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Hopes Highl
F Repeat
This Season
Shattering an NCAA playoff
scoring record, Michigan's peren-
nially powerful hockey team blast-
ed its way to its third straight
National Collegiate Hockey Cham-
pionship at Colorado Springs last
March to prove once again that
the Wolverine squad is the num-
ber one team in the nation.
Despite what might be called in
Ann Arbor a mediocre season (14
wins. against 7 losses), Vic Hey-
liger's well cbached squad finished
the season with five straight
league victories to tie Minnesota's
Gophers for first place in the Mid-





ANOTHER GOAL-for 'Michigan's National Champion Hockey team. This time it's Earl Keyes
blasting one through Spartan goalie Gerry Bergin as the Wolverines bury the Spartans 10-2 on
their way to another national title.

Golfers Edged by Boilermakers in Conference Meet

Michigan's colorful golf team,
after starting the 1953 season with
only two lettermen, swept through
eight Big Ten matches while drop-
ping only one, and came within 18
strokes of repeating its 1952 cham-
pionship in the title meet at Mad-
ison, Wisconsin.
Purdje,' whom the Wolverines
had beaten twice during the regu-
lar season, took the Conference
title this year when its top swing-
er, Don Albert, blazed through the
72 holes with only 290 swats .at
the ball.
ALBERT'S 290 was ten strokes
better than the second place fin-
isher, teammate Bob Benning.
Wolverine captain, Hugh Wright,

carded a 303 to tie for fifth while
two other Maize and Blue golfers
crowded into the top ten, Bud Ste-
vens' 304 being good for seventh,
spot and Jack Stumpfig taking
eighth with a 305 score.
After the first 18-hole round,
the Wolverines were leading the
field by five strokes by virtue of
their steady playing, which they
continued throughout the meet.
But Purdue, playing better than
it had all season, pulled ahead
in the second round and went on
to beat. Michigan, 1514-1,532, a
narrow margin for the 72-hole
After the championship affair,
Michigan was again invited to the
NCAA meet, in which it finished
second to powerful North Texas

State in 1952. Wolverine links
coach, Bert Katzenmeyer, turned
down the invitation after learn-
ing that three of his regulars
could not make the trip.
KATZENMEYER was pessimis-
tic about the team's chances at
the beginning of the golf wars.
Only two lettermen, Wright and
Lowell LeClair, returned from the
'52 championship squad to' trek
across Big Ten gr'eens again.
Also back was Stumpfig, aj
member of the 1951 contingent,
who had been ineligible be-
cause of scholastic difficulties
in '52. Rounding out the open-
ing roster, and remaining on the
squad for the entire season, were
sophomore Stevens, who cap-
tured the all-campus golf tro-
phy as a freshman,. Tad Stan-
ford, football star, and Warren
During the spring training trip
in the sunny South, a practice the
Wolverines began in 1938, Katzen-
meyer's charges dropped two
matches, one each to North Caro-I
lina and, Duke, strong Southern
Conference squads who have the
delightful advantage of weather
that allows year-around play. Ste-
vens brought home the best score
of the sojourn, a 73 against North


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THE FIRST regular meet, a
quadrangular battle among Mich-
igan, Ohio State, Purdue, and In-
diana scheduled at Columbus, was
snowed out and became a game of;
hearts among 24 golfers with Wol-
verine Stevens coming out on top.
After the postponement that
prevented Michigan from gain-
ing much needed links experi-
ence, the Maize and Blue return-
ed to Ann Arbor for their home
opener with the Detroit Titans.
Although Wright shot a one-
over-par 73 for medalist honors,
Detroit's Ray Maisevich sunk an
exciting 15-foot putt to give the
Titans a 13/-131 draw with
the Wolverines.
About ten days later the Maize
and Blue swingers left for a week-
end of golf that included a quad-
rangular meet at Lafayette, Indi-
ana, and a triangular engagement
on Northwestern's course.
* * * /
PLAYING IN a strong wind, the
Wolverines edged Purdue, 192-
16/, defeated Ohio State by the
same score, and downed the Ilini,
21%-141/2, at Lafayette. Although
Buckeye Frank Cardi's 73-75-148
was good for low total in the four-
sided extravaganza, Stevens fired
an even par 72 on his morning
round for the best 18-hole score.
In the triangular meet against
Northwestern and Iowa, Mich-
igan dumped the Wildcats, 21-

