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MONDAY
JULY 15, 2002

DEFENSIVE
BLUE GENES
Defenseman Danny
Richmond is poised
to take his place in
the family business
ormer Michigan women's basket-
ball forward Jeanne Richmond
knew immediately that her son,
Danny, had no business following in her
footsteps.
When Danny and his twin sister,
Jenny, were growing up, they played
some intense games of one-on-one, and
it was Jenny that was "always able to
get around Danny."
"His only defense was to hack,"
Jeanne said. "He clearly didn't have a
future in basketball."
Sometimes, the entire family would
come together on the hardwood at their
Buffalo Grove, Ill. gym. Steve Rich-
mond, Danny's father and a former
Michigan hockey defenseman, com-
bined with Danny to create the family's
own version of the "bad boys."
"Mom comes out and she can just
destroy us," said Danny, who will be a
freshman at Michigan in the fall. "I did-
n't get that gene from her, that went to
my sister. I'm kind of a hack out there.
It's more like hockey on a basketball
court - full contact."
Steve and Jeanne met at Michigan
during their freshman year in 1979
when he came to her dorm and intro-
duced himself. During the next four

ONE MORE TIME
Forward Jeff Tambellini will get another
chance to put an end to age discrimination
By Charles Paradis Daily Sports Editor
en Jeff Tambellini dons the on players several years older than him-
maize-and-blue sweater next self.
season at Yost Ice Arena, he "For me it was always just the chance
will be one of the youngest players on to get to play with the best players,"
the Michigan hockey team. But if histo- Tambellini said. "Just to get the chance
ry repeats itself, the young forward to play with those guys has been great."
could end up as one of the Wolverines' Despite being the youngest player on
top scorers. the Chiefs, Tambellini's 46 goals and 71
Playing against older players is noth- assists placed him second on the team in
ing new for the British Columbia native both categories and first on the team in
and scoring against them is something points. The tough competition is a good
he has done arena for young players to develop.
throughout his "Jeff, not unlike most players who
hockey career. get to the next level, has always had to
With the Chilli- excel against older players," said Steve
wack Chiefs of the Tambellini, the Vice President of Player
British Columbia Personnel for the Vancouver Canucks
Hockey League, and Jeff's father. "I think that's the best
Tambellini demon- way for one to improve, to play against
strated his skill players who are stronger and better."
and proved him- Tambellini The elder Tambellini is responsible
self a potent scor- for scouting and player development for
ing threat, even at a young age. Vancouver and as such, brings a differ-
"That's been the history for him, ent perspective to the game. But he
being a young kid and playing with admits that sometimes it is hard to keep
older guys, because he has so much the scout's perspective.
skill," Chilliwack Chiefs' head "Normally, when I go to watch hock-
coach and General Manager Harvey ey games, I'm going there emotionally
Smyl said. unattached," Steve said. "It is different
Tambellini scored 117 points in just when you are watching as a parent.
54 games last season to become the Obviously you care about what's hap-
league's leading scorer at the age of 18 pening. At times you are not able to
in a league in which he played against work as I would do normally when Iam
some players who were in their early watching Jeff. You have to be a parent
20s. The opportunity to play against sometimes, too."
the best was the reason Tambellini took See TAMBELLINI, Page 12

TONY DING/Daily (top), Michigan Athletic Media Relations (right)
Danny Richmond (top) joins the Michigan defense
next season, playing the same position that his
father, Steve (right), played for the Wolverines.

years, he would leave his mark on the
Michigan record books as the only blue-
liner to lead the team in scoring in a sea-
son (54 points in 1980-81). He also
holds the record for most career goals
by a Michigan defenseman with 40.
Jeanne, unlike her future husband, didn't
integrate offense into her game. She was
told by her coach during her freshman
season to "never shoot the ball again."
Jeanne had to accept her role as a defen-
sive specialist and eventually became
the player whose main role was to set
picks for the Wolverines' leading scorer.
With a such a defensive, maize-and-

blue combination, it's no surprise that
Danny will join the Wolverines this fall
on the ice as one of the most talented
defensive recruits in the country.
"(Defense) is not much glory, but I'll
tell you, both Steve and I have come
from that kind of background," Jeanne
said. "Defensive play was really
stressed in the sports we played and that
kind ofrubbed off on Danny too."
Danny led the United States Hockey
League's Chicago Steel in scoring last
season with eight goals and 45 assists
in 56 games and was the league's top
See RICHMOND, Page 11

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