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10B - The Michigan Daily - Faceoff 2002 - Thursday, October 10, 2002

The Michigan Daily - Faceoff 2

The
Michigan
Daily Hockey
Writers'
Preseason
Predictions
Michigan CCHA finish
CCHA champion
CCHA runner-up
CCHA third place
CCHA last place
Mason Cup winner
CCHA Coach of the Year
Michigan MVP
Surprise CCHA team
CCHA MVP
Michigan leading scorer
Top Michigan freshman
GLI Champion
NCAA Frozen Four
(Champion in bold)

Courtney Lewis

Bob Hunt
1st
Michigan
Michigan State
Ohio State
Bowling Green
Michigan
John Markell (OSU)
Eric Nystrom
Notre Dame
Dan Ellis (UNO)
Eric Nystrom
Al Montoya
Michigan State
Boston College
Boston University
Denver
Minnesota

1st
Michigan
Northern Michigan
Michigan State
Bowling Green
Northern Michigan
Markell
Jed Ortmeyer
Western Michigan
Ellis
Nystrom
Jeff Tambellini
Boston University
Boston University
Denver
Michigan
Minnesota

Kyle O'Neill
2nd
Ohio State
Michigan
Northern Michigan
Lake Superior State
Michigan
Walt Kyle (NMU)
Ortmeyer
Ohio State
Scott Titus (0OSU)
Milan Gajic
Danny Richmond
Michigan
Boston University
Denver
Michigan
Ohio State

2002-2003 Michigan hockey schedule

Date

Opponent Location
XEROX COLLEGE HOCKEY SHOWCASE
Niagara Buffalo, N.Y.!
North Dakota or Canisius Buffalo, N.Y.!

Time

1st
Michigan
Northern Michigan
Michigan State
Bowling Green
Michigan
Kyle
Nystrom
Nebraska-Omaha
Ellis
Nystrom
Tambellini
Michigan
Cornell
Michigan
Minnesota
New Hampshire

Fri., Oct. 11
Sat., Oct. 12
Fri., Oct. 18
Sat., Oct. 19
Fri., Oct. 25
Sat., O^t. 26
Fri., Nov. 1
Fri., Nov. 8
Sat., Nov. 9
Fri.., Nov. 15
Sat.,Nov. 16
Fri. Nov. 22
Sat., Nov. 23
Fri., Nov. 29
Sun., Dec. 1
Sat., Jan. 4
Sun., Jan. 5
Sat., Dec. 28
Sun., Dec. 29
Sat., Jan. 4
Sun., Jan. 5
Fri., Jan. 10
Sat., Jan. 11
Thu., Jan. 23
Sat., Jan. 25
Fri., Jan. 31
Sat., Feb. 1
Fri., Feb. 7
Sat., Feb. 8
Fri., Feb. 14
Sat., Feb.15
Fri., Feb. 21
Sat., Feb. 22
Fri., Feb. 28
Sat., Mar. 1
Fri., Mar. 7
Sat., Mar. 8
March 14-16
Thu., Mar. 20
Fri., Mar. 21
Sat., Mar. 22
Mar. 28/29
Mar. 28/29
Mar. 29/30
Mar. 29/30
Apr. 10-12

Merrimack
Merrimack
Alaska-Fairbanks*
Alaska-Fairbanks*
US-NTDP U-18 (ex)
Bowling Green*
Bowling Green*
Lake Superior State*
Lake Superior State*
Notre Dame*
Notre Dame*

Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
Bowling Green 7:05 p.m.
Bowling Green 7:05 p.m.
Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.

Sons

Steve

7:30 p.m.
4 or 7 p.m.

COLLEGE HOCKEY SHOWCASE
Wisconsin Madison
Minnesota Minneapolis

7:05 p.m.
2:05 p.m.
7:05 p.m.
7:05 p.m.

Northern M ichigan*
Northern M ichigan.*

Marquette
Marquette

38th ANNUAL GREAT LAKES INVITATIONAL
Michigan Tech (Fox) Detroit # 7:35 p.m.
Boston U. or Michigan State (Fox) Detroit # 1:35 or 5:05 p.m.