15, and thrashed the Hawkeyes,
24-12, to make it five straight in
Big Ten competition. Stumpfig
and Stevens paced Michigan
with a pair of 143's that took
medalist honors.
On the following Saturday, the
Wolverines roared into East Lan-
sing to run head on into a sur-
prising Michigan State team that'
played on even terms with Michi-'
gan until Katzenmeyer's men pull-
ed ahead on the last two holes to
win, 19%/-161/. The other team
in the triangular meet, Marquette,
bowed meekly to the Maize and
Blue, 31-5"
* * *
A WEEK LATER the Spartans
came to Ann Arbor along with
Purdue and Ohio State. On the
hilly University course, the Wol-
verines edged out Purdue, 19-17,
and blasted Michigan State, 29%/2-
612, but also suffered their first
loss of the regular season when
the Buckeyes came through with
a 201/2-151/2 victory.
The Wolverines finished with
an enviable Conference record
of eight wins and one loss. They
trounced Detroit in' a return
match, the last of the season for
Ithe Maize and Blue, 18/-81/,
to bring the final tally for the
year to ten wins, three defeats,
and one tie.
Biggest factor in Michigan's golf
success was the ability of one
golfer to fire a low score when a
teammate faltered, thus keeping
the team average at a respectable
figure. Even in the championship
meet, they played, as Katzenmeyer
commented afterwards, "As well
as we expected." But Purdue came
through in the clutch to take the
coveted trophy back to Lafayette
for a year.
* * *
KATZENMEYER is ready to
wade into the battle in 1954 a
little more optimistically. Three
lettermen, Stevens, Stumpfig, and
Stanford, will be back next year.
Andy Andrews, who played in two
meets this year, will also be around,
along with Larry Reger, Dick Har-
rison, and promising freshman
Bob McMasters.
McMasters will be the first
representative of the Standish-
Evans Scholars (which will pro-
vide many Michigan golfers in
the future) to break into Wol-
verine golf headlines if he makes
the varsity; and Katzenmeyer
is sure that he will.
The Standish-Evans Scholars
comprises former caddies who are
attending the University on schol-
arships from the Western, Golf As-
sociation and the Detroit District
Golf Association. Standish-Evans,
in its first year on the campus,
1952-53, also had four other mem-
bers on the freshman golf team.

west Collegiate Hockey League,
and thereby earn a berth in the
NCAA playoffs at the Broadmoor
Ice Palace at Colorado Springs,
SINCE the inception of the now
annual event, at the Broadmoor,
the Wolverines have been the only
squad to compete in all six play-
offs. Heyliger's charges started
things off the first year by com-
ing home with the title and have
returned to the playoff scene ev-
ery year since.
In 1949 and 1950 the Maize
and Blue pucksters slumped to
third place, but since 1951 the
trophy has come back to Ann
Arbor every year. This year the
Wolverines, under the lead-
ership of captain John Mat-
chefts, who was named Most
Valuable Player of the tourna-
ment, waltzed by Boston Univer-
sity in the semi-finals, 14-2, be-
fore turning back Johnny Mari-
ucci's Minnesota sextet, 7-3, to
annex, the crown.
The 14 goals piled up by the
Wolverines was the highest tally
ever scored in one NCAA playoff
game, surpassing the previous
high of 13 set by Colorado College
against another Boston University
squad back in 1950. George Chin,
scrappy right-winger and leading
point-getter for the season with
42, tied a playoff record when he
bagged six points on two goals
and four assists in the runaway
* * *
IN THE showdown game against
the Gophers, who had beaten the
Wolverines three out of four times
during the regular season, Michi-
gan overcame a first period 2-1
Gopher lead with two tallies in
the middle stanza and three more
in the last to hand the over-con-
fident Ski-U-Mah - squad a 7-3
The victory was a well-earned
dessert for Heyliger who had
pulled his team through a long
and at times a seemingly unsuc-
cessful season of hockey. Win-
ners of 100 games against only
14 losses in the previous five
years the Wolverine squad suf-
fered its first setback of the
year before the season started.
Ron Martinson, smooth skating
Eveleth, Minnesota right-wing,
broke his ankle during a practice
session and was lost to the team for
the major part of the campaign.
Heyliger had been counting on


