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Michigan-Toronto Icers
Battle for Thompson Cup

Absence of Red Line in College
Hockey Makes for Faster Game

THOMPSON TROPHY-Michigan hockey coach Vic Heyliger
(right) admires the gold cup symbolic of the Michigan-Toronto
rivalry, as members of last year's championship squad, John
McKennell (left) and Reg Shave (center) look on.
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"The Little Brown Jug of Col-
legiate Ice Hockey."
This is what ice enthusiasts call
the guilded, three-foot trophy em-
blematic of the Michigan-Univer-
sity of Toronto series, a series
which will be renewed this com-
ing weekend when the Canadian
outfit moves into Michigan's Col-
iseum for a two game series with
the trophy as the winners prize.
* * *
ACTUALLY called the "J. C.
Thompson Trophy," the gold cup
was first put up on Dec. 18th, 1947
by James Thompson, Chairman of
the Board of Chicago's Mercy Hos-
pital. The trophy was to be
awarded to the winner.; of the
Michigan-Toronto battle, played
in the Chicago Arena for charity.
It was Michigan's captain,
Connie Hill, who led the Wol-
verines to victory, capturing the
trophy with a 3-2 win over the
Blues. Michigan, scoring twice
in the initial period, was never
headed while Toronto, kingpins
of the Canadian league, went
down to defeat.
A year later, the Mercy hos-
pital needed still more money to
complete its proposed building
program, so Michigan and Toron-
to were again picked to meet for
charity, but this time in the mam-
moth Chicago Stadium, the world's
largest indoor sports arena.
* * *
THE GIANT sports palace on
Madison Street was jammed with
over 18,000 fans that night of
Dec. 16, 1948, probably the largest
crowd to ever view a collegiate
hocked game. Toronto was the
undisputed defending champions
of Canada, Michigan the NCAA
title holders. Vic Heyliger's Wol-
verines were undefeated since
February 1947, and were out to
retain the Thompson award, but
if any team was qualified to end
this streak it was Toronto.
Thus the stage was set for a.
Chin, Mullen
Cooney Lead
Club Scoring
If past records are any indica-
tion of what to expect this hockey
season from the first line of
George Chin, Doug Mullen, and
Pat Cooney, then many an op-
posing netminder will be glad
when this trio leaves the ice.
Excluding last weekend's games,
Chin has scored 34 goals and has
contributed 40 assists to pace all
present Wolverines in scoring.
Though his 74 points is tops for
the squad, goal scoring honors go
to linemate Mullen, who has blink-
ed the red light 35 times and has
assisted on 33 others for a 68
point total.
* * *.
RIGHT BEHIND Chin and Mul-
len comes right-wing Cooney, who
has picked up 65 points on 31
goals along with 34 assists. Doug
Philpott, who besides captain Jim
Haas is the only other player out-
side the goalies who is playing in
his third full season, has accumu-
lated 48 counters in varsity com-
petition, evenly divided between
goals and assists.
Haas, though playing all of
the 1951-52 season and a good
part of last season as a defense-
man, has compiled the amazing
total of 39 points. Haas has
scored 11 goals and has assisted
on 28 other occasions.
other Wolverine puckmen who
have entered the scoring column
in past seasons are Telly Mascar-
in, seven points, Burt Dunn, nine
points, and Lou Paolatto, four


real battle, and the Wolverines
responded by playing one of
their greatest games in history.
With Neil Celley and Wally Ga-
cek turning in "hat tricks" of
three goals apiece, Michigan
marched to a 12-1 victory over
the Blues, a game which had
the mammoth crowd roaring its
Scoring seven times in the first
period, twice in the second, and
three times in the third, the Wol-
verines were never in danger, and
the yard high cup was returned
safely to its niche in Michigan's
Coliseum, a permanent addition
to the Wolverine award collec-
** * *
THE GOLDEN trophy was then
forgotten for several years, but in
1951, a Toronto sportswriter sug-
gested the idea of renewing the
"traveling trophy" idea and Mich-
igan officials were impressed. On
Dec. 13-14, 1951, a two game ser-
ies was played in Ann Arbor for
possession of the cup, the team
that won either both games or
scored the most goals receiving
the award.
Once again it was the Wol-
verine that showed its fangs, as
Heyliger's forces smashed to 4-1
and 6-4 triumphs. The big guns
in tle Michigan attack were
several players who will see ac-
tion this weekend against the
Blues, namely Pat Cooney, Jim
Haas, and George Chin. Present
Wolverine goalie, Willard Ikola,
starred in the nets, as the
Thompson Trophy never even
shook on its Coliseum shelf.
Last season, the two squads
again collided in Ann Arbor, but
for only one game. It was a tilt
marked by fisticuffs, and the dis-
appearance of the Toronto equip-
ment trunks. This forced Toronto
to send for blue uniforms, which
in turn forced Michigan to borrow
white jerseys from the football
team. Despite the weird events,
Michigan once again tightened its
hold on the cup, with a 6-3 tri-
umph, as John Matchefts and
John McKennell led the attack.
With this victory, Michigan
picked up its fourth straight tro-
phy triumph, and the chance for
a fifth goes on the line Friday and
Saturday nights down at the "Hill
Street ice house. Michigan's po-
tential should be pointed up all
the more during this series, and
the trophy, which someday may
become as famous as the "jug"
itself, should serve to stimulate
the Wolverines as they meet the
rugged Blues of Toronto Univer-