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National Division I Poll

Team (First Place)
1. Minnesota (23)
2. Denver (12)
3. Michigan (3)
4. New Hampshire
5. Boston University
6. Maine
7. Michigan State
8. Cornell
9. Boston College

Points
570
544
504
(1) 440
(1) 425
363
359
299
256

LastYear
3
2
7
1
5
6
4
9
10
8
11
15
14

Miami*
Miami*
Western Michigan*
Western Michigan*
Lake Superior State*
Lake Superior State*
Ferris State* (Fox)
Ferris State*
Northern Michigan*
Northern Michigan*
Michigan State* (Fox)
Michigan State*
Nebraska-Omaha*
Nebraska-Omaha*
Michigan State*
Michigan State* (Fox)
Ohio State*
Ohio State* (Fox)

Ann Arbor 7:351
Ann Arbor 5:051
Ann Arbor 7:351
Kalamazoo 7:051
Sault Ste. Marie7:05I
Detroit# 7:351
Ann Arbor 7:351
Big Rapids 7:051
Ann Arbor 7:351
Ann Arbor 7:351
Ann Arbor 7:351
East Lansing 7:051
Omaha 7:051
Omaha 7:351
Ann Arbor 7:35
Detroit# 7:351
Columbus 7:05
Columbus 8:051

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ines' fourth-leading scorer last sea-
son as a freshman.
While Jeff remembers watching
his dad play as a young kid, he
thinks the most influential part of
his childhood in Canada came when
he was a bit older.
"When (my Dad) was working
with the Canucks in his early years, I
got to be around the guys, just got to
be in the atmosphere with all the pro-
fessional players," Jeff said. "You get
to learn, to see first-hand all of the
preparation that goes into it, how
good the guys actually are."
Jeff is, in fact, a third-generation
hockey player. His grandfather,
Addie, won the World Amateur
Championships with Canada in 1961.
"I think he was probablydthe best
in the family," Jeff said of his
grandfather. "He was a big influ-
ence on me. He's always been a big
supporter of me, and hopefully he
gets to come down and watch a cou-
ple of games (this year)."
Both Tambellini and Richmond
had no question that they would
take up the family craft.
"My parents never pushed me to
play," Richmond said. "I asked them
to play when I was like two years
old. I was around the game my
whole life and it was just something
that naturally I wanted to do."
As hockey players, they are both
extremely skilled and already quite
accomplished.
Jeff was named the Canadian
Junior A Hockey League Player of
the Year for the 2001-2002 season.
He led the Chilliwack Chiefs in
scoring with 73 goals and 98 assists
in 83 games - averaging an
impressive 2.06 points per game.
"He's very talented," said Michi-
gan alternate captain John
Shouneyia of Tambellini. "He can
fly up and down the wings. He's still
learning the system but he's a lot of
fun to play with."
Tambellini's creativity on the ice
was already evident in the Wolver-
ines' first two exhibition games last
weekend. On Saturday against
Toronto, he set up three goals for his
teammates and was robbed of his
own tally by the post multiple times.
"I wanted to kid him and say, 'I
thought you were a goal scorer,"'
Michigan coach Red Berenson said
after last Saturday's game. "He couldn't
buy one tonight. But you can see he
has speed, he has good hands. He's
going to be a good player."
Despite being a defenseman, Rich-
mond has shown a similar knack for
creating offense. He led all bluelin-
ers in points last year with the Chica-
go Steel of the United States Hockey
League with nine goals and 45
assists in 56 games. He also earned

his share of hardware by bei
named the USHL Rookie of the Ye
Alternate captain and fell
defenseman Andy Burnes s
Richmond having an immedi
impact for the Wolverines.
"I think he might take up some
the slack that (former Michig
defenseman) Mike Komisarek left I
year," Burnes said. "He's gifted off
sively. He's crafty, good with the pi
and he's a good skater. He's definit
going to be an important part of t
defensive corps."
Richmond's coach in Chica
also had nothing but good things
say about his star defenseman. T
should be no surprise consideri
that it was his father, Steve, loo
ing behind the bench all season.
"I think he's a lot more skill
than I was," Steve Richmond sa
"In that sense, he was always pre
offensive. I relied more on otl
guys creating offense for n
whereas he can create a lot
offense for himself."
If Steve Richmond's evaluati
holds true, his single-season scori
record could be in jeopardy befc
Danny is done playing at Michiga
The Richmonds both agreed ti
they enjoyed working together 1,
season. Steve said that he tried
treat Danny not as a son, but as
player. He also recognized the ne
to leave the game at the rink.
"We'd talk hockey in general
home but not about Danny as
player," Steve said. "Otherwise,
would have been hearing it 24 hoi
a day from his dad and his coach.'
Danny insists that his dad did
push him to go to Michigan.
"It was just that I was brought
to love Michigan," Danny sai

