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TABLE OF
CONTENTS
3 MICHIGAN'S LEAGUE?
Michigan has dominated the
CCHA. Can it win the last
Mason Cup ever awarded?
3 STAFF PICKS
The Daily hockey beat predicts
the outcome of the 2012-13
NCAA hockey season.
4 THE ZACH HYMAN STORY
How the Ontario native found
a home in Ann Arbor
CCHA CONTENDERS
The conference is dying, the
teams as strong as ever. We
take a look at the CCHA's best.
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NAME
Steve Racine
Mike Chaisson
Kevin Clare
Brennan Serville
Phil Di Giuseppe
Jacob Trouba
Luke Moffatt
Justin Selman
Zach Hyman
Boo Nieves
Lee Moffie
Kevin Lynch
Daniel Milne
Andrew Sinelli
Andrew Copp
Derek DeBlois
Travis Lynch
Jeff Rohrkemper
A.J. Treais
Jon Merrill
Mike Szuma
Alex Guptill
Jared Rutledge
Luke Dwyer
Adam Janecyk
Mac Bennett
Lindsay Sparks

POSITION
Goalie
Defense
Defense
Defense
Forward
Defense
Forward
Forward
Forward
Forward
Defense
Forward
Forward
Forward
Forward
Forward
Forward
Forward
Forward
Defense
Defense
Forward
Goalie
Goalie
Goalie
Defense
Forward

YEAR
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Sophomore
Sophomore
Freshman
Junior
Freshman
Sophomore
Freshman
Senior
Senior
Freshman
Sophomore
Freshman
Junior
Sophomore
Senior
Senior
Junior
Sophomore
Sophomore
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Junior
Senior

draft day - the day his NHL
dream became a tangible real-
ity.
The long wait had ended.
At the other end of the stage, a
Florida Panthers executive held
out the red, blue and gold sweat-
&r that would become his own.
It took five rounds of selec-
tions and 11 years since Stu
made that promise to his son at
Maple Leaf Gardens, but it had
finally happened. The NHL was
in sight, but then came the fork
in the road that so many top
junior players before him had
experienced - NCAA or OHL?
For Zach, it was a non-deci-
sion decision.
"I don't even remember one
instance when the OHL popped
into my mind when I was mak-
ing a decision," said Zach, who
committed to Princeton Uni-
versity at just 15. "I didn't ever
really think about the OHL."
Zach had been a member
of the Florida Panthers orga-
nization for no more than 15
minutes, and he had already
described himself as a "power
forward" who "loves to crash
the net" in an interview with
the Panthers' website. He didn't
realize it then, but he'd be a
completely different player in
two years time.
In April 2011, Zach was back
at the Staples Center in Los
Angeles, taking ina Kings game.
While he watched, he hoped he
would get the chance to play
there one day.
During the game, he got word
that Princeton head coach Guy
Gadowsky was interviewing for
the same job at Penn State. Zach
didn't think much of the news -
he believed Guy would be there
when he stepped foot on cam-
pus that fall.
The next day, Zach and Spen-
cer unwound in the living room
of their grandfathers' California
home. Zach spanned to atten-
tion asa television anchor broke
the news that altered his future.
"And the new head coach of
the Penn State hockey team is
Guy Gadowsky."
Zach's jaw dropped.
Not two minutes later, the
phone rang. Gadowsky was on
the other end. Somehow, Zach
managed to get words out.
"It was shock," Zach's mom
Vicky recalled. "Zach was one
of the first ones he called."
Zach and Gadowsky were
close. Vicky said his decision to
originally commit to Princeton

