The National Champion Michigan hockey team has signed
defensemen Kevin Magnuson and Sean Peach to national let-
ters of intent. Magnuson played this past season for Dubuque
of the United States Hockey League. Peach was a member of Wea ay
the Powell River Paper Kings of the British Columbia Junior P O R T May,81996
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y-9 Bad luck follows 'M'
S.: so .. baseball to Eastern
By Will McCahill
Daily Sports Editor
YPSILANTI - "We're just playing
well enough to lose."
That's what Michigan baseball
coach Geoff Zahn said yesterday after
his team dropped its eighth straight
game, 7-5, to Eastern Michigan.
On April 17, Michigan brought its
record above .500 for the first time all
season at 18-17. The very next day, it
lost to Eastern Michigan, 4-1, and has
been foundering at or below the break-
even mark ever since.
On that same date, the Wolverines
were 12-4 in the Big Ten, good enough
for first place.
Now, Michigan finds its overall
record at 20-28, and is just 13-11 in
league play. The Wolverines have
dropped into sixth place after being
swept by the defending champion Ohio
Over a rainy three-day weekend in
Columbus, the host squad defeated
Michigan 6-2, 15-2, and 3-2 twice to
pull itself into the fourth spot while
shunting the Wolverines into their cur-
rent slot, a place which, if the playoffs
began today, would keep Michigan at
Zahn pointed to the results of the
past few seasons as part of the explana-
tion for the way the Wolverines are
"I think it's part of the feeling
they've had (at Michigan) the last cou-
ple years that (the players) really don't
believe they can win," the first-year
That attitude seemed to prevail yes-
terday, as the Wolverines were able to
close in on the Eagle lead only to have
their cross-county foes pull away again
Eastern jumped out to a 2-0 lead i*
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Vlte-President Al Gore accepts a Jersey from senior captain Kevin Hilton (center, holding trophy) and the national champion
Michigan hockey team yesterday at the White House. The Wolverines won the title March 30, beating Colorado College.
Hail to the Victors, Hail to the Chief
By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
WASHINGTON - In the same halls
where "Hail to the Chief" has been
played many times, there was a hearty
Ihil to "The Victors" given Monday.
Vice President Al Gore, Sen. Carl
Levin (D-Mich.), Rep. Nick Smith (R-
Addison) and Rep. John Conyers (D-
Detroit) all gathered in the posh Indian
Treaty Room of the White House's Old
-xecutive Office Building to honor the
Michigan hockey team.
The Wolverines won the 1996
NCAA title March 30 by beating
Colorado College, 3-2, in overtime.
Many University leaders were also
on hand to celebrate the first appear-
ance by the Wolverines at the White
House since 1989, when the basket-
ball team met then-President George
University President James
Duderstadt, Athletic Director Joe
Roberson and Regents Deane Baker
and Dan Horning all came to see
Michigan coach Red Berenson's team
take the nation's center stage.
"This is not only an honor, it's a big
thrill," Berenson said. "We're proud of
(the players) as students and as citizens.
They're all going to make great taxpay-
ers some day."
Gore - a former prep hockey play-
er at St. Alban's school in Washington
- said he was very pleased to welcome
the Wolverines. Normally, he said, he
isn't the focal point of such festivities.
"I, for one, usually get hip-checked
to the back of the room, Gore said.
"But then somebody might see me
alone in the corner and say, 'Excuse
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injury he sustained in December. The 6-
8 Detroit native played in 25 of
Michigan's 32 games, averaging 5.6
points and 2.9 rebounds per contest.
Although Mitchell downplayed his
knee problems, Fisher said they did
indeed hamper his play after he returned
"It was a pretty significant knee
injury, Fisher said.
assistant Jay Smith.
Smith is leaving Michigan to become
head coach at Grand Valley State after
seven years on Fisher's staff.
The 33-year-old Trost comes to Ann
Arbor from Elmhurst (Illinois) College,
a Div. III school where he was head
coach for the past four seasons.
Fisher said he has known Trost for
some time, and believes he will be
good fit for the Michigan program.
"(Trost) is a hard-working, friendly,
successful coach" Fisher said. "We're
me, could you take a picture of me and Mitchell has not announced which excited to have him.
Gretzky?' school he plans to attend, but reports Trost has been at Elmhurst for the
A mS A "I always say, 'Of course, Mr. indicate his top choices are Alabama- past seven years, the first three of which
WT WPresident."' Birmingham, Syracuse and Tulane. he spent as an assistant coach and
The Vice President then commended The good tidings for the Wolverines recruiting coordinator.
EYE EXAMS & EYE GLASSES See VICTORS Page 15 this summer involve the arrival of Trost, During Trost's tenure as coach, the
bLO*RA PHLAUN GIORGIO ARMA NI who fills the position vacated by former Bluejays compiled a 51-49 record. 4
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