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Class of 1962 stars in
alumni game at Yost
Berenson, Hinnegan "Nothing like scoring goals,"
.ie. y .e Hinnegan said. "If you're a for-
ward, you're a goal scorer. There's
decades of players nothingvlike scoring goals. Every-
decbody loves it."
New assistant coach Brian
By MARK BURNS Wiseman and former Wolverines
ManagingEditor Brendan Morrison, Jason Botter-
ill, David Harlock, Jed Ortmeyer,
Michigan coach Red Berenson Billy Powers, Sean Ritchlin and
is used to getting on his players, Eric Nystrom sat in the stands.
but never has he done it so liter- But whether they were on the
ally. ice or in the stands, the former
It was at the Michigan hock- players marveled at the newly
ey team's annual alumni game, installed scoreboard inside Yost.
where players from five decades It made its public debut at the
made up the 34-man roster - game Friday.
ranging from the class of 1962's It didn't show any replays
Berenson and Al Hinnegan, all because the game wasn't being
the way to 2009's Jack Johnson recorded, but it will have them in
and Billy Sauer. the fall.
In Team White's 13-7 win The scoreboard hung low
over Team Blue, Berenson took enough for a puck flipped up on a
the opening faceoff and bolted dump out of the zone to hit it, but
toward the offensive zone. But Michigan Athletic Director Dave
as Berenson neared the blueline, Brandon said the scoreboard will
his winger, Tim Miller (Class of be raised six feet higher by Sep-
2009), came from the right and tember. He added that he "wasn't
collided with the 71-year-old sure" why it hadn't been raised
coach, sending them sprawling to yet. At any height, the monstros-
the ice in a heap. ity was a big change from Morri-
There was a gasp from the son's playing days.
crowd the filled up most of one "I remember when I was down
side of Yost Ice Arena. Both here they didn't even have a clock
Berenson and Miller got up with- up there," he said. "They just had
out injury but it provided an the scoreboards at the ends of the
opportunity for former players rink, so to come in and see this
to poke some fun on at their old now it's a big adjustment, but I
coach. think it's a good thing. It's keep-
"Almost lost him on the first ing pace with the times, but you
shift," joked Steve Shields, who still have the traditional feel of
skated as forward despite being the game at Yost."
a goalie at Michigan and in the For Morrison and Shields, the
NHL. weekend wasn't refined to the
Added Berenson: "I don't know usual game and golf outing. Since
what happened. I was just get- the two couldn't be here for The
ting some good speed up and all Big Chill at the Big House, they
of the sudden Miller ... collided took a tour of the football facili-
with someone else, I think their ties. When they got to the locker
defenseman, so I got the tail end room, someone was already there
of that." waiting for them - Michigan
And Berenson's former line- football coach Brady Hoke.
mate from nearly 50 years ago, The three, who were all at
Hinnegan got the scoring going. Michigan around the same time
Stationed in the slot, Hinnegan in the early 1990s, chatted. And
found a bouncing puck at his feet by the time the alumni game was
and lifted it past Sauer, the Team over, some of Hoke's ways had
White netminder. rubbed off on the former Michi-
Hinnegan is just over a year ganplayers.
older than Berenson and played "It was so refreshing to walk
with Berenson on a team that in to Schembechler and see the
won the Snoopy's Senior World ticker coming across, the amount
Hockey Tournament in Santa of days before we play the team
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