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Growing up around his father gave-
Tambellini an edge in experience not
many players get, as he was exposed to
numerous NHL players. Tambellini was
able to watch and learn from watching
some of the greatest players and he
applied those lessons to his game.
"It was kinda neat. I got to be put
in a lot of situations that kids who
grow up don't always get to be put
, in," Tambellini said. "It helped to
improve my game. I try to adapt to
them and take what they've got and
put it into mine."
A potent offensive player who aver-
aged two points per game last season,
Tambellini is a threat every time he is
in the offensive zone and describes
himself as a playmaker who can also
finish. His 71 assists last season
proved he is as good at setting up his
teammates as he is at finding the net
on his own. But scoring is only half
the game, and Tambellini knows
hockey is not played just in the offen-
"I see myself as a two-way player,
just as good in the defensive zone as
in the offense," Tambellini said. "I try
to key on both aspects of the game
and be as complete as I can be."
Tambellini's two-way play made a
major impact on the Chiefs and his
former coach thinks the 5-foot-11 for-
ward can do the same at Michigan.
"We were pleased as punch to have
him representing us, and I know
Michigan will be very pleased as well
to have a kid like him," Smyl said.
"There will be some ups and downs
to his career, but I think he will be a
major player at the college level."
Not only are Tambellini's former
coaches impressed with his play, but
the Michigan coaching staff also rec-
ognizes his potential as a standout
player. The staff echoes Smyl's belief
that Tambellini can make an impres-
sion on the Wolverines by providing
"We think he'll be an impact player
at Michigan," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "We think he will fit
in with our style and hopefully he can
get some confidence around the net
early and should have a great fresh-
Tambellini has proven that he can
make an impact even as a young play-
er. Next season, he will have to prove
it one more time.
HOMETOwN: Glenview, Ill.
HIGHIGHTS: Hopesto be thefourth-straight
gsalie to start tor the maizo-and-blue assa
freshman. The 17-year-old playedforthe
U.S. National Development Program
Under-17 Team last season, compiling a
3.23 goals-against average and a .912
MICHIGAN ASSOCIATE-HEAD COACH MEL PEAR-
SON: "(Montoya) is going to be given
every chance to be the number-one
guy. He is very athletic, he's played in
some high pressure situations this,
year and done very well"
HOMETOwN: Baldwin, N. Y.
HIGHIGHTS: Left Cornell after one season
to play for the Des Moines Buccaneers.
Gartman posted a 3.02 goals-against
average in 49 games and had a .900
MICHIGAN ASSISTANT COACH BILLY POWERS:
"All three guys are going to get a shot.
To be honest with you, we've made it
clear to them that everyone's coming in
fresh. I don't know if someone's going
to be way behind or someone's going to
be way ahead. Does Al Montoya have an
advantage? Absolutely. A guarantee?
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Incoming freshman Al Montoya is the frontrunner at the goalie position heading
Into the fall according to Michigan assistant coach Billy Powers.
BRANDON KALENIECKI NOAH RUDEN
POSITION: Forward POSITION: Goalie
HOMETOwN: Livonia, Mich. HOMETOwN: West Bloomfield, Mich.
HIGHLIGHTS: Lead the North American HIGHuGHTS: Played for the Tri-City (Neb.
Hockey League with 52 goals and 89 Storm of the United States Hockey
points while playing for the Cleveland League last season and became the
Barons. His eight game-winning goals team's all-time wins leader with 20. He
led the team. Those efforts garnered holds the single-season shutout mark
Kaleniecki the NAHL Most Valuable with four and had a goals-against aver-
Player award for the 2002 season. ageof 2.95 and a .903 save percentage.
MICHIGAN ASSOCIATE-HEAD COACH MEL MicHIGAN ASSISTANT COACH BILLY POwERS:
PEARSON: "Kaleniecki hopefully will "He's gotten better and better each
bring us some goals. We expect him season. He's a kid that's going to sur-
to come in here and compete for a prise some people. He really wanted to
job, mainly (because of) his goal scor- be here, and he's got a passion to be at
ing ability." Michigan."