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14 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 30, 2001

With Hilbert gone, a question remains: Who will score?

-#y Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Editor
It has been 20 days since the Michigan hockey team announced
its most recent departure - All-American junior forward Andy
Hilbert's teammates were sorry to see him leave, but they under-
stood the situation and wished him well.

"This is a good opportunity for Andy," junior forward Jed Ort-
meyer said. "We all support him and we are happy for him. But
we're going to miss him. He's a great hockey player."
The Wolverines also lost nine seniors to graduation, but the
bleeding did not stop there. All-American defenseman Jeff Jillson
opted to leave Michigan in early May to pursue a career with the
San Jose Sharks. And the Wolverines' top goalie recruit, Jason
Bacashihua, will be skating for the Plymouth Whalers because he
failed to qualify academically for Michigan.
But Michigan coach Red Berenson remains optimistic about next
season - thanks in large part to his veteran goaltender Josh Black-
"I think our defense will be every bit as good or better this year,"
Berenson said. "And we will have as good a goaltender as anyone in
college hockey."
That defense will be anchored by sophomore Mike Komisarek,
the first defenseman and first American selected in this sutmmer's
NHL Entry Draft.
The Wolverines may have a goalie returning with three years of
on-ice experience and a solid defense, but someone is going to have
to fill up the scoring void left by Hilbert.
"Honestly, I don't know where the goals are going to come from,"
Berenson said. "But (we) have a number of guys that fill those
Hilbert targeted several players to shoulder the scoring load.
"Jed Ortmeyer is a great hockey player, and I'm sure he'll be able
to pick up the points. John Shouneyia and Mark Mink are going to
pick up the slack as well."
Ortmeyer was a little surprised to hear his name at the top of that
"I am glad that people feel that way," he said. "I had a tough year
last season with the injury and all. I just hope that I can step up and
help the team next year."
Ortmeyer tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee dur-
ing a 9-0 win over Notre Dame on Jan. 23. But he says that it feels
fine now. .
But before getting too concerned about next year's Wolverine
offense, it is important to remember that Michigan will be returning

'RsD Oss" a OsLL2tI
Mike Cammalleri and a strong Junior class will have to fill the scor-
ing void left by All-American Andy Hilbert.
its No. 1 goal-scorer, junior center Mike Canonalleri.
He may be easy to over-look, at just 5-foot-10 and 185 pound:
but Cammalleri led the Wolverines in goals (29), power play goal
(10) and plus-minus (+28) during the 2000-01 campaign.
In addition, Michigan will be welcoming a strong incoming clas
of 10 recruits. Some, like Brighton native Dwight Helminen, wh,
was recently named to the 2001 USA Hockey National Junior E'd
uation Camp Roster, have already begun to skate with the team t i
"I've met most of them already," rtmeyer said. "Those guys at
all highly touted. They are the best guys in the country. (The depa
tures) will get them some more ice time early on. And that will 1:
good for them."

Michigan's scoring leader, Andy Hilbert, elected to leave school early
to pursue a professional career with the Boston Bruins.

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Carras to retire at season's end
After 24 years of service, Michigan men's golf coach calls it quit

By David Horn
Daily Sports Editor
What middle-aged American male
doesn't fantasize about being able to
spend his life on the links? Michn-,
gan men's golf coach Jim Carras has
announced that he will end the fan-
tasy at the conclusion of the 2001-
02 season. Carras, who has been a
coach for the Wolverines for nearly
a quarter century, said that his
departure is due to nothing more
than his belief that "it's a great
chance to go out on a high note."
Carras' greatest legacy to the pro-
gram is the graduation rate of his
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players - all but one in his 24-year for his warmth and humor, and hi
tenure have left Ann Arbor with special relationships with players
their Michigan degree. But there are He is proud that those relationship
impressive tangibles that extend beyond the puttint
support Carras' work with greens, and beyond gradua
the program. Among them tion.
are six Academic All- "The greatest thing i
Americans, nine All-Big being around the kids I'v
Ten honorees, two individ- .e been around," Carras s
ual Big Ten champions, a "They're what's made
Big Ten Freshman of the life what it is. Everyone o
Year and two trips to the them has fit into my lif
NCAA Championship, and been very meaningful.'
including the 1996-97 cam- CARRAS Carras regrets not bein
paign, when the Wolverines placed able to see the graduation of eac
25th nationally. class he has recruited, but acknowl
"If I had to single out one thing edges this decision and departur
that makes me most proud and most from the team he loves had to com
pleased about our program, (it) is eventually.
the number of youngsters that are "It's something I've pondered fo
Academic All-America scholars," the past year," Carras said.
Carras said. "We've had a lot of regards to the fellow that's b
them. It's what I've based my whole helping me for a dozen years (assis
life on, and that is a student athlete. tant coach Ed Klum), we said 'He)
The pride in that outranks most we had tocall it quits sooner o
other things I could talk about." later.' It came with some thought. I
Carras will coach this year while just seemed appropriate."
the athletic department begins its By announcing his retiremen
search for a replacement. They have before his final season, Carras i
asked that Carras assist in the pleased to leave the University wit!
process. plenty of time to find his replace
"Michigan has an outstanding ment, and can enjoy his last seb
reputation," Carras said. "I'm sure with his team.
they won't lack for candidates. It's "I think we're going to be so goo
just a matter of what they want. we're going to win the Big Te
"It's really a younger man's job," Championship and the NCA
Carras added. Championship. And if we don't, I'n
The 69-year old Carras is known quitting," Carras joked.

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