The skaters are speedier, the
players are more clever, and the
stickmen shoot harder but in a
sense professional hockey is still
not as fast as the same game the
way the collegians play it.
Although this statement may
seem somewhat confusing, it's an
actuality due to differences in the
rules concerning some of the fun-
damental aspects of the game.
ACCORDING to Michigan hock-
ey coach Vic Heyliger, who was
casually discussing the distinctions
before a practice session one day
last week, the outstanding differ-
ences occur in body-checking leg-

islation and in the arrangement
of the attacking and defending
zones separated by the blue and
red lines.
Professional ice rinks are di-
vided actually into five zones,
marked by three lines that run
from board to board across the
ice. Just as in the college sport
there are two blue lines that
cross the ice sixty feet from each
goal mouth.
However, unlike college hockey
the pros also have a red line which
is marked across the ice exactly
at the center of the rink. Before
a player can shoot a puck down
the ice he must bring the puck
past this center line.
* * .*
COLLEGIANS have only to skate
past the blue line nearest their
own goal line, before sending the
puck flying into their attacking
zone. No red line is in evidence in
college hockey games.

This speeds up the sport be-
cause a team may switch from
defense to the attack much
quicker and doesn't have to
spend wasted time trying to
work the puck up to center ice
before moving into the scoring
Long passes are eliminated by
the red line, since a pass cannot
be executed from a player on one
side of the red line to a man on
the other if the player passing
hasn't crossed his own blue line.
THE MORE lenient body check-
ing rules in professional hockey'
also tend to slow down the tempo
of a game. The pro referees per-
mit body checks to take place any-
where on the ice, thus making
stick handling by the offense more
It also enables a team to keep
the opposition hemmed in its

own end for longer periods of
time since the use of -the body
facilitates fore-checking.
Collegians are permitted to
body check only within their own
blue lines. A player can take the
puck behind his own net and skate
up the ice without getting knocked
to the ice until he has crossed into
the opposition's defensive zone.
* * *
THERE ARE A few other minor
distinctions including the helmet-
wearing requirement observed in
college games. This season chin
straps have been made mandatory
for the helmets.
Last year, notably in some of
the games at the Hill Street arena,
non-strapped helmets spent a lot,
of their time rolling around on
the ice. Michigan forward Doug
Philpott lost his headpiece on sev-
eral occasions during last Febru-
ary's crucial battles with North
Dakota sextet.

11 Toronto University ....Here
12 Toronto University ....Here
18 North Dakota Univ. ..There
19 North Dakota Univ. ..There
5 Detroit Red Wings ....Here
8 Michigan State ...... There
9 Michigan State.......Here
15 Univ. of Minnesota ..There
16 Univ. of Minnesota ..There.
5 Michigan Tech ...... There
6 Michigan Tech ...... There
8 Denver University ....Here
9 Denver University ....Here
12 Colorado College ......Here
13 Colorado College ..... .Here
19 Michigan Stai,, ......There
20 Michigan State ......Here
26 Univ. of Minnesota ....Here
27 Univ. of Minnesota ....Here
5 Windsor Spitfires ....There
6 Windsor Spitfires ......Here
DID YOU KNOW . . . that In
27 meetings between the Mici-
gan State hockey team and the
Wolverines, the Spartans have
been able to win only one game,
that being a 2-1 victory back in
1928. Against Minnesota the East
Lansing sextet has been just as
futile, not having won a sing'le
game in 17 meetings.
* * *
DID YOU KNOW . . . that
Michigan's enlarged Coliseum will
now seat nearly 4,000 spectators
in comparison to the previous
1,100 capacity.



. . .by Jack Horwitz

ITS A FACT THAT during the past football season the Noatre
Dame squad had a play on numbers. The two big ground-gainers in
the victory over Southern Cal were All-American Johnny Lattner and
Neil Worden. The Irish won by a score of 48-14. Worden wore num-
ber 48 and Lattner donned jersey number 14. Worden scored. 48
points during the season. Left Half Joe Heap scored 42 points and
by coincidence he wears number 42.
ITS A FACT THAT Bennie Oosterbaan is the only individual
scoring champion in basketball that Michigan has produced. lie
earned this title in 1928. On the same team was Bill Orwig, one
of Oosterbaan's assistants on the football field.

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ITS A FACT THAT during his nine years as Wolverine hockey
coach, Vic Heyliger has amassed a total of 148 victories as against
42 losses with seven ties. His teams have copped the N.C.A.A. hockey
championships four of the six years of competition. The 37-year-old
coach is very active in the National Intercollegiate Hockey.Coaches'
Association and was instrumental in the formation of the Midwestern
Collegiate Hockey League of which he is President.
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