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The Michigan Daily - FACEOFF 2
Yost Arena: The other State Theater
By Nawood Sikora
Daiy Sports riter
For years, Michigan hockey fans
came to Yost Ice Arena to take in some
of the most intense and physical play
college hockey had to offer.
But that is not all they get anymore.
In addition to spectacular hockey, fans
get a taste of the Yost experience. The
experience of watching a sporting event
with 6,000 other people and cheering on
the Wolverines while incessantly taunt-
ing the opposition is one only attainable
This year, Yost has much more to offer
fans as they prepare for another season
of Wolverine hockey. A new scoreboard,
which hangs over the center of the rink,
will provide fans with exciting graphics
and all the game information. The other
addition to Yost's interior is a brand new
seating section built opposite the press
box. With a capacity of almost 300, the
new section is expected to make the
arena an even louder atmosphere for
fans and players.
Of course, the loudest group at Yost
will always be the Hockey Pep Band.
Led by band leader Dan DeSena, the
group plays a major role in creating
excitement among the fans by playing
the different tunes for Michigan hockey
"I wouldn't say that we are responsi-
ble for a lot of the atmosphere," DeSena
said. "I think that the nature of the ice
rink itself-- it's very closed and loud -
and just the fans are responsible. I think
we are an extension of them. We are con-
tributing a lot, but we feed off of them as
much as they feed off us. It's mutual."
Not only is watching a game at Yost an
experience, but playing a game at Yost is
something to be remembered.
"It was really cool coming out on the
ice for the first time," freshman Milan
Gajic said. "I just can't wait till it gets
sold out and all the fans are going nuts.
From what I've heard, when it gets sold
out, it can get pretty crazy, and I think
that's an advantage for us.
"I was pretty chilled when I first
stepped out on the ice with that jersey
on," freshman Michael Woodford said.
"Every kid in the country and the world
wants to be in this position.
"This rink I hear is a pretty tough
place to play. The atmosphere and the
crowd is right on top of you. This season
should be interesting."
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"thankl you!" if you're luck~y, the
announcer will say, "you're welcome!
When the opposing team scores:
When the visitors parents stand up
to cheer, stand up and start chanti-
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To make fun of the opposing goalie anytime:
Yell."Hey (goalie's name), you're not a
goalie, you're a sieve! You're not a sieve
you're a funnel! You're not a funnel, you're
a vacuum! You're not a vacuum, you're a
black hole! You're not a black hole, YOU
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After the Michigan hockey team's 9-0
route of Notre Dame last season on Jan.
17, everyone went home satisfied, eager-
ly awaiting the Wolverines' upcoming challenge;
Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena.
Everyone except for their sophomore Jed
Against the Irish, Ortmeyer suffered a knee
injury that would sideline him for the remainder
of the season.
"It was my first shift of the game," Ortmeyer
said. "We had a line change and so did they and
I got a pass from a defenseman. I was trying to
get to the red line to get it deep so I could
change. I just put all my weight on my right leg
and I got hit while my leg was fully extended.
My skate stuck in the ice and I felt my knee pop.
"It was a fluke thing, not a big hit or a dirty
hit, it's just the body wasn't made to go that
Ortmeyer was helped off the ice and skated up
to the lockerroom where he waited until after the
game for an MRI to be taken. The following day,
the results came back.
A torn anterior cruciate ligament.
"I was bummed," Ortmeyer said. "I thought it
would only be a week and I would be ready to go
because there was no pain or swelling in the
knee. I was devastated to find out that my season
For Ortmeyer, the injury could not have come
at a worse time. After just 27 games in the line-
up, Ortmeyer had already recorded a career high
10 goals and 11 assists to go along with a plus-7
rating. These numbers were already a step up
from his freshman season- during which he
recorded 8 goals and 16 assists in 41 games.
"Toward the middle of the season I felt like I
started playing pretty well," Ortmeyer said. "The
coaches had been giving me opportunities to
play more I felt like my confidence was going
up. I was trying to take advantage of that and
play the best I could."
This season, Ortmeyer has returned with two
things. A knee at 100 percent, and a new letter on
his jersey. The letter 'C', for captain.
His captaincy was announced by Michigan
coach Red Berenson on Sept 6. The announce-
ment came as bit of a surprise to the team, as the
Wolverines have not had a junior captain for the
past eight seasons. And after missing half of last
season with his injury, Ortmeyer has significant-
ly less experience than most players in his posi-
tion. Still, Berenson felt that Ortmeyer was the
right man for the job - naming him without a
"Ortmeyer is a good example of what a
Michigan captain should be," Berenson said.
"His work ethic on the ice is exceptional, and the
players are going to see that every day. He's
going to be a key player for this team."
"I am really excited," Ortmeyer said. "I was a
little surprised at first because the team thought
that we were going to vote on the captain, but we
were all glad to get it over and done with."
So from injury to captaincy, Ortmeyer had
accomplished a great deal over one summer. But
not without paying his dues of course.
Ortmeyer began skating only four days after
his Feb. 15 surgery.
"I wanted to try and see if it was possible to
skate in the Frozen Four if we made it."
Along with team trainer Rick Bancroft,
Ortmeyer began working right away to get back
into playing condition.
"I had rehab everyday while the guys were on
the ice," Ortmeyer said. "I would be in here for
two to three hours a day. That continued all the
way through spring term, and I stayed here most
of the summer and skated as much as possible. I
went home for a while and skated there as well."
"I think we tried to do more functional work
with him, more sport-specific rather than just
basic weight-room workouts," Bancroft said.
"Jed was such a great guy, he.worked hard, and
he was always upbeat. I never had to worry about
him not making an appointment.
"When you have an athlete like Jed that's so
motivated to get better and keeps showing that
motivation and never gets down if there's a set-
back, he's easy to work with. Jed was fantastic."
Unfortunately, for Ortmeyer and the rest of the
Michigan hockey team, he was unable to return
for the Frozen Four due to minor complications
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resulting from surgery. Still, he did travel to
Albany where he received a gracious welcome
from his teammates.
"It felt good to go out and skate with the team
and hang out with the guys in the lockerroom.
They were really supportive when I skated out,
they were all banging their sticks on the ice, giv-
ing me a little extra incentive to get back soon."
"I don't think he was close enough to get back
by the Frozen Four," Bancroft said. " The mental
side is a huge component. Your body might be
close to 100 percent, but mentally you don't
know until you take that first hit."
Since he couldn't play with his team,
Ortmeyer became its biggest fan.
"I went to all the games and watched some
from my bed after the surgery. I think we had
some ups and downs, but toward the end the
team started to gel as the seniors took the
While he was injured,
the Wolverines missedJe
his strong, physical " ' '
presence out on the ice.
Many times, a hit by Height - 6V
Ortmeyer would com- Weight - 185 lbs.
pletely change the com- Grade Junior
plexion of a game.
Now that he is back Pos. - Forward
in the lineup, Ortmeyer
is poised and ready to From the coach:
begin a new season. His "Ortmeyer is a
role as captain will be good example of
crucial to a team with what a Michigan
10 newcomers and only captain should be. HiE
four seniors. Still, is exceptional, and th
Ortmeyer knows he has see that every day. H
the support of those player for this team."
around him. --he
"Jed's been a leader
ever since he got here," Michigan goalie Josh
Blackburn said. "More so now that he is the cap-
tain, but he leads on and off the ice. Every night
he goes out and works his butt off. He never has
a bad game because he is always out there work-
ing hard, and that is good for all the younger
guys to see. If they see Jed out there working his