a respectable
manner. Which meant that when the new
coach took the
helm, he madeg
sure to honor all
of the scholar-
ships promised.
to players who
no longer fit into
the direction of
the new pro-
Where other'
coaches have
simply handed
players their
walking papers
in favor of their
own recruits,
Berenson never
thought twice
about protecting
the education
of those who
were cut from
the team. And
t h o u g h
Berenson 's Inl16years at the hel
value of educa- Berenson has brought
tion may have national prominance.
cost the
Michigan program time in its ascent to
the top, it gave Berenson and his staff
reassurance in knowing they had done
the right thing as coaches.
"Some coaches when they come in get
rid of the players and use their scholar-
ships tobring in the ones they want and
within a year theyve got a better team,"
Berenson said. "I knew we couldn't do
that. We did things the right way, even
though it took a little longer."
Brighter Days
The room is quieter now as players
have filed out of the nearby lockerroom.
Things are much different these days,
and one hasn't far to look to see testa-
ments to that fact. From the champi-
onship trophies that look down from a
shelf near his seat, to the refurbished
offices and locker room facilities that
adjoin theslounge he sits in, Michigan
hockey has seen a great deal of change.
And perhaps the greatest stems from
what theyve been able to' accomplish on
the ice.
Entering this season, the Wolverines

Players are here to go to
L 1 want therm to get
thing out of school and
size that there is life after
- Red Berenson
Michigan Hockey Coach

greats pictured in

Berenson. The business school student
with who gave his best in school and
on the ice still demands the same from
those he coaches. The tenacious play-
er who led his St. Louis Blues to the
upper echelon of the NHL still leads
his team with the same fervor. And the
man who stood alone in the face of
pressure to join the NHL early, is still
proud to things on his terms.


their NHL careers
stare down from the
wall at the coach
who sits near them,
its easy to see that
Berenson has put
Michigan right
where he wanted it
all along.
But even after a
pair of national
titles, Michigan's
successful coach
hasnt let the pres-
sure to stay on top
numb him to the
realities of why he

Berenson, one in 1995-96 the other in
1997-98, has given the Wolverines a
NCAA record nine total titles. If any lin-
gering doubt remained as to the impact
Michigan hockey has made in recent
years following such a dramatic turn-
around, one has to look no further than
the fan sup-
port that the
program has
been able to
on fanatical,
hockey faith-
ful have made
things diffi-
cult for ticket
takers as well
as opposing
players in
recent years
giving the
one of the
1 most unparal-
leled home
ice advan-
tages in col-
But these
DANA LINNANE/Daily things dont
for Michigan, Red s u r p r i s e
e Wolverines back to Berenson -
they were all
part of the
plan to make Michigan a dominant pro-
gram on the national scene.
"When I got here I found out I had a
lot to learn," Berenson admits. "We were
really behind schools like Bowling
Green and Lake Superior - schools that I

came to Michigan - as a player and a
coach. The truth remains today, as much
as it did 40 years ago, that the education
hockey players receive at Michigan is the
reason they are at the school.
"Our players are here to go to school.
I want them to get something out of
school and recognize that there is life
after hockey," Berenson said. "I even
want them to prepare for life as if the
degree they earn here will not be their
The example set by Berenson himself
only makes his dedication to upholding
educational values that much more strik-
35 years ago, Berenson fended off
professional hockey clubs anxious to
make him a star so that he might fufill a
commitment and complete school. 35
years later that attitude remains and that
determination continues to inspire his
Still Standing Strong
The coffee cup sits silently empty at
his feet, while the coach folds his hands
on his lap. They are thick and solid - the
kind that command respect when shak-
en. They are the kind that seem to tell a
story of their own, they are very much
like Red Berenson himself.
In the 40 years since Berenson first
came to Michigan things have changed a
bit. Even the coach- a prairie-born kid
with a love for hockey and a reluctance
to trade the skates for the bench, has
changed a bit. The trademark hair that
gave him his name fades to a paler shade
around the edges as his Saskatchewan
youth seems to grow more distant.
But make no mistake, what was there
from the start has never left Red

After a highly successful career at Michigan,
years in the NHL including five with Detroit, I


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Last year's overall record: 11-23-4
Last year's CCHA record: 10-17-3
Last year's results vs. Michigan
Feb. 5 LSSU. 6, Mich. 3
Mar. 5 LSSU. 3, Mich. 2
1999-2000 games against Michigan
Nov. 19 Ann Arbor
Nov. 20 Ann Arbor


Players to watch
Jayme Platt
Blaine McCauley
Trent Walford



Head coach
Scott Borek, fourth season
Notable: The Lakers return 22 play-
ers from last year, providing an expe-
rienced base for the team.

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