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E Hockey Team Is National Champ

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The Michigan hockey team, long
the class of American collegiate
ranks, added a couple of fresh
lines to its niche in the record
book last season.
The Wolverines swept to their
second successive NCAA ice cham-
pionship, the third such . crown
they have taken since the tourna-
ment was originated five seasons
ago. The 4-1 championship-win.
over Colorado College was a fit-
ting end to a five year winning
spreeunder Coach Vic Helliger.
* .* *

staggering total of 100 games and
lost only 14 for an amazing .870
win average.
This season, the Maize and
Blue will be captained by John
Matchefts, diminutive and hard-
skating center who takes over
from Earl Keyes, center of
Michigan's first line. Keyes re-
turned for one semester and the
beginning of the 1953 season
before graduating.
Matchefts was leading the team
in scoring last year before getting
on the wrong side of Michigan's
tight academic standards. He re-
turns this year- to lead the team
which last season finished second
to the Tigers from Colorado Col-.
lege in the newly-formed Mid-
western Collegiate Hockey Confer-
ACTUALLY, Michigan ended in
a second-place tie with Denver
University, but Michigan's better
over-all season record earned it
the bid to the playoffs at Colora-
do Springs. A bid is given to each

of the two top teams in the Mid-
west league as well as two of the
leading eastern aggregations for
the Colorado playoffs.
It was the fifth straight year
that the Wolverines had been
invited. After winning the title
the first year in 1948, Coach
Heyliger's sextets took third in
1949 and 1950 before taking the
crown back, in 1951.
Last season the team romped to
twenty wins as opposed to only
four losses, besides two triumphs
racked up in the championship
playoffs over St. Lawrence College
and Colorado. And happily for ice
enthusisasts at Michigan, the
team was hardly touched by
graduation, a good omen for an-
other big year in 1953
. *. * *
The team of '53, as was the case
last season, will place the empha-
sis on all-over balance. Sorely
missed will be Bob Heathcott who
paced the team in scoring with 13
goals and 29 assists, after switch-
ing over to the center slot from de-
* $ *

fense where in 1951 he was chosen
But Doug Mullen, who led the
goal getting parade with 18
counters as well as the fancy
skating George Chin and speed
demon John McKennel will be
back to once again harry the op-
positions' defense. Chin and
McKennell were the particular
favorites of the crowd through-
out last season.
Their flashy stick-work, and
hell-for-leather tactics won them
acclaim as two of the most pol-
ished performers in collegiate
ranks. Pat Cooney, Ron Matrin-
son and Doug Philpott were three
first season men who made their
presence felt in the scoring col-
* . *
THE ADDED YEAR of experi-
ence picked up by this group of
stick-wielders should aid them a
great deal as they go after Michi-
gan's third straight NCAA crown.
Highly-touted goalie Willard Ikola
lived up to all of his advance no-
tices, allowing only 66 goals in 24
games scoring three shutouts and
getting honorable mention on the
All-American squad.
Playing in front of Ikola on
defense were Al McClellan, Jim
Haaw Graham Cragg and Reg
Shave. Only Cragg of this quar-
tet has left, and the rugged trio
of McClellan, Haas and Shave
return to patrol the defensive
zone for Michigan.I
One thing that stands out when
rating the Wolverine defensmen
is only one of the group who
stands over six feet tall.
Again this season the team will
play out a long, difficult schedule
with several games against Cana-
dian opposition. The ice-loving
Canadians are a great attraction
in Michigan's ice rink, the Coli-
The Coliseum, one of the finest
college ice rinks in the country, is
almost alway filled to capacity
when Toronto and Montreal come
to Ann Arbor to match their hock-
ey talents against Michigan.

-Photo by E. C. Welter
OLD STUFF-Not Queen Leslie Lockhart, but Michigan's hockey team, making its fifth appearance in five years at the NCAA tourna-
ment at Colorado Springs. Members of the 1951-52 Wolverine team which brought back an unprecedented second straight NCAA title
are: left to right (back row), Eddie May, Coach Vic Heyliger, observer Joe Marmo, trainer Carl Isaacson, Bob Heathcott, Alex Mc.
Clellan, Graham Cragg, Pat Cooney, Paul Pelow, Reg Shave, Doug Philpott and Mullen, Manager Chuck Hyman, (front row) John
McKennell, Captain Earl Keyes, Tournament Queen Leslie, Ron Martinson, George Chin, Willard Ikola, and Jim Haas. All but May,
Cragg, Heathcott, and Pelow are eligible this season.

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