"came down to Guy."
There was a comfort level
between the two of them that
would make many coaches envi-
ous. It takes, a special kind of
relationship to get akid to com-
mit at only 15, as Zach did.
"He told me the news and he
felt really bad because of the sit-
uation I was in and the relation-
ship we had," Zach said. "It was
four years in the making that I
was going to go play for him and
that school."
Tollowing Gadowsky to
Penn State wasn't ever a seri-
ous option. The Nittany Lions
would still be a club-level team
for another season, and Zach
didn't want totake another year
off, like he did in 2010-11 to play
in Hamilton.
When he committed to Princ-
eton at 15, he started a trend of
early hockey commitments by
doing so. But Zach's recruit-
ment was suddenly wide open,
just four months before he had
planned on arriving at Princ-
eton.
"As soon as he decommitted,
it was overwhelming," Vicky
said. "You got a taste of what
movie stars go through. They
were fighting for him."
It's 10 hours from the
Hyman's Forest Hill neighbor-
hood in the heart of Toronto
to Boston. Stu's phone rang for
nearly half the drive as he drove
his two oldest sons to Boston
College and Boston University.
Zach had a decision to make,
and everyone wanted to see him
before he made it.
"Every 10 minutes, the phone
rang," Spencer said. "Norm
Bazin (head coach at UMass-
Lowell) was like, 'Stop by on
your way.' UMass called. Maine,
we went to. North Dakota, Min-
nesota - they all wanted us to
come."
Some of the schools never
stood a chance. The family nar-
rowed the decision down to the
Boston and Michigan areas,
largely because of the great aca-
demic reputations for the Ivy
League-caliber student.
On the way back from Bos-
ton, with Boston University the
clear leader in the clubhouse,
the Hymans detoured to Ann
Arbor for a stop.a
It would be their last.
Zach and Spencer sat across
from Red Berenson in the
coach's office, while Berenson
laid out why they should be
Wolverines. It didn't take long.
"Ten minutes into Michigan,
we had completely forgotten

about every other school," Spen-
cer said. "It was over. Zach and
I were sitting in the (Ross Aca-
demic Center) and we looked at
each other and it was like, 'Yeah,
we're going to Michigan."
When Zach arrived in Ann
Arbor in fall 2011, his suitors
were still pleading. The OHL
executives kept calling.
"In Michigan, right 'at the
beginning of the year, we were
getting offers for him to go,"
Stu recalled. "Guys were saying
'Red's not playing him properly,'
and 'He's a goal scorer but he's
playing defensive forward' and
'I can take Zach to the NHL.'
"We just said 'Thanks a lot.' "
At the start of last season,
though, the puck just wasn't
going in for Zach. He heard
metal after seemingly every
shot - frustrating after scor-
ing basically at will the season
before.
Berenson has been coach of
the year in the NHL before. He
knows the type of forward that
today's game demands. If you're
going to be a part of his pro-
gr'am, you're going to play sound
two-way hockey.
Berenson met with Zach and
told him he wanted to see more
of a two-way game out of him.
Don't worry about the points,
Berenson told the natural goal-
scorer.
Zach's not the first to have
that conversation with Beren-
son. He certainly won't be the
last. But he has bought into the
system as well as anyone in pro-
gram history.
His dad compares him to
Luke Glendening - last season's
captain and the type of team-
first leader that every locker
room needs but not every one
can have. Zach scored only nine
points last year compared to 102
the year before in Hamilton. He
played only two more games in
Hamilton than at Michigan.
"I would've liked to have had
more of an offensive impact,"
Zach said. "But in the NHL, if
you can't play defense, you can't
play. You need to be a two-way
player in the NHL nowadays."
Fred Bandel, the amateur
scout for the Florida Panthers
responsible for Michigan,
hadn't seen Zach before the
draft. So his description of Zach
as a player reflects only on his
development as a Wolverine.
And you can't tell from his input
that Zach wasn't always the

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vs. Miami (Ohio)
at Northern Michigan
vs. Michigan State
at Michigan State
vs. Notre Dame
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vs. Western Michigan
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vs. U.S. NTDP (ex.)
vs. Bowling Green
vs. Alaska
at Lake Superior State
at Western Michigan
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