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A WORD FROM THE COMMISH
FRESHMAN IN GOAL, PART V
CHAMPIONS AND CONTENDERS
THE CAPTAIN'S TALE
THE CRYSTAL BALL
MORE THAN AN 'A'
KEEP TRADITION ALIVE
Leaders of the Pack
With 18 underclassnenon the roster, the Wolverines will rely
heavily on their three captains.
By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Writer
Last season, leadership was such a big
question for the Wolverines that coach Red
Berenson decided to chose the captains him-
self, instead of letting the players elect them
as they had always done in the past. This year,
Berenson named the captains again, but for
an entirely different reason.
Jed Ortmeyer and John Shouneyia filled
the roles so well in 2001 that Berenson want-
ed to be sure they would serve again. He
chose defenseman Andy Burnes to complete
"Now, (leadership) is not even an issue,"
Berenson said. "Jed Ortmeyer is as good a
captain I've had since I've been here. Johnny
Shouneyia has taken a leadership role on this
team, and Andy Burnes has captain material
written all over him."
U With a team-first atti-
tude he, exemplifies
the role of captain.
He's serving for a sec-
Each brings something different to the
table. Burnes' job is to head the young defen-
sive corps, and Ortmeyer is the vocal leader.
Shouneyia lets his game do his talking.
"I think players respect us on the ice differ-
ently," Shouneyia. "I would have to say, I lead
more by example on the ice. I try to really
work hard every shift, every practice. (And)
maybe joke around in the locker room a little
bit, keep things a little loose."
Shouneyia is a statistical leader, and his
role will be magnified with the departure
of his former winger, Mike Cammalleri.
Shouneyia's 50 points (10 goals and 40
assists) were the most of any Wolverine
Shouneyia fractured his right wrist in an
exhibition against Toronto on October 5 and
will miss four to eight weeks. His absence
will be especially tough for Michigan because
he had been centering two young forwards.
a Alternate captain
An offensive force, he'll
be sorely missed while he
nurses a fractured wrist
for the next four to eight
With a young crop of
defenders and three
rookie goaltenders, his
leadership on the blue-
line is crucial.
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John Shouneyla Is serving his second term as an alternate captain.
The center will miss four to eight weeks with an injured wrist.
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"Michigan hockey wouldn't be where it is today
without the hard work, dedication, and loyalty
of the Dekers...our #1 fans."Captain Jed Ortmeyer
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No. Name Pos. Class Height Weight
2 Nick Martens D So. 6-1 194
3 Eric Werner D So. 5-10 165
4 Andy Burnes D Jr. 6-0 187
5 Brandon Rogers D So. 6-1 191
6 Reilly Olson D So. 6-0 181
7 Danny Richmond D Fr. 6-0 172
9 Milan Gajic F So. 6-0 198
10 Dwight Helminen F So. 5-10 191
11 Joe Kautz F Jr. 6-0 196
12 J.J. Swistak F Sr. 5-9 173
14 Brandon Kaleniecki F Fr. 5-8 189
15 Jeff Tambellini F Fr. 5-11 186
17 Michael Woodford F So. 6-0 188
18 David Moss F So. 6-3 191
19 Andrew Ebbett F Fr. 5-9 160
20 Charlie Henderson F So. 5-10 174
21 Eric Nystrom F So. 6-1 197
22 Jason Ryznar F So. 6-4 201
23 Mike Roemensky D Sr. 5-11 174
24 David Wyzgowski F Jr. 6-2 193
25 Mark Mink F Sr. 5-11 191
26 Jed Ortmeyer F Sr. 6-1 186
28 John Shouneyia F Sr. 5-9 165
30 Chris Gartman G Jr. 5-10 155
34 Noah Ruden G Fr. 5-11 159
35 Al Montoya G Fr. 6-2 195,
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TMD: Coaches have said that they
have seen more of an offensive
focus in this league recently. Do you
think that's important in terms of
the popularity of the game?
Anastos: Critical. It has kind of
been an issue with me. I haven't
seen the game go as offensive as I
would like to see it. Not that I don't
like defensive hockey. As a coach
it's more predictable. You can teach
average players to play hard defen-
sively and have success. It's very
hard to teach an average talent to be
highly skilled. I understand all that.
And while I understand all that, I
don't find it as entertaining ...
There are only a few things that
make people stand up and cheer,
and that's a scoring opportunity, a
big check, a great save, a goal, or
maybe a fight. And we don't want a
fight. So the more of those other
four things we can have, the better
off our game is going to be. I don't
think you need 7-6 games, but I do
think we need to find a way to pro-
mote offense in our sport.
TMD: Where do you see the
CCHA and college hockey going
three or four years down the road?
Anastos: I think we will contin-
ue on the path that we are on. But if
you want to go a little bit beyond
that, I can see the day, maybe six to
eight years 'away, when the dynam-
ics of some leagues will change.
The reason I say that is because
there are growing pressures of eco-
nomics in athletic departments due
to various factors: the economy,
state funding, gender equity, pro-
gram offerings, all that kind of
stuff. And I wouldn't be surprised to
see the day where Wayne State, to
use an example, has a chance to be
in the NCAA Tournament (because
of the automatic berth given to the
CHA champion). There are pro-
grams in our league that have never
been in an NCAA. Tournament.
Wayne State's program is what,
three years old? I could see the day
where a conference like the CHA
may get more interest from schools
with similar budgetary issues to
give them more of a chance to be
competitive on a national basis. I
don't see that in the immediate
future, but I could definitely see
that six-to eight years from now.
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