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May 08, 1996 - Image 15

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1996-05-08

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M' leaders meet nation 's leaders
ASHINGTON - Senior Kevin Hilton stood on the White House's North Lawn
on Monday, his hands shoved deep into his pockets, wearing a boyish gn.
A couple hundred feet away, a little girl pressed her face between the bars that separate
the public from the privileged, and Hilton realized what a special moment he was having.
"When I came here before, I never thought I would be shaking his hand" Hilton said. "I
never thought it would be at a personal level like this."
When Hilton took his eighth-grade class trip, he never dreamed his name would be men-
tioned by the Vice President. He never pictured he would get to say "hello" one-on-one. He
never ever imagined himself hugging the trophy at a ceremony
honoring the NCAA hockey champions.
Until Monday, many Wolverines probably never considerd
exactly what they had done.
Hilton and his teammates still say the win hasn't sunk in. The
fact that they won Michigan's first national hockey title since
1964 isn't lost on them. But the magnitude of their feat needed to
be outlined by a "higher authority" to become really significant.
NICHOlAS J. "This is the first time in awhile that the Michigan fight song
COTSONIKA has been played here" Vice President Al Gore said. "As you
The Greek know, it's not how big or talented you are. It's how you compete.
Speaks And this year, no one competed better than the University of
The players listened. They nodded, with their sweaty hands
ded in front ofthem, and took in every word with more concentration than they would at
ed Berenson chalk talk session.
These Wolverines, who can strut around campus all they want, were now timid kids.
"I'm in awe just being here," Michigan captain Steven Halko said.
It's not that the Wolverines are usually cocky, arrogant and obnoxious. For big time ath-
letes, they ate truly far from that.
Its just that when you see other kids your age wearing jerseys with your number on
them, its hard to have perspective.
Monday's trip solved that problem. Ironically, on a day that put them on the nation's high-
est pedestal, the players were as humble as ever. They walked around Washington among
tnds of tourists, and the only things that made them stand out were their suits and their
What they did - on the ice and in the nation's capital - was special, and as Kevin
Hilton dozed on the bus while riding home, I'm sure he knew it.
It may not sink in when thousands of fans tell you you're great, but when the Vice
President does, even a national champion can be in awe ofjust being there.
- Nicholas I. Cotsonika can be reached over e-mail at cotsonik@umich.edu.

Continued from Page 12
its half of the first against Michigan
hurler Luke Bonner. After Greg Ryan
led off the inning with a double off the
base of the left field wall and second
baseman Jeff McGavin walked, short-
stop Don DeDonatis lined a single just
past the glove of a leaping Brian
Kalczynski at short. Ryan scored, and
was followed on the next play by
McGavin when outfielder Curtis Baker
hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
The Eagles tagged Bonner again in
the next inning. With outfielder Brent
Miller on first, third baseman Josh
McCarthy cranked one over the center-
left field wall to put the hosts up, 4-0.
Three of Michigan's five runs came
in the top of the sixth. Second baseman
Kirk Beermann started things off with
a one-out single up the middle. Right
fielder Derek Besco followed with a
walk, and after shortstop Kelly
Dransfeldt popped out to short, Eastern
pitcher Mike Borkowski walked Bryan
Besco to load the bases.
Kalezynski drove a single to left
field, scoring Beermann and Derek
Besco. Scott Kapla replaced Borkowski,
only to walk catcher Mike Seestedt.
McCarthy found a Ryan Kelley
chopper too hot to handle at third, and
Bryan Besco came around to score,
making the score 4-3, Eagles.
Up next for the Wolverines is
Michigan State, this season's Big Ten
cellar dwellers. The teams face off in
home-and-home doubleheaders, with
Saturday's first leg to be held in East
Lansing. Sunday's game will be the last
game of the season for the Wolverines.

Wednesday, May 8, 1996 - The Michigan Daily - 15

Michigan's Kirk Beermann walks back to the dugout in disgust after the
Wolverines made the final out in yesterday's 7-5 loss to Eastern Michigan. The
defeat extends Michigan's losing streak to eight games. .

Continued from Page 12
*d the team, talked about his college
ays in Boston, and recalled how he
liked to attend the prestigious Beanpot
hockey tournament at the Boston
Gore lightened things up later with
references to "old time hockey," "Eddie
Shore" and the "Hanson Brothers" from
the movie "Slapshot."
"I think it was very appropriate (that
e team met Gore and Levin)" Berenson
d. "Levin is a hockey nut, and Gore
knows the game. The first thing he asked
me when we went into his office was,
"How did Detroit do yesterday?"'
The Wolverines spent much of the
day touring the nation's capital, toting
their championship trophy everywhere.
The Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans' and
Korean War memorials were all morn-
ing stops.After a ceremony at the White
House, the players were given a VIP
* Michigan chartered a private plane
for the trip, which was operated by none
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other than "Champion Air."
The experience was relished by all of
the players --even the nine Canadians.
"I'm in awe just being here" said
Michigan captain Steven Halko, a
native of Bolton, Ontario.
"Going back home (to British
Columbia) and saying, I've been to the
White House is a thing I will cherish and
remember," sophomore Bill Muckalt
said. "This is a really special thing.'
Next season's captain, Brendan
Morrison, was so impressed, he had his
mind on next year.

"If we win it again, maybe Bill
Clinton will be here;" he said.
i3erenson preferred to take a more
educational view of the trip.
The honors were nice, he said, but the
athletic department didn't shell out more
than $25,000 so the players could just
take home a souvenir photo with the Vice
"We always talk about leadership
on our hockey team. Well, this is
where the leaders of our country are.
I'm glad they got a chance to see


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