DAVID KATZ/Daily
Newcomers Danny Richmond and Jeff
Tambellini are finding that they have a lot
of similarities, both on and off the ice.
By Dan Rosen Daily Sports Writer

10. Colorado College 231
11. St. Cloud State 203
12. Northern Michigan 184
13. North Dakota 123
14. Harvard 101
15. Ohio State 75

CCHA
CCHA
CCHA
CCHA

CCHA TOURNAMENT
First-Round Series Campus Sites
Second Round Detroit #
Semifinals (Fox) Detroit #
Championship (Fox) Detroit #

Others receiving votes: Clarkson
24, Providence 24, Wisconsin 20,
Alaska-Fairbanks 24, Nebraska-
Omaha 11, Massachusetts-Lowell
6, Minnesota-Duluth 5, Mercy-
hurst 4, Northeastern 5, Yale 4,
Notre Dame 4, Wayne State 3,
Miami-Ohio 1
Poll voted on by 28 coaches and 12
media members from around the
nation. It is announced every Mon
day throughout the season.

NCAA TOURNAMENT
Northeast Regional Worcester, Mass.
West Regional Minneapolis
East Regional Providence, R.I.
Midwest Regional Ann Arbor
Frozen Four Buffalo, N.Y.!

* Central Collegiate Hockey Association games
(ex) indicates exhibition games
# indicates games played at Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
indicates games played at HSBC Arena, Buffalo, N.Y.
US-NTDP U-18 - U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 Team
All times are local to game site (Ann Arbor is Eastern time)
(Fox) indicates games televised by FOX Sports Net Detroit

ust a few weeks into the school
year, Michigan freshman Danny
Richmond and his roommate,
fellow freshman Jeff Tambellini,
have already developed a pre-game
routine.
Richmond said that the two like
to listen to a wide variety of music
in their dorm room before a compe-
tition, and that includes a little
Enrique Iglesias.
"I think he's a little bit of a bigger
(Enrique) fan than I am," Tambellini
said with a smile. "He's the one that
goes around wearing the hats and stuff.
He takes it to a different level for sure."
Richmond has also managed to
cement his reputation as the funni-
est of the incoming freshmen.
"Sometimes before games people
are all tense," Richmond said.
"You're playing a game, you don't
have classes tomorrow. Why be mad
about things?"
In their first few weeks in Ann
Arbor, Richmond and Tambellini
have built a strong friendship off the
ice.
"He's a great kid," Tambellini said
of his roommate. "He's an outgoing
guy. He's always positive and upbeat
and he's a great player on the ice.
Just to be associated with someone
like that, you know, it's fun to have
around."
Richmond said that their common
tastes in music, such as Dave
Matthews, and TV has helped spark
the relationship. But the similarities
don't end there.
Richmond remembers playing

around with a hockey stick as a
young kid and dreaming about being
an NHL hockey player. It wasn't
hard for him to imagine that sce-
nario at the time because he was in
the locker room of his dad's NHL
team, watching the players prepare
for the game.
Steve Richmond, Danny's father,
played a total of nine NHL seasons
with the New York Rangers, Detroit
Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and
Los Angeles Kings.
In addition, he set the Michigan
record for most points in a season
by a defenseman (54) in the 1980-
81 season.
Tambellini also grew up around
NHL players. His dad, named Steve
as well, is a 10-year NHL veteran
and is currently the Vice President
of Player Personnel for the Vancou-
ver Canucks. Steve even won a
Stanley Cup in 1980 with the New
York Islanders and Bobby Nystrom
- whose son Eric was the Wolver-

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Continued from Page 4B
the vindication of winning a region-
al before leaving for the Frozen
Four.
"The regional concept is much
improved because now we play win-
ners," Comley said. "Even though the
regionals were pretty good, they were
pretty good because of the quality of
the hockey, not with what you left
there feeling."
Ann Arbor will be welcome again
to a regional, as Yost Ice Arena will
host the new Midwest Regional on
the weekend of March 29-30. The
West regional will be in Minneapolis,
the Northeast will be in Worcester,
Mass. and the East will be in Provi-
dence, R.I.

Potent threat
Last season with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League,
Jeff Tambellini scored 171 points in just 83 games. Here's how his whopping
2.06 points per game would stack up to some other statistics in sports.

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Name
Jeff Tambellini
Wayne Gretzky (career)
Gordie Howe
Mark Messier (active)
New England Revolution (2001)
Dennis Rodman (1998-99)
Detroit Tigers (2002)

League
BCHL
NHL
NHL
NHL
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NBA
MLB

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2857
1850
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575 (runs)

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