*.. hockey captain
the experienced forward to spark
the third line.
THE NEXT key blow, and by
far the most costly of the sea-
son was the loss of Johnny Mc-
Kennell, scrappy first-line left-
winger and second highest scorer
on the squad. McKennell was sus-
pended for the season by Athletic
Director "Fritz" Crislervafter the
fiery forward was involved in an
altercation with a referee in Den-
ver on December 23.
The incident occurred as Mc-
Kennell was vehemently protest-
ing an overtime goal which gave
Denver a 5-4 victory over the
Wolverines. In the ensuing ar-
gument McKennell allegedly
slugged referee Mike Yalich.
The Denver and Colorado press
made such an issue over the affair
that pressure was brought upon
Crisler that eventually led to the
suspension of the star for the rest
of the season.
PLAYING without McKennell,
the Wolverine puckmen won three
games while dropping two, includ-
ing one to Minnesota, before the
next hole was torn in the Michi-
gan first line. Earl Keyes. stand-
out right-wing for three seasons,
and Captain of the 1952 Cham-
pionship squad, was lost to the
team through graduation.
This left only Matchefts from
the original first line. Matchefts,
or the "fly" as he was called by
his teammates, was the real
sparkplug of the team. Up to

this point in the campaign he
was leading his team both as
captain and as leading point-
getter. Many of his un-assisted
goals were remarkable. "The
"fly" was a great stick handler,
an excellent fore-checker, and a
scrappy competitor from the
opening face-off.
Left with only Matchefts as a
nucleus, Heyliger formed a new
first line with Doug Philpott in
McKennell's spot and Jim Haas,
captain-elect for this year, con-
verted from a defensive position
on the right-wing. The first line
proved successful, but the unstable
balance of the rest of the squad
was inadequate to contend with
the high-flying Gophers. In two
crucial contests in Mineapolis,
the Wolverines were almost elimi-
nated from the playoff scene as
they dropped two one-sided games
on the foreign ice.
AT THIS, the lowest ebb of the
season for the Wolverine sextet,
EHeyliger came Up with a new sec-
ond line that lifted the team
right out of its doldrums and into
the National Championship. Doug
Mullen was placed at center be-
tween wings Chin and Pat Cooney,
and this combination blossomed
into the most potent scoring line'
of the three.
Cooney, Chin, and Mullin tal-
lied seven goals between them
as Michigan swept two games
from North Dakota and then
came on with a rush to win
its remaining three league tilts
to tie Minnesota for the title.
Chin, who up to then had been .
playing only mediocre hockey,
suddenly went on a scoring
rampage and finally wound up
with 18 goals and 24 assists,
high for the squad.
However, last season's cham-
pionship is a thing of the past,
I just like all the others, and Hey-
liger's main concern is to provide
Michigan fans with another top-
notch squad. Three of the men
nmost responsible for the Wolver-
ines' successful drive to the na-
tional crown graduated in June
and will not be on hand to lend
their talents this year.
* * *
THE LOSS of Matchefts, All-
American Defenseman Alex Mc-
Clellan, and Martinson will leave
tremendous holes to be filled by
Heyliger from among last year's
McClellan was by far the

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standout of the Michigan rear
guard and was rightly recognized
as one of the finest defensemen
in college hockey when he was
selected to the All-American
Hockey Team picked by coaches
from schools with leading hock-
ey teams.
After missing a good part of the
year with a broken ankle, Mar-
tinson played outstanding hockey
in the closing stages of the sea-
son and continued his excellent
play in the NCAA playoffs.
son's squad will be goalies Willie
Ikola and Bill Lucier, both of
whom have played for two years
in Maize and Blue livery. Ikola
and Lucier both are outstanding
goalies and will be heavily count-
ed on to stop the pucks more than
ever this coming season now that
McClellan has graduated,
Despite the loss of the gradu-
ating trio, Heyliger is looking
forward to bringing the, title
back to Ann Arbor for the fourth
straight time.
"We may not have too much
depth,"* said Heyliger, "but we'll
have some pretty good boys out
there again." He was referring to
the crop of freshman pucksters he
has been grooming to fill' the
ranks this season.
* * *
AS ALWAYS the .Wolverine
schedule will include many non-
league tilts with the always strong
Canadian sextets. The annual
matches with Toronto and. Mon-
treal always pack Michigan's 4000
seat Hill Street Coliseum.
One of the finest collegiate
hockey rinks in the nation, the'
Coliseum will undoubtedly be the
scene of many exciting and thrill-
packed hockey games again this
DID YOU KNOW: that Michi-
gan 'is the only Big Ten school to
have won three Rose Bowl games?
The Wolverines won the first Rose
Bowl game on January 1, 1902 by
a score of 49-0 over the Stanford
Indians. On January 1, 1948, Fritz
Crisler's great team destroyed
Southern California by the same
score. The 49-0 count stands as a
Rose Bowl record. On January 1.
1951, Coach Bennie Oosterbaan's
Big Ten champions upset a favor-
ed University of California eleven
by a 14-6 score to gain Michigan's
third Rose Bowl victory.








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