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erenson's 2001 recruiting class full of question marks
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f the Michigan hockey team is going to
tinue at its current rate of success, it will
d a little help from Lady Luck. After losing
e seniors to graduation and two more first-
players to the NHL, Red Berenson's club
ers the 2001-02 campaign with more ques-
e Wolverines are counting on a strong
sming class to reload rather than rebuild.
The unique thing about this class is all the
stion marks," Berenson said. "How ready
they, and how big a role are they ready to
I'm hoping for some pleasant surprises."
ut which players will emerge from the 10-
nber class to become the future stars of the
ize and Blue? Most of the freshmen have
ady visited Ann Arbor this summer for ori-
entation, and several local players - like
Brighton native Dwight Helminen - have
spent additional time on the ice in Yost.
"Helminen has been a solid player for the
U.S. Under-18 program along with Eric Nys-
trom and Jason Ryzner," Berenson said.
"Those kids might be a step ahead of kids like
Mike Woodford or Brandon Rodgers coming
out of prep school."
But you never know.
"Rodgers might come in here and be one of
our top defensemen," Berenson said. "I can't
say that I can judge their play relative to one
"But everything that I am told from the
coaches is that these guys can step in and play
a lot of roles for our team."
Those roles will not be determined until the
fall. Until then, Wolverine fans can continue
to wonder which freshmen will be able to play
on a top power-play unit or kill a key penalty
when Michigan is two men down.
Who will be strong and consistent enough to
keep the Wolverines with the national elite?
The questions keep coming, while the
answers lie in waiting.
"I'm very high on all these kids coming in. I
think that they will all be able to play," Beren-
son said. "We made the decision that these
kids can play at Michigan. So, now it is going
to be a matter of us evaluating them once they
all get here."
Even after Berenson and his staff have a
chance to see these freshmen and test them on
and off the ice, the lineups will be kept in pen-
cil - with eraser close at hand.
"We may be switching lines every two or
three days, and maybe even switching posi-
tions for some of these kids as we try to fit
them in," Berenson said. "It's going to be a big
When the dust settles, the Wolverines may
have a couple freshmen playing on one of the
top two lines.
"That is what we need," Berenson said. "We
need something positive like that because you
are going to have the inevitable disappoint-
ment. One guy is going to come in totally
intimidated and overwhelmed or just not as
prepared as he needed to be."
But no matter what happens with the fresh-
men, the nuts and bolts of Michigan hockey
are still going to be the returning players.
"It starts with Josh Blackburn, with Jay
Vancek and Mike Cammalleri, Mike Romin-
sky, Andy Burnes, and Mike Komisarek,"
Berenson said. "The returning experienced
players are going to have an even bigger role
than your normal returning experienced play-
Iweral reasons possible
r drop in ticket sales
Hall of Fame weekend
y Sports Editor
hen the Michigan Athletic
tment announced its budget a
,pqe weeks ago for next year, it
revealed basketball and hockey
:et price increases.
lockey games will cost an extra
2 and basketball and extra $2-3.
football tickets already charged
more than last year to students.
thletic Director Bill Martin is
og the added dollars to help the
etic department out of its deficit.
tin also points out that with the
se in tuition, he needs extra
ey from somewhere.
artin called himself the "dad" of
larship athletes. "I write a check
roughly ten million dollars," Mar-
said, who is responsible for the
ions of students on athletic schol-
ith a jump in price came 3,200
tickets sold to students, drop-
om roughly 22,000 to 19,500.
thletic Director Bill Martin is
not sure how direct the correlation is
between ticket price and tickets sold.
"It may have (affected sales), I
don't know," Martin said. "It wasn't a
big price increase for students. We J
kept that as moderate as we could. AWPue HTO
"There's probably ten reasons (why Halnductees W nfled and Puckett.
someone didn't get tickets), and for
each of those reasons there's a couplek
hundred who didn't get them."
Martin did not wager a guess as to
the direction student ticket sales will
go for hockey and basketball this sea-
Michigan sets aside 22,700 seats
for students at Michigan Stadium two
years ago, and filled the student sec-
tion to capacity. Last year, 700 seats
were taken from the student section op soo
for staff and faculty. The student sec- Former Steeler Lynn Swann.
tion of 22,000 was again fully occu-
pied. This year, Michigan did not get
a student for every seat.
"It allows other fans the opportuni-
ty to see a game," Martin said. "It's a RECORDS
good news, bad news story. We want USED CDS
to make sure every student wants to
go to a game."
Baseball inducted its newest members last weekend in Cooperstown, and football
did likewise in Canton. Here's a list of the newly enshrined legends:
Bill Mazeroski U Nick Buoniconti
Kirby Puckett U Mark Levy
Dave Winfield U Mike Munchak
Hilton Smith Jackie Slater
et A NA A LynnSwann
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ders. Below are some of the results. For complete results, check out
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