THE MICHIGAN DAILY
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 33, 1959
THE MICHIGAN DAILY WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23,1955
Winter Campaign Next
... hockey... champs
BILL PERIGO GUS STAGER
... cagers ...sixth ... swimming ... second
... track... first
Schedules To Begin After Vacation
Michigan's potentially powerful
1955-56 hockey team is preparing
to open its season the first week-
end after Thanksgiving vacation.
On December 2-3, the Wolver-
ines will play'against McGill Uni-
versity, a non-Western Intercol-
legiate Hockey League team, in a
game here at the Coliseum.
Coach Vic Heyliger is one of
the most successful coaches today
in all intercollegiate sports. The
Wolverines will enter the season
as defending NCAA champs for
the fifth time in eight years. With
Heyliger having 11 returning let-
termen plus six strong sophomores
the picture can't help but be
9-North Dakota, away
10-North Dakota, away
6-Michigan State, away
11-U.S. Olympic Team at
20-Michigan State, away
15-Detroit Red Wings
2-Michigan Tech, away
3-Michigan Tech, away
20-Oregon State, away
4-Washington (St. Louis)
6-Michigan State, away
3-AAU Meet, here
... wrestlg.,. first
WITH PHIL DOUGLIS
tE Daily Sports Editor
FOOTBALL is over-it is a closed matter in these parts until next
When the student body returns from Thanksgiving recess next
Monday, an entirely new sports horizon await them. At their beck
and call lies the most awsome display of talent in the Big Ten-
one of the mightiest displays of winter sports strength anywhere in
Out of a total of six sports, one is a national champion, two are
Big Ten kings, one is a second ranking team in the nation, and the
two others are displaying signs of becoming major powers very soon.
Let's take a whirlwind tour of Michigan's sprawling athletic
plant down on the city's south side, and see for ourselves the giants
that are stirring in the Wolverine athletic world.
Let's "shuffle along" first to the mammoth Michigan Coliseum,
down at the foot of Hill. You walk into the long grey building that
looks like a warehouse on the outside-and the cold blast hits you
as you enter... Inside, the gleaming rink causes you to blink your
eyes to adjust to the whiteness of the ice.
The big goals come out-pucks slap hard against boards. The
quick, decisive smack of stick and skate are everywhere. A bundled
figure with a cigar in his mouth stands in the middle of this whirling
kaleidoscope of color and action.
You are in the lair of the Wolverine hockey team-the team that
last year won its last 10 games in a row to roar to a National Cham-
pionship. The team that "had nothing" when the season started,
"had it all" when the season-ended.
We look out on the ice-and see every single member of that
team except a reserve goalie, back in action. Added to their midst
are sigt or seven of the hardest shooting, fastest skating.sophomores
we have ever seen. We think to ourselves: "If this team doesn't win
the NCAA title, no team will."
Wizard of the Ice...
THE bundled figure is Coach Vic Heyliger, wizard of the ice. Hey-
liger chews his cigar once or twice, and skates slowly over to us.
"Gee-whiz. Just look at those guys out there. Look pretty good
-don't they?" It's a far cry from last year, when his two lines of
nine sophs plus a few juniors were all he could put on the ice. We
take another long, lasting look, and leave convinced that this is the
year for Michigan hockey. Only a mental foldup can ruin them.
They are just too good to be stopped on the ice.
A few minutes later we find ourselves on the way to the giant
sports palace down on State Street-Yost Field House. The scene
here is bewildering.
The brilliantly lit basketball court is filled with action, while
constantly spinning in a giant oval around it come trackman after
trackman .. . flashing by us, and soon disappearing into the gloom
under the far stands.
We watch the cagers for a few moments-and reflect that this
is the team that is traditionally one of the most downtrodden in the
winter sports setup. They annually finish lower than any of the
other Michigan winter teams. Yet, we get a new sense of vitality
this year-for out there on the court we see Jimmy Barron back in
shape again after a knee operation, Captain Tom Jorgenson swishing
some long ones, and with the big man-Ron Kramer, due back on
the hardwoods-well, things may look up. Anyway-we hope they
Suddenly we turn, and Captain Ron Wallingford of Mtci bgan's
Big Ten championship track squad is standing next to us. We ask
him how Don Canham's boys are going to do. He answers "looks like
another good season." The sight of Pete Gray leading the pack
around the far turn, of. Eles Landstrom soaring over 14 feet in the
pole vault, and of the flying feet of some of that sophomore talent,
bear the soft-spoken captain out. Last year's triple crown winners
are out for blood again.
The gigantic Intramural Building on Hoover is our next stop-
where approximately half of Michigan's winter sports teams are
Down in the Steamy Pool...
DOWN in the steamy pool-Gus Stager is driving his squad through
intensive drills-laps; laps, laps, and more laps. We notice world
champion Jack Wardrop leading the pack homne in a sprint. There is
a soph diver or so who look good. We see Stager doesn't look worried.
Next door-on the other side of that movable wall, Newt Loken
grins broadly as he watches his prize gymnast Ed Gangier, Canada's
top athlete in 1954, twist and turn on nearly every piece of apparatus.
With MSU's Carl Rintz gone, Gangier may be the key to Michigan
gymnastic hopes in the Big Ten. Things don't look too bad for Newt.
In fact, Michigan is loaded.
The last stop on our tour is down deep in the basement of the
I-M Building-where in a Maize and Blue padded room, Cliff Keen is
instructing a room full of sweating, groaning brutes called wrestlers.
Not that they are all brutes, but from their size you would get that
Here are some more Big Ten champions-Mike Rodriquez, Don
Haney, and other kings of the mat. Andy Kaul is gone-but you can't
keep your stars forever. Things look pretty good down here too.
And so we leave the athletic plant. The roar of the Michigan
Stadium-the bands, the excitement of Minnesota, the disappoint-
ment of Ohio State-are behind us. Instead the click of the skates,
the thud of pounding feet on the hardwood, and the splash of the
final sprint fbr home, surges back Into our minds.
.We hope before long they will surge into yours too.
...gym ... fifth
Jan. 7-Big Ten Invitational at
Jan. 13-Iowa State, away
Jan. 14-Iowa, away
Jan. 21-Michigan State, away
Feb. 25-Ohio State, away
Mar. 1-2-3-Big Ten Champion-
ships at Purdue
Mar. 29-30-31-NCAA Cham-
pionships at Yale
Jan. 29-Michigan Normal, here
Feb. 3-Michigan AAU Relays,
Feb. 4-Michigan State Relays
at East Lansing
Feb. 18-University of Kansas,
Feb. 24-Ohio State and Penn
State (triangular), here
March 2-3-Big Ten Champion-
ship at East Lansing
un Full Slate
Jan. 13-Indiana, away
Jan. 14--Illinois, away
Feb. 6-Michigan State, away
Feb. 13- Northwestern
Feb. 25-Ohio.State, away
Mar. 2- 3-Big Ten Championships
at Iowa City
Mar. 23-24-NCAA Meet at Oklahoma
Dec. 10-Midwest Open at Chicago
Jan. 9-Michigan State
Jan. 13-Illinois, away
Jan. 14-Indiana, away
Jan. 21, Minnesota
Jan. 30-Swiss Team
Feb. 4-Northwestern & Navy Pier
Feb. 18-Ohio State, away
Mar. 2-3-Big Ten Meet at Illinois
Mar. 10-Michigan AAU
Mar. 23-24-NCAA Meet at North
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